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DC Cancels Slew of FACSIMILE EDITIONS, DOLLAR COMICS and GIANTS

Posted By Dan Greenfield on May 30, 2020 |

Well, it was fun while it lasted — though maybe there’s hope…

We’ve had a great time covering DC’s Facsimile Editions and Dollar Comics since they debuted in 2019 but it looks like that fun is over, at least for now.

The publisher has announced the cancellation of four Facsimile Editions, 15 Dollar Comics, three $1.99 DC Classics, not to mention several Giants, and a new series about Kate Spencer Manhunter, according to Newsarama and Bleeding Cool.

Here’s the list:

Facsimile Editions

Green Lantern #76
Batman #321
Man-Bat #1
The Flash #135

Dollar Comics

Batman #13 (2013)
Batman #450
Batman #663
Catwoman #1 (2002)
Catwoman #1 (2011)
Checkmate #1 (2006)
Detective Comics #826
Green Lantern #1 (2011)
Dark Nights: Metal #1
Green Lantern #29 (2008)
Manhunter #1 (2004)
Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E. #1
Wonder Woman #212
Wonder Woman #14 (2005)
Wonder Woman #206 (1987)

DC Classics

Justice League #50
Saga of the Swamp Thing #21
Legion of Super-Heroes #1 (1989)

Giants

Titans Giant #2
Flash Giant #5
Swamp Thing Giant #5
Teen Titans Go!/DC Super Hero Girls Giant #1
Wonder Woman 84 Giant #1

Some thoughts:

— I like to keep things upbeat here at 13th Dimension but I’m not going to pretend that I’m not deeply disappointed, especially with the loss of the Facsimile Editions, which are more fun than a barrel of sea monkeys.

— The Dollar Comics were OK but Marvel’s True Believers line offers a much deeper selection so I’m not quite as let down there — other than the idea that Dollar Comics are a great concept and a great way to get older comics into younger hands.

— The Giants have been a mixed bag all along but, again, I would have preferred to see them stick around.

— Marvel, by the way, has not announced any new Facsimile Editions or dollar True Believers in its latest schedules, so we’ll see what happens over at the House of Ideas, which started the Facsimile Edition and dollar reprint lines to begin with.

— All that said, this is clearly a result of the coronavirus pandemic on the industry. Perhaps when things stabilize — I’m an eternal optimist — we’ll see these re-solicited. But, as they say, only time will tell. And at least George Perez’s Wonder Woman #1 Facsimile Edition is still coming this summer (click here), while the hardcover Superman vs. Wonder Woman treasury-edition facsimile (click here), is still due Dec. 8.

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DC: 10 Best Dollar Comics Reprints

"Dollar Comics" is a phrase that means a lot to DC Comics. It was emblazoned across the top of a line of comics in the 1970s. While the line went away, the concept never has. Part of that is the brilliant design of the original Dollar Comics logo. Part of it also comes from it being used by numerous retailers and convention dealers using it to advertise their bargain boxes.

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This year saw the return of Dollar Comics to DC's publishing schedule. It's now a series of reprints of some key books from DC history. It's only been running for a few months, but it's already producing some must-have reprints for comic fans. Also, they only cost a dollar, so it's affordable to jump into these comics.

10 The Brave and the Bold #197

This features the wedding of the Earth-2Batman and Catwoman. For DC to reprint a comic that most casual fans don't remember existing is a bold move. The move is to promote the debut of Batman/Catwoman #1

For Batman and Catwoman fans, it's a story that must be read. It also comes at a time that the Brave and the Bold was winding down to be replaced by Batman and the Outsiders. It should be read to compare to the canceled Batman/Catwoman wedding from 2018.

9 Batman #608

This is the beginning of the multi-part "Hush" story from 2002. This is considered one of the greatest Batman stories. Written by Jeph Loeb and drawn by Jim Lee, it does have a lasting quality. Hush became one of the first Batman villains to go back to his life before Batman.

This issue is sought after by collectors and can fetch a heavy price tag. These are the kinds of issues that the Dollar Comics line is meant for. Of course, now that there is an affordable alternative, it's probably just a matter of time until speculators drive up the collector's market value of this book.

