Friday, 13 March 2020

2020 October & November Epic Collections

From Near Mint Condition and Epic Marvel Podcast's Breaking News: 11 New Marvel Epic Collections in 2020! Video and Near Mint Condition's provisional schedule on FB we had a pretty good idea which trades were out when in Comic stores:
September:
Black Panther Epic Collection: Panther's Prey
Captain America Epic Collection: Monsters And Men
Master Of Kung Fu Epic Collection: Traitors To The Crown
October:
Doctor Strange Epic Collection: Alone Against Eternity
Incredible Hulk Epic Collection Vol. 15
November:
Incredible Hulk Epic Collection: Who Will Judge The Hulk?
X-Factor Epic Collection Vol. 2
December:
Avengers Epic Collection: Heavy Metal
Conan The Barbarian: The Original Marvel Years Epic Collection Vol. 2
X-Force Epic Collection Vol. 3
X-Men Epic Collection: The Fate Of The Phoenix
We covered these in 2020 Epic Collections September to December.

The Hachette trade catalogue for September revealed two more - Fantastic Four Epic Collection 6: At War With Atlantis, collecting Fantastic Four 88-104, Annual 7 and Fantastic Four: The Lost Adventure, and Thor Epic Collection 19: The Thor War, collecting Thor 437-450, Annuals 16 & 17 - both of which are on sale in Comic shops (via Diamond) on 26th August 2020 and on sale in Book shops (via Hachette) on 8th September 2020.

So when Near Mint Condition and The Epic Marvel Podcast did An Advance Look At Marvel Collected Editions Releasing in October & November of 2020 we thought we knew roughly what to expect. The only things we knew might be missing were licensed titles like Star Wars Legends and Conan Chronicles. We might have got that a tinsy bit wrong....

In Book Shops October:

Star Wars Legends: Tales of the Jedi 1
Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi – Force Storm #1-5
Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi – Prisoner of Bogan #1-5
Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi – Force War #1-5
Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi #0

This is a new Star Wars Epic Collection series, the first one for some time, covering the ancient history of the Jedi as depicted by Dark Horse.

I've seen the following predicted for later volumes in this series

2
Golden Age of the Sith 0-5
Fall of the Sith Empire 1-5
Tales of the Jedi 1-5
The Freedon Nadd Uprising 1-2
3
Dark Lords of the Sith 1-6
Sith War 1-6
Redemption 1-5
Black Panther 3: Panther's Prey
Panther's Prey 1-4
Material from Marvel Comics Presents 13-37, 148
Material from Solo Avengers 19
Material from Marvel Super Heroes 1
Material from Marvel Fanfare 60
Material from FF Unlimited 1

Very much as expected.

Captain America 10 Monsters and Men
Captain America 267-285, Annual 6
Defenders 106

Very much as expected, possibly with a couple more issues that we thought.

Captain America Epic 11 then is a one volume gap so we know what's in it in terms of Cap: There's four Zeck issues left, 286-289 the first three of which are a Deathlok story. 290-301 have been reprinted in Captain America: Death of the Red Skull. Annual 7 is yet to be reprinted. That's the equivilent of 18 issues: is there enough space for the Falcon 4 issue limites series?

Venom 1 Symbiosis
Amazing Spider-Man #258, 300, 315-317, 332-333, 346-347, 388
Web of Spider-Man #1
Avengers: Deathtrap – The Vault
Darkhawk #13-14
Material from Amazing Spider-Man Annual #25-26
Material from Web of Spider-Man Annual #7-8
Material from Spectacular Spider-Man Annual #12

A complete surprise! When I looked at Marvel Epic Collections and the MCU I mentioned Venom 2 was due 2nd October and reckoned an Amazing Spider-Man Epic 18 Venom (295-310, Annual 22) repaint was likely. Never in a million years did I think they'd do a Venom Epic. Most of thius is already repinted in the Amazing Spider-Man Epics.

Master Of Kung Fu 3 Traitors to the Crown
Master Of Kung Fu 54-79

Pretty much as expected.

MOKF runs to 125 plus Marvel Team Up 82-85, What If 16, story in Marvel Comics Presents 1-8 and MOKF: Bleeding Black. That's probably 3 more Epics.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is scheduled for cinemas February 12th 2021 , does that mean 2021's Master of Kung-Fu volume will be earlier in late April? Maybe a second volume to tie in to the home release a few months later?

In Book Shops November:
Conan Chronicles 6 Song of Belit
Conan the Barbarian (2012) #7-25

Almost exactly what I was expecting, completing Dark Horse's 2012-2014 Conan The Barbarian.

