IDW’s Library of American Comics and DC Entertainment announced today that the two are partnering up to reprint the rare DC comics newspaper strips. Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman‘s earliest adventures will be reprinted and collected into special multi-volume collections. The first volume will collect the Superman strips. The Man of Steel’s adventures in newspapers ran for more than 25 years, from 1939-1966, and only 10% of them have ever been reprinted. Superman will see three sets released: The Silver Age, The Atomic Age, and The Golden Age. Details for Batman and Wonder Woman will come later, but as you can see from the full press release below you need to keep your eyes peeled this July. What do you think of the old strips seeing the light of day? Will you be picking any of them up?
SUPERMAN, BATMAN, and WONDER WOMAN
Come to the Library of American Comics
The Classic Newspaper Adventures of DC’s Biggest Heroes Launch this July!
San Diego, CA (March 14, 2013) – IDW’s Library of American Comics and DC Entertainment proudly announce the beginning of a new partnership to reprint some of the rarest DC Comics stories — the Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman newspaper strips.
“We’re thrilled to announce a comprehensive publishing program for these historic strips,” said Greg Goldstein, IDW President and COO. “The Library of American Comics is the premier home for archival newspaper strips and this new partnership with DC Entertainment further cements the imprint’s reputation as second to none.”
At the same time that Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman became the world’s most famous and recognizable superheroes in comic books in the 1940s and beyond, they also starred in runs of newspaper comic strips, most of which have not been seen since they first appeared.
The Man of Steel’s newspaper adventures ran for more than 25 years, from 1939 until 1966. Only about 10% of these strips have ever been reprinted. The complete comics will be released in three sub-sets, starting with The Silver Age, then The Atomic Age, and finally, The Golden Age. The black-and-white daily and color Sunday strips contained distinct storylines and will be released in separate, concurrent, series of deluxe hardcovers.
The line kicks off this July with SUPERMAN: THE SILVER AGE NEWSPAPER DAILIES, VOL. 1: 1958-1961. Fans can look forward to nearly 800 strips featuring classic artwork by Curt Swan, Wayne Boring, and Stan Kaye. While most of the stories from the Atomic Age and Golden Age were original and completely different from the comic books, under Mort Weisinger’s editorship in the late 1950s Silver Age stories, Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel was brought in to script adaptations of then-current comic book tales.
“It’s like discovering an entire alternate universe of famous Silver Age comic book stories,” said Dean Mullaney, LOAC Creative Director who’s editing and designing the series. “It’s better than an imaginary story—it’s Jerry Siegel doing a remake of his classic Superman’s Return to Krypton! …it’s Curt Swan, not Al Plastino, drawing The Menace of Metallo. Superman fans might want to consider these strips as taking place on a brand new world— Earth-N for Newspapers!”
Covers for each book are being specially created by Pete Poplaski to evoke the look and style of the times; Volume One is an homage to Curt Swan’s art and Ira Schnapp’s lettering design. Tom DeHaven, author of the novel It’s Superman!, is writing the foreword, and the introductions are by Sidney Friedfertig.
Additional details on the Sunday strip books as well as the Batman and Wonder Woman collections will follow, but eager fans should begin watching the skies in July!
SUPERMAN: THE SILVER AGE NEWSPAPER DAILIES, VOL. 1: 1958-1961
(HC, B&W, $49.99, 288 pages, 11” x 8.5”)
About The Library of American Comics
The Library of American Comics is the world’s #1 publisher of classic newspaper comic strip collections, with 21 Eisner and Harvey Award nominations and four wins for best book of the year. Titles include Bloom County, Dick Tracy, Little Orphan Annie, Tarzan, Flash Gordon, Superman, Terry and the Pirates, L’il Abner, and more. LOAC has become “the gold standard for archival comic strip reprints.”