Collected Comics Library
Collected Comics Library is the only podcast solely dedicated to comic book collected editions news and reviews of Marvel, DC and independent TPBs and HCs.
info_outline Finale No. 2 01/18/2021
Finale No. 2 It's sad to say but it's time for the library doors to shut once again. Chris has all the reasons why on the show. But before we go, Chris and Andy talk about Graham Nolan, WW1984, WandaVision, the problem with the Punisher skull logo, and much more. BTW, the CCL Slack channel will remain open, so please come and join us (bit.ly/cclslack)....and who knows...perhaps the CCL will open for some special occasions ;-)
info_outline January 2021 Solicitations - C'mon Man! 10/27/2020
January 2021 Solicitations - C'mon Man! Chris and Andy lead off this week by talking about the massive and how it may fall short of being a complete 140 volume set. The guys also discuss the the , “buying clubs”, , Wonder Woman, , and why is awesome. All this and the January 2021 solicitation picks.
info_outline That’s A Bad Idea 10/07/2020
That’s A Bad Idea On this special CCL Andy goes solo! Let's hope he does OK! Topics covered tonight: Bendis on Superman The fate of Planetary, Transmetropolitan, Authority, etc. Aliens / Predator: Omnibus or Epic? Budget vs Want Bad Idea Comics Stormbreakers Superman Kim’s Convenience
info_outline December 2020 Solicitations - Chris' Day Off 09/28/2020
December 2020 Solicitations - Chris' Day Off Chris takes the week off, so Andy is joined by Travis, one of our good friends of the show and one of our Slackers to go over the December 2020 solicits. The guys also talk about Death of the Inhumans, Watchmen, Action Comics, MOK, Creepy, and Fantastic Four.
info_outline Cover B 09/07/2020
Cover B Chris and Andy have a free for all and talk about Kickstarter and Berserker by Keanu Reeves, Heavy Metal Magazine #300 and a cover by Agustín Alessio, Frank Miller’s Ronin, can Chris only own 50 books?, Greg Land and Aliens controversy, Luther Arkwright by Brian Talbot, Punisher Soviet MAX by Garth Ennis and Jacen Burrows, Star Trek: Picard and Hulk: Maestro.
info_outline November 2020 Solicitations - Kraven’s Last Stand 08/31/2020
November 2020 Solicitations - Kraven’s Last Stand Chris and Andy talk about the passing of Chadwick Boseman and what it may mean for the MCU. Plus Andy has a bone to pick with Marvel on the decision to use Greg Land as the cover artist for Aliens Omnibus Volume 1 and Chris found a typo in the Conan The Barbarian: The Original Marvel Years Omnibus Vol. 5 HC solicit.
info_outline The Best Batman Collected Editions of All Time 08/17/2020
The Best Batman Collected Editions of All Time Chris and Andy tackle one of the hardest topics in comic book lore… just what are the best Batman collected editions of all time? It’s not just what to decide it’s how to rank them. To make things easy the guys picked four obvious books to start: Batman: Year One by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller and Klaus Janson Batman: The Killing Joke by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland Batman: The Long Halloween by Jeph Loeb and Time Sale Then the guys go back and forth on some essential books for you to read and own. Andy sticks to the comic books while Chris delves into a few history books and even the comic strips. Batman: Ego and Other Tales by Darwyn Cooke Batman: From the 30’s to the 70’s Batman: Hush by Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee Batman: Son of the Demon by Mike W. Barr and Jerry Bingham Batman: The Complete History by Les Daniels Batman: The Court of Owls by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo Batman: The Silver Age Newspaper Comics Vol. 3: 1969-1972 Batman: Year 100 by Paul Pope Batman: Year Two by Mike W. Barr and Paul Neary Tales of the Batman by Tim Sale The Encyclopedia of Comic Book Heroes Volume 1: Batman “The Supergirl from Krypton" (Superman/Batman #8–13) by Michael Turner There’s plenty of debate to go around that that will be discussed in the free and open CCL Slack Channel bit.ly/cclslack
info_outline Punisher MAX - Mother Russia 08/10/2020
Punisher MAX - Mother Russia Chris and Andy are back with the fourth installment of the complete Punisher MAX run by Garth Ennis. Tonight the guys get into Mother Russia, #13-18, and go issue by issue including the writing, art, and extras that may be included in the trade paperback (or hardcover). The best part of the storyline...Col. Nick Fury! This show will also be run on the .
info_outline October 2020 Solicitations - Brand New on VHS 08/04/2020
October 2020 Solicitations - Brand New on VHS Chris and Andy get right into October 2020 solicits and there are some very far out picks. They guys also have a long list of what they are reading including Legends Of The Dark Knight: Matt Wagner, Batman By Azzarello & Risso, Batman Vol. 13: The City Of Bane Part 2, Batman Arkham: Scarecrow, Batman: Kings Of Fear, Black Hammer/Justice League: Hammer Of Justice!, Rebirth: Action Comics, Superman & Detective Comics, House of X/Powers of X, After Houdini, and Sullivan's Sluggers.
