In this week’s Comixology Sales Highlights, King Kirby hits with the original Eternals and The Demon, Jim Butcher’s comics adventures of Harry Dresden are discounted and more Halloween sales than you can shake a bag of candy corn at.
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Eternals… It’s Like There Was a Film or Something…
The Marvels Eternals Sale runs through Sunday, 11/14.
This is one where we have a very strong preference for the original run. You just can’t duplicate Jack Kirby. Over the years, Marvel’s not done the best job keeping this in print over the years and some (including us) might say it’s been overpriced at times. But guess what? There’s a good price on The Eternals by Jack Kirby: The Complete Collection, which has the whole run in one volume. This one has been overlooked a lot, so don’t feel bad if you’re not familiar with it.
It Sucks (Blood)
The Marvel Halloween Sale runs through… you guessed it, Halloween!
What’s the best horror comic Marvel did in their best horror period? Tomb of Dracula by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan. (With a few other creators at the beginning before the format was set.) Hard to beat it.
And for something completely off the beaten path, there’s Greenberg the Vampire. The what? From Bizarre Adventures magazine and the eponymous Marvel Graphic Novel by J.M. DeMatteis, Steve Leialoha and Mark Badger. The story of a lovelorn vampire who’d really rather his mother didn’t know his condition. It’s a little different tone that you usually see at The House of Ideas.
When Vertigo Was a Thing
The DC Halloween Sale runs through Monday, 11/1
Yes, DC has a lot more horror and spooky stuff on sale than Marvel. Partially because they used to have the Vertigo imprint. Speaking of which, there’s a whole bunch of stuff by what’s one of the last remaining traces of Vertigo – American Vampire by Scott Snyder and (mostly) Rafael Albuquerque on the art… with a bit of Stephen King at the beginning, but he might be too obscure for Halloween. It’s the sprawling tale of a new strain of vampire developing and spreading through the decades. We’d put it at or near the top of the Snyder cannon.
Deadman is one of the original cult heroes of the Silver and Bronze Ages. Originally in Strange Adventures by Neal Adams, Boston Brand is an acrobat whose spirit is seeking his killer. He can possess people’s bodies to interact with the world of the living. The first two volumes collect the Adams run and then Deadman floats around the DC Universe (pun intended). He pops up in Challengers of the Unknown and Phantom Stranger, has a run in the Dollar Era of Adventure Comics and then the collections end with the ’80s mini-series. A character the creative community loved to bring back and a Halloween superhero if ever there was one.
We started out talking about Kirby, so let’s talk about his most sorcerous run – The Demon. As Camelot falls, Merlin binds a hell-spawn to a human host. That host survives across the centuries and in modern times, Jason Blood will summon the demon Etrigan to do battle with all manner of unnatural scourges. It’s the high adventure version of horror.
The Dynamite Horror Sale runs through Monday, 11/1
Since it’s the season, let’s talk about something a little different from Dynamite: The Dresden Files. Jim Butcher’s collaborated with Dynamite for some original, in-continuity comic stories. Mark Powers is the co-writer and for art, you’ve got Carlos Gomez, Chase Conley, Joseph Cooper and Adrian Syaf. The Omnibus editions are slightly better deals and the second one is all original material. Now, if someone would send over a bottle of Mac’s beer…..
The Rest of the Halloween Sales
We’ve highlighted most of this in previous weeks, but if you want to do trick or treating for discounts, here’s a ton of stuff for your browsing:
- The Kodansha Halloween Sale runs through Monday, 11/1
- The BOOM Halloween Sale runs through Monday, 11/1
- The Image Horror Sale runs through Monday, 11/1
- The Valiant Halloween Sale runs through Monday, 11/1
- The Dark Horse Halloween Sale runs through Monday, 11/1
- The IDW Horror Sale runs through Monday, 11/1