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.

3 Collected Editions Worth Buying from the Image November 2014 Solicits

Let’s take a look at a few of the Image Comics November 2014 Solicitations.

I admit, I read the first issue of Saga and dropped it like a bad habit. Since then it has had much critical acclaim and the story, art and characterization, so I’m told, is worthy of revisiting. That said, I will be picking up the Saga Book One HC, collecting SAGA #1-18, 504 pages, $49.99. It seems that for the past year+, John Mayo and I talk about this series and it’s not going to be slowing down anytime soon. I might as well check it and at least give it a fair chance.

The Walking Dead Omnibus Volume 5, collecting THE WALKING DEAD #97-120, 560 pages, $100.00 / S&N EDITION $150.00, will no doubt be another best seller. I owned the first two Omnibus’ but eventually sold them on eBay for a pretty good profit — thank you very much. I now read the Walking Dead in digital format, but it’s worth pointing out this volume for those interested. They sell fast so if you want one, per-order one.

The Manhattan Projects Volume 5: The Cold War TP, collecting THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS #21-25, 144 pages, $14.99, has been a really fun ride blending science into comics all taking place in a parallel universe that doesn’t seem so far fetched at all. Jonathon Hickman is at his best in this series and I can’t wait to see how far he can take us.

3 Collected Editions That Got Makeovers in DC’s November 2014 Solicts


DC Comics has released their November 2014 Solicitations and it looks as though some of the contents and format for a few of them have been changed:

Well, well, DC has finally solicited Keven Smith’s Green Arrow. It was to be a Deluxe Edition Hardcover, but now for whatever reason it’s an Absolute. I’ve said it before on the podcast, I like Smith, just not his ventures into comic book writing. That said, I may give this another shot – just because of the great art from Phil Hester and Ande Parks. Collecting GREEN ARROW #1-15, 400 pages, $99.99. Oh, and just when do you think Smith will make his cameo on Arrow?

The Green Lantern by Geoff Johns Omnibus Volume 1 is another book that had a minor redo. It seems as though DC forgot to include Green Lantern Corps #14-18 and instead solicited #1-5. Probably just a typo, so it’s no big deal for me. Collects GREEN LANTERN REBIRTH #1-6, GREEN LANTERN CORPS: RECHARGE #1-5, GREEN LANTERN #1-25, GREEN LANTERN CORPS #14-18, TALES OF THE SINESTRO CORPS: SUPERMAN PRIME #1, GREEN LANTERN CORPS SINESTRO SPECIAL #1, GREEN LANTERN SECRET FILES 2005 #1 and GREEN LANTERN/SINESTRO CORPS SECRET FILES #1, 1,232 pages, $125.00.

Nightwing Vol. 1: Bludhaven TP, collects the 4-issue miniseries and issues #1-8 of his solo series from the 1990’s. It’s high time DC got to reissuing this series, but this book is missing the Nightwing: Alfred’s Return one-shot, which was originally collected in Nightwing: Ties That Bind along with the 4-issue mini – so I’m not sure what DC is doing here. To that end, #1-8 was collected in the trade Nightwing: A Knight In Bludhaven, which now adds more confusion with the two similar titles.

4 Collection Editions To Buy from Marvel’s 2014 Solicits

Marvel has released their November 2014 Solicitations and I’m eager to own several of them:

First up Wolverine Epic Collection: Madripoor Nights, collecting WOLVERINE (1988) #1-16, and material from MARVEL COMICS PRESENTS (1988) #1-10 and MARVEL AGE ANNUAL #4, 504 pages, $34.99. While this isn’t my first exposure to Wolverine (the first was Frank Miller’s series), this is where I became 100% hooked on the character. You can think of this collection as a direct sequel to the Wolverine Omnibus, which is in desperate need of a second printing or an Epic Collection, itself. Which in that case would be Volume 0, ’cause this is Volume 1 in the series.

Marvel Masterworks: The Submariner Volume 6 (Variant Volume 215), collecting SUB-MARINER (1968) #39-49 and DAREDEVIL (1964) #77, 280 pages, $75.00. As you may know by listening to the CCL Podcast, Namor is my character to follow in 2014, that is to say that I have gone back and read his appearances in the Atlas Era Masterworks and the Silver Age run in hardcover form. This latest book will be a very nice addition to the bookshelf and I’ll probably read the whole thing with it comes in the mail from DCBS. BTW, This series ran until issue #72, so that means 3 more Masterworks for completion. Namor was next seen in Super-Villain Team-Up with Doctor Doom, which was collected in its own Essential.

Marvel Firsts: The 1980s Vol. 3 TPB is full of great #1s and First Appearances, including Steve Ditko’s Speedball and the often overlooked Havok & Wolverine: Meltdown, which perhaps should have been included in the above Epic Collection. Collecting THE ’NAM #1, COMET MAN #1, FALLEN ANGELS #1, MEPHISTO VS. #1, MARVEL GRAPHIC NOVEL #31, SPELLBOUND (1988) #1, EXCALIBUR SPECIAL EDITION, X-TERMINATORS #1, HAVOK & WOLVERINE: MELTDOWN #1, SHADOWMASTERS #1 — plus material from AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #22; MARVEL AGE ANNUAL #4; and MARVEL COMICS PRESENTS (1988) #10, #17, #25-26, #29 and #38, 480 pages, $39.99.

The Howard The Duck Omnibus, collecting Adventure into Fear #19; Man-Thing #1; Giant-Size Man-Thing #4-5; Howard the Duck #1-33, Annual #1; Marvel Treasury Edition #12; Marvel Team-Up #96, 808 pages, $99.99 is one that I already own but I have to mention it because everyone should own a copy. Funny story: After my son and I saw Guardians Of The Galaxy, Patrick asked about this Omnibus and if he could read it.. Although it does contain some “adult” martial, he’s 14 and I think he can handle it. While skimming it over I could hear him laughing in the next room and so far he’s taken right to it. It now resides next to his bedside.

CCL Podcast #391 – Steve Bryant, Athena Voltaire

Athena Voltaire Compendium
Athena Voltaire Compendium

Collected Comics Library Podcast #391
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Chris Marshall / @ChrisCCL

Steve Byrant stops by to talk about his upcoming Athena Voltaire Compendium from Sequential Pulp Comics and Dark Horse Comics. Andy Tom rides shotgun with me as we discuss the long evolution of the character, the publishers, the successful 2010 Kickstarter, the collected editions and the improvements to the new Compendium. We also talk about other great Kickstarter projects including: Gangs Of Camelot and Doc Unknown.

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