Category Archives: DC Showcase Presents

CCL Podcast #168 – Eric Bieze, Admin, Essentials and Showcases Yahoo! Group

Collected Comics Library Podcast #168

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The CCL continues its interviews with a conversation with Eric Bieze, Administrator of the Marvel Essentials and DC Showcases Yahoo! Group. Eric and I talk everything Black and White; what we like and don’t like, what’s coming out and what we would like to see.

Also on the show I go over collected edition news from the New York Comic-Con, and a cool upcoming DC Comics Superhero DVD from Filmation. Lastly, I go over the New Releases of the Week list.

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Links of Note:
The 10th Annual DC Archives Survey
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Marvel July
Justice League International HC
Queen and Country Definitive Edition TPB Vol 02
Wonder Woman: Who Is Wonder Woman? HC
Hellboy Library Edition HC Vol 1
Green Lantern HC Vol 1 The Sinestro Corps War
Supergirl and the Legion The Quest For Cosmic Boy
Batman Lovers and Madmen HC
X-O Manowar Birth HC
Speed Racer Chronicles of the Racer TPB
Deadpool Classic TPB Vol 1
Amory Wars TPB 1 Second Stage Turbine Blade (MR)
Noble Causes Archives TPB Vol 1
Alter Ego Best of Legendary Comics Fanzine SC
JSA HC Vol 2 Thy Kingdom Come Part 1
Complete Terry and the Pirates HC Vol 3 1939-1940

Absolute Ronin HC – 40% off until Friday, May 2
Green Arrow/Black Canary The Wedding Album HC
Deathblow… And Then You Live
Dr. Fate Countdown to Mystery
Hellblazer The Laughing Magician
Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Guilty Pleasures Vol 1
Annihilation Conquest Book 2 HC
Captain America Operation Rebirth (new edition)
Captain Marvel Secret Invasion Premiere HC
Counter X Volume 1
Achewood The Great Outdoor Fight HC
Barb Wire Omnibus
Badger Saves the World
Complete ACE Trucking Volume 1

The Blackhawks in collected edition limbo

While looking at the entire DC Archive Editions and Showcase Presents collection on my book shelves last night, something occurred to me. It seems that every Archive edition, save for one title, has one of the following:

• A second volume
• Is part of a family of other volumes
• Has a Showcase Presents to compliment it.

The exception is The Blackhawks.

Let me show by example:
Take Superman, he has several volumes including the Superman, Action Comics, World’s Finest and Man of Tomorrow Archives. The same could be said fro Batman.

Shazam! Family Archives (which features Captain Marvel Jr. and Mary Marvel) are complimented by four Shazam! Archives and a Shazam! Showcase.

The Robin Archives are complimented by the Robin Showcase. So too are Aquaman and The Metal Men.

The Heroes of the Justice Society that have one Archive each Sandman, Black Canary, The Spectre, Dr. Fate, Starman and the JSA Heroes from the JSA All-Stars Archives are complimented by the All-Star Archives, Comics Cavalcade and the DC Rarities Archives. Throw the GA Green Lantern, Flash and Hawkman in that mix, too.

All other Archives including Supergirl, The Seven Soldiers of Victory, Plastic Man, Legion of Superheroes, Wonder Woman, Doom Patrol, Teen Titans, Action Heroes, Adam Strange, The Atom, World’s Finest Comics, Justice League of America, Challengers of the Unknown, The Flash (Barry), Green Lantern (Hal), Enemy Ace and Sgt. Rock all have at least a second Archive or at least one Showcase Presents.

The other lone one could be The Brave and The Bold Team-Up Archives. However, I exclude it for a couple of reasons

1. Both of the characters pictured on the cover Green Arrow and Martian Manhunter have their own solo Showcase Presents books. The Haunted Tank, which was featured in issue #52, and is included in this Archive, has its own Showcase, too.
2. This comic book title morphed into The Brave & The Bold – Batman Team-Ups, which now has two Showcases.

What does this mean for the Blackhawks? Hopefully it doesn’t mean they will get excluded from another Archive or their first Showcase for long. The team has a rich history dating back to 1941 and the Golden Age of Comics. As it stands now, DC is slowing down their Archive line to only a few new books a year and the Showcase books are all Silver Age material. So DC seems to be in a conundrum of whether to continue (and finish) with more popular lines or start off with a Silver age Blackhawk Showcase, which would start in 1957 with #108 (pictured) when DC took over the title from Quality Comics. Time will tell.

CCL Podcast #149 – The Heroes Hardcover

Collected Comics Library Podcast #149

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Heroes is dead! Long live Heroes!

That’s right folks, thanks to the writers strike, Heroes is done. We have no idea when the second half of the second season will be aired. I’m guessing that it’ll turn into season three. But in the meantime we have a slue of books coming out from Wildstorm/DC and NBC to keep us busy, including the newly released Heroes Hardcover. I go over that book as well as all the others you may or may not be aware of.

Secondly, I talk about the 4th Annual CCL NCAA Football Bowl Contest and I also update the prize list.

There are also some new Paul Pope reissues and I have an email from Mitch.

Lastly, not only do I go over the New Releases of the Week, but also the 2008 Showcase Presents rundown with dates.


PS If you know anyone with the Heroes helix tattoo, let me know. I need a good laugh.

