In previous years, this was a memory box so we didn't miss any good nominations for the Cappies. With the Cappies hypertimed away, that doesn't mean we have to discontinue these threads. I've always liked going back at the end of the year and seeing the books and stories and moments that people really champion -- including plenty of stuff that I've forgotten about come Christmastime. 

So have at it, Legionnaires! It's a bold new year! What in 2017 has knocked you out?

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Saw that in the store, held off on picking it up. Considering I got the first one in the cheapie bin at B & N, and the second one at a used bookstore in Texas, I figure I'll wait and see if the third one turns up on the cheap anywhere.

Jeff of Earth-J said:

THE LEAGUE OF REGRETTABLE SIDEKICKS:

I forgot to mention it, but the third in Jon Morris’s “Regrettable” series (following The League of Regrettable Superheroes and The League of Regrettable Supervillains) shipped yesterday, too. From what I have read so far, it is just as entertaining as the other two.

Shipping today:

AQUAMAN: THE SEARCH FOR MERA: One thing about superhero movies: they bring about reprints such as this one.

SUPERMAN—THE SILVER AGE SUNDAYS, Vol. 1: This collection follows several volumes “Golden Age Sundays” and “Atomic Age Sundays” published by IDW and collects Sunday pages from 1959-1963. I complain (a lot) about DC not releasing collections of Superman comic books from the ‘60s and ‘70s, but the truth is, I’m several volumes behind reading the Sunday comic strips. I always have a volume in my reading table, and when I finish one I move on to the next, but I don’t always read them (not every day, I mean). I must make a point to catch up soon.

CREEPY ARCHIVES Vol. 27: Here’s another always in my reading table. At one point I was up to volume six or seven, but I forgot where I left off and started over. Currently I’m back up to volume three or four, I think.

I've had that Aquaman hardcover on preorder from Amazon for about a year. I like to order early to catch all the price variances, and make sure I get the lowest one. 

All of these shipped yesterday…

GOLDEN AGE BATMAN OMNIBUS v6: Reprints Detective Comics #133-153, Batman #46-55 and World’s Finest #33-42. This volume also marks my official switch from “Archive” to “Omnibus” format, leaving Batman #38-45 unrepresented in my collection. (I decided Omnibus v5 wasn’t worth the price for only eight issues uncollected in Archive format.)

WAID & WIERINGO FF OMNIBUS: Not my favorite run, but well-deserving of inclusion in my collection.

MU BY JOHN BYRNE OMNIBUS v2: Collecting odds and ends, one-offs, and short runs (such as Iron Fist, Marvel Two-In-One, and Starbrand. Oddly, this edition sports a Walter Simonson cover.

PRE-POPEYE THIMBLE THEATRE: How could I pass this up? E.C. Segar is not a great writer, but he more than makes up for that deficiency with his unbridled enthusiasm. Seminal work from a highly influential cartoonist.

All of these shipoped today...

LOAC ESSENTIALS (BARON BEAN) v12

MMW SPIDER-MAN v20

THE PHANTOM: DAILIES v14

THE PHANTOM: SUNDAYS v5

All of these shipped this week:

PEANUTS EVERY SUNDAY v6

EERIE ARCHIVES v25: Collects issues #120-125.

EC ARCHIVES VAULT OF HORROR v5: Collects issues #36-40.

MOON KNIGHT EPIC COLLECTION v3: Collects issue #24-38, the last of the jet and silver avenger’s first series, and the end of (IMHO) his “classic” period. These three volumes comprise the “essential” Moon Knight AFAIAC.

MARVEL UNIVERSE BY FRANK MILLER: Collects not necessarily his best work, but his earliest work. It features an excellent introductory essay written by Neal Adams. The first two art jobs Miller sold were not printed until after he had made a name for himself, but they are arranged chronologically in the order he drew them for the purposes of this collection.

PRINCE VALIANT v18: We’re up to the ‘70s.

HOUSE OF MYSTERY OMNIBUS v1: I realized as soon as I cracked this that I had read it before. I didn’t think I had, but I bought the “Showcase” edition as a Hallowe’en read some years ago. Nevertheless, it a good buy in “Omnibus” format and provides another cast-off to give to my young protégé.

I've got to say, one of my favorite things of last year were DC's Walmart Giants. Yes, they're reprinting relatively recent material, and it's largely stuff I have. Still, I like the new stuff, I enjoy revisiting the stories I've read, and catching up on recent stories I've missed (Nightwing, Harley, Super-Sons, Sideways). And I just can't stop thinking about them, and what they might include next. 

I have to agree in that I really love the idea behind these 100-page giant books. I will be curious to know if they are going to be sticking with them or not. Does anyone happen to know how well they sell? I mean, if all they are selling are to comic shop customers who go in to Walmart to get the books they can't get in comic book stores, it doesn't exactly make sense to keep doing it.

I hope they do keep doing them, though, because we are getting some new material out of them, at least.

I really enjoyed the conclusion of Mister Miracle, Wonder Woman by G. Willow Wilson and Cary Nord, the first issues of Grant Morrison on Green Lantern, and Bendis on the Superman books, Action Comics in particular.

This year was a real return to DC for me!

Both of these shipped today:

DICK TRACY v25: this collection reprints strips from April 3, 1969 through December 23, 1970. Coincidentally, I turned in my January order form today which included v26 solicited for June 12.

UNKNOWN ANTI-WAR COMICS: A Steve Ditko collection from Yoe Books.

There are over 5,000 Walmart stores of various types in the US.  If each sold 10 copies to folks who wouldn’t otherwise frequent comic shops, that’s 50,000. That would typically be a top 30 title.  Is 10 copies per store unreasonable?

Wandering Sensei: Moderator Man said:

I have to agree in that I really love the idea behind these 100-page giant books. I will be curious to know if they are going to be sticking with them or not. Does anyone happen to know how well they sell? I mean, if all they are selling are to comic shop customers who go in to Walmart to get the books they can't get in comic book stores, it doesn't exactly make sense to keep doing it.

I hope they do keep doing them, though, because we are getting some new material out of them, at least.

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