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6 Collected Editions Worthy Of Your Attention #14

Is there one book that is a “must have” that came out this week? My friends Andy Tom (@AndrewJTom), Chris Campbell (ChrisCampbell8), Marc Diefenderfer (@Dief88), Shane Hannafey, Adam Besenyodi (@adambesenyodi), and I (@ChrisCCL) are sharing six comic book collected editions, reprints and/or graphic novels released this week that you may be interested in.

Adventures of Superman Jose Luis Garcia Lopez HC (DC Comics)
Adventures of Superman Jose Luis Garcia Lopez HC (DC Comics)

Picked by @AndrewJTom
Adventures of Superman: Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez HC (DC Comics)
Whenever someone asks “Who is the best Batman artist?” we typically all have some type of answer. Though our answers may range from Neal Adams, Greg Capullo, Bruce Timm, or Norm Breyfogle… we typically have an answer and can defend that answer. Now… if someone asks you, “Who’s the best Superman artist?” what do you say? For most of us, this question is a little bit harder to answer. We may even have to think about it for a few minutes. Some of us may bring up Curt Swan, Frank Quitely, or John Byrne. However, when I think about the Superman that I grew up wearing on my pajamas; or the Superman that was on the t-shirt I wore to second grade. It’s typically the Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez Superman. JLGL was the artist by which all DC comic characters were referenced when I was a kid (especially for merchandising). His versions of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Hawkman, Green Lantern, and Aquaman were the versions that were on every piece of merchandise that my parents bought me and his drawings were the style guides by which every artist based their versions at the time in comics history. So it’s no surprise that DC has released this beautiful book in their latest addition to the “creators” series of books. Collected in this volume are a handful of Superman issues, and several issues from (my favorite Superman title) DC Comics Presents. The volume contains appearances by Wonder Woman, Lex Luthor, Solomon Grundy, Supergirl, The Flash, Adam Strange, the Metal Men and Firestorm (The story with Firestorm is a personal favorite of mine). Most of these stories have never been collected and will likely not be collected again. If you’re a Superman fan, have been collecting the “creators” series of hardcovers, both (like me), or you just wanna read some great pre-crisis stories of the Man of Steel, you should definitely pick this up.
Collects Superman #294, #301-302, #307-309 and #347, All-New Collectors Edition C-54 (This is the old Treasury Edition: Superman vs. Wonder Woman) and DC Comics Presents #1-4, #17, #20, #24 and #31, $39.99

Iron Man: Extremis (Marvel)
Iron Man: Extremis (Marvel)

Picked by @Dief88
Iron Man: Extremis (Marvel)
Extremis has sort of become the paradigmatic Iron Man story in the years since it was first published, and that’s due to several factors. One is that Warren Ellis was responsible for its plot, which combines a retelling of Iron Man’s origin (now set in Afghanistan, rather than Vietnam) with a modern-day tale of tech warfare and corporate intrigue. And then there’s Adi Granov’s artwork, which still strikes me with its incredible production values. The images in each panel strike a unique balance between cutting-edge computer graphics and traditional painted art. The clarity of Granov’s work makes it no surprise that he was brought on to help design the costume for the first Iron Man movie, or that Extremis has since been adapted into a motion comic.
Collects Iron Man (2005) #1-6, $14.99

and…

Iron Man: Extremis Prose Novel (Marvel)
Iron Man: Extremis Prose Novel (Marvel)

Iron Man: Extremis Prose Novel (Marvel) , $24.99
Also coming out this month is a novelization of the Extremis storyline, written by Marie Javins – presumably as a tie-in to Iron Man 3, since the movie has been said to be at least partly inspired by the Ellis/Granov storyline. While a part of me wishes that Marvel would focus their prose fiction efforts on telling original stories that wouldn’t work as well either in comics or on film, the fact that they’re devoting resources to producing traditional novels at all is kind of cool, since they haven’t done much of it in the past few years. (Remember all of those Spider-Man and X-Men novels they put out in the early to mid-‘90s? How cool would it be for Marvel to start something like that up again?) At any rate, it’s nice to see Javins on a Marvel project again – if you’ve been reading comics for a while, you might recognize her name from her many credits as a colorist and editor at Marvel in the 1990s and early 2000s.

Iron Man: Season One (Marvel)
Iron Man: Season One (Marvel)

Picked by Shane
Iron Man: Season One (Marvel), $24.99
Those of you who read this Friday feature will know of my love for Shellhead.  The onslaught of books leading up to the premiere of Iron Man 3 has started.  We have five Iron Man titles out this week alone and it is almost a month away from the premiere.  I know what you’re thinking… ANOTHER re-telling of the Iron Man origin?   I didn’t pick up the floppies of this series for that very reason, but now that the hardcover is coming out, I’m excited.  The Season One series has gotten fairly good reviews and we have Howard “American Flagg” Chaykin writing and some beautiful artwork by Gerald Parel.  This is a must buy for my Iron Man collection.  If you are just beginning your journey through the Marvel universe, these Season One editions should bring you up to speed on the characters and what better place to begin but with my favorite, Iron Man!

