© DC Comics, Inc.
So, I was sitting in the bar with Bob Wayne and Kurt Busiek in May of 2007, just after the close of the convention in Bristol, England, and Bob asked, “Any ideas for new trade paperback or hardcover collections?” We batted around some ideas, including this one: collect the original three-issue series featuring the Corps by Mike Barr, Len Wein and Joe Staton from 1981, and fill it out with some of the short Corps stories from the early 1980s. The fact that both Kurt and I had written some of the latter might possibly have spurred the idea. And, amazingly, here it is, with no less than four of the stories I wrote for Dave Gibbons to draw! Surprisingly, one is “Apprentice,” which was also recently reprinted in another collection, but I’m not complaining, it’s my favorite. There are also five shorts written by Paul Kupperberg, so quite a few stories that haven’t seen print since the early 80s, and I’m pleased and proud to be included. If you haven’t read it, the three-issue mini was the first real use of the Corps as a group in the way that is now regularly seen in their own book, and a good read. And Brian Bolland’s covers for them were his first DC work, and immediately put him on every editor’s want-list at DC, one of them is on the cover of this collection. Advance copies arrived today, look for it at the shops and stores soon.