Question for comic lovers

While we spend a lot of time discussing things such as geo-politics, economic policy, the uselessness of the centre-right and so on, from time to time I like to discuss important issues.

As comic loving Cats know I’m a long-time fan of UK comics such as 2000AD and Battle/Action and Eagle. Rebellion that now owns 2000AD has bought the archive of British comics – awesome as they have worked hard to bring out omnibus editions and the like.  As for US comics I tend to prefer DC over Marvel (although the Marvel movies have tended to be better than the DC movies and TV series). Mind you I haven’t bought a DC comic since they butchered the Legion of Superheroes after the Superman reboot in the 1980s.  I am in the process of collecting the Legion omnibuses as they come out, but DC have been dragging the chain on that front.

So to my question: I already own a hard copy of the premium Titan books Charley’s War series. But a more comicy version in three volumes has come out. Do I double up on hard copy or do I go the electronic version? The annoyance of the electronic version is that I would have to buy via Amazon (I’m a huge of Amazon, but it is on a single platform and these days I like to read my e-comics on .cbz files and readers).

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26 Responses to Question for comic lovers

  1. struth

    Too much sharing.
    Way too much sharing.

  2. Old School Conservative

    Ah, memories of the “Eagle Annual” flood back.

  3. cohenite

    Do what your heart tells you. My heart told me to buy a copy of Daredevil 1. My wife bought a trip to the Greece islands. These things work out.

  4. Marcus

    Not a comic lover at all (well, not since Asterix) but I can’t believe that the sensation of reading an e-comic can compare to the pleasure of reading something you physically own at your leisure.

    Especially if you’ve had the dual pleasure of paying cash for that comic.

    E-reading … I’ll never get it.

  5. Exit Stage Right

    I grew up (late 1950’s) with Lion comics and Biggles books. Progressed to Agatha Christie. Life was simpler then (although lots of murder whodunits with Agatha).

  6. Rebel with cause

    I got a Kindle very recently after being a long-time hold out on ebooks and I have to say that I have been very impressed with the reading experience. My rule now is that I only buy the Kindle version if it is cheaper than hardcopy and not something worth holding up space on the bookshelf for.

  7. rickw

    I want to see a British comic titled “Civil War”, set in 2030 in the UK Caliphate.

  8. cohenite

    Pat Mills did Sláine one of the best of the 2000 AD school but I’m not a fan of Joe Colquhoun’s art work. I still reckon some of the earlier war comics are great; perhaps EC’s pre-code Frontline Combat; you can pick up a complete series for 5 or $600: Kurtzman, Davis and Woods.

  9. John Constantine

    I pay full rate for work where the actual writer/artist have an interest, even electronic, but………..

    Happy to download old titles in public domain.

    From 1889, no moral panic.

    From fifty years ago and out of print, no problems. [ some Kittehs have indicated they may remember an iconic Fleetway imprint squarely aimed at the daughters of the aspirational middle classes of the Empire in the sixties.]

  10. Macspee

    What happened to Captain Marvel and Captain Marvel Jr.?

    Best English comics were Desperate Dan.

  11. Dave in Marybrook

    The time of cheap buying long-narrative comics are gone.
    The Phantom was my entrée, and I sorely miss the noirish, dynamic and economically sketchy pieces of the 30’s and 40’s from Ray Moore. The most modern stories are very thin, comically swashbuckling and primarly concerned with inserting the Ghost Who Walks into history like the conceit of Harry Flashman- but without the wit. Hans Lindahl was a wonder of the 80’s and 90’s, heroic chiaroscuro and lively characterisations depicting stories in the underworld of ersatz Triads and Bratva.
    “The Phantom Goes To War”, with dastardly Nips and war bond ads in odd frames, is an interesting period piece, and gets reissued on the newsstands every few years.

  12. PK

    Where does Green Lantern fit i?

  13. cohenite

    Where does Green Lantern fit i?

    He doesn’t except when Gil Kane is drawing him.

  14. BorisG

    I am not a comic lover but I do buy stuff on Amazon, mostly in e-book or audio book form. I had an impression they have kindle readers for every device imaginable. I stop buying hard copy books when my eyesight reached a point where I need to use reading glasses. I hate it.

  15. Death Giraffe

    You people all need to have intercourse with a real woman and stop reading children’s comics.

  16. Death Giraffe

    Reading fantasy comics and not getting enough sex leads to libertarianism.

  17. John Constantine

    Never works, only Detracts from the Focus on the Mission.

  18. John Constantine

    ” In 1947, amongst a slew of new radio soap operas and newspaper comic strips, Jack Kirby and Joe Simon – the pair behind Captain America – came up with the idea for the very first romance comic, Young Romance.

    By 1949, romance comics outsold every other type of comic in America and by 1952, there were upwards of 500 different titles available for purchase. Aimed at men and women in their late teens and early twenties, these romance comics dealt with the often-melodramatic relationship issues faced by young people in mid-century urban and rural America.

    Unfortunately, at their core, romance comics weren’t as harmless and fluffy as today’s 2pm soap operas. Despite being written from a female first-person perspective, these comics were almost always written and drawn by men from a contemporaneous male standpoint, pushing a Cold War-era ideology about the female role in America between the late 1940s and early 1970s.

    Encouraging early marriage and a homemaker lifestyle, romance comics maligned female sexuality, independence, and career-related aspirations. Usually replicating a Wuthering Heights-style plot, women in romance comics were often faced with a choice between an exciting but unstable man, or a dull but respectable man. Obviously, women who chose cheap thrills over domestic stability were punished. Consequences were also laid out for women who chose a career over a family, or who didn’t wait faithfully for their men during the Korean War. Women who made the “correct” choices in romance comics ended their narratives contented with a middle-class suburban family life.

    So, now that you know the horrible motives behind most romance comics– and because Valentine’s Day is mere days away– let’s take this opportunity to make fun of the most ridiculous romance comic covers ever.”

  19. Alexi the Conservative Russian

    Get it from Amazon, run a DMR removal software over it and save to the free Calibre, convert to ePUB or as a PDF. No need to read it on Amazon.

  20. Myrddin Seren

    A terrible addiction.

    Not only costs, but requires proper storage as the medium is not indestructible.


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