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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

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 #330 – Trading Nick Fury

Collected Comics Library Podcast #330
46.7Mb; 50m 53s

Back to the grind.
It’s been a long time since I last recorded friends, but fear not, I have several things lined up this summer for the podcast. So stay tuned.
Today on the show I go over all three Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. Masterworks. This includes the good, the bad and the ugly. I also talk about the more recent reprints of Nick Fury Vs. S.H.I.E.L.D. HC, Wolverine & Nick Fury: Scorpio TP and Nick Fury, Agent Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Classic Vol. 1 TPB.
I also talk about the new book Superman: The High-Flying History of America’s Most Enduring Hero by Larry Tye. I wrote a review of the book last week.
All in all it’s good to be back.
Chris

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Sunday Review: Superman: The High-Flying History of America’s Most Enduring Hero

It’s said that you can read, study, and read some more and you’ll still never become an expert on any one subject. That’s because the world is ever changing. History gets a new perspective and new details are unearthed all the time. Also, the bigger the subject, the bigger the myth. There’s no bigger superhero then Superman and the stories that accompany his journey through time is just as big. In the new book Superman: The High-Flying History of America’s Most Enduring Hero, Larry Tye gives us everything we could want to in a very in-depth biography of the great fictional character. From his birth in the comics to radio, cartoons, afternoon serials, TV and movies and even the stage, it’s all covered in this book.

Anyone who knows Superman has seen him in his countless forms and portrayals. But what you may not know is the story of then men who created Superman: Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. It goes much deeper then the two boys collaborating in high school and trying year after year to get their hero published. Tye’s book is a decade by decade look at arguably the greatest fictional creation in history as well as a struggle for creator rights, fair pay and redemption. Sure the heartbreak of George Reeves, TV’s Superman, will get you chocked up but so will the legal hardships Siegel and Shuster had to endure year after long year. It’ll make you angry how little they got paid (or did they?). Perhaps they got the money they deserved and just spent and invested it unwisely. I found it interesting the more popular Superman got the more often Siegel and Shuster sued and sued for more money each time!

The saga of the a big screen movie Superman is equally intriguing. I knew that Paul Newman was a possibility to wear the cape but I didn’t know about Muhammad Ali! What a movie that would have made. As with the comic publishing, the egos out shined our hero, including writers, directors, producers and even Marlon Brando who, when it was all said and done, made over $1 million per minute of screen time – 19!!! Christopher Reeve was always the champ. He even stuck it out through Superman III with Richard Pryor and Superman IV: The Quest For Peace with Nuclear Man. After rereading about his life, accident and death, I truly miss my Superman.

At the core this book is about a father, Jerry Siegel and his son, Superman. The boy grew up quickly and didn’t always have his dad to watch his back. No, others who had their own plans did that. But now Superman is back on top and the right men are in charge. He’s stronger the ever. More popular then ever. And now we get the full rich history tell-all he deserves.

Superman: The High-Flying History of America’s Most Enduring Hero HC
By Larry Tye
432 pages, $27.00, 2012, Random House
A copy of this book was supplied to me by Random House

Recommended reading:
Men of Tomorrow: Geeks, Gangsters, and the Birth of the Comic Book HC by Gerard Jones

CCL Podcast #322 – DC’s Animated Movies and their Trades

Collected Comics Library Podcast #322
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It’s always fun to deviate from he traditional review of a comic book collected edition. Today is such a show as I take a look at all of the DC Comics Animated movies, what storylines they are adapted from and where you can find them in print. I even go over the movies that are in production and the proposed and canceled ones, too.

Also on the show Pre-Watchmen, fun with Marvel Comics solicits and Showcase Presents: Ghosts – The Mis-Print Edition!

Movies and Books talked about:
Green Lantern: First Flight and Emerald Nights
New Frontier
Batman: Gotham Knight and Deadshot (Secret Six)
Superman/Doomsday
Batman: Under The Red Hood
Superman/Shazam
The Spectre
Wonder Woman
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies
Superman/Batman: Apocalypse
All-Star Superman
Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths and JLA: Earth 2
Batman: Year One and Dark Knight Returns
Jonah Hex
Catwoman
Justice League: Doom
Superman vs. The Elite
Flash
Aquaman
Green Arrow
Green Lantern: Sinestro Corps War
Teen Titans The Judas Contract

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CCL Podcast #303 – Six Year Anniversary – I’ve Fell-en and I Can’t Get Up

Collected Comics Library Podcast #303
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Wouldn’t you know that I go record my six year anniversary podcast and it turns out that I get a bad sore throat. Not to worry, it’s a quick show today as I go over some collected edition news from IDW, DC, Marvel, Fantagraphics, Flesk, Boom, and Dark Horse (and even more) that has caught my eye and is worth commenting on.

I want to thank everyone who has come by this blog and downloaded a podcast from the past six years. It truly means a lot to me and your support keeps me going from week to week.

If you are gong to C2E2, please let me know, I’d be happy to meet with you.

Chris

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