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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Ok, DC still seems to be in a holding pattern with its Comixology releases; again, all we have are Detective Comics and Teen Titans. So without further adieu…

Detective Comics 477, 480, 481, 484-489, Annual #3. This includes a lot of the Batman Family issues of Detective Comics...and with the 99-cent Detective sale (in effect through the end of the month), that’s a lot of value for a really cheap price!

Teen Titans 35-37. These are pretty big issues too, with several stories behind the excellent Nick Cardy covers. 

Just seven DC comics up on Comixology today. That's the lowest number since we started this. I'm starting to wonder if the Comixology backlist is one of the casualties of the recent changes at DC. Regardless, here we go: 

In Detective Comics, we get the last of the Dollar Comics Batman Family issues: 492, 493, and 496. That leaves only 404-406 unaccounted for out of the 400s... not bad for a run that only had 17 issues online a few weeks ago! We also get Annual #4. 

And then we get three more Teen Titans issues: 38-40. The series was canceled with 43 in 1973, and then resurrected in 1976 with issues 44-53 (when it was cancelled again). So we'll see whether they go one more week with this (to get to the conclusion of the first run), or continue on though the numbering.  Or maybe go back and fill in issues 23-28! Anything's possible... including nothing at all!

As for sales, the big Detective Comics sale is still ongoing. I just picked up a few more of the Batman Family-era issues for a buck each. I hadn't realized Don Newton did the art for some of that run!

Regarding this sentence: I'm starting to wonder if the Comixology backlist is one of the casualties of the recent changes at DC. 

There's definitely been some neglect in DC's digital department. It used to be that all of the publisher's solicited books would be available in the "upcoming comics" section of the website. If I wanted to see what was coming up in Green Lantern, I could click it and it would show me the current issue, and I could scroll ahead and see upcoming issues. Right now, though, the only upcoming issue it shows is #6, shipping next week (4/3). From what I can tell, only April-solicited books are up on the website, even though solicitations have been released through June. 

So if DC is cutting corners here, on their marketing of their new material, I wouldn't be surprised if they pulled people back from the work that putting old books up on Comixology entails. 

I would think at this point they would have streamlined that process that it wouldn't take too many people to work of putting this old comics up digitally.

I've read some digital comics, and what I have read has been newer work. I was wondering, how do the older comics look? Good quality? Great? Sometimes sketchy?

They look pretty good, Trav. And I think making them look good might not be as simple as it seems -- especially for books DC hasn't ever reprinted, and might not have the original files too. Most of this stuff is pre-digital, so I imagine there's a bit of retouching done to the scans to make them presentable, and color correction done to account for any yellowing or fading of the scanned material.

I don't think the production will cease entirely, but it's slowed to a week with seven in it (from a high in the mid-30s). We'll see if that keeps up. It might be they used to have 2 or 3 people on the project, and now they have just one.    

I have come to really appreciate the line work of some artists whose art can get kind of muddied by the newsprint process. Comics from the 70's and 80's look fantastic digitally.

Another week with only a handful of books. But Detective Comics soldiers on, which I wasn't expecting, aside from the Annuals. Here goes.

Detective Comics brings us issues 299 and 301. (Issue 300 was released a couple weeks ago.) We also get Annual #5. In the 300s, we've got 19 books up already -- mostly from late in the group, from 385 on (with a few holes in that run). If Detective is going to give us the 300s, that's a big project.

We've also got three more issues of Teen Titans. As suspected, we got issues 41-43, the conclusion of the first run. We'll see if we get the mid-70s continuation next week!

And finally, we get two other titles: Challengers of the Unknown 82, and Brave & the Bold 122, both guest-starring Swamp Thing! Why, it's almost as if he has a TV show coming out! This Brave & Bold issue was on the Gap List. And this is the only issue of Challs to be released after issue 8. Challengers of the Unknown lasted from 1958 to 1978 (with some publishing hiatuses), ending with issue 87. Issues 75-80 are reprints of the early Kirby stories.  

This week's sale is on Scalped and 100 Bullets... and with the Deluxe editions, you can get the complete series of each for $25 apiece. That's a huge bargain. If you're buying, don't go for the smaller collections -- the bigger ones are the same price, $4.99.

This week's sale is on Scalped and 100 Bullets... and with the Deluxe editions, you can get the complete series of each for $25 apiece. That's a huge bargain. If you're buying, don't go for the smaller collections -- the bigger ones are the same price, $4.99.

I still have runs of both in TPB form, but I have to admit it's tempting. I could create a bunch of shelf space, and the trades still have resale value.

Damn, that sale seems to be over. I don't see $4.99 prices on any of the collections.

Well, it looks like the DC Digital Team has been hard at work at making the digital archives available on the DC Universe app, starting next week. Here's a link to the launch announcement.

And in that announcement is this tantalizing (to me) promise:

• MIND THE GAP: You will notice random gaps that seem completely out of place- for example, Action Comics #342, then Action #344. Look forward to a scintillating exposé on the fascinating world of archiving, digitization, and publication history in the future to explain these gaps!

I seriously cannot WAIT for this. They can delay Doomsday Clock as long as they want, just get me this information PRONTO.

Hmmm... this looks interesting.

Nine books again this week -- from our three basic food groups:

Detective Comics: This time we get 301 & 301, along with Annual #6. That brings us up to 21 books in the 300s, and since Annual 11 & 12 are already up, we're only looking at 4 annuals left to go. 

Teen Titans: Hey, look, we're getting the mid-70s issues! Here are the first three, issues 44 to 46. The series runs to 53.

And Swamp Thing guest appearances: Here we get Challengers of the Unknown 83 & 84, and Swampy's appearance in The Brave & the Bold 176. Swamp Thing & Deadman continued to appear in this run of Challengers until it ended with 87.

And that's it! The DC sale this week is Hard Travelin' Heroes, so if there are any Green Lantern or Green Arrow collections you're looking for, you'll probably find a good price for them!

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