West Coast Avengers Omnibus (Marvel)
West Coast Avengers Omnibus (Marvel)

Picked by @adambesenyodi
West Coast Avengers Omnibus (Marvel)
The mid-’80s are my childhood comics reading heyday. I was an early teenager and a full-blown Marvel fanatic. I loved the Avengers – both the team and the book. The rotating roster and gamut-spanning exploits (everything from Earthbound to cosmic was fair game) sucked me in on every level. The Vision and Hawkeye were always among my favorites, and to see them butt heads and clash over the Scarlet Witch only added to the drama. When Hawkeye came back from his solo adventure married, and Vision was elevated to team leader as the first team was returning from Secret Wars, I knew things could get interesting. Sure enough, soon Vision was shipping his former romantic rival out to the Golden State to head up the West Coast franchise. The struggles Hawkeye faced as he tried his hand at team leader is the crux of the book, making for a fascinating character study. Throw in the archer’s wife, Wonder Man, Tigra, and an unexpected Iron Man, and you have a dynamic ripe for soap opera adventure!
Collects West Coast Avengers (1984) #1-4; Iron Man Annual #7; Avengers #250; West Coast Avengers #1-16; Vision and the Scarlet Witch (1985) #1-2; Avengers Annual #15; West Coast Avengers Annual #1; material from Avengers (1963) #239, #243-244, #246; and material from Avengers West Coast #100, $75.00

DC Universe Secret Origins TP (DC Comics)
DC Universe Secret Origins TP (DC Comics)

Picked by @ChrisCCL
DC Universe Secret Origins TP (DC Comics)
Reprints of reprints are always a fun thing to recommend. Originally Secret Origins was a series of Giants and covered Golden Age and Silver Age characters – and that’s what we have here. I own all four reprint “trades” individually as there were easy to find at conventions, but if you don’t want to hunt them down, pick up this 320 page softcover. I hope that DC would continue to reprint the full 50-issue series from 1986-1990 and/or the sister series, Who’s Who, that has sadly become lost in time.
Collects Secret Origins (1961), More Secret Origins (1965), Even More Secret Origins (2004), and Weird Secret Origins (2004), $24.99

Now it’s your turn. What books that came out this week do you recommend? Take a look at the sidebar to see this weeks collected edition releases.

6 Collected Editions Worthy Of Your Attention #13

Is there one book that is a “must have” that came out this week? My friends Andy Tom (@AndrewJTom), Chris Campbell (ChrisCampbell8), Marc Diefenderfer (@Dief88), Shane Hannafey, Adam Besenyodi (@adambesenyodi), and I (@ChrisCCL) are sharing six comic book collected editions, reprints and/or graphic novels released this week that you may be interested in.

Superman vs. Zod TP (DC Comics)
Superman vs. Zod TP (DC Comics)

Picked by @AndrewJTom
Superman vs. Zod TP (DC Comics)
Growing up in the 70s and 80s was a pretty special time for a comics fan.  In 1978 I was only 7 years old and my parents took me to see one of my favorite characters on the big screen, Superman.  I was in complete amazement at what I saw on screen, but ultimately I was disappointed with the one thing that my 7 year old brain couldn’t understand.  I wondered why the villain was Lex Luthor.  I mean… Luthor was just a regular guy!  Why didn’t they give us Bizarro or Brainiac?  Someone who could actually go toe to toe with Big Blue in a knock down, drag out fight.  A couple of years later (1980) I was 9 years old and my mom dropped me off at the movie theater so I could go see Superman II (back then, kids actually went to the movies by themselves).  What I got this time was exactly what I wanted.  Superman fought three other Kryptonians.  Not only were they Kryptonians, but they were the vilest of Krypton’s criminals.  Superman battled them in the streets of Metropolis and all the way to the north pole in the Fortress of Solitude (what was with the big cellophane “S” anyway?).  After Superman II, I was determined to learn more about these Phantom Zone villains.  Luckily, flea markets in the early 80s were aplenty and old comics were easy to come by on the cheap.  Eventually, I scored a couple of stories from the flea market and/or Harold’s Drug Store. These stories featured General Zod and his sidekicks.  Soon, I also scooped up the Phantom Zone mini-series and my appreciation for Zod was at it’s peak.  But sadly, Zod and company were rarely used after that tremendous mini-series.  Nowadays, General Zod has been redefined and re-imagined by Richard Donner and Geoff Johns.  He’s more similar in appearance to Terence Stamp; and he’s been reestablished as one of Superman’s most interesting and evil villains.  This new collection is pretty thin; but it does offer some early stories of General Zod and the Phantom Zone villains, including a look back at Zod’s treachery on Krypton told by Donner and Johns.  Sadly, this doesn’t collect the beloved “Phantom Zone” mini-series (that’s coming later this year), but this will make a great companion book to the eventual Phantom Zone book (which is a MUST BUY).  The best thing about this collection of old Superman vs. Zod stories is that it’s only $9.99 (which means you can score it at InStockTrades or Amazon for $5 or $6).  At this price, I highly recommend picking this up, it’ll provide you with some good old fashioned comic “fun” and remind you of what comics were like back when you (and your parents) were kids.
Collects stories from Adventure Comics #283, Action Comics #473, #548-549, DC Comics Presents #97 and Action Comics Annual #10, $9.99

