Collected Comics Library PodcastOn today’s show, Chris and Andy finish up the 100 Greatest Comic Books – Comic Book Runs – Single Issues & Graphic Novels of All Time from When It Was Cool, which was compiled from several different sources in late 2017. In this installment, the guys go over #20-1, give their thoughts and, of course, the collected editions these runs are in. Surprise! We don’t really agree with the Top 10 and give a list of what was completely left off of the Top 100.
Listed below are the run in order and select collected editions on that particular run or a first volume that serves a starting point.

1) Batman – The Dark Knight Returns (DC Comics)
Frank Miller and Klaus Janson
Notes: Although this series is commonly known as “The Dark Knight Returns,” and officially titled so in trade & hardcover collections, the actual title in the indicia of all four original issues is simply “Batman: The Dark Knight.” “Returns” appears as the sub-title of only the 1st issue.
Reprinted/Collected in:
Absolute Dark Knight (2006)
Batman Noir: The Dark Knight Returns (2015) HC
Batman: The Dark Knight (1986) HC
Batman: The Dark Knight (1986) HC (Graphitti Designs Limited S+N Edition)
Batman: The Dark Knight Saga Deluxe Edition (2015) HC
The Complete Frank Miller Batman (1989) HC

2) The Sandman (DC Comics / Vertigo)
Neil Gaiman
artists include Sam Kieth, Mike Dringenberg, Jill Thompson, Shawn McManus, Marc Hempel, and Michael Zulli
75 issues
Reprinted/Collected in:
10 trades
10 hardcovers
5 absolutes
2 Omnibus
black-and-white Annotated edition

3) Watchmen (DC Comics)
Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons
Notes: Only graphic novel to have won a “Hugo” award, and the only one to be listed in Time magazine’s 100 Greatest English Language Novels from 1923 to the present.
Reprinted/Collected in:
TPB
HC Watchmen Noir
HC Original Graphitti Hardcover
Deluxe Edition TPB
Deluxe Edition HC
Absolute Edition

4) Kingdom Come (DC Comics)
Mark Waid and Alex Ross
Reprinted/Collected in:
TPB
HC Slipcase
HC
Absolute Edition
Kingdom Come: The 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition “Collector’s Set”

5) Fables (Vertigo)
Bill Willingham
Reprinted/Collected in:
21 trades
15 hardcovers

6) Y the Last Man (Vertigo)
Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra
Reprinted/Collected in:
3 absolutes
10 trades
5 hardcovers
5 deluxe editions trades

7) Preacher (Vertigo)
Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon
Reprinted/Collected in:
9 original trades
6 hc and 6 trades new editions
3 absolutes

8) All Star Superman (DC Comics)
Grant Morrison, Frank Quitely
Reprinted/Collected in:
All Star Superman (2006) Absolute Edition
All Star Superman (2006) HC vol. 01
All Star Superman (2006) TPB
All Star Superman (2006) TPB (DC Black Label Edition)

9) Saga of the Swamp Thing (Alan Moore era) (DC Comics)
Reprints/Collects: #20–58, 60–61, 63–64, Annual #2: Alan Moore
The Saga of Swamp Thing (1982) – HC vol. 1-6

10) Marvels (Marvel Comics)
Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross
Marvels (1994) – Slipcased HC
“The Platinum Edition”
Reprints/Collects:
Marvel Age (1983) #130-#132
Marvels (1994) #0-4
See: Marvels: Eye of the Camera and Ruins

11) Maus (Pantheon)
Art Spiegelman
Notes: Maus was published serially in RAW magazine; individual chapters were packaged as small comic books bound within each issue of RAW Volume 1.
Notes: Single volume hardcover collection of The Complete Maus.
Reprinted/Collected in:
Maus: A Survivor’s Tale (1986) – HC
“The Complete Maus: A Survivor’s Tale”
Seven Chapters:
Reprints/Collects:
Maus (1980) #1-7
Raw (1989) #1-3

12) Fantastic Four (Lee & Kirby 1-102) (Marvel Comics)
Reprinted/Collected in:
Essential Fantastic Four (2001) TPB vol. 01
Fantastic Firsts (2002) TPB
Fantastic Four (1961) Mini Comic
Fantastic Four (1961) Omnibus HC vol. 01
Fantastic Four Epic Collection (2014) TPB vol. 01
The Fantastic Four (1977) TPB
Fantastic Four: Extended Family (2011) TPB
The Fantastic Four: The Secret Story of Marvel’s Cosmic Quartet (1981) TPB
King-Size Kirby (2015) Slipcase HC
Marvel 75th Anniversary Omnibus (2014) HC
Marvel Klassiker: Fantastic Four (2015) TPB
Marvel Limited: Fantastic Firsts (1994) HC
Marvel Masterworks: The Fantastic Four (2003) HC vol. 01
Origins of Marvel Comics (1974) TPB
Startling Stories: Fantastic Four – Unstable Molecules (2003) TPB

