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6 Collected Editions Worthy Of Your Attention #37

Is there one book that is a “must have” collected edition that came out this week? My friends Andy Tom (@AndrewJTom), Chris Campbell (@ChrisCampbell8), Marc Diefenderfer (@Dief88), Shane Hannafey, Adam Besenyodi (@adambesenyodi), Joey Nazzari (@CaptDS9E), Wallace Ryan (@ReverendLove) and I (@ChrisCCL) are sharing some comic book collected editions, reprints and/or graphic novels released this week that you may be interested in.

The Walking Dead 100 Project TP (Image)
The Walking Dead 100 Project TP (Image)

Picked by @adambesenyodi
The Walking Dead 100 Project TP (Image)
Robert Kirkman and Skybound team up with the Hero Initiative to present 100 all new covers envisioning the horrors of the bestselling The Walking Dead, $12.99; LTD ED HC $24.99
The Hero Initiative’s 100 Project series, where the non-profit has 100 artists provide their own interpretation of a specific landmark title, has always been a great way to indulge in a good sampling of various artists’ work, dig on various interpretations of your favorite characters, and feel good about yourself knowing the hard earned money you’re dropping is going to a worthy cause. The series has honored such titles as Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man, The Hulk, Wolverine, and The New Avengers, DC’s Justice League of America, and even Archie. Now, they are doing it all over again for Image’s The Walking Dead. Featuring everyone from Fred Hembeck to Jeff Lemire to Fiona Staples to Rich Koslowski, there is something for every fan in here. Offering the book in two flavors – trade paperback and hardcover – also means there’s a good chance it’ll fit into most anyone’s budget.

Shazam! Vol. 1 HC (DC Comics)
Shazam! Vol. 1 HC (DC Comics)

Picked by @andrewjtom
Shazam! Vol. 1 HC (DC Comics)
Collects Justice League #7-11, #0, #14-16 and #18-21, $24.99
SHAZAM!! That’s the first thing that probably goes through your head whenever you see a brand new Captain Marvel book (or in this case, Shazam). Despite my love for golden age characters and especially the Big Red Cheese, this book deserves your attention because of the creators, Geoff Johns and Gary Frank. Shazam plays directly to the type of story that Geoff Johns has excelled at so much in the past. Shazam is a beloved character that hasn’t had very many exciting things done with him in a long time. Johns has proven time after time that these “revitalization” type of stories centered around characters that have been lost to the depths of the long box are exactly where he thrives as a writer. Add Gary Frank to that magical formula and you’ve got a truly exciting creative team that has proven on two separate occasions (previously on Action Comics and Batman Earth One) that when they get together, great things happen. Pick this book up. I’m confident that you’ll dig it.

Justice League Vol. 3: Throne Of Atlantis HC (DC Comics)
Justice League Vol. 3: Throne Of Atlantis HC (DC Comics)

Picked by @CaptDS9E
Justice League Vol. 3: Throne Of Atlantis HC (DC Comics)
Collects Justice League #13-17 and Aquaman #15-16, $24.99
Aquaman is one of my favorite books since the DC relaunch, and Justicle League was not that great. However both books crossed over for this big Aquaman event called Throne of Atlantis written by the regular writer on both series Geoff Johns. This is when the Justice League finally found it’s footing, and I started to really enjoy it. As Arthur is trying to figure out about a mysterious series of events that have gone on in his series, The Underwater city of Atlantis led by Ocean Master launches a massive attack on many of the biggest cities in the DC universe. So the Justice League only has one course of action, and that is to go on the attack , or risk the populations of these cities being killed. However like most big events, someone has set this madness in motion for a plan that none of the major parties knows about. It leads to revelations that could change Arthur and his place with Atlantis. Not to mention changes in the Justice League as well, as they realize it may be time to expand it’s roster, which is one of my favorite parts of this story arc. Add in Ivan Reis taking over art duties on Justice League, and Paul Pelleteir on Aquaman, and I would recommend this for the art alone. Really great work by them, but a highly enjoyable read overall as well.

