Two new Batman trade paperbacks reprinting comics I lettered have arrived. CAPED CRUSADER includes BATMAN 466-473, which I lettered over Norm Breyfogle and Tom Lyle, now both sadly gone. DARK KNIGHT includes DETECTIVE COMICS 601-609 and 611, also with Breyfogle. It’s weird how, as you work along in comics day by day, month by month, year by year, you hardly think about the amount of work you’re doing. Only later, when I get reprints like this, and I’ve received many, do I think, “How did I get all that done?”
These are due out in January. Check with your comics supplier, or try the Amazon links below.
Just arrived from DC is the third and final volume of this new collected edition of PROMETHEA, written by Alan Moore, art by J.H. Williams III and Mick Gray. It holds issues 24-32 as well as Promethea segments of other ABC comics (TOMORROW STORIES SPECIAL #2, TOM STRONG #36 and a few other brief bits), plus Alan Moore’s script for PROMETHEA #29 and a 14 by 20 inch double-sided poster of issue #32, which formed two large images when the pages were combined. Very small on the text, but readable. A nicely-produced package slightly larger than original size on good paper with excellent printing, though it’s a glued binding. This three volume reprint is not nearly as large or well made as the PROMETHEA ABSOLUTE EDITION of some years ago, if you can find that, but it’s quite a good buy at the lower price of $39.99 per volume. This one is due out the third week of December. Check with your comics provider, or here’s an Amazon link.
Just arrived from Dark Horse is the second oversized collection of Neil Gaiman adaptations. I lettered and did the script adaptation (from a treatment by Olga Nunes) of Miss Finch and lettered Troll Bridge. I enjoyed Harlequin Valentine but haven’t read Likely Stories yet, so I look forward to that. Like the first volume, this is in the large 8 by 12 inch format on top quality thick paper with excellent printing, though the binding is glued. U.S. retail price is $49.99. Even if you have some or all of these in the original smaller format, this is a fine addition to your library. It should be out in stores next week, so if you’d like one, check with your comics supplier, or here’s an Amazon link:
Just arrived from DC is another gigantic book collecting the original miniseries (which I lettered), a Mister E miniseries, The Children’s Crusade #1-2 (I worked on that too), Arcana, the Books of Magic Annual #1, Vertigo Visions Doctor Occult #1, Books of Magic #1-32 and Auberon’s Tale #1-3. The book is in the slightly oversized deluxe format. It has 1,504 pages, is three inches thick, and weighs eight pounds. Looks like a glued binding. The original miniseries has been reprinted recently, but this is the first collection of the monthly series since some 1990s trade paperbacks, and other items may never have been collected. It’s due out December 8, 2020, cover price is $150 US. If you’re interested, check with your comics supplier, or here’s the Amazon link:
DC is going to the Sandman well again with a new series of collections in the Deluxe format: hardcovers with art slightly larger than the original comics, printing and paper considerably better than the original comics, but not as good or as large as the expensive ABSOLUTE SANDMAN boxed hardcovers of some years ago (this one has a glued, not sewn binding, for instance). One surprising change is a delightful wraparound cover by artist Michael Wm. Kaluta rather than Dave McKean, who I think has done the cover art on all previous collections (but there have been many, so I could be wrong). I don’t recall my friend Michael working on the Sandman series, so his take on the characters is interesting. This book contains issues 1-16 of the original series plus the long stand-alone story SANDMAN MIDNIGHT THEATRE, which I don’t recall ever appearing as part of a Sandman collection, but again I could be wrong. In any case, this is a good book particularly for new Sandman readers who want to enjoy and shelve the entire series. The retail price is $49.99, and while not up to the quality of the best edition (ABSOLUTE SANDMAN), this one is appealing and would grace any bookshelf. It’s due out in early November. An Amazon link is below, or check with your comics retailer or local bookseller.