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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Justice League of America #187 introduced Zatanna's third costume, which I believe was designed by George Perez although he didn't draw the issue. In #191 her powers were redefined for a time.

If you'll pardon a correction of a typo, the Starro story was in #189-#190. (Not that you can't tell from the covers.) In #198-#199 four Leaguers were transported back to the Old West and met Jonah Hex, Bat Lash, Scalphunter, and Cinnamon. I think the story was an imitation of The Avengers #142-#143.

IIRC, Zatanna's new outfit actually debuted in New Teen Titans #4 which came out before Justice League of America #187. Because I was wondering who she was on the cover, which along with the interiors was drawn by George Perez, of course!

Both books had a February 1981 cover-date and, thanks to the Grand Comics Database, apparently came out the same day, though I believe NTT #4 was out first.

Thanks, Luke! I'm gonna go back and correct it myself, too!

I'm not sure if I've ever read 198-199, actually; I might just be getting them confused with the earlier JLA/JSA teamup where they also met Hex, as well as Enemy Ace and the Viking Prince. That one I KNOW I read!

Luke Blanchard said:

If you'll pardon a correction of a typo, the Starro story was in #189-#190. (Not that you can't tell from the covers.) In #198-#199 four Leaguers were transported back to the Old West and met Jonah Hex, Bat Lash, Scalphunter, and Cinnamon. I think the story was an imitation of The Avengers #142-#143.

OK, super busy with freelancery this week, but here's the briefest of rundowns. Luckily, there's nothing new to dive into -- just continuations (and some conclusions) of current runs!

Detective Comics: 89 to 94! Seems like we're still getting full issues, though they're shrinking.

Hawkman: 29-32, finishing the run! And Hawkworld 22-25, closing in on the end!

Justice League of America 201-205! Perez covers, Heck interiors.

Kamandi 30 & 31!

The Question 33-36! Completing the run...but will we get the Annuals, and the Quarterlies?

And that's it! DC's sale focuses on Events (and you can find a few interesting tie-ins among the single issues, including some Supergirl issues of Adventure, and the Blue Devil Crisis crossover), but for now it's back to the salt mines for me!

I sure hope so!

Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod) said:

The Question 33-36! Completing the run...but will we get the Annuals, and the Quarterlies?

Some new stuff in the mix this week, with 28 items! First, let's run down the series that are continuing:

Detective Comics: 95-100. This golden age run keeps chugging along -- and will likely soon catch up to the beginning of the last run Comixology provided, 113-132.

Hawkman and Hawkworld. Hawkman gives us the final issue, 33, plus Annuals 1 & 2, the only two the series produced. With Hawkworld we get issues 26-29 -- including issue 28, which has the most Tim Truman-y cover ever. Hawkworld goes up to 33, and has 3 annuals. So we might get two more weeks of this series, or since Hawkman has ended, we'll get all six issues at once. 

We get five more issues of Justice League of America, 206-210, which includes the time-travel bafflement of the JLA/JSA/All-Star Squadron crossover. The All-Star Squadron portions of this crossover have been available since 2016, so this is a welcome addition.

And we also get three more issues of Kamandi, 32-34. It looks like 32, a Giant issue, includes the reprint of issue 1, but doesn't include a 4-page feature on Jack Kirby, and possibly not a map of Earth after the Great Disaster.

Onto the new stuff!

We get the first three Adventures of Superman Annuals, 1-3. There were 9 in all.

And then we get a handful of Elseworlds. We get Batman: Masque, which is a Batman story in the style of Phantom of the Opera, courtesy of Mike Grell. We also get JLA: The Island of Doctor Moreau, which is based on HG Wells's The Time Machine. (I kid, I kid!) This Moreau reinvention is by Roy Thomas and Steve Pugh. 

And beyond drawing inspiration from public-domain classics, we've also got JLA: Created Equal issues 1 and 2, in which Superman and Lex Luthor are left as the only men alive in a world of women. If it sounds like Y: The Last Man, that's likely a coincidence; this book, by Fabian Niceiza and Kevin Maguire, was published in 2000, and Y debuted in 2002. 

Sales-wise, DC is having a big sale on Volume Ones for NYCC. There's plenty to enjoy, but one good title (with plenty of value for money) is Legends of the Dark Knight: Norm Breyfogle. It's 522 pages of great Breyfogle stories for $4.99. If you want to reacquaint yourself with his work because of his recent passing, here's a great way to do it.   