LOAC Essentials Vol. 2: The Gumps - The Saga of Mary Gold! (IDW)
LOAC Essentials Vol. 2: The Gumps – The Saga of Mary Gold! (IDW)

Picked by @Dief88
LOAC Essentials Vol. 2: The Gumps – The Saga of Mary Gold! (IDW)
The second in IDW’s “Library of American Comics Essentials” series, this hardcover marks the first reprinting of Sidney Smith’s comic strip The Gumps (which ran from 1917 to 1959) in almost 40 years. Beloved in its day, The Gumps was so popular that readers would actually write in with romantic advice for the strip’s characters. Collected in this volume is one of the series’ most heart-wrenching stories, “The Saga of Mary Gold,” which features a pretty significant “first” in comics history. At the ridiculously low price of $19.99, this is a book that fans of classic newspaper comics should definitely check out.
Collects strips from 1928-1929, $19.99

Judge Dredd Origins TP (2000 AD/Rebellion)
Judge Dredd Origins TP (2000 AD/Rebellion)

Picked by Shane
Judge Dredd Origins TP (2000 AD/Rebellion)
Like most Americans, my first intro to the Judge Dredd character was the 1995 Stallone film which I later found, out had little to do with the actual comic.  That being said, I still enjoyed it for its cheesiness!  But alas, there really wasn’t a lot of US published Dredd books out there at the time.  Fast forward to today and we just got a new Dredd film starring Karl Urban of Star Trek fame as the lead character.  It wasn’t widely distributed in the US but has become a cult classic nonetheless and is much more accurate to the source material.  I bought it blind on Blu-Ray and never have I made a better purchase.  The film also whet my appetite for the further adventures of our helmeted anti-hero.  Now we are getting an abundance of Judge Dredd collected editions to satisfy any American’s curiosity.  As of late, we have had the Case Files series and now we get Origins.  This should be a great starting point for any curious comics fan to dip his or her feet into this universe and learn more about “dreaded” judges in the dystopian future city of Mega-City One that are everything from Police, judge, jury and executioner.  I personally can’t wait to read this!!
Collects all 23 episodes published from 2006 – 2007, $19.99

Bomb Queen Deluxe Edition Volume 1 HC (Image)
Bomb Queen Deluxe Edition Volume 1 HC (Image)

Picked by ChrisCampbell8
Bomb Queen Deluxe Edition Volume 1 HC (Image)
I have a confession to make.  I love absurd comics with violence and humor that push the envelope.  Enter the Bomb Queen.  Written and drawn by Jimmie Robinson, the Bomb Queen is not a new character, but the Deluxe Edition volume 1 that was released this week is sort of a restart of the hardcover line for the series.  I own the previous hardcover effort – appropriately entitled “Omnibust” – but that edition is quite hard to locate, so Jimmie has decided to update the trade dress and begin again.  I’ve already read the material covered in the first Deluxe Edition, but I’ll be buying it again.  Especially since a second volume has already been announced, which will let me continue my reading in my preferred format.  The story itself is awesomely insane and violent, but never takes itself too seriously and is done in a visual style reminiscent of Ryan Ottley and Invincible.  Once part of a quartet of Bomb Queens terrorizing the city, Bomb Queen emerges from her origin tale as the supreme villain in charge of the city.  There are simply no more heroes to fight her, and the government doesn’t want to get involved.  With the aid of her puppet mayor, crime-zones have been established throughout the city, and the people are generally behind her!  Truly a messed-up city that deserves what it gets, right?  Probably, but a challenger has come in the form of a politician looking to defeat the puppet mayor at the polls, and thus eliminate Bomb Queen’s (official) influence.  You can see where this is going.  The series has a wonderful black and dirty sense of humor and very solid art, so if you’re into that sort of thing, jump into this series.  You’ll love it.
Collects Bomb Queen: Royal Flush #1-4, Bomb Queen II: Queen Of Hearts #1-4 And Bomb Queen Vs. Blacklight: Cat Fight (One-Shot), $24.99