X-Factor 3 Angel of Death
X-Factor 21-36, Annual 3
Power Pack 36

Oh my. This book was listed in Near Mint Condition and Epic Marvel Podcast's Breaking News: 11 New Marvel Epic Collections in 2020! Video as X-Factor Epic 2. My guess for that was

X-Factor 10-20, Annual 2
Thor 373-374 & 378
Power Pack 27 Incredible Hulk 336-337
Well that prediction for volume 2 looks good still for the actual issues, and when I had a go at predicting the rest of X-Factor I got this one all but dead on. I'm now able to predict the next few accurately:
4 "Inferno/Judgement War"
37-50
UXM 242 & 243
Marvel Fanfare 50
5
51-59 & Annuals 4-5
UXM 262-4 & Annual 14
Prisoner of Love
6 "Xtinction Agenda"
61-70 & Annual 6
UXM 270-272, possibly 273, definitely 280
New Mutants 95-97
I'll be honest, I think I'd have preferred Epic 2: 12-17 are unreprinted, and thus not on Comixology*, and it looks like it'll have a nice selection of bonus material with X-Factor's appearances elsewhere. In Epic 3 21-26 are in Fall of the Mutants v2, and 36 was in Inferno v1. 27-36 & Annual 3 were also printed in the Inferno Prologue HC.

* OK 13 is but that's a mistake: Comixology got it when they should have got X-Factor 130 to go in the X-Men: Onslaught Aftermath book.

Doctor Strange 4 Alone Against Eternity
Doctor Strange 6-26, Annual 1
Tomb of Dracula 44,
Giant Size Doctor Strange 1 cover

As expected!

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is scheduled for cinemas May 7th 2021, does that mean 2021's Doctor Strange volume will be earlier in late April? Maybe a second volume to tie in to the home release a few months later?

Doctor Strange Epic 8 Triumph and Torment is out which collects Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme 1–13. So Epics 5-7 need to collect Doctor Strange 27-81 and the Doctor Strange stories from Strange Tales 1-19.

Epic 13 is out too collecting Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme 76-90 so we know Epics 9-12 collect Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme 14-75. That's 61 issues over 4 Epics so we're looking for a few extras to go in there but what?

Incredible Hulk 14 Going Grey
Incredible Hulk 314-330, Annual 14-15
Material from Marvel Fanfare 29

When this was discussed on Near Mint Condition and Epic Marvel Podcast's Breaking News: 11 New Marvel Epic Collections in 2020! Video it was down as Epic 15 and they suggested it might be the material in between the Bill Mantlo (ends Hulk 312) and Peter David (starts Hulk 331) runs. Maths suggested, based on the number of issues, that Epic 15 needed to start c331, not end before it. It turns out that EVERYONE was right because it's actually the volume before 15, with EXACTLY the contents many were hoping for 15 to have.

Hulk Visionaries: John Byrne reprints 314-319 & Annual 14 plus material from Marvel Fanfare 29. That means that 320-330 & Annual 15 are reprinted here for the first time.

15 "Ground Zero"
331 - 346 (the issue after Ground Zero Far far too elegant a stopping point to miss that)
The Big Change Grahic Novel (same month as 337)
16
346-362
Web of Spider-Man 44
Fantastic Four 320
Avengers Annual 17 (Main story)
Marvel Comics Presents 26 (Hulk story)
17 "Countdown"
363-380 & Annual 16 (Lifeform)
Marvel Comics Presents 49 (Hulk story)
18
381-396 & Annual 17 (Subteranean Wars)
X-Factor 76
Avengers West Coast 4 Vision Quest
Avengers West Coast 38-52, Annual 3-4
material from Avengers Spotlight 23

This was a complete surprise, and not just because we didn't know about it! Avengers West Coast 3 Tales to Astonish is only scheduled for release in August 2020 so to get twpo so close is unusual. Of course now I see it it's obvious that it's there to tie into the WandaVision television series, which is backed up by a rerelease of the original Vision & Scarlet Witch trade.

No real objections to this as Visionquest is a great story burt *maybe* Avengers Epic 8 (Avengers 129-148 & Giant Size Avengers 2-4), which shows the Vision & carlet Witch marrying, might have been a better choice as a celbratory Vision & Scarlet Witch volume?

Does an extra Avengers West Coast in 2020 mean no Avengers West Coast for 2021?

52 issues and 4 annuals will then be Epic'd out of West Coast Avengers run of 102 issues and 8 annuals: 50 issues, effectively 52 down to 75 & 100 being double sized, and 4 double sized annuals remain. That hits 60 issues and 3 epics on the nose.

Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi, Conan Chronicles, Venom and Avengers West Coast we didn't know about plus we had the wrong Volume Numbers for X-Factor and Hulk.

