A while back, I logged some week-to-week posts on DC’s digital reprint program through Comixology. It’s been a while, and their digital offerings have matured, so I thought I’d take another look at what they’re adding each week. Currently, they seem to be doing about 30 books a week. I might not list all the issue numbers going forward – if the 90s Superman titles continue moving forward at two of each a week, there’s not much value in listing each issue. But let’s take a look at this week’s, and let’s see where the patterns take us, shall we?

 

90s Superman: DC is following the 90s Superman titles (soon to be the 2000s Superman, as this week’s titles are from December 1999) pretty quickly, giving us 8 issues of the books every week. There’s a lot of material to get through, but that’s still an admirable clip. We may only have a few more weeks of this, judging by Action Comics (the one title of the bunch that doesn’t change its numbering and continues for a long while) – 761 is the most recent issue, and Action already seems to be in the digital library from 769 on. Superman, Adventures of Superman and Superman: Man of Steel have bigger gaps, though. 

Action Comics 760, 761

Adventures of Superman 574, 575

Superman 152, 153

Man of Steel 95, 96

 

Arion: 11, 12

DC has been adding two issues of Arion: Lord of Atlantis a week for the last 6 weeks. There are 35 issues and a special, so there's a way to go before the series is completed.

DC Comics Presents: 75, 76

DCCP started out at a faster pace, but has been going two a week for a little while now. There are about 20 issues to go. Bonus: More Arion this week, in issue 75!

Guy Gardner: Warrior: 33

11 issues to go.

Huntress: 19, 4-issue 1994 series

We wrap up the Cavalieri/Staton ongoing that introduced Helena Bertinelli, and then power through a Chuck Dixon mini from 1994. Will Huntress return next week, or will we move on?

Justice League America (Bwa-ha-ha) 51, 52

This one has a ways to go before having everything available.

Manhunter: 34

Four more issues till it’s all there!

Mister Miracle: 23-25

This wraps up the 70s run – Kirby and then Marshall Rogers, it’s all there! (I think DC also recently wrapped the 70s Return of the New Gods run, too.)

Superman (Bronze Age): 233

This is an interesting one. The Kryptonite Nevermore cover – I’m surprised it wasn’t available before this. Will DC continue from here? Their 70s Superman offerings on Comixology are paltry.

Wanderers: 7, 8

This 80s Legion spinoff ran 13 issues, so we’re almost there.

Wonder Woman (Silver Age): 130, 131

DC has been making silver age Wonder Woman stories available, probably wishing to expand their catalog in anticipation of the movie. At this point the silver age issues go from 112-131, with a couple of gaps.

Swamp Thing (Diggle/Dysart run): 25

4 more issues to go.

Trigger: 5

This Vertigo sci-fi series lasted 8 issues. I don’t remember it at all.

 

That’s a pretty exhaustive look at this week’s offerings. Next week, I’ll probably just note new additions (what will replace Mister Miracle? The '89 and '96 series have already been collected, so we might be in for something new. And there might be more Huntress comics that haven't been reprinted yet, but Comixology has a bunch of them listed already, and the Bat-universe is so sprawling it's tough to search), unexpected omissions, breaks from the patterns, and go forward from there. 

And to make things easy to follow:
Week 2. (April 6, 2017)

Week 3 (April 13, 2017)

Week 4 (April 20, 2017)

Week 5 (April 27, 2017)

Week 6 (May 4, 2017)

Week 7 (May 11, 2017)

Week 8 (May 18, 2017)

Week 9 (May 25, 2017)

Week 10 (June 1, 2017) -- All the golden age Wonder Woman goodness!

Week 11 (June 8, 2017)

Week 12 (June 15, 2017)

Week 13 (June 22, 2017)

Week 14 (June 29, 2017)

Week 15 (July 6, 2017)

Week 16 (July 13, 2017) -- Our Worlds at War! Underworld Unleashed!

Week 17 (July 20, 2017) -- The Great Ten! More Wonder Woman!

Week 18 (July 27, 2017) -- Batman Confidential and Deathblow? Young Heroes in Love?? Doom Patrol!

Week 19 (Aug 3, 2017) -- Some Bronze-age Batman!

Week 20 (Aug 10, 2017) -- Loeb/Sale Challengers begins!

Week 21 (Aug 17, 2017) -- Silver Age Challs!

MIDWEEK SALE BLAST (Aug 22, 2017): Wildstorm!

Week 22 (Aug 24, 2017) -- Holding pattern...

Week 23 (Aug 31, 2017) -- chugging along

Week 24 (Sept 7, 2017) -- Same old, but with newer Challengers

Week 25 (Sept 14, 2017) -- Baron/Jones Deadman debuts

Week 26 (Sept 21, 2017) -- Holding steady, with more Deadman

Week 27 (Sept 28, 2017) -- Deadman in Action Comics Weekly?

Week 28 (Oct 5, 2017) -- A slow swerve into Batman

Week 29 (Oct 5, 2017) -- Doom Patrol finishes in the smallest week ever

The Gap List: a list of unexplained or awkward skips.

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My bad -- 23 to 25! I'll change it in the original.

Wandering Sensei: Moderator Man said:

Whoa! That's a chunka comic books!

Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod) said:

 Starman 23-35

Ah! That makes more sense, actually.

Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod) said:

My bad -- 23 to 25! I'll change it in the original.

Wandering Sensei: Moderator Man said:

Whoa! That's a chunka comic books!

Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod) said:

 Starman 23-35

I'm surprised DC isn't doing a run on issues featuring Eclipso this week. It would be smart, and it would be fun to read.

And, come to think of it, I think now would be a smart time to do "DC Beats Up On Nazis" sale.

There's a Wildstorm sale going on at DC's various digital platforms this week, including Comixology -- and it features the debut of a lot of previously unavailable books, all for 99 cents. Among them are:

Backlash 1-12

DV8 0-12

Grifter 1-10 and 1-14

Jet 1-4

Majestic 1-4, 1-6, and Mr. Majestic 1-9

Point Black 1-5

Stormwatch 0-12

Team Seven 1-4

Team One Wildcats 1-2; Team One Stormwatch 1-2

WildCATS: Covert Action Teams 0-12, Wildcats 0-12

Wildcats Nemesis 1-10

WildCORE 1-10 and Wildcore Preview

Worldstrom 1 & 2

Zealot 1-3

There's more in the sale, too, but that's the new stuff.

I really wanted to glom onto this, but I think I have most of these books through collections. I know I have all of the Wildcats books from the 2000-ish series. I also have collections of James Robinson's WS work, Alan Moore's WS work, and the Majestic and Mr. Majestic books (which are incredible).

Hoping that next week we will see some Gen13 stuff that I don't have.

Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod) said:

There's a Wildstorm sale going on at DC's various digital platforms this week, including Comixology -- and it features the debut of a lot of previously unavailable books, all for 99 cents. Among them are:

Backlash 1-12

DV8 0-12

Grifter 1-10 and 1-14

Jet 1-4

Majestic 1-4, 1-6, and Mr. Majestic 1-9

Point Black 1-5

Stormwatch 0-12

Team Seven 1-4

Team One Wildcats 1-2; Team One Stormwatch 1-2

WildCATS: Covert Action Teams 0-12, Wildcats 0-12

Wildcats Nemesis 1-10

WildCORE 1-10 and Wildcore Preview

Worldstrom 1 & 2

Zealot 1-3

There's more in the sale, too, but that's the new stuff.

DC & Comixology have apparently been preoccupied by all the Wildstorm stuff they released this week, because today's releases are all simply continuations of titles we'd already been getting. So here they are:

Challengers of the Unknown: 4 issues of the 90s series, issues 4-7. Why they didn't wrap it up with issue 8, who knows? Hopefully we'll get that next week. (Also, there's no more silver age Challs this week.)

Justice League America 76

Justice League Europe 50-52. Or rather, JLE 50, and then Justice League International 51 & 52. Comixology seems to be filing these issues (and the previously released JLI 68) with JLE for the time being. Also, with issue 52, JLE's 3-a-week schedule has finally surpassed the chronological lead JLA had put on it. 

Lobo 37-39, including a very suggestive cover to issue 37. I wonder if it was originally die-cut? There is a fully drawn Brian Bolland rough for the cover, that I guess DC decided to only run with part of. Here's a link to what it looked like (not exactly safe for work). 

Mystery In Space 62-64. Looks like they're continuing to print the whole issues.

Starman 26-28. Looks like he's in his black and red costume now, and there's a crossover issue with the Superman story Krisis of the Krimson Kryptonite. (Best not to abbreviate that.) There's also an appearance by David Knight, taking over as Starman from his dad (and before his more celebrated brother).

We've got two more Brave and Bolds, 98 and 99, featuring team-ups with the Phantom Stranger and the Flash.

Doom Patrol: Four more issues of the silver age series, 92-95. 

And then two more issues of Young Heroes in Love, issues 9 and 10. It went on for 18 issues (up to issue 17, and then a DC 1 Million issue), so we've got these guys for a few more weeks. 


And next week...who knows? I hope we get Challengers #8. And I wonder if JLA and JLI will start doing two issues apiece, now that they're caught up. (Justice League Task Force, also part of the mix at the time, is already entirely reprinted. As is Extreme Justice. How was that ever a priority?)

Just remembered to put the Arion, Lord of Atlantis Special on the Gap List. It's the proper final issue to the Arion series, which ran from 1-35, and are all available on Comixology now.

In anticipation of the upcoming season of Flash, I thought I'd look over how well Comixology has covered Barry Allen's original series. Here are the gaps:

Showcase: 13, 14

Flash: 164, 166-169, 171, 172, 176-178, 191, 213, 214, 216-274, 276, 279, 285-299, 301-340

(Flash 169, 178, 213, 328 are all reprint issues, although there’s a small framing sequence in 328)

Also, the Flash Spectacular (DC Special Series #11) isn't available...although I could have sworn it was!

In the next few weeks, I'll probably also look over what's missing from the early years of Green Arrow, Supergirl, and members of the Legends of Tomorrow cast. I might restrict things to Pre-Crisis for now, in an effort to avoid biting off more than I can chew.

Something else of note: I realized none of the original Kirby run of The Demon is available on Comixology. Between the Kirby Centennial and the upcoming Demon miniseries, I suspect that's about to change.

Just looked at Firestorm, and the only thing missing from his solo appearances (and even his Brave & Bold & DC Comic Presents team-ups) is his back-up series in the Flash, running from 289-304. (The only issue in that run in which he didn't appear was issue 300...which, coincidentally, is the only issue of that run to be on Comixology so far.



Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod) said:

Just looked at Firestorm, and the only thing missing from his solo appearances (and even his Brave & Bold & DC Comic Presents team-ups) is his back-up series in the Flash, running from 289-304.

Ooh, those have Perez art IIRC. Hopefully we'll see them sometime soon.

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