Friday, November 25, 2016

Aquaman: A Celebration of 75 Years

This hardcover anthology is a must-have for comic book collectors.  Collecting 22 stories that range from 1941 to 2015, with the first seven from the 40s and 50s, this is the best Aquaman collection yet published. The book is beautiful, from its endpaper images through each reprinted story (including covers), the scope of Aquaman’s history is covered. The dust jacket reprints a recent image by Jim Lee, while the embossed case-cover sports a vintage Aquaman image. The choices are generally good, although I could easily name multiple stories from the 60s and 70s that should have been included here. Aquaman’s first appearance from More Fun Comics # 73 from 1941 leads off the collection. Created by Paul Norris with writer Mort Weisinger, Aquaman endures all of these decades later. The seven vintage tales are a treat because vintage Aquaman stories rarely find themselves reprinted. These are, by the way, full color reprints. The book’s retail price is $39.99, but it’s worth it. ‘The Invasion of the Fire Trolls” from Aquaman # 1 (1962) leads off a short stint of Silver Age tales, and the remainder are of recent history. I won’t say which stories shouldn’t have been included, because in general terms the collection works. The best writers and artists are featured: Nick Cardy, Jim Aparo, Peter David, Geoff Johns, Gerry Conway, Paul Levitz, and Chuck Patton, to name a few. This a great collection for not only comic book fans, but for any young reader. Parents looking for something unique for a Christmas present might do well to pick this up. Getting comic books in the hands of young readers is all the more challenging since the days we plucked them off the spinner rack. Put this book in the hands of kids and let them discover the amazing world of sequential comic art combined with some wildly imaginative stories. This is the way comics books were meant to be. Kudos!

2 comments:

  1. I totally agree. I would have loved to have gotten a book like this for Christmas when I was a kid.

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    1. Thanks Kurt! I'll be posting about two other 75th celebration collections from DC as well. Fun stuff!

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