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Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Does anyone have any more info on this?


Front Cover


Back Cover (Note: NO price info)

I remember getting this "prototype" trade paperback which reprints the story arc "Blind Justice" that ran in DETECTIVE COMICS #598, 599 and 600 during DC Comics' presentation at one of the Diamond Retailer Seminars back in the early 1990s. Believe it or not, at one time there were hardly ANY graphic novels or trade paperbacks of comic books available - AND we used to have to guess how many of something we would need to last us for six months or a year, depending on when/if a publisher would put something back into print. Anyway, they gave us each a copy of this new format... the trade paperback, which would collect a story that ran through multiple issues of a comic into one handy book! As best I can tell, this prototype is actually the three comic book issues in question glued together with a new cardstock cover wrapped around it. Needless to say, this format has been a huge success for the last fifteen years, with hundreds of different stories all bound into their own individual books in this nice, bookshelf-friendly format. It's hard to believe there was a time when these weren't around!

I may be recalling this incorrectly, as there has been a substantial drop in the number of my surviving brain cells after years of comic book reading... if anyone out there has more info, please let me know and I will post it here!

Addendum:
This just in from Manager Ken:



See the comments section for details.

13 Comments:

At 9/27/2006 1:51 PM, Blogger Linnen said...

I have more information, but unfortunately, not on this topic.

I enjoyed those issues of 'Tec though. They were written by one of the screenwriters of the first Tim Burton "Batman" movie.

 
At 9/27/2006 8:44 PM, Blogger Bill at Comix Connection said...

I do not like writer Sam Hamm

That movie stunk like rotten spam

I DO like Denys Cowan, man

I just don't like that guy Sam Hamm

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At 9/27/2006 9:48 PM, Blogger Linnen said...

Denys Cowan rocks - especially on The Question, one of two books that got me back into comics after a year-off senior year in high school.

I can't bring myself to bad mouth Sam Hamm though. Sorry. I remember about 15 years ago he was one of the writers attached to the Watchman movie - and that really frightened me.

 
At 9/27/2006 11:00 PM, Blogger Manager Ken said...

...As far as the Batman graphic novel, I believe you are correct in stating it was a prototype for the current trade paperbacks/graphic novels that we know and love to sell today....but as you know, it is not the 1st of its kind for comics...what was??? Silver Surfer by Marvel?? I am not sure...here is a picture of my copy (unfortunately it is still sealed...freak!)...Hey Linnen, I love the Question,too...Didn't he appear in Action Comics Weekly, as well? They should collect some of those stories in a trade...I believe Nightwing was one...

 
At 9/28/2006 12:22 AM, Blogger Bill at Comix Connection said...

Denys Cowan's QUESTION was one of the high points of DC's output in the late - '80s - really early '90s, pre-Vertigo, (I think) when they were touting Piranha Press, etc... it was one of the few "mainstream publisher" stuff I was reading you're right, that early QUESTION stuff should be in a trade...

I couldn't resist doing the Doctor Suess riff... but we haven't heard a thing from Sam Hamm since then, have we?

By the way everyone, I've added Ken's photo to the post... enjoy!
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At 9/28/2006 2:58 AM, Blogger Linnen said...

Hey Ken (and Disco Stu!) I didn't buy it, but I don't think the Question was in Action Comics weekly. In fact, I would bet money he wasn't because had he been, I WOULD have bought it.

He was in a pretty lackluster six-issue series called "The Brave and the Bold" after his title wrapped up. It also featured Green Arrow and the Butcher (!) and featured some kinda disturbingly bad artwork by some penciller who's name I can't remember.

 
At 9/28/2006 7:03 AM, Blogger Ned at Comix Connection said...

Wow Ken, I didn't know that you had a replica doll of yourself made in the eighties! Pretty good likeness...

 
At 9/28/2006 1:41 PM, Blogger Manager Ken said...

Oh Yeah!

 
At 9/29/2006 1:04 PM, Blogger shadow said...

LINNEN, the disturbly bad (as you say) art in 92's BRAVE AND THE BOLD, wTHE QUESTION was by Mike Grell and Mike Baron, I kinda liked the art the story was lacking!nccsu

 
At 10/01/2006 1:25 AM, Blogger Linnen said...

Shadow...yeah, but Grell didn't do the art. It was someone whos name started with an "S". Wow! In the age of google, you'd think I could be more exact than that...

Hold on...

Ahh....Shea Anton Pensa. Here's an example of why I didn't like the way he drew people. These guys look pretty weird.

http://www.milehighcomics.com/cgi-bin/backissue.cgi?action=fullsize&issue=12764847306%202

 
At 10/01/2006 1:26 AM, Blogger Linnen said...

Nevermind...that link didn't work. Sorry!

 
At 10/01/2006 10:16 AM, Blogger Bill at Comix Connection said...

linnen - You mean something like THIS?


(You have to do the < a href = 'linkie'>name of whatever< / a> thing..., but with " instead of ' as in my example)

 
At 10/01/2006 7:32 PM, Blogger Linnen said...

That's what I mean alright. Notice the guy that I consider to be the "bad artist" only did the first two covers there...the ones where all the people look like bug-eyed freaks!

 

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