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TwoMorrows Tune-In #21: Jason Hofius and George Khoury

This month on the show, host Chris Marshall sits down with Jason Hofius and George Khoury to talk about their upcoming book Age of TV Heroes which examines the history of the live-action television adventures of everyone’s favorite comic book heroes!
Chris also goes over all of the June 2009 releases.

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CCL Podcast #200 – Frank Miller’s Daredevil Omnibus 1 and 2

Collected Comics Library Podcast #200
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Well here we are – 200 podcasts! I never thought it would be possible. My sincere thanks go out to everyone who has ever downloaded or even visited this blog going back to 1999.

This episode is special in so many ways, not only is it #200, but I get to focus my attention on one of the great runs in comic book history and a run that got me started in comics in the first place – Frank Miller’s Daredevil. Back in 2007 Marvel published two Omnibuses showcasing Miller’s work and today we celebrate those books by looking at all of the bonus features at accompany it.

As for the rest of the show, there isn’t a whole lot of news, as expected this time of year, but IDW has some very big plans for 2009, including enlarging the dimensions of there Dick Tracy Daily reprints from the size that you see in stores now to matching the oversized Terry and the Pirates books starting with Volume 7. IDW will also be publishing Alex Raymond’s Rip Kirby in a 5 volume set and Neal Adams’ Ben Casey in a 2 Volume set.

Chris

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CCL Podcast #199 – A Reprint of Reprints – DC Classics The Batman Annuals

Collected Comics Library Podcast #199
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Regular readers of the blog of listeners of the podcast, know that I’m a big fanboy of The Batman, yes “The” Batman. meaning the older and slightly more campy Batman of the Golden Age and early Silver Age. That said, DC Comics will be releasing The Batman Annuals HC (expected April 22, 2009) as part of their newly formed Classic Library editions. This is an interesting book because the Batman Annuals, published between 1961 and 1964, contained nearly no new material, they were simply 80+ page comic books reprinting material from Batman and Detective Comics from the 1950′s. Today, on the podcast, I take a look at why DC would reprint these stories not just now in 2008 but rather in 1961. What makes these stories so special? How rare are these stories and if they have ever been collected in other hardcovers or trade paperbacks.

Also, as I stated in a previous blog post, the 5th Annual NCAA Football Bowl Contest is upon us and with it some of the best prizes to be won – ever; including the highly sought after UK edition of From Hell (Knockabout). There’s also Product and Shipping news on Showcase Presents: Strange Adventures and the Secret Invasion trade paperback and news about The Spirit Archives Volume 27 from Dark Horse. Al this and the New Releases of the Week.

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Thoughts on the All-Star Batman and Robin #10 recall


In case you haven’t heard by now, All-Star Batman and Robin The Boy Wonder #10 has been recalled due to strong language that seemed to slip by the editors, interns, secretaries and janitors at DC Comics and actually make it to print last Wednesday. DC quickly put out a demand to all retailers to destroy all copies. Many retailers did not catch the mistake in time and sold the book. Over 300 have found their way on to eBay and some are going for as much as $100. Also, many retailers have not complied with the demand and you have to wonder if owners of the stores have been selling copies on eBay or other avenues under different names to make a quick buck.

Yes, shame on them for doing so. DC’s mistake should not be their gain, but shame on DC for letting the mistake slip through the cracks in the first place. They should have known better. To DC’s, limited, credit the book was sent off with ink blotted over the “four letter words”, as it was intended to be, but the printer did a horrible job and you could see right through it. DC should have never of allowed these words to be put in the book to begin with. It was a creative move by creator Frank Miller, but it was also very dumb and now everyone is paying the price.

But shame on Miller, too. As a professional he should known that this could of happened. When asked about the oversight not even he could drum up a worthy excuse, “This is the first I’ve heard of it. I have no idea how this awful thing happened. It’s just one of those terrible and glorious things that happen time to time in publishing.” But that’s not all. Now comes word that the art on a page of the book has been edited, too. Originally in one large panel Batgirl is shown apprehending two criminals by the family jewels. It now it looks like she is punching them in the stomach.

But to play devils advocate, I have to wonder what the big deal is anyway. First of all, this book is geared for an adult audience. Miller is known for his violence and use of strong language in other books. Why should this be any different? All DC really has to due is tag the book for Mature Readers, like Marvel’s Punisher MAX line and everything would be OK. Another strike against DC for this debacle.

But now the cat is out of the bag (and on eBay) and DC is looking the worse for wear. DC could have done things a lot differently, such as: Issue no recall and keep the book on the stands but tell retailers to sell only to the over 18 crowd. Sure the book may look like crap with gray-tone lines running word balloons, but in hindsight the whole company looks like crap. This would have insured that no black market for the book would exist, or if there was any, the damage would have been lessened.

DC should have also released an addendum of the “Search and Destroy” letter to say when a new printing of the book would take place; so far it has yet to do so.

And on a Collected Edition note, when Volume 2 of Batman and Robin The Boy Wonder is released, it should contain the full unedited version of #10 along with and explanation and apology by DC Comics Executive Editor Dan DiDio, who has been conspicuously absent from this whole affair.

Real Power Part 11: Harley Quinn

Continuing a series of blogs that was inspired by the Adam Hughes poster The Real Power of the DC Universe.

Today we move to Harley Quinn. Certifiable. Not much else describes her. Let’s face it, anyone who falls in love with The Joker can’t be described in any other way.

Interestingly, Dr. Harleen Quinzel didn’t originate from the comics, she was created for Batman: The Animated Series; “Joker’s Favor” (episode #22, airdate: September 11, 1992). She proved to be so popular that DC added her into the DCU comics in 1999. These days she’s not some much involved with Joker as she is with Poison Ivy and former Catwoman, Holly Robinson. Now let’s take a look at some of her collected editions:

  • Batman: Harley Quinn OGN by Paul Dini. The book that brought Harley into the pages of the DC Universe.
  • Batman Adventures: Mad Love Timed to coincide with Harley Quinn’s DC Universe debut, this award-winning special showcases the irrepressible Harley in the “adventures” animated style.
  • Harley Quinn: Preludes and Knock-Knock Jokes Collects the first seven issues (of 38) of her own ongoing series.
  • Batman: Harley and Ivy TPB Collects Batman: Harley and Ivy, Harley and Ivy: Love On The Lam OGN and a colored story from Batman Black and White Vol. 2

Harley Quinn was last seen in Countdown.