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6 Collected Editions Worthy Of Your Attention #10

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), and I (@ChrisCCL) are sharing six comic book collected editions, reprints and/or graphic novels released this week that you may be interested in.

Sleeper Omnibus HC (DC Comics)
Sleeper Omnibus HC (DC Comics)

Picked by @AndrewJTom
Sleeper Omnibus HC (DC Comics)
My first exposure to Ed Brubaker was when my friend, Cam said, “You should try Captain America. It’s really good”. Y’see Cam owns a comic book store and while he’s typically a DC guy, he had pretty strong feelings about Brubaker’s Captain America run. Needless to say, I took Cam’s advice and took home the first Captain America Omnibus. After the first read, I was hooked. Not only was I hooked on Cap, but I was hooked on Ed Brubaker as well. I started reading more from Brubaker; Gotham Central, Criminal, Daredevil, and eventually I stumbled upon Sleeper. I knew absolutely nothing about the book, the characters, or the Wildstorm universe. What I did know was that I had faith. Faith in the team of Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips. Sleeper would soon become my favorite work of this author. Even though the comic existed in the Wildstorm universe, this was a different world than that of the WildC.A.T.S. The world of Sleeper was full of violence, profanity, sex, crime, and super powers. This was a comic that I couldn’t foresee what was going to happen next. It followed no typical comic book tropes… and I loved every page of it. For $75, this Sleeper Omnibus can’t come recommended higher. If you are a fan of crime books, spy books, or just plain ole’ “great books” you owe it to yourself to give this book a read. I’m positive that it will be a story that you’ll read many more times in the years to come. Don’t miss this.
Collects Point Blank #1-5 (Sleeper prequel), Sleeper Season One #1-12, Sleeper Season Two #1-12, Coup D’Etat: Sleeper #1 and Coup D’Etat Afterword #1, 720 pages, $75.00


Rocketeer Cargo Of Doom HC and Direct Market Edition HC (IDW)
Rocketeer Cargo Of Doom HC and Direct Market Edition HC (IDW)

Rocketeer Cargo Of Doom HC and Direct Market Edition HC (IDW), $24.99
Look, I’m not gonna’ pretend that I don’t have a soft spot for The Rocketeer. Guys like Dave Stevens, Al Williamson, and Mark Schultz are some of my favorite artists. Regular followers of this column will remember that I picked the Rocketeer Artist Edition a few weeks back. So, it’s pretty safe to say that Stevens’ Rocketeer holds a special place in my heart that can’t be replaced. Many years after the loss of Dave Stevens we’re blessed with a Rocketeer tale told by comic veteran Mark Waid, and Wunderkind artist, Chris Samnee. Waid and Samnee have crafted an old school Rocketeer tale that incorporates the essential mythos that make Cliff Secord the hero that I loved in that very first tale. This book is part adventure, part humor, part mystery, and all around Jurassic level fun. I don’t have to tell you how good of a writer that Mark Waid is or explain to you the artistic merits of Chris Samnee. But, the one thing that I really admire about this book is that… where it would’ve been very tempting to emulate Dave Steven’s art style, Chris Samnee doesn’t. He draws the Rocketeer and Cliff’s friends the way that Chris Samnee sees them, and that is one of the many reasons that makes this book special.

Game Of Thrones The Poster Collection SC (Insight Editions)
Game Of Thrones The Poster Collection SC (Insight Editions)

Picked by @Dief88
Game Of Thrones The Poster Collection SC (Insight Editions), $24.99
If you’re a fan of Game of Thrones and art/photography books, then this might be just what you’ve been waiting for. Insight Editions, the publisher, is fantastic when it comes to these kinds of books; my personal favorites are their two collections of Bruce Springsteen photographs, which are beautifully put together and have great reproduction quality. There’s no reason to expect this collection of Game of Thrones posters will be any different, and unlike with a lot of their books, the pictures in this one are actually removable. Just do me a favor and don’t hang up the Joffrey poster, okay? Joffrey is literally the worst.