Links of note:
List of Heroes graphic novels (season 1)
List of Heroes graphic novels (season 2)

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All New Atom Vol 2 Future Past TPB
All Star Companion Vol 2 TPB
Batman Superman Saga of the Super Sons TPB
The Brave and The Bold Vol 1 Lords of Luck HC
Danger Girl Body Shots TPB
Fantastic Four Visionaries John Byrne TPB Vol 8
Madman and The Atomics Vol 1 TPB
Marvel Masterworks Amazing Spider-Man Vol 9 HC
Marvel Masterworks Amazing Spider-Man Vol 9 HC Var Ed 86
New Excalibur TPB Vol 3 Battle For Eternity
Punisher War Journal Vol 2 Goin Out West Prem HC
Silver Surfer Requiem Prem HC
Transformers Premiere Edition Vol 1 HC
Warren Ellis Black Gas TPB (MR)
What If? Classic TPB Vol 4

Howard the Duck Omnibus HC – 40% off until Friday December 14th
Legion of Super-Heroes in the 31st Century Volume 1
Lobo Portrait of a Bastich
Nightwing The Lost Year
Outsiders Five of a Kind
Exiles Volume 16 Starting Over
Iron Man Demon in a Bottle Premiere HC Cover A
Iron Man Many Armors of Iron Man (new edition)
Magician Apprentice Volume 2 HC Cover A
Grendel Devil Child HC
Therefore, Repent!
Fruits Basket Ultimate Edition Volume 2
Jenny Finn Doom Messiah
Phantom Jungle Action

CCL Podcast #147 – GA and SA Aquaman

Collected Comics Library Podcast #147

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Happy Thanksgiving! While it may be a nice long relaxing weekend for you, it will be the exact opposite for me. Besides hosting 25 people for Lions football and dinner (yes, in that order) on Thursday, my sister is getting married on Saturday, which means that I also have to go to the rehearsal dinner Friday night. By Sunday, I’m the one who is going to feel like a stuffed turkey.

To start off, I talk about my involvement int he HERO for the Holidays Initiative, which I hope that all of you will support.

For the feature today, I discuss Aquaman (both Golden Age and Silver Age ) and the passing of his creator, Paul Norris. And you won’t want to miss my rant on Superman’s Girlfriend Lois Lane #12 , which is included in the Aquaman Showcase.

In other news, both DC and Marvel have released their solicitations and I hope to get those up on the New Releases page sometime this weekend. Also, I go over Marvel’s DCU program and I answer a Masterworks/Omnibus e-mail question.

Go Lions!


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Great books from In Stock Trades

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Pre-Orders from Forbidden Planet International
DC March
DC April
52 Vol 4 TPB
Annihilation Book 3 TPB
Batman Death In The City TPB
Captain America Vol 1 Death Captain America Prem HC
Complete Badger Vol 1 TPB
Jack Kirbys Fourth World Omnibus Vol 3 HC
Mad Archives Vol 2 HC
New Avengers Vol 1 HC
New Avengers Vol 1 HC Var
Star Wars 30th Anniv Coll Vol 10 HC Crimson Empire
Supergirl Identity TPB
Will Eisners Spirit Archives Vol 23 HC
World War Iii TPB
X-Men First Class Tomorrows Brightest TPB
X-Men God Loves Man Kills Prem HC Dm Var Ed 7
X-Men God Loves Man Kills Premiere HC
Hellboy Library Edition Volume 1 HC – 40% off until Friday November 30th
Spirit Archives Volume 24
DMZ Volume 4: Friendly Fire
Fables 1,001 Nights of Snowfall
Marvel Masterworks The Uncanny X-Men Volume 6
New Warriors Volume Defiant
Nextwave Agents of H.A.T.E. Volume 2 – I Kick Your Face
Onslaught Reborn
Criminal Macabre My Demon Baby
Strange Girl Volume 4 Golden Lights
Funeral of the Heart
Avengers: The Inside Story HC
Modesty Blaise: Yellowstone Booty

Comic Book Blog browsing on a Thursday afternoon

So if you guys recall a few weeks ago I mentioned a brand new Marvel Masterworks and that it was going to be BIG! Well, the beans can now be spilled..As announced by Marvel by way of their Marvel Masterworks website, it is Ant Man/Giant Man Volume 2 (Variant Volume 91). I’ll add more info as it comes out through Marvel. I told you it would be BIG. On with some links:

  • The 2008 Motor_City Comic Con has been announced for May 16-18. So far the featured guest will be Arthur Suydam (Marvel Zombies). I’ll be posting and talking about this more in the upcoming months.
  • Even SpongeBob is effected by the writers strike and it looks really, really ugly.
  • My son Patrick, isn’t that much into Lego as I thought he would be (like I was when I was his age). Looks like I won’t have to get him a subscription to the new Lego Magazine BrickJournal from TwoMorrows.. And right now you can even get a free copy of the first issue in PDF form! I’ll download a copy and see if I can gett him into it.
  • Gearing up for what seems to be the Year of Speed Racer, no less than three publishers will be getting involved in the windfall. Among the material coming out will be a ton of older books that will be getting reprinted for the US market for the very first time!
  • Lastly, there has been a lot of discussion (and speculation) on various message boards on upcoming Showcase Presents. Here are some of them, I’ll add more information as warranted.
    • Showcase Presents: Phantom Stranger Volume 2
    • Showcase Presents: Booster Gold Volume 1
    • Showcase Presents: Challengers of the Unknown 2
    • Showcase Presents: Legion of Super Heroes Volume 2
    • Showcase Presents: Haunted Tank Volume 2
    • Showcase Presents: Green Lantern Volume 3
    • Showcase Presents: Flash Volume 2
    • Showcase Presents: Batman Volume 3
    • Showcase Presents: Challengers Volume 2
    • Showcase Presents: House of Secrets Volume 1
    • Showcase Presents: Hawkman Volume 2