Saturday, February 29, 2020

Spotlight on SUPERHERO COLLECTED EDITONS!

Your Favorite Female Super Heroes and Villains in Graphic Novel Form

I thought I would take advantage of Leap Day 2020 to post something different I have been working on for quite some time. I love female comic characters, especially C-listers who have surprisingly stood the test of time. Many of these have been relegated to random guest appearances and the occasional backup solo story but rarely get a moment to shine, despite a lot of love from fans. That's where collected editions come into play. Unlike a graphic novel that tells a cohesive narrative, collected editions (when done right) gather all those random key appearances of a scattered character and bring them all together to paint a portrait and hopefully show a fun evolution of costume and personality in the process. Similar to my post on Action Figure Variant Covers, this is a feature I plan to update every year or so with more entries. Some will be new, some will be old issues I've discovered. It's currently my second favorite hobby after action figures, so I have a lot of personal momentum. Let's check them out below!






The Collected Editions I'm highlighting are specifically for characters that never really had a single narrative thread in the comics. For instance, a collected edition of the solo titles for She-Hulk, Spider-Woman, or Ms Marvel will not be included here. Rather, it's those lesser-known characters that rarely get any notoriety beyond a random mini-series here or there. If you know of any great ones that I'm missing, please let me know!

At the bottom of the post I will include some upcoming books, as well as a wishlist. In a hopeful attempt at making my wishlist come true, I am listing all of the Collection Editors for these books. I figure these are the men and women who can make things happen, and hopefully this post will show up on their Google alerts now.




I'm going to start with the book that started this obsession: The Huntress: Dark Knight Daughter. When I was a kid I was fascinated by this character, but only had a few stories with her (two Wonder Woman issues where she had a backup story and a few Batman Family issues). I always wanted more. The post-Crisis Helena Bertinelli version was very different and not as nostalgic to me.




THE HUNTRESS: DARK KNIGHT DAUGHTER
DC Comics - December 2006
224 Pages
Collection Editor: Anton Kawasaki
Note: Reprinted as Huntress Origins in January 2020



DC SUPER-STARS #17, Nov-Dec 1977
BATMAN FAMILY #18, June-July 1978
BATMAN FAMILY #19, Aug-Sept 1978
BATMAN FAMILY #20, Oct-Nov 1978
WONDER WOMAN #271, Sept 1980
WONDER WOMAN #272, Oct 1980
WONDER WOMAN #273, Nov 1980
WONDER WOMAN #274, Dec 1980
WONDER WOMAN #275, Jan 1981
WONDER WOMAN #276, Feb 1981
WONDER WOMAN #277, Mar 1981
WONDER WOMAN #278, Apr 1981
WONDER WOMAN #279, May 1981
WONDER WOMAN #280, June 1981
WONDER WOMAN #281, July 1981
WONDER WOMAN #282, Aug 1981
WONDER WOMAN #283, Sept 1981
WONDER WOMAN #284, Oct 1981
WONDER WOMAN #285, Nov 1981
WONDER WOMAN #286, Dec 1981
WONDER WOMAN #287, Jan 1982
WONDER WOMAN #289, Mar 1982
WONDER WOMAN #290, Apr 1982
WONDER WOMAN #294, Aug 1982
WONDER WOMAN #295, Sept 1982












While we're on the topic of Huntress, this JSA Vol 2 TP collects all of her JSA appearances.


