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SPOTLIGHT: marvel legendary COLLECTIONS
Iron guy legendary Collection: The opponent Within
Marvel begins an ambitious traditional reprint trade paperback imprint in September — however offered for ordering now. The very first in the new line of legendary Collections (not to be confused with Marvel’s old line of legendary Comics, creator-owned jobs from the 1980s as well as 90s) will be Iron guy legendary Collection: The opponent Within, consisting of the 1980s stories where Tony Stark fell off the wagon into a self-destructive binge as well as Jim “Rhodey” Rhodes dons the Iron guy armor for the very first time. This is likewise sometimes understood as the Obadiah Stane age of the series, where the rival industrialist targets Stark worldwide for a extremely hostile takeover with the aid of Magma, Thunderball, Firebrand, as well as others. Captain America, Black Panther, Nick Fury, as well as a lot more guest-star. Creators include Denny O’Neil, Carmine Infantino, Paul Smith, as well as Luke McDonnell, with a cover by Steve Lightle. This will be a 504-page color softcover collecting Iron guy (1968) #158-177 as well as annual #5.
The legendary Collections have been revealed as a long-lasting reprint effort which will ultimately gather all the issues/stories of the starring character or series, organized into self-contained story arcs within the character’s run. For instance, this volume will be volume 10 of the Iron guy legendary Collection. preliminary volumes of other legendary Collection lines featuring remarkable Spider-Man, Thor, as well as the Avengers will soon be announced.
I’m not sure where this leaves the trade paperback versions of the marvel Masterworks (which cover similar, however a lot more regimented, ground), however there may be space for both. It at first appears that the legendary Collections may be targeted to marvel motion picture fans rather than their hardcore comic book audience. nevertheless everything shakes out, it’s great to see marvel acknowledging its entire history of publications, not just what’s happening now.
Avengers: limitless Wartime
Since this column normally covers historical material from a lot more than 30 or 40 years ago, I don’t usually mention new projects, however there are two this month that are tangentially associated to the goings-on here. Avengers: limitless wartime is the very first in a series of all-new graphic novels (and not the “first” marvel graphic Novel, as we discussed right here recently). It’s by Warren Ellis as well as Mike McKone, as well as I was a lot more pleased by the preview of this book in this year’s marvel complimentary Comic book Day using than I was by the lead function (a preview of Infinity — which only told me what I already knew: Thanos is returning. Duh.). Avengers: limitless wartime has a secret villain who is still really a secret (to me, anyway), as well as if you saw Iron guy 3, you saw Ellis’ ideas on the huge screen. This may be next. inspect it out.
Buck Rogers in the 25th Century
The other thing is a brand-new job based on an old favorite. buck Rogers in the 25th Century features the traditional newspaper strip character as updated by a contemporary master. It’s an all-new look at the out-of-time spaceman by Howard Chaykin, who likes to take old-timey things as well as make them new once again (like The shadow as well as Blackhawk as well as DC’s 50s sci-fi characters in Twilight). When I look at the marketing art for buck Rogers, it takes my breath away, the exact same method American Flagg did at its launch. Hermes press is publishing this as a four-part comic book miniseries, which will a lot of likely be collected, however I’m not waiting.
THIS MONTH IN traditional COMIC book COLLECTIONS
The Chronicles of King Conan Vol. 6
The Chronicles of King Conan: volume 6 (Dark Horse): “A death In Stygia as well as other Stories” from marvel Comics’ Conan the King #26-30 features early work by artist Marc Silvestri. Written by Alan Zelenetz. Cover by Michael Kaluta. offered in October. 208-page color softcover.
The total golden Age Airboy as well as Valkyrie
The total golden Age Airboy as well as Valkyrie (Canton street Press): The archival collection of the original Fred Kida Airboy as well as Valkyrie material, digitally brought back as well as total in one volume. Collects Air Fighters Comics V1 #12, V2 #2, V2 #7, Airboy Comics V2 #12, V3 #6, 12, V4 #10, as well as V9 #2. introduction by Timothy Truman. 136-page color hardcover. (Clearly, this is not potentially all of the golden Age Airboy stories, but, as the publisher has informed us, it is all the GA Valkyrie stories from Air Fighters as well as Airboy comics, plus a couple of others, not all of them drawn by Kida.)
Creepy Archives Vol. 17
Creepy Archives volume 17 (Dark Horse): Collecting weird #78-83, featuring stories by Alex Toth, Wally Wood, John Severin, Russ Heath, as well as Bernie Wrightson. Plus, Richard Corben’s “In Deep” as well as an interview with cover artist Ken Kelly. offered in October. 248-page B&W hardcover.
