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Kirby, Ditko omnibus collections coming from DC next summer?

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Here’s another nice catch by blogger Corey Blake, who spotted the Trouble collection on Amazon last month — Blake points out listings for upcoming omnibus collections from DC featuring the works of Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko.

Unfortunately there’s little information on either collection. The description on the Jack Kirby one, due at the end of July, focuses on his Green Arrow work: “In 1957, following the dissolution of his partnership with Joe Simon, Jack Kirby returned to DC Comics. Among his new assignments was the Green Arrow feature that ran simultaneously in ADVENTURE COMICS and WORLD’S FINEST COMICS, pitting the Emerald Archer and his sidekick, Speedy, against a plethora of foes.”

The Ditko one, meanwhile, doesn’t have a description, but the cover artwork (which likely isn’t final) features Shade, the Changing Man … so it’s probably a safe guess that it’ll contain Ditko’s eight-issue Shade series from the 1970s.



Even better, a hardcover collection of Jim Aparo Aquaman stories! I’m in heaven.

Cole Moore Odell

December 3, 2010 at 12:53 pm

If this is the Aquaman you’re talking about, it’s a paperback:

Also listed are the first arc from Infinity Inc. by Thomas and Ordway, the original Firestorm series and a collection of Gene Colan Batman stories. Looks like the embargo on mid-70s-to-mid-80s DC reprints is over.

Beyond that, Adams’ Deadman gets a paperback release, and Legion Lost is finally being collected.

Ahh, I assumed hardcover because of the price. Curses! (Of course, Amazon gets these wrong sometimes.)

Cole Moore Odell

December 3, 2010 at 1:39 pm

It’s listed at 336 pages, so I figure that accounts for the price. I’d like it in hardcover myself. That run of Adventure and Aquaman was one of my favorite strips when I was a kid. Aparo’s art was amazing.

I actually prefer softcover. More affordable, takes up less space. But I assume I’m in the minority.

Thanks for the link, JK!

I can’t wait to see these confirmed in an official Previews solicitation hopefully sooner than later! I’ve been thinking for a while now that DC Comics has no interest in making any money off me as a fan. I mostly only collect reprints of classic comics and comic strips, and lately the number of offerings from DC has been rather sparse. For example, my Previews Order this month has three archives from Dark Horse, two Masterworks from Marvel, but only a Showcase Presents book from DC! So any kind of news like these collections is very welcome indeed!

I’m also hoping DC might consider publishing creator collections focusing on Alex Toth and Joe Kubert!

The Jack Kirby collection appears on the Random House Canada site.

December is always an off month for publishing. Publishers push their titles out by November so they are on retailer shelves in time for Black Friday. (Also, publishers tend to slow down in December, given the holidays.)

February 2011!

Secret Society of Super-Villains 978-1-4012-3109-5
Firestorm: The Nuclear Man 978-1-4012-3183-5
Showcase Presents: Trial of the Flash 978-1-4012-3182-8
Tales of the Batman – Gene Colan Vol. 1 978-1-4012-3101-9
Aquaman: Death of the Prince 978-1-4012-3113-2
Flash Omnibus By Geoff Johns Vol. 1 978-1-4012-3068-5
Deadman Vol. 1 978-1-4012-3116-3
Astro City Shining Stars 978-1-4012-2984-9
Kubert Covers War 9781401224141
Showcase Presents: The Witching Hour Vol 1 1401230229

And Showcase Green Lantern catches up to the “relevant” stories… or, as I like to call it, “Green Lantern: Grounded”.

Torsten, thanks for that list. A few items there I didn’t know about yet. Curious how the content of that Deadman book differs from the slipcase set a few years back.

glad to hear that shade the changing man may be once officialy annouced will be coming out in omnibus form. been hoping dc and warner’s would get around to do that one.

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