JUSTICE SOCIETY, VOL 2
DC Comics - February 2007
224 Pages
Collection Editor: Anton Kawasaki



ALL-STAR COMICS #68, Oct 1977
ALL-STAR COMICS #69, Dec 1977
ALL-STAR COMICS #70, Feb 1978
ALL-STAR COMICS #71, Apr 1978
ALL-STAR COMICS #72, June 1978
ALL-STAR COMICS #73, Aug 1978
ALL-STAR COMICS #74, Oct 1978
ADVENTURE COMICS #461, Feb 1979
ADVENTURE COMICS #462, Apr 1979
ADVENTURE COMICS #463, Jun 1979
ADVENTURE COMICS #464, Aug 1979
ADVENTURE COMICS #465, Oct 1979
ADVENTURE COMICS #466, Dec 1979

So what is missing? The remaining Pre-Crisis Huntress appearances could be collected like this:

JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #159, Oct 1978
JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #160, Nov 1978
WONDER WOMAN #295-321, Oct 1982-Nov 1984
25 additional solo backup stories = 175 pgs











X-MEN ORIGINS: FIRESTAR
Marvel Comics - April 2017
264 Pages
Collection Editor: Mark D. Beazley


SPIDER-MAN & HIS AMAZING FRIENDS #1, Dec 1981
UNCANNY X-MEN #193, May 1985
FIRESTAR #1, Mar 1986
FIRESTAR #2, Apr 1986
FIRESTAR #3, May 1986
FIRESTAR #4, June 1986
MARVEL COMIC PRESENTS #82, 1991
MARVEL COMIC PRESENTS #83, 1991
MARVEL COMIC PRESENTS #84, 1991
MARVEL COMIC PRESENTS #85, 1991
MARVEL COMIC PRESENTS #86, 1991
MARVEL COMIC PRESENTS #87, 1991
SPIDER-MAN FAMILY ft SPIDER-MAN'S AMAZING FRIENDS #1 Oct 2006


*Note: in 2006 there was a digest-size 104 page collection of the 1986 mini-series. This digest had the same cover graphic as the X-Men Origins edition so it can get a bit confusing.














MOCKINGBIRD: BOBBI MORSE, AGENT OF S.H.I.E.L.D.
Marvel Comics - August 2016
440 Pages
Collection Editor: Mark D. Beazley



 ASTONISHING TALES #7, Aug 1971
ASTONISHING TALES #8, Oct 1971
ASTONISHING TALES #10, Feb 1972
ASTONISHING TALES #11, Apr 1972
ASTONISHING TALES #12, Jun 1972
ASTONISHING TALES #13, Aug 1972
ASTONISHING TALES #15, Dec 1972
ASTONISHING TALES #16, Feb 1973
ASTONISHING TALES #17, Apr 1973
ASTONISHING TALES #18, Jun 1973
ASTONISHING TALES #19, Aug 1973
ASTONISHING TALES #20, Oct 1973
KA-ZAR #3, May 1974
KA-ZAR #4, July 1974
KA-ZAR #5, Sept 1974
SAVAGE TALES #8, Jan 1975
MARVEL SUPER ACTION #1, Jan 1976
MARVEL TEAM-UP #95, July 1980
HAWKEYE #1, Sept 1983
HAWKEYE #2, Oct 1983
HAWKEYE #3, Nov 1983
HAWKEYE #4, Dec 1983












BATMAN ARKHAM: POISON IVY
DC Comics - September 2016
312 Pages
Collection Editor: Paul Santos
Collection Editor: Jeb Woodard


BATMAN #181, June 1966
WORLD'S FINEST COMICS #251, 1978
WORLD'S FINEST COMICS #252, 1978
BATMAN #339, Sept 1981
SECRET ORIGINS #36, Jan 1989
BATMAN: LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT #42, Feb 1993
BATMAN: LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT #43, Mar 1993
BATMAN: SHADOW OF THE BAT ANNUAL #3, Aug 1995
BATMAN: POISON IVY, May 1997
BATMAN CHRONICLES #9, July 1997
JOKER'S ASYLUM: POISON IVY #1, Sept 2008
GOTHAM CITY SIRENS #9, March 2010
DETECTIVE COMICS #23.1, Nov 2013 























CAPTAIN MARVEL: MONICA RAMBEAU
Marvel Comics - February 2019
280 Pages
Collection Editor: Mark D. Beazley


AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANN #16, 
Dec 1982
AVENGERS #277, Jan 1983
MARVEL TEAM-UP #142, June 1984
MARVEL TEAM-UP #143, July 1984
AVENGERS #279, May 1987
SOLO AVENGERS #2, Jan 1988
MARVEL FANFARE #42, Feb 1989
CAPTAIN MARVEL #1, Nov 1989
MARVEL FANFARE #57, June 1991
CAPTAIN MARVEL #1, Feb 1994
AVENGERS UNPLUGGED #5, 1996 
One of the best things to come from the 2019 Captain Marvel movie was historical focus on Monica Rambeau and Starforce. I never ever expected to see a book like this. I hoping the next movie might inspire a Deathbird collection. And of course toys of everyone!






















TIGRA: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION
Marvel Comics - December 2019
424 Pages
Collection Editor: Anton Kawasaki


THE CAT #1, Nov 1972
THE CAT #2, Jan 1973
THE CAT #3, Apr 1973
THE CAT #4, June 1973
MARVEL TEAM-UP #8, Apr 1973
GIANT-SIZE CREATURES #1, 1974 
MONSTERS UNLEASHED #10, 1975 
MARVEL CHILLERS #3, Feb 1976 
MARVEL CHILLERS #4, Apr 1976 
MARVEL CHILLERS #5, June 1976 
MARVEL CHILLERS #6, Aug 1976 
MARVEL CHILLERS #7, Oct 1976
MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE #19, Sept 1976 
MARVEL TEAM-UP #67, Mar 1978 
MARVEL PREMIERE #42, June 1978 
MARVEL TEAM-UP #125, Jan 1983 
TIGRA #1, May 2002
TIGRA #2, June 2002
TIGRA #3, July 2002
TIGRA #4, Aug 2002













So an interesting thing about this Tigra book is that I had an eerily similar prediction. I mentioned up above that I had been working on this post for a long time.. in actuality I had started it over a year ago and intended it for a second blog I was planning to launch. In the process, I had a Tigra book on my wishlist. The book contents are very similar and I even chose the same cover.













WONDER GIRL: ADVENTURES OF A TEEN TITAN
DC Comics - September 2017
160 Pages
Collection Editor: Jeb Woodard


WONDER WOMAN #105, APR 1959
THE BRAVE & THE BOLD #60, 1965
TEEN TITANS #22, JULY 1969
ADVENTURE COMICS  #461, JAN 1979
WONDER WOMAN #105, JAN 1996
WONDER WOMAN #113, SEPT 1996
WONDER WOMAN: DONNA TROY #1, JUNE 1998
WONDER GIRL #1, MAR 2011

This collection is a little bizarre. It blends together two different Wonder Girls (Donna Troy and Cassie Sandsmark) and doesn't really give an in-depth view of either. Cassie's early appearances were a little annoying to me as well. I really like the hero she eventually evolved into, but there were some growing pains for me. I'm also not a huge fan of the cover design. This is one of the only collections in this post that I don't own.














THE NEW TEEN TITANS: WHO IS DONNA TROY?
DC Comics - June 2005
224 pages
Collection Editor: Anton Kawasaki


THE NEW TEEN TITANS #38, 1984
TALES OF THE TEEN TITANS #50, Feb 1985
THE NEW TITANS #50, Dec 1988
THE NEW TITANS #51, Winter 1988
THE NEW TITANS #52, Jan 1989
THE NEW TITANS #53, Feb 1989
THE NEW TITANS #54, Mar 1989
THE NEW TITANS #55, June 1989
TEEN TITANS/OUTSIDERS SECRET FILES 2003, Dec 2003 

Now this is a great and unexpected collection. I think characters like Dick Grayson and Donna Troy are really impressive. They have grown and evolved over the decades, changed identities, and passed on their mantles to younger heroes. While this is in no way a complete tale of Donna Troy, it does capture her late-1980's phase nicely.