Marvel Masterworks: Golden Age Human Torch Volume 1 TPB (Marvel)
Marvel Masterworks: Golden Age Human Torch Volume 1 TPB (Marvel)

Picked by @adambesenyodi
Marvel Masterworks: Golden Age Human Torch Volume 1 TPB (Marvel)
Marvel has done a nice job of translating their hardcover “Masterworks” line to the softcover trade paperback format. And with these Golden Age reprints, there’s plenty to recommend, notably the debut and origin of Torch’s kid sidekick Toro in this particular volume. You’re not misreading the collection contents here, Timely’s Human Torch series kicked off with issue #2 and had two issue #5s (designated as issue #5A and issue #5B). While four issues for $30 is a little steep at first glance, this is more forgiving than some of Marvel’s other mispriced collections of modern story arcs. For starters, originally published in 1940 and 1941, these are 64-page single issues that are long out of circulation. Add to that the remastering, and you’re seeing these classic Carl Burgos, Bill Everett, and Joe Simon comics arguably looking better than they ever did!
Collects Human Torch (1940) #2-5A, $29.99

Day of Judgment TP (DC Comics)
Day of Judgment TP (DC Comics)

Picked by @ChrisCCL
Day of Judgment TP (DC Comics)
Ugh! I hate to be a downer but sometimes a book comes along that the can’t recommend. Today that collected edition is Day Of Judgement. Why? Simply put it’s not complete. The Day Of Judgement event took place with it’s own 5-issue series and nearly 20 tie-in books. It was panned by many, but I picked all the issues up and still have them packed away in a long box in my basement. The story revolved around The Spectre and his search for a new host who eventually will be the fallen Green Lantern,  Hal Jordan. Other supporting heroes hear are an incredible line up: Doctor Occult, Zatanna, Phantom Stranger, Madame Xanadu, Deadman, Raven, Ragman, Alan Scott aka Sentinel and Faust. They come to form the super team, Sentinels Of Magic, which, sadly made their only appearance in this event. Did I happen to mention that the writer of Day Of Judgement was a young, self-starter named Geoff Johns? Of course he went on to be the architect of Green Lantern and other giant event books. I think you know how I would want this collected – as a full size, complete Absolute or Omnibus. For now, we’ll have to settle for this trade.
If there is a silver lining to be had from seeing this trade being released is that we may be getting collected editions of the Hal Jordan/Spectre 27-issue run as well as his appearance in Legends of the DC Universe #33-36.
Collects Day Of Judgment #1-5 and a story from Day Of Judgment Secret Files #1, $14.99

Now it’s your turn. What books that came out this week do you recommend? Take a look at the sidebar to see this weeks collected edition releases.

Upcoming 2013 4Q and 2014 1Q Vertigo Collected Editions

vertigo comics logo
vertigo comics logo

Just as we had DC the other day ago, now we have the Vertigo books!

Media Release-Here’s a look at upcoming hardcovers and trade paperbacks coming from DC Comics and Vertigo!

Note: This information is not final and may be subject to change.

DC Comics title scheduled for September 2013:

World of Warcraft: Pearl of Pandaria TP
Writer: Micky Neilson
Artist: Sean “Cheeks” Galloway
Original graphic novel
$16.99 US, 128 pg

DC Comics title scheduled for December 2013:

Gears of War Book Three: Dirty Little Secrets TP
Writers: Joshua Ortega and Karen Traviss
Artists: Julius Gopez, Colin Wilson, Pop Mhan and Leonardo Manco
Collects: Gears of War #14-24
$19.99 US, 256 pg

DC Comics title scheduled for February 2014:

Masters of the Universe Vol. 2: Origins of Eternia TP
Writers: Keith Giffen, Joshua Hale Fialkov and Brian Keene
Artists: Frazer Irving, Ben Oliver, Keith Giffen, Scott Koblish and Pop Mhan
Collects: Masters of the Universe: The Origin of Skeletor #1, Masters of the Universe: The Origin of He-Man #1, Masters of the Universe: The Origin of Hordak #1 and Masters of the Universe #1-4
$14.99 US, 160 pg

Vertigo titles scheduled for September 2013:

American Vampire Vol. 4 TP
Writer: Scott Snyder
Artists: Jordi Bernet, Roger Cruz, Riccardo Burchielli and Rafael Albuquerque
Collects: American Vampire #19-27
$16.99 US, 208 pg