The Shade TP (DC Comics)
The Shade TP (DC Comics)

Picked by @ChrisCCL
The Shade TP (DC Comics)
Poor Shade, he never really got it going. James Robinson tried his best to keep Opal City alive after his signature character Starman, aka Jack Knight, retired. That’s what probably did this series in sales wise. That and it went a little too long at 12 issues. Critics also said that the comic was too “wordy” and not enough action. However, those of us who are familiar with Starman, know that Robinson wanted to tell the definitive Shade story – and here we have it. Mark my words; a few years from now comic fans will touting that they read the singles issues as it was being released, when in reality they’ll be hunting down back issues at the local Knights of Columbus convention on a Sunday afternoon. Truth is that this is a good series and one that deserves a second look. My only wish is that it would have been released as a nice hardcover to match the 6 Volume Starman Omnibus series instead of a trade paperback.
Collects The Shade #1-12, $19.99


Steve Ditko's Monsters Volume 1 Gorgo HC (IDW)
Steve Ditko’s Monsters Volume 1 Gorgo HC (IDW)

Steve Ditko’s Monsters Volume 1 Gorgo HC (IDW)
We all know Steve Ditko’s work: Spider-Man, Dr. Strange, The Question and Blue Beetle (Ted Kord) are just some of his most well-known and beloved creations. But it seems to me that horror and monster comics have always been a fascination of Ditko. His tales from the Atlas (Marvel) and Charlton Comics are still being studied and copied today. Here, with first volume of Ditko Monsters, is Gorgo. This creature is loosely based on a cross between King Kong and Godzilla and was actually a feature film in 1961. Later that year Charlton published a 23-issue comic based on the monster movie and a three issue follow-up series ran from 1962-64. Unfortunately, for the die-hard Gorgo fans this is an incomplete volume as it only collects the books that Ditko worked on: #1-3, #11, #13-16 and The Return of Gorgo #2-3. Still, for the Steve Ditko collector, this is an indispensable volume that must be added to you collected editions library.
Collects Gorgo #1-3, #11, #13-16 and The Return of Gorgo #2-3, $34.99


Roy Thomas Presents Phantom Lady The Collected Works Volume 1 HC (PS Artbooks)
Roy Thomas Presents Phantom Lady The Collected Works Volume 1 HC (PS Artbooks)

Roy Thomas Presents Phantom Lady The Collected Works Volume 1 HC (PS Artbooks)
Gorgeous and scantily clad, The Phantom Lady was everything a boy wanted in 1941. But it was Matt Baker who gave us even more when he took over as artist with #13; the master of “good girl art” added sex appeal. When #17 hit the newsstands the nation took notice and so did the young men fighting in WWII. Dr. Fredric Whertham also took notice, so much so, that he used The Phantom Lady as ammunition against the comic book industry, itself, in his book The Seduction Of The Innocent. This of course led to the Senate Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency in 1953, and, in turn, led to the creation of the Comics Code Authority in 1954. The ironic thing is that The Phantom Lady’s alter ego was Sandra Knight, daughter of Senator Harry Knight! I would have loved to know what Whertham thought of that! In this volume, which is limited to only 1,700 copies, Roy Thomas presents the very first Phantom Lady comics from both Quality Comics and Fox Features Syndicate. A true collector’s item if there ever was one.
Collects Phantom Lady stories from Police Comic #1-23 and Phantom Lady #13-15, $47.99

and we have a bonus 7th book this week..

Stuck on Star Trek HC (Universe)
Stuck on Star Trek HC (Universe)

Stuck on Star Trek HC (Universe), $19.95
Picked by Shane
If you’re a child of the 70s, some of your fondest memories are from playing with Colorforms. The Colorforms sets let you play in almost any television, movie or comic world you could dream of. The concept was simple… a scene or picture from the featured property was your “playing board” and the set came with a bunch of stick on characters and items that you could place on the board in various ways. Everything was reusable, so you could create an infinite number of scenarios. There were sets featuring Superman, G.I. Joe, Evel Knievel (another 70s mainstay!), Planet of the Apes, rock legends Kiss, you name it. And of course there was a Star Trek set. The Star Trek set leaves me with the fondest memories because for some reason, this is the set I remember loving the most. It was a simple bridge scene and it came with some of your favorite crew members and aliens to play with. This new Stuck on Star Trek book looks to recreate the nostalgia of that famous Colorforms set and amp it up a bit with several scenes from the TV series in a spiral bound book. This looks like a fun throwback for every Trekker or Trekkie that is a child of the 70s. I really can’t wait to get my hands on this book and see what it has to offer. And maybe bring back that child in myself for a little bit!

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6 Collected Editions Worthy Of Your Attention #8

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), and I (@ChrisCCL) are sharing six comic book collected editions, reprints and/or graphic novels released this week that you may be interested in.

