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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I've been on vacation this week, so just a quick round-up of Thursday's new DC backlist. 

Continuing, we have Detective Comics 316, Doom Patrol 5 & 6, and Hourman 11 & 12... a quickening of the pace for the latter two books. 

We've also got some newcomers. House of Mystery gets two issues, 174 & 175, which I think is where the classic Bronze Age material begins.(Pretty sure it's the first one Joe Orlando edited; it's a change of direction, since the previous issue featured "Dial H for Hero.") The only issues of the book we've seen previously have been the later "I... Vampire" issues. We also get House of Secrets #102, continuing an existing run. 

And then we get two first issues: The Roy & Dann Thomas/Dick Giordano Jonni Thunder, AKA Thunderbolt, and the Steve Gerber/Gene Colan Superman miniseries, The Phantom Zone. 

No sign of Arion, Lois Lane, Batman Family, or Human Defense Corps. 

DC's having a World of the Weird sale this week, and a Sandman sale all month. There are some cool and eclectic books in the weird sale, both in single issues and trade. If you haven't read the recent Bug! miniseries, I highly recommend it. 

I know I have that Gerber/Colan Phantom Zone series somewhere. As for Jonni Thunder, I never knew that one existed!

Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod) said:

And then we get two first issues: The Roy & Dann Thomas/Dick Giordano Jonni Thunder, AKA Thunderbolt, and the Steve Gerber/Gene Colan Superman miniseries, The Phantom Zone. 

Yeah, the Phantom Zone series is great...I finally read it a couple years ago. I loved Jonni Thunder at the time, too. Very Philip Marlowe style detective story. She showed up in later issues of Infinity Inc., too, IIRC.

Mostly continuations this week! Nine titles in all.

We get new issues of Detective Comics (#317), Doom Patrol (#7), Arion the Immortal (#4), Hourman (two issues, 13 & 14), Jonni Thunder AKA Thunderbolt (#2), House of Secrets (check out the great Bernie Wrightson cover on issue 103!) and The Phantom Zone (#2). 

We also get L.A.W.: Living Assault Weapons #1, the horribly titled Charlton revival from 1999-2000 by Bob Layton and Dick Giordano...both ex-Charlton staffers, IIRC. This positions those heroes as a government strikeforce, IIRC. What's most interesting about this title is the timing. DC sometimes likes to release its backlist on Comixology to position it to tie in to a future event...such as the original Wild Dog comics being released a couple months before Wild Dog's appearance on Arrow.  As for what LAW could presage? ...well, Dr. Anj at Comic Box Commentary has some ideas.

This week's DC sale is DC Ones, featuring discounts on first issues and first collections. And you will simply not find a better bargain than Brandee Stilwell & Ron Randall's Sasquatch Detective Special, originally $7.99, for just 99 cents. Packed with heart and humor, this book has a full-length origin story along with reprinting the backup stories from Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles. Spend a buck: this is charming stuff. 

Nine more! All continuations, so just a quick rundown:

We get new issues of Detective Comics (#318), Doom Patrol (#8), Hourman (two issues, 15 & 16), Jonni Thunder AKA Thunderbolt (#3), House of Secrets (#104), L.A.W. (#2), Lois Lane (back after a few weeks with issue 8) and The Phantom Zone (#3).  No Arion this week! 

DC's got a 60% off sale for everything but the most recent books. Just type in DC60 and the discount is yours! And if you combine it with their month-long Sandman sale, the discount really adds up!


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