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Author: Chris Marshall

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Collected Comics Library is only podcast solely dedicated to comic book collected editions news and reviews of Marvel, DC and independent TPBs and HCs.
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Chris and Andy lead off this week by talking about the massive and how it may fall short of being a complete 140 volume set. The guys also discuss the the , “buying clubs”, , Wonder Woman, , and why is awesome. All this and the January 2021 solicitation picks.
Ask Us Anything

Ask Us Anything

2020-10-1201:34:03

Chris is back and he and Andy tackle a boatload of “Ask Us Anything” questions. From their favorite collected editions to how to do a podcast and a few surprises along the way and even a wonderful comment on Apple Podcasts.
That’s A Bad Idea

That’s A Bad Idea

2020-10-0749:10

On this special CCL Andy goes solo! Let's hope he does OK! Topics covered tonight: Bendis on Superman The fate of Planetary, Transmetropolitan, Authority, etc. Aliens / Predator: Omnibus or Epic? Budget vs Want Bad Idea Comics Stormbreakers Superman Kim’s Convenience
Chris takes the week off, so Andy is joined by Travis, one of our good friends of the show and one of our Slackers to go over the December 2020 solicits. The guys also talk about Death of the Inhumans, Watchmen, Action Comics, MOK, Creepy, and Fantastic Four.
Cover B

Cover B

2020-09-0701:15:11

Chris and Andy have a free for all and talk about Kickstarter and Berserker by Keanu Reeves, Heavy Metal Magazine #300 and a cover by Agustín Alessio, Frank Miller’s Ronin, can Chris only own 50 books?, Greg Land and Aliens controversy, Luther Arkwright by Brian Talbot, Punisher Soviet MAX by Garth Ennis and Jacen Burrows, Star Trek: Picard and Hulk: Maestro.
Chris and Andy talk about the passing of Chadwick Boseman and what it may mean for the MCU. Plus Andy has a bone to pick with Marvel on the decision to use Greg Land as the cover artist for Aliens Omnibus Volume 1 and Chris found a typo in the Conan The Barbarian: The Original Marvel Years Omnibus Vol. 5 HC solicit.
Chris and Andy tackle one of the hardest topics in comic book lore… just what are the best Batman collected editions of all time? It’s not just what to decide it’s how to rank them. To make things easy the guys picked four obvious books to start: Batman: Year One by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller and Klaus Janson Batman: The Killing Joke by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland Batman: The Long Halloween by Jeph Loeb and Time Sale Then the guys go back and forth on some essential books for you to read and own. Andy sticks to the comic books while Chris delves into a few history books and even the comic strips. Batman: Ego and Other Tales by Darwyn Cooke Batman: From the 30’s to the 70’s Batman: Hush by Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee Batman: Son of the Demon by Mike W. Barr and Jerry Bingham Batman: The Complete History by Les Daniels Batman: The Court of Owls by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo Batman: The Silver Age Newspaper Comics Vol. 3: 1969-1972 Batman: Year 100 by Paul Pope Batman: Year Two by Mike W. Barr and Paul Neary Tales of the Batman by Tim Sale The Encyclopedia of Comic Book Heroes Volume 1: Batman “The Supergirl from Krypton" (Superman/Batman #8–13) by Michael Turner There’s plenty of debate to go around that that will be discussed in the free and open CCL Slack Channel bit.ly/cclslack
Chris and Andy are back with the fourth installment of the complete Punisher MAX run by Garth Ennis. Tonight the guys get into Mother Russia, #13-18, and go issue by issue including the writing, art, and extras that may be included in the trade paperback (or hardcover). The best part of the storyline...Col. Nick Fury! This show will also be run on the .
Chris and Andy get right into October 2020 solicits and there are some very far out picks. They guys also have a long list of what they are reading including Legends Of The Dark Knight: Matt Wagner, Batman By Azzarello & Risso, Batman Vol. 13: The City Of Bane Part 2, Batman Arkham: Scarecrow, Batman: Kings Of Fear, Black Hammer/Justice League: Hammer Of Justice!, Rebirth: Action Comics, Superman & Detective Comics, House of X/Powers of X, After Houdini, and Sullivan's Sluggers.
Currently Consuming