So the volumes we don't know contents for yet are these, ordered by their comic shop dates:

November:
Incredible Hulk Epic Collection: Who Will Judge The Hulk?
December:
Avengers Epic Collection: Heavy Metal
Conan The Barbarian: The Original Marvel Years Epic Collection Vol. 2
X-Force Epic Collection Vol. 3
X-Men Epic Collection: The Fate Of The Phoenix
They will be due in book shops, and thus on the Hachette catalogue for, December 2020 or possibly January 2021. It's possible they might be joined by another Star Wars book.......

Wednesday, 4 March 2020

September - December 2020 Epic Collections from the Hachette Website

The Web Site for Hachette, Marvel's distributor to book stores, has started to update with the September - December 2020 Epic collections. We already have a good idea of the bulk of what's coming via Near Mint Condition and Epic Marvel Podcast's Breaking News: 11 New Marvel Epic Collections in 2020! video and the Hachette trade catalogue for September which I looked at in 2020 Epic Collections September to December and Two NEW September 2020 Epic Collections and Comic Shop vs Book Shop dates. However there might be some licensed material, Star Wars and Conan, yet to be revealed.

The first two books added to Hachette'S Web Site we had most of the information for already, but the dates were new and confirmed why they were missing from the list in the first video linked above:

Fantastic Four Epic Collection 6: At War with Atlantis

https://www.hachettebookgroup.biz/titles/none/fantastic-four-epic-collection-at-war-with-atlantis/9781302922023/

ISBN: 9781302922023
On Sale Comicshops (via Diamond): 26th August 2020
On Sale Bookshops (via Hachette): 8th September 2020
Price: $39.99 ($52.00 in Canada)
Pages: 408
Added To The Hachette Site: 4th March 2020

COLLECTING: FANTASTIC FOUR 88-104, ANNUAL 7; FANTASTIC FOUR: THE LOST ADVENTURE

Thor Epic Collection 19: The Thor War
https://www.hachettebookgroup.biz/titles/none/thor-epic-collection-the-thor-war/9781302927066/

ISBN: 9781302927066
On Sale Comicshops (via Diamond): 26th August 2020
On Sale Bookshops (via Hachette): 8th September 2020
Price: $39.99 ($52.00 in Canada)
Pages: 472
Added To The Hachette Site: 4th March 2020

COLLECTING: THOR 437-450, THOR ANNUAL 16-17

If my accounting is accurate, this will be Epic Collection number 200!

We await further entries, and I'll update this page when they come but Near Mint Condition shared this Facebook post giving the following provisional list of Epics arriving in comic shops when:
September:
Black Panther Epic Collection: Panther's Prey
Captain America Epic Collection: Monsters And Men
Master Of Kung Fu Epic Collection: Traitors To The Crown
October:
Doctor Strange Epic Collection: Alone Against Eternity
Incredible Hulk Epic Collection Vol. 15
November:
Incredible Hulk Epic Collection: Who Will Judge The Hulk?
X-Factor Epic Collection Vol. 2
December:
Avengers Epic Collection: Heavy Metal
Conan The Barbarian: The Original Marvel Years Epic Collection Vol. 2
X-Force Epic Collection Vol. 3
X-Men Epic Collection: The Fate Of The Phoenix
Obviously this is subject to alteration and for many of those we're awaiting volume numbers and more importantly contents and exact release dates.

Also remember that any book that arrives in a Comicshop is in Bookshops 2 weeks later:

COMIC SHOPS BOOK SHOPS
19 Aug 2020 01 Sep 2020
26 Aug 2020 08 Sep 2020
02 Sep 2020 15 Sep 2020
09 Sep 2020 22 Sep 2020
16 Sep 2020 29 Sep 2020
23 Sep 2020 06 Oct 2020
30 Sep 2020 13 Oct 2020
07 Oct 2020 20 Oct 2020
14 Oct 2020 27 Oct 2020
21 Oct 2020 03 Nov 2020
28 Oct 2020 10 Nov 2020
04 Nov 2020 17 Nov 2020
11 Nov 2020 24 Nov 2020
18 Nov 2020 01 Dec 2020
25 Nov 2020 08 Dec 2020
02 Dec 2020 15 Dec 2020
09 Dec 2020 22 Dec 2020
16 Dec 2020 29 Dec 2020
23 Dec 2020 05 Jan 2021
30 Dec 2020 12 Jan 2021

Saturday, 29 February 2020

Two NEW September 2020 Epic Collections and Comic Shop vs Book Shop dates

When I did 2020 Epic Collections September to December from Near Mint Condition and Epic Marvel Podcast's Breaking News: 11 New Marvel Epic Collections in 2020! video I said:
I think there's at least one of Later Thor, Earlier DD or Later FF hidden away at the start of Sept.
Sure enough the same suspects were back last night with a peak at the Hachette trade catalogue for September and guess what?

