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STAFF PICKS :: CLASSIC COMICS CORNUCOPIA :: JANUARY 21, 2015

January 21, 2015 By: Andy Mansell Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

staff_picks andy_staff_picksANDY’S PICKS :: Classic comics old and new……

BATMAN SILVER AGE NEWSPAPER COMICS HC VOL 02 1968-1969| $49.99
(W) Whitney Ellsworth (A) Joe Giella, Al Plastino (CA) Peter Poplaski
The second half of the comic strip run of Batman that rode on the coat-tails of the popularity of the infamous albeit hilarious TV Series. Sure, It’s a relic but it’s also a riot and it features guest-stars Superman and Aquaman. Same Bat strip, same Bat creative teams.

BPRD PLAGUE OF FROGS TP VOL 02| $24.99
(W) Brian Augustyn & Various (A) Guy Davis & Various (CA) Mike Mignola
An ideal and inexpensive way to dive into the Mignolaverse. Collects B.P.R.D.: The Dead, B.P.R.D.: The Black Flame, and B.P.R.D.: War on Frogs. Plus the storytelling mastery of Guy Davis!

FABLES #148| $2.99
(W) Bill Willingham (A) Mark Buckingham & Various (CA) Nimit Malaviae o
Rose Red learns the truth about her mother, herself and her sister Snow White. As NFL Coach Dennis Green might say at a Post Fables press conference “They’re AREN’T who we thought they were” . There are only 2 issues left. The tension is getting pretty thick.

GROO FRIENDS AND FOES #01| $3.99
(W) Mark Evanier (A/CA) Sergio Aragones
It’s a year long series. Each month spotlights a supportive character whose life gets repeatedly destroyed by everyone’s favorite bungling Barbarian. This first issue features Captain Ahax. Things will get wet.
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MMW UNCANNY X-MEN HC VOL 09| $75.00
(W) Chris Claremont (A) Various (CA) Paul Smith
Even though the earlier John Byrne era made The X-Men stars, it is this volumes era that sent the mutants and their scribe Chris Claremont into the stratosphere.Collecting UNCANNY X-MEN #168-175- artist Paul Smith became a star, Rogue became a hero, Cyclops became a husband and Professor Xavier became a Jerk. Also included is the MARVEL GRAPHIC NOVEL #5 “God Loves, Man Kills” a true mainstream high water mark and WOLVERINE #1-4. Featuring art by rising superstar Frank Miller. Last and certainly least, THE UNCANNY X-MEN ANNUAL #7 perhaps the single worst comic book in BRONZE AGE  history. If you think I’m exaggerating, look at the last two pages. POP And POPsicles….yuck.

RUN LIKE CRAZY RUN LIKE HELL HC| $19.99
(W) Jacques Tardi, Jean-Patrick Manchette (A/CA) Jacques Tardi
Following the success of West Coast Blues and Like a Sniper Lining Up His Shot (both highly recommended) Jacques Tardi third collaboration with famed crime writer Jean- Patrick Manchette is by all accounts, the best of the bunch. Hard boiled noir action, dark humor and page after page of Tardi. Tres Bien!

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STAFF PICKS :: FINAL SCORE–SNOOPY 65 – BUFFY 9 – WOLVES 1 :: JANUARY 14, 2015

January 13, 2015 By: Andy Mansell Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

staff_picks andy_staff_picksI never eat December snowflakes. I always wait until January.
-Lucy Van Pelt
So here are some ripe ones:

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER SEASON 9 LIBRARY HC VOL 01| $29.99
(W) Joss Whedon (A) Georges Jeanty
Okay, so Buffy Season 8 was a bit of a let down, but with Season 9, the Creative-Scoobies really got it together. Our world is a world without magic and a new menace arrives–zombie Vampires! Willow is working overtime to bring the magic back to our earthly realm while Buffy has a serious personal crisis. This entire run is a blast. Collects Buffy Season 9 Volume 1 and Volume 2 in an oversized format; plus an Expanded sketchbook by the talented Messer. Jeanty.

FABLES THE WOLF AMONG US #01| $3.99
Reprinting Vertigo’s first-ever digital-first series, FABLES: THE WOLF AMONG US which is a comic adaptation and expansion of the video game. This is an official prequel to Bill Willingham’s FABLES! With the series in the hands of Matthew Sturges (JACK OF FABLES) along with fellow scribe Dave Justus (HOUSE OF MYSTERY), and featuring art by Stephen Sadowski (JSA), Shawn McManus (FABLES/FAIREST), and Travis Moore (JSA ALL STARS) this looks like a solid offering to help fill our Mundane void.

