With the late summer’s unexpected, if purely everyday, travails thankfully receding, there’s now time to return to blogging here at Them Darned Superpeople. Accordingly, if all goes to plan, there’ll be a post appearing here in the next few days about the differences between Jack Kirby’s original version of Darkseid and those that followed.
But until then, what follows is a list of the comics-related reading that I’ve found interesting in the days and weeks since I lasted posted here. (I always enjoy finding out what others are reading, and perhaps you do too.) I wouldn’t say that I enjoyed everything that follows, but I most certainly found it all engaging. (There were, yes, a few comics from the recent past that I found neither enjoyable or interesting, but I don’t feel like lambasting anyone on this deceptively sunny mid-Autumn afternoon.) Times being a touch challenging, as they are for so many of us in these trying times, I’m – gratefully – relying for my comics reading on the likes of libraries and special offers, hand-me-downs and titles I simply have to acquire for my writing. This has its obvious disadvantages. It has, for example, been far too long since I’ve enjoyed the work of many of my favourite creators. But silver linings abound, given that I am reading things that I might have otherwise put off for later, or even entirely ignored.
What follows is in no order of preference. Whatever chanced to be closest to the scanner or easiest to find in my image library came first, and so on.
1. 2016/7’s Black Hammer: Secret Origins by Jeff Lemire, Dean Ormston, Dave Stewart & Todd Klein.
2. 2013’s Sandman Overture by Neil Gaiman, J. H. Williams III & Dave Stewart.
3. 2017’s Giant Days Vol 3 by John Allison, Max Sarin, Whitney Cogar & Jim Campbell.
4.1976’s The Foul Book Of Football, as edited by Andrew Nockolds & Stan Hey, a collection of 1972-5 pieces from the UK’s first football fanzine. Modelling itself as it clearly did on Private Eye, The Foul was full of cartoons and strips, including a considerable amount of work by the great Bill Tidy.
5. 2016’s Wonder Woman: The True Amazon by Jill Thompson with Jason Arthur.
6. 2016’s Becoming Andy Warhol by Nick Bertozzi & Pierce Hargan.
7. 2017’s The Wildstorm by Warren Ellis, Jon Davis-Hunt, Ivan Plascencia & Simon Bowland.
8. 2002’s Remembrance Of Things Past Vol 2 by Stephane Heuet & Stanislas Brezet.
9. 1977’s How T’Make It As A Rock Star by Tony Benyon,Malcolm Poynjer, Tony Tyler & Ian Miller.
10. The Bunty Book For Girls 1963, the work of whose creators was sadly uncredited.
11. Gotham Central Vol 3: On The Freak Beat, by Greg Rucka, Ed Brubaker, Michael Lark, Stefano Gaudiano
12. 2018’s Judge Dredd Megazine #400, with its fine Chris Weston cover and stories by a whole host of creators, including, for the scan directly above, John Wagner, Henry Flint, Chris Blythe & Annie Parkhouse.
13. 2016/7’s Clean Room Vols 2 & 3 by Gail Simone, John Davis-Hunt, Walter Geovani, Sanya Anwar, Quinton Winter & Todd Klein.
14. The 2018 reprint collection Von Hoffman’s Invasion Volume 1 by Tom Tully & Eric Bradbury, as originally appeared in Jet & then Buster during 1971 & 72.
15 & 16. My usual diet of Mark Millar issues, including Kick Ass #6 with its John Romita Jr & Peter Steigerwald cover & The Magic Order #3 with its cover by Olivier Ciopel & Dave Stewart, because I will finish my darn book about Millar’s career.
17. 2017’s House Of Penance by Peter J Tomasi, Ian Bertram, Dave Stewart & Nate Piekos.
18. 2018’s issues of The Phoenix, for my money the most consistently excellent comicbook in the world. The cover above is by, I believe, Zak Simmonds-Hurn, while the page below is from Neill Cameron’s Mega Robo Bros.
19. 2016’s Descender Vol 2 by Jeff Lemire, Dustin Nguyen & Steve Wands.
20. 2014’s Agatha – The Real Life Of Agatha Christie by Anne Martinetti, Guillaume Lebeau & Alexandre Franc.
21. 2016’s Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina Book One by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Robert Hack
22. 2018’s The Amazing Spider-Man #801 by Dan Slott, Marcos Martin, Muntsa Vicente & Joe Caramagna.
23. Rebellion’s 2016 reprint of Monster, containing strips from Scream & its specials 1985-88, by John Wagner & Redondo.
24. 2016’s Black Magick by Greg Rucka, Nicola Scott, Chiara Arena & Jodi Wynne.
25 & 26. A pile of very cheaply acquired old British annuals, including The Beano Annual 2012 and The Dandy Annual 2006, both by an army of admirable creators.
27. 2018’s 2000AD #2100, by an army corp of creators, featuring a George Perez cover and, as you can see in the scan immediately above, Friends Of The Eastern Front 1812, by Ian Edginton, Dave Taylor & Annie Parkhouse.
28. 2015’s Drifter Vol 1: Out Of The Night by Ivan Brandon, Nic Klein & Clem Robins.
29. A battered copy of the 1959 British printing of Dell’s adapatation of the John Wayne vehicle The Horse Soldiers, with art that’s clear by Mike Sekowsky. It’s not often you chance upon a comic that’s almost 60 years old going for 99p, it really isn’t.
30. 2016’s She Wolf by Rich Tommaso.
Them Darned Superpeople will return darned quickly …