Famous First Edition: New Fun #1 is headed your way…
Now, this is interesting news.
DC in January 2020 is set to publish a treasury-size, hardcover reprint of 1935’s New Fun #1.
Check out the official solicitation blurb, released Friday:
FAMOUS FIRST EDITION: NEW FUN #1 HC
Stories and art by VARIOUS
Cover by LYMAN ANDERSON
In celebration of its 85th anniversary, DC Comics reprints for the very first time its first-ever published comic book, New Fun #1, the comic that transformed the fledgling industry by being the first ongoing title made up of new stories instead of reprints of newspaper comic strips. First published in 1935, this landmark comic book carried a diverse set of original content features cowboys, spies, detectives, funny animals, space explorers, soldiers of fortune and more, including features that were written by Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson, the founder of the company that would become DC Comics. This tabloid-size, black-and-white comic is reprinted as a commemorative hardcover and will include essays by comics historian Roy Thomas and Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson, grand-daughter of Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson, and more. Collects New Fun #1.
ON SALE 01.22.20
$19.99 US | 48 PAGES
B&W | 10.5” X 15.125”
As the description notes, New Fun #1 is considered the first comic book, so getting to peruse it in this oversize format is pretty cool, even if the stories aren’t exactly household features.
Naturally, it begs the question of whether DC will give us more of these. I’d love it if they re-released the original Bronze Age treasuries, for example, whether in hardcover or classic softcover. I believe the last time they did something like this was with the hardcover reprint of Superman vs. Muhammad Ali nearly 10 years ago, so it’s hard to say.
Best barometer? Sales, baby, sales.
So time will tell.
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