Friday, October 31, 2014

Trick or Treat 6

Our sixth annual Happy Halloween Ten of a Kind! (With a shout-out to everyone's favorite Little Stuffed Bull)












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Amazon Top 50 - October 31, 2014

The Walking Dead, Vol. 22: A New Beginning
Here are the Top 50 Comics & Graphic Novels on Amazon Friday morning. See About the Amazon Top 50 Lists for more information on how this list is compiled.


1 (+2). The Walking Dead, Vol. 22: A New Beginning *
2 (+35). Civil War
3 (-2). The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances
4 (-2). The Walking Dead Compendium One
5 (-). The Walking Dead Compendium Two
6 (-). The Walking Dead, Vol. 21: All Out War, Part 2
7 (+33). Ms. Marvel Volume 1: No Normal *
8 (+3). Hyperbole and a Half (paperback)
9 (+21). The Hedge Knight: The Graphic Novel
10 (-1). Saga Volume 4 *
11 (R). The Infinity Gauntlet
12 (-4). Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir
13 (-1). Batman: The Killing Joke, Deluxe Edition
14 (R). The Sworn Sword: The Graphic Novel
15 (-8). How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You
16 (-6). Star Wars: Jedi Academy vol. 2: Return of the Padawan
17 (+3). Saga Volume 1
18 (-5). Batman: Death of the Family Book and Joker Mask Set
19 (+7). Saga Volume 3
20 (-13). The Walking Dead Book 10
21 (-5). Hawkeye Volume 3: L.A. Woman
22 (-3). Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
23 (+15). Patricia Brigg's Mercy Thompson: Homecoming #1 (Kindle)
24 (+7). Saga Volume 2
25 (-1). Batman Vol. 2: The City of Owls (The New 52)
26 (-1). Darth Vader and Son
27 (-9). Batman Vol. 4: Zero Year - Secret City (The New 52)
28 (+6). Vader's Little Princess
29 (-7). Star Wars: Jedi Academy
30 (N). Captain Marvel Volume 1: Higher, Further, Faster, More
31 (-3). The Walking Dead, Vol. 20: All Out War, Part 1
32 (N). Civil War (Kindle)
33 (+8). Marvel Encyclopedia
34 (-13). Goodnight Darth Vader
35 (-21). Batman Vol. 5: Zero Year - Dark City (The New 52)
36 (-1). The Walking Dead Book 1
37 (-5). The Walking Dead, Vol. 1: Days Gone Bye
38 (+4). Batman Vol. 3: Death of the Family (The New 52)
39 (N). Attack on Titan: No Regrets 2
40 (N). Attack on Titan 14
41 (-14). Batman: Year One
42 (-9). Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood
43 (N). John Constantine, Hellblazer, Vol. 1: Original Sins
44 (R). Batman Vol. 1: The Court of Owls (The New 52)
45 (N). Dilbert 2015 Day-to-Day Calendar
46 (N). Walt Disney's Uncle Scrooge: "The Seven Cities Of Gold"
47 (R). The Walking Dead, Vol. 17: Something to Fear
48 (R). Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe
49 (-5). The Complete Calvin & Hobbes (paperback)
50 (-3). The Walking Dead, Vol. 19: March to War


Items with asterisks (*) are pre-order items.

N = New listing appearing on list for first time
R = Item returning to the list after having been off for 1 or more weeks

Commentary:

  • A new number one: The latest Walking Dead collection shambles to the top of the chart this week. Walking Dead takes four of the top ten, and ten of the top fifty this week.
  • Marvel comes on strong this week, with their slate of movie announcements pushing Civil War, Infinity Gauntlet and Captain Marvel up the chart. Most impresive is the first Ms. Marvel collection: with no movie announced it still moves up into the top ten; likely a combination of a halo effect and an interest in the character outside of the traditional comics market.
  • DC's presence on the chart this week is almost all Batman, the exception being the first Hellblazer collection, no doubt due to the debut of the Constantine television show.
  • Also debuting this week are two Attack on Titan volumes, the 2015 Dilbert Day-to-Day Calendar, and an Uncle Scrooge collection.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Old 51 - DC Comics for August 1992

Justice Society of America #1
It's the fifth and final week of our journey into DC's past. Previously I looked at DC's offerings for August 1982, August 1972, August 1962, and August 1952. This week I'm heading over to the DC Database Wiki to look at August 1992:

