Tom Spurgeon's Web site of comics news, reviews, interviews and commentary














November 28, 2018


This Isn't A Library: New, Notable Releases Into Comics' Direct Market

image

*****

Here are the books that make an impression on me staring at this week's no-doubt largely accurate list of books shipping from Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc. to comic book and hobby shops across North America.

I might not buy all of the works listed here. I might not buy any. You never know. I'd sure look at the following, though.

*****

JUN180312 YOSHITAKA AMANO THE ILLUSTRATED BIOGRAPHY HC BEYOND THE FANT $49.99
This looks like a light week in terms of comics I like. Am I missing anything obvious? As for this one, it's a Christmas gift-type choice of the adjacent to comics variety, but I won't complain.

imageJUN180743 SUPERMAN SILVER AGE SUNDAYS HC VOL 01 $49.99
SEP181889 BEATLES IN COMICS HC $29.99
JUL180492 THE ONCE AND FUTURE TARZAN TP $17.99
Three books, three 20th century icons. That Beatles book might be paired presents-wise with Carol Tyler's offering. I'd have to see for sure, and thus we have comic book shops. I could just find out by previewing the cover image, but the Tarzan book is I think Tom Yeates, which is a great thing. I'm not as familiar with post-Kubert Tarzan in comics. Like most people, Tarzan is the pulp regular who has diminished most in my eyes over my lifetime: he's the Woodrow Wilson of pulp greats.

SEP180265 HELLBOY AND BPRD 1956 #1 (OF 5) $3.99
SEP180445 ACTION COMICS #1005 $3.99
I love all things Hellboy so I'm always happy to see a new series out. Hellboy is the series that comes out so frequently that I might actually just switch over to trades at some point. I think most people already have, but I am severely addicted to the comic book format so for me to go primary on trades, or ever consider it, is a big deal. I've enjoyed the Brian Michael Bendis-written Superman book so far, enough I'm still reading both of them. They have some flagship weight to them.

JUN182035 CHARLES VESS BOOK OF BALLADS & SAGAS HC $29.99
This is a solid collection of primetime Vess and is probably the book I'd suggest to anyone looking for survey-style collection of his work.

OCT181775 COMPLETE CARL BARKS INDEX 2ND ED (CBL 5-19) LARGE PRINT SC $17.95
OCT181774 COMPLETE CARL BARKS INDEX 2ND ED (CBL 5-19) SC $11.95
OCT181778 RESTORING CARL BARKS SC $17.95
OCT181779 UNAVAILABLE CARL BARKS IN COLOR SC $34.95
I'm not the kind of collector that keeps up with all sorts of trade ephemera, but if you're going to follow one guy all the way out to every book of related interest it might as well be Carl Barks.

MAY180758 ATOMIC EMPIRE HC $24.99
I have no idea what this is, but it looks nice as all hell and the concept is a cute one. l'd surely study it once I got my hands on it, which is the great thing about comics stores.

*****

The full list of this week's releases, including some titles with multiple cover variations and a long, impressive list of toys and other stuff that isn't comics, can be found here. Despite this official list there's no guarantee a comic will show up in the stores as promised, or in all of the stores as opposed to just a few. Also, stores choose what they carry and don't carry so your shop may not carry a specific publication. There are a lot of comics out there.

To find your local comic book store, check this list; and for one I can personally recommend because I've shopped there, albeit a while back, try this.

The above titles are listed with their Diamond order code in the first field, which may assist you in finding comics at your shop or having them order something for you they don't have in-stock. Ordering through a direct market shop can be a frustrating experience, so if you have a direct line to something -- you know another shop has it, you know a bookstore has it -- I'd urge you to consider all of your options.

If I failed to list your comic, that's because I hate you.

*****

image

*****
*****
 
posted 1:25 am PST | Permalink
 

 
Daily Blog Archives
June 2019
May 2019
April 2019
March 2019
February 2019
 
Full Archives