This week in Comixology sales, Marvel has a Buy One, Get One Free Sale, plus there’s deep dive into the worlds of Doctor Strange and Neil Gaiman, plus World War Hulk and the X-Men’s plunge into Inferno.
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Yes, Marvel Buy One, Get One Free is back. Click that link, get that code and stack the BOGO on top of the current sales. The sale ends on Monday, 9/27 at 11PM ET. Fine print says the offer is no good on comics that came out after 8/25/21, pre-orders or Max titles, among other things. So have at it… and those Doctor Strange discounts are looking twice as good.
The Doctor is In
The Marvel Doctor Strange Legacy Sale runs through Thursday, 9/30.
Doctor Strange is a character where we very much recommend the original run through the 80s. He’s also one of the characters to find his legs the quickest.
As always, we find the Epic Collections to be slightly better values, but the Masterworks go all the way through the series, where the Epic’s tend to jump around. So either look at the listing in the sale link or follow through the sequence of titles and look in the collected editions section there.
Doctor Strange debuts in Strange Tales. This is the Stan Lee / Steve Ditko run and the original clashes with Baron Mordo and the Dormammu. (And that Lee/Ditko Epic Collection is a good one.)
Then there was the late ’60s Doctor Strange solo series that (along with the first half of the Marvel Premiere run) is collected across two Masterworks editions.
And then there’s “main” Doctor Strange series of the 70’s and 80’s. The second half of Marvel Premiere run is lumped in here, as that where Steve Englehart enters the picture. The Englehart/John Brunner run is considered a classic, right up there with Lee/Ditko’s psychedelic masterpiece. Gene Colan hops on for a long tenure after Brunner leaves (with the odd artist switch) and then Marv Wolfman, Roger Stern and Chris Claremont tag in and out as writers, until Peter Gillis jumps in at the very end of the run. It’s a strong series and the later Stern issues with Marshal Rogers and Paul Smith on the art are a particular joy.
This one takes us back to the beginning of the age of X-Men crossovers as Mister Sinister and the demons of Limbo converge to cause all sorts of problems for the X-Men (and Spidey… and Daredevil… and the Avengers).
The War of Smash
The Marvel World War Hulk Sale runs through Sunday 9/26.
It’s a small sale with the Event spin-offs available… but the “main event,” World War Hulk by Greg Pak and John Romita, Jr., is one of the classic Hulk stories.
The DC Spotlight on Neil Gaiman and Sandman Sale runs through Monday, 9/27.
We’re going to assume you haven’t been living under the Rock of Eternity and are familiar with Sandman already. That said, there are a couple less famous items here. (We say less famous, because Neil’s too popular for much of his catalog to truly be obscure.)
Black Orchid is a very early piece by the now celebrated team of Neil and Dave McKean. Originally pitched in ’87 and coming out at the end of ’88, it actually pre-dates Sandman. The series is an origin of sorts for the ’70s character (Why of sorts? Therein lay spoilers.) Batman, Swamp Thing and Lex Luthor are involved in this tangled web.
DC Universe by Neil Gaiman is a collection of several non-Vertigo projects. The best known ones are probably the “Whatever Happened to the Cape Crusader?” Batman project, the Superman/Green Lantern “Legend of the Green Flame” sequence from Action Comics Weekly and the Metamorpho strip from Wednesday Comics.