IDW just can’t stop rubbing it in.
Source: IDW to reprint Superman, Batman & Wonder Woman comic strips
Last week, The Outhouse reported on IDW’s distressful, but hilarious, pony themed prank on DC’s corporate lawn in reaction to the inevitable destruction of the Time Warner subsidiary. To make matters even worse, today CBR is reporting that IDW has tricked DC Entertainment into letting them publish collections of comic strips that showcase when DC characters used to be good.
There are very few things more powerful than nostalgia, especially to comic book fanboys. Nothing is ever quite as good as it used to be, and there is nothing more “used to be” then the Golden Age of comics, specifically the newspaper strips. Yes, like they did with Dick Tracey, Bloom County, Tarzan, and Flash Gordon, IDW will be producing archival collections of DC characters’ comic strips from 1936-1991 (with some breaks inbetween.) This is fantastic news for DC fans, as none of these characters have ever been as good as they were before now.
IDW Publishing’s Library of American Comics’ DC archival collections will debut this summer with Superman: The Silver Age Newspaper Dailies, Vol. 1: 1958-1961. Superman’s strips will be collected in three editions, The Silver-Age, Atomic Age, and Golden Age. Obviously, IDW is saving the best for last and probably won’t publish the Golden Age strips until they have bilked all fanboys for the lesser strips of the Silver and Atomic Age. It won’t stop with Superman either, IDW is planning on collecting early Batman and Wonder Woman strips as well.
From the CBR article:
Although DC and Kitchen Sink Press reprinted the first few years of the Superman and Batman newspaper strips in the 1990s, they only scratched the surface of the comics’ run: Superman, which featured the work of such creators as Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster, Curt Swan and Wayne Boring, was serialized from 1939 to 1966. The Batman strip, originally titled Batman and Robin, saw three major runs — 1943 to 1946, 1966 to 1974, and 1989-1991. Wonder Woman’s newspaper tenure was much short-lived, lasting less than a year (in 1944).
There you go. We can forget about New52, Zero Hour, Post/Pre Crisis, and anything else published after WWII (skip the Silver Age, it’s too new to be good) sit back and relax as we read the only comics that were ever good. That is, unless someone discovers even older comics, then these willobviously suck.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I am going to sit down and watch the superior, 1936, version of Alfred Hitchcock's The Man WHo Knew Too Much.