CCL #343 – DC Comics Classics Library Retrospective

Collected Comics Library Podcast #343
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Today’s show is a request of sorts. A few weeks ago I picked apart the Marvel Premiere Classic line of books. Today, I do the same with the DC Classic Library. The short-lived series was quite popular in 2009-2010, but only published nine volumes (ten if you count the never published Shazam!: The Monster Society Of Evil). The series didn’t get off to a very good start and a few of the books that were published were questionable. Their demise was due in part to the title choices but mostly because of the very high price point, usually $40. That’s not so say that there are one or two standouts that every comic book fan should read.

The big news of the week was that of Karen Berger retiring from DC and Vertigo. I examine this and wonder the timing of her stepping down, the cancellation of Hellbalzer at #300 and what could be next for the Vertigo line – if anything.

I also go over news snippets of:

Chris

In the USA…
Top Sellers this week! In Stock Trades
In the UK and Europe…
Pre-order books from Forbidden Planet International
Saga TP Vol 1
52 Omnibus HC
Avengers Vs X-Men Cheung HC
Scalped TP Vol 10 Trails End (MR)
Walking Dead TP Vol 17 Something To Fear (MR)
Scene of the Crime Dlx HC (MR)
Ultimate Comics Spider-Man Dosm Omnibus HC
BPRD Plague Of Frogs HC Vol 4
Fables Werewolves Of The Heartland HC (MR)
Fairest TP Vol 01 Wide Awake (MR)
Marvel – 40% off Special until December 19 – Ultimate Comics Divided We Fall, United We Stand HC
DC – 40% off Special until December 19 – 100 Bullets Deluxe Edition Book Four HC
Indie – 40% off Special until December 19 – Wally Wood: Eerie Tales Of Crime & Horror HC
Manga – 40% off Special until December 19 – Beautiful Creatures The Manga
Classic – 40% off Special until December 19 – The Strange Talent Of Luther Strode Vol 1
Captain America and Black Widow
Hawkeye Volume 1 My Life As A Weapon
Batman Volume 1 The Court of Owls
Judge Dredd Day Of Chaos – The Fourth Faction
Good Dog HC

4 comments for “CCL #343 – DC Comics Classics Library Retrospective

  1. December 7, 2012 at 8:31 AM

    The Monster Society of Evil was collected in a slipcased oversized hardcover by American Nostalgia Library/Hawk Books in 1989, not Graphitti.

    • CJM
      December 7, 2012 at 2:08 PM

      Scott, right on. Thanks! For some reason I thought it was Graphitti.

  2. Mark F.
    December 7, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    There is 1 glaring omission from this list of DC Classics, my favorite, Swamp Thing – Roots of the Swamp Thing by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson.

    • CJM
      December 7, 2012 at 12:54 PM

      Mark, thanks! I did forget Swamp Thing. Reason being I have that books lined up with my Alan Moore run. I’ll be sure to talk about that book next week! Chris

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