Freitag, 15. März 2013

Update: IDW & DC publizieren gemeinsam klassische DC Golden-, Atomic- & Silver Age Comics! Superman, Batman und Wonder Woman -Zeitungs-Strips erstmals als edle Nachdruck-Bände!

IDW, seit Jahren erfolgreicher Verleger klassischer US- Zeitungs- Comics- Strips (wie etwa "Terry & The Pirates", "Dick Tracy", "Annie" etc.) wird -in Kooperation mit DC COMICS- erstmals ALLE, wirklich alle jemals veröffentlichten DC- Zeitungs-Comics in voluminösen Hardcover- Bänden nachdrucken. Das wird ein Fest für Fans und Sammler klassischer Comics (zumal gut 90% dieser Comics seit der Erstveröffentlichung noch nie wiederveröffentlicht wurden!) Superman, Batman und Wonder Woman sind die einzigen Super-Helden, deren Abenteuer kontinuierlich -ohne Unterbrechungen - seit 1938 (Superman), 1939 (Batman) bzw. 1940 (WW) veröffentlicht werden!


Come to the Library of American Comics  
The Classic Newspaper Adventures of DC's Biggest Heroes Launch this July!

IDW's Library of American Comics and DC Entertainment proudly announce the beginning of a new partnership to reprint some of the rarest DC Comics stories - the Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman newspaper strips.

"We're thrilled to announce a comprehensive publishing program for these historic strips," said Greg Goldstein, IDW President and COO. "The Library of American Comics is the premier home for archival newspaper strips and this new partnership with DC Entertainment further cements the imprint's reputation as second to none."

At the same time that Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman became the world's most famous and recognizable superheroes in comic books in the 1940s and beyond, they also starred in runs of newspaper comic strips, most of which have not been seen since they first appeared.

The Man of Steel's newspaper adventures ran for more than 25 years, from 1939 until 1966. Only about 10% of these strips have ever been reprinted. The complete comics will be released in three sub-sets, starting with The Silver Age, then The Atomic Age, and finally, The Golden Age. The black-and-white daily and color Sunday strips contained distinct storylines and will be released in separate, concurrent, series of deluxe hardcovers.

The line kicks off this July with SUPERMAN: THE SILVER AGE NEWSPAPER DAILIES, VOL. 1: 1958-1961. Fans can look forward to nearly 800 strips featuring classic artwork by Curt Swan, Wayne Boring, and Stan Kaye. While most of the stories from the Atomic Age and Golden Age were original and completely different from the comic books, under Mort Weisinger's editorship in the late 1950s Silver Age stories, Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel was brought in to script adaptations of then-current comic book tales.

"It's like discovering an entire alternate universe of famous Silver Age comic book stories," said Dean Mullaney, LOAC Creative Director who's editing and designing the series. "It's better than an imaginary story-it's Jerry Siegel doing a remake of his classic Superman's Return to Krypton!'s Curt Swan, not Al Plastino, drawing The Menace of Metallo. Superman fans might want to consider these strips as taking place on a brand new world- Earth-N for Newspapers!"

Covers for each book are being specially created by Pete Poplaski to evoke the look and style of the times; Volume One is an homage to Curt Swan's art and Ira Schnapp's lettering design. Tom DeHaven, author of the novel It's Superman!, is writing the foreword, and the introductions are by Sidney Friedfertig.

Additional details on the Sunday strip books as well as the Batman and Wonder Woman collections will follow, but eager fans should begin watching the skies in July!

(HC, B&W, $49.99, 288 pages, 11" x 8.5")
ISBN: 978-1-61377-666-7

"Superman" Daily Comic Strip, ca. 1962, Artwork: Curt Swan
Ergänzung / Anmerkung:

Der Verlag Kitchen Sink Press veröffentlichte Ende der 80er Jahre die frühen ersten "Golden Age"-  Jahrgänge der "Superman" - und der "Batman" - Daily Comic Strips sowie die farbigen Sunday Pages beider Serien; jeweils als Hardcover- und Softcover- Ausgaben. Diese Bände sind unter Sammlern inzwischen extrem gesucht. 

Vor einigen Jahren gab es hiervon eine -allerdings recht schnell vergriffene- preiswerte Neu-Ausgabe. IDW wird diese Bände im Rahmen seiner Reprint- Reihen (also "Superman: The Golden Age" bzw. "Batman: The Golden Age") in neuer Ausstattung wiederveröffentlichen; allerdings erst NACH erscheinen der "Atomic Age" und "Silver Age" - Buch-Reihen von Superman und Batman. 

Interessanterweise läßt IDW die Cover seiner DC- Reprint- Reihen vom gleichen Künstler gestalten, der zuvor in den 80ern die Covers der bei Kitchen Sink verlegten Bände gestaltete: Pete Poplaski

"Batman" Daily Comic Strip, ca. 1946, Artwork: Dick Spang / Bob Kane