SPIDER-MAN VS BLACK CAT
Marvel Comics - January 2005
128 Pages
Collection Editor: Jeff Youngquist


AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #194, July 79
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #195, Aug 79
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #204, May 80
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #205, June 80
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #226, Mar 82
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #227, Apr 82



In the early 2000s, Marvel released a bunch of "Spider-man versus" collected editions. At 128 pages, this book feels just a smidge bigger than a prestige bound comic, but it's the best Black Cat collection currently out there. I think she's become popular enough and has had enough solo titles to warrant a more robust collection someday.













SPIDER-MAN VS SILVER SABLE
Marvel Comics - January 2006
144 Pages
Collection Editor: Jeff Youngquist


AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #265, 1985
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #279, 1986
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #280, 1986
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #281, 1986
PETER PARKER, THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #128, July 1987
PETER PARKER, THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #129, Aug 1987


Similar to the Black Cat collection above, this Silver Sable book is the only collection like it. I only recently became fond of this character after picking up the new Marvel Legends figure earlier this year, so I was excited to find this book at my local comic shop (after seeing it very overpriced on eBay). I also think that her various solo titles and more recent storylines could qualify her for an updated collection.












POWER GIRL
DC Comics - June 2006
176 Pages
Collection Editor: Robert Greenberger
Collection Editor: Anton Kawasaki
Collection Editor: Robert Joy


SHOWCASE #97, Feb 1978
SHOWCASE #98, Mar 1978
SHOWCASE #99, Apr 1978
SECRET ORIGINS #11, Feb 1987
JSA #32, Mar 2002
JSA: CLASSIFIED #1, Sept 2005
JSA: CLASSIFIED #2, Oct 2005
JSA: CLASSIFIED #3, Nov 2005
JSA: CLASSIFIED #4, Dec 2005
JSA #39 - Oct 2002

This collection amazes me because I overlooked it so many times in stores. I just assumed it was collecting the early 2000's JSA stuff when Kara was making her big comeback. But a few years ago I discovered it actually highlighted a lot of her early appearances. And the iconic Adams Hughes cover is too good to pass up.












JLA: ZATANNA'S SEARCH
DC Comics - January 2004
128 Pages
Collection Editor: Robert Greenberger


HAWKMAN #4, Nov 1964
DETECTIVE COMICS #336, Feb 1965
ATOM #19, July 1965
GREEN LANTERN #42, Jan 1966
DETECTIVE COMICS #355, Sept 1966
JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #51, Feb 1967
DC SPECIAL BLUE RIBBON DIGEST #5, Dec 1980


This beauty is my newest acquisition. I haven't started reading it yet, but it seems like a perfect introduction to classic Zatanna. It was on my hunting list and I found it in a giant warehouse of a comic shop a couple weeks ago. Funny thing is, I never saw the cover online so was surprised by the gorgeous Brian Bolland cover (He drew the Huntress cover at the top of this post, too).












BATMAN ARKHAM: JOKER'S DAUGHTER 
DC Comics - December 2017
222 Pages
Collection Editor: Paul Santos
Collection Editor: Jeb Woodard


BATMAN FAMILY #6, Jul-Aug 1976
BATMAN FAMILY #8, Nov-Dec 1976
BATMAN FAMILY #9, Jan-Feb 1977
TEEN TITANS #48, June 1977
BATMAN FAMILY #16, Feb-Mar 1978
BATMAN FAMILY #19, Aug-Sept 1978
DETECTIVE COMICS #482, Feb 1979
DETECTIVE COMICS #483, Apr 1979
THE TITANS: SECRET FILES AND ORIGINS #2, Oct 2000
TEEN TITANS/OUTSIDERS: SECRET FILES AND ORIGINS 2005, Oct 2005
BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT #23.4, Nov 2013
BATMAN: JOKER'S DAUGHTER #1, Apr 2014

This is a fun collection. I really enjoyed the Joker's Daughter storylines from a few years ago and was sad to see the character fade away too soon. The unexpected thing is, this book also collects a lot of great Duela Dent stories from the 1970s.












