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CCL Podcast #369 – Spooky Halloween – Detroit Breakdown

Amazing Fantasy Omnibus
Amazing Fantasy Omnibus

Collected Comics Library Podcast #369
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It’s that spooky time of year, especially if you live in Detroit! Come on in and grab a scary book!

Before I get to this year’s “spooktacular” show, I go over the crazy, fun weekend that was the Detroit Fanfare. Held at the Adoba Hotel in Dearborn, MI, I hosted the TwoMorrows Publishing booth. I had asked John Morrow if I could do it last April and I didn;t take much convincing. It turned out to be a great show, not only for TwoMorrows, but overall. It was well attended and had a plethora of top notch talent. And the even better news is that I will be hosting for TwoMorrows at the 2014 C2E2!

…and now on to something really scary…

Anyone, who knows anything about comic books knows that Spider-Man originated in Amazing Fantasy #15. That said, can you name the back-ups of that comic?
No? Well, you’re in luck because tonight I go over 3 suspenseful classics from Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. I culled it from the Amazing Fantasy Omnibus, which was on my Top 10 book for 2007.
There’s even a neat letter from the Marvel Editor’s (Stan?) explaining the name change from Amazing Adult Fantasy to Amazing Fantasy — and we know how well that lasted.

Boo,
Count Chris

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6 Collected Editions Worthy Of Your Attention #21

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.

Absolute Top 10 HC (DC Comics)
Absolute Top 10 HC (DC Comics)

Picked by @ChrisCampbell8
Absolute Top 10 HC (DC Comics)
Collects Top 10 #1-12, Top 10: The Forty-Niners, Smax #1-5 and a story from America’s Best Comics Special #1, $99.99
I always have a difficult time describing an Alan Moore work when trying to recommend the book to a friend. It shouldn’t be a difficult task, but when describing the work, I keep interrupting myself and say “I’m not doing this comic justice – it’s Alan Moore and its brilliant – just read it”. Not everything is brilliant, of course, but the Alan Moore section of my home library is certainly a target-rich environment.  The newest addition to the section is the Absolute Top 10 by Alan Moore and Gene Ha. First it should be noted that this is an expensive item – an Absolute Edition. And people should be picky when choosing an Absolute. I follow three simple rules. First, is it a great story, whether by a comic legend or not? Check. Are the visuals worthy of the oversized nature? Gene Ha – check. Is it more than a few issues? Green Lantern Rebirth – I’m looking at your pathetic story page count. Check. But getting back to the story, Top 10 is a glimpse into the lives of various police officers in the 10th precinct of Neopolis, where people with powers are everywhere and science fiction wackiness is in full display. But you know, I’m really not doing it justice. It’s Alan Moore. It’s brilliant. It’s got a Galactapuss! Read it.

Star Wars Omnibus: Wild Space Volume 1 TP (Dark Horse)
Star Wars Omnibus: Wild Space Volume 1 TP (Dark Horse)

Picked by @adambesenyodi
Star Wars Omnibus: Wild Space Volume 1 TP (Dark Horse)
Collects Star Wars 3-D #1-3; Star Wars: Devilworlds #1-2; Star Wars: Death Masque; Star Wars Weekly #60, #94-99, and #104-115; Star Wars from Pizzazz #10-16; The Rebel Thief, X-Wing Marks the Spot, Imperial Spy, and The Gambler’s Quest from Star Wars Kids #1-15; Star
Wars: The Mixed-Up Droid; Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire Galoob minicomic; Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire Ertl minicomic; and StarWars: Droids from Apple Jacks. A mega-collection of previously uncollected adventures!, $24.99

Dark Horse has done a spectacular job of identifying stories both classic and of more recent vintage from the far reaches of the galaxy and collecting them in their Star Wars Omnibus line. They’ve pulled together everything from the entire original Marvel run to the ’80s Droids and Ewoks series to the Infinities stories of the early 2000s and beyond. Here, in their 28th omnibus, Dark Horse has really gone out of its way to collect a treasure trove of orphaned and one-off Star Wars tales. Highlights include two arcs from Pizzazz magazine, along with rarities like the Star Wars: Droids single-page comic from Kellogg’s Apple Jacks cereal, the 12-page Mixed-Up Droid comic that accompanied the audiobook of the same name, and the three Blackthorne Publishing Star Wars 3-D comics from ’87 and ’88. Also included are the Shadows of the Empire mini-comics originally included with the Galoob Micro Machines and Ertl model kits that were left out of Dark Horse’s Shadows of the Empire Omnibus back in 2010. This 480-page collection is worth the investment. And if you were paying close attention, you probably noticed that this is only volume 1. A second volume is scheduled to follow later this year and include more gems, like Sergio Aragonés Stomps Star Wars!