I have all of the Kirby issues in Omnibus format. What I'm waiting for is to see if they will do the non-Kirby issues.

Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod) said:

And we also get three more issues of Kamandi, 32-34. It looks like 32, a Giant issue, includes the reprint of issue 1, but doesn't include a 4-page feature on Jack Kirby, and possibly not a map of Earth after the Great Disaster.

Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod) said:

And we also get three more issues of Kamandi, 32-34. It looks like 32, a Giant issue, includes the reprint of issue 1, but doesn't include a 4-page feature on Jack Kirby, and possibly not a map of Earth after the Great Disaster.

Do they count double-page spreads as one or two pages? The listings might not be consistent on this kind of point.

Incidentally, Kirby wasn't the only artist at DC who did them in the period. I can think of examples from "The Haunted Tank", Tarzan, Action Comics and the LSH series in Superboy. I remember being struck by this Swan/Anderson spread from Action Comics #403 when I first saw it. (Kirby's double-pagers often fall flat for me.) The image is of the original art and from Heritage Auctions, here

Aside from one new entry, this week on Comixology is all follow through. So let's get to the new thing first:

Aquaman 1-5: This is the 5-issue limited series written by Robert Loren Fleming & Keith Giffen, with art by Curt Swan & Al Vey. All five issues are here. I wouldn't be surprised to see more Aquaman in the coming weeks, considering the movie is approaching.

And now, we continue with Detective Comics, issues 101-106.

We also get the completion of Hawkworld (issues 30-32*, and Annuals 1-3). I actually picked up Hawkworld Annual 1 from a dollar bin last weekend for the Flash appearance. 

Then we get five more issues of JLA -- 211 to 215 -- leaving us with a little more than a year before the Detroit League debuts (and Comixology's serialization of the title resumes). We'll see if this run gets all the way there, and if it fills in the missing issues from the JLDetroit run. 

And finally, 4 more issues of Kamandi -- 35-38. We're exiting Kirby territory, as Gerry Conway takes over as writer with 38 (while the King still does the art).

No Question Annuals or Question Quarterly, unfortunately.

So next week: What will we do with Hawkman gone? Will Aquaman swim up to take his place, or will something else take flight?

*I was mistaken last week when I said Hawkworld went up the issue 33.  

This week's DC sales: We've got a Wonder Woman sale -- that Liam Sharp Batman/Wonder Woman Brave & Bold series is a buck apiece! -- and a Vertigo Masters sale, with all the usual suspects. If you're looking for something that might've slipped between the cracks, I recommend the Sebastion O/The Mystery Play double volume from Grant Morrison and Steve Yowell and John J. Muth, respectively.

The story in Justice League of America #210-#212 was originally intended for a tabloid, and didn't appear at that time because of the DC Implosion. I can't say how much of the story was finished at that time.

In #213-#216 the Atom goes missing and the JLA search for him in a microverse.

The Arna storyline in Kamandi was probably partly inspired by A Boy and His Dog (1975).

A quick rundown of today's Comixology books!

We've got more Aquaman! This time, the silver age series, issues 2-5. I'm not sure why issue 1's Invasion of the Fire Trolls didn't make the cut. Probably one for the Gap List!

More Detective! Issues 107-112, continuing the run, and closing it up with 113-132 already online.

More Justice League of America! Issues 216-220, which includes a trip to the microverse and the revised origin of Black Canary!

More Kamandi! Issues 39 and 40, with Gerry Conway and Paul Levitz writing, but Kirby still on art.

More Question! We've got Annuals 1 and 2, and also The Question Returns, a special from 1996 by Denny O'Neil and Eduardo Barreto. 

Plus, the Batman Elseworlds miniseries Batman Hollywood Knights (by Bob Layton and Dick Giordano) and the Superman Elseworlds one-shot Superman: True Brit, by Kim "Howard" Johnson, John Cleese, and John Byrne.

And also we've got a heap of Halloween specials -- DCU Halloween Specials from 2008, 2009, and 2010. 

 

The DC sale is NYTimes Bestsellers. So go read Tom King and Barnaby Bagenda's The Omega Men already! At $5.99, it's only 50 cents an issue! (Same goes for Fabio Moon & Gabriel Ba's Daytripper, if that's more your speed.)

Kamandi #40 was Kirby's last issue.

Joe Kubert drew the covers from #34-#41.

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