X-MEN: DOMINO
Marvel Comics - April 2018
288 Pages
Collection Editor: Mark D. Beazley


DOMINO #1, Jan 1997
DOMINO #2, Feb 1997
DOMINO #3, Mar 1997
DOMINO #1, June 2003
DOMINO #2, June 2003
DOMINO #3, July 2003
DOMINO #4, Aug 2003
X-FORCE: SEX & VIOLENCE #1, 2010
X-FORCE: SEX & VIOLENCE #2, 2010
X-FORCE: SEX & VIOLENCE #3, 2010
X-FORCE & CABLE '95 #1, Dec 1995
A+X #10, Sept 2013
UNCANNY X-MEN ANNUAL #1, Jan 2017













JESSICA JONES: AVENGER
Marvel Comics - August 2016
184 Pages
Collection Editor: Mark D. Beazley



NEW AVENGERS #38, Apr 2008
NEW AVENGERS #47, Jan 2009
NEW AVENGERS ANNUAL #3, Feb 2010
NEW AVENGERS #8, Mar 2011
NEW AVENGERS #31, Dec 2012
WHAT IF JESSICA JONES HAD JOINED THE AVENGERS?, Feb 2005
JESSICA JONES NYCC COMIC #1, 2015
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #601, Oct 2009
MARVEL 75TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION #1, Dec 2014

I don't own this book, but I like to think that it collects all the "flashback" issues featuring Jessica Jones' adventures as the Avenger Jewel. If you are unaware, Jessica Jones as introduced as a character after she has already quite the superhero business, then retroactively inserted into Avengers history via flashbacks. I always liked the look of Jewel. Her outfit is half cheesy and half classic.













GAMORA: GUARDIAN OF THE GALAXY
Marvel Comics - September 2016
192 Pages
Collection Editor: Mark D. Beazley


STRANGE TALES #180, June 1975
STRANGE TALES #181, Aug 1975
WARLOCK #9, Oct 1975
WARLOCK #10, Dec 2975
WARLOCK #11, Feb 1976
WARLOCK #15, Nov 1976
AVENGERS ANNUAL #7, 1977
MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE ANN #2, 1977




With the success of the Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers movies, I knew a Gamora collected edition was inevitable. For me personally though, I never loved her early stories. She never really evolved as an interesting character for me until the MCU version (and subsequent solo comic series). But even still, this collection is a great representation of classic Gamora.









COMING SOON * COMING SOON * COMING SOON * COMING SOON







WONDER WOMAN: CHEETAH
DC Comics - March 2020
216 Pages
Collection Editor: ?


WONDER WOMAN #6, Fall 1943
WONDER WOMAN #274, Dec 1980
WONDER WOMAN #275, Jan 1981 
WONDER WOMAN #9, Oct 1987 
THE FLASH #219, Apr 2005
WONDER WOMAN #214, May 2005
JUSTICE LEAGUE #13, Dec 2012 
JUSTICE LEAGUE #14, Jan 2013
WONDER WOMAN #23.1, Nov 2013
WONDER WOMAN #8, Dec 2016



I am really looking forward to buying this book in a few weeks. As much as I love Cheetah, I honestly don't know too much about her. I only really know her from merchandise and the first few issues of the 2006 Wonder Woman series. I would love to have a crash course in her history before the movie comes out in June, and this book is the perfect remedy.


















STARGIRL
DC Comics - May 2020
416 Pages
Collection Editor: ?