LETS DANCE SNOOPY 65 YEARS OF PEANUTS TP

For those who can’t budget for the complete Peanuts reprint from Fantagraphics or for folks who want to let their kids read the adventures of the greatest daydreamer in comics history and want to keep their collected volumes from excess stickiness, this is a perfect single issue sampler. It’s not just the dog; it’s the WWI Flying Ace, it’s that gad about the Quad, Joe Cool, it’s the greatest unpublished novelist in America, it’s the world famous attorney, it’s the tennis partner of the terrifying Molly Volley.
It’s all Snoopy and it’s all great.

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DISCUSSION GROUP :: FABLES: MARCH OF THE WOODEN SOLDIERS :: DECEMBER 20th at NOON

December 10, 2014 By: Andy Mansell Category: DISCUSS, Discussion Group, EVENTS, NEWS

discussion_groupThe votes are in and the winner is March of the Wooden Soldiers, the 3rd Volume of Fables comics. In all honesty, this is the right choice. It is the storyline where a good series with a clever premise became a great series with legs strong enough to carry it for 150 monthly issues, two spin off series, a prose novel and three stand alone graphic novels.
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So plan to join us on Saturday December 20th at Noon (an hour earlier than usual) We know this is the busiest time of the year, but do yourself a solid by setting aside a few hours to break bread and talk comics.
March of the Wooden Soldiers collects Fables # 19-21 and # 23-27 along with the Prestige one-shot issue The Last Castle featuring perhaps the greatest swashbuckling hero of the last 40 years, Little Boy Blue. No, we are not kidding.
Thanks to the decree of our liege and manager Justinian, March of the wooden Soldiers is available at Heroes with the Heroes Discussion Group 10% Discount. Just remember to mention it when you check out.
Topics will include

  • The choices writer Bill Willingham makes regarding characterizations of very familiar characters
  • What sets Bigby Wolf apart from other popular feral characters…
  • And of course, Prince Charming….would you vote for him in the Fabletown Mayoral Election
  • Also, Why March of the Wooden Soldiers is (or perhaps is not) the ideal discussion choice.

We invite everyone-both new readers and devoted fans–to join us. We’d like to touch on later story lines as well as the Network TV ‘interpretations’ of the same concept: Grimm and Once Upon a Frozen Time, but if there are any discussioneers who attend and have not read beyond Wooden Soldiers we promise will tread lightly.
We will see you on Saturday December 20th at NOON and fair warning to the uninitiated, once you enter the world of Fables, it is tough place from which to escape.

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STAFF PICKS :: THOMPSON!!! KIRBY!!!!! KIRBY!!!! BUSHMILLER!!!! LARSON!!!!!! :: NOVEMBER 26, 2014

November 26, 2014 By: Andy Mansell Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

staff_picks andy_staff_picks“We’re gonna need a bigger book shelf”–Sheriff Brody

ART OF RICHARD THOMPSON HC| $35.00
I will let our esteemed Warehouse Manager talk about this one, but I can’t say enough about the great Richard Thompson. This book is indispensible!

ART OF THE SIMON AND KIRBY STUDIO| $60.00
KIRBY KING OF THE COMICS HC NEW PTG| $45.00
Two books that showcase the art and the artist! Titan has done a splendid job with their S&K Library and this artbook is a terrific accoutrement! Who knew Kirby better than long time assistant and devoted friend Mark Evanier? Evanier is one of the most engaging writers around and this book is a proud and respectful testament to The King.
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NANCY COMPLETE DAILIES GN VOL 03 LOVES SLUGGO 1949-1951| $39.99
Have you ever taken the time to read and devour Ernie Bushmiller’s masterpiece Nancy. Deceptibly simple and oddly corny, it is surprisingly funny and a virtual textbook on comic storytelling.

COMPLETE FARSIDE SC SLIPCASED BOXED SET| $100.00
in the late ’80s and early ’90s, Calvin and Hobbes was the comic strip page gold standard, but it was Gary Larson’s odd and consistently laugh out loud funny single panel the Far Side that got the most buzz around the water cooler. The strip is still influential today with strips like Bizarro, Lio and rhymes with Orange mining the vein Larson tapped.

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STAFF PICKS :: CATCH THE TRADE (& HARDCOVER) WINDS IN YOUR SAILS :: NOVEMBER 19, 2014

November 17, 2014 By: Andy Mansell Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

staff_picks andy_staff_picksANDY’S PICKS: So broke, yet so happy…..the stuff of which Holiday gift lists are made.

