Thursday, May 18, 2006

Not Retconned Yet

*taps microphone*

Hey there, I thought I should pop in here and greet anyone that has stopped by from Comics Should Be Good, The Legion Omnicom, or any of the other sites that have taken notice of this blog in the last couple of days. It seems my post on DC's Showcase books got linked here by Harvey Jerkwater. And folks, it only takes one link.

I still haven't decided if my hiatus here will be just temporary or permanent, but it's nice to get noticed all the same. My problem with this blog was that I tried to approach it with some discipline, and disciplined is something I'm not - either as a writer or in general. I'd much prefer to just sit down and blog whatever crosses my mind. That was a problem here. If this blog returns, it's going to be a bit more free-form.

Since we're here, I'm going to take a look at a select number of the DC collected editions announced for the last quarter of the year.

    Enemy Ace Archives Vol.2 - who knew?
  • ENEMY ACE ARCHIVES VOL. 2 HC
    Writers: Robert Kanigher and Joe Kubert
    Artists: Joe Kubert, Neal Adams, Russ Heath and Frank Thorne
    Collects stories from STAR SPANGLED WAR STORIES #143-145, 147-150, 152, 158, 181-183 and 200
    $49.99, 196 pages


    Probably not getting this one (too rich for me), but good stuff and I have a friend who is a HUGE Enemy Ace fan. Why not buy one for him, too?

    Holy shocking covers, Batman!
  • SHOWCASE PRESENTS: BATMAN VOL. 1 TP
    Writers: John Broome, Ed "France" Herron and Bill Finger
    Artists: Carmine Infantino, Joe Giella, Bob Kane, Sheldon Moldoff, Murphy Anderson and Sid Greene
    Collects stories from DETECTIVE COMICS #327-342 and BATMAN #164-174
    $16.99, 552 pages


    Yeah, probably the best place to start this one. I'm still holding out hope for a Batwoman collection someday. A faint one, as you can imagine.

  • SHOWCASE PRESENTS: CHALLENGERS OF THE UNKNOWN VOL. 1 TP
    Writers: Dave Wood, Ed "France" Herron and Jack Kirby
    Artists: Jack Kirby, Roz Kirby, Marvin Stein, Bruno Premiani, George Klein, Wallace Wood and Bob Brown
    Collects SHOWCASE #6, 7, 11 and 12 and CHALLENGERS OF THE UNKNOWN #1-18
    $16.99, 540 pages


    Kirby is a master, and his stories are very good. Still, I'm also looking forward to seeing more of Bob Brown's work on this title.

  • SHOWCASE PRESENTS: THE PHANTOM STRANGER VOL. 1 TP
    Writers: Mike Friedrich, John Broome, Ed "France" Herron, Robert Kanigher, Jack Oleck, Len Wein and Gerry Conway
    Artists: Neal Adams, Jerry Grandenetti, Leonard Starr, Bill Draut, Carmine Infantino, Frank Giacoia, Murphy Anderson, Wayne Howard, Vince Colletta, Jim Aparo, Tony DeZuñiga and Jack Sparling
    Collects SHOWCASE #80 and THE PHANTOM STRANGER #1-21
    $16.99, 544 pages


    The lack of the B&B team-ups indicates they are considering this one a "mystery" title rather than a superhero one. That's fine with me, though it will shortchange us one 1950s PS story that was only reprinted in B&B.

  • SHOWCASE PRESENTS: SHAZAM VOL. 1 TP
    Writers: Dennis O'Neil, E. Nelson Bridwell and Elliot S. Maggin
    Artists: C.C. Beck, Kurt Schaffenberger, Bob Oksner, Dave Cockrum, Alan Weiss, Dick Giordano, Don Newton, Tenny Henson, Bob Wiacek, Vince Colletta, Tex Blaisdell, Bob Smith and Joe Rubinstein
    Collects stories from SHAZAM #1-24, 26-35
    $16.99, 560 pages


    As I have pointed out elsewhere, I'm not sure this book (which stretches into 1978 coverdates) proves anything about the Showcase program. Not to be morbid, but several of the creators of the post-1975 issues are now deceased - Bridwell, Schaffenberger, Newton, Colletta. Whether that was a factor is unknown, but it's very odd all the same.

  • THE HUNTRESS: THE DARKNIGHT DAUGHTER TP
    Writer: Paul Levitz
    Artists: Joe Staton, Steve Mitchell, Bob Layton, Bob Smith, Bruce Patterson, Jerry Ordway and Mike DeCarlo
    Collects DC SUPER STARS #17 and stories from BATMAN FAMILY #18-20, WONDER WOMAN #271-287, 289-290 and 294-295
    $19.99, 224 pages


    This was a surprise, though a pleasant one. I'll bet people will be surprised by the amount of cheesecake in these strips. They're still entertaining, but Helena had a definite clothes problem in her solo stories.

  • SHOWCASE PRESENTS: THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER VOL. 1 TP
    Writers: Joe Kubert, Bob Haney, Robert Kanigher, Frank Robbins, Archie Goodwin and David Michelinie
    Artists: Joe Kubert, Irv Novick, Doug Wildey, Dan Spiegle and Jack Sparling
    Collects stories from STAR SPANGLED WAR STORIES #151-204
    $16.99, 560 pages


    I LOVE THE UNKNOWN SOLIDER STRIP! Definitely buying this one.


Thanks again for dropping in on my parallel world. Leave a comment if you liked it. Oh, and I'll try to be back, too.

1 Comments:

Anonymous carla said...

No worries, sir. As a newbie to comic bloggery, I keep thinking that with a little elbow grease and a regular schedule, I'll be cool enough to hang with the big kids.

And then I realized we're all geeks. I mean, look at the Big Two! THEY can't even get stuff out on time. Enjoy your blog and don't worry about 'scheduling' and I'll try and do the same. =)

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