Showing posts with label Uncollected TPBs. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Uncollected TPBs. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Wanted TPB: The Phantom Stranger

Writer: Paul Kupperberg and Various
Artist: Mike Mignola and Various  

Publisher: DC Comics (1987)
Includes: The Phantom Stranger #1-4 and Secret Origins #10


"Man will seek hope in any form when all about him seems hopeless. He will follow the loudest voice in the darkest, deepest pits... he will set mortality aside in the name of survival. He will ally himself with the Devil in the name of salvation." -- Phantom Stranger

Mini-Series Plot: A subtle darkness is gripping the world. All across the globe, disasters ranging from the mundane to the catastrophic are occurring with increasing activity. Mount St. Helens erupts, a nuclear facility goes into meltdown, tensions increase in the Middle East and Soviet/American relations erode. The Phantom Stranger studies the patterns of these events and it brings him to the Temple of Divine Light in Gotham City. He recognizes cult leader, Lycaeon, as the Chosen of Darkness. Lycaeon summons a large demon to challenge the Stranger. The Phantom Stranger fights the demon until the Gotham City PD led by James Gordon burst into the church. Miraculously, Commissioner Gordon opens fire on the demon dispelling it. The Phantom Stranger observes the heroism of mere mortals and wonders whether or not his mission still maintains validity as there is no personal cost to the Stranger himself. He traces the demon's activity to the dungeon lair of the evil entity known as Eclipso. The Stranger knows that he cannot destroy Eclipso's evil influence on a global basis, so he decides to consult with Eclipso's human foil, Dr. Bruce Gordon.

Secret Origin #10 contains four different origin stories for the Phantom Stranger

"Tarry Till I Come Again": On a Christmas Eve night, a priest despairing that good will win out in the world is visited by the Phantom Stranger, and hears of how he was once known as the Wandering Jew, a man who lost his child when King Herod had all the babies in Bethlehem destroyed while Jesus escaped, and so purchased his way to pose as a Roman soldier to scourge Jesus during His crucifixion. Expecting Jesus to speak vile curses to him, He instead told the man he will "tarry till I come again". After Jesus' death and resurrection, the man found himself wandering through the earth, trying to remove the curse placed on him, until he comes to the rescue of a woman during the Inquisition period who died at the hands of her torturers. From that point on, the man used the curse as a blessing to help those who were suffering, and even though God eventually offered to remove the curse, the man chose to remain under the curse until Jesus came again. The priest eventually believes the story and is renewed in his faith that good will overcome evil.

"And Men Shall Call Him Stranger":
A man in an ancient Middle Eastern country who lost his family in a divine judgment that befell his city committed suicide, but was prevented from joining the dead by an angel sent to him, telling him that he must now walk the earth as a stranger.

"Revelations": In a future time when society has reached its nadir, scientists were on the verge of discovering their universe's origin when the Phantom Stranger visits them, warning them that they could destroy their universe. One of the scientists believe what the Phantom Stranger tells him while the other scientists were unswayed, and so wears a protective spacesuit while the universe around him was destroyed, resulting in both a new creation of the universe and the scientist becoming the Phantom Stranger.


"Footsteps": During the time of the rebellion against Heaven by a third of the angels, one angel chose neither side, and, as a result, had his wings torn away and was accepted by neither side in turn. Thus, he became the Phantom Stranger. In the present, he comes upon a man beaten and rejected by both Guardian Angels and Subway Survivalists, and offers the man his hand, as a brother who can walk with him for a little while.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Wanted TPB: Spellgame


Writer: Dan Mishkin  
Artist: Ramón K. Pérez 
Publisher: Speakeasy Comics (2005)
Includes: Spellgame #1-3 and unpublished #4 & #5