Teen Titans Omnibus By Geoff Johns HC (DC Comics)
Teen Titans Omnibus By Geoff Johns HC (DC Comics)

Picked by @AndrewJTom
Teen Titans Omnibus By Geoff Johns HC (DC Comics)
For some reason I felt the need to get in shape for the spring. So…this past week, I started a daily exercise regimen consisting of a run on the treadmill and weightlifting. Subliminally though, it may have had something to do with seeing this massive heavyweight tome on the release list for this week. Back in the days before Infinite Crisis, Geoff Johns stepped into some pretty big shoes formerly worn by Marv Wolfman and George Perez. Not only did he have to live up to the reputation and expectations that Marv and George had set on Titans back in the 80s, but he had to do it without using mainstay Titans Dick Grayson, Wally West, and Donna Troy. Regardless of facing a gargantuan legacy, Johns crafted some outstanding stories which elevate his run to one of the most enjoyable books of it’s day. It’s really a fantastic run and gets collected (deservedly so) in this Omnibus format alongside Johns’ Flash volumes and Hawkman Omnibus. The Teen Titans Geoff Johns Omnibus clocks in at a whopping 1440 pages. It collects the entirety of Johns Titans run and takes the characters all of the way up to Infinite Crisis. This heavyweight contender will set you back about $150 at regular retail (before discounts), but be assured that you’ll get your money’s worth; and after a read it may even claim the coveted top prize of Heavyweight Champion.
Collects Teen Titans #1/2, #1-26, #29-46 and #50, Legends Of The DC Universe #2, Titans Secret Files #2, Teen Titans/Outsiders Secret Files 2003, Beast Boy #1-4, Teen Titans/Legion Of Super Heroes Special #1, Outsiders #24-25, Robin #147-147, Infinite Crisis #5-6 and Teen Titans Annual #1, 1,440 pages, $150.00

Punisher By Greg Rucka Volume 3 TPB (Marvel)
Punisher By Greg Rucka Volume 3 TPB (Marvel)

Picked by @ChrisCampbell8
Punisher By Greg Rucka Volume 3 TPB (Marvel)
Frank Castle is one of those characters that has enjoyed a great deal of popularity over the years, but yet seems to get his title relaunched constantly, whether in a new volume or a new mini-series. As a Punisher fan, I’m of two minds on the issue, but the upside for Marvel readers is that almost every time we get a new series, we get a new, or at least fresh, approach on the character. And Greg Rucka’s tour with Frank Castle is no different. This is certainly not FrankenCastle (worth reading, by the way) or Ennis or Baron, or any other recent approach on the character. No, this is Gotham Central meets Punisher and I am happy for that. We see Rachel Cole accepting her new role as she becomes hunted by the NYPD. This 3rd volume marks the final installment of the series, but is still worth reading for the glorious art by Marco Checchetto and the conclusion (or is it?) of Rachel’s story. As with many of my favorite Frank Castle stories, the plot is just a framework to tell the real story. I highly recommend this collection.
Collects The Punisher (2011) #11-16, $16.99

Avengers vs. Thanos TPB (Marvel)
Avengers vs. Thanos TPB (Marvel)

Picked by @adambesenyodi
Avengers vs. Thanos TPB (Marvel)Collecting nearly 500 pages of Marvel cosmic goodness, Avengers vs. Thanos is a great introduction to the Mad Titan and his initial epic clashes with Earth’s heroes. Regardless of whether you had to ask the geek next to you who the purple-skinned lover of Death was when you first saw him on the big screen, or you read these as single issues when they originally appeared in the early ’70s, it’s great to have these stories collected under one cover. Marvel has made it clear that Thanos is important to their universe and their future with the first post-credits stinger in the Avengers movie and with the first Avengers Assemble story arc last summer. That should be reason enough to pick up this primer on the would-be god, but the bonus is getting to revisit some great storytelling from likes of Jim Starlin and others.
Collects Iron Man (1968) #55, Captain Marvel (1968) #25-33, Marvel Feature (1971) #12, Daredevil (1964) #105-107, Avengers (1963) #125, Warlock (1972) #9-11 and #15, Avengers Annual (1967) #7, Marvel Two-In-One Annual #2, and material from Logan’s Run #6, $34.99

Tales From Beyond Science HC (Image)
Tales From Beyond Science HC (Image)

Picked by @Dief88
Tales From Beyond Science HC (Image), $34.99
Tales from Beyond Science is a collection of early-’90s one-off stories from 2000 AD, drawn by Rian Hughes and written by Alan McKenzie, John Smith, and a young Mark Millar. Similar to 2000 AD’s Future Shocks, these stories take on bizarre mysteries ranging from the Bermuda Triangle to the thirteenth calendar month. Maybe most exciting, though, this collection is completely re-lettered and includes newly colorized artwork and brand-new spoof covers by Hughes. For fans of the creators involved (or off-the-wall stories in general), Tales from Beyond Science should make for a worthwhile addition to your shelf.

