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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This week, as promised, we get 5 books! Here goes!

  • Action Comics (1938-2011) 341: It's Superman vs Super Clark Kent! What's going on? Also, there's a reprint of a Supergirl story, "The Four Helpless Heroes," from 1960.
  • Super Friends (1976-1981) 46: The team-up with the Global Guardians continues in this penultimate issue... plus, a Seraph backup!
  • Breach (2005-2006) 2: I haven't started reading this yet... but I'm really happy to see more Marcos Martin art. 
  • Static (1993-1997) 9: Static seems to have a problem with Milestone's version of Multiplex.
  • Hardware (1993-1997) 9: The debut of Technique, Hardware's female counterpart and adversary!

It's a DC Classic sale on Comixology, so there's a lot of great older DC stories available, both in collections and in single issues. The Robinson/Smith The Golden Age is the first one that jumps out at me -- if you haven't read it, it's a real treat! Strangely enough, there are two different versions of it, for $5.99 apiece. As far as I can tell, only the cover is different.

I was too busy to get to them earlier this week, but Comixology's new entries from the DC back catalog are:

  • Action Comics (1938-2011) 343: Superman fights Eterno, a 50-foot colossus! Plus, a reprint of a Jimmy Olsen/Supergirl teamup!
  • Super Friends (1976-1981) 47: The final issue of Super Friends (aside from two issues Comixology is missing) -- a teamup with Green Fury (who'll one day be called Fire) in the Amazon rainforest!
  • Breach (2005-2006) 3:  Breach faces Kobra, and draws the attention of the JLA! 
  • Blood Syndicate (1993-1996) 4:  The opening "Big Bang" storyline concludes in a hospital of horrors!
  • Icon (1993-1997) 9: A chapter of Shadow War, continued from Icon 11, which isn't on Comixology yet. According to the DC Database, Shadow War was published in comics dated January 1994, running in these issues: Hardware #11, Icon #9, Xombi #0, Blood Syndicate #10, Static #8, Shadow Cabinet #0. So the current rate of publishing has us 12 weeks away from getting to read chapter 4 of Shadow War, and there's no word on when we can read chapters 3 or 6, as I haven't seen indications that Xombi and Shadow Cabinet are coming. I've been having a good time reading the Milestone titles on DCU Infinite, but I might put that on pause for a little while. 

Also: looking at some pre-order information, it looks like we'll be digging through both the Action Comics and Batman backlist for the next few weeks, at least. I see Action 351, 352, and 355 on deck, as well as Batman 208, 209, 211, and 212. Plus more Milestone and Breach.

DC's sale this week focuses on Harley Quinn and the Suicide Squad -- but there are plenty of Birds of Prey issues available, too. My pick is Suicide Squad volume 4: The Janus Directive for a look at a tight crossover in the espionage corner of 80s DC comics -- Checkmate, Firestorm, Captain Atom, Manhunter, and the Squad itself -- 12 issues for $5.99!

For Rob or anyone else that can answer:

Challenge of the Super-Sons is on issue 14 at the moment, but any idea why Amazon has absolutely no listing for issue 10? You can get 1-9, then the library jumps to 11 and onward.

Sorry, Lee, I don't have an answer for you.

But AS FORETOLD... here are this week's books (released on Tuesday, but better late than never...)!

  • Action Comics (1938-2011) 351: Superman vs Zha-Vam... from the days before DC owned Captain Marvel!
  • Batman (1940-2011) 208: An 80-page giant featuring the women in Batman's life...! Like Batwoman, Poison Ivy, Catwoman, Batgirl, and Vicki Vale!
  • Breach (2005-2006) 4: I started reading this series the other night, and it's really solid. I love Marcos Martin's art. I feel like it starts to flounder a bit as it's beginning to interact with the DCU though.
  • Static (1993-1997) 10: Someone's been leaving mash notes for Static... and it's the supervillain Puff!
  • Hardware (1993-1997) 10: Hardware investigates a superpowered mob enforcer named Harm. 

In the sale, it's DC e-books -- so graphic novels only for this week. One unusual collection on sale is Nightwing: Old Friends, New Enemies. It collects the Nightwing origin from Secret Origin in the 80s, as well as his stories from Action Comics Weekly. I don't think those stories were any great shakes, but aside from his time as Robin, these might be the first solo Nightwing stories. He's been a solo star for ages now... but there was a time that he wasn't. 

And here's May's list, from DCU Infinite!