Clipped from CBR: "Spellgame" tells the story of con artists/stage magician John Dodge, a really not-so-nice guy who finds himself in a world that's going through some dramatic changes. "Magic, which has been largely absent from our plane of existence, is starting to return, and Dodge discovers he has the innate ability to use it," Mishkin told CBR News. "He has a hard time believing that's true, though, and he's a lot more comfortable relying on the tricks he's learned as a stage magician and con artist. But even though he'd prefer to steer clear of the world of magic, that world won't leave him alone, and he's got to figure out where he's going to stand in a war that's brewing between magical good and magical evil.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Wanted TPB: Vigilante's Solo Adventures

Writer: Cary Bates and Bill Kunkel
Artist: Mike Sekowsky and Gray Morrow
Publisher: DC Comics (1972-77)
Includes: Adventure Comics #417, 422, 426, 427 and DC World's Finest #244-248

The below has nothing to do with the Vigilante's (Greg Saunders) solo adventures listed above, but it's one of those times in comicdom where a fan goes, "WHAT THE...?"

Clipped from Cosmic Teams: Four years into his career, Saunders fell prey to a werewolf. He guarded this secret well and always kept a silver bullet in his pistol — for himself. Greg stayed active in the Southwest. He knew that there were certain dangers still lurking in his domain, but he'd grown too old to handle them himself. He decided to try to form a new Seven Soldiers by placing an ad calling for heroes. He succeeded in recruiting only 5 others to join him (The Whip II, Boy Blue, Dyno-Mite Dan, Gimmix and "I, Spyder"). This team was very short-lived. All these heroes, including the Vigilante perished after defeating the Miracle Mesa Monster. After his death, his lycanthropic curse may have enabled him to "haunt" the living world.

Clipped from Wikipedia: He attempts to recruit a new team of seven to further battle the threat of the Sheeda. He claims Bulleteer's actions will allow him to 'rest'. In Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen Greg Saunders appears, alive, as the sheriff of Warpath, a town on the Mexican border formerly known for supervillain activity. Olsen's narration notes that Saunders has been dead and came back to life, but does not go into detail. Olsen also notes that Saunders appears younger, though he clearly retains all of his past experience.

Dork Note: All of the above stuff was done to the Vigilante by Grant Morrison. I love Morrison's stuff, most of the time, but sometimes he just takes a left turn into the land of...WHAT THE FUCK IS GOING ON! Morrison's Seven Soldiers was one of those times and he dragged the Vigilante down the rabbit hole with him unfortunately.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Wanted TPB : X-Factor's Judgement Day

Writer: Louise Simonson
Artist: Paul Smith and Richard F. Buckler
Publisher:
Marvel Comics (1989)
Includes:
X-Factor #43-50

Clipped from Comic Vine: Judgment War is an epic eight-part saga that ran through the pages of X-Factor during The Acts of Vengeance crossover and sees the intrepid Mutant heroes caught in the middle of an alien Civil War while searching for Professor Xavier in space. But things begin to escalate out of control as Scott and Jean's son Nathan is kidnapped, the Dark Phoenix and the Goblin Queen begin fighting each other for dominance over Jean Grey's body and The Fifth Celestial Host prepares to destroy the planet X-Factor has found.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Wanted TPB : Vixen

Writer:Various
Artist: Various
Publisher:
DC Comics (1981-1984)
Includes:
Canceled Comic Cavalcade-the VIXEN #1, Action Comics #521, and DC Comics Presents #68

This would be one of the shortest TPB I have ever wanted, but it would be nice to have these published issues along with the unpublished issue of Vixen.

It's to bad DC did not publish these issues with the TPB Vixen, Return of the Lion (shown below). A missed opportunity for sure.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Wanted TPB : Dynamite Duo, Batgirl & Robin

Writer: Various
Artist:
Various
Publisher:
DC Comics (1970-2007)

Includes:
The Batman Family #1-5, 7-17, 20, Detective Comics #489, Birds of Prey #8, and Nightwing Annual #2
Clipped from Wikipedia: Barbara Gordon has been romantically linked to Dick Grayson, aka Nightwing/Robin. At a young age they shared their passion as Robin and Batgirl.