  • Action Comics #680 (super-hero)
  • Adventures of Superman #493 (super-hero)
  • Animal Man #50 (super-hero)
  • Aquaman #9 (super-hero)
  • Arion the Immortal #2 (sword & sorcery)
  • Batman #483 (super-hero)
  • Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #35 (super-hero)
  • Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #36 (super-hero)
  • Batman: Knight Cries (OGN) (super-hero)
  • Batman: Run, Riddler, Run #3 (super-hero)
  • Batman: Shadow of the Bat #3 (super-hero)
  • Black Condor #3 (super-hero)
  • The Black Hood #9 (super-hero)
  • The Comet #14 (super-hero)
  • The Crusaders #4 (super-hero)
  • Deathstroke the Terminator #13 (super-hero)
  • The Demon #26 (horror/mystery)
  • Detective Comics #647 (super-hero)
  • Detective Comics #648 (super-hero)
  • Doom Patrol #58 (super-hero)
  • Flash #67 (super-hero)
  • Green Arrow #65 (super-hero)
  • Green Lantern #27 (super-hero)
  • Green Lantern: Mosaic #3 (super-hero)
  • Guy Gardner Reborn #2 (super-hero)
  • The Hacker Files #1 (adventure)
  • Hawkworld #25 (super-hero)
  • Hellblazer #56 (horror/mystery)
  • Ironwolf: Fires of the Revolution (OGN) (sci-fi)
  • The Jaguar #13 (super-hero)
  • Justice League America #65 (super-hero)
  • Justice League Europe #41 (super-hero)
  • Justice Society of America #1 (super-hero)
  • L.E.G.I.O.N. '92 #43 (super-hero)
  • L.E.G.I.O.N. '92 #44 (super-hero)
  • The Legend of The Shield #14 (super-hero)
  • Legion of Super-Heroes #32 (super-hero)
  • Martian Manhunter: American Secrets #1 (super-hero)
  • The New Titans #89 (super-hero)
  • Sandman #40 (fantasy)
  • Shade, the Changing Man #26 (super-hero)
  • Skull and Bones #3 (adventure)
  • Star Trek #34 (sci-fi)
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation #35 (sci-fi)
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation #36 (sci-fi)
  • Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (sci-fi)
  • Superman #70 (super-hero)
  • Superman: The Man of Steel #14 (super-hero)
  • Swamp Thing #122 (horror/mystery)
  • The Web #12 (super-hero)
  • Wonder Woman #56 (super-hero)
That's 32 super-hero comics, 5 sci-fi, 3 horror/mystery, 2 adventure, 1 sword & sorcery , and 1 dark fantasy; for a total of 51 comics published by DC that month.

The majority of the sci-fi titles are from DC having the Star Trek license; this was also the period when they were publishing the !mpact imprint, featuring super-hero titles licensed from Archie. It is also the time of proto-Vertigo titles such as Hellblazer, Sandman, Animal Man and Shade (Vertigo would launch in 1993).

Regular titles were $1.25—$2.12 in 2014 dollars—for 22 pages of comics. Upscale books (e.g. Sandman) were $1.50—$2.54 in 2014 dollars—for 24 pages of comics. Prestige format books (Batman: Run, Riddler, Run & Martian Manhunter: American Secrets) were $4.95—$8.40 in 2014 dollars—for 46-47 pages of comics. (Inflation figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics inflation calculator.)

In August 2014, DC published a whopping 76 different titles! 60 super-hero titles, 8 horror/mystery, 5 fantasy, 1 sci-fi, 1 war, and 1 western. Many are $2.99 for 20 pages of comics; some are $3.99 for 22 pages of comics, a few are $4.99 for 35-38 pages of comics.


We can see that by 1992 the publishing landscape at DC was starting to resemble that of the modern day; more so than in 1982, and certainly much more so than in 1952!


That concludes our journey through the decades with DC. We hope that you enjoyed the trip!





Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Digital Comics Picks of the Week for October 29, 2014

Wonder Woman #35
Here is my weekly Pinterest board of this week's recommended new digital comics:

Digital Comics Picks of the Week for October 29, 2014 

Highlights include: Wonder Woman #35, Mind MGMT #27, Groo vs. Conan #4, Fight Man #1, Ronin, Rachel Rising #29, and more!


Follow Dave's board October 29, 2014 - Digital Comics Picks of the Week on Pinterest.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Amazon Top 50 - October 24, 2014

The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances
Here are the Top 50 Comics & Graphic Novels on Amazon Friday morning. See About the Amazon Top 50 Lists for more information on how this list is compiled.


