TwoMorrows in July

I’m not sure why TwoMorrows is sending out solicitation information this early — we just got the March Previews for books due in May, so we’re two months away from this being able to be acted on by buyers, and the risk is this will be forgotten by then — but I couldn’t resist highlighting a couple of their upcoming publications.

Modern Masters: Walt Simonson cover
Modern Masters:
Walt Simonson
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The next Modern Masters book, volume 8, focuses on Walter Simonson. I only know him as a wonderful guy, always friendly and welcoming, so I’m looking forward to seeing more of his classic work to expand my education. It’s written by a friend of KC’s from his Westfield days, Roger Ash, and I know he’s doing a terrific research job. $15 for 128 black-and-white pages.

The Krypton Companion cover
The Krypton Companion
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Continuing in their series of books by fans for fans, The Krypton Companion focuses on Superman’s Silver and Bronze Ages. Interesting that they didn’t or couldn’t call it “The Superman Companion”, but I can imagine that that might attract unwelcome attention from the Time-Warner lawyers, given the timing of the movie. Among the many promised features are “a roundtable discussion with modern-day creators (including JOHN BYRNE, JEPH LOEB, and ALEX ROSS) examining Superman’s influential past.” Warning, fogey alert! I expect lots of “it was better when…” but maybe editor Michael Eury will be good about keeping them focused on the positive instead of slamming current-day work.

It’s $25 for 224 black-and-white pages, which seems a bit high. It’s in keeping with the price on the previous book I mentioned, but for a moderately sized non-color book, I would have hoped for a price under $20.

Back Issue #17 cover
Back Issue #17
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Since it’s convention season, just about all of their magazines have new issues, but I have to quote the copy for this one:

It’s ladies’ night in BACK ISSUE #17 as the Super Girls of the ’70s and ’80s take center stage! Track Supergirl’s solo adventures from her hot pants days to her dramatic death–with a ’70s Supergirl art gallery featuring BRIAN STELFREEZE, CULLY HAMNER, DAN PARENT, ALEX SAVIUK, and others. Flash back to the early days of Spider-Woman, Flare, and Tigra the Were-Woman, and relive the exploits of the powerless Diana Prince, Wonder Woman. “Greatest Stories Never Told” digs up DC’s Double Comics starring Supergirl and Superboy, with previously unpublished EDUARDO BARRETTO and CARMINE INFANTINO art, and MARV WOLFMAN and PHIL JIMENEZ are interviewed about the Teen Titans’ Donna Troy. Female comics pros from DIANA SCHUTZ to JILL THOMPSON gather at the “Pro2Pro Roundtable” to discuss their favorite super-heroines, “Backstage Pass” recalls TV’s Animated Super Chicks, and Fred Grandinetti’s “Off My Chest” guest editorial laments Batwoman’s unfortunate fate. Plus: Rare and classic artwork by MIKE SEKOWSKY, BOB OKSNER, GEORGE PÉREZ, ADAM HUGHES, DICK GIORDANO, RICK LEONARDI, and a bonus 8-page Super Girls COLOR ART GALLERY by the one-and-only BRUCE TIMM–who provides our heart-stopping Tigra cover! Edited by MICHAEL EURY.

Given the time period the magazine typically covers, it’s not surprising to see a lack of female creators featured, because there weren’t many working then, especially on female characters. I appreciate the inclusion of their opinions on the subject through the roundtable. And given the target audience of the direct market, many of the potential buyers want to see sketches of pretty girls instead of understanding the historical problems of the characters, anyway. 100+ pages for $7.


One Response to “TwoMorrows in July”

  1. Shawn Hill Says:

    One thing that blurb leaves out is the article on The Cat, which did have the involvement of the following female creators: Marie Severin, Linda Fite, Paty Greer and Ramona Fradon. It’s definitely an interesting footnote in Marvel history.




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