Nightwing was shocked and disturbed to learn of the effects of the Killing Joke, resulting in Barbara's paralysis. After the events of No Man's Land, the two fall in love.

Before Infinite Crisis, Nightwing drops to one knee and proposes. Barbara tearfully accepts. When Batman asks Nightwing to help him rediscover himself, Dick is hesitant due to his engagement to Barbara. She allows him to go, telling him they were not ready for marriage.

Before Dick leaves, he sends her an envelope with her engagement ring and picture of them together as Robin and Batgirl.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Wanted TPB: Jack Kirby's Machine Man Omnibus!

Clipped from The Marvel Project: Drawing inspiration from one of my favorite features at The Dork Review, I’m putting out the call for a Machine Man collected edition! I was actually surprised to not have a Machine Man TPB or Omnibus as I searched through the Kraalo Archives this week looking for source material for the Machine Man #13 review. With so much of Jack Kirby’s work already collected, including 1970s gems like Devil Dinosaur, a Machine Man Omnibus seems like a no-brainer. X-51 first appeared in Marvel’s adaptation of 2001: A Space Odyssey #8 (July 1977) so maybe the publication rights to that early work is in question because of the status of that licensing deal. In any case, I hope that Marvel is able to resolve the issues at some point because it would be great to see Kirby’s Machine Man re-mastered in large format with the amazing new coloring they have done for all the Omnibus editions.

Dork Note: Thanks for the kind words, dude and I couldn't agree more about the Omnibus.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Wanted TPB: The Family Dynamic

Writer: J. Torres
Artist:
Tim Levins
Publisher: DC Comics (2008)
Includes:
The Family Dynamic #1-3


This is an all-ages book, but in the old sense of the term. It isn't a "kiddie book", but a comic that would as easily appeal to an eight year old as to a middle aged fanboy like me. And since it doesn't depend on any prior continuity, being set in it's own little world (namely, the fictional Canadian "Metropolis" of Storm City), even those who aren't regular superhero comic readers could easily pick it up and enjoy it.

Order numbers on the first issues were apparently too low, and DC reduced the series from six issues to three before the first issue hit the stands. I hold out hope, though, that sales are good enough of the three to maybe convince DC to green-light another mini-series, or to at least give it a nice digest collection with extra bits.

Dork Note: The above did not happen and it remained a three issue mini-series with no follow up. I hope J. Torres and Tim Levins at some point can do another mini under a creator imprint!


Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Wanted TPB: Rune

Writer: Barry Windsor-Smith and Chris Ulm
Artist:
Barry Windsor-Smith

Publisher:
Malibu Comics (1994)

Includes:
Rune Aschan, Prequel, #1-6, and Giant Size Rune #1

Do I even need to explain why I want this as a TPB? I don't think so. But it would be nice if Barry Windsor-Smith and Chris Ulm could finish off the series for the TPB.

Fun Fact by Tom Mason:

Ultraverse had going for it was a strong licensing department. There were a couple of people in the office who were always out hustling up licensing partners for t-shirts, watches, pins and more. That led to a little creative fun from Rune artist Barry Windsor-Smith and his inker Alex Bialy. They sent this little fax to Chris Ulm with their humorous pitch for a potential licensing partner. For the first time outside of the Malibu offices, you can now see the Toy That Should Have Been Made: The Rune Pez Dispenser, the first in a new product line of “vampire Pez” or possibly “comic book Pez.” Enjoy!

Dork Note: Also something I just discovered; which Barry Windsor-Smith has been working on since 1984. Man oh man I want to see this book come out!

MONSTERS -- A graphic novel by Barry Windsor-Smith.