Alter Ego #115 – 3-D Comics (TwoMorrow's Publishing)
Alter Ego #115 – 3-D Comics (TwoMorrow’s Publishing)

Picked by @ChrisCCL
Alter Ego #115 – 3-D Comics (TwoMorrow’s Publishing), $8.95
When you think of pop culture in 1950’s one of that comes to mind is 3-D movies. There were a gazillion of them made! Some good but mostly bad. Well the 3-D genre even crossed over into the comic books and what a hit it was! Roy Thomas’ Alter Ego magazine takes a “look” at the craze with this special issue featuring the work of  Jack Kirby, Joe Simon, Mort Meskin and Joe Kubert just to name a few.  It even comes with its’ own pair of 3-D glasses and if you decide to get the digital version of the mag, TwoMorrows will send you a the glasses for free!


Marvel Masterworks: Atlas Era Jungle Adventure Vol. 3 HC (Marvel)
Marvel Masterworks: Atlas Era Jungle Adventure Vol. 3 HC (Marvel)

Marvel Masterworks: Atlas Era Jungle Adventure Vol. 3 HC (Marvel)
Ever since Tarzan, the African jungle has been a place of wild beasts, warlords and women. Wait! What? Yes, that’s right! Woman is the sex that you don’t want to mess with in deepest, darkest Africa. Presented here is the third Masterworks that showcases the Atlas Era Jungle Adventures of Lorna, Jann and Leopard Girl. Not to be out done, some of the manliest of men are also presented: Greg Knight (Lorna’s companion), Lo-Zar (a close look-a-like to Ka-Zar) and Waku, Prince of the Bantu (who may just remind you of T’Challa, The Black Panther). If it’s scantily mildly clad, postcode action you want, then Jungle Adventure is what you need! Featuring the great work of Joe Maneely, Don Rico, Syd Shores, John Romita, Carl Burgos, Don Heck, Jay Scott Pike and Christopher Rule.
Collects Lorna The Jungle Girl #13-16, Jungle Tales #5-7 and Jungle Action #4-6, $74.99

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Six Collected Editions Worthy Of Your Attention #2

Is there one book that is a “must have” that came out this week? My friends Andy Tom (@AndrewJTom), Chris Campbell (ChrisCampbell8) and I are sharing six comic book collected editions, reprints and/or graphic novels released this week that you may be interested in.

Adventures of Superman - Gil Kane
Adventures of Superman – Gil Kane

Picked by @AndrewJTom:
Adventures of Superman: Gil Kane HC (DC Comics)
Remember going to the corner drugstore and picking up a Superman comic because you couldn’t resist that awesome cover and just had to know what happened inside? DC brings back that feeling of wonder with the first volume in it’s Adventures of Superman line. Gil Kane was a master story-teller who was sadly taken from us a few years ago while he was still producing quality work. Thankfully, his glorious art will live on in the pages of hardcover collected editions like this. Gil’s kinetic pencils are on full display in this volume with classic stories featuring Superman vs. some of your favorite villains including the Super Powers versions of Luthor & Brainiac. This book is a “must have” for any Superman or Gil Kane fan.
Collects Superman #367, 372, 375, Action Comics #539- 541, 544, 545, 546 and 551-554, Superman Special #1-2 and DC Comics Presents Annual #3, $39.99

Superman - Last Son of Krypton
Superman – Last Son of Krypton

Picked by ChrisCampbell8:
Superman: Last Son Of Krypton TP (DC Comics)
The brightest star often burns the quickest, and that is what you have in this recent Superman collection. The story of Last Son chronicles the introduction of Christopher Kent, a character that has a profound impact on the Superman family and leaves the readers wanting more. With art by Adam Kubert and co-written by Geoff Johns and Richard Donner, the Action Comics Annual #11 may have been one of 2008’s best single issues. The collection is rounded out by the Brainiac storyline written by Johns and drawn by the amazingly talented Gary Frank. For those that enjoyed the New Krypton event, this story is indispensable.
Collects Action Comics #844-846, 851 and 866-870, Action Comics Annual #11 and Superman: New Krypton Special #1, $16.99

