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3 Collected Editions Worth Buying from the IDW November 2014 Solicitations

Ditko's Shorts HC
Ditko’s Shorts HC
Let’s take a look at three of the IDW November 2014 Solicitations.

Ditko’s Shorts HC, 112 pages, $24.99, collects 38 stories that are no longer than 3 pages in length and spans every genre including horror, science fiction horror, fantasy and even comedy. This is just another fine book to add to your growing Steve Ditko library from Yoe Books.

I’m not at all familiar with Complete Junior and Sunny by Al Feldstein, 400 pages, $49.99, but with this new and complete collection I soon will be. In doing a little research, both Junior and Sunny (frm Fox) were competitors, of sorts to Archie and featured teenagers with romance and comedy. Sunny ran from December 1947 to June 1948 with issues numbering #11-#14. It picked up from Cosmo Cat (1946) and was cancelled in favor of Western True Crime (1948). Junior ran from September 1947 to July 1948 with issues #9-#16. This book picked was up from Li’l Pan (1946) and was cancelled for Western Outlaws (1948 series).

Lastly, there’s the Jack Kirby Mister Miracle: Artist’s Edition HC, 200 pages, $95. This volume will collect collects seven nearly complete Mister Miracle stories, including issues #2, 3, #5, #6, #7, #8, #9 and more. Every serious reprint enthusiast should own at least one Artist Edition. They are big, glorious and worth every penny. In fact, if you buy one, you may be budgeting for more in the future.

Airboy Archives Volume 1 (IDW)

CCL Podcast #387 – Flying High with the Airboy Archives

Airboy Archives Volume 1 (IDW)
Airboy Archives Volume 1 (IDW)

My good friend, Andy Tom, stops by to help me breakdown the Airboy Archives Volume 1 by Chuck Dixon and Tim Truman (IDW). This series, originally from Eclipse, relaunched the classic with twist – starring the son of the great Golden Age character. A new hero, for a new era, with old favorites like Valkryie and Skywolf.

Andy and I also talk about other Airboy books including a GA reprint from Canton Street Press and touch on other revival from Moonstone, Antarctic Press and the upcoming comic from Image.

As a special treat this 308 page trade paperback, which normally retails for $29.99 is on sale for 40% Off!! But that’s for a very limited time, so get it while you can.

Wheels Up!


IDW to publish newspaper adventures of DC’s Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman


Media Release — IDW’s Library of American Comics and DC Entertainment proudly announce the beginning of a new partnership to reprint some of the rarest DC Comics stories — the Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman newspaper strips.

“We’re thrilled to announce a comprehensive publishing program for these historic strips,” said Greg Goldstein, IDW President and COO. “The Library of American Comics is the premier home for archival newspaper strips and this new partnership with DC Entertainment further cements the imprint’s reputation as second to none.”

At the same time that Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman became the world’s most famous and recognizable superheroes in comic books in the 1940s and beyond, they also starred in runs of newspaper comic strips, most of which have not been seen since they first appeared.

The Man of Steel’s newspaper adventures ran for more than 25 years, from 1939 until 1966. Only about 10% of these strips have ever been reprinted. The complete comics will be released in three sub-sets, starting with The Silver Age, then The Atomic Age, and finally, The Golden Age. The black-and-white daily and color Sunday strips contained distinct storylines and will be released in separate, concurrent, series of deluxe hardcovers.

The line kicks off this July with SUPERMAN: THE SILVER AGE NEWSPAPER DAILIES, VOL. 1: 1958-1961. Fans can look forward to nearly 800 strips featuring classic artwork by Curt Swan, Wayne Boring, and Stan Kaye. While most of the stories from the Atomic Age and Golden Age were original and completely different from the comic books, under Mort Weisinger’s editorship in the late 1950s Silver Age stories, Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel was brought in to script adaptations of then-current comic book tales.

“It’s like discovering an entire alternate universe of famous Silver Age comic book stories,” said Dean Mullaney, LOAC Creative Director who’s editing and designing the series. “It’s better than an imaginary story—it’s Jerry Siegel doing a remake of his classic Superman’s Return to Krypton! …it’s Curt Swan, not Al Plastino, drawing The Menace of Metallo. Superman fans might want to consider these strips as taking place on a brand new world— Earth-N for Newspapers!”

Covers for each book are being specially created by Pete Poplaski to evoke the look and style of the times; Volume One is an homage to Curt Swan’s art and Ira Schnapp’s lettering design. Tom DeHaven, author of the novel It’s Superman!, is writing the foreword, and the introductions are by Sidney Friedfertig.