The story explores the life and times of two disparate American families fatefully connected by an abandoned Nazi project in genetic engineering that has been covertly revived by the US government. Told in a non-linear timeline spanning twenty years following the end of the Second WorldWar, MONSTERS depicts the conflicts and intimacies of a diverse castof characters whose lives are destroyed by a malignant legacy from the Third Reich’s misguided quest for the perfection of mankind. A testament to the potential of accomplished graphic storytelling, the complexand compelling tale of MONSTERS unfolds through the nuanced, naturalistic dialog and drawings of master writer and artist Barry Windsor-Smith.

MONSTERS is a work in progress, currently totalling nearly 300 pages.
Publication information will be posted, as it becomes available, in the
Windsor-Smith Studio News section of www.barrywindsor-smith.com.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Wanted TPB: The New West

Writer: Jimmy Palmiotti
Artist: Phil Noto
Publisher: Black Bull Comics (2005)
Includes:
The New West #1-2


Plot: Story centers on a bomb creating an electromagnetic pulse that causes all technology to stop working in Los Angeles. A disgraced former LAPD detective endures a near-future deserted hostile environment where the mayor has been kidnapped.

Fun Fact clipped from Screen Rant Jimmy Palmiotti’s 2005 graphic novel The New West seems like it was always meant to be a movie. Set in a near future where an electromagnetic bomb has destroyed all technology in Los Angeles, the story hits on all the checkpoints of a typical sci-fi flick.  Post-apocalyptic wasteland? Check. Edgy anti-hero? Check. Old genre conventions with a modern twist? Check. The list goes on and on.  Now it looks like a New West movie may actually happen, with Variety reporting that the management-production company Benderspink has optioned the series for a film adaptation.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Wanted TPB: Sabretooth - The First Ten Years!

Writer: Various
Artist: Various
Publisher: Marvel Comics (1977-1987)
Includes:
  Iron Fist #14, Ms. Marvel #24 (unpublished until - Marvel Super-Heroes Vol. 2 #10), Power Man and Iron Fist #66, #78, #84, The Spectacular Spider-Man #116. #119, X-Factor #10, The Mighty Thor #374, Power Pack #27, Uncanny X-Men #212, 213, Daredevil #238, and Classic X-Men #10 (backup story)

Dork Note: The unfinished Ms. Marvel #24, was finally completed for the 1992 Marvel Super Heroes "Summer" issue. 

Created by: writer Chris Claremont and artist/co-writer John Byrne in Iron Fist #14 (August 1977). Chris Claremont original backstory for Sabretooth, 
"Father and son. That's why Sabretooth always considered Logan "sloppy seconds" to his "original" / "real deal." The other critical element in my presentation of their relationship was that, in their whole life, Logan has never defeated Sabretooth in a knock-down, drag-out, kill-or-be-killed berserker fight. By the same token, on every one of his birthdays, Sabretooth has always managed to find him, no matter where Logan was or what he was doing, and come within an inch of killing him. For no other reason than to remind him that he could."
Fun Facts:  Originally portrayed as a non-powered serial killer, Sabretooth is later written as a mutant who possesses bestial superhuman abilities, most notably a rapid healing factor, razor-sharp fangs and claws, and superhuman senses.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Wanted TPB : Red Tornado Mini-Series

Writer:Gerry Conway (Justice League of America) and Kurt Busiek (mini-series)
Artist: George Pérez (Justice League of America) and Carmine Infantino (mini-series)
Publisher: DC Comics (1981 and 1985)
Includes: Justice League #192-193 and Red Tornado #1-4

The Red Tornado has been playing a major part in the Justice League for decades and these two issues put him on the map for me. I know a George Perez Justice League of America TPB is in the works, but I would love to have these collected with the
Kurt Busiek and Carmine Infantino mini-series.
OR
Have a collection; which comprised of all the Red Tornado tales told in the World's Finest Comics from issue #265-270 and 272 and his greatest moments in the Justice League issues.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Wanted TPB : Firestorm, The Elemental War

Writer: John Ostrander
Artist: Tom Mandrake
Publisher: DC Comics (1989)
Includes:
Firestorm, the Nuclear Man #90-93 and The Spectre #19-22

