Continuing our review of the first two hundred LOAC books, which began here, take a look at our fifty-first to one hundredth releases …
As you may have seen if you visit our various social media platforms, during 2019 The Library of American Comics is on pace to release its 200th volume. We call this the “LOAC Road to 200,” and we plan to celebrate our fast-approaching milestone in a number of ways as this still-new-year unfolds.
One new feature we’re adding to this space to mark the LOAC Road to 200: our very own LOAC Wheel of Fortune! Each month we’ll load an electronic wheel with a selection of our past titles, give it a virtual spin, see which title the wheel selects, and spend a bit of time discussing it.
The arrival of the “big” 2018 Christmas gift I received from my siblings (as discussed here) put superheroes in my mind for two reasons. Reason the First: Without those 1970s Marvel Comics letters pages, in which Dean and I regularly appeared, offering words of comment about the Marvel mags of the day, the chain of events that helped create The Library of American Comics may have never come to pass. Reason the Second: Roughly ten percent of our two-hundred-title output is devoted to such characters — from the comic-strip versions of DC’s “trinity” (Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman) to the long-running newspaper feature headlined by Marvel’s most popular character, the Amazing Spider-Man, to the Bell Syndicate’s Miss Fury (the first lady costumed hero created by a female cartoonist, Tarpe Mills). Factor in that one of our first 2019 releases on the LOAC Road to 200 will be the fifth volume of Spider-Man and it made lots of sense (to me, at least) to load the LOAC superhero books into the wheel …
… Give ‘er a spin, and see which book came up! In this inaugural spin, it was —
As promised in the prior post that summarizes my holiday activities, here is what my siblings combined forces to procure as my “big” 2018 Christmas present, a gift many comics fans will appreciate, I believe:
Dean Mullaney and Kurtis Findlay are back for another episode of the Library of American Comics & EuroComics Podcast!
Dean and Kurtis are back to discuss this month’s releases, including Superman: The Silver Age Sundays, Vol. 1: 1959-1963, Enola Holmes, Vol. 1: The Case of the Missing Marquess, and Batman: The Silver Age Dailies complete 3-volume boxset! Plus, Kurtis talks to loyal LOAC supporter Wallace Ryan to talk about his life in the comic world and his LOAC complete collection!