STARS AND S.T.R.I.P.E. #0, July 1999
STARS AND S.T.R.I.P.E. #1, July 1999
STARS AND S.T.R.I.P.E. #2, July 1999
STARS AND S.T.R.I.P.E. #3, July 1999
STARS AND S.T.R.I.P.E. #4, July 1999
STARS AND S.T.R.I.P.E. #5, July 1999
STARS AND S.T.R.I.P.E. #6, July 1999
STARS AND S.T.R.I.P.E. #7, July 1999
STARS AND S.T.R.I.P.E. #8, July 1999
STARS AND S.T.R.I.P.E. #9, July 1999
STARS AND S.T.R.I.P.E. #10, July 1999
STARS AND S.T.R.I.P.E. #11, July 1999
STARS AND S.T.R.I.P.E. #12, July 1999
STARS AND S.T.R.I.P.E. #13, July 1999
STARS AND S.T.R.I.P.E. #14, July 1999
JSA ALL STARS #4, OCT 2003
DCU HEROES SECRET FILES #1, 1999
DCU VILLAINS SECRET FILES #1, 1999








WISHLIST * WISHLIST * WISHLIST * WISHLIST * WISHLIST






BLACK ORCHID

Before her Vertigo Comics revamp, Black Orchid was a perfect backup story character. A typical plot involved a shady corrupt businessman thinking he was invincible, only to have the shy nondescript secretary reveal herself as the Black Orchid on the final page and thwart his evildoings. It was Bronze Age gold.


Here is my ideal lineup for a Collected Edition:

ADVENTURE COMICS #428, Aug '73
ADVENTURE COMICS #429, Oct '73
ADVENTURE COMICS #430, Dec '73
PHANTOM STRANGER #31, July '74
PHANTOM STRANGER #32, Sept '74
PHANTOM STRANGER #35, Mar '75
PHANTOM STRANGER #36, May '75
PHANTOM STRANGER #38, Sept '75
PHANTOM STRANGER #39, Nov '75
PHANTOM STRANGER #40, Jan '76
PHANTOM STRANGER #41, Mar '76
SUPER FRIENDS #31, Apr '80
BLUE DEVIL ANN #1, Nov '85
WHO'S WHO #3, May 1985

160pgs














ISIS

I really thought we would see these early comics collected when Isis re-entered the mainstream comics world back during the 52 storyline in the mid-2000s. I have DVDs of her live-action show and the Freedom Force cartoon she starred in in the 70s. And I love her 2007 DC Direct figure. So I'm surprised DC didn't want to make an extra buck and republish these comics.


Here is my ideal lineup for a Collected Edition:

SHAZAM! #25, Sept 1976 (12pgs)
ISIS #1, Oct 1976 (18pgs)
ISIS #2, Dec 1976 (18pgs)
ISIS #3, Feb 1977 (18pgs)
ISIS #4, Apr 1977 (18pgs)
ISIS #5, Jun 1977 (18pgs)
ISIS #6, Aug 1977 (18pgs)
ISIS #7, Oct 1977 (18pgs)
ISIS #8, Dec 1977 (18pgs)

156 Pgs












NAMORA

Namora is a classic character that needs her classic stories reprinted for the masses. I was trying to investigate and I believe she is the third oldest Marvel/Timely heroine to have he own title (after Miss America in 1944 and Blonde Phantom in 1946). Her solo title only lasted three issues but she stayed very popular as a guest star and backup feature in other titles (like her cousin, Namor's, series). I don't keep super current with modern comics, but I know she was recently in Agents of Atlas. She's one of those legacy characters that deserves to be celebrated.


The lineup for a Namora Collected Edition would take a lot of curating. All her classic appearances would come up to 390 pages:

NAMORA #1, Aug 1948 
NAMORA #2, Oct 1948 
NAMORA #3, Dec 1948
111 Pages

MARVEL MYSTERY COMICS #82, '47
MARVEL MYSTERY COMICS #84, '47
MARVEL MYSTERY COMICS #85, '48
MARVEL MYSTERY COMICS #86, '48
MARVEL MYSTERY COMICS #87, '48
MARVEL MYSTERY COMICS #88, '48
MARVEL MYSTERY COMICS #90, '49
MARVEL MYSTERY COMICS #91, '49
89 Pages