info_outline Currently Consuming 07/20/2020
Currently Consuming Chris and Andy catch up on the news about Aliens and Predator moving from Dark Horse to Marvel and what that means not only for the comics but also the future of the movie franchises...and is RoboCop ripe for the pickings? There’s a juicy rumor that the next big MCU/Avengers event will be Secret Wars! How will the Russo Bros. pull it off and will the Fantastic Four and X-Men be involved? Chris goes over the timeline for the release of Star Wars: The HIgh Republic and Andy may get on board with this new sans-Skywalker series. The guys next go into reading and reviews of a ton of books including Doomsday Clock, Wonder Woman/Conan by Gail Simone and several more.
info_outline September 2020 Solicitations - The Worst Solicitation Of All Time 06/29/2020
September 2020 Solicitations - The Worst Solicitation Of All Time Chris and Andy get right into the September 2020 solicits and some of them may be a bit familiar. The guys also get an email from Billy Hogan of the Superman Fan Podcast, discuss Batman: Devils Advocate, Marvel Masterworks: Howard The Duck Volume 1 (Variant #300, March 2021), why Pippin and Merry had it worse than Frodo and Sam, and what may be the worst solicitation of all time.
info_outline Remembering Denny O’Neil 06/23/2020
Remembering Denny O’Neil In this special episode, Chris and Andy talk about the life of Denny O'Neil, who passed away on June 11 at the age of 81. He was responsible for creating some of the most memorable characters of all time including Ra's al Ghul and storylines of all time including "Hard Traveling Heroes" with Green Lantern and Green Arrow, "The Joker's Five-Way Revenge!" in Batman #251 (Sept. 1973), and introducing Jim Rhodes as Iron Man in Iron Man #170. He is, without question, one of the greatest comic book writers of all time. The guys also talk about EYE OF THE BEHOLDER: The Art of Dungeons & Dragons, Frankenstein Alive, Alive! HC by Steve Niles and Bernie Wrightson, The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Extended Edition movies, Supergirl: Being Super, Harleen, Wonder Woman/Conan, Wonder Woman Diana Prince Celebrating The 60s Omnibus HC, and Comicbook Confidential.
info_outline Punisher MAX - Kitchen Irish 06/15/2020
Punisher MAX - Kitchen Irish Chris and Andy are back with the third installment of the complete Punisher MAX run by Garth Ennis. Tonight the guys get into Kitchen Irish, #7-12 (2004), and go issue by issue including the writing, art, and extras that may be included in the trade paperback (or hardcover), and the overall continuity plus Andy finds out that he has a misprint copy! This show will also be run on the Epic Marvel Podcast.
info_outline DC/Diamond and Live Eisner Voting 06/08/2020
DC/Diamond and Live Eisner Voting Chris and Andy get down to the topic du jour that is DC and Diamond. What’s it all about and what does this mean for the industry moving forward? The guys also dow through every category for the Eisners and since Chris is a voting member they get to cast a real live ballot.
info_outline Zack Kruse on the Ideology of Steve Ditko 06/01/2020
Zack Kruse on the Ideology of Steve Ditko Chris and Andy are joined by comic book historian and author Zack Kruse, Pictures Within Pictures podcast. In his book, Mysterious Travelers: Steve Ditko and the Search for a New Liberal Identity (University Press of Mississippi, February 2021) Zack takes a fresh new look at the work of Ditko unlike ever before by focusing on the philosophical and thoughts of arguably the most misunderstood and brilliant minds in comic book history.
info_outline July/August 2020 Solicitations - Back to the New Normal 05/27/2020
July/August 2020 Solicitations - Back to the New Normal Chris and Andy catch up on some semblance of solicits by taking a look at some July and August. We are eager to see these release dates will stick. The guys also discuss , Nightwing: The Gray Son Legacy, Lost Carnival: A Dick Grayson GN, Wonder Woman by Greg Rucka, Batman/TMNT, Batman by Gene Colon Volume 2, Jojo Rabbit, The Beastmaster, and finally .
info_outline Punisher MAX - In The Beginning 05/18/2020
Punisher MAX - In The Beginning Chris and Andy are back with the second installment of the complete Punisher MAX run by Garth Ennis. Tonight the series kicks off with In The Beginning, #1-6 (2004). The guys go issue by issue including the writing, art, and extras that may be included in the trade paperback (or hardcover), and the overall continuity. This show will also be run on the Epic Marvel Podcast.