Legends Of The Dark Knight: Jim Aparo Vol. 2 HC (DC Comics)
Legends Of The Dark Knight: Jim Aparo Vol. 2 HC (DC Comics)

Picked by @ReverendLove
Legends Of The Dark Knight: Jim Aparo Vol. 2 HC (DC Comics)
Collects The Brave And The Bold #123-145 and #147-151, $49.99
Growing up in the early 70’s, I was lucky enough to have been around for Jim Aparo’s fabulous work on “the Brave and the Bold” and other titles from “Aquaman” to “Adventure Comics” which featured his legendary run on “the Spectre”. But like many from my generation, I was a die hard Batman fan and found Mr. Aparo’s long run on “the Brave and the Bold” unequalled in quality and artistic execution.
The first book in this series covered some of my favourite Aparo stories in the run but this volume still has many gems although towards the end, we begin to stray into the latter Aparo years during which he adopted a simpler style that I found to be a bit wanting. This book starts in the later years of the “Early Aparo” period and these stories still have that great level of detail and solid composition that we’d come to expect from the pen of Aparo. One of my favourite stories from this period is the tale from the Brave and the Bold #124 in which Jim Aparo injects himself into the DC Universe to battle terrorists and to help the Caped Crusader and Sgt. Rock save the day. The heroes make the world a safer place and all without realizing the involvement of Mr. Aparo or fellow DC creators from the book, Bob Haney and Murray Boltinoff. Haney was one of the bright lights at DC in the early 70’s with a prodigious output and a neat turn of phrase. He created some of my favourite characters in the DC universe, from Metamorpho to Eclipso and so many more in his three decades with DC Comics.
“The Brave and the Bold” was one of my favourite comics growing up with it’s stories of Batman and a guest or guest stars to help him with whatever menace the Dark Knight would be battling in that particular issue. This run features heroes from the Flash to Mr. Miracle to the Metal Men and many others, all of whom dovetail perfectly with the tactics and abilities of the Batman.
I know some will find the stories somewhat dated and simplistic, but they are a snapshot into the world I grew up in and the stories that inspired and entertained me for many happy hours and for all this joy, I have to simply say, “Thank you, Mr. Aparo and Mr. Haney”.

Star Trek The Original Topps Trading Card Series HC (Abrams ComicArts)
Star Trek The Original Topps Trading Card Series HC (Abrams ComicArts)

Picked by Shane
Star Trek The Original Topps Trading Card Series HC (Abrams ComicArts), $19.95
Most anyone who grew up in the 70s has fond memories of collecting Topps trading cards. These Topps card packs consisted of a few cards, usually one sticker and maybe a stick of gum, depending on the series. Kids would spend their allowance money buying pack after pack, hoping to eventually get a complete set of cards. Along with sports cards, Topps produced series’ ranging from Superman the movie and Jaws to such eclectic series’ as Charlie’s Angels and Grease. I still have a complete set of the original Star Wars cards from my youth. Now, I never had the Star Trek cards nor have I ever really seen any of them. That being said, I’m looking very forward to this book. This book reprints all 88 cards, front and back as well as the 22 stickers from the series. Here is a bit of trivia for you. There are no cards in the series that feature crew member Sulu, so included in this book are four brand new cards including two featuring Sulu. It is written by a husband and wife team very familiar with Star Trek, having written several books on the subject. Some of their works are Star Trek 101, The Magic of Tribbles and the Deep Space Nine Companion just to name a few. It looks like Paula M. Block and Terry J. Erdmann have put together a very nice package for the Trek fans out there.

Young Marvel: Little X-Men, Little Avengers, Big Trouble TP (Marvel)
Young Marvel: Little X-Men, Little Avengers, Big Trouble TP (Marvel)

Picked by @ChrisCCL
Young Marvel: Little X-Men, Little Avengers, Big Trouble TP (Marvel)
Collects A-Babies Vs. X-Babies #1, Wolverine (1988) #102.5, Pint-Sized X-Babies: Murderama and X-Babies Reborn, $24.99
I’ve been really fortunate over the past years. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting several comic book creators over drinks, dinner and even podcasts. I first met Skottie Young in 2006 when I sat in on a recording of the Around Comics podcast. I have to laugh it off now, but the guy was a piece of work. He was a little loud and a little obnoxious but Skottie was all 100% genuine when it came to his passion about comic books. You can see it in his work and you can hear it in his voice. It’s been fun watching his career grow and even becoming a breakout artist on the Oz series with Eric Shanower and Skottie’s own take on the Marvel Babies. Hell, my own LCS has its own Skottie Young POS display! I wish all the best to Skottie and if you get the chance go meet him at a Con near you, he truly is one of the great guys in the business.

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.

Sunday Review – Shazam! by Chip Kidd

It’s hard to believe that there was a time when Captain Marvel (Fawcett Publications) was more popular in every way to his famous forerunner – Superman (National/DC), but that was the case. Partially because the young boys of the World War II era had to become men overnight; to become the man of the house while their brothers, uncles and fathers were away; just like Billy Batson had to do in order to fight crime and injustice.

Long before the merchandising boom of Star Wars in the late 1970’s, Captain Marvel coveted the nickels and dimes of young kids. They read Captain Marvel comic books, they went to see his movie serial (the first for any superhero) and they bought the stuff – lots and lots of stuff: figurines, wrist watches, beanbags, decoder rings, beanie hats, neck ties(!) and they signed up for the fan club in droves.