Fantastic Four Epic Collection 6: At War With Atlantis

Collecting: Fantastic Four 88-104, Annual 7 and Fantastic Four: The Lost Adventure

FF now has six consecutive volumes and is the first title to have two consecutive earlier volumes in the same year: Avengers did two later volumes in 2019 and X-Men is set to repeat the feat with 6 Proteus and 7 Fate of the Phoenix in 2019 too.

Thor Epic Collection 19: The Thor War
Collecting: Thor 437-450, Annuals 16 & 17

Very much as expected.

So I got both titles right even if I didn't get the FF volume right. The Hachette trade catalogue for September video indicates these are the only two Epics for September.

BUT I later added to 2020 Epic Collections September to December this addendum:

Near Mint Condition have subsequently released a provisional schedule on FB:

September:

Black Panther Epic Collection: Panther's Prey
Captain America Epic Collection: Monsters And Men
Master Of Kung Fu Epic Collection: Traitors To The Crown
Thor: The Eternals Saga - The Complete Collection
Tomb Of Dracula: The Complete Collection Vol. 4
October:
Doctor Strange Epic Collection: Alone Against Eternity
Incredible Hulk Epic Collection Vol. 15
Man-Thing By Steve Gerber: The Complete Collection Vol. 3
November:
Incredible Hulk Epic Collection: Who Will Judge The Hulk?
Iron Man By Mike Grell: The Complete Collection
X-Factor Epic Collection Vol. 2
December:
Avengers Epic Collection: Heavy Metal
Conan The Barbarian: The Original Marvel Years Epic Collection Vol. 2
X-Force Epic Collection Vol. 3
X-Men Epic Collection: The Fate Of The Phoenix
So how could FF 6 & Thor 19 be the only Epics in Septemeber and Black Panther 3 Panther's Prey, Captain America 10 Monsters And Men and Master Of Kung Fu 5 Traitors To The Crown also be the Epics coming in September?

The answer is we'e dealing with two different but connected timescales here.

Comics & trades hit comic shops on a Wednesday, and those are the dates in Previews etc. Comixology gets them the same day.

13 days later they hit book shops, Amazon and the like, via Hachette, Marvel's book distributor.

The dates in the The Hachette trade catalogue for September video are from the Hachette catalogue whose book release dates that month are Tuesdays 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th of that month. These books will be found in comic shops 19th & 26th of August and 2nd, 9th & 16th of September respectively.

So I'd take a punt FF & Thor are due in book shops 1st & 8th September, so would have been in comic shops 19th & 25th August. Following that there's a three weeks gap and, subject to plans having changed, we get Black Panther 3 Panther's Prey, Captain America 10 Monsters And Men & Master Of Kung Fu 3 Traitors To The Crown in comic shops 23rd & 30th September which then arrive in book shops via Hachette 6th & 13th October.

Clear? No I thought not, it is confusing!

Comic shop dates on the left, book shop/hachette/amazon dates on the right:

Comic Shops   Book Shops
Wednesday Aug 19 = Tuesday Sep 01
Wednesday Aug 26 = Tuesday Sep 08
Wednesday Sep 02 = Tuesday Sep 15
Wednesday Sep 09 = Tuesday Sep 22
Wednesday Sep 16 = Tuesday Sep 29
Wednesday Sep 23 = Tuesday Oct 06
Wednesday Sep 30 = Tuesday Oct 13
The theory is further backed up by looking at prior releases. FF & Thor were first two weeks of September in book shops last year followed by no Epics for the rest of the month and a glut in October. (First date listed is comic shops, 2nd is book shops 13 days later)
Epic Comic Shops Book Shops
Fantastic Four 4 The Mystery Of The Black Panther Aug 21 2019 Sep 03 2019
Thor 18 The Black Galaxy Aug 28 2019 Sep 10 2019
West Coast Avengers 2 Lost in Space-Time Sep 18 2019 Oct 01 2019
Star Wars: Legends 2 The Menace Revealed Sep 18 2019 Oct 01 2019
Incredible Hulk 4 In The Hands Of Hydra Sep 25 2019 Oct 08 2019
Indeed there's a very similar pattern the year before
Epic Comic Shops Book Shops
Defenders 8 The New Defenders Aug 15 2018 Aug 28 2018
Amazing Spider-Man 18 Venom Aug 29 2018 Sep 11 2018
Star Wars: Legends 1 The Menace Revealed Sep 19 2018 Oct 02 2018
Thor 5 The Fall of Asgard Sep 26 2018. Oct 09 2018
West Coast Avengers 1 How The West Was Won Sep 26 2018 Oct 09 2018

Thursday, 30 January 2020

2020 Epic Collections September to December

Some late 2020 Epics have been announced by Near Mint Condition and The Epic Marvel Podcast

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0ONVkP1ctM

Complete Collections
Tomb of Dracula v4
Thor The Eternals Saga
Iron Man Mike Grell
Man Thing by Steve Gerber v3
Thor Eternals saga torpedoes my idea that Thor Epic 10 is incoming!