This four issue story arc I found interesting, because it took on the concept of the elements being personified in the DC-verse.
Fun Fact (clipped from Wikipedia): Naiad (Mai Miyazaki) is the elemental of water for the planet Earth. The Parliament of Waves, is a group made up of older Water Elementals. The five Elemental Parliaments (Trees, Waves, Stone, Flames, Vapors) were destroyed by a Spectre level being called The Word. Naiad shares the title of "Elemental" with Firestorm the elemental of (fire), Red Tornado the elemental of (air), and Swamp Thing the elemental of (plants).

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Wanted TPB: Superwoman (Kristin Wells)

Writer: Elliot S! Maggin and
Artist:
Keith Pollard and Eduardo Barreto
Publisher: DC Comics (1978)
Includes:
DC Comics Presents Annual #2 and #4

Dork Suggestion: This is the type of TPB - DC should do for their DC Comics Presents 100-page Spectacular. 


History: Kristin Wells (Superwoman) was a history student from the 29th Century who traveled back in time to discover the origin of the universal holiday know as Miracle Monday. Years later as a history professor, Wells again traveled back in time to discover the last secret identity of the 20th century, that of the mysterious Superwoman, only to discover that she herself was Superwoman. She made use of common 29th century devices built into her Opal Amulet and flight belt to commit superheroic feets. After helping Superman defeat would be world conqueror King Kosmos, Wells returned to the 29th century.
When the people of the 29th century discovered one of their own was the legendary Superwoman, Kristin Wells became an instant celebrity. She was lavished with praise and honors for deeds, most of which she had not yet accomplished. Wells eventually decided she had to return again to the 20th century to fulfill her destiny.  Wells spent several years adventuring in the 20th century as Superwoman alongside Superman and other heroes before returning to her own century for good… or she would have, had her timeline not been wiped out by the Crisis on Infinite Earths.

Fun Fact:
Superwoman first appeared in The Last Secret Identity, DC Comics Presents Annual #2. However, her alter ego, Kristin Wells, appeared earlier in the Novel Miracle Monday by Elliot S. Maggin.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Wanted Omnibus: Marvel's Battlestar Galactica

Writer: Various
Artist:
Various
Publisher: Marvel Comics (1978-1980)
Includes:
Battlestar Galactica #1-23

Dork Note: Issues #16 thru #18 were by far my favorite (see the above three I sliced out from the rest). I would buy the Omnibus for those alone. Unfortunately, this Omnibus will never happen, because (lets face it) if it hasn't happen already with the massive popularity of the reboot - it surly won't happen now.
Clipped from Wikipedia: The comic book Battlestar Galactica, based on the ABC television series of the same name, was published monthly by Marvel Comics from 1978 through 1980, and lasted 23 issues. Roger McKenzie was most often the writer, and Walt Simonson the most regular artist, but the book also had a heavy rotation of guest writers and artists.

Marvel Comics’ began its adaptation of Battlestar Galactica with Super Special #8, a magazine format comic released as a tie-in to the start of the series. Based on an early script of the three hour series premiere "Saga of a Star World", this adaptation, which gave a relatively short treatment to the third hour, was also released in a tabloid format and then later as a paperback as well. Its success led Marvel to print a regular monthly comic depicting the adventures of the ragtag fleet.

When the regular run of Marvel's Battlestar Galactica comic book began some months later, the Super Special adaptation was expanded by several pages, and provided the material for the first five issues of the comic. With issue #6, the TV adaptations ceased, and Marvel's team began to create new stories about the characters of the Battlestar Galactica universe, picking up from where issue #5 left off. 

From this point, both in terms of story content and the narrative arc, Marvel's Battlestar Galactica does deviate somewhat from the televised adventures. Marvel's contract with Universal Studios specifically did not allow them to use anything from the television series that followed "Lost Planet of the Gods". Despite this, Marvel made a conscious decision to continue the story with their own vision of how the series would progress, and so presents an interesting interpretation of Galactica – through a Marvel paradigm. 

