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  • DeCarlo Rules: Archie Comics solicitations for September 2018 are now online: [link]
    Today at 02:29:38 AM
  • Tuxedo Mark: <y review of the new story "Romance 4Ever!": [link]
    June 23, 2018, 08:21:59 PM
  • rusty: My copies of Archie at Riverdale and Cosmo should be here in about a week and a half from DCBS
    June 23, 2018, 07:35:50 PM
  • BettyReggie: My monthly Midtown Comics came today.
    June 22, 2018, 05:11:54 PM
  • Vegan Jughead: I'm gonna get it but I'm waiting for it to be at Barnes and Noble which I think will be July 10th or so. They released it to the direct market (comic shops) first.
    June 22, 2018, 09:15:13 AM
  • irishmoxie: Anyone get Archie at Riverdale Vol 1?
    June 21, 2018, 09:43:56 PM
  • BettyReggie: 112 Days until Wednesday 10th 2018 ,  Riverdale Season #3 on The CW at 8pm.
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  • Tuxedo Mark: And another one: [link]
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  • Tuxedo Mark: Riverdale spoof: [link]
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  • DeCarlo Rules: @irishmoxie -- It's definitely complete. All six of the 1958-59 Sy Reit/Bob White original issues, plus the feature-length "Good Guys of the Galaxy" by Tom DeFalco & Fernando Ruiz from ARCHIE #655, and three 5-page digest shorts that guest-starred Cosmo -- and the complete first issue of the Ian Flynn/Tracy Yarley COSMO (2017) thrown in for good measure. It follows the same layout/format as the previous JUGHEAD'S TIME POLICE, even though that didn't carry the "Archie Comics Presents..." trade dress. Not a bad buy for $11.
    June 14, 2018, 01:08:59 AM
  • irishmoxie: Anyone get the Cosmo book that came out today? Any good?
    June 13, 2018, 08:04:49 PM
  • Cosmo: Ah man....and I was worried I was the last enthusiast for ERB's stuff. I'm currently rereading my Dell Tarzan books. Really good fun! It took a while to complete that run.
    June 12, 2018, 06:51:53 PM
  • DeCarlo Rules: ...Marvel's earlier JOHN CARTER, WARLORD OF MARS in there, so the DE Tarzan comics need to go in a different box, and SHEENA (also a recent DE title) and DC's RIMA THE JUNGLE GIRL will help fill up that box.
    June 11, 2018, 07:40:48 PM
  • DeCarlo Rules: Recently. DE's unauthorized LORD OF THE JUNGLE Tarzan adaptations (and its authorized THE GREATEST ADVENTURE) won't fit into my existing box of previous Tarzan comics from Gold Key, DC, and Dark Horse, so I have to start a new box. Logically these get filed with DE's unauthorized WARLORD OF MARS comics (including DEJAH THORIS) and their authorized JOHN CARTER, WARLORD OF MARS. But I also want to squeeze Marve;
    June 11, 2018, 07:38:48 PM
  • DeCarlo Rules: Interesting. I tend not to group titles by publisher at all, if the characters were not created as work-for-hire (meaning the publisher is legally considered the 'author' of the character). Do they belong to that publisher's "universe" (assuming it has one)? There are some publishers like Dynamite Entertainment where the vast majority of the titles they publish are licensed, and thus were "inherited" from other publishers. Therefore it makes more sense to me to group them together in boxes with similar characters. Flash Gordon, The Phantom, and Mandrake comics (regardless of who the actual publisher was) go together in the same box because they're all classic adventure heroes licensed from Hearst Entertainment (formerly King Features Syndicate). Pulp fiction heroes like The Shadow, Doc Savage, and The Spider (regardless of the fact that the latter did not originate with the same publisher as the first two) also get grouped together. Space considerations allowing, Tarzan (and other Edgar Rice Burroughs adaptations) might share the same box with Sheena and Rima, but NOT with Ka-Zar, because he's a Marvel Universe character.
    June 11, 2018, 07:16:22 PM
  • rusty: I do keep all Star Trek series together in their own section and all Star Wars books together.  I also keep all 2000AD titles together and manga books get their own section.  For titles that have switched publishers, I usually keep them all with the publisher that I identify them with the most.  Tarzan has been published by a variety of publishers, but I keep them with Dell/Gold Key.  Conan is starting to get a bit close with all the success Dark Horse has had, but I still identify Conan more with Marvel.
    June 11, 2018, 06:27:26 PM
  • DeCarlo Rules: Believe it or not, I even have a box labeled "Pseudo-manga" that contains comics published by American companies and created by American creators like Astro Boy & Racer X (Now Comics), Battle of the Planets (Gold Key & Top Cow/Image), Captain Harlock (Malibu), Godzilla (Dark Horse) and Ultraman. I just want to keep those separate from the boxes of real translated manga in floppy comic format.
    June 11, 2018, 03:34:17 PM
  • DeCarlo Rules: Well. the problem is when you get titles with licensed characters that aren't owned by the publisher. So if you collect Star Trek comics, you'd have different series published by Gold Key, Marvel, DC, and IDW (and I probably missed one in there). It doesn't make sense to me to put them in different boxes by publisher, but to each his own. Disney comics would be another example. There are even some instances where if I like a certain artist enough, I will put all his work regardless of publisher or characters into one box, like Paul Gulacy, Steve Rude, or Mike Allred (and file them chronologically from older to newer, rather than alphabetically). Those are examples where my interest in the creator far exceeds my relative interest in whatever characters are involved.
    June 11, 2018, 03:14:29 PM
  • rusty: That makes sense.  There are many ways that people can file books.  What I do is file by company or category and then alphabetically within each section.  My first category is Richie Rich then Archie, then other Harvey titles, then Disney, then other humor/kids books, then by company (unless it is a company where I don't have very many books from them.  Star Trek and Star Wars each get their own section as well.  I will probably revamp a bit when I do my next major sort/merge.  The biggest section by far for me is DC.
    June 11, 2018, 09:28:59 AM