13) Amazing Spider-Man (Lee & Ditko – Amazing Fantasy 15- Amazing Spider-Man 100) (Marvel Comics)
Notes: Although the cover date is August, the indicia shows September 1962
Although we are reminded to get the next issue of Amazing Fantasy to follow Spider-Man’s adventures, this was the
final issue. Spider-Man wouldn’t appear again until March 1963, in Amazing Spider-Man #1.
Reprinted/Collected in:
The 100 Greatest Marvels of All Time (2001) #10
Amazing Fantasy Omnibus (2007) Omnibus
The Amazing Spider-Man Masterworks (1992) TPB
The Amazing Spider-Man Omnibus (2007) HC vol. 01
Essential Spider-Man (1996) TPB vol. 01
Fantastic Firsts (2002) TPB
Marvel 75th Anniversary Omnibus (2014) HC
Marvel Masterworks: The Amazing Spider-Man (2002) HC vol. 01
Marvel’s Mightiest Heroes (2013) HC vol. 12 (02)
Origins of Marvel Comics (1974) TPB
Stan Lee Marvel Treasury Edition (2016) Slipcase HC
The Very Best of Spider-Man (1994) TPB

14) Uncanny X-Men (Chris Claremont 94-279) (Marvel Comics)
Note: #279: X-Cutioner’s Song
Reprinted/Collected in:
Essential X-Men (1996) TPB vol. 01
Marvel Masterworks: The Uncanny X-Men (2003) HC vol. 01
Marvel Masterworks: The Uncanny X-Men (2003) TPB vol. 01
Marvel Masterworks: The Uncanny X-Men (2003) TPB vol. 01 (Barnes and Noble)
Uncanny X-Men (1963) Omnibus HC vol. 01
Uncanny X-Men (1963) Omnibus HC vol. 01 (2nd Edition)
The Uncanny X-Men (2004) TPB vol. 01
X-Men Epic Collection (2014) TPB vol. 05

15) Bone (Cartoon Books / Image)
Jeff Smith
Reprinted/Collected in:
55 issues
9 trades
The special 1,332-page, one-volume edition softcovers

16) Batman – Year One (DC Comics)
Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli
Batman #404-407
Reprinted/Collected in:
Batman – Year One HC, Trade
The Complete Frank Miller Batman (1989) HC
Absolute Batman: Year One (2016) HC

17) Captain America (Ed Brubaker 1-50, 2011) (Marvel Comics)
Reprinted/Collected in:
I. Captain America / Winter Soldier
Captain America: Winter Soldier Ultimate Collection – Collects Captain America vol. 5, #1-9, 11-14.
Captain America: Red Menace Ultimate Collection – Collects Captain America vol. 5, #15-21; Captain America 65th Anniversary Special.
The Death of Captain America: The Complete Collection – Collects Captain America vol. 5 #22-42; Winter Soldier: Winter Kills.
Captain America: The Man with No Face – Collects Captain America Vol. 5 #43-48
II. Captain America: Reborn
Captain America: Road to Reborn – Collects Captain America Vol. 5 #49-50; Captain America #600-601.
Captain America: Reborn – Steve came back during this miniseries. Collects Captain America: Reborn #1-6.
http://www.howtoread.me/captain-america-by-ed-brubaker-reading-order/

18) Astro City (Vol. 1) (Image)
Kurt Busiek, Brent Anderson, and Alex Ross
Reprinted/Collected in:
Astro City Volume 1: Life in the Big City (#1–6) HC and Trade

19) Batman: The Killing Joke (DC Comics)
Alan Moore and Brian Bolland
Reprinted/Collected in:
Batman Noir: The Killing Joke (2016) HC
Batman: The Killing Joke (1988) Absolute Edition
Batman: The Killing Joke (1988) OGN HC (Deluxe Edition – 1st Printing)
DC Universe: The Stories of Alan Moore (2006) TPB

20) The Walking Dead (Image Comics)
Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore and Charlie Adlard
193+ issues
Reprinted/Collected in:
4 Compendiums
16 Hardcover
32 Trades

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On today’s show, Chris and Andy finish up the 100 Greatest Comic Books – Comic Book Runs – Single Issues & Graphic Novels of All Time from When It Was Cool, which was compiled from several different sources in late 2017. In this installment, the guys go over #20-1,...