Category Archives: Incoming

Incoming: BRONZE AGE BATMAN, PENGUIN

Images © DC Entertainment.

Another of these huge hardcover books has arrived, covering THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD issues 110-156 .I knew I must have worked on something inside, and looking at my Lettering Archives, I see it was only issue #153. This was a team-up between Batman and Red Tornado written by Cary Burkett with art by Don Newton and Bob Smith. I did letter some later issues of the title, but that’s the only one in this book. Very generous of DC to send me two copies!

Also in is this trade paperback featuring The Penguin. It includes my lettering on DETECTIVE COMICS #611, and BATMAN #548-549. Nice cover by Jason Pearson.

Hardly a week passes when I don’t receive at least one reprint collection containing some of my lettering. After forty years of working for DC, I guess that’s not surprising. You may well wonder what happens to all those books, and the answer is, many of them end up on eBay. If you’re interested in following my auctions, here’s a LINK.

In addition to selling new arrivals, I sell older items from my shelves as I gradually reduce what I’ve saved. I’m not getting any younger, and if I don’t think I’m likely to read something again, it goes up on eBay at some point. Sorry for the commercial, but I thought some of you might like to know.

Incoming: BATMAN, SEVEN SOLDIERS

Images © DC Entertainment.

A handsome hardcover edition collecting BATMAN  #536-552. Written by Doug Moench, wild and wonderful art by Kelley Jones and John Beatty, colors by Greg Wright, letters by me. It was a great run. It’s amusing to see it touted on the back cover as “one of the best Batman creative teams” considering the hard time we were often given by certain editorial persons who shall remain nameless.

Also just in is an Omnibus Edition of SEVEN SOLDIERS by Grant Morrison and a host of talented artists. I lettered the opening and closing issues with art by J.H. Williams III. More great art by Doug Mahnke, Pasqual Ferry, Cameron Stewart, Simone Bianchi, Freddie Williams and others.

Not sure if these are out yet, but they will be soon!

Incoming: A STUDY IN EMERALD by Neil Gaiman and Rafael Albuquerque

Image © Neil Gaiman and Dark Horse Comics.

For many years, Dark Horse has been adapting Neil Gaiman prose works to graphic novel form. I’ve lettered a number of them. This is the latest. I particularly enjoyed the story this is based on, as it combines two literary worlds I like: A. Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes and H.P. Lovecraft’s Elder Gods. If you like either of those, or if you simply want to enjoy the excellent art of Rafael Albuquerque and the words of Neil Gaiman, I recommend this book. It should be available in shops or from Dark Horse now.

Incoming: THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN: THE TEMPEST #1

Image © Alan Moore & Kevin O’Neill. Written by Moore, drawn by O’Neill, colors by Ben Dimagmaliw, letters by Todd Klein.

Printed copies have just arrived. This will be the final League series (six issues, 32 pages each), and the last comics work by Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill, so they have said. Alan and Kevin are throwing lots of difficult challenges at me, both as letterer and as designer, and I’m having a great time working on it! Currently lettering issue #4. The book is bi-monthly, this first issue was originally due out in June, though the Top Shelf website now says July, so I’m guessing it will hit stores very soon. In case you haven’t been keeping track, the League series are as follows:

Volume 1: The 1898 League is formed by Mina Murray (formerly Harker) and consists of Allan Quatermain, Captain Nemo, Hawley Griffin (the “Invisible Man”), Dr. Henry Jekyll/Mr. Edward Hyde and Miss Murray. Recruited by the mysterious “M” as part of British intelligence, their main foe is a master criminal in control of the Chinese quarter of London.

Volume 2: Also taking place in 1898, the League helps oppose the Martian Invasion, as depicted in H.G. Wells’ “The War of the Worlds.” Among other menaces.

Black Dossier: In 1958, long after leaving British Intelligence, and having been followed by other incarnations of the League, Mina and Allan have returned to London in search of an infamous book, The Black Dossier, a record of all versions of the League kept at M.I. 5 headquarters. Once they find it, they are pursued by government agents and forces, even as they, and we readers, peruse the Black Dossier and learn much more about the League.

Volume 3: Century. Three long episodes taking place in 1910, 1969 and 2009, Mina and Allan, with others such as Orlando, take on a new supernatural menace to Britain and the world across the span of a century.

Nemo: Heart of Ice, The Roses of Berlin, River of Ghosts. These three short novels follow the career of Janni Nemo, the granddaughter of Captain Nemo, as she rises to take his place among the pirates and misfits that make up her family and comrades. The novels take us to Lovecraftian horrors at the South Pole, Nazi threats in World War Two Germany, and a hidden Nazi colony in South America.

Volume 4: The Tempest. The current series that promises to wrap up all the many League storylines across space and time, and in a rousingly exciting manner! Many more secrets of the League will be revealed in this tale that begins in 2009 shortly after the end of Volume 3.

Needless to say, working on this series is a highlight of my career, and I recommend it!