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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

More on DC and Marvel's 1980s Baxter Reprint Series -- Many thanks to Bob for pointing out in the comments to yesterday's post on Baxter Paper comics of the 1980s that DC actually had a regular schedule of reprints on this excellent paper stock that included many of the publisher's most worthwhile and historic superhero stories. Here's the list Bob posted:

"DC's 'Baxter' reprint line actually ran almost monthly, with a few small gaps and one big gap, for about 5 years from 1983 to 1988 (at which time trade paperbacks were becoming more common). I think these are all of them, in published order."

Green Lantern Green Arrow 1-7
Manhunter 1
New Gods 1-6
Man-Bat 1
Immortal Dr. Fate 1-3
[one month gap]
Deadman 1-7
Shadow of the Batman 1-5
[two month gap]
Roots of the Swamp Thing 1-5
[thirteen month gap]
Saga of Ra's Al Ghul 1-4
Wrath of the Spectre 1-4
[one month gap]
Best of the Brave and the Bold 1-6

Moments after originally posting Bob's list here, good buddy, amazing retailer and all-around know-it-all Mike Sterling added a comment with a link to a list of Marvel's "Special Edition" Baxter Paper reprints. The list is obviously someone's labour of love so I won't re-post the whole thing here, but click on over and have a look.



Blogger Mikester said...

Not that this is vitally important information or anything, but early on DC's overall title for their upscale reprints was "MAGNUM OPUS," which I think only appeared in a text piece in the back of the Deadman or GL/GA series. Anyway, that's stuck with me all these years, and how I always think of them.

Here's a list of Marvel's Special Edition reprints:


24 March, 2009 02:27  
Blogger Alan David Doane said...

Thanks, Mike! Awesome. I forgot how many Marvel published...egad!

24 March, 2009 02:34  
Blogger bob said...

By the way, I'm pretty sure that thirteen month gap is real, but it's possible I missed a one-shot or something in there.

What always struck me on the list was how heavy it was on the Neal Adams (fully half the books are mainly Adams) and the surprising lack of Superman (I'd have thought the "Kryptonite Nevermore" story would be a natural). Still, not a bad selection.

24 March, 2009 08:45  

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