Additional details on the Sunday strip books as well as the Batman and Wonder Woman collections will follow, but eager fans should begin watching the skies in July!

(HC, B&W, $49.99, 288 pages, 11″ x 8.5″)
ISBN: 978-1-61377-666-7

About The Library of American Comics
The Library of American Comics is the world’s #1 publisher of classic newspaper comic strip collections, with 21 Eisner and Harvey Award nominations and four wins for best book of the year. Titles include Bloom County, Dick Tracy, Little Orphan Annie, Tarzan, Flash Gordon, Superman, Terry and the Pirates, L’il Abner, and more. LOAC has become “the gold standard for archival comic strip reprints.”

About IDW

IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The TRANSFORMERS and G.I. JOE, Paramount’s Star Trek; HBO’s True Blood; the BBC’s DOCTOR WHO; Toho’s Godzilla; and comics and trade collections based on novels by worldwide bestselling author, James Patterson. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints; Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio.

IDW’s critically- and fan-acclaimed series are continually moving into new mediums. Currently, Warner Brothers and Barry Sonnenfeld are attached to adapt LORE into a feature film starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Disney are creating a feature film based on World War Robot, with Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes and Sony bringing Zombies vs. Robots to film.

About DC Entertainment

DC Entertainment, home to iconic brands DC Comics (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash), Vertigo (The Sandman, Fables) and MAD, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating its content across Warner Bros. Entertainment and Time Warner. DC Entertainment works in concert with many key Warner Bros. divisions to unleash its stories and characters across all media, including but not limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment and interactive games. Publishing thousands of comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC Entertainment is the largest English-language publisher of comics in the world. In January 2012, DC Entertainment, in collaboration with Warner Bros. and Time Warner divisions, launched We Can Be Heroes—a giving campaign featuring the iconic Justice League super heroes—to raise awareness and funds to fight the hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa.

CCL Podcast #349 – Happiness Is A Worn Book

Peanuts Every Sunday: 1952-1955 (Vol. 1)
Peanuts Every Sunday: 1952-1955 (Vol. 1)

Collected Comics Library Podcast #349
22.8Mb; 24m 47s

Today on the show I go over a host of different collected edition and reprint projects including:

  • The Peanuts Every Sunday from Fantagraphics – A 10 Volume set starting with strips from 1952-1955, due in November 2013.
  • Diamond’s Top 15 Collected Editions of 2012 – John Mayo and I will be recording our podcast on the entire Top 500 soon. I’ll post on this blog when it go live.
  • X-Files comics from IDW, who plans not only reprints of the series, but also new comic books, too.
  • A question regarding the missing Sandman Mystery Theater trade paperbacks.
  • The formation of comiXology Europe and what that may mean for English versions of hard-to-find Franco-Belgian and European comics, including Moebius.
  • Another plea for help with the When We Went MAD! documentary.
  • Presented here is the rundown all the Marvel NOW! Hardcovers that will include the Marvel Digital Codes:


All this plus some Product and Shipping news – all of which can be found on the updated Collected Edition Release Schedule.


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IDW Collected Editions March 2013 Solicitations

IDW has released their March 2013 solicitations. I’m all about the JJ Abrams Star Trek, hell, I love all Star Trek! If you are getting ready for the new Into Darkness movie and are not reading the current ongoing series, I have to ask: Why Not! The series is awesome and is overseen by the producers – as it should be.

I also have to mention the next installment of the Artist’s Edition – and that is John Byrne’s Fantastic Four. Sure I, you, and the rest of the fanboys out there would rather have a Jack Kirby, but some may say that is the next best thing.

What are you getting?

G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero, Vol. 6
Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant, Ron Frenz, & Sal Buscema (a) • Frenz & Buscema (c)
G.I. JOE’s mission at a Comic Convention comes to a close, only to reveal a new, intriguing enemy that may share a history with the Arashikage clan. Meanwhile, Darklon remains a prisoner of the Joes… until an attempt to transfer him from the Pit goes horribly awry! Plus, Zartan and COBRA COMMANDER formulate a plan that would move COBRA HQ to another coast.
TPB • FC • $19.99 • 128 pages • ISBN 978-1-61377-582-0

G.I. JOE: Target Snake Eyes
Chuck Dixon (w) • Will Rosado & Alex Cal (a) • Cal (c)
SNAKE EYES should have stayed dead! G.I. JOE has mobilized to hunt down their most dangerous quarry ever: one of their own. Has the silent commando gone over to the other side? Is he playing his own game? Only SNAKE EYES knows the answer.
TPB • FC • $19.99 • 144 pages • ISBN 978-1-61377-581-3

