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CCL Podcast #344 – Christmas in July

christmas_superheroesCollected Comics Library Podcast #344
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Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! Happy Kwanzaa! And Happy Festivus for the rest of us!

The Ghost of Christmas Past is Dan Didio!
He gives us reprints from days gone by, including solicits for March 2013 and classics due out Summer 2013 including The Captain Comet Archives Volume 1 and The Sandman Omnibus Volume 1 that collects #1-37 at over 1000 pages! There’s a ton to go over but I guarantee you’ll love all of the offerings.

The Ghost of Christmas Present is Peter Jackson!
Last night my awesome Sister-In-Law scored tickets to an advance viewing of The Hobbit in the super high frame rate! I can tell you that the visuals were incredible and I highly recommend that you see it even if you could care less about the Tolkien mythos!

The Ghost of Christmas Future is The Apocalypse!
OK, it’s not until December 21, but I won’t be podcasting a “live” show until January and I wanted to go over the X-Men Age Of Apocalypse Omnibus HC and let all of you know about another big collected edition – the Marvel NOW! Omnibus hardcover!! I’m sure it’ll be in the next round of Marvel solicits:

Marvel NOW! Omnibus HC
Written by Rick Remender, Gerry Duggan, Brian Posehn, Kieron Gillen, Brian Michael Bendis, Matt Fraction, Jason Aaron, Simon Spurrier, Mark Waid, Jonathan Hickman, Daniel Way, Dennis Hopeless, Dan Slott, Frank Cho, Nick Spencer, Jeph Loeb, Jeff Parker, Cullen Bunn, Kathryn Immonen, Joe Keatinge, Sam Humphries, Paul Cornell, Kelly Sue Deconnick & More!
Penciled by John Cassaday, Gabriel Hernandez Walta, Dale Keown, Tony Moore, Greg Land, Stuart Immonen, Mark Bagley, Esad Ribic, Tan Eng Huat, John Romita Jr., Leinil Yu, Mike Allred, Jerome Opena, Steve Dillon, Kev Walker, Salvador Larroca, Steve Epting, Ryan Stegman, Frank Cho, Jamie Mckelvie, Chris Bachalo, Luke Ross, Ed McGuinness, Steve Mcniven, Carlo Pagulayan, Wellinton Alves, Will Sliney, Valerio Schiti, Richard Elson, Ron Garney, Alan Davis, Stefano Caselli & More!
Cover by Joe Quesada
The future is now…MARVEL NOW! Get in on the ground floor as the Marvel Universe is revitalized for a new and exciting era of adventure!
Collecting Uncanny Avengers #1, Marvel Now: Point One, A+X #1, Deadpool (2012) #1, Iron Man (2012) #1, All-New X-Men #1, Fantastic Four (2012) #1, Thor: God Of Thunder #1, X-Men Legacy (2012) #1, Captain America (2012) #1, Indestructible Hulk #1, FFf (2012) #1, Avengers (2012) #1, Thunderbolts (2012) #1, Avengers Arena #1, Cable And X-Force #1, New Avengers (2013) #1, Superior Spider-Man #1, Savage Wolverine #1, Young Avengers (2013) #1, Uncanny X-Men (2013) #1, Secret Avengers (2013) #1, Nova (2013) #1, Guardians Of The Galaxy (2013) #1, Red She-Hulk #58, Fearless Defenders #1, Journey Into Mystery #646, Morbius: The Living Vampire #1, Uncanny X-Force (2013) #1, Wolverine (2013) #1, Avengers Assemble #9 & More!
688 PGS./Parental Advisory …$99.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-8380-8
Trim size: oversized

Ho! Ho! Ho!

Links Of Note:
Back Issue 61 – Tabloids and Treasuries

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Eisner Nominated!

Back Issue, the magazine I write for, is nominated for an Eisner Award for Best Comics-Related Journalism. I’m very proud of my editor Michael Eury , John Morrow (owner of Twomorrows Publishing) and all of my fellow writers.

This past year saw the release of Back Issue 50: Batman In the Bronze Age in which I did a rundown of several collected editions that feature The Dark Knight form the 17970-80’s. In late 2012 I’ll contribute to Back Issue 61: Tabloids and Treasury Editions and then in 2013 my work will be seen again in Back Issue 62: Superman In the Bronze Age.

Results will be announced at Comic-Con 2012. Wish Back Issue luck!


My Next Project: Back Issue! 61 – Tabloids and Treasuries

After months of keeping silent, I can finally tell you that my next Collected Edition rundown project will be for Back Issue! 61 – Tabloids and Treasuries. Here is the full solicit:

BACK ISSUE #61 (84 page TABLOID-SIZE SPECIAL ISSUE with color section, $10.95, December 2012) takes a big look at “Tabloids and Treasuries,” spotlighting the Bronze Age’s BIGGEST comic books! Including every all-new tabloid from the 1970s, and a checklist of reprint treasury editions. Superman vs. the Amazing Spider-Man, The Bible, Captain America’s Bicentennial Battles, The Wizard of Oz, even the PAUL DINI/ALEX ROSS World’s Greatest Super-Heroes editions—they’re all here! With commentary from and/or art by NEAL ADAMS, JOSE LUIS GARCIA-LOPEZ, MIKE GRELL, JACK KIRBY, JOE KUBERT, SHELDON MAYER, JOHN ROMITA, SR., ALEX TOTH, and more. Featuring a reimagining of Grell’s Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes Limited Collectors’ Edition wraparound cover by Alex Ross! Edited by MICHAEL EURY. (NOTE: This issue published in the oversized tabloid format.)