Epic Collections

Conan The Marvel Years v2
SLIGHLY surprised to see another so soon but there's a LOT of Conan to get through. Won't even make a guess because I think we think the contents of v1 may not be final.

But, In Theory, there should be issues featuring Red Sonja in here, 24 for example..... who Marvel do not own the rights to! Do Marvel's rights for Conan include printing her guest appearances?

http://www.mikesamazingworld.com/mikes/features/series.php?seriesid=4434&page=gallery
X-Force v3
Expected, ish. The only worry was X-Force's appearances in the Epic schedule have been erratic.

Contents (Guess) X-Force v3 20-33, Annual 2, Nomad 20, New Warriors 44-46

http://www.mikesamazingworld.com/mikes/features/series.php?seriesid=4128&page=gallery It's the 4th part of Fatal Attractions printed in Epics, just UXM 304 & Excalibur 71 to go
Master Of Kung Fu v3 Traitors to the Crown
Expected, next volume in sequence, slightly overdue as usually MOKF has been summer.

http://www.mikesamazingworld.com/mikes/features/series.php?seriesid=4014&page=gallery

Uses 72's Title, volume starts at 54 so something like 54-75, Marvel Two In One 29, What If 16
Hulk v5 Who will judge the Hulk?
Expected, next volume in sequence, usually an earlier Hulk in the Autumn

http://www.mikesamazingworld.com/mikes/features/series.php?seriesid=3984&page=gallery

Uses 152's Title, volume starts 138. Should include Avengers 88 which crosses over with Hulk 140. Issue length is up and down during the volume so it's hard to be exact but should run to c 156/157
Black Panther v3 Panther's Prey
A surprise!

Black Panther was considered "probably done" with everything up to the 88 Limited series printed.

11 page Black Panther story in Solo Avengers 19

http://www.mikesamazingworld.com/mikes/features/comic.php?comicid=49307

Black Panther runs in Marvel Comics Presents in 1989, with 8 page stories in issues 13-37, 24 issues of 8 pages

http://www.mikesamazingworld.com/mikes/features/series.php?seriesid=4743&page=gallery

Panther's Prey is a 1991 4 issue Limited series

http://www.mikesamazingworld.com/mikes/features/series.php?page=gallery&seriesid=4183

There's a 9 page Black Panther story in Marvel Fanfare 60

http://www.mikesamazingworld.com/mikes/features/story.php?storyid=129549

A single other Panther story in MCP 148

http://www.mikesamazingworld.com/mikes/features/story.php?storyid=124074

The next Panther series is in 1998

http://www.mikesamazingworld.com/mikes/features/series.php?page=gallery&seriesid=8879
X-Factor v2
A surprise!

I was expecting v9, 101-113, Annual 9, X-Force 38 Excalibur 82 (Phalanx Covenant) following on from 7 & 8 the last two years

Contents (Guess) "Mutant Massacre" 10-20, Annual 2, Thor 373-374 & 378, Power Pack 27 and Hulk 336-337

http://www.mikesamazingworld.com/mikes/features/series.php?seriesid=4068&page=gallery

Avengers v18 Heavy Metal
A BIG surprise!

Avengers had been concentrating on Harras and I expected to see his next volume, 25 (368-378, Annual 23, X-Men 26, Avengers West Coast 101 & 102 and Uncanny X-Men 307)

Contents (Guess) Avengers v18 286-300, Annual 17, Thor 390

Let's back that up with some calcs:

286-300 is 15 issues, 16 and a bit as 300 is slightly over double sized.

Annual 17 is between 297 & 298 and is slightly over double sized. All but 19 issues.

301-303 are one story, so they need to stay together, not enough room for all 3, especially as 304 should really be with them.

One issue short. Avengers all together in Thor 390, where Cap lifts the hammer, so that goes in.

This is the Epic volume a friend has been waiting for with the start of the Simonson Time Barrier story and the Cross Time Council of Kangs

http://www.mikesamazingworld.com/mikes/features/series.php?seriesid=3986&page=gallery

Bye bye to the Old Avengers Heavy Metal trade which finished 3 issues too early!

Captain America v10 Of Monsters and Men
A BIG BIG Surprise!

An earlier Cap is waaaay Overdue (years) so Epic 5 starting 160 was very much expected.

This is 279's title. Epic 9 Dawn's Early Light (247-266, annual 5) is out as is Epic 12 Society of Serpents (302-317) so I had a go at Cap Epics 10 and 11 a while back:

10 Of Monsters & Men: 267-283, Annual 6, Defenders 106-107

11 - which will go on the "one volume gap" list: 284-301, Annual 7
Most of 11 was reprinted in Death of the Red Skull

http://www.mikesamazingworld.com/mikes/features/series.php?seriesid=3983&page=gallery

Doesn't shift an old trade but I've got all the issues in a long box under the bed!
Doctor Strange v4 Alone Against Eternity
Doctor Strange's Epic releases have been very random so I had no idea what to expect!