Author Topic: What comics have you been reading?  (Read 264638 times)

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Re: What comics have you been reading?
« Reply #1425 on: June 08, 2018, 07:25:51 PM »
WEEK OF 06-06-18 (so far):
True Believers: ANT-MAN & THE WASP: THE BIRTH OF GIANT-MAN #1 [reprints Tales To Astonish #35 & 49]

ANT-MAN & THE WASP: LIVING LEGENDS #1 - The story turned out to be a sequel to Tales To Astonish #49! Pretty good old-school superhero one-shot.
 -- Well, they gotta push Ant-Man & Wasp, 'cause they got a movie out now. The original Ant-Man (Hank Pym) & Wasp have long been among my favorite characters in the Marvel U, so it's nice to see them getting some attention, after decades of relative neglect. Even if most of it is focused on Scott Lang (Ant-Man II), who I also like, although not as much as Pym. Pym's history has taken so many twists and turns, and he wound up creating new heroes left and right. First he became Ant-Man; then he turned his girlfriend into the Wasp. Then he became GIAnt-Man, and then after getting stuck at 12' tall, changed his name to Goliath. Then he regained control of his size, and then he went a little split-personality and became the (normal-sized) superhero Yellowjacket. But then he couldn't decide which superhero identity he wanted, and became Ant-Man again... and then Goliath again. Along the way, he kept passing along his old identities and powers to other characters: for a while, Hawkeye became the new Goliath, and then Hank Pym's old lab partner Bill Foster became Black Goliath. Then Scott Lang became the second Ant-Man, and then Rita DeMara became the second Yellowjacket. When the original Wasp was thought dead after Secret Invasion, Hank Pym himself took on the Wasp identity to honor his dead wife's memory, and even teamed up with a third Ant-Man. And now it seems like Hank Pym is the one currently thought dead (yeah, like that'll ever last), and it was discovered that Pym has a Russian daughter by his previous marriage (his former wife was killed by "Commies"... it was a Cold War thing, you had to be there), and she (Nadia Pym) has become the new Wasp, who teams up with Scott Lang (Ant-Man II; it seems like the third one retired) in the following Mark Waid-written miniseries:

ANT-MAN & THE WASP #1 (of 5) - It was okay. Art was acceptable, nothing really special though. Hard to know where Waid is going with this story of Scott Lang (A-M 2) and Nadia Pym (Wasp 2). There wasn't really anything wrong with the story, about the two accidentally getting stuck in the Microverse (or one of the microverses, there seem to be several), but I guess I'll just have to see how it plays out, since it's only five issues. If I like it at the end, I'll buy the trade paperback as a keeper.

CAPTAIN AMERICA #703 - The penultimate issue of Waid's last arc on the series. At first I was overjoyed, having loved his previous run on Cap, plus his more recent, very long run on DAREDEVIL which ended a few years back. The first arc, which pitted Cap against the familiar Spider-Man foe Kraven the Hunter, was great. And then it all got weird in the second arc, with Captain American thrust into some dystopian future U.S. The third arc is similar to the second, but this time it's a seeming utopia, instead. Only... Captain America isn't IN the story. It supposedly about his future descendents, and there's no one in the future running around in a Captain America costume. The triumphant return of Waid just doesn't FEEL like a Cap story, so it's a kind of q big letdown after the first arc.

DOCTOR STRANGE #1 - Dr. Strange... without his magic. In outer space. Don't know what Waid's thinking on this one, but it seems like he's grasping at straws in an attempt to find something never done with the character before.

INFINITY COUNTDOWN #4 (of 5) - Okay, I'm KINDA following this with vagueish interest, because it involves a few of my long-time favorite 'cosmic' Marvel heroes. Probably a good idea that they left Thanos OUT of this one.

IMMORTAL HULK #1 - NO. Sorry, I'm done. They just can't stop trying to reinvent the wheel. Just leave it alone.

B & V FRIENDS JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #263 - Good stuff. Josie stories always welcome. I know I had mpre stuff to say about the stories, but now I've waited too long to write this, and thinking about some other comics I read just crowded it out of my head. Maybe if I have time, I'll flip through it again and revisit those thoughts.

WONDER WOMAN ANNUAL #2 - Okay. I've only got a couple more issues to go on the current WW story arc. then I'll drop it.

MAN OF STEEL #1 & 2 (of 6) - 2 out of 6 was all I needed to make a decision. At least it was a quick read. With the usual trademarked Bendis plot-hook gimmicks. I'll bail out before I start and save myself the frustration later.

DC NATION #1 - I had a rant about DC's recent line-wide shakeup all ready in my head, but now I'm too tired. I'll save it for next week or something.

FIGHTING AMERICAN: THE TIES THAT BIND #4 (of 4)
XERXES: THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF DARIUS #3 (of 5)
DOCTOR STAR & THE KINGDOM OF LOST TOMORROWS #4 (of 4)
SHEENA #9
KONG OF SKULL ISLAND 2018 SPECIAL #1

Still have a bunch of manga tankobon and some Ant-Man trade pb collections in my stack for later.
« Last Edit: June 08, 2018, 07:31:44 PM by DeCarlo Rules »

 


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