Doctor Strange The Oath TP (New Printing, Marvel)
Doctor Strange The Oath TP (New Printing, Marvel)

Picked by @Dief88
Doctor Strange The Oath TP (New Printing, Marvel)
Collects Doctor Strange: The Oath #1-#5, $19.99
Why Marvel has chosen this week to reprint Brian K. Vaughan and Marcos Martin’s excellent Doctor Strange: The Oath is anyone’s guess (we’re still a few years out from the Doctor Strange movie that’s supposedly in development), but it’s great that they have. The Oath is a modern classic that simply needs to be in print. More so than perhaps any other Doctor Strange story, this one is practically dripping with real, relatable emotions, all expertly developed by Vaughan. For instance, Strange is stricken with grief and fear by the fact that his longtime servant, Wong, is dying. He even experiences love – with a mortal, for once! For those familiar with Martin’s more recent artwork in Amazing Spider-Man, know that The Oath is just as lush and colorful a comic (and with quite a few more mystical characters and creatures thrown in, to boot). The only truly disappointing thing about The Oath is that subsequent writers didn’t pick up the ball that Vaughan had placed in their court, and that the character has languished for years now as a result. Maybe the upcoming movie and the fact this trade is being reprinted are indicative of a change on the horizon? (By the hoary #$@!ing hosts, let’s hope so!)

Superior Spider-Man Vol. 1: My Own Worst Enemy TP (Marvel)
Superior Spider-Man Vol. 1: My Own Worst Enemy TP (Marvel)

Picked by @CaptDS9E
Superior Spider-Man Vol. 1: My Own Worst Enemy TP (Marvel)
Collects Superior Spider-Man #1-5, $17.99
There has been a huge split between Spider-Man fans with this book, but I am here to tell you that it is awesome. . For those who do now know, at the end of Amazing Spider-Man, Doctor Octopus switched minds with Peter Parker, thus switched bodies. Doc Oct was now Parker/Spider-Man, and Peter ended up dying inside Doc Oct’s sick body. This caused a huge uproar for a lot of fans (shocker). How could they kill Peter Parker, it’s a travesty. However it really was not. These events have led to the fantastic brand new series, The Superior Spider-Man. This is the story of Doctor Octopus not only trying to fit in as a new Superior Spider-Man, but also into Peter Parkers personal and professional life. How will he fit in at work, with the Avengers, and with his friends/family. Dan Slott does a fantastic job of balancing all of these things, while making Doc Oct one of the more interesting characters in comics right now. It’s serious, it’s funny(takes a few jabs at the Spider-Man fans), and he throws a few twists in turns in there to make you be on the edge of your seats. I also have to give huge credit to fantastic Ryan Stegman on art duties. I have really enjoyed his stuff in other books, but he has taken it to an entirely different level. He was born to draw Spider-Man, and I hope he stays on it for a very long time. I see people every day, say big two comics do not take enough chances, but there are some out there. This is one of those books changing things up, and bringing a different dynamic to a long running series, even if for a few years. Get it ASAP.

Spider-Man 2099 Vol. 1 TP (Marvel)
Spider-Man 2099 Vol. 1 TP (Marvel)

Picked by Shane
Spider-Man 2099 Vol. 1 TP (Marvel)
Collects Spider-Man 2099 #1-10, $24.99
In 1992, Marvel started its 2099 line of books. It was a series of re-imaginings of Marvel characters taking place over 100 years in the future. I was not collecting a lot of comics at that point, but these series’ grabbed me for some reason. To this day, this line remains one of my fondest memories of nineties era comics, which to many was a bleak time for the comic business. I collected several of these titles including Ghost Rider 2099, X-Men 2099 and Spider-Man 2099. For me, there was something to like in all of them and now writing about the upcoming release of this volume of Spider-Man 2099 makes me what to pull out the long boxes and start reading them again. In the Spider-Man 2099 title, our hero Miguel O’Hara worked on a genetics program inspired by the original Spider-Man. In a lab accident, he acquired spider-like abilities thus making him the title hero. Evidently the character will be appearing in the Superior Spider-Man title this year, so what better way to get up to speed with the character, but with this volume collecting issues 1-10 of the original series.