Alone Against Eternity is the title of Doctor Strange 10 http://www.mikesamazingworld.com/mikes/features/comic.php?comicid=47212

This confirms it to be Doctor Strange Epic 4, following on from 3 which you've read. This is the fifth Doctor Strange release but the first to be adjacent to another volume.

Will start issue 6

http://www.mikesamazingworld.com/mikes/features/series.php?seriesid=4035&page=gallery

The Masterworks for this period include

5 Marvel Premiere #9-14 and Doctor Strange #1-9

6 Doctor Strange #10-22, Annual #1 and Tomb of Dracula #44

7 Doctor Strange #23-37 and material from Chamber of Chills #3-4

Doctor Strange Annual 1 is the same month as DS 19 http://www.mikesamazingworld.com/mikes/features/newsstand.php?publisher=marvel&type=cover&month=10&year=1976&sort=alpha

Chamber of Chills 3 & 4 are cover dated March & May 73 before Doctor Strange the series started http://www.mikesamazingworld.com/mikes/features/newsstand.php?type=cover&month=3&year=1973&publisher=marvel&sort=alpha&checklist=null http://www.mikesamazingworld.com/mikes/features/newsstand.php?type=cover&month=5&year=1973&publisher=marvel&sort=alpha&checklist=null

I think this looks something like 6-26, Tomb of Dracula 44 and maybe those Chamber of Chills Issues
Hulk v15
A BIG BIG BIG Surprise!

We'd been expecting a later Hulk but probably v23 to follow on from 19-22.

The consensus of opinion was this was the stuff between Mantlo and David's runs, so the Byrne Written & Drawn and Milgrom written issues which would be Hulk 314-330, Annuals 14 & 15 Marvel Fanfare 29. I thought that looked a little fat for an Epic: 314-330 is 17 issues by itself, Marvel Fanfare 29 makes 18 and 2 each for each of the annuals = 22 issues. So I got digging....

330-396 is 67 issues without including doubles sized and annuals and extras - FF issue, Hulk vs Thing GN. so at 20 x 22 page issues per Epic 16-18 ain't gonna cover that.

Will try do do the numbers..... but I think this looks more like Milgrom and start of Peter David or even straight start of Peter David. The PD Visionaries contents are:

1) 331-339
2) 340-348
3) 349-354 Web of Spider-Man 44. Fantastic Four 320
4) 355-363 Marvel Comic Presents 26, 45
5) 364-372 Annual 16
6) 373-382
7) 383-389 Annual 17
8) 390-396 Annual 18, X-Factor 76
That's another 9 issues (annuals count 2) taking us to 76. At least three doubles in there too (345, 377 & 393) taking us to 79.... which is 4 whole Epics.

Nah, this isn't the in between volume, this is the first 20 issues worth of Peter David.

http://www.mikesamazingworld.com/mikes/features/series.php?seriesid=3984&page=gallery

The numbers

I think 15 is 331 - 346, the issue after Ground Zero Far far too elegant a stopping point to miss that, plus the Big Change Grahic Novel (same month as 337)

16 346-362, Web of Spider-Man 44, FF 320, Avengers Annual 17 main story and MCP 26

17 "Countdown" 363-380, MCP49, Annual 16 Lifeform

18 381-396 Annual 17 Subteranean Wars, X-Factor 76

That's the two Peter David Visionaries that I kept gone!
X-Men v7 Fate of the Phoenix
Slightly surprised by this.

But possibly not as much as I should have been as 2020 is the 40th anniversary of the Phoenix story and there has been a lot off speculation this might appear.

IF it's a 2020 book, and I'm not 100% convinced it is, it will be the first of the "two volume a year" Epics to have 2 earlier volumes out in the same year - most have an earlier and a later volume but Avengers did two later volumes in 2019.

Unless ASM 16, Ion Man 12 or Avengers 6 is sitting hidden away, X-Men will be the first Epic with SEVEN consecutive volumes out.

Very much expecting this to be 129-143 (Byrne's last issue) Annual 5, Bizarre Adventures 27 and MTIO 89 - Angel

http://www.mikesamazingworld.com/mikes/features/series.php?seriesid=3987&page=gallery

I can get shot of the paperbacks of the first 5 X-Men MMWs thanks to this!




After the first 4 I was thinking "Yeah, pretty much what I'm expecting" then it went Radio Rental. Last third of the year has been easy to predict till now, lots of volumes in roughly the same place, chugging out next in sequence. Not this time!