Week of 5/3

  • Action Comics (1938-2011) 352
  • Batman (1940-2011) 209
  • Breach (2005-2006) 5
  • Icon (1993-1997) 10
  • Static (1993-1997) 11

Week of 5/10

  • Action Comics (1938-2011) 355
  • Batman (1940-2011) 211
  • Blood Syndicate (1993-1995) 5
  • Breach (2005-2006) 6
  • Hardware (1993-1997) 11

Week of 5/17

  • Batman (1940-2011) 212
  • Breach (2005-2006) 7
  • Icon (1993-1997) 11
  • Static (1993-1997) 12
  • Wonder Woman (1994-2006) 81

Week of 5/24

  • Batman (1940-2011) 213
  • Blood Syndicate (1993-1995) 6
  • Breach (2005-2006) 8
  • Hardware (1993-1997) 12
  • Wonder Woman (1942-) 42

So it looks like we've got more Milestone and Breach for the month, plus filling gaps for Action Comics, Batman, and Wonder Woman (including the only missing issue of Diana's post-Crisis run, 81).

This week's DC backlist includes:

  • Action Comics (1938-2011) 352: The second part of the Zha-Vam story! Also reprints "Jimmy Olsen's Two Brides"
  • Batman (1940-2011) 209: Batman turns into a Tiger Man?!? By Frank Robbins and Irv Novick!
  • Breach (2005-2006) 5: The fallout from Breach's encounter with the JLA.
  • Icon (1993-1997) 10: Icon vs Holocaust!
  • Static (1993-1997) 11: Static vs Puff and Coil!

DC's sale this week focuses on Super Villains, but there's so many villains in their regular books, it's a good bet you can find just about any hero represented, too. Why not check out The Daring New Adventures of Supergirl volumes 1 & 2, featuring C-list villains Blackstar, The Gang, Reactron, and more!

This week's DC backlist includes:

  • Action Comics (1938-2011) 355: The cover story introduces the Annihilator, a villain from behind the Iron Curtain! Pluse a reprinted Supergirl backup!
  • Batman (1940-2011) 211: Frankly, I can't do any better than Comixology's summary: "When It’s Your Bag, a new underground scandal sheet in Gotham City, promises to reveal the true identity of Batman from among the four people they’ve named as suspects (including Bruce Wayne), Batman must expose his secret in order to save the lives of the other three in 'Batman’s Big Blow-Off!'"
  • Blood Syndicate (1993-1995) 5: Tech-9's funeral. I remember being really surprised that he'd died.
  • Breach (2005-2006) 6: Reporter Clark Kent guest-stars.
  • Hardware (1993-1997) 11: The beginning of the Shadow War crossover that's already had other chapters appear in other books. (This is because the Milestone books are one a clockwork schedule as they're being reissued; some of them were published more slowly than others in the early days, so Static 8 and Icon 9 were contemporaneous with Hardware 11.)

DC's super villains sale is still going on... the DCeased collection is among them, and I hear that was really good. (And Tom Taylor's pretty much my favorite writer at DC now, so I'm not surprised!)

The Annihilator's story ran from #355-#357. Although he's from behind the Iron Curtain the Annihilator is not a Communist villain. The net tells me Leo Dorfman was the writer. Wayne Boring drew. DC indexes says the Supergirl story in #355 was a reprint, and the other two issues had new stories. Curt Swan did the covers for #355, #357, Neal Adams #356's.

The Superman story in #357 was Boring's last in his later 1960s Action Comics run. His last Superman story in the era was the second story in Superman #229. But that appeared two and a half years later, so I'd guess it was an inventory tale.

In the mid-1980s he drew Superman a few more times: a Superman sequence in All-Star Squadron Annual #3, a few stories in the Super-books late in the Julie Schwartz era, and a retelling of Superman's Golden Age origin in Secret Origins #1. He also drew All-Star Squadron #64, which retold "Case of the Funny Paper Crimes" from Superman #19 but with the All-Star Squadron replacing Superman. (The original story wasn't one of his, apparently; the GCD attributes it to Ed Dobrotka and John Sikela.) In all these cases he pencilled and others inked.

Action Comics #357 has a special significance for me because a version of the cover was used, without the story, on an Australian giant which was one of the first superhero comics I read. The cover image stayed with me, and as a young adult I bought the original issue to read the story that went with it. It's a great, grabby cover. #356's is also worth checking out.

Here are the new old DC comics Comixology released on Tuesday!

Happily, the other two parts of the Annihilator story that Luke mentions are already available on the service. Thanks, Luke!