8 Dollar Comics: Harley Quinn (Volume 2) #1

With a feature film on the way and a critically acclaimed animated series out on DC Universe, it seems right that Harley Quinn is included in this line. The issue itself isn't anything spectacular, except in its quality. If Harley Quinn needed representation in the Dollar Comics line, then this is the issue for it.

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The new cover by Amanda Conner and Alex Sinclair captures the personality of Harley perfectly. For anyone that hasn't been reading Harley's series since this beginning in 2014, it's a good start. For people drawn by the movie or animated series, it's a great first issue.

7 Dollar Comics: The Joker #1

This is the second oldest reprint in Dollar Comics so far. The Joker got his series in 1975, one of the first villains to do so. Of course, the reasons for this reprint are obvious, given the reception of the Joker film in 2019.

The new cover by Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez is an astounding addition. Cover design in the 1970s included lots of cover blurbs and dialogue. This is an almost iconic image of the Joker by one of the best artists ever to work at DC. This image is so good, that it needs to be marketed as a poster.

6 Dollar Comics: Watchmen #1

With a successful Watchmen television series at HBO last year, this comic's inclusion in the Dollar Comics line isn't surprising. Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons created a masterwork of fiction for comics. Take away all of the controversies about Alan Moore's dealings with DC Comics and you still have one of, if not the greatest comics of all time.

Comic fans that have not read this series need to pick up this reprint. Comic fans that only know this story as a single volume of all twelve issues need to pick up this reprint. It's important to read this first chapter as it was initially published, as a stapled comic book picked up among other comic books and compared to other comics bought at the same time.

5 Swamp Thing #1

This is the oldest reprint so far in the Dollar Comics line. This is the first issue of Swamp Thing as done by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson. Younger comic fans may bot be familiar with Wrightson's work, but need to be. He is one of the greatest horror artists ever to draw comics. That's why for only a dollar, this reprint is almost a necessity to buy.

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One of the great tragedy's of circumstance in comics is that we never got an issue of Swamp Thing written by Alan Moore and drawn by Bernie Wrightson. However, without Wrightson and Wein's Swamp Thing, we'd have never had the excellent body of work that is Alan Moore's run on Saga of the Swamp Thing.

4 Detective Comics #854

This is the start of Batwoman's run in Detective Comics. It's written by Greg Rucka and illustrated beautifully by J.H. Williams III. With the Batwoman television series getting positive reception from fans and critics, this issue is a must-read for fans of the show that haven't read the earlier comics.

The tone in this series is very close to the comics, although there may be some confusion about context. It occurred at a time when Dick Grayson was operating as Batman. That is a minor point since the story is so interesting and appealing, especially to fans of the show.

3 The Batman Adventures #12

This is the first appearance in a comic book of Harley Quinn. A copy of this issue of Batman Adventures itself is out of reach for a lot of collectors. That makes a one-dollar reprint something important.

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This is also one of the few Dollar Comics reprints appropriate for all ages. It's especially good for girls showing an interest in comics. It features a story about Batgirl, Harley, and Poison Ivy. All three characters have been focused on by the animated series DC Superhero Girls.

2 Crisis on Infinite Earths #1

This is the event comic that started the tradition of big crossover events. Of course, it's timed to capitalize on the CW's Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover on television. Casual fans coming over may get confused by the differences.

There are a few characters that are strangers to viewers without an encyclopedic knowledge of DC history. However, the excellent writing by Marv Wolfman can fill in many blanks. There's also enough elements in there to keep them in the loop.

1 Tales of the Teen Titans Annual #3

"The Judas Contract" is one of the best super-hero stories done. The Teen Titans have a traitor who was working all along with their greatest enemy. Before this, those types of stories ended with the traitor reforming at the last minute or being discovered quickly.

Like Crisis on Infinite Earths, this one is done by Marv Wolfman and George Perez. That should give some indication of how great stories by these two are. That's the best aspect of the Dollar Comics line exposing newer fans to some of the great stories from DC Comics' history.

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The greatest characteristic of the Dollar Comics line is exposing newer fans to some of the greatest stories from DC Comics' history. Readers can experience the awe in discovering a new hero or villain like fan-favorite Harley Quinn in the reprinting of The Batman Adventures #12. A copy of this issue of Batman Adventures itself is out of reach for a lot of collectors, let alone fans who just want to read the story. That makes a one-dollar reprint something important. Shoppers can find these DC One Dollar Comic Books sold at White Dragon Comics.

