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6 Collected Editions Worthy Of Your Attention #20

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), Joey Nazzari (@CaptDS9E), and I (@ChrisCCL) are sharing some comic book collected editions, reprints and/or graphic novels released this week that you may be interested in.

Conan Volume 1 The Frost Giants Daughter and Other Stories HC (Dark Horse)
Conan Volume 1 The Frost Giants Daughter and Other Stories HC (Dark Horse)
Conan Volume 7: CImmeria HC (Dark Horse)
Conan Volume 7: CImmeria HC (Dark Horse)

Picked by @AndrewJTom
Conan Volume 1 The Frost Giants Daughter and Other Stories HC and Conan Volume 7: CImmeria HC (Dark Horse)
There are weeks when a guy looks at the release schedule and (regardless of quality) nothing grabs you and says, “This is a book that I need to check out.”  Well… that’s what happened to me this week.  So, I’m going “back to the bookshelf”.
Recently, I started following Cary Nord on Twitter and it reminded me of how much I enjoyed his work on his often underappreciated Conan run from Dark Horse.  You see… a few years ago I decided that I was going to try reading some Conan comics.  I bought a copy of Savage Sword of Conan (Vol. 1) and I found a couple of the more recent Conan trades on the ding and dent shelf at my LCS.  What I discovered in those trades was absolute gold.  Kurt Busiek and Cary Nord have crafted a series of Conan comics (currently available in trade and HC) that are so enjoyable that I’ve read several of them on multiple occasions.  With these Conan trades you can jump in anywhere and be swept away to lands with fierce monsters, dastardly villains, and beautiful women.  They’re modern in style, yet “pulpy” in feel.
Around vol 6 or so, Busiek and Nord turned the creative duties over to Tim Truman and Tomas Giorello.  The goodness that Kurt and Cary started continued into their run.  These men crafted some great stories as well; and the Conan series of books doesn’t miss a beat.  Along with the beautiful artwork of Giorello, we get art by three of my favorites, “Papa” Joe Kubert, Richard Corben, and Darick Robertson.
Once again, I’ll stress that these trades are written so that you can “jump in” on any volume, while still maintaining a running narrative through all of them (personally, I started with vol. 6, 7 & 8… vol. 7 being my favorite).  I HIGHLY recommend that you check these books out.  Most of the trades are priced around $16-$18 (before any discount) and clock in at around 190 pages (a great value these days).  Also, because (I love all of you CCL readers so much J).  I had a talk with good friend Cameron Merkler (owner of www.instocktrades.com).  I’m very pleased to let all of you know that you can buy any of Dark Horse’s Conan books (even the older stuff) at a discount of 45% off.  Just go towww.instocktrades.com and Cameron will hook you up (btw, order $50 worth of stuff and you get free shipping to).  Now go read some Conan!!!!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Works, Vol. 1 HC (IDW)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Works, Vol. 1 HC (IDW)

Picked by @CaptDS9E
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Works, Vol. 1 HC (IDW)
The first seven issues of the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series plus the Raphael Micro-Series issue are collected in this hardcover collection, reproduced in full-color, $49.99
Since IDW picked up the TMNT license, they have been releasing the original B&W versions in every single way possible. Then they continued by  releasing newly colored versions in issue form. So it was only a matter of time before the first Hard Cover of those arrived. This collection covers issues 1-7 of the original main series, and the the original Raphael One shot, in it’s new colored glory. Everyone knows who the TMNT are at this point. There have been multiple animated series, one animated movie, and 3 live action movies, with one more on the way. Add in the brand new comic series by IDW (which I also highly recommend), and you know the tale of Mikey, Donnie, Leo, Ralph, Splinter and April. However the shocking thing is how many people have never read the original series. If you are a fan of TMNT from the other mediums, or started reading the new TMNT comic series, then you owe it to yourself to go back and pick this book up. Read the stories that made this property one of the greatest pop culture success stories in our lifetime. It’s darker and more mature then the cartoons, movies, and comics, but it is a blast.  You will not be disappointed, go pick it up, or I will send Shredder after you.

Flash Gordon: Zeitgeist Vol. 1 TP (Dynamite)
Flash Gordon: Zeitgeist Vol. 1 TP (Dynamite)

Picked by Shane
Flash Gordon: Zeitgeist Vol. 1 TP (Dynamite), $29.99
Flash Gordon was my gateway drug to the SciFi genre. Some of my first SciFi memories are ones of watching the thirties Flash Gordon serials rerun on my local PBS TV station. From there I discovered other SciFi on TV as well as books and comics. But I always loved Flash Gordon and always returned to him. I was of the generation that watched the Flash Gordon animated series on TV and the 1980 flick on the big screen and I won’t beat around the bush, I loved that cheesy film! I also read a lot of the Flash Gordon comics over the years. Compilations of the early comic strips, any of the old King and Gold Key comics I could get my hands on, as well as the Marvel and DC mini-series. Dynamite has done some great stuff with their licensed properties and Flash Gordon definitely ranks up there among them. I bought the first issue when it hit the stands, but since mostly transitioning over to collected editions, I held out buying the rest of the issues and opted to wait until the trade came out. Taking from some of the original thirties story lines, but also borrowing from other incarnations of Flash Gordon including that 1980 film and throwing in Nazis to boot, this should be a fun read. This 200 page volume contains the complete 10 issue run so check it out!