In addition, much of the comic's run took place in the magnetic void which the rag tag fleet encountered in the TV episode "Lost Planet of the Gods". In the end of the TV episode, the fleet moves back into normal space, leaving the void behind, but in the comics the ragtag fleet remains in the void beginning in issue #4, with the fleet finally returning to regular space in issue #14. This makes placing the episodes within the span of the TV series difficult, since much of the action could be surmised to have taken place between "Lost Planet of the Gods" and "Lost Warrior".

Unlike both television series, the Galactica comic actually had a planned ending, with a series of plot devices being wound up in the final two part story of issues #22 and #23. Presumedly, the final events of the Marvel Comic series presents the Battlestar Galactica along with rag tag fleet leaping toward the Milky Way Galaxy, where it will resume events in the tv series, in search of the lost 13th Colony known as Earth. This is the first time anywhere that the Galactica - until the new Re-Imagined Series on the Sci-Fi Channel - and the Colonial Fleet is shown leaping into hyperspace.

Fun Fact: Some panels depicted a likeness of Lt. Starbuck for scenes presenting Captain Apollo. These were corrected in the re-print version.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

UK Superman Annual 1 from 1983 - Reprinted a storyline I have wanted as a TPB for YEARS!

UK Cover by Brian Bolland

Writer: Len Wein and Jim Starlin
Artist: Jim Starlin
Publisher:
DC Comics (1983)

Includes:
DC Presents #27-29

The Warworld story arc was both cosmic and metaphysical. It introduced both Mongul, who went on to be a major character in the DC universe and the Warworld (think Deathstar but with a lot more weapons then just one big gun).It also introduced me as a reader to DC's (Jack Kirby's) concept of the Source and the Source Wall; which are basically DC's "God" and DC's "Edge of the Known Universe."

Also, I think, reading this book was the first time I ever really thought, "What the hell is at the edge of the universe?" And when a comic book can get a kid to ask that question...that's money well spent.

It would also be great to have this as a TPB because this was back in the day when Superman was soooo powerful that he could actually fly to the edge of known space and let me tell you, that's powerful.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Wanted TPB: Valor in D.O.A & Sudden Death Overtime

Writer: Mark Waid
Artist: Jeffrey Moore and Colleen Doran
Publisher: DC Comics (1993-1994)Includes: Valor#12-21

Clipped from a forum:
Waid 's "D.O.A." storyline had a lot of time travel, divergent realities, and so on. It was a good read, but it was a little overcomplicated and all the continuity wrangling was ultimately kind of pointless given what was coming.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Wanted TPB: General Mills Presents Justice League

Writer and Artists for the inprint and digital stories:
- Justice League #1 : writer Scott Beatty, artist Christian Duce
- Justice League #2 : writer Paul Tobin, artist Derec Donovan
- Justice League #3 : writer Doug Wagner, artist Christian Duce
- Justice League #4 : writer Joshua Williamson, artist Bruno Redondo
Publisher: DC Comics (2011)
Includes: General Mills Presents: Justice League #1-4 with the on-line backup stories.
Review Clipped from The Cool Kidz Table by KP: When I was a kid, I LOVED it any time DC or Marvel would offer some throwaway comic as a publicity stunt whether it be mailaway offerings on the back of pizza boxes or random Toys R' Us handouts. So when I heard that DC was working up a handful of Justice League one-shots to stuff in cereal boxes as the latest in DC Entertainment's attempts to brand build with little kids (never forget attempt #1), I was all for it. I know a lot of people would write this kind of thing off as the most crass of marketing ploys, but I know from experience that little things like this can be both entertaining for certain kids and foster a deeper love of comics in the chase to nab the books up if not the execution of the story on the page.