Neil Young’s Greendale TP
Writer: Joshua Dysart
Artist: Cliff Chiang
Original graphic novel
$14.99 US, 160 pg

Preacher Book Two TP
Writer: Garth Ennis
Artist: Steve Dillon
Collects: Preacher #13-26
$19.99 US, 368 pg

The Unwritten: Tommy Taylor and the Ship that Sunk Twice HC
Writer: Mike Carey
Artists: Peter Gross, Kurt Higgins and Zelda Devon
Original graphic novel
$22.99 US, 160 pg

Vertigo titles scheduled for October 2013:

The Fables Companion HC
Writers: Jess Nevins and Bill Willingham
Artists: Various
Original reference volume
$39.99 US, 256 pg

Fables: Werewolves of the Heartland TP
Writer: Bill Willingham
Artists: Craig Hamilton, Jim Fern, Ray Snyder and Mark Farmer
Original graphic novel
$14.99 US, 152 pg

Lucifer Book 2 TP
Writer: Mike Carey
Artists: Peter Gross, Jon J Muth, Dean Ormston and Ryan Kelly
Collects: Lucifer #14-28 and Lucifer: Nirvana #1
$29.99 US, 416 pg

Sandman: Endless Nights TP New Edition
Writer: Neil Gaiman
Artists: Glenn Fabry, Milo Manara, Miguelanxo Prado, Frank Quitely, P. Craig Russell, Bill Sienkiewicz and Barron Storey
Original graphic novel
$19.99 US, 160 pg

The Unexpected TP
Writers: Dave Gibbons, G. Willow Wilson, Alex Grecian, Joshua Dysart, Jeffrey Rotter, Mat Johnson, Joshua Hale Fialkov, Brian Wood, Selwyn Seyfu Hinds, Al Ewing, Toby Litt, Cecil Castellucci, Joe Kubert, Neil Kleid, Mary H.K. Choi, Paul Pope, David Lapham, Gilbert Hernandez and Geoff Johns
Artists: Dave Gibbons, Robbie Rodriguez, Jill Thompson, Farel Dalrymple, Lelio Bonaccorso, David Lapham, Rahsan Ekedal, Emily Carroll, Denys Cowan, Don Hudson, Rufus DayGlo, Mark Buckingham, Victor Santos, Amy Reeder, Joe Kubert, John McCrea, Phil Jimenez, Andy Lanning, Paul Pope, Gilbert Hernandez and Jeff Lemire
Collects: The Unexpected #1 and Ghosts #1
$14.99 US, 160 pg

Vertigo titles scheduled for November 2013:

Ex Machine Book One TP
Writer: Brian K. Vaughan
Artists: Tony Harris and Tom Feister
Collects: Ex Machina #1-11
$19.99 US, 272 pg

The Sandman Omnibus Vol. 2 HC
Writer: Neil Gaiman
Artists: Duncan Eagleson, Vince Locke, John Watkiss, Jill Thompson, Dave McKean, Dick Giordano, P. Craig Russell, Bryan Talbot, Alec Stevens, Mark Buckingham, Michael Allred, Shea Anton Pensa, Gary Amaro, Steve Leialoha, Tony Harris, Marc Hempel, D’Israeli, Glyn Dillon, Charles Vess, Teddy Kristiansen, Richard Case, Jon J Muth, Kevin Nowlan and Michael Zulli
Collects: The Sandman #38-75 and stories from Vertigo Jam #1 and Vertigo: Winter’s Edge #3
$150.00 US, 1,040 pg

Vertigo Visions: Frank Quitely HC
Writers: Bruce Jones, Neil Gaiman, Ilya, Doselle Young, Warren Ellis, Grant Morrison, Robert Rodi, Doug Moench, Bronwyn Carlton, Gahan Wilson, Paul Yellovich, George Hagenauer, Paul Kirchner, John Wagner and Carl Posey
Artist: Frank Quitely
Collects: Stories from The Big Book of Conspiracies, The Big Book of Death, The Big Book of Freaks, The Big Book of Hoaxes, The Big Book of Little Criminals, The Big Book of Losers, The Big Book of Martyrs, The Big Book of Weirdos, Flinch #12, Heartthrobs #2, Gangland #1, The Invisibles #1, The Sandman: Endless Nights, Strange Adventures #1, Transmetropolitan #31 and Weird War Tales #3
$24.99 US, 144 pg

Vertigo titles scheduled for December 2013:

100 Bullets: The Deluxe Edition Book Five HC
Writer: Brian Azzarello
Artist: Eduardo Risso
Collects: 100 Bullets #81-100
$59.99 US, 512 pg