Marvel Noir: Spider-Man/Punisher TP (Marvel)
Marvel Noir: Spider-Man/Punisher TP (Marvel)

Picked by @ChrisCCL
Marvel Noir: Spider-Man/Punisher TP (Marvel)
Collects Spider-Man Noir #1-4, Spider-Man Noir: Eyes Without A Face #1-4 and Punisher Noir #1-4, $34.99
So many good collected editions came out this week, but if I have to go with one it would be this Marvel Noir. This series is essentially Marvel’s version of DC’s Elseworlds, but with all the stories taking place around the 1930s to the 1940s. It’s a little more violent then the 616 universe that we know of, but not as graphic as the MAX line. What’s nice about these three stories, and in fact all the Noir books, is that they are 4-issue series. So the stories are tight and compact and not drawn out with the more common 6-issue pace. This book is the second of three; the first Noir collection reprinted the X-Men and Wolverine comics and upcoming in June will be Daredevil/Luke Cage and Iron Man. When it’s all said and done these three books will be a welcome addition to your library.

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.

6 Collected Editions Worthy Of Your Attention #18

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.

Batman, Incorporated Vol. 1: Demon Star HC (DC Comics)
Batman, Incorporated Vol. 1: Demon Star HC (DC Comics)

Picked by @AndrewJTom
Batman, Incorporated Vol. 1: Demon Star HC (DC Comics)
Collects Batman, Incorporated #0-6, $24.99
If you’re reading this blog (and other websites), then odds are that you’re pretty up to date on the comics that have been popular over the past year or so. Hidden among Vaughn’s Saga, Snyder & Capullo’s Batman, Waid’s Daredevil, and Aaron’s Thor is an often forgotten book called Batman Inc. This book, written by Grant Morrison, boasts the break-out work of Superstar artist, Chris Burnham. Morrison and Burnham have a great chemistry as they tell the penultimate chapter in Morrison’s epic Batman run. This book, is thought-provoking, beautiful, and lots of fun. If you have yet to discover Chris Burnham, then I recommend that you jump in head first with this volume. You’ll soon discover why Chris Burnham will be one of the most sought after illustrators in comics when his tenure on Batman Inc. comes to a close.

Spider-Men TP (Marvel)
Spider-Men TP (Marvel)

Picked by @CaptDS9E
Spider-Men TP (Marvel)
Collects Spider-Men #1-5, $19.99
One of my favorite comic series for a long time has been Ultimate Spider-Man written by Brian Bendis. When word came out that he had decided to kill off Ultimate Universe Peter Parker, it caused a bit of an uproar. People cried about it being just another stunt. However Peters death very well done, and it then led us to be introduced to young a young kid name Miles Morales. As with the original Spider-Man stories, Miles gets bitten by a Spider, gains powers, and decides to take up the mantle of Spider-Man. Even with the change, the series continued to be fantastic, as Miles is a great character. It’s fun learning about his life, and family, but still seeing characters from before pop up, and interact with him. The one thing everyone wanted to see was Miles meet Peter Parker, and that is where this miniseries comes in. Peter Parker in the regular Marvel 616 universe gets thrown into a dimensional portal while fighting Mysterio, and ends up in the Ultimate Universe. He realizes he is not where he is supposed to be when he runs into different versions of people he knows like Nick Fury (who is African American here), Tony Stark (still drinks liquor), and of course this new Spider-Man. Their meeting at first results in some fighting, but they come together to find out how Peter was transported there. It’s great seeing Peter and Miles work together, and have each other discover their similarities and differences. The real heart of this series though, is when Peter decides to meet Ultimate Aunt May and Gwen Stacy who thought they would never see their Peter Parker again. This is a must read for any Spider-Man fan, and that last part will make you emotional every time.

