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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 #335 – Marvel NOW!…and LATER!

Last year at this time we were all talking about DC’s New52. This time all the rage is with Marvel and their “reboot” effort Marvel NOW! On today’s show I go over the titles that we know of so far and speculate just how Marvel may collect the monthly issues in either trade paperback or hardcover format. And just where does Spider-Man, Daredevil and Punisher fit into all of this?

I also go over the demise of the Marvel Premiere Classic Hardcover line. I can tell you that I’m very disappointed, but I understand business is business and if you take a look at the sales figures for these books, you can understand why Marvel is doing this. I hope that part of the program will continue on in their trade paperback Classic series. Some titles do very well in that format. For example, Deadpool Volume 7 is being released this week!

All that and more including an email from Australia on Joe Kubert, a quick announcement and overview of The Complete Flash Gordon Library Volume 1 – On the Planet Mongo (Titan Books) and a fun jab – and an agreement – with Rob Liefeld!

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CCL Podcast #265 – Age Of TV Heroes (TwoMorrows)

Collected Comics Library Podcast #265
25,293Kb; 26m 52s

Before I ever read a comic book, I watched TV. Like most kids in Detroit, Channel 20 was a favorite showing reruns of Johnny Socko’s Flying Robot or Ultra Man. Channel 50, on the other hand, had reruns of the 1960’s Batman. I clearly remember watching every episode and priding myself on knowing each and every character. I even tried to piece my own continuity, which looking back on it now, was a complete waste of time. But even as a kid all that really mattered was Julie Newmar and Yvonne Craig. I loved the old TV shows: Batman, Hulk, Greatest American Hero, and heck I was even turned back on to Smallville when the JSA arrived.

TwoMorrow’s has now published a complete retrospective of all the superhero television shows called The Age of TV Heroes. It’s extensively researched and written by Jason Hofius and George Khoury. The book is full of interviews and rare photographs from years gone by. Every single live-action show ever having to do with a superhero is represented, which if you think about it is quiet a feat in of itself. I showcase that book today, but if you want to get the authors perspective you can listen to the TwoMorrow’s Tune-In Podcast with Jason and George from last summer when the book was in its final stages.

I also go over some of the 2010 Eisner Nominees and C2E2.

All this and the New Releases of the Week.


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CCL #191 – Trading The Defenders

Collected Comics Library Podcast #191
29,254Kb; 30m 56s

In preparing for the show this week, I decided that I would cover the 100th Marvel Masterworks The Defenders Volume 1. Little did I realize that it was actually missing the first three try-out pseudo teams-ups from Doctor Strange #183, Sub-Mariner #22 and Hulk #126, all of which was included in the Essential Defenders Volume 1. It then seemed wise to compare the books as part of my When Trade Collide series that I do from time to time. After writing up my notes for that, I began to speculate on what a MMW Volume 2 might look like and that’s when the Marvel Premiere Classic edition of The Avengers/Defenders War came into play. It got to be too much and my initial review of one single book leads me to a whole gambit that is today’s feature presentation. I look at all the collected editions of Marvels first anti-team and a few runs that have yet to be collected and yes, I do dive head first into the chicken soup that would be a Volume 2 of The Defenders Masterworks series.

I also cover a bit on the upcoming Trinity Volume 1 trade paperback (DC Comics), the 2008 Ignatz Awards, the Product and Shipping Changes and the New Releases of the Week.

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CCL Podcast #175 – The Hulk Collected Editions

Collected Comics Library Podcast #175

41,596Kb; 44m 06s


On this week’s show, I celebrate all things Hulk. I give a rundown of some of the essential collected editions you should read (or better yet – own). I even talk about the early days of Kirby and Lee, through the Peter David run and right up to Planet Hulk and WWH.

I also catch up on all the news of the past two weeks and if you are going to be at Wizard World Chicago be sure to stop be and see the podcasting panel, which I will be a part of.

Lastly, I rundown The New Releases of the Week and a few from last week, too.

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