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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 #330 – Trading Nick Fury

Collected Comics Library Podcast #330
46.7Mb; 50m 53s

Back to the grind.
It’s been a long time since I last recorded friends, but fear not, I have several things lined up this summer for the podcast. So stay tuned.
Today on the show I go over all three Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. Masterworks. This includes the good, the bad and the ugly. I also talk about the more recent reprints of Nick Fury Vs. S.H.I.E.L.D. HC, Wolverine & Nick Fury: Scorpio TP and Nick Fury, Agent Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Classic Vol. 1 TPB.
I also talk about the new book Superman: The High-Flying History of America’s Most Enduring Hero by Larry Tye. I wrote a review of the book last week.
All in all it’s good to be back.
Chris

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Sunday Review: Superman: The High-Flying History of America’s Most Enduring Hero

It’s said that you can read, study, and read some more and you’ll still never become an expert on any one subject. That’s because the world is ever changing. History gets a new perspective and new details are unearthed all the time. Also, the bigger the subject, the bigger the myth. There’s no bigger superhero then Superman and the stories that accompany his journey through time is just as big. In the new book Superman: The High-Flying History of America’s Most Enduring Hero, Larry Tye gives us everything we could want to in a very in-depth biography of the great fictional character. From his birth in the comics to radio, cartoons, afternoon serials, TV and movies and even the stage, it’s all covered in this book.

Anyone who knows Superman has seen him in his countless forms and portrayals. But what you may not know is the story of then men who created Superman: Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. It goes much deeper then the two boys collaborating in high school and trying year after year to get their hero published. Tye’s book is a decade by decade look at arguably the greatest fictional creation in history as well as a struggle for creator rights, fair pay and redemption. Sure the heartbreak of George Reeves, TV’s Superman, will get you chocked up but so will the legal hardships Siegel and Shuster had to endure year after long year. It’ll make you angry how little they got paid (or did they?). Perhaps they got the money they deserved and just spent and invested it unwisely. I found it interesting the more popular Superman got the more often Siegel and Shuster sued and sued for more money each time!

The saga of the a big screen movie Superman is equally intriguing. I knew that Paul Newman was a possibility to wear the cape but I didn’t know about Muhammad Ali! What a movie that would have made. As with the comic publishing, the egos out shined our hero, including writers, directors, producers and even Marlon Brando who, when it was all said and done, made over $1 million per minute of screen time – 19!!! Christopher Reeve was always the champ. He even stuck it out through Superman III with Richard Pryor and Superman IV: The Quest For Peace with Nuclear Man. After rereading about his life, accident and death, I truly miss my Superman.

At the core this book is about a father, Jerry Siegel and his son, Superman. The boy grew up quickly and didn’t always have his dad to watch his back. No, others who had their own plans did that. But now Superman is back on top and the right men are in charge. He’s stronger the ever. More popular then ever. And now we get the full rich history tell-all he deserves.

Superman: The High-Flying History of America’s Most Enduring Hero HC
By Larry Tye
432 pages, $27.00, 2012, Random House
A copy of this book was supplied to me by Random House

Recommended reading:
Men of Tomorrow: Geeks, Gangsters, and the Birth of the Comic Book HC by Gerard Jones

Absolute Death Of Superman?

Last week Marvel released the teaser image for the Death Of Spider-Man storyline which will begin February 2011. Details are very limited but it looks like it will start in Amazing Spider-Man #654.1. Note that this issue will be part of Marvel’s Point One series of books that are self contained stories and jumping on points for readers. Repercussions from this line will be explored all throughout the Marvel Universe in 2011.

But the real fun began just a few days later when DC Comics ran their own promo for Doomsday Will Reign and featured the familiar, bloody Superman logo circa 1992. Not surprisingly, fanboy reaction is running wild as to what this could mean. Most likely is that it will be the return of Doomsday in the pages of Superman, Action and Legion of Superheroes.

Some even speculated that in the wake of the promo that an Absolute Death And Return Of Superman is forthcoming. The mere notion of that was troubling to me because it was only three years ago when DC published the Hardcover, Standard sized, Omnibus, 784 pages including 40 pages of bonus material for $75.00. Why would DC repackage it? The answer is obvious. DC (and Marvel) republish classic titles and tie them into current story lines (or movies and TV) to help keep the past alive. Even though bigger isn’t always better, I’m now all for it if DC decides to go this route with Doomsday.

The reason being is that the Hardcover Omnibus is out of print. If you check out eBay or Amazon the asking price is about $100. Not terribly unreasonable considering the initial price. It’s too bad that this version, of such a pertinent story, of the Superman mythos isn’t republished or kept in print as much Dark Knight Returns or Watchmen – even as a trade paperback. If DC does the Absolute version, expect a price jump to the normal $99 point. It should include everything the Omnibus has and perhaps a little more, and without a doubt you’ll get the slipcase.

CCL Podcast #292 – Superman Jr. & Batman Jr. aka The Super-Sons!

Collected Comics Library Podcast #292
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I’ve always been a big fan of the Marvel’s What If?. After all they are just comic book characters and there are an infinite number of worlds to explore. Years before DC published the Elseworld’s tales, they had their own What If? in the pages of World’s Finest featuring Batman and Superman. Popular in the late 1950’s through the 1970’s was the exploration of future stories that involved the descendants of Bruce and Clark. Recently DC collected these imaginary tales in trade paperback form: DC’s Greatest Imaginary Stories Volume 2: Batman & Robin and Batman/Superman: Saga of the Super Sons. Both have different takes on the similar concept and we explore that today.

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