1 (-). The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances
2 (-). The Walking Dead Compendium Volume 1
3 (+2). The Walking Dead, Vol. 22: A New Beginning *
4 (N). The Best of the Rejection Collection
5 (+4). The Walking Dead Compendium Volume 2
6 (-3). The Walking Dead, Vol. 21: All Out War, Part 2
7 (-1). The Walking Dead Book 10
8 (-4). Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir
9 (+2). Saga Volume 4 *
10 (-3). Star Wars: Jedi Academy vol. 2: Return of the Padawan
11 (-3). Hyperbole and a Half (paperback)
12 (+1). Batman: The Killing Joke, Deluxe Edition
13 (-3). Batman: Death of the Family Book and Joker Mask Set
14 (-2). Batman Vol. 5: Zero Year - Dark City (The New 52)
15 (N). Injustice: Gods Among Us: Year Three #4 (Kindle)
16 (N). Hawkeye Volume 3: L.A. Woman
17 (+2). How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You
18 (+2). Batman Vol. 4: Zero Year - Secret City (The New 52)
19 (+3). Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
20 (-3). Saga Volume 1
21 (-). Goodnight Darth Vader
22 (+4). Star Wars: Jedi Academy
23 (R). Age of Ultron
24 (+4). Batman Vol. 2: The City of Owls (The New 52)
25 (-11). Darth Vader and Son
26 (-2). Saga Volume 3
27 (+11). Batman: Year One
28 (-10). The Walking Dead, Vol. 20: All Out War, Part 1
29 (+13). East of West Volume 3: There Is No Us
30 (-7). The Hedge Knight: The Graphic Novel
31 (+4). Saga Volume 2
32 (+9). The Walking Dead, Vol. 1: Days Gone Bye
33 (-6). Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood
34 (-9). Vader's Little Princess
35 (R). The Walking Dead Book 1
36 (R). Watchmen
37 (-21). Civil War
38 (+5). Patricia Brigg's Mercy Thompson: Homecoming #1 (Kindle)
39 (+7). V for Vendetta
40 (-7). Ms. Marvel Volume 1: No Normal *
41 (-1). Marvel Encyclopedia
42 (+8). Batman Vol. 3: Death of the Family (The New 52)
43 (R). Zen Pencils
44 (-). The Complete Calvin & Hobbes (paperback)
45 (+3). Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
46 (-14). Sex Criminals Volume 1
47 (-18). The Walking Dead, Vol. 19: March to War
48 (N). The Best of the Rejection Collection (Kindle)
49 (R). Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art
50 (N). Syllabus: Notes from an Accidental Professor


Items with asterisks (*) are pre-order items.

N = New listing appearing on list for first time
R = Item returning to the list after having been off for 1 or more weeks

Commentary:


  • Matthew Inman's latest Oatmeal book, The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances, comes in at #1 for the fourth week in a row. It is currently #145 on the overall Amazon books chart.
  • The Walking Dead sales remain strong, taking five of the top ten slots. They'll likely remain very good while the television show is on the air, then spike right after the mid-season finale. 
  • The top debut this week is The Best of the Rejection Collection: 293 Cartoons That Were Too Dumb, Too Dark, or Too Naughty for The New Yorker, which I'm guessing is exactly as its long subtitle describes. The Kindle edition also pops in at #48.
  • Also debuting this week are the latest issue of Injustice, the new Hawkeye collection, and Lynda Barry's Syllabus: Notes from an Accidental Professor (which may not technically be comics, but it's likely some very graphical collagey stuff from Barry and that's good enough foe me—YMMV).
  • The trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron leaked early this week, and Marvel's Age of Ultron collection dutifully shows up on the top 50 chart. This despite the fact that it seems that the only thing the movie and the comic share is their title...


Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Old 23 - DC Comics for August 1952

Batman #72
It's week four of our journey into DC's past. Previously I looked at DC's offerings for August 1982, August 1972, and August 1962. This week I'm heading over to the DC Database Wiki to look at August 1952:

  • Action Comics #171 (super-hero)
  • Adventure Comics #179 (super-hero)
  • The Adventures of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis #1 (humor)
  • The Adventures of Rex the Wonder Dog #4 (adventure)
  • Batman #72 (super-hero)
  • Comic Cavalcade #52 (funny animal)
  • Detective Comics #186 (super-hero)
  • Flippity and Flop #5 (funny animal)
  • Gang Busters #29 (crime)
  • Girls' Love Stories #18 (romance)
  • Here's Howie #4 (humor)
  • Hollywood Funny Folks #48 (funny animal)
  • The House of Mystery #5 (horror/mystery)
  • Mystery in Space #9 (sci-fi)
  • Our Army at War #1 (war)
  • Peter Porkchops #17 (funny animal)
  • Real Screen Comics #53 (funny animal)
  • Sensation Mystery #110 (horror/mystery)
  • Star-Spangled War Stories #131 (war)
  • Strange Adventures #23 (sci-fi)
  • Superboy #21 (super-hero)
  • Superman #77 (super-hero)
  • Tomahawk #12 (western)

That's 6 super-hero titles, 5 funny animal, 2 humor, 2 horror/mystery, 2 sci-fi, 2 war, 1 adventure, 1 crime, 1 romance, and 1 western; for a total of 23 comics published by DC that month.

