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A Gallery of Moebius’s Collected Editions

It’s been a tough few days if your a comics fanboy. Hell, it’s been a tough 2012. So many great creators have left us. Let’s hope it subsides for a while.

For now, let’s enjoy some cover art to some of Moebius’s collected editions. First up is a large collection of Jean Giraud’s work from 1987-1994. You may recognize this list from the Wikipedia entry, but there’s no cover art on that page.
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  • Moebius 0 – The Horny Goof & Other Underground Stories (72 pages, Dark Horse, 1990, ISBN 1878574167)
  • Moebius ½ – The Early Moebius & Other Humorous Stories (Graphitti Designs, 1992, ISBN 0936211288)
  • Moebius 1 – Upon A Star (72 pages, Marvel/Epic, 1987, ISBN 0871352788)
  • Moebius 2 – Arzach & Other Fantasy Stories (72 pages, Titan, ISBN 1852860456, Marvel/Epic, 1987)
  • Moebius 3 – The Airtight Garage (120 pages, Titan, ISBN 1852860464, Marvel/Epic, 1987)
  • Moebius 4 – The Long Tomorrow & Other Science Fiction Stories (70 pages, Marvel/Epic, 1987, ISBN 0871352818)
  • Moebius 5 – The Gardens of Aedena (72 pages, Titan, ISBN 1852860472, Marvel/Epic, 1988, ISBN 0871352826)
  • Moebius 6 – Pharagonesia & Other Strange Stories (72 pages, Titan, ISBN 1852860480, Marvel/Epic, 1988)
  • Moebius 7 – The Goddess (88 pages, Marvel/Epic, 1990, ISBN 0871357143)
  • Moebius 8 – Mississippi River (64 pages, Marvel/Epic, 1991, ISBN 0871357151)
  • Moebius 9 – Stel (Marvel/Epic, 1994)

Next up we have the three hardcovers from Humanoids Publishing.

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  • The Incal
  • The Eyes of the Cat
  • Madwoman of the Sacred Heart

And finally the upcoming Marvel Premiere Classic: Silver Surfer: Parable (Variant Volume 91). Here for your pleasure is the cover art to the Regular and Variant Editions and the original art for the two issue series from 1989-1990. As an added bonus Marvel will be collecting Silver Surfer: The Enslavers. 168 pgs, $24.99, Full Color, Released Summer 2012.
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How DC Will Collect Before Watchmen

2013 is a long ways away, but it’s never too early to guess how DC Comics will collect Before Watchmen into trades, hardcovers and Absolutes.

Let’s first look at the series breakdowns:

  • RORSCHACH (4 issues) – Writer: Brian Azzarello. Artist: Lee Bermejo
  • MINUTEMEN (6 issues) – Writer/Artist: Darwyn Cooke
  • COMEDIAN (6 issues) – Writer: Brian Azzarello. Artist: J.G. Jones
  • DR. MANHATTAN (4 issues) – Writer: J. Michael Straczynski. Artist: Adam Hughes
  • NITE OWL (4 issues) – Writer: J. Michael Straczynski. Artists: Andy and Joe Kubert
  • OZYMANDIAS (6 issues) – Writer: Len Wein. Artist: Jae Lee
  • SILK SPECTRE (4 issues) – Writer: Darwyn Cooke. Artist: Amanda Conner
  • BEFORE WATCHMEN: EPILOGUE –  Featuring the work of various writers and artists
  • CURSE OF THE CRIMSON CORSAIR (2 page back up in all 35 issues) – Writer: Len Wein. Artist: John Higgins.
Absolute
Let’s assume that all 35 issues are 32 pages; that equals 1,120 pages total. The recent oversized New 52 Hardcover was 1,126 pages/$150.00, so it’s easy to say that the Before Watchmen HC/Omnibus/Absolute would be in a very similar, if not the exact price point ballpark. You may recall that the Absolute Watchmen is 464 pages/$99.99. You can certainly expect a ton of extras in a book like this, so maybe we are looking at 1, 200 pages.

Deluxe Hardcover
DC is all about the Deluxe Hardcover collected edition these days.  The upcoming Batman: The Black Glove will be 384 pages/$39.99. Under this plan we would have a 3 volume set to collect the entire series. What comics would be in which hardcover (or trade) remains to be seen. I doubt we will see the “DVD extras” that will be in the Absolute, but you will get your fair share. I think this format will be the first one we will see in 2013.