Essential Avengers Vol. 9
Essential Avengers volume 9 (Marvel Comics): The Avengers find deadly hidden tricks in the youth history of the Scarlet Witch as well as Quicksilver. Tony Stark’s got secrets, also, as well as they’re in the Avengers’ basement. Henry Gyrich makes trouble, however not as much as the Grey Gargoyle, The Taskmaster, as well as Ultron. Plus, the questionable Ms. Marvel/Immortus story from Avengers #200, which you must not checked out without researching it on the internets. Plus, Hawkeye gets a job! Collecting Avengers #185-206 as well as annual #9, plus material from Tales to Astonish (1979) #12. featuring innovative contributions by John Byrne, George Pérez, Jim Shooter, David Michelinie, Sal Buscema, gene Colan, mark Gruenwald, as well as others. offered in September. 496-page B&W softcover.
The very first Kingdom volume 1: The Birth of Tundra
The very first Kingdom volume 1: The Birth of Tundra (Titan Books): one of the earliest examples of contemporary alternate comics (and likewise declared by underground comix), Jack Katz’s The very first Kingdom was very first published in 1974, originally by Comics & Comix as well as later by Bud Plant. It’s a series of Homeric, post-apocalyptic graphic novels, aiming to be a futuristic Odyssey or Iliad. Titan Book’s new six-volume edition will be provided as a collector’s library for the very first time, replete with cleaned as well as brought back art from top quality scans of the original artwork, as well as totally re-lettered throughout. mature themes. 208-page B&W hardcover.
Inhumans: The origin of the Inhumans
Inhumans: The origin of the Inhumans (Marvel Comics): The early history of Marvel’s a lot of mysterious heroes by Stan Lee as well as Jack Kirby is lastly collected. Stan as well as Jack took their time filling out all the details (and leaving a lot more for others) in the early years of Marvel, as well as right here everything is under one cover. Collecting great four # 36, #38, #41-47, #54, #62-65, as well as annual #5, in addition to the Origins of the Inhumans back-up series from Thor #146-152. Here’s your possibility to bone up on Inhuman history before the suggested film! 424-page color softcover.
Marvel Masterworks: marvel Two-in-One Vol. 1
Marvel Masterworks: marvel Two-in-One volume One (Marvel): marvel Masterworks celebrates its 200th volume by introducing a new series: The ever-lovin’ blue-eyed Thing’s cherished team-up title from the 1970s — marvel Two-in-One. (Also one of Marvel’s worst actual title titles, just behind Giant-Size Man-Thing.) This collects the very first ten issues, plus the two-issue “try-out” from marvel function #11-12 — the very first problem of which is the traditional Thing/Hulk battle by Len Wein as well as Jim Starlin! Steve Gerber composed the early Two-in-One problems (#1 features Man-Thing!), as well as artists include Gil Kane, Sal Buscema, as well as Herb Trimpe. offered in November. 248-page color hardcover.
Roy Thomas provides world Comics Vol. 3
Roy Thomas provides world Comics volume 3 (PS Artbooks): This book has been resolicited for September release. If you want it, you need to reorder now, as all previous orders have been canceled. NOTE: Deluxe versions as well as TPB versions of previous PS Artbook collections are likewise offered on the web site.
S.H.I.E.L.D. by Steranko (not actual cover)
S.H.I.E.L.D. by Steranko: The total Collection (Marvel Comics): For the very first time ever, marvel is using a complete-in-one-book collection of the Nick Fury, agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. stories by Jim Steranko, the legendary as well as prominent artist from the early days of Marvel. Steranko mixed the styles of will Eisner, Wally Wood, Salvador Dali, Pop Art, as well as a lot more to produce his own sensational storytelling style. Written as well as illustrated by Steranko (with appearances by Stan Lee, Roy Thomas, as well as Jack Kirby). Collects the S.H.I.E.L.D. stories from odd Tales #151-168 as well as Nick Fury, agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. #1-3 as well as #5. (#4 was a fill-in not by Steranko.) offered in September. 352-page color softcover.
T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents classics Vol. 1
T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents classics volume 1 (IDW): Tying in with IDW’s new T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents comic, this collects the very first four problems of the original Tower series from the 1960s by Wally Wood, Reed Crandall, Gil Kane, George Tuska, Mike Sekowsky, Dan Adkins, Joe Orlando, Larry Ivie, Len Brown, expense Pearson, Steve Skeates, as well as others. includes all the stories, text pieces, as well as pin-ups from each issue. In softcover for the very first time! 248-page color softcover.
