In previous years, this was a memory box so we didn't miss any good nominations for the Cappies. With the Cappies hypertimed away, that doesn't mean we have to discontinue these threads. I've always liked going back at the end of the year and seeing the books and stories and moments that people really champion -- including plenty of stuff that I've forgotten about come Christmastime.
So have at it, Legionnaires! It's a bold new year! What in 2017 has knocked you out?
This volume (v23) shipped today. I can hardly believe I own every Prince Valiant Sunday from 1937 through 1982 in these handsome... no, these beautiful... hardcover collections! If you don't have any, don't start with this one, though; start with the Hal Foster stuff. Truly, one of the greatest examples of the comic book art in existence.
When I visited the Billie Ireland Cartoon Museum in Columbus Ohio they had the original art for a Hal Foster Prince Valiant Sunday strip on display. It was much larger than expected which helps explain the detail. It was truly a work of art.
Yes, I've seen photos of him next to his original pages. They're HUGE! And he put so much thought into, not only the composition of each panel, but the composition of the entire page as a whole.
This Basil Wolverton retrospective collects the ultra-rare classics Scoop Scuttle, Mystic Moot, Bingbang Buster, and Jumpin' Jupiter as they've never been seen before! When first published in 10 comic books, Wolverton's intricate line work was routinely obscured. In this collection, every effort has been made to restore the art to its original splendor, and to at last present the uniquely detailed graphics of this justly revered comic book master.
The Marvel Treasury Edition that celebrated 200 years of the United States of America is back, as big as life and better than ever! From the unparalleled imagination of Jack Kirby, it's a time-spanning adventure featuring Captain America on an incredible journey through his nation's past - from the American Revolution through two world wars...and more! Steve Rogers meets major historical figures, makes quite an impact on Benjamin Franklin - and takes inspiration from two centuries of American struggle and progress! Reprinted in all its oversize glory along with suitably patriotic special features, this is one of the Sentinel of Liberty's wildest adventures of all, without which no Cap collection is complete! Collecting MARVEL TREASURY SPECIAL: CAPTAIN AMERICA'S BICENTENNIAL BATTLES and MIGHTY MARVEL BICENTENNIAL CALENDAR 1976.
I couldn't enjoy Kirby's 1970s Captain America work when I read some of it in my teens, including the above volume (except for the first part of the Night Flyer story. I've never read the conclusion). The treasury was inked by several inkers: Barry Windsor Smith, Herb Trimpe, John Verpoorten, John Romita and Dan Adkins, and possibly Frank Giacoia in places, the GCD tells me. My recollection is the art looked consistent except for the opening Smith pages.
The story is a series of American history snapshots. It didn't work for me as a story but there are some good moments. There's a bit with a Depression newsboy who might be a self-portrait. The treasury also has some non-story splashes, which are Kirby whimsies. I don't know it has much to offer people who aren't Kirby tragics.
I used to own the 1976 tabloid-size Bicentennial Battles. I don't think it did much for me. I was glad when I finally sold it and some other tabloid-size square-bound books. Keeping them safe from damage in that unwieldy size (and still floppy!) is a pain you-know-where.
I still have my original copy of Captain America's Bicentennial Battles, but with it being 45 years old (!), it's quite yellowed with age.
I'm not the biggest (or even the smallest) fan of Jack Kirby, so I have it more for the novelty of the giant tabloid size.
I picked up an original of this at NY Comicon 2019, and was really taken by it! I've started to pick up more tabloids now and then -- they give me the impression I had of reading comics when I was young and small -- they're so big and glorious to look at!
I'm not sure if I have my original King Kong tabloid comic anymore -- certainly without its cover, if I do -- but I can tell you I read this one to shreds when I was a kid.