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Fantagraphics announces new Carl Barks and EC Comics collections

Buried within a lengthy Comics Journal discussion about the bizarre — and ultimately unsuccessful — public negotiations between Dave Sim and Fantagraphics to release collected editions of Cerebus, Gary Groth announced Thursday the next books in the publisher’s acclaimed Carl Barks and EC Comics lines.

The next installment of the Carl Barks Library, titled The Old Castle’s Secret, will include reprints of Donald Duck stories from 1947 and 1948: “The Old Castle’s Secret,” “In Darkest Africa,” “Wintertime Wager” “Watching the Watchman,” “Wired,” “Going Ape,” “Spoil the Rod,” “Bird Watching,” “Horseshoe Luck,” “Bean Taken,” “Rocket Race to the Moon,” “Donald of the Coast Guard,” “Gladstone Returns,” “Links Hijinks,” “Sorry to be Safe,” “Sheriff of Bullet Valley,” “Best Laid Plans,” “The Genuine Article,” “Pearls of Wisdom” and “Foxy Relations.”

Following the January release of “50 Girls 50″ and Other Stories by Al Williamson and “Taint the Meat … It’s the Humanity” and Other Stories by Jack Davis, Fantagraphics will expand its EC Comics Library with a crime volume dedicated to the work of Johnny Craig and a science fiction devoted to Al Feldstein.

“I’m very happy I didn’t have to negotiate these contracts on an internet thread,” Groth said.

(via The Beat)

Jim Aparo Batman collection coming in April 2012?

Legends of the Dark Knight: Jim Aparo, Volume 1

If you’re like me and love ’70s/early ’80s Batman, you’ve been grooving on all the reprints from that era DC Comics has been releasing lately. In addition to the three Neal Adams collections, there’s also a volume for Gene Colan and, later this year, ones for Marshall Rogers and Don Newton. Which raises the perhaps greedy, but justifiable question: Where the hell is Jim Aparo’s?

DC hasn’t formally announced anything yet, but while adding those other books to my Amazon wish list, I may have stumbled across the answer. Legends of the Dark Knight: Jim Aparo, Vol. 1, is apparently scheduled for April 10 of next year. The product description suggests that it will include mostly Brave and the Bold stuff, which makes sense as that’s where he started his long association with the character. Presumably, future volumes will include his material from Detective Comics and Batman. I certainly hope so, because I’ve already got my money in my hand.

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