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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"There's a big Vertigo sale on Comixolgy right now... aside from the usual long-form suspects, might I recommend The Kitchen? It's a tale of mob wives who pick up the business when their men are in prison...and what happens when those men get out. Good stuff, and on its way to being a movie or TV show, IIRC. By Ollie Masters, Ming Doyle, and Jordie Bellaire."

I meant to say something about this. I bought The Kitchen, as well as Frostbite: both recent Vertigo series that I completely missed when they were coming out. And Daytripper, a series I absolutely love and didn't own in any form. Not everything is a great deal--they're not fire sale prices--but worth looking at. Now that Amazon owns Comixology, and the reader for Kindle seems to work identically, I actually prefer to download comics for Kindle, since I own a Kindle Fire tablet: saves having to open up a separate app.

Man, the Mud Pack issue of Secret Origins is definitely an awesome issue. It came out at the same time as the "Mud Pack" storyline by Alan Grant and Norm Breyfogle in Detective Comics. They came out the same summer/fall I started reading comics. There's great work in there by Keith Giffen, Tom Grummett, Mike W. Barr, and Bernie Mirault.

Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod) said:


And speaking of filling gaps, we also get Secret Origins issues 4 and 44 -- the origins of Firestorm and The Mud Pack! These issues have been on The Gap List for ages, and with their release, Secret Origins is complete!


From a couple of weeks ago, I got curious about the lone Batman book that was released and then not followed up on, Batman 203. It's an 80-page Giant with a Neal Adams cover, centered on "Secrets of the Batcave!" It's standing alone right now -- the previous issue available is 200, and the next one is 210. 

One of my favorite bits of the Waid/Kitson Legion, I may not have it exactly right, but it was Micro Lad, who said he came from a race of giants and he could shrink down to normal human size, and others wanted to call him Colossal Boy, Fun stuff for sure.

Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod) said:

25 more items up in DC's Comixology backlist! Let's see what they are!

It's mostly continuations of series they've been running with already:

Five issues of Silver Age Green Lantern 64-68...just about filling in the gap before the classing Green Lantern/Green Arrow (already available) era starts at 76. 

Silver Age Hawkman 26 & 27. This one's in the bag, folks!

1993 Hawkman 7-9. This series ran for 34 issues (up to 33, with a 0 issue) so we've got a ways to go yet.

Hawkworld 1 & 2. This is the ongoing by John Ostrander and Graham Nolan that folowed Tim Truman's 3-issue mini that reinvented the Hawks. it lasted 32 issues, so we'll be seeing this one for a while at this rate.

Waid/Kitson Legion 9-13. I liked this reboot; it was really promising. But still, when I saw the hint at the original Legion coming back in Geoff Johns's Justice League title, it thrilled me (even as it killed this book in the cradle.)

5 Years Later Legion Annual #4. Bloodlines Annual. Featuring Jamm, a skateboard-fad throwback with super-creepy mental persuasion powers. ((shudder)) THE WORST. 

And then we've got a few new things, such as:

Justice League of America 149-153. The first of these books, "The Face of the Star-Tsar!", was the first Justice League comic I ever bought. So these issues are right in my sweet spot of figuring out what the JLA was all about. Let's see if they continue to fill the gap of mid to late 70s and early 80s JLA -- things are pretty sporadic until, shockingly, the Detroit era begins.. and there's even a year-long gap in the middle of that!

And speaking of filling gaps, we also get Secret Origins issues 4 and 44 -- the origins of Firestorm and The Mud Pack! These issues have been on The Gap List for ages, and with their release, Secret Origins is complete!

There's a big Vertigo sale on Comixolgy right now... aside from the usual long-form suspects, might I recommend The Kitchen? It's a tale of mob wives who pick up the business when their men are in prison...and what happens when those men get out. Good stuff, and on its way to being a movie or TV show, IIRC. By Ollie Masters, Ming Doyle, and Jordie Bellaire. 

Yeah, Micro Lad was a great bit!

Man, I keep reading The Question by Denny O'Neil and Denys Cowan. So...freakin'...good!

I just realized they quit publishing this digitally! I hope it's just a temporary hold.

Wandering Sensei: Moderator Man said:

Man, I keep reading The Question by Denny O'Neil and Denys Cowan. So...freakin'...good!

I hope so, too. The sporadically published Comixology list that previews this week's comics hasn't come out yet, so I don't know whether we'll get more this week. (Last week's hasn't, either.)

Just a note: I'll be off camping with hippies this weekend, so I won't be able to update this thread until next week.

A quick rundown of DC's 25 new items this week since I've been working all day and night to catch up from my long weekend of camping:

Silver Age Green Lantern 69-73...Almost to the GL/GA run! 

1993 Hawkman 10-12. 

Hawkworld 3-5. 

Justice League of America 154-158. Issue 157 was the last of the Giant JLA era, and 158 wraps up Ultraa's story with a fight with the Injustice Gang. 

Legion of Super-Heroes 14 & 15 (from Waid/Kitson run) and then jumping to the Shooter/Manapul run later in the series, 37-39. I've no idea why they'd jump over the issues where Supergirl joined the title, but that's what it looks like they're doing for now. 

5 Years Later Legion Annual #5. An Elseworlds Annual, with the Legion as the Wizard of Oz cast.  

The Brave & the Bold 25-27, starring the original Suicide Squad in their first three adventures (the later three were already available singly (and these were available in the Suicide Squad: The Silver Age collection.)

Justice League of America #157 was the wedding of Ray (The Atom) Palmer and Jean Loring And when he revealed his secret identity to her. 

Long and blissful life to the happy couple!

Ha! The marriage so disastrous it received its own event decades later.

Philip Portelli said:

Long and blissful life to the happy couple!

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