Essential Defenders Vol. 7 TP (Marvel)
Essential Defenders Vol. 7 TP (Marvel)

Picked by @adambesenyodi
Essential Defenders Vol. 7 TP (Marvel)
Collects Defenders (1972) #126-139, Iceman (1984) #1-4 and Beauty And The Beast (1984) #1-4, $19.99
Oh, man. Talk about right in my wheelhouse: You can’t get any closer than this collection! This is an assemblage of comics that speaks to me on so many levels. First and foremost, it’s J.M. DeMatteis blowing my young teenage mind when I read these issues fresh off the corner convenience store spinner rack 30 years ago. It’s the heyday of the Marvel Four-Issue Limited Series, collecting TWO of them alongside the introduction of the New Defenders team. There’s the über-trippy Iceman limited series that finds Bobby Drake up against the Void, and everyone’s favorite furry blue Beast falling in love and teaming up with Dazzler to battle Dr. Doom in the Beauty and the Beast limited series. In the collection’s namesake book, Beast rouses the troops, including his fellow original Children of the Atom, Iceman and Angel, alongside Gargoyle (whom DeMatteis would feature in a great four-issue limited series of his own just a year later that I wish Marvel had collected here!), Valkyrie, and Moondragon. This is the end of the original run of the title that began all the way back in 1972, but includes the title’s Assistant Editors’ Month entry by Ann Nocenti! Although you could probably find almost all of these original single issues for a song, the value of the black and white Essentials reprint line is undeniable, and this is a series that begs to be read and reread and passed around.

Unnatural Creatures Stories Selected By Neil Gaiman SC (Harper Collins)
Unnatural Creatures Stories Selected By Neil Gaiman SC (Harper Collins)

Picked by Shane
Unnatural Creatures Stories Selected By Neil Gaiman SC (Harper Collins), $9.99
I’ve loved Neil Gaiman’s writing ever since my friend put a copy of Good Omens (his collaboration with author Terry Prachett) in my hand. I immediately sought out more of his prose writing. Some of those works included American Gods and its sequel Anasi Boys, now both favorites of mine! A few of his books have been adapted into film and TV such as Stardust and Coraline. The British TV series Neverwhere was written by him and Lenny Henry and then Gaiman adapted and expanded it into a novel. I really enjoy this series and it is well worth watching! I haven’t even mentioned his comics yet. The Vertigo Sandman series is revered as one of the greatest comics of all time. You’ll hear stories of people who aren’t even big comic fans and they’ve read it. Its sister series Death was equally entertaining and his Marvel and DC runs are definitely worth seeking out. His Marvel series 1602 was an elsewhere tale of sorts that puts famous Marvel characters into the era of the 1600s; a time of American exploration by Europeans. Imagine the possibilities or just pick up the book and see what he did with it! Now, I’m going on and on about Gaiman and this collection of short stories wasn’t necessarily written by him, but they are stories selected by him. Because of his pedigree with fantasy and science fiction, I trust that he picked out a great selection of stories. This collection intrigues me. It contains sixteen stories all dealing with magical creatures. Some you’ve heard of before, some were made up for the stories in this book. One of the really cool things about getting this book is that sales of Unnatural Creatures benefit 826DC, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting students in their creative and expository writing, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. So not only are you getting a great book, you are supporting a great cause. Check it out and also check out some of Gaiman’s other prose and comic works. You won’t be sorry! By the way, for you Doctor Who fans, the second Gaiman penned episode is airing this week.  Don’t miss it!!

Complete Don Quixote GN (SelfMadeHero)
Complete Don Quixote GN (SelfMadeHero)

Picked by @ChrisCCL
The Complete Don Quixote GN (SelfMadeHero), $27.50
I was exposed to The Man Of La Mancha at a very early age. I saw the musical as a kid, read the book in high school (an updated translation) and saw the musical again (with Robert Goulet) in my 20′s. Each time I saw different things with this wildly peculiar hero. Yes, I said hero. In fact, if you didn’t know, Don Quixote was published in 1605! This fully illustrated edition from SelfMadeHero is a collection of Two Volumes that was published in 2011 and 2012. Now, here, in 2013 The Complete Hardcover has been published. Rob Davis has translated and illustrated the founding work of modern western literature with the utmost respect and care. Mr. Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616) would be very proud. One question: Is Sancho Panza the first side-kick?

and…

Thunderbolts Vol. 1: No Quarter TP (Marvel)
Thunderbolts Vol. 1: No Quarter TP (Marvel)

Thunderbolts Vol. 1: No Quarter TP (Marvel)
Collects Thunderbolts (2013) #1-6, $15.99
As a Punisher fan, I wasn’t sure how well I’d like Frank in a team book. I mean, I enjoyed Marvel Knights all those years ago, but this time around he’s been paired up with Red Hulk, Deadpool, Elektra and Venom. As it turns out, this “team” is so dysfunctional – it works! The violent artwork from Steve Dillon is spot on and because of that, I’m surprised that it’s not a MAX book. You just wonder how long these Thunderbolts will be around for and just how it will inevitably implode. My money is on Frank.