BLONDE PHANTOM COMICS #14, '47
BLONDE PHANTOM COMICS #15, '47
BLONDE PHANTOM COMICS #17, '48
BLONDE PHANTOM COMICS #18, '48
BLONDE PHANTOM COMICS #19, '48
BLONDE PHANTOM COMICS #20, '48
34 Pages







SUB-MARINER COMICS #23, 1947
SUB-MARINER COMICS #24, 1947
SUB-MARINER COMICS #25, 1948
SUB-MARINER COMICS #26, 1948
SUB-MARINER COMICS #27, 1948
SUB-MARINER COMICS #28, 1948
SUB-MARINER COMICS #29, 1948
SUB-MARINER COMICS #30, 1949
SUB-MARINER COMICS #34, 1954
156 Pages












DOLPHIN

I actually don't know much about the character Dolphin at all. I just know that I've always been captivated by her stark white hair and mysterious aquatic nature. I think reading a collected edition of her stories would be especially fun because it would be all new material to me.



Here is my ideal lineup for a Collected Edition:

SHOWCASE #79, Dec 1968 
ACTION COMICS #552, Feb 1984
ACTION COMICS #553, Mar 1984
DC COMICS PRESENTS #77, 1985
DC COMICS PRESENTS #78, 1985
WHO'S WHO #7, Sept 1985
WHO'S WHO #10, Jan 1986
ANIMAL MAN #15, Sept 1989
SECRET ORIGINS #50, Aug 1990
WHO'S WHO #6, Jan 1991

158pgs









ROSE AND THORN

Like Black Orchid, Thorn is another classic female character who seemed relegated to backup supplemental stories in titles like Lois Lane.  The Rose and Thorn stories dealt with the character Rose Canton who has a split personality and would occasionally switch to her evil persona, Thorn. This character resembled Poison Ivy a lot, although Thorn pre-dated her by nearly 20 years, and could even control plants. A collected edition of her early stories would be a lot of fun.


Here is my ideal lineup for a Collected Edition:

FLASH COMICS #89, Nov 1947
FLASH COMICS #96, June 1948 
LOIS LANE #105-130, Oct 70- Apr 73
ALL-STAR COMICS #72, May 1978
ALL-STAR COMICS #73, July 1978
SUPERMAN #336, June 1979
BRAVE & THE BOLD #188, 1982
BRAVE & THE BOLD #189, 1982
INFINITY, INC #13, Apr 1985

369 Pages




































HELLCAT

For a character who has been around as long as Hellcat, a collected book of her stories is long overdue. Even though the first iteration of the costume was worn by Greer Grant Nelson aka Tigra (in The Cat series from the 70s), and at the time Patsy Walker was still a fashion model, I tend to stick with the costume more than the wearer. But no matter what combination of issues was curated for this volume, I would buy it up in a second.


Here is my ideal lineup for a Collected Edition:

THE CAT #1, Nov 1972
THE CAT #2, Jan 1973 
THE CAT #3, Apr 1973
THE CAT #4, Jun 1973
AVENGERS #144, Feb 1976
SOLO AVENGERS #9, Aug 1988
MARVEL COMICS PRESENTS #36, '89
AVENGERS SPOTLIGHT #27, 1989
MARVEL SUPER-HEROES #1, 1990
MARVEL FANFARE #59, Oct 1991
AVENGERS 2000 (ANNUAL), May 2000
HELLCAT #1, Sept 2000
HELLCAT #2, Oct 2000
HELLCAT #3, Nov 2000
SPIDER-MAN FAMILY #1, Apr 2007

273 pages


























Thanks all for now!

Cheers!


2 comments:

  1. Great post. So many of these are characters are so good in their own right and just fun. Zatanna, Stargirl, Firestar and Wonder Girl have always appealed to me in their own way as characters. A lot of work put into this I know. Great stuff.

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    1. Thanks! This post was a passion project for me. I'm already prepping additional books to append next year too haha.

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