Recommendations for the week of May 14th:
AMERICAN COMIC BOOK CHRONICLES HC 1965-69
The fifth volume in an ongoing series exploring comic book publishing history. These are incredible resources from Twomorrows. This volume covers the early Marvel Silver Age era, the explosion of comic fans becoming creators, Gold Key, Wally Wood’s T.H.U.N.D.E.R.Agents and so so much more.
ANDRE THE GIANT: LIFE AND LEGEND by Box Brown
From First Second, “the Definitive Biography of a Beloved Cultural Icon”. So looking forward to reading this.
JACK KIRBY: NEW GODS ARTIST’S EDITION
Another great focus in a long line of wonderful IDW’s Artist’s Edition. This is the first to cover material from DC. Scott Dunbier, Special Projects Editor at IDW, really hit on a unique format, one that has been copied to date by Titan Books (“Original Art Edition”), Genesis West (“Original Art Archives”), Dynamite (“Art Edition”), and Dark Horse (“Gallery Edition”). I have the Daredevil: Born Again edition, since it has a complete story arc, which is an additional element that I enjoy for these kinds of collections. However, I love the blown up Kirby art in the Jack Kirby Collector magazine so this volume could potentially find a place on the shelf.
JSA OMNIBUS HC vol.1
Just brought up the JSA series in a post a week back, and now here’s an all-in-one collection of the first twenty-five issues plus some. These Omnibus editions are a bit clunky for my tastes, but if you like this sort of thing, this volume is packed. Along with the first chunk of issues, it also has the JLA/JSA Virtue and Vice OGN with art by Carlos Pachecho; the Justice Society Returns fifth week event that preceded the series and more.
THIS ONE SUMMER GN
Also from First Second, a bit of a coming of age story from cousins Jillian and Mariko Tamaki.
TRANSREALITY GN by Chris Lackey
From the UK, a successful Kickstarter project about a universe where no one dies and the human mind is a digital program that can be copied, saved and reprogramed. You can see a preview in the link including some fascinating pictures showcasing the printing process. Check it out.