CASANOVA COMPLETE ED HC VOL 01 LUXURIA| $29.99Luxuria
For all fans of the writing of Matt Fraction as well as the magical art of Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba, this edition of the First series starring superspy extraordinaire Casanova Quinn is required reading. Come for the story and art and stay for all the clever cultural references!

DUST COVERS THE COLLECTED SANDMAN COVERS HC NEW ED| $49.99
The new edition of the collected Sandman covers all created by the always innovative Dave McKean features annotations and a new short story by the Endless’ own Neil Gaiman. Innovation is an understatement; here be Gems!

tt-50yearsTEEN TITANS A CELEBRATION OF 50 YEARS HC| $75.00
I don’t know what is collected in the Teen Titans 50th Anniversary, but DCs recent track record of solid Anniversary anthologies suggests this book will be worth a peek and maybe a purchase.

EC GEORGE EVANS ACES HIGH HC| $29.99
Does anyone draw airplanes better than the late great George Evans? Heck no! And the new Fantagraphics EC spotlight does this craftsman’s work proud. Outstanding comics presented in rich detail laden black and white.

All these volumes are choice but if I could only choose two (one? Shirley, you jest)…
SILVER SURFER EPIC COLLECTION TP WHEN CALLS GALACTUS| $34.99 FF_surfer
Collecting FANTASTIC FOUR (1961) #49, #55, #57-60, #72 and #74-77 – plus material from FANTASTIC FOUR (1961) #48, #50, #56 and #61; FANTASTIC FOUR ANNUAL (1964) #5; and TALES TO ASTONISH (1959) #92-93.
I would gladly exchange my hard earned tender for this Silver Surfer collection; the stories found within show off the mid-sixties Lee, Kirby and Sinnott magic as they managed to turn the comic world on its collective ear month in and month out. Glorious and more fun than any other book around.

Lastly and certainly not leastly
ART OF MODESTY BLAISE SC| $39.99
Modesty Blaise is the most fun, the most intelligent and most importantly the most consistent daily newspaper adventure strip of the past 40 years. Look through this gem of an artbook that features all 5 of Modesty’s great illustrators and then pick up any–ANY!!!- Modesty reprint volume that Sir Justin of Crowsely stocks on the bulging shelves of Heroeshire. Every single volume is great. I swear!

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STAFF PICKS :: ZENITH PHASE ONE :: NOVEMBER 12, 2014

November 11, 2014 By: Andy Mansell Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

staff_picks andy_staff_picksANDY’S PICK :: ZENITH PHASE ONE: Before there was Animal Man, Doom Patrol, New X-Men, The Invisibles, Seven Soldiers of Victory, Batman & Son, Final Crisis, and Multiverse, there was Zenith. Grant Morrison along with designer Brendan McCarthy and artist Steve Yeowell created the first selfish Gen-X Superhero as rock star. Originally published in England in 2000 AD, between 1987 to 1992, ZENITH has not been reprinted for decades and that huge gaping absence in the era of classic reprints ends today. Back in the day, I was one of the few, lucky few in the colonies to read it and if memory serves, it is a marvelous read. Don’t miss it.
Zenith

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STAFF PICKS :: WAKE, KINSKI and yet another CLASSIC COMICS STRIP CORNUCOPIA :: NOVEMBER 5, 2014

November 04, 2014 By: Andy Mansell Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks, Uncategorized

staff_picks andy_staff_picksANDY’S PICKS :: At this past weekend’s Discussion Group–and we had a blast, join us for the next one!!-two books were strongly recommended by our Discussioneers (c): WAKE the ten issue horror mini series from Batwriter Scott Snyder and artist Sean Murphy. It is set at the Arctic Circle and it sounds horrifying. And KINSKI the six issue miniseries from Gabriel Hardiman about a man and his dog, but that is not what it is really about. Both books are collected in book form and are well worth your time, money and effort.
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SUPERMAN GOLDEN AGE SUNDAYS 1946-1949 HC| $49.95
WALLACE & GROMIT NEWSPAPER STRIPS HC VOL 02| $14.99
WALT KELLY POGO COMP DELL COMICS HC VOL 02| $60.00
BOB POWELL COMPLETE CAVE GIRL HC| $49.99
PEARLS BEFORE SWINE TP BREAKING STEPHAN| $14.99
MUTTS TREASURY LIVING THE DREAM SC| $19.99
GET FUZZY TP YOU CANT FIGHT CRAZY| $14.99

You can’t go wrong with any of these collections. Mutts, Get Fuzzy and Pearls Before Swine are three of the most consistent and entertaining contemporary strips. So is Wallace & Gromit and these collections are the only place in the colonies to find this gem. Powell was a good girl art master to rival even Matt Baker. You can’t go wrong with Walt Kelly’s swamp folk in any medium. But it is those full page, full color Wayne Boring Sunday strips that really melt my butter. Yours too if you are so inclined to give them a try!