G.I. JOE: The Complete Collection, Vol. 2 HC (IDW)
G.I. JOE: The Complete Collection, Vol. 2 HC (IDW)

Picked by @adambesenyodi
G.I. JOE: The Complete Collection, Vol. 2 HC (IDW)
Volume 2 contains issues #13-25 along with extras such as character file cards and an introduction by Mark W. Bellomo that sheds light on the creation of the series, $49.99
If I had to pick one book that epitomizes my comic fandom of the ’80s it would be Marvel’s G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero. More than Avengers, more than X-Men, more than Alpha Flight… G.I. Joe was the book my buddy Mark and I called our own. My love of that title led me to devote an entire chapter of my book to the series and exploring the incongruity of that love: I don’t come from a military family, have no male siblings, and my liberal parents raised a liberal me. But somehow G.I. Joe architect Larry Hama found a way to pull me into this jingoistic world right from the Baxter-papered first issue, and straight on through until I bought my last issue four-and-a-half years later. The series has bounced around in the collected editions world… first being reprinted in trade paperbacks by Marvel, then by IDW. Now IDW is bumping the series up with a five-star promotion. The second volume in the gorgeous, hardcover, oversized Complete Collection series includes the legendary “Silent Interlude” issue #21 with the first appearance of Storm Shadow. By all accounts, Mark W. Bellomo is curating this new collection with the same affection so many of us have for the title by presenting issues in their entirety and correct reading order (like including 2008’s issue #21.5 in this volume), fun extras like a vehicle blueprint gallery, and information to properly contextualize the series. This is a must-buy for anyone who came of age reading comics in the ’80s.

Lone Ranger A Little Golden Book Classic HC (Golden Books)
Lone Ranger A Little Golden Book Classic HC (Golden Books)

Picked by @ChrisCCL
Lone Ranger A Little Golden Book Classic HC (Golden Books), $3.99
I know what you’re thinking. At first glance why would Chris recommend a 24 page book aimed for children ages 2-6? It’s simple, really, this Little Golden book was first published in 1956 and is only now getting reprinted. beautifully done by writer Steffi Fletcher and artsistE. Joseph Dreany. No doubt because of the upcoming movie with Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp. So if you want a true classic for all ages — Hi Ho Silver!


Star Trek: John Byrne Collection HC (IDW)
Star Trek: John Byrne Collection HC (IDW)

Star Trek: John Byrne Collection HC (IDW)
Collects Assignment Earth, Crew, Leonard McCoy: Frontier Doctor, and Romulans: Pawns of War, $49.99
John Byrne is of course one of the industry’s greatest writers. His work on X-Men and Fantastic Four is bucket list stuff and he was responsible for rebooting Superman in the 1980’s with Man Of Steel. Here, with his work on Star Trek, is complete and is some of the best Star Trek comics ever written. My personal favorite is Leonard McCoy: Frontier Doctor. It’s a lighthearted 4-issue series that explore Bones shortly before the events of Star Trek The Motion Picture. If you’re a fan of DeForest Kelley or even Karl Urban, this series and hardcover is for you.

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.

CCL Podcast #351 – Still Uncollected Stan, Jack and Steve

Just Imagine Stan Lee's Superman
Just Imagine Stan Lee’s Superman

Collected Comics Library Podcast #351
28.1Mb; 30m 34s

When one looks at the work of Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko you can see that nearly all of it has been reprinted in some form or another. But some of the comics have slipped through the cracks and has yet to be collected at all. On today’s show I take a look a few of the comics most notably Just Imagine Stan Lee Creating the DC Universe, which was collected in a 3-volume trade paperback set, but was promised a complete Omnibus edition and was canceled for no apparent reason; Jack Kirby: Genesis from Dynamite Entertainment, an incomplete reboot of Silver Star, Captain Victory and other Kirby characters as envisioned by Alex Ross and Kurt Busiek to name a few; and finally what adds up to about 40 pages worth of comic book material by Steve Ditko that was haphazardly not included in the three recent DC Comics hardcovers: The Creeper, Ditko Omnibus 1 and 2.

Also on the show: God Hates Astronauts HC on Kickstarter, Black Mask Studios, Valiant $1 comics and the 7th EC Comics reprint from Fantagraphics titled Sucker Bait and Other Stories by Graham “Ghastly” Ingels and Al Feldstein.


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Dynamite To Reprint The Shadow By Howard Chaykin

News has just broke that Dynamite will be reissuing DC Comics Shadow: Blood and Judgement by Howard Chaykin this April. This graphic novel was originally a four issue mini-series and brought Lamont Cranston and his crime fighting alter ego into the modern world. Much more violent then the 1930’s version, Chaykin’s incarnation was controversial and didn’t sit well with purists, but there’s no question that this is truly a work of art. Shadow: Blood and Judgement even gave way to a sequel that lasted 19 issues plus 2 annuals by writer Andy Helfer (editor of the mini-series), and artists Bill Sienkiewicz (issues 1-6), Marshall Rogers (issue 7), and Kyle Baker (issues 8-19 and annuals). No word on if that series will also get collected.