You can pre-order this now through the TwoMorrows website or with your online or LCS very soon. Look for it in Previews.

This will be my third project for Back Issue and TwoMorrows. The other two being:
Back Issue! 44: Spider-Man In The Bronze Age and Back Issue! 50: Batman In The Bronze Age. I even have another super project that’s being worked on now, but unfortunately I can’t say what it is. For now enjoy the awesome, new Alex Ross artwork (above) and compare it to the original done by Mike Grell for Limited Collectors’ Edition #C-49, in 1976.

CCL Podcast #315 – Shilling For Back Issue Magazine

Collected Comics Library Podcast #315
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Today on the show I talk about the latest from TwoMorrows Publishing: Back Issue #50. This one is special because I compiled the Collected Editions piece. This is the second time I’ve contributed to BI the first was issue #44: Spider-Man in The Bronze Age. I can’t thank my Editor, Michael Eury enough. I love doing these rundowns of what you should collect and own and in my research I always find something new.

There’s also a lot of new to go over including a NYCC Contest from The Verbal Mosh podcast, a list of soon to be OOP HC’s and TPB’s from Marvel, Walking Dead Volume Zero (Image), Spirit World by Jack Kirby HC (DC Comics), Untold Tales Of Spider-Man Omnibus (Marvel) and two upcoming hardcovers of the original and very hard to find Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Image).

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Sunday Review – Alter Ego: Centennial – The 100th Issue of Alter Ego

We as comic book fans should be so lucky. We live in an era of instant information: Twitter, Facebook, Blogs, Texts and Google. You name it and whatever information you want, it’s at your fingertips within seconds. I find it fascinating, though, that in this day and age of Wikipedia, biography publishing is at an all time high. Yes, the lives of people, and their line of work, past and present, are being read about everyday. Nowhere is this more evident then in the comic book industry. Every month (or it seems every week) we get a new Art Of or some type of career retrospective from a multitude of publishing houses. TwoMorrows is just one of these companies that in just a few short years has become a well respected publisher of periodicals and books devoted to the creators and their craft: Modern Masters, Back Issue, Draw, The Companion series, and The Jack Kirby Collector are all must haves for the serious, and even novice, fanboy. But one magazine is not only celebrating 100 issues but also 50 years: Alter Ego edited by Roy Thomas.

Alter Ego started out as the first comic fanzine in March of 1961 by Jerry Bails in Detroit, Michigan. Thomas knew Bails from Wayne State University and was asked to be a contributor and has been at it ever since. Alter Ego, in case you don’t know, is a love letter to the medium and mostly focuses on comics from 1930-1970 but sometimes crosses into the 70’s and 80’s (that era is usually saved for Back Issue Magazine edited by Michael Eury). Now we have the Centennial issue and it is oversized with color and an extra page count. It features a Justice Society of America cover from Rich Buckler that was originally drawn for the All-Star Squadron preview from Justice League of America #193 (September 1981); Jerry Ordway did the inks. Among the pieces in this issue are:

  • The Annotated Alter Ego #1, a complete reprint and look at the very first issue
  • A tribute to A Giant Of The Industry: Mike Esposito by Frank Lovece
  • A reproduction of the 1964 Superhero Calender with contributions from Jack Kirby, Alan Weiss and Russ Manning just to name a few.
  • Correspondence, Comments and Letters from greats like Stan Lee and Dick Ayers
  • A captivating pin-up art section of the super-heroines of the 1940’s by Alex Wright
  • The Fawcett Collectors of America look at Superman and Captain Marvel meeting “for the first time” in 1942, retroactively, in the pages of All-Star Squadron #37 (September 1984)
  • Tributes to Alter Ego #100 from creators and luminaries in the comic book industry
  • 32 pages of commentary complete with gorgeous never before seen full color artwork

But the real gem of the book is part three of the Roy Thomas career retrospective which began in AE #50 (Roy at DC and Marvel in the 1960’s), AE #70 (Roy at Marvel in the 1970’s) and finishes up here with Roy back at DC in the 1980’s. The two previous Alter Ego magazines are available at TwoMorrow’s Publishing. The interview is conducted Jim Amash and you can tell by the looseness of the talk that they have been friends for years. Thomas sometimes goes so in-depth that you would swear that you are at the the drawing board with him. It also has a great look at the revival of the JSA in All-Star Squadron and Infinity Inc. in the 1980’s.

You see it a lot in comic book solicitations, but here it rings true: if you have never read Alter Ego, this is a great jumping on point. There is so much that AE has to offer. The tone of the magazine is welcoming and not highbrow. The history contained is both informational and educational as to how everything works and you even get some good backroom gossip, which is always fun. And catching up on past issues is easy and inexpensive as TwoMorrows offers digital editions at a fraction of the printed price. Finally, the art is fantastic, every issue Roy digs up new treasures for us to look over and drool. Did I tell you that in this Centennial issue there is a rarely seen Steve Ditko Spider-Man drawing made exclusively for the 1964 New York Comicon? In a word: Awesome! So go out and brush up on your history, you’ll learn much more then a thing or two.

My thanks to TwoMorrows for supplying me with a copy of this magazine.

Alter Ego: Centennial – The 100th Issue of Alter Ego
Edited by Roy Thomas
$19.99, 160 pages, TwoMorrows Publishing

My sincere thanks to Alter Ego contributor Lynn Walker for helping me with this post. If you are interested in more information on Alter Ego and classic comic books, please visit the Alter Ego Fans Yahoo Group. Anyone can join, all you have to do is request permission, telling us your real first and last name and something to prove you actually read the magazine and aren’t a spammer.