info_outline Spotlight on Mike Grell 05/12/2020
Spotlight on Mike Grell Chris and Andy are back this to talk about one of their favorite creators of all time: Mike Grell. Just about his entire body of work if discussed including some hidden gems and behind the scene notes. The guys also touch on the passing of Marty Pasko and just when Marvel and DC will resume distributing comics.
info_outline Artist Editions with Scott VanderPloeg 04/27/2020
Artist Editions with Scott VanderPloeg Chris and Andy talk with Scott VanderPloeg, who is considered the foremost authority on Artist Editions; special kinds of comic book collected edition are printed pages of scanned original comic art at full size. Scott runs the wonderful and comprehensive fansite Artist's Edition Index which covers all things "AE", including his podcast. They guys talk about what makes up an Artist Edition, how many there are, who publishes them, the most popular and rare ones, and even talk about upcoming projects that are in the works.
info_outline Spotlight on Frank Miller 04/20/2020
Spotlight on Frank Miller Chris and Andy try to take a much-needed break from talking comic book distribution modeling and spotlight one of their favorite creators of all time: Frank Miller. Just about his entire body of work if discussed including some hidden gems and behind the scene notes.
info_outline Distribution Disruption 04/15/2020
Distribution Disruption Time to pull out the whiskey and talk comics COVID with Chris & Andy. This week the guys try to guess how comics will be distributed....is it time to go back to the subscription model? It may not be so far fetched. They also talk Event Leviathan by Brian Michael Bendis, Detective Comics by Pete Tomasi, Batman by Tom King, Swamp Thing by Len Wein and artist Bernie Wrightson and Sinestro.
info_outline Punisher MAX - Born 04/06/2020
Punisher MAX - Born Chirs and Andy debut a new ongoing segment discussing the complete Punisher MAX run by Garth Ennis. They start with Punisher MAX Born from 2003 and cover the run issue by issue including the writing, art, extras that may be included in the trade paperback (or hardcover) and the overall continuity. This show will also be run on the Epic Marvel Podcast. Collected editions discussed: (Punisher) Born, Punisher MAX From First To Last, Punisher Invades The ‘Nam, Fury (2001), Fury: Peacemaker (2006), Fury: My War Gone By (2012), Get Fury (TBD), Punisher: Soviet (2020).
info_outline Comic Book Distribution During Corona 04/01/2020
Comic Book Distribution During Corona Chris and Andy continue to talk about how comic book publishers are dealing with the coronavirus...but will it even matter if comic book stores close down? And just how important are digital comics now? We also dive into some of what we are reading including Guardians of the Galaxy by Donnie Cates and Action Comics/Superman by Brian Michale Bendis and Andy has a copy of Nightwing #70 - but not for long.
info_outline Christina Merkler, DCBS, on Diamond Ceasing Distribution Due To COVID-19 03/25/2020
Christina Merkler, DCBS, on Diamond Ceasing Distribution Due To COVID-19 Chris and Andy chat with Christina Merkler, Discount Comic Book Service, regarding the important news from Steve Geppi that due to the COVID-19 pandemic Diamond has announced that they are ceasing the distribution of any new weekly products. Christina also talks about how this is affecting her overall business at DCBS and their sister company In-Stock Trades, the closure of physical comic book stores, how this may shape publishing to come and the rise of more digital comics. We'd like to thank Christina Merkler for coming on the show with very short notice to share her views.
info_outline Virtual Virus Meet-Up 03/16/2020
Virtual Virus Meet-Up In the midst of a crappy week, and more crappy weeks to come Chris and Andy held a virtual meet-up with five other members of the CCL Slack community. COVID-19 was a major topic, but so was our favorite artists and what we are all reading these days and just how will the Coronavirus affect the entertainment industry. Our thanks to Gordon, Tim, Sam, Chris B and Jason! Here’s the YouTube link if you want to see our smiling faces
info_outline May 2020 Solicitations - The Martini Edition 03/03/2020
May 2020 Solicitations - The Martini Edition Chris and Andy talk about , , Kickstarters (UGH!), the upcoming The new Eternals Omnibus, as well as the Neil Gaiman Eternals hardcover as part of the “draft” selections from the May 2020 solicits.
info_outline CCL #514 - Thoughts on the Dan Didio Situation 02/24/2020
CCL #514 - Thoughts on the Dan Didio Situation Chris and Andy get right to the hot topic of the week: Dan Didio out at DC Comics, an in-depth review of The Mandalorian and discuss several books and movies including Indiana Jones and the Spear of Destiny, Batman/Shadow. Batman: Noël GN, Superman: Secret Origin by Geoff Johns, All-Star Superman by Grant Morrison, Lex Luthor: Man of Steel, The Man of Steel by John Byrne, Cover Vol. 1 by BMB, Parasite, The Peanut Butter Falcon and Artic.