Is there one book that is a “must have” collected edition that came out this week? My friends Andy Tom (@AndrewJTom), Chris Campbell (@ChrisCampbell8), Marc Diefenderfer (@Dief88), Shane Hannafey, Adam Besenyodi (@adambesenyodi), Joey Nazzari (@CaptDS9E), Wallace Ryan (@ReverendLove) and I (@ChrisCCL) are sharing some comic book collected editions, reprints and/or graphic novels released this week that you may be interested in.
Picked by @andrewjtom
Crab Monsters Teenage Cavemen And Candy Stripe Nurses Roger Corman King Of The B Movie HC (Abrams), $35.00
I’ve decided this week NOT to write about comics, but to bring a book to your attention that fans of our particular ilk should have an interest in. Crab Monsters, Teenage Cavemen, and Candy Stripe Nurses: Roger Corman: King of the B Movie is a book that has definite interest for me. Many folks dismiss Corman as a director that makes cheap “straight to DVD” type films and nothing of real substance. But I say thee NAY!!! Corman is not only a great film maker, he’s one of the most well respected and intelligent film makers of the past 60 years. Corman possesses a skill that very few film makers today can boast… he brings his films on schedule and under budget. Roger Corman has trained and helped to define careers of some of the film industries top talents like Cameron, Scorsese, Bogdonavich, De Niro, and Coppola. This book chronicles the career of Corman and recounts many stories and anecdotes from Corman and other contemporaries. The book also includes supplemental material like reproduction movie posters and behind the scenes photographs from the films that defined Roger Corman’s career. If you’re a film fan or a comic fan, I think that you’ll find this book riveting. I know that I’m looking forward to it.
Picked by @CaptDS9E
Star Wars Volume 1 – In The Shadow Of Yavin TP (Dark Horse)
Collects Star Wars #1-6 and Free Comic Book Day 2013, $19.99
We have had many comics that fill in between the original Star Wars films, but this series written by Brian Wood and drawn by Carlos D’Anda may be the best so far. After Luke Skywalker blew up the Death Star at the end of A New Hope, the Rebel Alliance has been on the the run, but it’s not been easy. The Imperial fleet led by Darth Vader seems to know the Rebels every move. Their is a traitor in the Rebel ranks, which could bring the end to the Rebel cause. To combat the thread, Princess Leia is given classified orders to form a secret X-wing Squadron which includes Luke Skywalker and Wedge Antillies to find out who the spy is , and to also find a safe world for the Rebel Alliance to regroup. Meanwhile Han Solo and Chewie head to the heart of the Empire, the capital world of Coruscant on their own secret mission. As you know, things with with Han and Chewie never go smoothly, as they get stuck in a game of cat and mouse for their lives in the most dangerous place in the galaxy. I have read a lot of SW comic books in the last 5 years since I started reading comics again, and this series is right up their with the Legacy books as one of the best. If you are a fan of the original trilogy, then make sure to pick this one up, you won’t regret it.
Picked by @ReverendLove
Co-Mix Retrospective Of Comics Graphics And Scraps By Art Spiegelman HC (Drawn And Quarterly), $39.95
I usually steer clear of biographies or art books of those who practise the comic book arts but when I seen that Drawn & Quarterly would be publishing “CO-MIX Art Spiegelman: A Retrospective of Comics, Graphics and Scraps”, I was more than willing to make an exception. It appears to have been published for an exhibition of the same name at the International de la Bande Dessinee in Angouleme in 2012.
I picked it up today at my local comic book watering hole and was I ever happy that I’d made that decision. “CO-MIX Art Spiegelman: A Retrospective of Comics, Graphics and Scraps” is a treasure trove of Spiegelman’s work including a lot of material I’d never seen before looking over this book. There is so much of his material spread across a number of publishers and several decades and I’m relieved that someone has gathered a lot of it into this fabulous tome. It covers his life from his early underground days to “Maus” and on up to present day and this retrospective volume is a must for any fan of the Maestro Spiegelman. There are several inserts bound into this book including a copy of “Two Fisted Painters” from the first issue of the 80’s avant-garde comic magazine “RAW” by Spiegelman and his wife, Francoise Mouly.
It’s not a book for the superhero lover but for those graphic novel fans and devotees of Spiegelman, I command you to run down to your local comic book shop and pick up this amazing collection of the art and life of Art Spiegelman.
Picked by @ChrisCCL
Inhumans: The Origin Of The Inhumans TP (Marvel)
Collects Fantastic Four (1961) #36, #38, #41-47, #54, #62-65 and Annual #5, plus portions of #48, #50, #52 and #55-61; and material from Thor (1966) #146-152, $39.99
Inhumans are hot right now! You can find them in the pages of Infinity and soon in their own series in 2014. So if you want to catch up with Black Bolt and the Royal Family, this is a very nice, affordable trade paperback. In fact, you can almost view this as a Marvel Masterworks Inhumans Volume 0 (softcover, of course). It collects every Fantastic Four story you need and even dives into the Origin backups from Thor.
Star Trek: The Newspaper Strips, Vol. 2: October 26, 1981 through December 3, 1983 HC (IDW), $49.99
Picking up right where Volume 1 left off. IDW has done a brilliant job in collecting these very hard to find strips from the Los Angeles Times Mirror Syndicate – most of which have never been reprinted until now. Both Volumes have extensive research and insight on the strip but if you want to find out more, please visit Star Trek Memory Alpha. I hope that these two books sell well enough that interest will be generated in reprinting the British Star Trek strip and that the correct restoration will be applied so Kirk does not have to wear a red shirt anymore.
Honey West This Girl For Hire TP (Moonstone), $22.95
If you like sexy noir crime and mystery, then you’ll want to check out the revival of Honey West. Portrayed as a mix of Marilyn Monroe and Mike Hammer, Honey West first appeared in 1957 in a series of dime store novels and quickly made her way to TV in 1965 starring Anne Francis. The series lasted 30 episodes but has since become a cult favorite. In 2010 Moonstone began publishing new Honey West comics written by Trina Robbins and now we get the first, of what I hope will be several collected editions. One note: I heard a rumor that Moonstone was supposed to collect the one-shot Honey West comic book from June 1966 by Gold Key Comics, but I have yet to confirm that. If anyone can help me out I would appreciate it greatly.
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.