Walt Kelly’s Pogo: The total Dell Comics Vol. 1
Walt Kelly’s P.O.G.O. (er, Pogo): The total Dell Comics: volume One (Hermes Press): This new series will present all the Pogo material from Dell Comics’ animal Comics (#1-3, #5, as well as #8-30), four color (#105 as well as 148), as well as Our Gang Comics (#6). These comics, beginning in 1942, pre-date the legendary newspaper strip, likewise by Kelly. This will be an archival release, digitally reconstructed, as well as including samples of original artwork, in addition to scholarly essays from noted Pogo historians. (Harumph. Harumph.) offered in October. 272-page color laminated hardcover with deluxe dust jacket.
NOW IN SOFTCOVER
Marvel Masterworks: The extraordinary Hulk Vol. 3
Marvel Masterworks: The extraordinary Hulk volume 3 (Marvel): Wrapping up ol’ Greenskin’s early adventures in Tales to Astonish (#80-101) as well as his very first “new” extraordinary problem #102. Hulk battles the Silver Surfer, Sub-Mariner, the Mighty Thor, as well as a lot more in these adventures by Stan Lee, Gary Friedrich, Marie Severin, Gil Kane, John Buscema, expense Everett, as well as Jack Kirby! 288-page color softcover.
The trick society of Super-Villains
The trick society of Super-Villains volume 1 (DC Comics): DC states this collects SSoSV #1-15, DC special #27, DC special series #6, Super-Team household #13-14, Justice league of America #166-168, as well as stories from canceled Comics Cavalcade #2 as well as remarkable world of DC Comics #11, however I don’t believe them, as all this material cannot in shape in a 208-page book. The SSoSV material was previously published in hardcover in two volumes, as well as the very first hardcover only contained the very first ten series problems as well as the remarkable world story. It coincidentally had the exact same page count provided for this paperback version. I’m guessing that DC just copied over the original, erroneous solicitation copy for the hardback. Please be conscious that if you want all the SSoSV material, it most likely won’t be contained here, as well as there’s likely a second paperback coming later. Or, DC must do the appropriate thing, as well as resolicit the whole thing correctly. offered in September. 208-page color softcover.
THIS MONTH IN traditional COMIC strip COLLECTIONS
Buck Rogers in the 25th Century: The gray Morrow Years
Buck Rogers in the 25th Century: The gray Morrow Years volume 1: 1979-1981 as well as The Phantom: The total Series: The Charlton Years volume 3 (Hermes Press): These products have been resolicited for September release. If you want them, you need to reorder now, as all previous orders have been canceled.
The total Peanuts Vol. 20
The total Peanuts volume 20: 1989-1990 (Fantagraphics): moving into the strip’s last decade, its a lot of overlooked (and least collected) era. romance abounds, as Charlie brown as well as Marcie end up at camp together, sending peppermint Patty into mad jealousy; an old buddy looks up Charlie Brown, however confuses him for Snoopy, as well as dates him instead; as well as Charlie brown (or must we state “Brownie Charles”?) begins a romance with Peggy Jean. Also, Snoopy gets jury duty, Olaf is introduced, Pigpen runs for class president, as well as Lucy grooves to Michael Jackson on her flourish box. Lemony Snicket (Daniel Handler) admires Charles M. Schulz in his introduction. 344-page B&W hardcover. always recommended. A two-volume (1987-1988 & 1989-1990) box set is likewise available.
Rip Kirby Vol. 6
Rip Kirby volume 6 (IDW/LoAC): Rip Kirby enters the Swinging Sixties in over 800 strips from 1959 to 1962. John Prentice’s art has never been better, as well as Fred Dickenson (who assisted the strip’s originator, Alex Raymond) takes over the scripting. The library of American Comics always has exemplary production as well as restoration. 288-page B&W huge (11” x 10”) hardcover.
The Wizard of Id: Dailies as well as Sundays volume 3: 1973
The Wizard of Id: Dailies as well as Sundays volume 3: 1973 (Titan Books): Collecting the award-winning, popular, as well as always funny strip by Brant Parker as well as Johnny Hart (B.C.). all of the everyday as well as Sunday strips from 1973 — a prime age for the strip — are collected together with special background material. This likewise fulfills your yearly quota of wisecracking wizards, rotten rulers, drunken has-been jesters, as well as cowardly knights! 224-page color as well as B&W hardcover.
Age of Ultron
Age of Ultron (Marvel Comics): Collecting the not-yet-completed restricted series that has stunned fans. set in the future of the marvel Universe, with lots of of the marvel heroes dead (or about to be), Ultron has lastly taken over, as well as a ragtag band of surviving heroes are battling back — with unusual outcomes. Collect