Fables Vol. 19: Snow White TP
Writer: Bill Willingham
Artists: Shawn McManus, Mark Buckingham and Steve Leialoha
Collects: Fables #124-129 and backup stories from Fables #114-123
$16.99 US, 176 pg

Saga of the Swamp Thing Book Five TP
Writer: Alan Moore
Artists: John Totleben, Rick Veitch and Alfredo Alcala
Collects: Swamp Thing #51-56
$14.99 US, 168 pg

Spaceman TP
Writer: Brian Azzarello
Artist: Eduardo Risso
Collects: Spaceman #1-9 and a story from Strange Adventures #1
$19.99 US, 224 pg

Vertigo titles scheduled for January 2014:

Animal Man Vol. 5: The Meaning of Flesh TP
Writer: Tom Veitch
Artists: Steve Dillon, Tom Mandrake, Dick Giordano, David G. Klein, Mark Badger, Bret Ewins, Jim McCarthy and Steve Pugh
Collects: Animal Man #38-50
$24.99 US, 352 pg

DMZ Deluxe Edition Book One HC
Writer: Brian Wood
Artists: Riccardo Burchielli, Kristian Donaldson and Brian Wood
Collects: DMZ #1-12
$29.99 US, 304 pg

Fables Deluxe Edition Book Eight HC
Writer: Bill Willingham
Artists: Mark Buckingham, Steve Leialoha and Andrew Pepoy
Collects: Fables #60-63 and 65-69
$29.99 US, 232 pg

Hellblazer Vol. 7: Tainted Love TP
Writer: Garth Ennis
Artist: Steve Dillon
Collects: Hellblazer #62-71, Hellblazer Special #1 and a story from Vertigo Jam #1
$19.99 US, 320 pg

Preacher Book Three TP
Writer: Garth Ennis
Artists: Steve Dillon and Steve Pugh and
Collects: Preacher #27-33, Preacher: Saint of Killers #1-4 and Preacher: Cassidy — Blood and Whiskey #1
$19.99 US, 352 pg

Swamp Thing by Brian K. Vaughan Vol. 1 TP
Writer: Brian K. Vaughan
Artists: Roger Petersen, Joe Rubinstein, Mark Lipka, Rick Magyar, Steve Lieber, Guy Davis and Paul Pope
Collects: Swamp Thing #1-9, Vertigo Secrets and Origins: Swamp Thing #1 and a story from Vertigo: Winter’s Edge #3
$19.99 US, 240 pg

The Unwritten Vol. 8 TP
Writer: Mike Carey
Artists: Peter Gross and Dean Ormston
Collects: The Unwritten #42-49
$16.99 US, 176 pg

Vertigo titles scheduled for February 2014:

The Invisibles Vol. 1 Deluxe Edition HC
Writer: Grant Morrison
Artists: Steve Yeowell, Duncan Fegredo, Jill Thompson, Dennis Cramer, Chris Weston, John Ridgway, Steve Parkhouse, Kim DeMulder, Paul Johnson, Phil Jimenez, John Stokes, Tommy Lee Edwards, Dick Giordano, Mark Buckingham and Mark Pennington
Collects: The Invisibles #1-25 and a story from Absolute Vertigo #1
$29.99, 328 pg

Strange Adventures TP
Writers: Selwyn Seyfu Hinds, Talia Hershewe, Peter Milligan, Lauren Beukes, Jeff Lemire, Ross Campbell, Kevin Colden, Paul Cornell, Brian Azzarello, Duane Swierczynski, Andy Diggle, Ming Doyle, Ann Nocenti, Nnedi Okorafor, Steve Orlando, Robert Rodi, Kevin McCarthy and Michael Allred
Artists: Denys Cowan, John Floyd, Juan Bobillo, Sylvain Savoia, Inaki Miranda, Jeff Lemire, Ross Campbell, Kevin Colden, Goran Sudzuka, Eduardo Risso, Ramon Bachs, Davide Gianfelice, Ming Doyle, Fred Harper, Michael Wm. Kaluta, Francesco Trifolgi, Sebastian Fiumara, Kevin McCarthy, Kyle Baker and Michael Allred
Collects: Strange Adventures #1 and Mystery in Space #1
$14.99 US, 160 pg

Unknown Soldier TP New Edition
Writer: Garth Ennis
Artist: Kilian Plunkett
Collects: Unknown Soldier #1-4
$14.99 US, 112 pg

WE3 TP
Writer: Grant Morrison
Artist: Frank Quitely
Collects: WE3 #1-3 plus new pages from the Deluxe Edition
$14.99 US, 144 pg

6 Collected Editions Worthy Of Your Attention #12

Is there one book that is a “must have” that came out this week? My friends Andy Tom (@AndrewJTom), Chris Campbell (ChrisCampbell8), Marc Diefenderfer (@Dief88), Shane Hannafey, Adam Besenyodi (@adambesenyodi), and I (@ChrisCCL) are sharing six comic book collected editions, reprints and/or graphic novels released this week that you may be interested in.