The Death of Captain Marvel
The Death of Captain Marvel

Captain Marvel: The Death Of Captain Marvel TPB – New Printing (Marvel)
The Marvel purists already know that The Death Of Captain Marvel has been reprinted several times over, but here, in this nice trade, you get the whole story. A few years ago Marvel brought this collection out as part of their Premiere Classic line, and if you didn’t get it then, be sure to get it now. Captain Marvel is one of the most iconic characters Marvel has created and his demise is a heroic tale of service and sacrifice.
Collects Captain Marvel (1968) #34, Marvel Spotlight (1979) #1-2 and Marvel Graphic Novel #1: The Death Of Captain Marvel, $19.99

Guardians of the Galaxy- Tomorrow's Avengers - Volume 1
Guardians of the Galaxy- Tomorrow’s Avengers – Volume 1

Guardians Of The Galaxy: Tomorrow’s Avengers Vol. 1 TPB
More cosmic goodness from Marvel, this time showcasing the “Avengers of the Future”. A rag-tag teams of heroes come together to stop a powerful common foe named Badoom. The team was created by two greats: Arnold Drake (Doom Patrol) and Gene Colan (Tomb Of Dracula), who certainly know a thing or two about science fiction and fantastic tales. The second, and final volume, is scheduled for March.
Collects Marvel Super Heroes (1967) #18, Marvel Two-In-One (1974) #4-5, Giant-Size Defenders #5, Defenders (1972) #26-29 and Marvel Presents #3-12, $39.99

Kirby Genesis: Silver Star
Kirby Genesis: Silver Star

Kirby: Genesis – Silver Star Vol. 1 TP (Dynamite)
Jack’s Kirby’s character, Silver Star, was initially to be an original movie superhero and not a comic book character. That all changed when the screenplay was rejected. Kirby went on to publish a six issue series for Pacific Comics, which has been collected by Image in 2007. Fast forward to 2011 when Dynamite acquired the rights to Silver Star and other Kirby owned heroes. Dynamite launched the Kirby: Genesis line of comics that included Kirby: Genesis (proper), Silver Star, Captain Victory and Dragonsbane, another character that was developed by Kirby. Sadly, Dynamite will not be publishing anymore Kirby books. I hope they will be able to put all four series  together in a complete Omnibus someday. For now you’ll have to get the trades.
Collects Kirby: Genesis – Silver Star #1-6 along with a complete cover gallery featuring Alex Ross, Jae Lee and Mark Buckingham, $19.99

The Heap Volume 1
The Heap Volume 1

Roy Thomas Presents The Heap Volume 1 HC (PS ArtBooks)
You know Swamp Thing. You probably know Man-Thing. You may even know Animal-Vegetable-Mineral Man. But do you know The Heap? The original swamp creature first appeared in 1942 in the pages of Air Fighters Comics #3 and continued on in the renamed Airboy Comics until 1953. He was revived in 1971 by Roy Thomas and here, in this the first of three volumes, Thomas reintroduces us to one of his favorite all time characters. Many (if not all) of these comics have never been reprinted. It’s a real treat for the Golden Age fanboy.
Collects The Heap stories from Airboy Comics, December 1942 – May 1948, $47.99

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CCL Podcast #340 – When Trades Collide! Conan Essential and Archives

Collected Comics Library Podcast #340
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Every once and a while a set of collected editions get published that makes you scratch your head. Usually it’s because the editor left a comic or two out or there is a blatant misprint. That’s not the case with the Barry Windsor-Smith Conan Archives Volume 1 and 2 from Dark Horse, but there is something amiss. The interiors of these books are just fine. In fact they both contain a comprehensive Foreword from Roy Thomas and there is also a cover gallery of The Conan Saga from the 1980’s. No, here it’s all about the presentation of the outside of the books. You see, one book has a dust jacket, the other does not; one has a bookmark ribbon, the other does not and one book is a tan color while the other is a brownish-red. The foil stamping is all a mis-match, too! Today I go over the problems with these books and how it compares to the more complete Essential Conan Volume 1 from Marvel.

Also on the show I talk about this Superman comic book themed political ad I received in the mail this week. I’m interested in your take on it.

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Sunday Review – The Thing: Liberty Legion

I’m glad that Captain America: The First Avenger spent so much time on the 1940s Cap rather then rehash the 1990 movie. In that bad version, you may recall that, about the first 45 minutes was devoted to the origin and then Steve Rogers was frozen in time only to be thawed out and resume his fight with the Red Skull in the present.