John Byrne’s Fantastic Four: Artist’s Edition HC
John Byrne (w & a & c)
These stupendous issues represent some of Byrnes finest moments of The World’s Greatest Comic Magazine, including the very first issue written, penciled and inked Jolly John Byrne! More than six stories are collected including a cover gallery and additional extras. All you John Byrne fans… THIS is the Artist’s Edition you’ve been waiting for!
HC • BW • $75.00 net discount item • 160 Pages • 12” x 17” • ISBN: 978-1-61377-643-8
Expected in-store date: 4/17/13

The Complete Zaucer of Zilk
Brendan McCarthy & Al Ewing (w) • McCarthy (a & c)
Get Zaucy! After instantaneous sell-outs of the single issues, IDW is proud to announce this special reprint of the collaboration with 2000 AD and Rebellion Publishing, The Zaucer of Zilk! Brendan McCarthy & Al Ewing’s phantasmagorical psychedelic extravaganza from beyond the fringes of imagination features an inter-dimensional magician who travels across the realms to save his number-one fan from the dank clutches of arch-nemesis Errol Raine, as visualized by the brilliantly surreal artist McCarthy!
FC • 64 pages • $6.99

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures, Vol. 4
Dean Clarrain & Ryan Brown (w) • Ken Mitchroney & Donald Simpson (a) • Jim Lawson (c)
The all-ages Turtles action continues in this collection of TMNT Adventures! Enjoy classic Turtles tales like “The Final Conflict,” “Leave Heaven Alone,” “The Howling of Distant Shadows,” and “Dredging The Ocean Blue.”
TPB • FC • $19.99 • 124 pages • 7” x 10.187” • ISBN 978-1-61377-591-2

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Classics, Vol. 4
Mark Bode, Jan Strnad, Rich Hedden, & Tom McWeeney (w) • Bode, Richard Corben, Hedden, McWeeney (a) • Michael Dooney (c)
Volume 4 contains three more adventures as the Turtles travel the world and through time. In “Egyptian Adventure” April’s friend is in need of help so the boys tag along, then the Turtles end up on the deck of a 16th century Man ‘o War in “Turtles Take Time,” and finally they get stuck battling a mob boss in “Toitle Anxiety.”
TPB • FC • $19.99 • 112 pages • ISBN 978-1-61377-567-7

Popeye, Vol. 2
Roger Langridge (w) • Bruce Ozella, Vince Musacchia, Tom Neely, Ken Wheaton, Langridge (a) • Ozella (c)
Popeye and the gang travel to King Blozo’s kingdom to help find a spy at the royal palace–only to find themselves in the middle of a war! Plus, Hollywood’s calling… and they want Popeye! With Wimpy in the director’s chair, what can possibly go wrong? Also, It’s Wild West action as Popeye faces the return of Olive’s old boyfriend, Ham Gravy… and the fearsome Desert Yeti! Finally, Join Popeye, Olive and Wimpy as they head for the high seas–and help Pappy overcome the trauma of his first bath in 40 years!
TPB • FC • $17.99 • 104 pages • ISBN 978-1-61377-587-5

Classic Popeye #8
Bud Sagendorf (w & a & c)
All of Bud Sagendorf’s covers are brilliant genius, but this sports his greatest of all—one of the classic covers of comics history! And you can judge this comic by its cover… Popeye, Wimpy and Swee’ Pea are the hilarious cast in the rollicking fun comic “On the House.” The backup feature with Sappo and Watasnozzle has to be seen to be believed for it’s astonishing surrealness! Plus two Popeye—and one Swee’ Pea—mini-features. All beautifully reproduced on high-quality paper. You’ll love it! Collect them all!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Godzilla, Vol. 2
Duane Swierczynski (w) • Simon Gane (a) • Zach Howard (c)
Boxer and his team decide it’s time to turn their sights to the big game—Godzilla! But, a perfect plan goes awry when a billionaire adventurer gets his hands on Mechagodzilla and the world’s governments have branded them outlaws. Nothing will stop Boxer from avenging his daughter and getting revenge on Godzilla though!
TPB • FC • $17.99 • 104 pages • ISBN 978-1-61377-584-4

Ghostbusters, Vol. 4: Who Ya Gonna Call?
Erik Burnham (w) • Dan Schoening (a & c)
The Ghostbusters arrive back in New York, expecting a backlog of cases to clear through. Instead, things are strangely quiet on the supernatural front, and it’s all thanks to the city’s newest paranormal investigation and elimination service! But the science behind their methods is making Egon nervous. Can the Ghostbusters talk their competition off a potentially dangerous road?
TPB • FC • $17.99 • 104 pages • ISBN 978-1-61377-583-7

Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye, Vol. 3
James Roberts (w) • Alex Milne, Jimbo Salgado, & Guido Guidi (a) • Milne (c)
The crew of the Lost Light finally reach Crystal City, home to the mysterious Circle of Light, as the origins of the Knights of Cybertron are revealed. In “Shadowplay” follow along as Rewind begins telling his crew mates a pre-war Cybertron story involving Orion Pax!
TPB • FC • $19.99 • 148 pages • ISBN 978-1-61377-592-9

Doctor Who Series III, Vol. 1
Andy Diggle, Brandon Seifert (w) • Mark Buckingham, Philip Bond (a) • Buckingham (c)
The Doctor is back! New York Times bestselling writer Andy Diggle joins Eisner Award-winning artist Mark Buckingham as a shadow being emerges from a machine used to view alternate realities, stealing time from those he touches in order to become “real.” Can the Doctor save the Hypothetical Gentleman’s latest victim? Then, writer Brandon Seifert and artist Philip Bond collaborate on a story. When the Doctor and Rory, on a boys’ night out gone wrong, leave Amy to face the Silence on her own!
TPB • FC • $17.99 • 104 pages • ISBN 978-1-61377-579-0

Elizabeth’s Canvas
Mark Waid, Gregg Hurwitz, Harlan Ellison, Chris Ryall, Scott Tipton, Jud Meyers (w) • David Messina, Claudia Balboni, Ryan Benjamin, Sara Pichelli, Elena Casagrande, Todd Harris (a) • Jenny Frison (c)
Fighting cancer isn’t just a struggle of the body. It’s also a fight with the heart, and the soul, and the spirit. The non-profit organization Elizabeth’s Canvas has been helping with that struggle by providing cancer patients, survivors, and their family members with art, photography, dance, and writing classes, at no charge, so that they can better cope with their symptoms and improve their well-being. Elizabeth’s Canvas classes are offered inside and outside hospitals, and are grounded in the belief that the creative process can strengthen the spirit and empower the mind.
Now, Elizabeth’s Canvas, IDW Publishing and Blastoff have come together to create this graphic novel, in which comic creators from across the industry interview the people behind the struggle with cancer — the patients, the nurses, the survivors, the researchers – and tell their stories, tales of defiance, perseverance, dedication and triumph.  All proceeds from the sale of the graphic novel will go to further fund and grow Elizabeth’s Canvas’ efforts.
TPB • FC • $17.99 • 104 pages • ISBN 978-1-61377-645-2

Star Trek, Vol. 4
Mike Johnson (w) • Stephen Molnar (a) • Tim Bradstreet (c)
The countdown to the Star Trek movie sequel continues here! In “The Redshirt’s Tale,” experience life on the Enterprise through a redshirt’s eyes! Also, find out how Scotty and his alien sidekick Keenser first meet. Plus, an all-new re-imagining of the classic “Mirror Universe” story!
TPB • FC • $17.99 • 104 pages • ISBN 978-1-61377-590-5

Iron Sky
Mikko Rautalahti (w) • Gerry Kissell, Amin Amat (a) • Miguel Angel Abad (c)
The adaptation of the hit science fiction/comedy film of the summer Iron Sky follows the fate of Nazis who fled to the moon in 1945, and return in 2018 to conquer the Earth with their armada of flying saucers. With tongue firmly in cheek, the story parodies both the Nazis and more recent political parties and figures, with no holds barred. With special effects and a climactic ending only the Third Reich could deliver, Iron Sky is an action packed ride from start to finish.
TPB • FC • $17.99 • 112 pages • ISBN 978-1-61377-611-7

Love and Capes, Vol. 4: What To Expect
Thom Zahler (w & a & c)
Mark and Abby, comicdom’s favorite couple is having a baby, and they’re not telling anyone yet. But will they be able to keep the secret from Darkblade, the world’s best detective? And what problems come about when you’re expecting a super baby?
TPB • FC • $19.99 • 148 pages • ISBN 978-1-61377-586-8

The Pound, Vol. 2: Ghoul’s Night Out
Stephan Nilson (w) • Ibrahim Moustafa (a & c)
The Pound is officially open for business. Scottie and Howie have their hands full. A creature is harassing park-goers. The Government is investigating them. Ghouls are rebelling, and, if things couldn’t get worse, Scottie’s mother-in-law has decided to visit. Guest starring PROOF’s Agent John “Proof” Prufrock!
TPB • FC • $19.99 • 120 pages • ISBN 978-1-61377-588-2