Trade Paperback
Without a doubt the most affordable route would be to buy Before Watchmen in softcover trades. DC could collect each series individually. Let’s assume that all comics will be 30 pages/$2.99. That means:

  • Five 4-issue trades; 120 pages each
  • Three 6-issue trades; 180 pages each
  • One  Crimson Corsair/Epilogue; 100 pages (70 pages/30 pages)

Sounds great, but I doubt this will be the case. That’s just too many trades (9 total) and DC Comics is not going to charge $11.99 for a 4-issue book when you could get so much more money if you combine them. More likely is the possibility that DC will collect it like this:

  • Three 10-issue trades (One 4-issue and One 6-issue); 300 pages; $29.99 each
  • One 9-issue plus Crimson Corsair storyline (Two 4-issue, Crimson Corsair/Epilogue); 340 pages; $29.99

Why $29.99? Again recent DC history gives us this price point. Resurrection Man TPB is 336 pages/$29.99 so it seems like a good place to start. However, DC has also released new editions of Batman: Knightfall which is roughly 652 pages/$29.99. But that’s too much Watchmen for too small a price for brand new material.

Either way I am excited for Before Watchmen. Not all of the comics, but most.
And it has nothing to do with JMS.

I welcome your comments.

CCL On The Book Cave Podcast – Essentials, Showcases and More

Ric’s Comics Episode 63: Essentials, Showcases and More
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Chris Marshall of the Collected Comics Library and Matt Moring of Altus Press join Ric to talk about comic trade paperbacks and hardbacks.

I’d like to thank Ric for having me on his show! It’s been two years since I was last on.

I’d also like to thank Matt for the Marvel Saga pic that you see here (FYI, it’s for sale – $40, contact Matt via his site and tell him I sent you). Matt has several homemade Archives and Masterworks and a wonderful collection of trades and hardcovers. Please visit his great company Altus Press featuring Pulps of yesterday and today.

This podcast episode originated on the The Book Cave podcast. And please excuse Ric’s audio. Thx!

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CCL Podcast #310 – Why Now Is The Perfect Time For A Who’s Who Update!

Collected Comics Library Podcast #310
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Every day we are getting more and more information on the DC “reboot” coming in September. Most of the titles have been announced (both officially and unofficially) as well as the creative teams. What struck me is the reintroduction of many characters for a new generation of readers such as Voodoo, Grifter, Resurrection Man, Swamp Thing, John Constantine and to a certain extent Captain Atom, Firestorm and Mr. Terrific. That got me thinking that I don’t even know a lot about these characters (or have forgotten) and that’s why I think this is a perfect opportunity for DC Comics to bring back Who’s Who series of comics to help all of us understand these “new” characters and their surroundings. I’ll say this, Marvel certainly has been the forerunner in this category for the past few years releasing periodic updates to the Marvel Handbook with a focus on the major Marvel events and the live action movies.

Also, on the show today, I go over what titles I plan on picking up (so far) and some great upcoming releases from DC Comics and Dark Horse including BPRD: Plague of Frogs HC Volume 2!!!.
Cheers!

Chris

PS Early in the show I guess that Tim Drake would return as Red Robin in the Teen Titans. Glad to know I was right!

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CCL Podcast #309 – 6×9 for Two

Collected Comics Library Podcast #309
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Every day when I look at my books, I’m reminded of the wonderful words and art that has been published throughout the years. But I’m also reminded of the packaging of these comics; hardcover, softcover, oversized, regular sized, digest, thick or thin, you name the format and it’s sitting before me. As a man on the go, I can’t always take my Omnibus with me and sometimes one trade paperback isn’t always enough to satisfy me if I’m held over at the airport, getting my car fixed or lounging in the backyard. I, like you, can read 128 pages at a good clip and being that the majority of the books I read are from DC and Marvel, I think it’s high time they offer us readers a new format, but one that’s been in circulation for sometime and one that I’m very fond of – the 6×9 inch softcover.

Dark Horse and IDW have been publishing these handy trades for a few years now. Not only do they have more pages then the standard, but for the amount of comics you get they usually come at the very affordable price of $24.99 and perhaps best of all they are heavy duty and can take a beating. I dive into this topic and tell you what comic runs would be a great trial for this format.

Also on the show today, a quick Motor City Comic Con wrap up , my adventure at the Thor movie and the return of Shipping and Product changes.

Cheers!

Chris

Links of note:
Collected Editions Blog – Trade Perspectives: DC August 2011 Solicitations: JLA and other concerns

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