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CCL Podcast #373 – The Valiant Masters

Valiant Masters: Bloodshot Vol. 1 HC - Blood Of The Machine
Valiant Masters: Bloodshot Vol. 1 HC – Blood Of The Machine

Collected Comics Library Podcast #373
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If you listened to last week’s show then you’ll know I have started my annual “Adopt A Character” excursion. I picked two things for 2014: The classic Valiant comic books and Namor, The Sub-Mariner.
This week I go over the first four volumes of the Valiant Masters, which can be compared to the the Marvel Masterworks or the DC Archives. The first four volumes are as follows:

Valiant Masters: Bloodshot Vol. 1 HC – Blood Of The Machine
Collects Bloodshot (1994) #1-8 and featuring an all-new, never – before-seen story by the original creative team of Kevin VanHook and Don Perlin, $24.99, Oct. 24, 2012

Valiant Masters: Ninjak Vol. 1 – Black Water HC
Collects Ninjak (1994) #1-6, #0, and #00 and featuring special, rarely seen sketches and process art from the Valiant vault, $24.99, Feb. 27, 2013

Valiant Masters: Shadowman Vol. 1 – Spirits Within HC
Collects Shadowman (1992) #0, 1-7 and material from Darque Passages (1994) #1, $24.99, June 5, 2013

Valiant Masters: Rai Vol. 1 – From Honor To Strength HC
Collects Rai (1992) #1-8, $24.99, Dec 18, 2013

Valiant has also announced:

Valiant Masters: Eternal Warrior Vol. 1 – The Fist And Steel HC
Collects Eternal Warrior (1992) #1-7, Archer & Armstrong (1992)/Eternal Warrior (1992) #8, $24.99

…but has been postponed with no date set…and the just solicited:

Valiant Masters: H.A.R.D. Corps Vol. 1 – Search And Destroy HC
Collects HARBINGER (1992) #10-11 and H.A.R.D. CORPS (1993) #1-6, $39.99, April 16, 2014

That’s a lot to go over, but I do manage to sneak in some Fantagraphics and Dark Horse collected editions news and a bit on the Marvel Cinematic Universe coming to Netflix.

Chris

Next week: yep, you guessed it: Namor! Imperius Rex!

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CCL Podcast #372 – Adopt A Character 2014

Marvel Masterworks Atlas Era Heroes Volume 3 Namor, The Sub-Mariner
Marvel Masterworks Atlas Era Heroes Volume 3 Namor, The Sub-Mariner

Collected Comics Library Podcast #372
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Well it’s that time of year again, time to Adopt a Character, creator, genre or just about anything else in the world of comic books and get acquainted with it all year long. It’s more of a challenge than anything else, and it’s been a fun way to read something out of the norm or try something new.
Here’s the rundown of what I have picked in past years:

2007: Thor
2008: Luke Cage and Iron Fist
2009: The Spirit Archives Volumes 1-27
2010: Steve Ditko’s Spider-Man
2011: Silver Age X-Men
2012: Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
2013: Fantastic Four by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby

As you can see, it’s been mostly Marvel and that’s no different this time around. I’m going with Namor, The Sub-Mariner. I have all of the Masterworks, but I am going to forgo the Golden Age for now and start with Namor’s appearances in the Atlas Era and then move to his solo Silver Age adventures. Namor, of course, was created by the great Bill Everett and was with him all the way up until his death, a death that came all too soon. You may recall that Blake Bell has put together a very nice two-volume set of The Bill Everett Archives and the biography Fire & Water over at Fantagraphics. I read Volume 1, but have yet to read Volume 2. I think that is where I will begin. I will keep you posted throughout the year on my progress and for fun I will also be reading more of the Classic Valiant universe. More on that in the podcast.

Also on the show there’s a great question that I received from LinkedIn, of all places, on “What are the best Omnibus’ to buy?” – a loaded question, if there ever was one! That’s leads me to the unofficial announcement of the Infinity Gauntlet Omnibus due out in July. Here are the particulars (which are different from the Wikipedia entry):

Silver Surfer (1987) 34-38, 40, 44-60; Thanos Quest 1-2; Infinity Gauntlet 1-6; Cloak & Dagger (1988) 18; Spider-Man (1990) 17; Incredible Hulk 383-385; Dr. Strange, Sorceror Supreme 31-36; Quasar 26-27; Sleepwalker 7; 1248 pages; July 15, 2014

Lastly, I do a rundown of the contents included in Batman: The TV Stories. This book is on the heels of the excellent Batman ’66 comic and the companion book will add a “Biff! Bam! Zonk! Pow!” punch to your collected editions library. You’ll be surprised just how DC put together this very affordable, very fun trade.

Chris

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CCL Podcast #359 – Interview with Fred Pierce and Hunter Gorinson, Valiant Entertainment

Valiant Entertaiment
Valiant Entertaiment

Collected Comics Library Podcast #359
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In 2012, Valiant Entertainment rebooted several titles that were popular in the 1990’s. The past year has garnered positive responses from fans and critics alike. Along with the expanding library, Valiant is in the midst of their first event: Harbinger Wars and the upcoming Unity event. Valiant has also once again started to re-release their classic material with the hardcover Valiant Masters series. Today I sit down with Publisher Fred Pierce and Marketing and Communications Manager Hunter Gorinson of Valiant Entertainment.

Cheers!

Chris
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