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3 Collected Editions Worth Buying from the January 2015 IDW Solicitations

IDW has release their January 2015 Solicitations and there are several classics to choose from.

Star Trek The City on the Edge of Forever
Star Trek The City on the Edge of Forever

Star Trek: The City on the Edge of Forever
Harlan Ellison, Scott Tipton & David Tipton (w) • J.K. Woodward (a) • Juan Ortiz (c)
For the first time ever, a visual presentation of the much-discussed, unrevised, unadulterated version of Harlan Ellison’s award-winning Star Trek teleplay script, “The City on the Edge of Forever!” See the story as Mr. Ellison originally intended!
HC • FC • $24.99 • 128 pages • 7” x 11” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-206-7
• “Harlan Ellison’s original teleplay… is proving much more enthralling than the aired version with Woodward’s art giving a visually stunning look.” –UnleashTheFanboy.com

Haven’t read Harlan Ellison’s Star Trek yet? Now’s your chance. This series nothing nothing but straight up awesome and will throw you back into the 1960’s when Star Trek ruled sci-fi TV. It does play different from the original episode, but that’s OK – it’s suppose to. What this really does is bring a different perspective. Think Superman II: The Donnor Cut but in comic book form. Too bad that this wasn’t shot-for-shot as it was intended, but at least we have the next best thing. Oh and the covers! I’d love to have them all as wall posters.

The Maxx: Maxximized, Vol. 3
The Maxx: Maxximized, Vol. 3

The Maxx: Maxximized, Vol. 3
Sam Kieth, William Messner-Loebs (w) • Sam Kieth (a & c)
Volume 3 continues the re-presentation of Sam Kieth’s and William Messner-Loeb’s groundbreaking series, The Maxx, with all new colors by Ronda Pattison.
HC • FC • $21.99 • 104 pages • 7” x 11” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-202-9
• Collects issues #9–12
• Oversized Hardcover!

The new reprints of the Sam Kieth and William Messner-Loebs series form Image Comics keeps rolling along. These hardcovers differ from the old trade paperbacks, which were published by DC’s Wildstorm imprint, in a few different ways: they only collect 4 issues at a time, when the trades collected 6 and they have new colors and improved scans of the original artwork.

Tarzan: The Complete Russ Manning Newspaper Strips, Vol. 4
Tarzan: The Complete Russ Manning Newspaper Strips, Vol. 4

Tarzan: The Complete Russ Manning Newspaper Strips, Vol. 4
Russ Manning (w & a & c)
In the series conclusion, the final nine Sunday storylines by Russ Manning, in which Tarzan returns to Opar, Pellucidar, and Castra Sanguinarius, while Korak finds himself at the Sacred Lake of Krackao and the Elephants’ Graveyard. Collecting the complete strips run from March 24, 1974 through June 24, 1979.
HC • FC • $49.99 • 296 pages • 11” x 8.5” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-215-9
• 2014 Eisner Award Winner!

Someday when I catch up to buying all the other books on my “Needs & Wants” list, I’ll get to collecting Tarzan. I do own the Joe Kubert Archives and two of the Jesse Marsh Archives from Dark Horse but that’s it. There’s so much more to get including this awesome, complete newspaper run from the master, Russ Manning.

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!

Chris

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

SUPERMAN: THE SILVER AGE NEWSPAPER DAILIES, VOL. 1: 1958-1961
SUPERMAN: THE SILVER AGE NEWSPAPER DAILIES, VOL. 1: 1958-1961

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!

SUPERMAN: THE SILVER AGE NEWSPAPER DAILIES, VOL. 1: 1958-1961
(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-NEW X-MEN VOL. 1: YESTERDAY’S X-MEN PREMIERE HC
AVENGERS VOL. 1: AVENGERS WORLD PREMIERE HC
CAPTAIN AMERICA VOL. 1: CASTAWAY IN DIMENSION Z BOOK 1 PREMIERE HC
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 1 PREMIERE HC
INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK VOL. 1: AGENT OF S.H.I.E.L.D. PREMIERE HC
IRON MAN VOL. 1: BELIEVE PREMIERE HC
NEW AVENGERS VOL. 1: EVERYTHING DIES PREMIERE HC
NOVA VOL. 1 PREMIERE HC
SAVAGE WOLVERINE VOL. 1 PREMIERE HC
THOR: GOD OF THUNDER VOL. 1 – THE GOD BUTCHER PREMIERE HC
UNCANNY AVENGERS VOL. 1: THE RED SHADOW PREMIERE HC
UNCANNY X-MEN VOL. 1: REVOLUTION PREMIERE HC

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

Chris

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