  • Batman (1940-2011) 212: A dead body shows up in Gotham, attacked by three different people with three different methods of death. But Batman doesn't think any of them killed him. What gives!
  • Breach (2005-2006) 7: A Villains United tie-in! I've got to get back to reading this series; I liked the first few issues.
  • Icon (1993-1997) 11: An issue guest-written by Kurt Busiek -- Icon and Rocket inspire another young vigilante.
  • Static (1993-1997) 12: Static vs Joyride!
  • Wonder Woman (1994-2006) 81: A Messner-Loebs/ Moder issue falls off the Gap List! And dig that Bolland cover! I think that might complete the post-Crisis Wonder Woman run.

The sale this week is on Batman collections. The Dark Knight Detective Volume 1 has some great stories by Mike W Barr, Alan Davis, and Paul Neary. 

Just saw DC's plans for the DCU Infinite backlist in June...and when I have a chance, I'll copy & format them and put them up here. But here's the big, out-of-nowhere news: DC is going all in on Wasteland in June, in connection with a new documentary about Del Close, For Madmen Only, that's traveling the film festival circuit. I did NOT see that coming. In fact, if you asked me what non-Golden Age DC title was least likely to get digitized, Wasteland would've been pretty high on my list.

OK, here's what we get in June! The output has increased from 5 to 7, and in addition to a whole lotta Wasteland, we've also got the Who's Who Update, and some Strange Adventures! Also, the four original Milestone books continue and Breach concludes.

June 1

Breach (2005-2006) 9
Icon (1993-1997) 12
Static (1993-1997) 13
Wasteland (1987-1989) 1
Wasteland (1987-1989) 2
Wasteland (1987-1989) 3
Who’s Who Update 1987 1

June 8
Blood Syndicate (1993-1995) 7
Breach (2005-2006) 10
Hardware (1993-1997) 13
Wasteland (1987-1989) 4
Wasteland (1987-1989) 5
Wasteland (1987-1989) 6
Who’s Who Update 1987 2

June 15
Breach (2005-2006) 11
Icon (1993-1997) 13
Static (1993-1997) 14
Wasteland (1987-1989) 7
Wasteland (1987-1989) 8
Wasteland (1987-1989) 9
Who’s Who Update 1987 3

June 22
Blood Syndicate (1993-1995) 8
Hardware (1993-1997) 14
Strange Adventures (1950-1973) 1
Wasteland (1987-1989) 10
Wasteland (1987-1989) 11
Wasteland (1987-1989) 12
Who’s Who Update 1987 4

June 29
Icon (1993-1997) 14
Static (1993-1997) 15
Strange Adventures (1950-1973) 2
Wasteland (1987-1989) 13
Wasteland (1987-1989) 14
Wasteland (1987-1989) 15
Who’s Who Update 1987 5

This got away from me last week, so let's do two at once!


On May 25, Comixology added:

  • Batman (1940-2011) 213: A 30th anniversary Giant featuring reprints of the origins of Alfred and Robin, plus stories with the Red Hood, Clayface, and "The Game of Death." Batman starts an extended run on Comixology once we get to 232's Ra's Al Ghul story, but before then we're still missing 214, 215, 218, 220-224, and 226-231.
  • Blood Syndicate (1993-1995) 6: Demon Fox vs the Blood Syndicate, and it looks like there's a deadly problem Flashback's 3-second time travel can't solve. 
  • Breach (2005-2006) 8: Superman returns for another round!
  • Hardware (1993-1997) 12: Hardware shot in the back by Harm! Rich Buckler guest-pencils, which seems a weird choice, but the preview pages show he's pretty much onboard with the Milestone style.
  • Wonder Woman (1942-) 42: Wonder Woman and Etta try auto racing! We're not yet at a quarter of Diana's first 100 Golden Age issues being available, so this is nice to see.

Then on June 1, Comixology added:

  • Breach (2005-2006) 9: A connection between Breach and the Herdsman (who?)! Two issues left. 
  • Icon (1993-1997) 12: First appearance of Buck Wild, which if I recall correctly is a Luke Cage parody...before people started taking Luke Cage seriously again. 
  • Static (1993-1997) 13: Static wraps up the Joyride fight! Plus, high-school stuff. All this under a John Byrne cover.
  • Wasteland (1987-1989) 1-3: The first three issues of DC's strangest horror/autobiography anthology, written by Del Close and John Ostrander... 5 years before Vertigo, this was the closest thing to it. 
  • Who’s Who Update 1987 1: The first of several updates to the initial 26-issue Who's Who series. Not a surprise, since the Omnibus has been released. (It's GORGEOUS, by the way...!)


  • DC's sale this week focuses on new Netflix series Sweet Tooth and Jeff Lemire...  if you feel like catching up with his recent Black Label series, The Question: The Deaths of Vic Sage and Joker: Killer Smile, now's a good time. And hey, the first trade of Frankenstein: Agent of SHADE is only $4!

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