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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Some new books in this week's batch! Ten books in all... let's get to it!

Here's what's returning:

Deadman 9 (final issue!)

Detective Comics 333 

Doom Patrol 7

House of Mystery 187

House of Secrets 118

Son of Ambush Bug 5 (one more issue)

Superman 11

Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane 18


And then we have a couple newcomers. First up is Strange Adventures 217, the first issue to feature reprints of Adam Strange and The Atomic Knights stories under a spiffy Neal Adams cover. The Adam Strange reprints would continue through the title's end at 244, although there's at least one original story along the way (issue 222, already available). Strangely enough (heh), there's a gap in the previous run of Deadman stories, from Strange Adventures 211-216. But they're all available in Deadman (1985) 1-7, a Baxter-paper reprint series, so it's only the backup stories that aren't available at the moment.

Also, we get the first issue of Sun Devils, a 12-issue sci-fi maxiseries from Gerry Conway and Dan Jurgens. Although it was originally meant as stand-alone sci-fi, Jurgens later tied the story in to the DCU during his time writing Superman.

Unfortunately, no Nathaniel Dusk or Jimmy Olsen this week.

I wonder... given the prominence of Deadman these last few months, is there a chance we'll see him on a CW show? I could see him appearing on Legends of Tomorrow quite easily... though it might be fun to see him on Batwoman, as well. 

Sales-wise, Comixology & DC are holding a Grant Morrison sale. Looks like I missed the boat a few weeks ago, when I could have picked up Multiversity for only $5 -- it's $10 now. But all of 52 in two volumes at $10 apiece is a steal!


Rob, it might have to do with the Strange Adventures TV show that was announced. Rumors are Deadman might appear in that.

Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod) said:

I wonder... given the prominence of Deadman these last few months, is there a chance we'll see him on a CW show? I could see him appearing on Legends of Tomorrow quite easily... though it might be fun to see him on Batwoman, as well. 


Oh, holy cow, I forgot all about that!

Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod) said:

Also, we get the first issue of Sun Devils, a 12-issue sci-fi maxiseries from Gerry Conway and Dan Jurgens.

Jurgens wrote the final issues himself. My recollection is Conway had overcommitted himself and had to cut back.

I read the first issue back in the 80s. The only original element I remember is a too-heavy-handed analogy to 1930s appeasement. I thought it terrible. If US comics stores still have back issue bins, this might be one you can find cheap in their back issue bins.

The series was devised by Roy Thomas and Conway. My recollection is Thomas wrote the text page. He said he and Conway noticed they liked the same kind of story in different contexts: WWII for Thomas, space opera for Conway. The idea was to do a series about a character who turned from blind pursuit of peace to blind pursuit of war.

Thanks for the background, Luke! This is one I've never read. I guess when this was coming out, I was too busy reading "Lords of the Ultra-Realm."

That's one I know nothing about.
 
 
Of the other 80s DC "maxis", I read two issues of Jemm, Son of Saturn. I thought they were terrific. For years I believed Greg Potter was Alan Moore, until the internet disabused me of the notion. Jemm was on normal paper, Sun Devils was Baxter.

The Adam Strange reprints would continue through the title's end at 244, although there's at least one original story along the way (issue 222, already available).

Also an illustrated prose story in #226.

Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane 18

The Astounding Man cover story is famously twisted. Art by Al Plastino. The other stories were drawn by Kurt Schaffenberger. "The Sleeping Doom" is a classic (if you like early Silver Age Lois Lane stories.)

I think there might also be an illustrated prose story in 227, as well.

By the way, Lords of the Ultra-Realm was a 1986 fantasy miniseries by Doug Moench and Pat Broderick. (It ran 6 issues, and was followed by a special in 1987.) Basically, a Vietnam vet finds himself in a heightened fantasy world, with seven princes of light pitted against seven princes of darkness. The vet -- named Michael Savage, no symbolism there -- finds himself merged with Falkon, Prince of Bliss. The princes do battle, I guess. I'm sure it owes a lot to The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, a big fantasy novel series at the time where someone from Earth enters a fantasy world and is a total jerk about it. 

I haven't read Lords since it came out, but there's not even a slight chance it was good. 

ETA: I just checked, and Andrew Weiss has a good write-up of it in his occasional "Nobody's Favorites" feature.

Thanks, Rob.

Eight more books this week... all continuations from what DC's been doing lately.

Here's what's returning:

Detective Comics 334 

Doom Patrol 8

House of Mystery 188

House of Secrets 119

Nathaniel Dusk II 4 (final issue!)

Strange Adventures 218

Sun Devils 2

Superman 12

No Lois, Jimmy, or Son of Ambush Bug this week. For some reason, DC seems to want to stymie miniseries in their final issues lately. 

The Comixology sale focuses on Green Lantern, with a lot of trades and also single issues discounted. A few oddball items to highlight: The Vietnam War-era Green Lantern/Huckleberry Hound Special is 99 cents, and well worth your time.  And Green Lanterns volume 9: Evil's Might, is a cool stand-alone mystery that wrapped up that series. It collects 8 issues, and is available for $5.99.

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