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6 Collected Editions Worthy Of Your Attention #19

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.

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic TP (IDW)
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic TP (IDW)

Picked by @AndrewJTom
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic TP (IDW), $17.99
One of the most common characteristics of the Collected Edition buyer is that he or she is typically a busy person with many responsibilities. Typically in our latter years one of those primary responsibilities is the care and nurturing of children. I have two older sons who like superhero and adventure comics, but I’ve always found that I had trouble sharing my love of comics with my younger daughters. I bought my youngest daughter a copy of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #1 at my LCS on one Saturday afternoon. It gave me an opportunity to not only share my hobby with my daughter, but to share it with her in a book that I know she would love. Many nights thereafter I found myself sitting on the side of my daughter’s bed reading the adventures of Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash, and Pinkie Pie. Though, I initially dismissed this book as a comic “for little girls”, I discovered that if a comic is done well… it can be enjoyable for (not only) little girls, but for the parents who read it to them. Katie Cook and Andy Price have taken a children’s property and turned it into an enjoyable comic that can be appreciated by anyone. If you’ve been looking for a comic to share with your kids (both girls and boys), then this comic is one that I can recommend. A wonderful all ages story with some really great cartooning make this book a worthy successor to the hole left in the hearts of kids who miss Tiny Titans each and every month.
Also, a bit of advice… if you try and do the Pony voices every night at bedtime, you’ll be paying for it in the morning.

New Warriors Omnibus Vol. 1 HC (Marvel)
New Warriors Omnibus Vol. 1 HC (Marvel)

Picked by @ChrisCampbell8
New Warriors Omnibus Vol. 1 HC (Marvel)
Collects New Warriors #1-26 and Annual #1-2; Avengers #341-342; and material from Thor #411-412, New Mutants Annual #7, X-Men Annual #15, X-Factor Annual #6, Amazing Spider-Man Annual #26, Spectacular Spider-Man Annual #12 and Web Of Spider-Man Annual #8, 1064 pages, $99.99
There were always comic books that you worried your buddy down the street would “borrow” because they were just “that book” at the time. They were precious. Hell, some of these titles could serve as playground currency. This could apply to any number of comics throughout the years, but today we’re talking New Warriors. Marvel has released a glorious omnibus covering the group’s earliest appearances, as well as a good chunk of the ongoing series by Fabian Nicieza. The title eventually ran for 75 issues, but this is the magma, the good stuff, that made me love Nova, Firestar, Speedball, and the other members of the team. The comic involved a young, naive group of heroes that were essentially learning the ropes and fighting villains like the Sphinx (bonus points if you remember him from Wolfman’s Nova run) and other characters in the Marvel universe such as the Punisher. It was fun to watch other heroes such as Darkhawk join the group temporarily, and watch the young-hero dynamic play out with all the ego and uncertainty. Capture some 90’s magic and grab this at a discount.

Batman Beyond: 10,000 Clowns TP (DC Comics)
Batman Beyond: 10,000 Clowns TP (DC Comics)

Picked by @CaptDS9E
Batman Beyond: 10,000 Clowns TP (DC Comics)
Collects Batman Beyond Unlimited #1-13, $16.99
Like Smallville Vol 1 which I recommended a few weeks back, Batman Beyond is another of DC’s digital first releases, written by Adam Beechen, with art by the fantastic Norm Breyfogle. I have always been a fan of the Batman Beyond Universe, so I was very excited to hear that the digital comics would continue on from where the animated film Batman Beyond Return of the Joker ended. This trade covers the first giant arc called 10,000 Clowns. Joker Gangs from all over, are gathering in Gotham, and that can mean nothing but trouble. As future Batman Terry McGinnis gets further into his investigation he finds out that this gathering, and it’s ensuing plot, hits very close to his personal life, and will be one of his toughest challenges as Batman yet. To stop the terror, Terry is joined not only by brand new heroes, but others from the Batman Legacy itself. I have read a good chunk of past Batman Beyond comics, and I can say that by the end of this story that not only will you be very entertained, but you will be craving to see what comes next in Terry McGinnis’s universe.

(Marvel Now!) Indestructible Hulk Vol. 1: Agent Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Premiere HC (Marvel)
(Marvel Now!) Indestructible Hulk Vol. 1: Agent Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Premiere HC (Marvel)

Picked by @adambesenyodi
(Marvel Now!) Indestructible Hulk Vol. 1: Agent Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Premiere HC (Marvel)
Collects Indestructible Hulk #1-5. Includes designs, sketches, script, and pencils, $24.99
I haven’t read a Hulk comic regularly since Bill Mantlo’s run in the early ’80s. Imagine my surprise when I happened upon a copy of Mark Waid’s Indestructible Hulk #1 and was suddenly, completely swept up in the fun. The notion of Banner and Hulk working together with Director Maria Hill in a remote location (Bannertown!) and being deployed as a weapon of S.H.I.E.L.D. is everything you want in a book. The gorgeous art of Leinil Francis Yu provides the perfect visual complement to the story. The bonus here is that in addition to the usual extras we expect from our collected editions, this one also includes a code for a digital copy of the story. Among the Marvel NOW line, you could do worse than these great, green tales that stand on their own.