I think there's at least one of Later Thor, Earlier DD or Later FF hidden away at the start of Sept. I think at least one, maybe two of these are actually early 2021 - possibly X-Men, as it would be odd to have two earlier volumes, or Hulk 15, as later Hulk has usually been year start.

Still SW and a possible Conan Chronicles to come.


Near Mint Condition have subsequently released a provisional schedule on FB:

September:

Black Panther Epic Collection: Panther's Prey
Captain America Epic Collection: Monsters And Men
Master Of Kung Fu Epic Collection: Traitors To The Crown
Thor: The Eternals Saga - The Complete Collection
Tomb Of Dracula: The Complete Collection Vol. 4
October:
Doctor Strange Epic Collection: Alone Against Eternity
Incredible Hulk Epic Collection Vol. 15
Man-Thing By Steve Gerber: The Complete Collection Vol. 3
November:
Incredible Hulk Epic Collection: Who Will Judge The Hulk?
Iron Man By Mike Grell: The Complete Collection
X-Factor Epic Collection Vol. 2
December:
Avengers Epic Collection: Heavy Metal
Conan The Barbarian: The Original Marvel Years Epic Collection Vol. 2
X-Force Epic Collection Vol. 3
X-Men Epic Collection: The Fate Of The Phoenix

Wednesday, 22 January 2020

Marvel Epic Collections and the MCU

I've been looking at the upcoming MCU films and thinking how they might effect The Epic Collections. Marvel does like a nice tie in and if the Epics can schedule an appropriate volume around then, all well and good. Frequently there's two bites of the cherry, one for the film release, one for the home media release.

Cases in point: The two Ms Marvel volumes, the timing of the ASM Venom volume, The Two Black Widow volumes and the two New Mutants volumes this year, Renewal's reprint is just before the film and Cable's release is probably around about the DVD release.

So using the information half inched from Wikipedia's Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase Four page and it's Live-action theatrical films based on Marvel Comics links I've come up with this list. The first three cover the period where we know what books are coming out:

New Mutants
April 3, 2020

Black Widow
May 1, 2020

Morbius
July 31st 2020

Interestingly no Epic to tie in with Morbius - his first appearance will be in ASM Epic 6 (86-104) and we've had two ASM Epics early this year - but I can see a nice big Omnibus on the runway. Future films are:
Venom 2
October 2, 2020

The Eternals
November 6, 2020

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
February 12, 2021

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
May 7, 2021

Untitled Spider-Man: Far From Home sequel
July 16, 2021

Thor: Love and Thunder
November 5, 2021

And I think these might hint at some stuff to come, possibly at some vague shapes for the 2021 schedules and possibly explain some books which have moved round the schedules recently.

So here's a little speculation:

Venom 2 - October 2, 2020

As I said, we've had TWO ASM Epics alredy this year. I think the Venom 2 Movie might trigger some reprints. I'd say ASM 18 Venom (295-310, Annual 22) to solve the QC issues but that's still in print. Quite a few appearances in the next few volumes though, several of which are currently OOP.

The Eternals - November 6, 2020

The obvious prediction to make here would be for an Eternals Epic Collection 1, but that would need the Kirby Eternals series, which is getting a printing as a Complete Collection in July. I A) think that's a bit soon for it to be getting another print in another format and B) can't see much (any?) Epic material that's also been in a complete collection.

But there's something else they could do and that's an Epic with the Thor Eternals saga in. That'd be Thor Epic 10 containing something like #279-302 and Annual #7-8, Marvel Treasury Edition #24, 26.

The last half of the issues that would be in Thor Epic 10 are about (29th January) to be reprinted in Thor Masterworks 19. Usually I'd be tempted to say straight away that that would take them off the Epics schedule for a bit but here I'm not so sure. Thor Masterworks normally appear in the Autumn - the last 3 have, and indeed Thor MMW 18 only came out 18th September 2019 so that's a very small gap between volumes. They'd be good thing to have out opposite the Eternals Film, so what's it doing pulled forward, out of the MMW's usual release area and away from when it would benefit from the film? The only conclusion I can come to is that Thor Epic 10 is on the runway for about when The Eternals is due to hit the cinema or early 2021 when the home release is due.

That might also make some sense of there being just one Thor Epic, a later one, in 2019 and the earlier volume shifting to a spring release slot.

There's just one Epic 10 already, and that's Iron Man's. Be interesting to see if Thor 10 counts as an earlier or later Epic.

Of course if Thor 10 *did* come out early 2021 that would bump the expected release of Thor 7, which is the next of the earlier releases in order and would contain 217 to something like 240. Now I want that volume as it would contain 234-236, the earliest Thor issues I read. But maybe that volume getting bumped back a bit wouldn't be a bad thing.....