Currently Consuming

2020-07-2001:04:57

Chris and Andy catch up on the news about Aliens and Predator moving from Dark Horse to Marvel and what that means not only for the comics but also the future of the movie franchises...and is RoboCop ripe for the pickings? There’s a juicy rumor that the next big MCU/Avengers event will be Secret Wars! How will the Russo Bros. pull it off and will the Fantastic Four and X-Men be involved? Chris goes over the timeline for the release of Star Wars: The HIgh Republic and Andy may get on board with this new sans-Skywalker series. The guys next go into reading and reviews of a ton of books including Doomsday Clock, Wonder Woman/Conan by Gail Simone and several more.
Chris and Andy get right into the September 2020 solicits and some of them may be a bit familiar. The guys also get an email from Billy Hogan of the Superman Fan Podcast, discuss Batman: Devils Advocate, Marvel Masterworks: Howard The Duck Volume 1 (Variant #300, March 2021), why Pippin and Merry had it worse than Frodo and Sam, and what may be the worst solicitation of all time.
In this special episode, Chris and Andy talk about the life of Denny O'Neil, who passed away on June 11 at the age of 81. He was responsible for creating some of the most memorable characters of all time including Ra's al Ghul and storylines of all time including "Hard Traveling Heroes" with Green Lantern and Green Arrow, "The Joker's Five-Way Revenge!" in Batman #251 (Sept. 1973), and introducing Jim Rhodes as Iron Man in Iron Man #170. He is, without question, one of the greatest comic book writers of all time. The guys also talk about EYE OF THE BEHOLDER: The Art of Dungeons & Dragons, Frankenstein Alive, Alive! HC by Steve Niles and Bernie Wrightson, The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Extended Edition movies, Supergirl: Being Super, Harleen, Wonder Woman/Conan, Wonder Woman Diana Prince Celebrating The 60s Omnibus HC, and Comicbook Confidential.
Chris and Andy are back with the third installment of the complete Punisher MAX run by Garth Ennis. Tonight the guys get into Kitchen Irish, #7-12 (2004), and go issue by issue including the writing, art, and extras that may be included in the trade paperback (or hardcover), and the overall continuity plus Andy finds out that he has a misprint copy! This show will also be run on the Epic Marvel Podcast.
Chris and Andy get down to the topic du jour that is DC and Diamond. What’s it all about and what does this mean for the industry moving forward? The guys also dow through every category for the Eisners and since Chris is a voting member they get to cast a real live ballot.
Chris and Andy are joined by comic book historian and author Zack Kruse, Pictures Within Pictures podcast. In his book, Mysterious Travelers: Steve Ditko and the Search for a New Liberal Identity (University Press of Mississippi, February 2021) Zack takes a fresh new look at the work of Ditko unlike ever before by focusing on the philosophical and thoughts of arguably the most misunderstood and brilliant minds in comic book history.
Chris and Andy catch up on some semblance of solicits by taking a look at some July and August. We are eager to see these release dates will stick. The guys also discuss , Nightwing: The Gray Son Legacy, Lost Carnival: A Dick Grayson GN, Wonder Woman by Greg Rucka, Batman/TMNT, Batman by Gene Colon Volume 2, Jojo Rabbit, The Beastmaster, and finally .
Chris and Andy are back with the second installment of the complete Punisher MAX run by Garth Ennis. Tonight the series kicks off with In The Beginning, #1-6 (2004). The guys go issue by issue including the writing, art, and extras that may be included in the trade paperback (or hardcover), and the overall continuity. This show will also be run on the Epic Marvel Podcast.
Spotlight on Mike Grell

Spotlight on Mike Grell

2020-05-1201:33:22

Chris and Andy are back this to talk about one of their favorite creators of all time: Mike Grell. Just about his entire body of work if discussed including some hidden gems and behind the scene notes. The guys also touch on the passing of Marty Pasko and just when Marvel and DC will resume distributing comics.
Chris and Andy talk with Scott VanderPloeg, who is considered the foremost authority on Artist Editions; special kinds of comic book collected edition are printed pages of scanned original comic art at full size. Scott runs the wonderful and comprehensive fansite Artist's Edition Index which covers all things "AE", including his podcast. They guys talk about what makes up an Artist Edition, how many there are, who publishes them, the most popular and rare ones, and even talk about upcoming projects that are in the works.
Spotlight on Frank Miller

Spotlight on Frank Miller

2020-04-2001:43:29

Chris and Andy try to take a much-needed break from talking comic book distribution modeling and spotlight one of their favorite creators of all time: Frank Miller. Just about his entire body of work if discussed including some hidden gems and behind the scene notes.
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