2019 Highlights

As we enter 2020, I thought I’d take a look back at some of my favourite purchases from 2019.

Specifically:

  • collected editions
  • original graphic novels
  • art books
  • books on comics
  • artist’s/artisan editions
  • mini-series
  • ongoing series

Plus a publisher I think I’ll be watching closely in 2020…

Collected Editions (Classic Material)

Ditko is.. AMAZING! King Size (Marvel Comics) by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko

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Absolute Swamp Thing Vol. 1 (DC Comics) by Alan Moore, Stephen Bissette, John Totleben with Rick Veitch, Shawn McManus and Dan Day

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Doc Frankenstein: The Post Modern Prometheus (Burlyman) by Lana and Lili Wachowski and Steve Skroce. Contains a final chapter not previously available.

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The Joker: Bronze Age Omnibus (DC Comics) by Jim Aparo and various. You can have your movie, this is the real Joker.

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Graphic Novels

When I Arrived at the Castle (Koyama Press) by Emily Carroll

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The Problem of Susan and Other Stories (Dark Horse) by Neil Gaiman and P. Craig Russell with Scott Hampton, Paul Chadwick and Lovern Kindzierski

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O Josephine! (Fantagraphics) by Jason

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Books on Comics:

Jack Kirby Collector 75 presents Kirby and Lee: Stuf’ Said (TwoMorrows)

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Mac Raboy: Master of the Comics (TwoMorrows)

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Brain Bats of Venus: The Life and Comics of Basil Wolverton Vol. 2 1942-1952

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Artist’s and Artifact Editions

John Byrne’s Marvel Classics Artifact Edition (IDW)

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Jim Lee DC Legends Artifact Edition (IDW)

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Walt Simonson’s Star Wars Artist’s Edition (IDW)

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Art Books

Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame – The Art of the Movie (Marvel)

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Hellboy: 25 Years of Covers (Dark Horse) by Mike Mignola and Others

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The Archie Art of Francesco Francavilla (Archie)

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Mini-Series 

Superman: Year One (DC Comics) by Frank Miller and John Romita, Jr. with Danny Miki and Alex Sinclair

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The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Tempest (IDW) by Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill

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Silver Surfer: Black (Marvel Comics) by Donny Cates and Tradd Moore

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Doomsday Clock (DC Comics) by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank

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Ongoing Series

The Immortal Hulk (Marvel Comics) by Al Ewing, Joe Bennett and others

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Detective Comics (DC Comics) by Peter Tomasi, with Doug Mahnke and others

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Star Wars (Marvel) by Kieron Gillen and Angel Unzueta / Greg Pak and Phil Noto

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Publisher to Watch:

TKO Studios – if only their books were easier to get. 

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