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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None of the issues are up on DC's New and Noteworthy section, but it looks like the scheduled books have arrived, regardless.

We get a few more truncated versions of older comics this week. One the Golden Age front, we get several issues of More Fun Comics: A combined version of 74-75, and then individual issues of 76, 77, and 78. These books seem to have the Green Arrow, Aquaman, and Dr. Fate stories only, and not the lesser known features like Radio Squad or (more disappointingly) Johnny Quick. On the plus side, they're just 99 cents a pop.

We also get more Kirby Jimmy Olsen, after last week's release of the run's final issue, 148. This week we get issues 133-137. Behold! The Mountain of Judgement!

And then there are two issues of Batman, 219 and 245, each with a Neal Adams story inside -- 219 has "Silent Night of the Batman," and 245 has "The Bruce Wayne Murder Case."

And that's it for this week! Just 11 books...or 12 if you count the combined More Fun issue as two!

Oh, and there are two DC sales going on this week. One is a tribute to Len Wein -- and you certainly won't go wrong picking up a collection or the odd single book or two that he's written. (I decided to go digital with a run of Green Lantern he did with Dave Gibbons in the 80s.) The other one is Harley Quinn, which seems to be a Valentine's Day celebration. A lot of Harley material is out there, but her Rebirth collections are barely discounted -- the older you go, the better the deals.

I was on vacation last week, so let's just do a quick roundup of the backlist items DC offered on Comixology on Thursday. Luckily, DC makes it easy for me by just offering four titles, three of them from the Superman family.

First up, in Golden Age, are issues 32-41 of Action Comics. These are just the Superman stories, and are offered for 99 cents apiece. The creators for the entire issue are listed in the credits, but the page counts hover around 14 pages. So we'll have to wait (likely for a long time) to see the continuing adventures of the Black Pirate, the Three Aces, Mr. America, Zatara, and Clip Carson. 

From the early Bronze Age, we've got Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen issues 138-143. These are mostly Kirby issues, although 140 is a giant reprint issue. The Don Rickles guest appearances are here, so don't ask! Just Buy it! The Kirby run will probably wrap up this week, as all that's left to reprint are issues 144-147. (It looks like the Newsboy Legion backups included in these books, too -- or at least, some of them.) 

Then we've got two issues from the end of the Bronze Age: The History of the DC Universe, by Marv Wolfman and George Perez. More illustrated prose than a comic book, it's still a great artifact of the era, and probably a nice resource to have electronically. 

And finally, from the Byrne era of Superman, there's the 4-issue The World of Krypton miniseries from 1987. Written by John Byrne, with early-career art by Mike Mignola!

DC has a Warren Ellis sale that's ending today, featuring Transmetropolitan, Planetary, Two-Step (a fun collaboration with Amanda Connor) and the new Wild Storm titles. 


I know I had the History of the DC Universe books at one point, I eventually sold them sometime in the late 90s-early 00s figuring that they weren't relevant any more. 

I've wanted the World of Krypton series, but I've never seen the whole series. There has always been one issue missing whenever I see it.

Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod) said:

I was on vacation last week, so let's just do a quick roundup of the backlist items DC offered on Comixology on Thursday. Luckily, DC makes it easy for me by just offering four titles, three of them from the Superman family.

First up, in Golden Age, are issues 32-41 of Action Comics. These are just the Superman stories, and are offered for 99 cents apiece. The creators for the entire issue are listed in the credits, but the page counts hover around 14 pages. So we'll have to wait (likely for a long time) to see the continuing adventures of the Black Pirate, the Three Aces, Mr. America, Zatara, and Clip Carson. 

From the early Bronze Age, we've got Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen issues 138-143. These are mostly Kirby issues, although 140 is a giant reprint issue. The Don Rickles guest appearances are here, so don't ask! Just Buy it! The Kirby run will probably wrap up this week, as all that's left to reprint are issues 144-147. (It looks like the Newsboy Legion backups included in these books, too -- or at least, some of them.) 

Then we've got two issues from the end of the Bronze Age: The History of the DC Universe, by Marv Wolfman and George Perez. More illustrated prose than a comic book, it's still a great artifact of the era, and probably a nice resource to have electronically. 

And finally, from the Byrne era of Superman, there's the 4-issue The World of Krypton miniseries from 1987. Written by John Byrne, with early-career art by Mike Mignola!

DC has a Warren Ellis sale that's ending today, featuring Transmetropolitan, Planetary, Two-Step (a fun collaboration with Amanda Connor) and the new Wild Storm titles. 


I have those History of the DCU books, but haven't looked at them in ages. They seemed outdated almost immediately after they came out. But still...Perez art is nothing to sneeze at!

This week is very similar to last week, and since I have a monster headache, I'm just going to list them quickly so they're here.

