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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Oh, I should mention that DC's BOGO sale is actually pretty great for single back issues at $1.99. Buying even numbers of them makes them $1 a pop, the basic DC sale price.

I'm slammed today, but just wanted to note that DC has its smallest Comixology backlist since I've been tracking this, with just 5 issues today. It's just one new issue each of Doom Patrol, Detective Comics, House of Mystery, House of Secrets, and Golden Age Superman.  

The DC Sale is "Modern Classics," where you can snag fairly recent digital trade paperbacks for $4.99 a pop. Best buy? The Sheriff of Babylon deluxe edition, which has all 12 issues for $5 -- the same price as collections of 1-6 and 7-12.

We've got a double-shot of Doom Patrol this week... the first time DC has doubled up on a book for a while. Let's hope it lasts. All told, there are 8 books.

Detective Comics 338 

Doom Patrol 12 & 13 

House of Mystery 192

House of Secrets 123 (a fun Frank Robbins cover!)

Strange Adventures 241 (a big jump from 235; I wonder why this book is so haphazard -- is it just because this one is a full-length Adam Strange reprint? )

Superman 16

Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen 6 (the last of the mysteriously skipped issues)


This week's sale is DC Through the Ages, so there's a good chance that you might find a digital copy of an older collection. And hey, The Golden Age is on sale for $5!

Another quick one, since I'm in prep for a Christmas get-together tomorrow. 

Detective Comics 339 

Doom Patrol 14  (the two issues last week might have been a fluke)

House of Mystery 193

House of Secrets 124 

Strange Adventures 242 

Superman 17

Sun Devils 3 (it's back after a month or so!)

and, appropriate for the season,

Ambush Bug Stocking Stuffer

And that's it!

There's a big Holiday Sale right now, and the marketing claims that there are books "up to 90 percent off) but I've yet to see one. Still... there's PLENTY on sale!

The opening story in Superman #17 is "Man or Superman?", the first story in which Lois suspects Clark is really Superman. But better: the issue has "When Titans Clash", the sequel to "Powerstone" from Action Comics #47. It's one of the best Superman stories of its era, and the actual Golden Age story where the hero and villain - Superman and Luthor - duel by hitting each other with cars.

The issue had two more stories, "Muscles for Sale" and "The Human Bomb". The net says the former was the first appearance of Superman's Secret Sanctuary.

Wow... thanks for the details, Luke!

Had to wade through a lot of new comics today to see which old ones were being released, but it's basically the usual suspects. Here goes:

Detective Comics 340 

Doom Patrol 15  

House of Mystery 194

House of Secrets 125 

Strange Adventures 243 

Sun Devils 4 

Superman 18

DC is also continuing its huge holiday graphic novel sale through Jan 3. And all over Comixology there's a lot of great material for sale  -- pretty much all publishers are having linewide sales. If there's something you were curious about checking out, there's no better time.

Is it Sun Devils or Sea Devils that Dan Jurgens did in the late 80's?

Yes, I could have looked it up on Wikipedia, but it's more fun to ask here. I've always wondered how this series is.

Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod) said:

Sun Devils 4 

Sun Devils was a twelve issue sci-fi maxi-series set in the future. Better than Star Hunters but not as good as Atari Force, IMHO.

Wandering Sensei: Moderator Man said:

Is it Sun Devils or Sea Devils that Dan Jurgens did in the late 80's?

Yes, I could have looked it up on Wikipedia, but it's more fun to ask here. I've always wondered how this series is.

Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod) said:

Sun Devils 4 

Just four books today, which isn't that much of a surprise, given the timing from the holidays. I'm sure we'll get more next week.

Detective Comics 342 (#341 was a Joker story, and already available. And actually we're racing toward the end of this unpublished run -- starting with The Million-Dollar Debut of Batgirl in 359, we've got published books all the way to 374, when things get spotty again through the early 400s.) 

Doom Patrol 16  (inching toward the end at 22)

House of Mystery 195 (this title's currently in 1971...)

House of Secrets 126 (while this one is in 1974.)

DC's holiday sale continues through today. If there's a collection you've had your eye on -- like the Aquaman: The Search for Mera hardcover that came out last year -- look around for it. Changes are it's on sale for $5 or $6 right now. 

Well, it's still a paltry amount of comics this week, just six, but we do have some momentum... and a new title! Let's see what we've got:

Detective Comics 343 & 344 (speeding toward 359! And 343 is an Elongated Man teamup!)

Doom Patrol 17  (5 more issues!)

House of Mystery 196 (Oh, no! A cult is going to sacrifice an adorable puppy! House of Mystery lasts over a hundred more issues, being canceled at 321)

House of Secrets 127 (Death plays pool on the cover! It's only few years away from its final issue, 154, when it was folded into The Unexpected in 1978, which became a Dollar Comic)

Superman 19 (there's a run already reprinted starting at 34, so in theory this only has 14 more issues to go...or it jumps to 44, And from there, most issues before 233 are still missing from Comixology)

and introducing... World's Finest 200. World's Finest is an interesting case... a team-up title of DC's two biggest superheroes that has only 135 of its 323 issues available. Issue 200 comes right on the heels of the already-available Flash teamup from 198 and 199, and there's an open field of comics to continue reprinting, all the way up through 249.


Of other recent books: Jimmy Olsen, Lois Lane, Sun Devils, Strange Adventures, Ambush Bug... there is no sign. (Although I'm not really sure what Ambush Bug there is left to reprint, to be honest. I'm just sure they missed something!) 

No DC sales that I can find this week. 

Actually, aside from guest appearances, it looks like Ambush Bug has been completed! There's Ambush Bug, Son of Ambush Bug, the Ambush Bug Stocking Stuffer, Ambush Bug Nothing Special, and the latest title, Ambush Bug Year None. The guest appearances in Action Comics (560, 563, 565) are still missing, but his DC Comics Presents and Supergirl appearances are available. 

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