Swamp Thing, an icon in DC Comics is the oldest reprint so far in the Dollar Comics line. This is the first issue written by Len Wein and drawn by the ultimate horror artist, Bernie Wrightson. Younger comic fans may not be familiar with Wrightson's work but need to be, he is one of the greatest horror artists ever to draw comics. That is why for only a dollar, this comic book reprint is a necessity to buy.

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Dollar Comics

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Dollar Comics was a line of DC Comics comic book publications issued from 1977 to 1983 and revived in 2019. The 1977-1983 line included the titles The Superman Family, House of Mystery, G.I. Combat, World's Finest Comics, Batman Family, and Adventure Comics; as well as the series of specials with the umbrella title of DC Special Series. The 1977-1983 Dollar Comics were notable for costing $1, having 64 pages, and being advertising-free. The 2019 revival consists of full-issue one-shot reprints of key DC issues.

  • dollar comics - joker #1
    Oct 2nd, 2019  ·  $1.00
  • dollar comics - watchmen #1
    Oct 9th, 2019  ·  $1.00
  • dollar comics - flash #1 (1987)
    Feb 26th, 2020  ·  $1.00
  • dollar comics - detective comics #854
    Sep 4th, 2019  ·  $1.00
  • dollar comics: catwoman #1 (2002)
    Sep 1st, 2020  ·  $1.00
  • dollar comics - the flash: rebirth #1
    Feb 19th, 2020  ·  $1.00
  • dollar comics - swamp thing #1 (1972)
    Oct 23rd, 2019  ·  $1.00
  • dollar comics - batman #428
    Mar 11th, 2020  ·  $1.00
  • dollar comics -  batman #608
    Sep 11th, 2019  ·  $1.00
  • dollar comics - infinite crisis #1
    Nov 27th, 2019  ·  $1.00
  • dollar comics - detective comics #554
    Jan 29th, 2020  ·  $1.00
  • dollar comics - jla #1
    Mar 18th, 2020  ·  $1.00
  • dollar comics - justice league of america #1
    Mar 25th, 2020  ·  $1.00
  • dollar comics - robin #1
    Mar 11th, 2020  ·  $1.00
  • dollar comics - batman #386
    Feb 5th, 2020  ·  $1.00
  • dollar comics - crisis on infinite earths #1
    Sep 25th, 2019  ·  $1.00
  • dollar comics - tales of the teen titans #3
    Dec 11th, 2019  ·  $1.00
  • dollar comics - batman/huntress cry for blood #1
    Jan 22nd, 2020  ·  $1.00
  • dollar comics: the sandman #23
    Nov 17th, 2020  ·  $1.00
  • dollar comics - justice league #1 (2011)
    Mar 25th, 2020  ·  $1.00
  • dollar comics - amethyst #1
    Feb 26th, 2020  ·  $1.00
  • dollar comics - harley quinn #1
    Sep 18th, 2019  ·  $1.00
  • dollar comics - blackest night #1
    Nov 13th, 2019  ·  $1.00
  • dollar comics - superman #75 (1987)
    Oct 30th, 2019  ·  $1.00
  • dollar comics - brave and the bold #197
    Jan 8th, 2020  ·  $1.00
  • dollar comics: batman #663
    Sep 1st, 2020  ·  $1.00
  • dollar comics - luthor #1
    Nov 20th, 2019  ·  $1.00
  • dollar comics - batman #567
    Feb 12th, 2020  ·  $1.00
  • dollar comics - batman: shadow of the bat #1
    Feb 5th, 2020  ·  $1.00
  • dollar comics - jla: year one #1
    Mar 4th, 2020  ·  $1.00
  • dollar comics - green lantern: rebirth #1
    Feb 12th, 2020  ·  $1.00
  • dollar comics - birds of prey #1
    Dec 4th, 2019  ·  $1.00
  • dollar comics - batman #613
    Jan 1st, 2020  ·  $1.00
  • dollar comics - batman adventures #12
    Jan 15th, 2020  ·  $1.00
  • dollar comics - justice league #1 (1987)
    Mar 18th, 2020  ·  $1.00
  • dollar comics - batman #497
    Nov 6th, 2019  ·  $1.00
  • dollar comics - flashpoint #1
    Nov 6th, 2019  ·  $1.00
  • dollar comics - flash #164 (1987)
    Dec 18th, 2019  ·  $1.00
  • dollar comics - the new teen titans #2
    Feb 19th, 2020  ·  $1.00
  • dollar comics - swamp thing #57 (1982)
    Mar 4th, 2020  ·  $1.00
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Dollar Comics

