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CCL Podcast #341 – Major Typos From DC and Marvel

Collected Comics Library Podcast #341
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Today is one of those podcasts where I get things off my chest. Namely, mistakes made by the two biggest publishers in comics.

First up we have DC. I am really liking the Batman “Signature” editions. They are comparable to the Marvel hardcover Visionaries books. They showcase an artist’s (or writer’s) talent, however I have no idea why we have the exact same format and design but different titles: “Legends Of The Dark Knight” and “Tales Of The Batman”. I’ve asked DC, but they have not given me a satisfactory answer. But wait, there’s more. Looking at the spine of the books, you can plainly see that they are not uniform. You would think that DC would stick to a template, but that is clearly not the case.

Next we have Marvel. It was a sad day when I found out that the Marvel Premiere Classic line was being canceled, but I know that all good things must pass. Unfortunately, Marvel and the collected edition editors took a day off when designing the dustjacket for MPC: Hulk Abominable. The final volume in the series, Variant Volume 106, has the wrong number: Volume 103! There is no excuse for such a blatant mistake.

So yeah, this particular podcast may carry an edge.
Enjoy it at your own risk.


Links Of Note:
Back Issue 61 – Tabloids and Treasuries

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CCL Podcast #337 – 2012 Summer Movie and Collected Edition Tie-In Retrospective

Collected Comics Library Podcast #337
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I was a summer unlike any other. The Avengers finally assembled, Batman finished up his trilogy and we had a reboot of one of the most iconic heroes ever in The Amazing Spider-man. But how well did they do at the box office and now that the movies are done, what should you pick up to read? I answer those questions and go over several other movies from the summer including all the animated films.

I also go over the 2012 Harvey Award Winners and answer an email why the Batman Archives Volume 7 is selling at $300!!!


Links of Note:
The Philip K. Dick Reader

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CCL Podcast #333 – Dark Knight 1, John Blake 0

Collected Comics Library Podcast #333
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Nothing says summer like a good blockbuster super-hero movie and I’ve seen the three big ones: The Avengers, The Amazing Spider-Man and The Dark Knight Rises. While I can say Avengers was may favorite, I don’t necessarily have a least favorite. Batman is so different in tone from the fun popcorn flicks of the previous two it’s a bit hard to compare. All three had problems, too. From a fan-boy perspective I had the most issues, with Dark Knight Rises. In a name it’s John Blake. I didn’t hate the character, I just hated the ruse we were put under. And now that the secret is coming out I wonder how Batman historians will look at this interpretation. After all, this is the only “character” that had a major change from his original incarnation. We didn’t get that from Bruce, Alfred, Gordon, Harvey, Scarecrow, Joker, Selina, Bane or Ra’s. With Spidey it seemed that everything, I mean everything, revolved around Oscorp. I won’t go into spoilers here, I’ll save it for today’s podcast.

I also have some major updates to the CCL website, itself. I added in the full Table Of Contents for Wonder Woman from Bonanza Books (1972) and Jules Feiffer’s The Great Comic Book Heroes. Both can be found in the righthand sidebar near the bottom of the page. Feel free download and share! In the Library section I added the four volume B.P.R.D. Plague Of Frogs Hardcovers. This has been a long time coming. In the next few days, I’ll be adding in the Hellboy Library editions. I also added more information to The Joe Simon and Jack Kirby Library of books from Titan. Look for new entries for The Best Of and Crime books. Simon & Kirby Superheroes and Science Fiction will be added soon. Lastly I do have plans to create an IDW section. This will house entries for the all of the Artist’s Editions, TMNT Ultimate Collections, 30 Days Of Night, Richard Stark’s Parker, IDW Premiere HC’s and a full, complete checklist for their 6×9, softcover Omnibus editions. It’s going to be a fun task and I welcome any help.

For now, let’s get on with the show…


Links Of Note:
The Art and Making of The Dark Knight Trilogy (Abrams)
Comic Book Page Podcast presents: Comic-Con 2012 Podcast Panel
Distinguished Comic Book Podcast Episode 038: The Revolutionary Work of Steve Ditko

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Join Me for a LIVE Dark Knight Rises Chat

UPDATE: Due to the tragic shooting in Denver, the Batman: Dark Knight Rises chat with the Detroit Free Press has been cancelled.

Come join in the conversation as myself, Rob Allstetter, Comics Continuum and Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press movie writer, conduct a live, online chat on Christopher Nolan’s Batman Trilogy: Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises Friday, July 20 from Noon-1pm EST.
Follow this link to the Detroit Free Press to participate.
Please note that you do not need to have seen the film as this will be a spoiler free chat.
Hope to see you all there!

Mazzucchelli: Just Say No To Batman: Year One

Yesterday Dan Nadel, The Comics Journal, quoted David Mazzucchelli on the upcoming Batman: Year One Deluxe Edition:

DC just sent me this book last week, and I really hope people don’t buy it. I didn’t even know they were making it, and I don’t understand why they thought it was necessary — several years ago, DC asked me if I’d help put together a deluxe edition ofBatman: Year One, and Dale Crain and I worked for months to try to make a definitive version. Now whoever’s in charge has thrown all that work in the garbage. First, they redesigned the cover, and recolored my artwork — probably to look more like their little DVD that came out last year; second, they printed the book on shiny paper, which was never a part of the original design, all the way back to the first hardcover in 1988; third — and worst — they printed the color from corrupted, out-of-focus digital files, completely obscuring all of Richmond’s hand-painted work. Anybody who’s already paid for this should send it back to DC and demand a refund.

I didn’t see that one coming. In fact, I don’t think anyone did.

Mazzucchelli goes on to clarify his statement further in the comment section of The Beat Blog:

No, just inferior production values [compared to the previous design]. And the re-coloring is only of the cover. The interior is Richmond’s color, but printed from corrupted, out-of focus digital files.

That’s a very strong statement and one that DC should be looking at very closely. And with that they should be looking at ALL their collected editions of late. Too many errors have krept though: The Showcase Presents Ghosts shipped with a missing page and the reproduction of the Resurrection Man was less then perfect. What gives? I don’t have the answers but it looks like there are too many cooks/editors in the collected editions kitchen all working with no oversight. When the book gets released on March 14, we completists will dig out the best copy of Year One (pictured below) and scrutinize the new copy endlessly.

I wonder what Frank Miller thinks of all this?