The Wizard’s Tale
Kurt Busiek (w) • David T. Wenzel (a & c)
Welcome to the Land of Ever-Night. Bafflerog Rumplewhisker is an evil wizard, from a long line of evil wizards. It’s his job to maintain the darkness spells that keep his corner of Ever-Night as dark and gloomy as the rest of it, and to find the long-lost BOOK OF WORSE, which holds magical spells that can crush the forces of goodness and light forever. There’s only one problem—his heart’s just not in it. Master storytellers Kurt Busiek and David T. Wenzel invite you to join Bafflerog and his companions–Gumpwort, an enchanted toad who was once a wizard himself, and Muddle, the third son of a woodcutter who’s convinced he’ll one day be king–as they make a journey that may mean the end of everything. Or maybe… it could mean something else.
TPB • FC • $19.99 • 144 pages • 7” x 11” • ISBN 978-1-61377-593-6

The Strange World Of Your Dreams: Comics Meet Sigmund Freud and Salvador Dali
Joe Simon & Jack Kirby (w & a) • Kirby (c)
The complete 1950s comics in this innovative and rare series are lovingly restored for this large format full color hardback. Produced by the greatest team in the history of the Golden Age of Comics, Simon and Kirby–this book is a dream come true! Save big bucks on your psychiatric bills, get this beautiful economically priced–and fascinating–book instead! Edited and designed by Eisner Award winner Craig Yoe. I’m afraid our time is up…
HC • FC • $29.99 • 144 pages • 8.5” x 11” • ISBN 978-1-61377-614-8

The Art of Ditko—NEW EDITION
Steve Ditko (w & a & c)
BACK IN PRINT! Steve Ditko, the co-creator of Spider-Man and Dr. Strange, remains an enigma, though this book draws us closer to the artist and gives us a better understanding of his amazing work. Introducing the very best of rare and striking Steve Ditko comic book stories and original art, this large-format beautifully showcases Ditko’s work, with many reproductions of original art pieces by the master comic book artist. Edited and designed by Craig Yoe (Secret Identity), with essays by P. Craig Russell, John Romita, and Jerry Robinson, plus an introduction by Stan Lee.
HC • FC • $39.99 • 208 Pages • 9.5” x 12.5” • ISBN: 978-1-61377-631-5

Definitive Flash Gordon & Jungle Jim, Vol. 3
Alex Raymond (w & a & c)
The third volume of the Definitive Flash Gordon & Jungle Jim includes every Alex Raymond Sunday from March 12, 1939 through the end of 1941.
Flash, Dale Arden, and Dr. Zarkov have a lengthy adventure with Fria, the stunning Snow Queen of Frigia; Dale is captured by Ming’s secret service, culminating in a fight to the finish between Flash and the merciless tyrant. Meanwhile, when radio signals from Earth find their way to Mongo, Flash and company must decide—do they stay on Mongo or return home to help overthrow “The Dictator”?!
In the introduction by Bruce Canwell, Joe Kubert tells of being a 12-year-old making his first-ever trip out of Brooklyn to visit Alex Raymond at his Connecticut home! Plus, Howard Chaykin discusses the influences on Raymond’s drawing style. Edited by Dean Mullaney, and designed by Lorraine Turner.
HC • PC • $75.00 • 160 pages • 12” x 16” • ISBN 978-1-61377-580-6

Skippy, Vol. 2
Percy Crosby (w & a & c)
THE COMPLETE SKIPPY continues the first-ever series to reprint the legendary Skippy comic strips by Percy Crosby. Volume two contains all daily comics from 1928 through 1930. The introduction details Crosby’s life during Skippy’s transition from Life Magazine to the newspaper page and those first years of the strip’s wild success.
Co-edited by Jared Gardner and Dean Mullaney, designed by Lorraine Turner, and illustrated with many photographs and rare artwork from the collection of the cartoonist’s daughter, Joan Crosby Tibbetts, and Skippy, Inc.
HC • PC • $49.99 • 328 pages • 9.5” x 8.5” • ISBN 978-1-61377-589-9

Crawl to Me: Deluxe Limited Red Label Edition
Alan Robert (w & a) • menton3 (c)
Previously available only from IDW Limited! The gritty, gut-wrenching tale is housed in a custom slipcase with hand-drawn sketch art from creator Alan Robert (of the hard-rock band Life of Agony)! With an introduction written by the legendary Walter Simonson (The Mighty Thor), and a disturbing painted cover by Menton3 (Monocyte).
HC • FC • $75.00 net item • 128 pages • 7.5” x 11” • ISBN 978-1-61377-644-5