Review Clipped from
Comic Reviews by Walt: Despite my complaints and whatever negativity…the truth is…this is EXACTLY the sort of thing I would have been THRILLED with at age 8 or 9 or 12 when I was first getting into comics, being exposed to multiple heroes and seeing them doing heroic stuff. Long before I came to care about things like depth of character and the sort of stuff that’s lacking here. The back cover shows all four covers to this “mini-series,” and even has caption “Enjoy reading all 4 comics together as a family!” I don’t know about anyone else, but I figure that would be a splendid idea–you’ve got the cereal, you’ve got the comic, and you can spend some time reading with your kid.Dork Note: Batman is the only one who gets a mask. Where's the Wonder Woman mask for my daughter...dropping the ball again DC! DROPPING IT!!!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Wanted TPB: Seth Fisher's DC Bits and Pieces


Writer:Various
Artist:
Seth Fisher
Publisher:
DC Comics (2001-2005)
Includes:
Green Lantern: Willworld, The Flash: Time Flies, Doom Patrol #13-14, and Batman: Legends Of The Dark Knight #192-196

Dork Note: Green Lantern, Flash, and Batman are all collected into their separate TPBs, but it would be nice to have all his DC work collected in to one book. Check out his site.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Wanted TPB: Cancelled Comic Cavalcade

Writer:Various
Artist: Various
Publisher:
DC Comics (1978)
Includes:
Listed Below
Dork Note: For a more in depth look at the Cancelled Comic Cavalcade - Check out Tom McNeely's Cancelled Comic Cavalcade Issue #1 and Cancelled Comic Cavalcade Issue #2

Clipped from Wikipedia: Cancelled Comic Cavalcade featured a collection of unpublished stories which were originally slated as "next issue" stories for over thirty-five comic book titles which were discontinued as a result of the 1978 DC Implosion.

Cancelled Comic Cavalcade
in the summer 1978 two-issue ashcan "series" which "published" the work in limited quantity solely to establish the company's copyright. The title was a play on DC's 1940s series Comic Cavalcade.

Some of the material already produced for the cancelled publications was later used in other series, however. The two volumes, composed of some of these stories along with earlier inventoried stories, were printed by DC staff members in black-and-white on the office photocopier. A total of 35 copies of each volume were produced, and distributed to the creators of the material, to the U.S. copyright office, and to Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide as proof of their existence. Considered a valued collectible, a set of both issues was valued as high as $3,680 in the 2011-2012 edition of the Comic Book Price Guide.

Contents ranged from completed stories to incomplete artwork. Although color covers were created, the interior pages (having been reproduced on a photocopier in the days prior to widespread use of color photocopy technology) were black and white. The first issue carried a cover price of only 10 cents, while the second carried a cover price of $1, but this was in jest, as the publication was never actually "sold".

Cancelled Comic Cavalcade contained the following material:

Issue #1


  • Black Lightning #12 (later printed in World's Finest Comics #260), cover to #13
  • Claw the Unconquered #13 and #14
  • The Deserter #1
  • Doorway to Nightmare #6 (later printed in The Unexpected)
  • Firestorm #6 (later adapted as back-up stories in The Flash)
  • The Green Team: Boy Millionaires #1 and #2 (to have followed a try-out in 1st Issue Special #2)

Issue #2


  • Kamandi #60 and #61 "OMAC" back-ups would also appear in Warlord #37-39 (September-November 1980)
  • Prez #5
  • Shade, the Changing Man #9 "The Odd Man" story would appear in Detective Comics #487 (December 1979-January 1980)
  • Showcase #105 featuring Deadman, later printed slightly edited in Adventure Comics #464, #106 The Creeper
  • Secret Society of Super-Villains #16, #17
  • Steel #6, later reprinted with edits in All-Star Squadron #8-9 (April-May 1982)
  • The Vixen #1
  • covers for Army at War #2, Battle Classics #3, Demand Classics #1 and #2, Mister Miracle #26, Ragman #6, Weird Mystery Tales #25 and #26, Western Classics #1 and #2