CCL Podcast #302 – Interview with John Romita Jr.

Collected Comics Library Podcast #302
55,110Kb; 58m 40s

Today’s special interview with John Romita Jr. is from November 23, 2008. Prior to that day, I was contacted by Joe Rybandt, of Dynamite Entertainment, to help out on a book that was being written by Tom Spurgeon, The Comics Reporter, called The Romita Legacy. Joe was in a bind and knew that I had the equipment and could interview JR Jr. and give a written translation on short notice. I happily obliged and was even given a small piece of credit. Now I’m happy to present the interview in full.

John and I talk about vast array of topics including his early work at Marvel, working with his legendary father and his, then, upcoming movie, Kick-Ass. I’m releasing this interview to also help you better understand the creative process of writing a biography. It’s not your typical interview as it contains several pre-written questions that were supplied to me. I do add in a few of my own to make the conversation a bit more lively and interesting.

I would like to personally thank John, Tom and especially Joe for this job. I had a blast doing it.

If you haven’t done so already, please purchase a copy of the book. Thank you!
Romita Legacy HC
Romita Legacy HC Signed Edition
I’ll post a link to the Softcover version when it becomes available; expected March 1, 2011.

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CCL Updates and Goals for 2011

Christmas is almost upon us and it’s been a very busy week here at the Marshall household. The kids are out of school for two weeks, family is coming in from out of town and I don’t plan on being home much to do any blogging or podcasting. I will be getting CCL #298 out either today or tomorrow, but as far as my Year End Wrap-Up and Top 10, #299, that will have to wait until January. Also coming in latter half of January will be my extra special #300. The interview I had scheduled had to be pushed back. Trust me; it’ll be worth the wait.

2011 should bring about more interviews for the podcast. I already have a few lined up and even follow-ups with past guests. As far as the site itself goes, I hope to add in a few more pages to the Library Section and I’m even working on a reprint specific Whitepaper. However, I am considering cutting back the podcast to every two weeks. I welcome your comments on that. The Twitter and Facebook pages continue to create a buzz and a following. I thank everyone who is involved with me on those platforms.

I’ll also continue to record monthly with my good friend John Mayo on his Comic Book Page podcast. John loves to crunch the numbers whether it be on the Trade side with me or on the monthly side with Bob Bretal (another good friend).

Professionally, I’ll have a one page short list on collected editions for the 1970s-80s Batman for Back Issue Magazine #50 (TwoMorrows), due out later this year. I hope everyone was able to get a copy of my previous work in Back Issue #44; you can buy a digital copy for only $3. I bet you forgot that I host the Tune-In Podcast. I almost did, too! The show will return in 2011. Seriously, I can’t thank John Morrow enough for the opportunity of freelancing for such a fine and professional company. I’ve made several new friends and I enjoy every minute of it.

In case you didn’t know, in 2010, I was also a ghost-writer on The Romita Legacy by Tom Spurgeon (Dynamic Forces/Dynamite). I had to pinch-hit for Tom on two occasions for interviews with John Romita Jr. I can’t thank Joe Rybant, Director of Marketing at Dynamite, enough for calling me at the last minute. I was nervous, like anyone would be, but I wouldn’t trade the experience in for anything. The soft cover version of the book will be out in February, 2011.

I was also mentioned in another book this past year, The Linked Photographers’ Guide To Online Marketing and Social Media by Lindsay Renee Adler and Rosh Sillars. I’ve known Rosh since high school and we’ve shared good times and good brew over the years.  He was the initial inspiration for me to get into podcasting (before it was podcasting) long ago. It’s been so fun to see him grow professorially and I thank him so much for including me in his book.

I’ll be attending C2E2 in Chicago, March 18-20. If you plan on going, please let me know and I’ll be happy to meet! There is a strong possibility I’ll be going to Comic-Con in San Diego. It’s been too long since I was last there and it’s about time I get back. Motor City Con and the Detroit Fanfare are both on my agenda, but the MCC always falls on the same weekend as my annual golf tournament and the Fanfare will be in downtown Detroit in late summer. Guess which one is a higher priority for me?

Mobile. That’s right – MOBILE. You should know that everything is now mobile – including this blog and podcast. It’s optimized for all platforms: iPhone, Android and Blackberry. Go to it right now and bookmark this site on your phone. It doesn’t cost anything and you’ll have all this wonderful Collected Edition information at your fingertips 24/7!

As for what I’m reading this week? Parker: The Outfit (IDW). Darwyn Cooke’s sequel to The Hunter, one of 2010 best graphic novels. I made the mistake of diving right in without going over the previous book and I was a bit lost. I got about halfway through, stopped and started over with the first book. I’m glad I did because it made for a more concise story. But that’s just me; it may be different from you.

I have a stack of other books to get to and I plan on getting to all of them ASAP. It’s going to be a fun 2011, full of surprises, superheroes and of the cuff books that you may not be aware of.