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  1. I've posted here in the past about Ditko's various Objectivist comic book work (I plan on doing one in the near future about his several new comics that have come out). There is another thread on DC Comic's hardcover reprint of all his Creeper work. Its in the style of their recent hardcover collections of Jack Kirby's work, rather then their Archive series. DC is now putting out 2 large Omnibus volumes (again, in the same style as the Creeper collection and their Jack Kirby collections) of Steve Ditko's DC work. Volume 1 is out, and volume 2 is coming out in December. Again, a little backgr
  2. Here we are with the 7th volume, another complete volume with both sundays (in COLOR) and dailies. And here we have some of the BEST stories of Little Orphan Annie. I had read parts of several of these stories, so its a great collection I've been looking forward to. The introduction is also great, with a section highlighting a sunday-only strip called "Little Joe" that Harold Gray ghosted for his cousin for a couple of decades (sadly, the wikipedia article doesn't credit him). This strip I've heard of and wonder if we will ever seen a complete reprinting of this overlooked strip. As to LOA,
  3. Here is a recent interview with Joe Staton that speaks about the Anthem GN. I wasn't aware the art was taken from his penciled work. This may explain why some don't quite like it. http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=30753
  4. Here we are with the 6th volume, another complete volume with both sundays (in COLOR) and dailies. Finally, with this volume we move past what was covered by the past 5 volume Fantagraphics series. We have several new storylines and characters. This volume covers the years 1935-36. First off, is the Eli Eon storyline (which I've mentioned before), a minor classic, IMO. This one deals with Annie & "Daddy" meeting a crazy old inventor of a miracle material, Eonite. This storyline is broken up into 2 chapters. First off is a chapter that more focuses on Annie & "Daddy" getting back on the
  5. Here we are with the 5th volume, another complete volume with both sundays (in COLOR) and dailies. This one covers the years 1933-35. We have several new storylines and characters. First off, is the Dan Ballad storyline, here called "Who'd Chizzle a Blind Man". Annie, again on her own in the big city (Daddy is stuck overseas), teams up with a blind violinist, "Uncle" Dan Ballad. Annie sings, Uncle Dan fiddles, and they get good tips. Then a sharper comes in named Charles C. Chizzler, who becomes their manager and tricks them in signing a contract that gives him 50% PLUS expenses. They are pu
  6. Here we are with the 4th volume, another complete volume with both sundays (in COLOR) and dailies. This volume covers the years 1932 to 1933. We have several new storylines and characters. First off, "Daddy" gets a new wife. But she is trouble and is soon 'dealt with'. "Daddy" will remain a bachelor (or is that widower?) for the rest of the strip. A new character is introduced who I have mentioned in the past: Wun Wey, an asian character. But not the stereotypical asian of the time, either a menial or a 'yellow peril' villian. He is an associate of "Daddy", treated as an equal. He will be a
  7. Been a while since I'e been here. And there have been 3 additional volumes. So am posting my reviews from Amazon, a little expanded.
  8. Am familiar with Joe Staton's work, and have to agree that it seems a little crude (perhaps the right term is 'loose'), compared to his usual work. Perhaps this is due to him working in b/w when he usually does color comics. I think Steve Ditko would have been a better choice.
  9. This time I will cover the new Ditko comics: Ditko Once More, Ditko Presents, Act 2, Act 3 All of these are black and white, 32-page comics. You may order them directly from Robin Snyder. All are $4 each, but you must include postage. Full info on ordering them may be found here: http://ditko.blogspot.com/p/ditko-book-in-print.html "Ditko Once More" is a kind of hodgepodge of stuff. Most of the work are single page items, in many cases a large panel filling the whole page. Some put forth Ditko's Objectivist ideas, others put forth his dislike of nosy fans. There are a couple of multi-p
  10. Ditko with Robin Snyder continues to put out 32 page b/w comic books. So far, they have put out Ditko Once More, Ditko Presents, Act 2, Act 3, Act 4, with an Act 5 promised soon. I recently got Ditko Presents and Act 2 & 3. So will do a brief overview/review of all of them soon.
  11. Its interesting when one relies on your memory for things. I recenty finished reading thru the Creeper volume. In reviewing my prior review, I see I made some mistakes, do in part to conflating Jack Ryder (the Creeper's real identity) and other Ditko characters. I really thought that Jack Ryder expressed more Objectivist views, but he doesn't. My mistake. One thing I did find interesting, was that the Creeper stories in which Ditko had a larger hand in (Showcase/Beware the Creeper & later Showcase/World's Finest), Jack Ryder works as a network security troubleshooter, not as a tv comment
  12. All- I've posted here in the past about Ditko's various Objectivist comic book work (I plan on doing one in the near future about his several new comics that have come out). Well, DC has finally put out a hardcover reprint of all his Creeper work. Its in the style of their recent hardcover collections of Jack Kirby's work, rather then their Archive series. So, a little background. Steve Ditko is a fairly well known comic book artist (and a writer some times). He is probably best known as the co-creator of Spiderman (if Stan Lee isn't trying to claim full credit) and the creator of Dr. Stran
  13. Beat me to it. Plus the fact that he got the Nobel Peace prize before he had done anything to deserve it (still hasn't), and that the nomination for it had to go in with a couple of weeks of taking office...
  14. I actually get books from several small publishers which use Lulu and Amazon/CreateSpace as their printers. they sell thru Lulu, Amazon, etc to their customers. They get their own ISBN numbers. The books have their name and contact info. Most have a website/webstore (some of which just link to lulu, amazon, etc). the quality of the books are very good. they are good, quality paperbacks. they can handle b/w artwork fairly well. Covers are good. While about 5-10 years ago POD wasn't that good, but I think for small publishers or self-publishers, POD is the way to go (you can also go with e
  15. As a bibliophile, I find the problems LFB seems to have with getting this book out strange. I am a fan of several small presses, who have now gone to using POD publishers like CreateSpace (part of Amazon) and Lulu. The books I get from them are good, quality paperbacks. They can apparently also do hardbacks thru Lulu (no idea with CreateSpace). These are, in many cases, small operations (1 guy, or a couple of people), yet are able to put out quality stuff. The Ludwig von Mises Institute has in recent years become (IMO) a sort of libertarian publishing powerhouse. They seem to be pumping ou