Dollar Comics was a line of DC Comicscomic book publications issued from 1977 to 1983 and revived in 2019. The 1977-1983 line included the titles The Superman Family, House of Mystery, G.I. Combat, World's Finest Comics, Batman Family, and Adventure Comics; as well as the series of specials with the umbrella title of DC Special Series. The 1977-1983 Dollar Comics were notable for costing $1, having 64 pages, and being advertising-free. The 2019 revival consists of full-issue one-shot reprints of key DC issues.

History[edit]

1977-1983[edit]

According to then-DC publisher Jenette Kahn, comics' price-per-page value had been declining since the "Golden Age." When superhero comics debuted in the late 1930s, they featured 64 pages of art for 10¢. As the decades passed, comparable publications liked Time and Life raised their prices, while comics stayed at 10 cents and reduced their page-count. Finally in 1962, National Periodical Publications/DC raised its price to 12¢, a 20% increase.[1] (Comparable magazines, in contrast, were by then 3.5-to-5 times their original price.) By 1977, even though the typical price of a comic book was 35¢, it still lagged far behind its magazine competition, thus decreasing its appeal for newsvendors[1] (which at that point — before the generalized 1980s shift to direct market distribution — was still the dominant retailing location for comics). Thus, the idea for Dollar Comics was born.

Writing for the Silver Bullet Comic Books website, John Wells detailed Dollar Comics' history:

When Jenette Kahn took over as DC's publisher in 1976, the average comic book contained only 17 pages of story for 35¢. Nearly half of each issue was filled with advertising and editorial content. Kahn's initial response was 1977's line of Dollar Comics. In terms of content, a Dollar Comic gave readers approximately the story pages of four 35¢ comic books for the price of three. From the retailer perspective, the Dollar Comic represented a greater profit than the standard 35¢ issues.[1] And just to make sure nobody missed them, the books had a distinctive trade dress. The first two conversions to the format — House of Mystery and Superman Family — hit the stands shortly before Christmas in 1976 and the other two expanded titles — G.I. Combat and World's Finest Comics — debuted in January 1977. Sales on these — and several summer specials with the umbrella title of DC Special Series — paid off well enough to justify an expansion of the line in 1978. The Batman Family joined the fold in January and, at the dawn of the line-expanding DC Explosion in June, Adventure Comics came aboard. One of the perks of the Explosion was the complete elimination of advertising in the Dollar Comics and the addition of wraparound covers. They lost the quarter-inch height advantage, though. The DC Explosion, sadly, became an implosion almost immediately and, within a year, the ads were back, and the page count had shrunk. In 1980, DC made its second attempt at a line expansion and this time it clicked. The Dollar Comics were ad-free again by the end of the year. [2]

Most Dollar Comics titles began as traditional format books and expanded to the Dollar Comic format. All-Out War and Time Warp were short lived series which were published entirely as Dollar Comics. Several anniversary issues such as Action Comics #500 and The Flash #300 were also in the format as were the DC annuals for 1982 and 1983.

1977-1983 Dollar Comics titles [2][edit]

2019-[edit]

In 2019, DC revived the Dollar Comics line as a weekly series of one-shot reprints of key issues priced at $1, beginning with Detective Comics #854 -- the first comic to feature a solo adventure of the modern Batwoman.[3]

2019 revival issues[edit]