The EC Comics Library: Fall Guy For Murder And Other Stories by Johnny Craig (Fantagraphics)
The EC Comics Library: Fall Guy For Murder And Other Stories by Johnny Craig (Fantagraphics)

Picked by @Dief88
The EC Comics Library: Fall Guy For Murder And Other Stories by Johnny Craig (Fantagraphics), $28.99
Frank Frazetta, Harvey Kurtzman, and Wally Wood are all amazing artists, but to be honest, Fall Guy For Murder is the book I’ve been most looking forward to since Fantagraphics announced that it would be reprinting classic EC Comics stories in black and white. Johnny Craig may not be as well-known today as the other artists I mentioned (all of whom have already gotten their own reprint books from Fantagraphics), but to my mind his work at EC outshone all of theirs. This book’s solicitation description describes Craig’s style as “elegant,” “crisp,” and “contemporary” – all fitting adjectives. There was a good reason for his being asked by Al Feldstein to draw every single cover of EC’s Vault of Horror series: Craig knew how to tell a whole story with one image. Remember that infamous EC Comics cover with the axe murderer holding up the decapitated woman’s head? That was Craig’s. This book has more than just horror stories, though. Craig did a ton of crime comics too, and it’s amazing to see how that same clean, naturalistic style lends itself in totally different ways to the two genres. If you haven’t picked up one of these black-and-white EC collections yet, there’s really no better time to start.

Bazooka Joe And His Gang HC (Abrams ComicArts)
Bazooka Joe And His Gang HC (Abrams ComicArts)

Picked by @ChrisCCL
Bazooka Joe And His Gang HC (Abrams ComicArts), $19.95
When I was 15, I went away to Canadian Outward Bound located about 100 miles north of Thunder Bay. It was clearly stated that I couldn’t bring anything other then my clothes and a toothbrush, but I managed to smuggle in a small bag full of Bazooka Joe gum. The gum, itself,  was great and got me through some long days and nights while canoeing Lake Nipigon and the Black Sturgeon. But it was the silly juvenile comics that made me realize not to take life so seriously. It wasn’t until 20 years later that I found out that the artwork for Bazooka Joe and His Gang was done by Wesley Morse, who created Tijuana Bibles in the 1930’s! Note – every true comic book fan should own a Tijuana Bible. Anyway, jump to 2013 and Abrams ComicsArts has put together a 60 year celebration of the gum, the comics and the Americana that is Bazooka Joe. The 224 page book includes reproductions of more than 100 classic comics spanning six decades—including the complete first series, reprinted in its entirety for the first time—as well as jokes, fortunes, and tiny ads for mail-order merchandise.

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
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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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CCL Podcast #348 – When We Were MAD! with Alan Bernstein

The MAD Reader
The MAD Reader

Collected Comics Library Podcast #348
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Today on the show I’m proud to talk with Alan Bernstein, director of When We Went Mad! A Documentary of Ecch-ic Proportions!

The movie is being funded through Kickstarter and is in need of more support. As you’ll hear in the interview, MAD is a true labor of love for Alan and he wanted to put together interviews of those who have given us the best and most successful satirical magazine of all time.

Alan and I go over just about every aspect of MAD Magazine including the early comics, the demise of EC Comics thanks to Frederic Wertham and the Senate Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency hearings, the controversial MAD #166 aka “The Middle Finger” issue and Spy vs. Spy. We also go over several reprints including The MAD Archives from DC, the IDW MAD Artist’s Edition, the very first MAD reprint, “The MAD Reader“, The Completely MAD Don Martin, The MAD Fold-In Collection: 1964-2010, even the Absolutely MAD Magazine DVD!

It’s all MAD, all the time!


