Showcase Presents has been going a while now, and I'm delighted to see that in January it moves up to giving us two chunky collections a month of silver age goodness. The schedule so far seems to bounce between the obvious DC standards - Superman, Batman, Green Arrow, Green Lantern, Justice League, Teen Titans, Aquaman, etc - and material so obscure you have to wonder what motivated them to dust it off and send it to the head of the queue - Haunted Tank, Unknown Soldier, House of Mystery, etc.
But even though I've been enjoying a lot of the stuff that's appeared in this line it feels like they are missing something somewhere. Perhaps it's just that from the lineup so far you might be forgiven for assuming that DC didn't publish any comics with female stars at all between 1950 and 1980.
I had the same though. I mentioned it in a letter, and it seems they've got plans.
Well it's about damn time. Superman already has two volumes out, Batman has one, and both of them are already well served for silver age reprints, and yet the third member of the "big three" has four decades of material that has NEVER been reprinted.
They're missing Wonder Woman for one thing. Though actually I think I would prefer to purchase full color Wonder Woman chronicles. H.G. Peters' work is odd and has never been any favorite of mine, but as a person interested in comic book history, I think a nice cheap set would be an excellent addition to any comic book library.
No mention of Catwoman or Batgirl either. :(
To be fair, Showcase Presents draws material from roughly 1955 to 1975. There are no solo Catwoman or Batgirl series from this period. But there is lots of Wonder Woman, also Supergirl. Lois Lane looks like she is going to get to share the Superman Fambly title with little Jimmy Olsen, which I can live with. But I have to admit I'm scratching my head to even thing of another solo female title from the period.
From DC or Marvel.
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