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The Complete Little Orphan Annie Volume Two: 1927-1929

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America’s spunkiest kid stands for fair play as she gives the scoundrels and rats their just desserts! Little Orphan Annie-the original female comics hero-takes on chiseling business men and a gang of thieves, armed only with her sharp wit and mean left hook. Then she helps her surrogate parents by nursing “Daddy” Warbucks to health and helping save the Silos’ family farm. Library Of American Comics, January 2009 320 pages, 11″ x 8.5″ ISBN 978-1-60010-197-7 $39.99 USD Order online: Amazon Following Annie into her second volume and we start to see a…read more

Bravo For Adventure

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This deluxe hardcover from IDW’s Library of American Comics contains all three of The Genius’s stories starring Jesse Bravo, knock-about pilot and reluctant swashbuckler, including the original graphic novel that’s been out of print for 30 years. Also included are never-before-seen pencil roughs, preliminary drawings, and story fragments, as well as Toth’s own coloring samples for an edition that never saw print, and-freed from storage after 40 years-some of the coloring for what was intended to be Bravo’s original 1975 first printing in France! The ultimate Bravo for Adventure, published…read more

Alex Raymond’s Rip Kirby Vol 1: 1946-1948

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A solid look into “the first modern detective”, IDW’s Library Of American Comics presents a wonderful look into post war crime fiction. The first volume of Alex Raymond’s modernist classic reproduces, from syndicate proof sheets, every strip from the beginning, March 4, 1946, through December 4, 1948. Co-written with Ward Greene, the stories sometimes address then-contemporary issues, including trafficking in black market babies and the attempt to limit the proliferation of atomic and biological weapons. But the real star is Raymond’s lush and incomparable brushwork. Edited and designed by Eisner…read more

Judge Dredd: The Complete Brian Bolland

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A fantastic look at a period in a creator’s career, Judge Dredd: The Complete Brian Bolland is a must-have for fans of this artist. This luscious, oversized hardcover volume collects as many Brian Bolland-illustrated Judge Dredd stories as THE LAW* will allow! (*Seriously, there’s one we can’t publish. Ever.) Within these hallowed covers the turmoil of John Wagner’s Mega-City One rages, captured in such legendary tales as “Luna-1 War,” “The Cursed Earth,” The Day the Law Died!,” “Judge Death,” and many more.  IDW Publishing , December 2012 Hardcover 9.25” x…read more

The Complete Steve Canyon Vol 1: 1947-1948

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Being very new to newspaper comic strips the launch of The Complete Steve Canyon Volume 1: 1947-1948 seemed to be a big deal and enough to warrant some attention. Choosing not to preorder from my local comic shop this book nonetheless came home with me after a quick thumbing. Steve Canyon like you’ve never seen it before—reproduced in color directly from Milton Caniff’s personal set of syndicate proofs! For the first time, the definitive edition of Caniff’s famous flyboy featuring every Sunday in color and the daily strips in their…read more

Doug Wildey’s Rio: The Complete Saga

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Having thoroughly enjoyed Rio by Doug Wildey Graphitti Designs Edition I was anxious to get my hands on all of Doug Wildey’s Rio material through IDW’s Doug Wildey’s Rio: The Complete Saga hardcover. Doug Wildey was an acclaimed Comic book and comic strip artist, as well as a noted animator. Very much in the school of Milton Caniff and Alex Toth, Wildey was an artist’s artist, a storyteller of the highest order, and worked in many genres—westerns and war stories being some of his most memorable. As an animator he created and designed the…read more

Shockrockets

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I enjoyed Superman: Secret Identity and heard great things about Shockrockets by the same creative team of Busiek and Immonen, but never had the chance to read the series until I came across the collected edition while scouring the bargain bins. Sixty years in the future, Earth is protected by the Shockrockets—an unbeatable squadron of hi-tech aircraft, built from a fusion of alien technology and the best Earth has to offer. Manned by the world’s most elite pilots, the Shockrockets protect an unstable Earth as it rebuilds from a devastating invasion from…read more

Cold War Vol 1: The Damocles Contract

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John Byrne has been doing some great work recently with The Next Men relaunch so I didn’t hesitate to pick up Cold War Volume 1: The Damocles Contract. Acclaimed creator John Byrne releases his latest creation, MI-6 agent Michael Swann. In Swann’s opening adventure, “The Damocles Contract,” the secret agent is called on to stop a defecting British scientist from granting the Soviets complete nuclear dominion over the free world… promising ample doses of intrigue and espionage. John Byrne (w & a & c) TPB FC $19.99 USD 120 pages ISBN 978-1-61377-177-8 IDW Publishing (April…read more

The Definitive Flash Gordon and Jungle Jim Vol. 1: 1934-1936

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Like my other newspaper strip reading this is my first exposure to Alex Raymond’s Flash Gordon and Jungle Jim. This was solicited as The Definitive Flash Gordon and Jungle Jim Volume 1 but that seems to have changed at some point. Created by Raymond in 1934, Flash Gordon is arguably the most famous science fiction comic strip of all time. It follows adventures of the title character and his companions—Dale Arden and Dr. Zarkov—as they leave Earth to discover the source of meteors that are threatening the planet, and gets…read more

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