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Collected Edition Blog browsing on Tuesday morning

Well I’m back from vacation and ready to go. It’s good to take some time off and step away from your passion now and then to get a new perspective on things. But it looks like I missed a lot, so let’s get to it:

CCL Podcast #231 – Manga Kamishibai: The Art of Japanese Paper Theater


Since starting this blog back in 1998 and recording the podcast (2004) I’ve read several Collected Editions. Most have been America Comic Books or Comic Strips. I’ve only ventured outside the boundaries to read some Franco-Belgian comics, Marvel UK or some Italian or German interpreted material. All of those are fairly easy to find on Amazon.com or some other book market site, but when it comes to the Far East that’s another story altogether. I’m not talking about Manga. No, just about everyone, including me, has picked up Naruto or Bleach or has watched some sort of Anime at one time or another. No, I wanted to dig deeper, but looking for collected editions of pre-Manga Japanese or Indian, Chinese or Taiwanese comics is a far greater challenge.

But I have found what I was looking for with Manga Kamishibai: The Art of Japanese Paper Theater by Eric P. Nash (Abrams ComicArts). When I came across this book, I didn’t have much of an initial reaction, but upon opening up the cover I was struck by the classic artwork from a Japan that for the most past no longer exists – truly a Golden Age. Kamishibai is what Manga was before there was Manga. They are story board paintings set in sequence and one by one they are turned and narrated by storytellers. It was a very simple street theater and adored by thousand and thousands of children all over Japan throughout its rich history.

Mr. Nash does an excellent job going through this history and even citing example of where some of our modern day superhero creators like Bob Kane or Steve Ditko may have gotten ideas for certain characters. Also included are several stories starring the Golden Bat, Jungle Boy and Prince of Gamma, in which Nash has done written narration and history of the characters.

But like so many visual mediums, transformation occurs and when World War II began. The street theater became propaganda. Nash covers this period in detail and includes several examples of Anti-American and political Kamishibai. Some of which caught me off guard, the government was targeting children and teenagers after all.

Even the period after the war ended bought on new style Kamishibai, not so much a return to heroes and villains but slice of life stories such as the heartfelt Prayers For Peace, in which a girl struggles in a post-atomic bomb and war ravaged part of the city. The imagery is stunning and you can’t help but to think of her very existence and how, or if, it will go on.

Nash also goes into the birth of what we know as Manga and even a bit of Anime. With the rise of television and well placed American influences, Kamishibai took a back set to emerging technologies and even 1960’s Adam West Batman.

Any fan of Manga or Japanese and WWII history, for that matter, will welcome this book to their shelf. Along with rare artwork on every page, Manga Kamishibai: The Art of Japanese Paper Theater also includes a glossary of terms and the dust jacket folds out to a brilliant, giant poster. Due in stores on September 1, 2009, 304 pages, Hardcover, 9.2 x 8.6 x 1 inches, $35.00 US; $45.50 CAN; £19.99 UK

For more comments on this book and the latest Collected Edition news on Dean Mullaney’s Library of American Comics (IDW), Ed Brubaker’s Criminal Deluxe Edition (Marvel Icon) and Savage Dragon Ultimate Collection 1 HC (Image) listen to the Podcast.
Collected Comics Library Podcast #231
32,846Kb; 27m 48s

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CCL Podcast #225 – Trading Captain America

Collected Comics Library Podcast #225
32,534Kb; 27m 32s


The big news that’s got the internet all buzzing is that Steve Rogers is going to be Reborn as Captain America, but I say he never really went away. Sure, he may be lying dead in a grave in the 616 Marvel Universe, but he is alive and well in three other current titles (OK, maybe just two, we’re still waiting for Loeb and Sale’s Captain America: White). So in honor of Cap #600 (or #51) or Captain America Comics 70th Anniversary Special #1 or Reborn #1 or whatever we take a look at the Collected Editions of Captain America through the years – Golden Atlas, Silver, Modern, and beyond.

Also this week a look at the Collected Edition non-announcements from Wizard World Philly and Heroes Con, the non-happenings of the DC Showcase Presents line and Robert Crumb and his $500 Book of Genesis. Good Lord!

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Collecting the Publishers: AC Comics

AC Comics goes back to 1969 when Bill Black founded Paragon Publications. Paragon did a name change in 1982 to Americomics, but in 1984 it became AC, where it has stayed. Publishing out of Longwood, Florida, the publisher is best known for Femforce, a team of superhero women. The characters themselves are a mix of public domain and original creations. AC Comics has also reprinted many classic Western and Golden Age comic books (that have fallen into the public domain) into collected editions.

  • Official AC Comics website
  • There are several Femforce Graphic Novels and Trade Paperbacks that appear to be a complete collection of the series, one-shots and specials.
  • Best of the West (Volumes 1-40) are anthologies that reprint many classic Western stories featuring such characters as Redmask, The Durango Kid and The Haunted Horseman as done by such greats as Dick Giordano and Dick Ayers.
  • The Golden Age Men of Mystery (Volumes 1-78) anthologies reprint the great characters from yesteryear including The Black Terror, Phantom Lady, Fighting Yank, Spy Smasher, Bulletman and many, many more.
  • Thrilling Science Fiction (Volume 1-2) reprints hard to find stories from the 1950’s as done by Joe Orlando, Reed Crandall, Steve Ditko, Mike Sekowsky, Bernard Sachs, Bernie Krigstein and Wally Wood.

CCL on Book Cave Podcast

Chris Marshall and Ric Croxton talk about the world of collected comics (episode #10). Chris informs us with some great information on different books, while Ric rambles on.

Next Bruce Rosenberger, KomicsKast, shares his first of I hope many to come segment on Old Time Radio shows. Thanks Bruce, I now have another great radio show to listen to during those long boring hours at work.

Email Ric at ric.croxton@gmail.com with any questions or comment you have on the episode or post on the The Book Cave Forum. This podcast episode originated on the The Book Cave website.