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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

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Tenth Anniversary Edition

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1996 was the tenth anniversary of Batman: The Dark Knight Returns.  It’s hard to believe twenty-five years have passed since Miller brought his dark future to comics; I haven’t heard of DC doing anything to celebrate this year but in ’96 they had big plans. There was a bunch of material offered but the highlight was a slipcase containing a new signed and numbered hardcover collecting Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, two mini prints of Dark Knight posters and three 48 page prestige format softcover books of sketches, scripts and…read more

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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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The Life And Times Of Martha Washington In The Twenty-First Century

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That’s one mouthful of a title.  The Life And Times Of Martha Washington In The Twenty-First Century is a deluxe 8×12″ oversized hardcover from Dark Horse that collects every Martha Washington story published.  This single hardcover contains 600 pages and weighs 9 pounds.  I already had all the material from it’s publishing in pamphlet form but couldn’t resist this one.  Here’s the publisher’s blurb: A masterpiece nearly twenty years in the making, this archival, oversized, and slipcased hardcover volume contains the complete life story of Martha Washington, the twenty-first century…read more

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