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.

6 Collected Editions Worthy Of Your Attention #9

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.

Batman - The Black Mirror TP (DC Comics)
Batman – The Black Mirror TP (DC Comics)

Picked by @AndrewJTom
Batman: The Black Mirror TP (DC Comics)
What’s hot in comics these days? I’ll tell you what’s hot… Scott Snyder. For the last 17 months, Scott Snyder (with artist, Greg Capullo) has produced some of the most engaging, and gripping Batman comics in many years. His depiction of Batman is more than likely going to be remembered as one of the great Batman runs of all time. Batman: The Black Mirror is where all of this glorious Scott Snyder Bat-mania starts. Back when Grant Morrison did the unthinkable by “killing” Bruce Wayne, Dick (Robin/Nightwing) Grayson took up the mantle of The Batman to carry on Bruce’s legacy. At that time, Snyder was given the assignment to write some of the short backup stories in Detective comics. But Fate knew that Snyder was destined for greatness and ultimately the main Batman book. Through some various unforeseen circumstances, Snyder was given a chance to turn his back-up feature into a full fledged Batman story arc in the pages of Detective. With this newfound opportunity, Snyder crafted a disturbing tale of Dick Grayson (as Batman) and a “new” villain that took the “cheerful” Dick-Grayson-Batman , and taught him what it’s “really” like to wear Bruce’s cape. With art by some of the top talents in the industry today (Jock and Francesco Francavilla) this Batman story is the book that won Scott Snyder one of the most coveted writing assignments in all of comics. Even though it may not be a Bruce Wayne story, it still deserves to sit on your Batman shelf with all of the great Batman books.
Collects Detective Comics #871-881, $16.99

Valiant Masters - Ninjak Vol. 1 - Black Water HC (Valiant)
Valiant Masters – Ninjak Vol. 1 – Black Water HC (Valiant)

Picked by @ChrisCampbell8
Valiant Masters: Ninjak Vol. 1 – Black Water HC (Valiant)
When Valiant Entertainment announced that it would be reprinting material from the original Valiant universe, I was positively giddy at the thought of devoting an entire shelf in my personal library to the endeavor. Alas, Valiant has only released a Bloodshot volume thus far, and it was starting to get a bit lonely. So I’m happy to report that the second release in the young Valiant Masters line is being released – Ninjak Volume 1:Black Water. For those of you unfamiliar with the character, Colin King is a sophisticated British playboy who also leads a secret life as the deadly spy Ninjak! The character was co-created by Mark Moretti and Joe Quesada, and Ninjak quickly became a fan-favorite and demanded his own ongoing series. With almost a million copies sold, if you collected comics in the 90’s, there is a good chance you owned a copy of Ninjak #1. The titular story arc focuses on Ninjak’s hunt for decrepit Dr. Silk and the mysterious Black Water weapon, and features some absolutely gorgeous covers by Quesada. It should be noted that Quesada left the penciling duties after issue 3, and the writing can be a bit winded at times, but this remains a must-buy for Valiant fans. One final note – this collection contains the much more elusive #0 and #00 issues, which are both written and drawn by Mark Moretti and tell the origin of the super-spy. If you like what you read, don’t forget that Instocktrades.com has the first TPB of the new Bloodshot and X-O Manowar for under $7 a piece! And check out Valiantfans.com for a great Valiant fan community, or NoApologies podcast episode 107 for a full-length podcast devoted to the new Valiant lineup. Long live Valiant!
Collects Ninjak (1994) #1-6, #0, and #00 and featuring special, rarely seen sketches and process art from the Valiant vault, $24.99

Spider-Man Death Of Jean Dewolff TPB (New Printing), (Marvel)
Spider-Man Death Of Jean Dewolff TPB (New Printing), (Marvel)

Picked by @adambesenyodi
Spider-Man Death Of Jean Dewolff TPB (New Printing), (Marvel)
Last year I dug out my old single issues of Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man and reread the issues from ’83 and ’84 – many of which feature Police Captain Jean DeWolff – along with the original four issues from 1985 that comprise the main arc collected in this trade paperback. There is a distinct tonal shift from those earlier issues to what Peter David did on this, one of his first professional writing gigs. The “Death of Jean DeWolff” storyline is a near-complete deconstruction of Peter Parker, taking him to the edge and – arguably – pushing him over in the wake of his friend’s brutal death at the hands of the Sin-Eater. There is some great contrast between Spider-Man and Daredevil in the original arc that advances both characters on multiple levels. This collection throws in David’s return to the Sin-Eater character two years later, but with writing that elevates the characters and the medium to new heights, this is a perfect example of “must read” material on the strength of the original arc alone.
Collects Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976) #107-110 and #134-136, $19.99