Title is followed by scheduled or actual publication date

  • Dollar Comics: Detective Comics #854 (September 4, 2019)
  • Dollar Comics: Batman #608 (September 11, 2019)
  • Dollar Comics: Harley Quinn (Volume 2) #1 (September 18, 2019)
  • Dollar Comics: Crisis on Infinite Earths #1 (September 25, 2019)
  • Dollar Comics: The Joker #1 (October 2, 2019)
  • Dollar Comics: Watchmen #1 (October 9, 2019)
  • Dollar Comics: Batman #497 (October 16, 2019)
  • Dollar Comics: Swamp Thing #1 (October 23, 2019)
  • Dollar Comics: Superman (Volume 2) #75 (October 30, 2019)
  • Dollar Comics: Flashpoint (Volume 2) #1 (November 6, 2019)
  • Dollar Comics: Blackest Night #1 (November 13, 2019)
  • Dollar Comics: Luthor #1 (November 20, 2019)
  • Dollar Comics: Infinite Crisis #1 (November 27, 2019)
  • Dollar Comics: Birds of Prey #1 (December 4, 2019)
  • Dollar Comics: Tales of the Teen Titans Annual #3 (December 11, 2019)
  • Dollar Comics: The Flash (Volume 2) #164 (December 11, 2019)
  • Dollar Comics: Batman #613 (January 1, 2020)
  • Dollar Comics: The Brave and the Bold #197 (January 8, 2020)
  • Dollar Comics: The Batman Adventures #12 (January 15, 2020)
  • Dollar Comics: Batman/The Huntress: Cry for Blood #1 (January 22, 2020)
  • Dollar Comics: Detective Comics #554 (January 29, 2020)
  • Dollar Comics: Batman #386 (February 5, 2020)
  • Dollar Comics: Batman: Shadow of the Bat #1 (February 5, 2020)
  • Dollar Comics: Batman #567 (February 12, 2020)
  • Dollar Comics: Green Lantern: Rebirth #1 (February 12, 2020)
  • Dollar Comics: The Flash: Rebirth #1 (February 19, 2020)
  • Dollar Comics: The New Teen titans #2 (February 19, 2020)
  • Dollar Comics: Amethyst #1 (February 26, 2020)
  • Dollar Comics: Flash #1 (February 26, 2020)
  • Dollar Comics: JLA: Year One #1 (March 4, 2020)
  • Dollar Comics: Swamp Thing #57 (March 4, 2020)
  • Dollar Comics: Batman #428 (March 11, 2020)
  • Dollar Comics: Robin #1 (March 11, 2020)
  • Dollar Comics: Justice League (1987) #1 (March 18, 2020)
  • Dollar Comics: JLA #1 (March 18, 2020)
  • Dollar Comics: Justice League (2011) #1 (March 25, 2020)
  • Dollar Comics: Justice League of America #1 (March 25, 2020)
  • Dollar Comics: Batman (2013) #13 (April 1, 2020)
  • Dollar Comics: Green Lantern #1 (April 1, 2020)
  • Dollar Comics: Batman #663 (April 8, 2020)
  • Dollar Comics: Catwoman (2002) #1 (April 8, 2020)
  • Dollar Comics: Catwoman (2011) #1 (April 15, 2020)
  • Dollar Comics: Checkmate #1 (April 22, 2020)
  • Dollar Comics: Detective Comics #826 (April 29, 2020)
  • Dollar Comics: Batman #450 (April 29, 2020)
  • Dollar Comics: Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E. #1 (May 6, 2020)
  • Dollar Comics: DARK NIGHTS: METAL #1 (May 13, 2020)
  • Dollar Comics: MANHUNTER #1 (May 13, 2020)
  • Dollar Comics: Green Lantern #29 (May 20, 2020)
  • Dollar Comics: Wonder Woman #212 (May 20, 2020)
  • Dollar Comics: Wonder Woman #206 (May 27, 2020)
  • Dollar Comics: Legion of Super-Heroes #1 (1989) (June 10, 2020)
  • Dollar Comics: Saga of the Swamp Thing #1 (June 27, 2020)

References[edit]

  1. ^ abcKahn, Jenette. "And Now... Still Another Message of Untold Importance from our Prolific Publisher!!" Superman #310 (April 1977).
  2. ^ abWells, John. "It's BobRo the Answer Man: Everything Manhunter, Part Two," Silver Bullet Comic Books (August 5, 2002).Archived August 27, 2008, at the Wayback Machine Accessed March 6, 2009.
  3. ^Arrant, Chris. "DC's Dollar Comics Format Returns After 30+ Years," Newsarama (June 14, 2019). Accessed September 2, 2019.
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