The Unauthorized Tarzan HC by Joe Gill and Sam Glanzman (Dark Horse)
The Unauthorized Tarzan HC by Joe Gill and Sam Glanzman (Dark Horse)

Picked by @AndrewJTom
The Unauthorized Tarzan HC by Joe Gill and Sam Glanzman (Dark Horse)
Way back in the glory days of Charlton Comics, a little known “scandal” went down. Like any good publishing company of that time, Charlton Comics saw an opportunity to use one of pop culture’s most popular adventure heroes (Tarzan) for their own financial gain. Charlton knew that the freedom granted them by utilizing a character in the “public domain”, they could tell the stories that they wanted to with little to no repercussion from the creators of characters like Tarzan. Charlton recruited Captain Atom creator, Joe Gill and popular war comics illustrator, Sam Glanzman to craft all new stories of Lord Greystoke. However, Charlton made a crucial mistake in their plans to make Tarzan a top selling comic. At that time in history, Tarzan wasn’t in the “public domain”. After only for issues, Charlton was ordered to cease publication of their all new Tarzan series and most of the remaining issues were destroyed. Both Joe Gill and Sam Glanzman would go on to other work, but never again were those “illegal” Tarzan stories reprinted… until now that is. Thanks to  Dark Horse Comics, they’ve collected these four issues in a handsome hardcover edition. These stories can finally be shared with an all new generation of Tarzan fans. Even though Tarzan is now in the public domain, this Dark Horse reprint has been given the blessing of the Burroughs estate and will see print for the first time since it’s initial release from Charlton. Now wait… I know that $29.99 sounds like a lot of money, especially for a four issue run of comics, so Dark Horse has tossed in some additional Sam Glanzman goodness by including material from Glanzman’s Tarzan strip-art as well. Lastly, for the true Tarzan collector, Dark Horse is offering a Limited Edition (250 copies) for $59.99 featuring a “tip-in” signed by Sam Glanzman (you can get this while they last at www.instocktrades.com). I can’t imagine that this one will stay in print for very long, so snatch this up while you can.
Collects Charlton’s Jungle Tales of Tarzan #1-4, $29.99; Limited Edition, $59.99

Deadpool Classic Vol. 8 TPB (Marvel)
Deadpool Classic Vol. 8 TPB (Marvel)

Picked by @Dief88
Deadpool Classic Vol. 8 TPB (Marvel)
You have to admire the commitment Marvel has shown to publishing this line; I think Deadpool Classic has the most volumes of any Marvel Classic TPB series to date. This volume holds a particularly special place in my heart, though, because it collects the first issues of Deadpool that I ever read. Although it’s technically the eighth volume of the series, this book actually stands perfectly well on its own, since it collects writer Frank Tieri’s entire run on the title. The story begins as a follow-up to Tieri’s contemporaneous run on Wolverine (which, sadly, has never been fully collected), but evolves into the best character study of Deadpool since the series’ early issues. I’ve gone back to these issues many times over the years, and I look forward to now having them on my bookshelf for years to come.
Collects Deadpool #57-64, $24.99

Invincible Iron Man Vol. 10: Long Way Down TPB (Marvel)
Invincible Iron Man Vol. 10: Long Way Down TPB (Marvel)

Picked by Shane
Invincible Iron Man Vol. 10: Long Way Down TPB (Marvel)
Old Shellhead has always been my favorite Marvel character. Like DC’s Batman, he is an ordinary man with extraordinary intellect and A LOT of money. He makes you feel like someone with the right brains, money and wherewithal could actually become a superhero. I have every single floppy of his solo series from issue #1 to the end of the Invincible Iron Man run. This story arc, collecting issues 516-520 comes just before the final one of the series and the beginning of Marvel Now Iron Man. I have really enjoyed Matt Fraction’s runs on Iron Man and my other favorite Marvel hero, Thor. This story pretty much has it all. Tony Stark is still dealing with the aftermath of getting drunk for the first time in years. The Government is against him, the super villain team of the Mandarin, Ezekiel Stane and Justine Hammer are against him, almost everyone is against him. Iron Man is shut down by Hammer, but a new Iron Man has emerges while Mandarin works on his plan for world domination. You get lots of action and intrigue and a cliffhanger ending that sets up the final act of Invincible Iron Man. A must read!
Collects Invincible Iron Man #516-520, $16.99

Leonard Starr's Mary Perkins On Stage Volume 11 TP (Classic Comics Press)
Leonard Starr’s Mary Perkins On Stage Volume 11 TP (Classic Comics Press)

