Books of classic material are returning to shelves…
Since the pandemic began, DC has pulled back on much of its vintage trade collection program.
Books with Golden, Silver and Bronze Age flavor have been few and far between as the publisher has focused on its contemporary output.
Well, there are signs of change: DC plans to put back on the schedule at least two retrospectives that were yanked before they could be published — Legends of the Dark Knight: Jose Luis Garcia Lopez and Legends of the DC Universe: Carmine Infantino. (They were first listed in 2020.)
Not only that, there’s a Detective Chimp trade in the mix as well. (I cannot recall whether this had been on the schedule and pulled or whether this is a new offering. If you have info, feel free to add it to the comments.) [UPDATED 8/1/22: DC also has a Superman 85th anniversary collection in the works. Click here for details.]
Dig these official descriptions from the website for Penguin Random House, which handles DC’s book distribution:
LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT: JOSE LUIS GARCIA-LOPEZ
José Luis García-López’s iconic depictions of DC’s characters defined a generation—and he’s illustrated some of the most immediately recognizable tales of the Dark Knight!
This incredible hardcover collection is a can’t miss for any fan of José Luis García-López incredible work! Legends of the Dark Knight: José Luis García-López contains Batman #272, #311, #313, #314, #318, #321, #336-337, and #353, Batman ’66: The Lost Episode #1, Batman Confidental #26-28, Batman: Family #3, Batman: Dark Knight of the Round Table #1-2, Batman: Gotham Knights #10, Batman: Reign of Terror #1, DC Comics Presents #31 and #41, DC Special Series #21, Detective Comics #454, #458-459, #483, and #487, The Best of the Brave and the Bold #1-6, The Brave and the Bold #164 and #171, The Joker #4, The Untold Legend of the Batman #1-3, and World’s Finest Comics #244, #255, and #258.
List price: $49.99
Page count not listed
Due April 18, 2023
LEGENDS OF THE DC UNIVERSE: CARMINE INFANTINO
Carmine Infantino is a legend in comics—known for his work with The Flash, Batman, Superman, and more. This collection is a can’t-miss moment for any fan of his work!
The DC Universe wouldn’t be what it is today without the legendary Carmine Infantino! Legends of the DC Universe: Carmine Infantino collects All-American Comics #95, All-Star Comics #40, Comic Cavalcade #28, Danger Trail #1-4, DC Comics Presents #73, DC Special #1, Detective Comics #327 and #332, Flash Comics #86, #90, and #92, House of Mystery #296, Mystery in Space #3, Secret Hearts #8, Secret Origins #17, Sensation Comics #87, Showcase #4, Strange Adventures #205, Superman’s Girl Friend Lois Lane #89, The Adventures of Rex the Wonder Dog #4, The Brave and the Bold #49, The Flash #112 and #123, and Western Comics #73.
List price: $49.99 US
Due March 28, 2023
Bruce isn’t the only sleuth who knows how to swing across Gotham!
Detective Chimp collects Amazing World of DC Comics #1, DC Comics Presents #35, DC Special #1, Tarzan #231 and #234-235, The Adventures of Rex the Wonder Dog #4, #6-46, and Who’s Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe #6!
List price: $16.99
Due March 28, 2023
A few thoughts:
— Between these and the return of the Facsimile Editions, I hope we’re seeing a renewed focus on DC’s classic material. It’s not unfair to say this is an area where Marvel eats DC’s lunch and as a DC fan, I’m guardedly optimistic that its vast library will be getting some renewed love.
— The Garcia-Lopez and Infantino covers are not final, though I imagine the images will be the same, with updated trade dress. The Detective Chimp cover wasn’t available so I used his Who’s Who entry as a placeholder. The Infantino book was originally billed as Vol. 1. It’s not clear whether that’s still the case because the cover image is the same one from when the book was originally listed but the description makes no mention.
— Standard caveat: None of these have been formally solicited – they’re not even on Amazon yet as I write this – so anything can change. Keep coming to 13th Dimension for updates.
— SUPERMAN: DC Planning 85th ANNIVERSARY Trade Collection. Click here.
— JOSE LUIS GARCIA-LOPEZ’s BATMAN Work to Get Hardcover Collection. Click here.
— DC Plans Hardcover Tribute to CARMINE INFANTINO. Click here.