I’ve often wondered if DC would ever reprint the OMEGA MEN comics I wrote, and here they’ve reprinted numbers 31 and 33, the two issues that were slightly involved in the vast “Crisis on Infinite Earths” storyline that affected all the DC titles in 1985 and 1986, along with the similarly involved LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #16 and #18 as well as GREEN LANTERN #194-198. I don’t know how well this will read as part of the whole event today, at the time it was kind of annoying to insert Crisis elements in my storyline, but on the other hand I and the rest of the team knew it would boost sales, and the book was sliding downward toward cancellation, so that made it worth doing, and we gave it our best shot. I suspect the longer Green Lantern storyline written by Steve Englehart and the Legion issues by Paul Levitz will hold up better. Not sure when this hardcover is due out, look for it soon if it’s not already.
Arrived today, a collection of DETECTIVE COMICS #592-600, of which I lettered all but one. The big deal was the story “Blind Justice” written by screenwriter Sam Hamm, pencils by Denys Cowan in issues 598-600. I remember really liking it when I worked on it. I’ve just had a look on Wikipedia and found no credits from Hamm since 2006, and most of his work is screenplays, including two Batman movies. Also from DETECTIVE #600 is a tribute section with text pieces and art by a stellar group of creators. Fun to see it again. This should be available soon if it isn’t already.
These trade paperback collections showed up today, and should arrive wherever you get comics soon. Kat Howard’s writing on BOOKS OF MAGIC has grown on me, I look forward to each issue. This volume covers issues 7 to 13. The other book has many stories about “Gotham’s most sadistic serial killer.” I lettered his debut in BATMAN: SHADOW OF THE BAT #1-3. Not really my kind of character these days, but if you like that sort of thing, here it is.
DC has reprinted the earliest Huntress stories, and I think not for the first time. My first clue was that the introduction by writer Paul Levitz is dated 2006. In any case, this is a nice collection of stories written by Paul and pencilled by Joe Staton with a variety of inkers, colorists and letterers, including myself. Huntress’ first appearance and origin was in DC SUPERSTARS #17 dated December 1977, and originally released not long after I began working at DC. I liked the character from the start. Thereafter she appeared in a long series of short backup stories in BATMAN FAMILY and WONDER WOMAN. The many creators involved other than Paul and Joe reflect DC’s freelance policy at the time for backup stories of handing out available work to the next freelancer who needed it without trying to keep any one person on any one series. It certainly worked fine for me, and I was lucky enough to get to letter quite a few of these Huntress stories, and even design her first logo (not the one on the cover, but it appears on one of the stories). My lettering here doesn’t look very good to me now, it was early work when I was still learning, and stories lettered by old pros like Ben Oda and John Costanza look much better, but on the other hand, it’s readable and not terrible. Not sure when this is out, but if you like the character, it’s worth having.
It’s finally here, the last hardcover collection of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, collecting the six issues of “The Tempest.” My long working partnership with these two legends has now concluded as far as I can tell. For anyone who may have bought the individual issues and is thinking they don’t need the collection, I should point out there’s an all new four-page comic at the very end, “Retiring Types,” that puts a funny finale on the book, and even continues on the back endpaper. Just saying. A few new design pages in the front too. I don’t know when this is available in shops, but it should be soon.