Just in time for your last minute Christmas shopping, Marvel and DC have published two first class Golden Age reprint volumes.
Last week, Marvel presented Marvel Masterworks, Golden Age Sub-Mariner Volume 3. This hardback edition features the entire contents of some rarely reprinted Sub-Mariner stories from the WWII era. In this volume you’ll find the stories and contents from Sub-Mariner Comics #9 (Spring 1943) through #12 (Winter 1943-44). In addition to stories featuring the title character, you’ll also find the adventures of The Angel, one of Timley’s popular Golden Age stars. The Sub-Mariner stories feature some of the best examples of WWII propaganda stories you’ll find from this era. This volume retails for $59.99.
This week, DC presented the sixth volume of it’s popular The Dark Knight Archives. This collected edition features all of the stories from Batman #21 (February-March 1944) through #25 (October-November 1945). If you are a fan of Dick Sprang and the classic 1940’s Batman stories, this volume is for you. In addition to the Batman & Robin stories from these issues, you’ll also find the Alfred solo tales featured as “The Adventures of Alfred”. Notably, this volume features the first team-up of the Joker and the Penguin (“The Knights of Knavery” from Batman #25) and the first time travel story featuring Professor Carter Nichols (“It Happened in Rome” from Batman #24). This volume has a cover price of $59.99.
By the way, did you ever wonder why comc books from the WWII era are harder to find? Check out this “vital message” from Captain America as found in the pages of Sub-Mariner Comics #12.