Author and graphic designer extraordinaire, Chip Kidd and photographer, Geoff Spear who first collaborated together on Bat-Manga!: The Secret History of Batman in Japan (Pantheon Books, 2008), have teamed up again to document a forgotten era. Culled from the impressive collection of Harry Matetsky, one cannot help but wonder if Kidd and Spear did indeed capture everything that was ever made regarding the Golden Age Captain Marvel. Kidd adds his own commentary to the rich, full color photos that capture every detail whether it be the most cared for item or the lost and forgotten belongings from years of neglect. The aforementioned movie serial is also dissected along with its promotional stills, costumes and other pieces. There are also chapters to other Marvel Family members: Mary Marvel, Captain Marvel Jr. and Hoppy the Marvel Bunny. There is also a section on the hero Spy Smasher, who was considered to be the Batman of the Fawcett characters and counter to the Captain Marvel, Superman. Unfortunately, the two never met up, save for the covers.

It’s not just statues and cut-out Shazam flying helicopters that are in this book, some of the art contained has never been seen in years including some wonderful work by Mac Rayboy (Flash Gordon). There is also one full comic story collected here, the first feature from Captain Marvel Adventures #1 (1941) by none other then Jack Kirby and Joe Simon (Captain America, et al.). Several other single panels and cover art is strewn about adding to the lore.

Kidd does and excellent job describing everything that we are fortunate enough to see and spares us from the litigation between Captain Marvel/Fawcett and Superman/National (DC) of old. He is wise to treat us with intelligence and respect the fact that we are well aware of the history.

Shazam! The Golden Age of the World’s Mightiest Mortal
Abrams ComicArts, 2010
246 pages, 12 x 9, $35.00 US
A copy of this book was supplied to me by Abrams ComicArts

If you would like to read the comic books of Captain Marvel, DC Comics has four Shazam! Archive volumes and even one for the Marvel Family featuring Captain Marvel Jr. and Mary Marvel.  There is also the (not too hard to find, if you look for it) Shazam! From The 40’s to the 70’s HC (Harmony Books), which is worth every penny. I even typed up a new Table of Contents, because the book lacks a sufficient one of its own (available for download). More recently, DC published Showcase Presents: Shazam! which reprints the characters’ return to comics in 1973 and Shazam!: The Greatest Stories Ever Told TPB, a nice overview of Captain Marvel throughout the years.

CCL Podcast #286 – Marvelman Classic HC

Collected Comics Library Podcast #286
29,937Kb; 29m 57s

Last summer at Comic Con 2009 all the buzz was about Marvel obtaining the reprint rights to Marvelman. Immediately everyone seemed to say “Hooray!” Alan Moore and Neil Gaimen and everyone else have put aside their differences and we were going to have the most sought after comic finally in our hands! Then we were reminded that this was Mick Anglo’s Marvelman and not Miracleman. Our hopes were dashed but we seemed OK with it because perhaps it would pave the way to what we actually want. 18 months later (including Marvel December 2010 solicitations) was have a 6-issue Best Of periodical series called Marvelman Family’s Finest and a Marvelman Premiere Hardcover that reprints his adventures in chronological order. No new series and certainly no Miracleman, just a few reprints from a bygone era. Needless to say I’m a bit disappointed in Marvel’s efforts particularly the way Joe Quesada hyped up the announcement. I hoping that all will change come 2011. Today I take a look at the Hardcover and I have some mixed feelings about it. One one hand it is good to see this in print. But on the other hand it seems all that the Marvel did was slap a hardcover on what seems to be the same type of paper that is used in their Essential line of books. This is a pity because it could have easily been reprinted on higher quality paper – and for $39.99 it should have.  I’ll get into that and more on today’s podcast.

Other topics discussed today include:

  • Upcoming newspaper collected editions
  • More Smurfs
  • Usagi Yojimbo Deluxe Fantagraphics in October
  • DC Solicits and DC Comics Presents / Wildstorm is now doing it!
  • Digital Update: Graphic.ly/Marvel and Who owns mobile?

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Collected Edition Blog browsing on Tuesday afternoon

I took a short vacation this past weekend. While I was away I was able to get a lot of reading done and if you caught my Twitter feed then you know what I’ll be talking about for this week’s podcast. Now on to some linky-links:

TwoMorrows Tune-In #12: Michael Eury – Back Issue editor

TwoMorrows Tune-In #12 (MP3)

On the show this month, host Chris Marshall talks with Back Issue editor Michael Eury, on all the wonderful Saturday Morning Heroes from the 1970’s, which are all showcased in issue #30! Chris also goes over all of the September releases.

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e-mail Chris with questions and/or comments. He may even read it on the next Tune-In!