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Scott and Dan pick the comics they’re most looking forward to…

Scott Tipton, contributor-at-large, 13th Dimension

Aquaman: Deadly Waters, DC. It’s the third collection of DC’s Aquaman Bronze Age dream team of writer Steve Skeates and artist Jim Aparo, with covers by the great Nick Cardy!

Captain Marvel: The Many Lives of Carol Danvers TPB, Marvel. From Ms. Marvel to Binary to Warbird to Captain Marvel, all of Carol Danvers’ amazing identities are celebrated in this new trade collection.

Marvel Masterworks: Fantastic Four, Vol. 22, Marvel. This is the prime era of the John Byrne Fantastic Four run, when both his writing and his art were at their absolute best. Plus some Byrne rarities from What If? and Marvel Fanfare!

Dan Greenfield, editor, 13th Dimension

Star Wars: The Action Figure Variant Covers #1, Marvel. One of the most inventive variant runs ever has been John Tyler Christopher’s Star Wars action-figure covers for Marvel. Now they’re collected! And, yes, there’s a variant cover for this one too.

Detective Comics #1025, DC. I’m “semi-retired” from new comics, but I haven’t given up Detective. It’s Batman and Batwoman vs. the Joker and his henchmen in this Joker War tie-in. By Peter J. Tomasi, Ken Rocafort and co.

Hawkman #26, DC. It’s nice that Hawkman has lasted 26 issues, isn’t? All credit to Robert Venditti, who has had a clear-eyed vision of the Winged Avenger from the start. Art by Fernando Pasarin, Oclair Albert and crew.

Dig this Sebastian Fiumara variant

Batman 80th Anniversary Series Pull Back Car: 1966 TV Version, Beast Kingdom. I have more ’66 Batmobiles than you can shake a satin blue glove at but I love that this one looks like one of those mini rides that you’d see outside the supermarket. The ones that would cost you a quarter a ride. This 2 1/2-inch-long pull-back car runs about $5.

Author: Dan Greenfield

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  1. I’ve given up 100% on new titles. That Aquaman collection is classic bronze.

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    • Same here. Every year, at Free Comic Book Day, I give the publishers a chance to win me back. No wins, yet. As long as we continue this golden age of reprints, I will be satisfied living in the past.

      *Side note: for the past few years, every FCBD comic has gone in the trash or given away, except for The Tick and Spongebob Squarepants.

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  2. I just “retired” from most new Batman comics for the first time in almost 30 years. I just can’t get behind the way they do it anymore. I have zero interest in the Joker War story. I love the Joker, but this character is so overused that I just don’t find him interesting anymore. In the past few years we’ve had the War of Jokes and Riddles, Death of the Family, Endgame, etc. etc. that are all Joker events. That’s not even counting all the Joker and Harley Quinn Black Label titles out there. I’ll still pipe in for stories that catch my interest like White Knight, but for the most part, I’ll be sticking to the classics for the time to come.

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    • I’ve been doing that for a decade. Frankly, there is very little in today’s comics that interest me and contemporary comic creators have made it clear that I’m not their target audience. I’d rather spend my money on collections that appeal to me.

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  3. I’m glad I’m not the only one who has retired from most modern comics. I actually quit cold turkey way back in 1990. But that was due more to the increasing flood of new titles, many for the SAME character. I was running out of time and money to read them all and just had growing stacks of unread comics I couldn’t keep up with. Luckily I sold nearly all of my huge collection to one guy back in 1990.
    Now all I buy are the occasional hardback books on the history and powers of comics or characters. I actually just read Kingdom Come for the first time along with The New Frontier and other collections in one book graphic novel form. I think the industry realizes that many people prefer the older stuff with all of the reprinting of former ages.

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  4. How about an article on one of the rarest of Batmobiles, the Mattel Switch-n-Go model? I had one of those as a kid–wish I still had it….

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