This week’s Comixology (at Amazon) sales include DC “Classics,” which includes the Marv Wolfman/George Perez New Teen Titans run, so we’ll have to agree with the sale’s title. Marvel offers up What If? Fantagraphics discounts Peanuts and Dark Horse celebrates Cullen Bunn & Tyler Crook. We would also remind you that there’s a very cheap Star Wars sale and a Doctor Strange sale that aren’t quite finished yet.
Where did the New Releases and Sale pages go?
In case you’re having troubles with the new UIX (a LOT of people have been):
A “Classical” Education
The DC Classics Sale runs through Monday, 5/16
This one is a DEEP dive into the DC backlist. And since the sale prices seem to have normalized, we’re happy to be able to point you to a few title that now have each volume on sale, which wasn’t happening in the last couple months.
Point in case: New Teen Titans by Marv Wolfman and George Perez now has the first 10 volumes (coincidentally, the Perez years) for $4.99 each. Previously several volumes would be at those bizarre prices that appeared to be in error. Well, no more of that. New Teen Titans was effectively DC’s answer to X-Men in the early 80s (along with the Levitz/Giffen-era LSH, whose reprinting is more convoluted). It’s supposed to be a “classics” sale and this one is more classic than most.
Fast forward a few years and you get the “Man of Steel” era of Superman. Some people call it the John Byrne era, but this time frame also brings Marv Wolfman and Jerry Ordway into the fold. $4.99 – $5.99 per volume is also good pricing.
In general, the “Silver Age” collections tend to be a slightly larger page count and good bang for your buck. However, you also might find yourself thinking that DC’s collected editions can be a little spotty and, gosh darn it, sometimes you’d just like to get some $0.99 single issues to fill in those series. You’re in luck, there are a LOT of $0.99 single issues here, although it’s a royal pain to browse in Amazon sub-par user interface. Here’s a cheat sheet for some of the single issues on sale:
- Action Comics ’38-’11
- Adventure Comics
- All-Star Comics
- Aquaman ’63-’78
- Batman ’40-’11
- Brave and the Bold (spotty discounts on this one)
- DC Comics Presents
- Detective Comics ’37-’11
- The Flash ’59-’85
- Green Lantern ’60-’86
- Superman ’39-’11 (Yes, Amazon files the ’06-’11 series here. Don’t ask us to explain why…)
- Superman ’87-06
- Wonder Woman ’42 – ’86
If Not, Why Not?
The Marvel What If Sale runs through Monday, 5/16.
The interesting thing about What If is how often the modern age of Marvel has gone back to pilfer from it. What If is where Jane Foster first took up the hammer of Thor. The first place Conan stalked the streets of the present. The first time the Hulk became a barbarian. Apparently, “there’s gold in them there hills!” The larger collections are slightly more bang for your buck, BTW.
The Fantagraphics Peanuts Sale runs through Monday, 5/16.
Yes, the classic Charles Schultz comic strip with Charlie Brown and Snoopy. Fantagraphics is reprinting it from the beginning. Strangely, there’s no series link on Amazon for this.
The Dark Horse Bunn & Crook Sale runs through Monday, 5/23.
That would be Cullen Bunn & Tyler Crook, who’ve done quite a bit at Dark Horse over the years. Their best known collaboration is probably Harrow County (the omnibus editions are BY FAR the best buy).
If you’d like something a bit more recent, Parasomnia by Bunn and Andrea Mutti was a February release. The Unbelievable Teens (part of the Black Hammer universe) by Jeff Lemire and Crook was released on 4/5… and this is as quickly as we’ve seen a collection go on sale!
Still On Sale
- The Marvel Star Wars May the Fourth Sale runs through Monday, 5/16. ($0.99/$1.99 tpbs – definitely check it out if you’re remotely into Star Wars)
- The Marvel Doctor Strange Sale runs through Monday, 5/16
- The DC Justice League R.I.P. Sale runs through Monday, 5/16
- The Image Jeff Lemire Sale runs through Monday, 5/16