We should note here that at the time, many of DC's titles were on a bi-monthly, quarterly, or other schedule. So titles like A Date with Judy, The Adventures of Bob HopeAll-American Western, All-Star Western, Big Town, Dale Evans Comics, Fox and the Crow, Funny Stuff, Leading Screen Comics, Leave It to Binky, Movietown's Animal Antics, Mr. District Attorney, Secret Hearts, Wonder Woman, and World's Finest didn't have an August cover-date issue in 1952.

All titles were 10¢—90¢ in 2014 dollars—for around thirty pages of story (except for Batman, which was extra-sized but the same 10¢ price!) (Inflation figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics inflation calculator.)

In August 2014, DC published a whopping 76 different titles! 60 super-hero titles, 8 horror/mystery, 5 fantasy, 1 science fiction, 1 war, and 1 western. Many are $2.99 for 20 pages of comics; some are $3.99 for 22 pages of comics, a few are $4.99 for 35-38 pages of comics.

(Of course, today's DC comics have higher quality production—coloring, paper quality, etc.—and creators tend to be which may or may not be worth the extra cost to you.)

Tune in next week, when we finish our journey through time and travel to 1992! 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Amazon Top 50 - October 17, 2014

The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances
Here are the Top 50 Comics & Graphic Novels on Amazon Friday evening. See About the Amazon Top 50 Lists for more information on how this list is compiled.


1 (-). The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances
2 (+11). The Walking Dead Compendium Volume 1
3 (+7). The Walking Dead, Vol. 21: All Out War, Part 2
4 (+20). Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir
5 (+6). The Walking Dead, Vol. 22: A New Beginning *
6 (+8). The Walking Dead Book 10
7 (-4). Star Wars: Jedi Academy vol. 2: Return of the Padawan
8 (-3). Hyperbole and a Half (paperback)
9 (+13). The Walking Dead Compendium Volume 2
10 (-1). Batman: Death of the Family Book and Joker Mask Set
11 (-7). Saga Volume 4 *
12 (-9). Batman Vol. 5: Zero Year - Dark City (The New 52)
13 (+5). Batman: The Killing Joke, Deluxe Edition
14 (+3). Darth Vader and Son
15 (N). Injustice: Gods Among Us: Year Three #3 (Kindle)
16 (N). Civil War
17 (+3). Saga Volume 1
18 (+18). The Walking Dead, Vol. 20: All Out War, Part 1
19 (-13). How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You
20 (-8). Batman Vol. 4: Zero Year - Secret City (The New 52)
21 (-). Goodnight Darth Vader
22 (+15). Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
23 (+24). The Hedge Knight: The Graphic Novel
24 (+8). Saga Volume 3
25 (-). Vader's Little Princess
26 (-11). Star Wars: Jedi Academy
27 (+1). Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood
28 (+6). Batman Vol. 2: The City of Owls (The New 52)
29 (R). The Walking Dead, Vol. 19: March to War
30 (R). The Sworn Sword: The Graphic Novel
31 (-15). Naruto, Vol. 67
32 (R). Sex Criminals Volume 1
33 (N). Ms. Marvel Volume 1: No Normal *
34 (-1). Batman Vol. 1: The Court of Owls (The New 52)
35 (R). Saga Volume 2
36 (R). Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe
37 (-10). Maus I: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History
38 (-9). Batman: Year One
39 (R). The Walking Dead, Vol. 18: What Comes After
40 (-10). Marvel Encyclopedia
41 (-3). The Walking Dead, Vol. 1: Days Gone Bye
42 (N). East of West Volume 3: There Is No Us *
43 (N). Patricia Brigg's Mercy Thompson: Homecoming #1 (Kindle)
44 (-13). The Complete Calvin & Hobbes (paperback)
45 (R). Attack on Titan 1
46 (+3). V for Vendetta
47 (R). The Walking Dead, Vol. 17: Something to Fear
48 (-13). Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
49 (R). 5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth (Kindle)
50 (R). Batman Vol. 3: Death of the Family (The New 52)


Items with asterisks (*) are pre-order items.

N = New listing appearing on list for first time
R = Item returning to the list after having been off for 1 or more weeks

Commentary:

  • Matthew Inman's latest Oatmeal book, The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances, comes in at #1 for the third week in a row. It is currently #189 on the overall Amazon books chart.
  • The Walking Dead television show returned last weekend, and as one would expect The Walking Dead collections show strong gains on the comics chart this week: Three of the top five, five of the top ten, and ten of the top fifty.
  • The collection of Marvel's Civil War debuts on the chart this week, no doubt due to the expectation that the third Captain America movie will follow its general plot.
  • Also debuting this week are two Kindle single issues (Injustice Year 3 #3 & Mercy Thompson: Homecoming #1), the first Ms. Marvel collection, and the third East of West collection.