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STAFF PICKS :: CLASSIC COMICS CAVALCADE :: OCTOBER 29, 2014

October 29, 2014 By: Andy Mansell Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

staff_picks andy_staff_picksANDY’S PICKS: Agggghhh!! It’s too much! Too many great classic reprints.

COMPLETE PEANUTS HC VOL 22 1993-1994| $29.99
COMPLETE PEANUTS TP BOX SET 1950-1954| $39.99
COMPLETE PEANUTS TP VOL 02 1953-1954| $22.99
DILBERT HC GO ADD VALUE SOMEPLACE ELSE| $19.99
PEANUTS EVERY SUNDAY HC VOL 02 1956-1960| $49.99
POGO COMP SYNDICATED STRIPS HC VOL 03 EVIDENCE CONTRARY| $45.00

You can’t go wrong with any of these titles, but if I was forced to buy only one (not gonna happen, Cap’n!!) my first recommendation would be the Peanuts Sundays followed this/close by Pogo. But any Peanuts or Pogo will do and even though Dilbert doesn’t belong in the league with those other classics, it is consistently one of the funniest strips being published today.

100 BULLETS TP BOOK 01| $24.99
BASIL WOLVERTON WEIRD WORLDS ARTISTS ED HC| $150.00
PREACHER TP BOOK 06| $19.99
HOWARD THE DUCK OMNIBUS| $99.99
DISNEY ROSA DUCK LIBRARY HC VOL 02 RETURN TO PLAIN AWFUL| $29.99
IRON MAN EPIC COLLECTION TP GOLDEN AVENGER| $34.99

Wow, what can I except Christmas is right around the corner. I will let our esteemed manager talk about HtD. My recs are 100 Bullets and Preacher–two great series that remain in print and deservedly so. But you gotta love the antique Iron Man tales and Don Rosa once again does Duckburg proud. Wolverton is a genius and just a passing glance at this Artists edition proves it beyond a shadow of a doubt.

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STAFF PICKS :: BATMAN FILES :: OCTOBER 22, 2014

October 22, 2014 By: Andy Mansell Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

staff_picks andy_staff_picksThe Batman Files is a BIG book–308  13×10 pages!- crammed full of every bit of information known about the Dark Knight Detective. This clever reference book is presented in the form of a scrapbook or journal that details every known aspect of the Caped Crusader as if it had been compiled by Bruce Wayne himself. The author–Matthew Manning in concert with hundreds of artists have done a splendid job. The Batman Files offers hundreds of fun tidbits and delivers the Intel in a way that is both dramatic and personal. This is a must for all Bat-fans. And remember November 1st we will be spotlighting the Batman at the triumphant return of the Heroes Discussion Group.batman_files

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STAFF PICKS ::WALT DISNEY UNCLE SCROOGE HC VOL 02 SEVEN CITIES GOLD:: OCTOBER

October 15, 2014 By: Andy Mansell Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks, Uncategorized

staff_picksandy_staff_picksAnother huge week for the Classic Comics Commandos (what we call ourselves to impress the babes!) Action Philosophers collects all the issues Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey  cartoon history of Philosophy from Socrates (the old dude in the bedsheet from Bill and Ted!) to Jacques Derrida (Dream and Death’s younger brother Deconstruction)! Good stuff Maynard (Keynes!) With HELLBLAZER TP VOL 09 CRITICAL MASS  the John Constantine Library continues its classic reprint run with issues #84-96 featuring stories by Jamie Delano, Sean Phillips as well as the beginning of the long run by Paul Jenkins. PLUS– 3 stories written by EDDIE CAMPBELL!! But if you can only afford one classic reprint this week it has to be WALT DISNEY UNCLE SCROOGE HC VOL 02 SEVEN CITIES GOLD. It’s Carl Barks at his prime. Even sub-prime Barks is better than 95% of all other cartoonists. Prime Barks is not just essential, it’s required!!!  Enjoy!!!
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