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Elektra Lives Again

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I’m going to provide some insight on Elektra Lives Again from Epic Comics and Graphitti Designs. This was a huge book for 1990: Frank Miller had collaborated with Janson and Mazzuchelli to produce epic runs on Daredevil and Batman, but his solo work with his wife Lynn Varley on Ronin didn’t get the commercial success the rest did.  Now Miller was returning to his creation Elektra doing the writing, penciling and inking with Varley painting.  Elektra Lives Again received a huge amount of press at the time: I remember drooling…read more

Rocketeer By Dave Stevens

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It was the first hardcover collected edition I purchased: The Rocketeer from Eclipse Books, fresh off the press in 1986.  A solid 8.5×11.5″ seventy page book for $20; pricey even for that few pages.  Sadly my copy shows the wear and tear of banging around a teenagers room but later on I was able to pick up the Graphitti Designs edition.  Let’s take a step back and look at the history. Dave Stevens was approached by Pacific Comics around 1982 to provide something for them: they were a new publisher…read more

Batman: The Dark Knight

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Originally published at Comic Book Daily under my Bound Together column. Few people need an introduction to Frank Miller’s seminal take on Batman in his 1986 series Batman: The Dark Knight.  It’s heralded as the birth of the modern comic, along with The Watchmen, and exposed a lot of people to comics through its massive sales in a collected volume.  Three collected editions were released that year: a softcover trade paperback, a hardcover and a signed hardcover.  The softcover trade and hardcover were released by Warner Books and carried by everyone who…read more

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