So while I'm not 100% sure where, I do think it's pretty likely Thor Epic 10 will be coming out to tie in with either the cinema or home media release of The Eternals

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings - February 12, 2021

Easier one this. Master Of Kung Fu got bumped out of it's usual summer position this year. I expect we'll see Epic 3 late in 2020 so it's on the shelves for the film's release and Epic 4 c April-June to tie in with the Home Media release.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness - May 7, 2021

Much earlier Doctor Strange release for 2021 late April early May, which might mean no late 2020 Doctor Strange Epic this year..... But might also mean possibly a second 2021 Doctor Strange Epic to tie in with the home media release.

Untitled Spider-Man: Far From Home sequel - July 16, 2021

Amazing Spider-Man's Epics are early this year, next year they might be middle of the year. ASM is popular anyway with 2 Epics a year so this Movie might be an ideal point to launch one of the other Spider-Man Epics, probably Peter Parker The Spectacular Spider-Man.

Thor: Love and Thunder - November 5, 2021

There's usually a late year Thor Epic or 2, but that changed this last year with just a later Thor at the end of the year and an earlier one in the Spring. Above we speculated that Thor Epic 10 might be in the pipeline in connection with Eternals bumping Thor Epic 7..... what if Thor Epic 7 gets bumped to here? There's a major Jane Foster plotline in the 230s issues and Jane Foster supposedly has a big role in the new Thor film.

So....

Late 2020/Early 2021 Thor Epic 10 to tie in with The Eternals Movie

Late 2020 MOKF Epic 3 to tie in with Shang-Chi's Cinema Release

Early 2021 MOKF Epic 4 to tie in with Shang-Chi's Home Media Release

cApril 2021 Doctor Strange Epic ?? to tie in with Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Cinema Release

?? cSept 2021 Doctor Strange Epic ?? to tie in with Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Home Media Release

June/July 2021/late 2021 2 ASM Epics and Peter Parker Epic 1 to tie i with the Untitled Spider-Man: Far From Home sequel releases

November 2021 Thor Epic 7 to tie in with the Thor: Love and Thunder Cinema Release

Friday, 3 January 2020

Spearhead from Space 4 prop reuse!

While watching Spearhead from Space, the machine the Doctor builds to defeat the Autons in episode 4 caught my eye. In particular it was the shiny sphere used in the machine, and the way it was opened up in the lab exposing electronics inside.

Sphere Spearhead  2 Sphere Spearhead  1

I thought "I've seen a silver sphere like that with electronics inside before in Web of Fear!" and sure enough...

Sphere Web 2 Sphere Web 3

A better look at the sphere when it's opened in the factory confirms it's previous usage!

Spearhead Sphere 4 Sphere Web 1

Saturday, 28 December 2019

Power Man & Iron Fist Epic Collection 3 Doombringer

Been reading Power Man & Iron Fist Epic Collection 3 Doombringer over Christmas.

This is one of those trades that's special beyond the contents.

Firstly it's a return for the PMIF Epics after a 3 year absence: PMIF 2 was in October 2016 and the lack of volumes since made me think Marvel had bailed on the series, just like they did on the Essentials 1 volume shy of completing the run.

Secondly, like Defenders Epic 8 The New Defenders, it takes us past the point Essentials had reprinted: Essential PMIF 3 got to issue 100, Epic 3 contains 90-107, the equivalent to 19 x 22 pages issues because 100 is double sized. All these issues are reprinted in colour for the first time and ll are new to Comixoloy with this book's release.

Thirdly gets more personal: 100 was the first issue of the series I read. I'd read the Rom story featuring them when it was reprinted in Star Wars UK and had encountered Power Man in an issue of Rampage Monthly that reprinted part of the Defenders annual he was is. So when my Father brought us some comics home from work I in late 1983 I pounced on the PMIF. To this day I think PMIF 100 is something special telling an anniversary story that recounts both characters origins, features most of their sizeable supporting cast and tells a decent story complete in one issue without you needing to have read anything else. Of course in more recent years I have read the lengthy run in to 100, from about 95 onwards, and that only adds to the story.

We received a few issues after that too: 102, with it's special guest stars, 103 & 106 in this volume are VERY familiar to me as are 108, with Luke Cage's guide to eating Pizza, and 116-117. 125 was a later acquisition from a comic shop, late 80s, so I could find out how the run ended and the rest of the run - certainly 90 onwards plus the Rom guest appearance in 73 - was acquired in 2006 when I gave up work.

It's not all as good as issue 100, and the next volume distinctly won't be as Jim Owsley takes over writing and never quite gets the right handle on the title. I'd question calling Epic 3 Doombringer, a 2 part story in 103-104, and their choice of cover 95 does leave something to be desired, though does feature the Power Crystal of Quon which plays a major role. To my mind Ernie Chan's Painted work for 100 is far far superior but I understand that the fact it's painted might make it harder to touch up for a modern cover and, indeed, it may not be available at all!