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CCL Podcast #296 – Comic Book Biographies

Collected Comics Library Podcast #296
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I’ve read scores of hardcovers and trade paperbacks over the years. Countless character moments and story lines, too. But what about the men (and women) behind the comics that we pick up every Wednesday? Where do the ideas or artistic talent come from? I’ve been getting into more and more biographies lately because, truth be told, I feel I’ve hit a ceiling. I’ve read just about every comic on anyone’s Top 100 List the past two decades or so and I want learn learn more about the people behind it all. Sure Introductions and Afterwords in Absolutes and Omnibuses are fine but they only give you a glimpse as to what the creator was thinking at the time. That’s where books like Modern Masters from TwoMorrows Publishing comes in handy. They are chock full of interviews and insights that we readers rarely get to see. Other companies like Fantagraphics, IDW, Abrams and DC and Marvel are making great strides these days, too. So today we take a look at a few of my favorites biographies and I ask for some of yours.

Also on the show this week: Canada Reads and Essex County, The Complete Lynda Barry and e-mails regarding Archie Comics and binding your own hardcovers.

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When Trades Collide: Fantagraphics and IDW


It’s nothing big but it caught my eye nonetheless. Both Fantagraphics and IDW are publishing retrospectives on the work of Alex Toth.

November 2010 (moved from October 2010)
IDW Publishing - Genius, Isolated: The Life And Art Of Alex Toth by Dean Mullaney and Bruce Canwell, $49.99

January 2011 (moved from October 2010)
Fantagraphics - Setting the Standard: Alex Toth at Standard Comics 1952-1954 by Greg Sadowski, $29.99

Reading the official solicitaions I gather the the IDW book will be more of an art book and the Alex Toth at Standard Comics book looks to be more like the Steve Ditko Archives (Fantagraphics). I’m a big fan of the late, great Toth and any chance to see his work is OK in my book.

But here’s the intestesting part, this is the second time that IDW and Fantagraphics published a retospective on the same person. You may recall that Steve Ditko was chosen to be the subject not too long ago.

July 2008
Fantagraphics - Strange & Stranger World Of Steve Ditko HC by Blake Bell, $33.99

December 2009
IDW Publishing - The Art Of Steve Ditko HC by Craig Yoe, $29.99

Of course it’s not uncommon that companies publish similar books, but both Ditko and Toth are two of my favorites so I thought it’s worth mentioning.

I wonder who will be next? Larry Lieber?

Collected Edition Blog browsing on St. Patrick’s Day

It looks like Spring has sprung here in the Metro Detroit area and it couldn’t of come at a better time! Spring is a time of renewal, to feel alive again, to grow and in my case get one hell of a head cold as the chilly days turns into warm days. The slight flu I received over this past weekend gave way to a real nasty cough and moved right on down to my lungs and throat. As I have gotten better the last of the virus has affected my voice – a case of laryngitis I guess. Anyway I sound terrible. I feel fine now, but I want to save you the agony of listening to me sound like Chiklis as The Thing.

In the meantime you can here what I sounded like just before I went south as I had my monthly conversation with John Mayo on his Comic Book Page podcast when John and I went over the January 2010 Sales Figures.
Here are some other great links from this past week.

  • Dark Horse Comics Solicitations For June 2010. Hardcover Archives include: Eerie Volume 5 (reprinting Eerie #23-27), Flash Gordon Comic Book Volume 1 (reprinting seven complete comics originally published from 1947 through 1953), Mighty Samson Volume 1 (reprinting the first seven comic books from the original 1960s Mighty Samson series).
  • Friend of the CCL, Timothy Callahan, Staff Writer CBR, in his latest When Words Collide column takes a look at 15 Upcoming Collections That Matter. Yes – Steve Ditko does matter! And thanks for the mention, Tim!
  • Kevin Melrose, CBR’s Robot 6, reports that Apple’s iBookstore designates Comics & Graphic Novels as top-tier category. On a related note, I plan on getting an iPad not only for me to read digital comics, but also as a second computer/media player for the family. I’ll report back from time to time and let you know how it goes.
  • Heidi MacDonald, The Beat, has the lowdown on the 2010 Doug Wright Award nominees
  • Of the many, many, many blogs I subscribe to via RSS, I really like Comics Bronze Age by Andrew Wahl. Andrew has just released the 2010 Print Edition of Comics Bronze Age. Please support his site by donating $1.00. I did!
  • Rich Johnston has interesting news on a guy selling Zenith Trade Paperbacks. Yes those Zenith Trade Paperbacks!

CCL Podcast #259 – Steve Ditko Part 4 – Interview with Craig Yoe, Art of Ditko


Collected Comics Library Podcast #259
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This is my Fifth Anniverasry of the Collected Comics Library Podcast! Thanks to everyone who as supported me over the years!

In the fourth installment of the Steve Ditko career retrospective, I chat with comic book historian, Craig Yoe about his new collected edition, Art of Ditko (Yoe Books and IDW). Craig has had the good fortune of working with Ditko and talks about his experiences and why he is such an icon of the comic book industry.

Craig also talks about another book of his, Secret Identity: The Fetish Art of Superman’s Co-creator Joe Shuster (Abrams). Going beyond the drawings included here, Secret Identity is an important look at not only one of the fore-fathers of the modern superhero but the beginnings of underground comix.

All this including the contest winners of the Steve Ditko Book Giveaway and the free CCL iTunes App and news on the upcoming 40: A Doonesbury Retrospective from (Andrews McMeel).

Chris

Links of Note:
Yoe! Studio
Super ITCH (International Team of Comics Historians)

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CCL Podcast #258 – Steve Ditko Part 3 – Back To Marvel and Independent Work 1979-2010

Collected Comics Library Podcast #258
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In the third installment of the Steve Ditko career retrospective, Ditko goes back to Marvel Comics to work on Machine Man and The Micronauts. He also works with Pacific Comics, Eclipse Comics, Dark Horse and Fantagraphics. all for a very limited time.

In the late 1990′s and up until today, Ditko, along with Robin Snyder, has put out a lot of self-published work including his own collected editions of Mr. A, The Mocker, The Missing Man and Static as well as original works and essays. He has also published several classic works in very affordable paperbacks that can be found at his own website and at Discount Comic Book Service.

Lastly, I’m giving away three Steve Ditko books to one luckly listener! Listen to find out how you can win Strange Suspense The Steve Ditko Archives Vol 1 HC, Strange & Stranger The World of Steve Ditko HC both by Blake Bell and The Art of Ditko HC by Craig Yoe – a $110 value! Thanks to Fantagraphics and IDW for supplying the books.

All this including the Glyph Award Best Reprint Collection nominees, the Eisner Hall of Fame nominees, an e-mail regarding sold out and very high priced Legion of Superheroes Archives Volume 8 and the New Releases of the Week.

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