It’s important to remember that Cap was born out of necessity in the worst war of all time and into the greatest generation. Even though we are all familiar of Captain America thanks to The Avengers #4 (March 1964) and Tales of Suspense #58 (Oct. 1964), Marvel Comics is well aware that the importance of the character lies with his earliest adventures in Captain America Comics #1-75 and other Golden Age titles (All Winners Comics #1-19, Marvel Mystery Comics #80-84 and #86-92, USA Comics #6-17, and All Select Comics #1-10). Over the years Marvel has painstakingly republished the stories as part of their Masterworks line and even collected the short lived 1950’s Atlas Era revival. But the love of the Golden Age version has always been a favorite of Roy Thomas.

Thomas was a writer and editor-in-chief at Marvel and was looking for a new angle on classic stories. He came up with The Invaders. This was a 5 member team of Captain America, Bucky, Sub-Mariner, The Human Torch and Toro, all of whom did have adventures with one another in the 1940’s comics, but did not ever consolidate into a formal team. The Invaders #1 (1970) changed all that with the premise being untold tales of this retro fitted superteam. It worked so well that in just a few issues Thomas quickly expanded the lore by reintroducing more obscure golden age characters including Whizzer, Miss America, Blue Diamond, Jack Frost, The Patriot, Red Raven, and The Thin Man in the pages of Marvel Premiere. Under Bucky’s leadership they became known as The Liberty Legion and now the complete storyline has been collected in Marvel Premiere Classic – The Thing: Liberty Legion.

The plot is as simple as they come: Cap, Namor, Torch and Toro have somehow been captured and brainwashed by the Red Skull and it’s up to Bucky to rescue them before they and the Nazi’s destroy New York City and take over the world. Bucky realizes that he is a bit out of his league and must recruit the other heroes and form the Liberty Legion. With each appearance Thomas retells the origins and brings us up to speed. As with most reviews here on the CCL Blog, I avoid spoilers but I can tell you that the fight sequences and the interaction between characters are well done, especially when brainwashed Cap meets up with The Patriot and calls him a poor imitation. The Red Skull is in typical form, even when his master plan goes array he yells out, “Not Now! Not when I’ve come so close to total triumph”!

The 4 part crossover with The Invaders did so well, that the Liberty Legion would see three more comics, this time teaming up (of sorts) with The Thing and the rest of the Fantastic Four for a series of time traveling adventures. It should be stated that a few of the characters, The Patriot, Red Raven and The Whizzer were reintroduced into the Bronze Age before Marvel Premiere #29, but here Thomas sets it all straight in the Golden Age taking into account their individual appearances elsewhere.

As for the extras in this book there are none, but what is nice is the complete Liberty Legion story all in one book. Marvel’s Invaders Classic TPB collects the initial 4-issue cossover, but nothing else. Also reprinted are the end notes from the original issues. In them Thomas describes just who these forgotten characters are and when they first appeared. Without them, the reader (of yesterday or today) would be lost and wondering who these people are. Thanks to books like these and the Captain America movie, Golden Age Marvel is in style and will be for another great generation.

Marvel Premiere Classic – The Thing: Liberty Legion Variant (Volume 69)
Written by Roy Thomas
Art by John Buscema, Sal Buscema, Frank Robbins, Don Heck and others
168 pages, $24.99, Marvel Comics
Collects The Invaders #5-6, Marvel Premiere #29-39, Fantastic Four Annual #11, Marvel Two-In-One Annual #1 and Marvel Two-In-One #20

Recommended reading:
Marvel Masterworks Golden Age Daring Mystery Volume 2 – The Blue Diamond (introduced Daring Mystery Comics #7, April 1941)
Marvel Masterworks Golden Age USA Comics Volume 1 – Jack Frost (USA Comics #1, Aug. 1941)
No reprint of first appearance – Miss America (Marvel Mystery Comics #49, Nov. 1943)
Marvel Masterworks Golden Age Human Torch Volume 1 – The Patriot (Human Torch Comics #3, Spring 1941)
Golden Age of Marvel Volume 2 TPB – Red Raven (Red Raven Comics #1, Aug. 1940)
Marvel Masterworks Golden Age Mystic Comics Volume 1 – The Thin Man (Mystic Comics #4, July 1940)
Marvel Masterworks Golden Age USA Comics Volume 1 – The Whizzer (USA Comics #1, Aug. 1941)