Action Comics 42-51. Again, golden age Superman stories presented without the rest of the features in the book.

Jimmy Olsen 144-147 -- this wraps up the Kirby era, and the page counts indicate that they seem to include the Newsboy Legion and other backups.

World of Smallville 1-4: Another Byrne-era miniseries, this time with art by the weird pairing of Kurt Shaffenberger and Alfredo Alcala. Also, this looks to tie in with the Millennium series, as there's a Manhunter on one of the covers.  

Green Arrow Secret Files and Origins 2002 #1. Well, there's always an oddball. I wonder how many SF&O have been made available here? We seem to get a new one or two every few months. 

And that's it! 19 books in all!

DC's digital sale is based around the Injustice 2 series & video game. I've heard some good things about those comics, or at least I did back before Rebirth, when it seemed more like the only chance to see some of the beloved heroes that had been left behind by the New 52. Never checked them out, though, but if anyone's curious, now's a good time to try!  

I'm not going to be around tomorrow, so here's tomorrow's post....TODAY!

First of all, there’s a HUGE influx of new content under the DC banner this week. The Brian Bendis creator-owned books have moved to DC. That means Powers, Scarlett, Takio, Brilliant, Torso, Jinx, Goldfish, Fire, Fortune and Glory, and the United States of Murder. They’re all available in trade paperback form, and I think they’re available as single issues, too. Frankly, it’s a huge list, and it’s too much to check. But Bendis fans are in luck…and I’m sure there’ll be a sale down the line.

In DC proper, we get four more issues of early Action Comics, 52–55, which no doubt are just the Superman stories.

We also get Adventure Comics 267, which cover-features The Legion in a Superboy story. That’s a nice surprise. There’s also an Aquaman and a Green Arrow story, which I suspect will be included as well.

Next up is a nice run of Showcase, 25-32, eight issues that feature Rip Hunter (25-26), the Sea Devils (27-29), and Aquaman (30-32). If we get more of the run next week, it could include more Aquaman, the Atom, and the Metal Men.

And finally, we get World of Metropolis 1-4, the last of those early Byrne-era linked miniseries exploring Superman’s past – this one written by Byrne, but drawn by Win Mortimer. I’d forgotten all about these series, and gave them a pass when they were published. But I have to admit I’m curious now – especially to see Shaffenberger and Mortimer handle Byrne’s scripts.

DC’s sale this week is Wonder Woman, with a lot of trade paperbacks being offered at a discount, as well as all of the New 52 and the first 12 issues of Rebirth. Plus there’s some golden age issues, and other assorted singles. There’s also a couple of those 100-page DC Comics Presents collections offered for 99 cents apiece—that’s a lot of comic for a buck.
 

Curt Swan drew a Byrne-written graphic novel, Superman: The Earth Stealers. Jerry Ordway inked. I haven't read it, I fear.

Oh, right! That's another one I skipped, I think. Which is a real shame -- it was probably one of the last times Swan worked on Superman. And paired with Ordway....nice!

Luke Blanchard said:

Curt Swan drew a Byrne-written graphic novel, Superman: The Earth Stealers. Jerry Ordway inked. I haven't read it, I fear.

He also drew issues of the Superboy TV show comic. Jim Mooney drew others.

Eighteen more items available in DC's Comixology backlist this week -- continuing a lot of the recent trends. 

First up, we've got 11 more issues of golden age Action Comics, issues 56 to 66 -- again, just the Superman parts. I have a feeling that some of these are picking up the slack from last week, when only four issues were released.

Similarly, we've three truncated golden age issues of Detective Comics, 57-59. There are a number of GA Detective Comics issues that have been reprinted in their entirety (34-49), but for now, the Batman-only reprints are ruling the roost. Both the Action and Detective partial issues are 99 cents apiece, and both proceed from when the series last left off.

That leaves only four more issues. One is the Lex Luthor: The Unauthorized Biography one-shot by James Hudnall and Eduardo Baretto, mostly notable for its painter Erick Peterson's parody of Donald Trump's Art of the Deal on its front cover. I wonder how Hudnall, one of comics' more notable conservatives, feels about the comparison now? 

Also, we get the first three issues of the 12-issue series Batman: Gotham After Midnight, by Steve Niles and Kelly Jones. Should be a nice horror-infused look at the Dark Knight. 

DC's digital sale is focuses on its leading ladies for Women's History Month...but since Wonder Woman had a sale of her own last week, she gets short shrift here with only 5 collections. But there's also Batwoman, Batgirl (several of them), Supergirl, Harley Quinn, Catwoman, Lois Lane, and more! (Precious little Birds of Prey, though, which surprises me.)

I never picked those up -- I'll have to keep an eye out for them! Thanks, Luke!

Luke Blanchard said:

He also drew issues of the Superboy TV show comic. Jim Mooney drew others.

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