Picked by @ChrisCCL
Leonard Starr’s Mary Perkins On Stage Volume 11 TP (Classic Comics Press)
Often overlooked in the world of comics is the prolific artist and writer Leonard Starr. His long history includes the Golden Age Human Torch and Sub-Mariner, a stop at EC Comcis and Marvel and even as a developer for the 1980’s classic animated Thundercats. But he is most known for Mary Perkins, On Stage; a strip he created that ran from February, 1957 to September 9, 1979. It was a soap opera that blended in adventure and humor. Starr won the National Cartoonists Society’s Story Comic Strip Award in 1960 and 1963, and the Reuben Award in 1965. Charles Pelto and his Classic Comics Press has been putting together collected editions of the strip and is now on Volume 11. For more, I interviewed, Mr. Pelto for Podcast #300 back in 2011.
November 1, 1970 to June 11, 1972 with an introduction by Howard Chaykin, $24.95

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Superman: The Death and Return of Superman Omnibus HC (DC Comics)
Superman: The Death and Return of Superman Omnibus HC (DC Comics)

Superman: The Death and Return of Superman Omnibus HC (DC Comics)
He’s the most iconic superhero ever – and now his is dead.
Back in 1988, when the Death Of Superman happened, the whole world reflected. It was covered on the nightly news and in Time magazine. There were even vigils held at comic book stores. Sales of the event soared and it was critiqued left and right. Since then it has become an evergreen for DC Comics. It’s been reprinted a few different times; mostly the main story in trade paperback which is Action Comics 684; Adventures of Superman 497; Justice League of America 69; Superman vol. 2, 74-75; Superman: The Man of Steel 18-19; one page each from Action Comics 683, Adventures of Superman 496, Superman 73, and Superman: The Man of Steel 17. But that’s not all, two other stroylines made it a trilogy: World Without a Superman and The Return of Superman. In 2007 all three were collected in The Death and Return of Superman Omnibus, but now DC has expanded the story even more to include the full issues of Action Comics 683, Adventures of Superman 496, Superman 73, and Superman: The Man of Steel 17 and not just the one page excerpts that were previously collected. So to wrap it all up – this is the one complete volume.
Collects Superman: The Man Of Steel #17-26, Superman #73-82, Adventures Of Superman #496-505, Action Comics #683-691, Justice League America #69, Superman: The Legacy Of Superman #1 And Green Lantern #46, 1,008 pages, $99,99

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Wonder Woman: The Amazon Princess Archives Volume 1 HC (DC Comics)
Wonder Woman: The Amazon Princess Archives Volume 1 HC (DC Comics)

Wonder Woman: The Amazon Princess Archives Volume 1 HC (DC Comics)
As one looks at where DC Comics deems to start the Silver Age of Comics, the old argument is between Martian Manhunter (J’onn J’onzz) in Detective Comics #225 from November 1955 and Flash (Barry Allen) in Showcase #4 from October 1956. I tend to go with The Flash. Superman entered the Silver age with Action Comics #241, June 1958 and Superman #122, July 1958. But Batman was late to the game: Detective Comics #27, May 1964 and Batman #164, June 1964.
DC has collected the Silver Age Wonder Woman in four Showcase Presents volumes, to date, but this is the first time these adventures have been collected as an Archive Edition. The significance of her first Silver Age story (Wonder Woman #98, May 1958) is that it the original artist, Harry G. Peter was replaced by Ross Andru and Mike Esposito. As a point if fact, Wonder Woman ended her run in Sensation Comics #73, January 1948.
Collects Wonder Woman #98-110, $75.00

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CCL Podcast #353 – Why Flash Comics Is The Greatest Golden Age Comic Book Ever

Flash Comics 1
Flash Comics 1

Collected Comics Library Podcast #353
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When it comes to listing the BEST of anything – ANYTHING is capable of being the best. That’s why when I set out to prove to all of you that Flash Comics, 104 issues between January 1940 and February 1949, was the best Golden Age comic ever put together, I had to put some weight behind it – how long-lasting are these Golden Age characters and are even relevant today in DC’s New 52. The characters from Flash Comics: Flash, Hawkman, and Black Canary give us that. Also taken into account was the amount of reprinted material. There’s a strong case for All-America Comics, which of course gave us Green Lantern, Doctor Fate, Hour-Man, the Spectre, and the Sandman, but with my criteria, it comes up a little short.
Oh and I do give reasons why Action Comics, Detective Comics and Adventure Comics don’t quite make my cut.
Lastly, keep in mind that this is all in good fun, so take this whole podcast with a grain of salt – please.

Cheers!

Chris

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