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14 Collected Editions To Look Out For In 2012

Scouring the internet, I came across news of some upcoming collected editions.
I tweeted some of these out the other day, but here’s a full rundown:

Berkeley Breathed’s Outland The Complete Collection Sunday Comics 1989-1995 (May 8, 2012) will have a selection of Academia Waltz.
Dean Mullaney teased me about this and the Opus collection when he was on my podcast. He even suggested that Academia Waltz would get reprinted, too. If you are not getting the Bloom County volumes, you are really missing out.
Dean also gets busy in April by publishing Genius, Illustrated: The Life and Art of Alex Toth Volume 2 (of 3)

Coming July 2012 – Secret Warriors Omnibus, Marvel, $100. 904 pages Exact contents TBD
An unusual Omnibus to say the least, but given all the love for Brian Michael Bendis, Jonathan Hickman and Nick Fury these days, it kind of makes sense. I’m unsure just how many units it will sell with the steep price of $100.

Coming July 2012 – Punisher by Rick Remender Omnibus, Marvel, $100. 768 pages. Exact contents TBD
If I had to guess, this will only collect Remender’s run of Punisher Volume 8 which includes Dark Reign and Franken-Castle and not his time on Punisher War Journal Volume 2 (with Matt Fraction and Howard Chaykin) which is the Jigsaw (#19-23) and Secret Invasion (#24-25) storylines. I hope I’m wrong. I’m also wondering if this will collect the more recent Punisher: In the Blood #1-5 which bridges the gap between his run and Greg Rucka’s.

Back in print August 2012 – New X-Men Omnibus HC by Grant Morrison. $125.
Not much to say here other then a whole lot of people will be happy.

Coming July 2012 – Hulk: From the UK Vaults TPB, Marvel, $35, 360 pages. Collects Hulk Comic (The Incredible Hulk Weekly) #1-6, 9-20, 26-28
Marvel has been quietly reprinting several of their classic UK comics lately. This fun new addition is sure to be a big seller with Hulk fanboys.

Coming August 2012 – Marvel Masterworks: The Defenders Volume 3, $60, 256 pages. Exact contents TBD
Coming August 2012 – Marvel Masterworks: Golden Age Marvel Comics Volume 7, $65, 280 pages. Exact contents TBD
Coming July 2012 – Marvel Masterworks: The Amazing Spider-Man Volume 14, $60, 256 pages. Exact contents TBD
A nice slew of Masterworks from Marvel next summer. Wes Wong, who does color restoration, recently posted on his Facebook page that his work is complete on GA Marvel Comics Vol. 7.

In May from Hermes Press be on the lookout for The Best of Dark Shadows, an omnibus-style paperback compilation of only the greatest vintage comic book stories – just in time for the movie.

In April from Oni Press, Courtney Crumrin, Volume 1: The Night Things Special Edition features a special silver ink, embossed cover, and an old-fashioned ribbon bookmark placed in the sewn spine. The 136-page, 6” x 9”, graphic novel will retail for $19.99 and debuts April 2012. Volume 1 kickstarts a full reprint program with new colored special edition hardcovers of all the original Courtney Crumrin books to follow.

Also in April and just in time for another movie, Papercutz will publish The Best Of The Three Stooges Comicbooks Deluxe Hardcover featuring great classic comics featuring Moe, Larry, Shemp, and Curly Joe! With comics written and illustrated by Norman Maurer. What? No Curly? No Joe? Just Curly Joe? For shame!

Came the Dawn and Other Stories HC (The EC Comics Library) by Wally Wood
Corpse on the Imjin and Other Stories HC (The EC Comics Library) by Harvey Kurtzman
Announced last year at Comic Con International, Fantagraphics finally get the ball roling with their new EC Comics Library. Both books are slated for July/August and are sure to be a hit at the 2012 Comic Con, and both come in at a price of under $30. It’s not often I double-dip, but I may have to, along with the newly resurrected GC Press EC Archives.

CCL Podcast #291 – Spooky Halloween – Interview with Jim Trombetta, The Horror! The Horror!

Collected Comics Library Podcast #291
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It’s that spooky time of year, especially if you live in Detroit! Come on in and grab a scary book!
Tonight, I conduct an interview with vampire author Jim Trombetta, The Horror! The Horror! Comic Books the Government Didn’t Want You to Read! (Abrams ComicArts). It’s an inside look at the horror comics of the pre-code 1950’s.

Also on this special midnight presentation is a tomb full of Walking Dead reprint information. And a a special treat I’m giving away the full slab of Max Brooks zombie trilogy of books: The Zombie Survival Guide, The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks and World War Z. As a bonus I’m also throwing in Eduardo Risso’s Tales Of Terror (Dynamite). You’ll have to listen to the show find out how to enter!

So turn down the lights and curl up with a good podcast!
Count Chris

My thanks to Abrams ComicArts, Random House and Dynamite who supplied me with copies of the books.

Update: I did get an e-mail back from JC Vaughn (Gemstone). He said that currently the EC Archives are on hold and that the decision (to publish more) still rests with the Gaines Estate, so no news at this point. Let’s hope that the situation gets resolved soon.

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