Marvel Masterworks - Captain Marvel Vol. 1 TPB (Marvel)
Marvel Masterworks – Captain Marvel Vol. 1 TPB (Marvel)

Picked by Shane
Marvel Masterworks: Captain Marvel Vol. 1 TPB (Marvel)
Captain Marvel or Mar-Vell as he is known by, has always been a fascinating character to me. He wasn’t one of the Marvel A-Listers but when I was a kid, every time I saw a comic with him on the cover it caught my eye. What really brought me back into the character was when I was older and I got my hands on the classic Marvel graphic novel, The Death of Captain Marvel. This was the first of the large format graphic novel line Marvel published in the 80s. I happily own a first edition signed by Jim Starlin. Though that story was the end for an amazing character, it made me seek out some of his great adventures in the Marvel Universe. What better place to start the exploits of the Kree outcast who fought for Earth, then this first volume of his stories? Collecting some of the first issues, this Marvel Masterworks should be a must read for every Marvel Zombie!!
Collects Marvel Super-Heroes #12-13 and Captain Marvel #1-9, $24.99

Superman Vs. Shazam! TP (DC Comics)
Superman Vs. Shazam! TP (DC Comics)

Picked by @ChrisCCL
Superman Vs. Shazam! TP (DC Comics)
Any comic book fan knows that Captain Marvel was a rip-off of Superman and who went on to outsell the Man of Steel. DC Would eventually buy Fawcett Comics and subsequently integrate The Big Red Cheese into the DC Universe in 1972. And please let’s not get into Captain Mar-vell that Shane picked (see above). OK now that, that is over with let’s get in with why these comics were chosen to be included in this trade paperback – after all Captain Marvel and Superman have fought with each other in numerous comics over the years. All-New Collectors’ Edition C-58 from 1978 was the first meeting between the two titans. This 76-page treasury edition is very hard to find in mint condition. It’s nice to have it all collected here. In DC Comics Presents #33-34, from 1984, Superman teams up with Captain Marvel and the Shazam! Family to take on Mr. Mind. In DC Comics Presents #49, our two heroes take on Black Adam. Finally in and DC Comics Presents Annual #3, from 1984, Supermen: Earth-1 and Earth-2 team up with the entire Shazam! Family once again to battle Dr. Sivana. This is a must have for and Captain Marvel fan – the DC/Fawcett Captain Marvel fan.
Collects All-New Collectors’ Edition C-58, DC Comics Presents #33-34 and 49 and DC Comics Presents Annual #3, $19.99

and…

Heavy Metal #261 (Heavy Metal), (Newsstand Edition)
Heavy Metal #261 (Heavy Metal), (Newsstand Edition)

Heavy Metal #261 (Heavy Metal), (Newsstand Edition), $7.95
It’s been years since I picked up Heavy Metal Magazine. It’s not like I don’t enjoy the content. HM has been known to showcase some of the best artistic talent from around the world. No, it’s mostly because the comic stores I shop at don’t carry it and I never remember to buy it online. Poor excuse, I know.That’s going to change with this issue #261. Why? Because I know one of the artists that is featured in this particular issue – Dave Watcher. I met Dave years ago thanks to the old Around Comics podcast and I’ve kept in touch with him ever since. I’ve admired his work including self published Guns Of Shadow Valley and Scar Tissue and the more recent That Hellbound Train (IDW) and TMNT (IDW). I still follow Dave on Facebook and am always in awe of his sketches  - so much so that I even own an original Jay Garrick Flash sketch. Keep up the great work, Dave!

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 #337 – 2012 Summer Movie and Collected Edition Tie-In Retrospective

Collected Comics Library Podcast #337
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I was a summer unlike any other. The Avengers finally assembled, Batman finished up his trilogy and we had a reboot of one of the most iconic heroes ever in The Amazing Spider-man. But how well did they do at the box office and now that the movies are done, what should you pick up to read? I answer those questions and go over several other movies from the summer including all the animated films.

I also go over the 2012 Harvey Award Winners and answer an email why the Batman Archives Volume 7 is selling at $300!!!

Chris

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