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CCL Podcast #311 – Interview with Blake Bell; Steve Ditko and Bill Everett Archives

Collected Comics Library Podcast #311
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I’ve been meaning to have Blake Bell on the podcast ever since I did my Steve Ditko retrospective in February, 2010. You can consider this, Part 5, if you would like, but we also talk about another icon – Bill Everett, who created Namor, The Sub-Maniner and co-created Daredevil.

It’s a candid discussion on what made the 1950’s such a special time for comic books and the toll it sometimes took. Blake talks about their lives and the fast paced industry that kicked off the Marvel (Silver) Age of comics. We also discuss Blake’s other works including the 2011 Eisner nominated (Best Comics-Related Book) Fire and Water: Bill Everett, the Sub-Mariner, and the Birth of Marvel Comics, I Have To Live With This Guy! (TwoMorrows Publishing), Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko, The Steve Ditko Archives series and the upcoming Amazing Mysteries: The Bill Everett Archives Volume 1.

I want to sincerely thank Blake, and Fantagraphics,  for coming on the podcast!

CCL Podcast #303 – Six Year Anniversary – I’ve Fell-en and I Can’t Get Up

Collected Comics Library Podcast #303
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Wouldn’t you know that I go record my six year anniversary podcast and it turns out that I get a bad sore throat. Not to worry, it’s a quick show today as I go over some collected edition news from IDW, DC, Marvel, Fantagraphics, Flesk, Boom, and Dark Horse (and even more) that has caught my eye and is worth commenting on.

I want to thank everyone who has come by this blog and downloaded a podcast from the past six years. It truly means a lot to me and your support keeps me going from week to week.

If you are gong to C2E2, please let me know, I’d be happy to meet with you.


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Fantagraphics To Publish The Complete Carl Barks

The comic book community is all abuzz today with the official announcementvia Robot 6 and Comic Book Resources, that Fantagraphics will publish a massize 30-Volume set of The Complete Carl Barks featuring Donald Duck.

The set will have the following:

  • Two hardcover volumes per year (or roughly six months apart from each volume printed).
  • $25.00 and 240 pages each (200 are the comics and 40 are the extra material).
  • The first book release, Lost In The Andes, will collect the year 1948  (Fall 2011) and will be the 7th Volume. The second book, Only A Poor Old Man will cover 1952-54. Fantagraphics stated they want to start off with the best material and then go back and finish the series at a later time.
  • The books will all be designed by Jacob Covey who has worked on Popeye, Dennis The Menace and Krazy Kat.
  • The books will be slightly smaller then the standard comic book size.
  • Every page will be be recolored, under the direction of Rich Tommaso, who is using the original comics as the color guide. You may recall Rich from his bestseller,  Satchel Paige: Striking Out Jim Crow (Hyperion Books, 2007).

There have been a couple of Disney reprint projects announced from Fantagraphics in recent months in including, Floyd Gottfredson’s Mickey Mouse, which will also be out in 2011.

You also may recall that a similar undertaking of Carl Barks was announced by Gemstone three years ago. I blogged about the details in a post from March 23, 2008:

Also due out later this year is the first set (of 10) of the Complete Carl Barks Collection (Gemstone). Topping out at 960 pages and a cover price of $150, this set promises to deliver! ‘Remastered in more exceptional quality and color than earlier editions, the great tales of Donald Duck, Uncle Scrooge McDuck, Gladstone Gander, and Gyro Gearloose are accompanied by a vast selection of archival rarities and fascinating new editorials by lifetime Barks scholar Geoffrey Blum. This initial boxed set includes Barks’ very first 1940s adventures, including “Donald Duck Finds Pirate Gold,” “The Mummy’s Ring,” and “Pluto Saves the Ship!”’ This is due November 2008. Also, from Gemstone is the The Don Rosa Library Volume 1: 1987-1988 (December 2008, 208 pages $40). Restored, recolored, and furnished with numerous editorial features, here’s the first in a cracking, wakking Gemstone multi-volume series!

As you now know that never came to fruition and Boom! Studios scooped up the rights to Don Rosa.

All is now good in the land of the Mouse (and Duck).

CCL Podcast #297 – DC Comics for Summer 2011

Collected Comics Library Podcast #297
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Sometimes when it rains it pours! Thhis week we’ve had a plethora of news come down from a number of companies. I covered a few items on my post this past Saturday, but since then and even through this morning more and more great collected editions have been announced:

All this and the New Releases of the Week.

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When Trades Collide: Fantagraphics and IDW

It’s nothing big but it caught my eye nonetheless. Both Fantagraphics and IDW are publishing retrospectives on the work of Alex Toth.

November 2010 (moved from October 2010)
IDW Publishing – Genius, Isolated: The Life And Art Of Alex Toth by Dean Mullaney and Bruce Canwell, $49.99

January 2011 (moved from October 2010)
Fantagraphics – Setting the Standard: Alex Toth at Standard Comics 1952-1954 by Greg Sadowski, $29.99

Reading the official solicitaions I gather the the IDW book will be more of an art book and the Alex Toth at Standard Comics book looks to be more like the Steve Ditko Archives (Fantagraphics). I’m a big fan of the late, great Toth and any chance to see his work is OK in my book.

But here’s the intestesting part, this is the second time that IDW and Fantagraphics published a retospective on the same person. You may recall that Steve Ditko was chosen to be the subject not too long ago.

July 2008
Fantagraphics – Strange & Stranger World Of Steve Ditko HC by Blake Bell, $33.99

December 2009
IDW Publishing – The Art Of Steve Ditko HC by Craig Yoe, $29.99

Of course it’s not uncommon that companies publish similar books, but both Ditko and Toth are two of my favorites so I thought it’s worth mentioning.

I wonder who will be next? Larry Lieber?