Doug: I'm always surfing around on Amazon.com for some trade paperback goodness, and lately I've spied a volume here or there that's caught my attention. A few weeks ago I also made a quick stop at our local Barnes & Noble and was excited to see a couple of books on the shelves of which I'd not previously heard. So today is just a public service announcement of sorts -- whether you want to make your Christmas list, or just spoil yourself, here are some great books to think about. You can do the price comparing on your own from your favorite retailer.
Doug: I'm juiced for the new series of Batman hardcovers. Recently I reviewed Batman #237 and used the Batman Illustrated by Neal Adams hardcover for the art scans. Now the Dark Knight's other 1970's artists are getting some love. Be on the look-out for:
Tales of the Batman: Gene Colan Volume I ($39.99 and shipped on August 23, 2011)
Legends of the Dark Knight: Marshall Rogers ($49.99 and ships on November 22, 2011)
Tales of the Batman: Don Newton ($39.99 and ships on December 20, 2011)
Legends of the Dark Knight: Jim AparoVolume I ($29.99 and ships on April 10 2012)
The Batman Files ($100 and shipped on October 25, 2011) -- If you've not heard of this, it looks pretty cool. You can go to Amazon and see several interior pages. It's done up to the effect that it's a government or police dossier on all things Dark Knight. There are facsimile newspapers and magazines, blueprints, plans for the Batmobile, etc. It's a huge, faux-leather book; pricey yes, but discounted if you look around.
Doug: We love teenaged heroes around here. How about --
New Teen Titans: Games by Wolfman and Perez ($24.99 and shipped on September 27, 2011) -- This is an all-new graphic novel but of the Titans at the height of their popularity by their all-time great creative team.
The Legion of Super-Heroes: The Curse by Levitz and Giffen ($49.99 and shipped on October 25, 2011) -- I own the deluxe edition of "The Great Darkness Saga", and it's a really nice book -- huge! I'm sure this one will not disappoint, either.
Legion of Super-Heroes Archive Volume 13 ($59.99 and ships on March 27, 2012) -- As I'd said earlier, I'm stoked for this one. I have the first 12 volumes, and there's no sense in leaving a hole in the set.
Kamandi: The Last Boy on Earth Omnibus Volume I by Jack Kirby ($49.99 and shipped on October 4, 2011) -- I had a buddy who had a few issues of this when I was little, but I never had any. I will say that I found this whole concept a bit interesting when Kamandi guested in a Superman/Batman tpb I read.
Doug: Also from or about DC Comics --
The Jack Kirby Omnibus Volume I (featuring the King's version of Green Arrow, 1959-style!) ($49.99 and shipped on August 9, 2011) -- This is a Kirby DC collection I'd be inclined to check out.
Aquaman: Death of the Prince ($29.99 and shipped on July 5, 2011) -- Not an Aquaman fan, but the Aparo art alone makes this intriguing.
The Art of Joe Kubert ($39.99 and shipped on October 31, 2011) -- Master.
The Art of George Perez ($49.99 and ships on January 10, 2012) -- Ditto. Doug: And what, you didn't think I'd been shopping for the House of Ideas??
Thor by Walter Simonson Omnibus ($125 and shipped on April 27, 2011)
The Spider-Man Vault - A Museum in a Book ($49.95 and shipped on October 4, 2011)
Doug: I'm sure there is plenty more Marvel stuff out there this season -- the Marvel Firsts: the 1970's volumes I and II come to mind, but it seemed to be the DC products that really caught my eye. Anyway, happy shopping! If you have a particular fave that I didn't mention, help a brother out and leave a comment.
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Karen and Doug met on the Avengers Assemble! message board back in September 2006. On June 16 2009 they went live with the Bronze Age Babies blog, sharing their love for 1970s and '80s pop culture with readers who happen by each day. You'll find conversations on comics, TV, music, movies, toys, food... just about anything that evokes memories of our beloved pasts!
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