The great thing about comics is that there are so many of them! Join me for a look at another classic comic list and dive into some more classic books and their value.
Another Classic Comics List
Fortunately for comic lovers, there’s a lot of good stuff out there. Maybe you’ve read most of these already or you’ve never heard of them, but they’re great nonetheless. I’ll cover a few more books from my favorite writers and talk about what makes them so good. Let’s get to it.
V for Vendetta
As pointed out to me on my last reading list post, how could I have left this out? (It was coming, don’t worry) V for Vendetta is a classic Alan Moore piece that weaves actual English history into a dystopian future. If you were a little lukewarm on the movie, reading the comic will definitely change your temperature. It’s radical. It’s philosophical. And it’s one of those staples of the genre. (And groups still wear the mask!) What’s really surprising is that the first issue in the series has a 9.8 FMV of only $110! Not bad for a classic.
This may be Frank Miller’s most auteurist work. The series is predominantly black and white with a single color splash throughout each self-contained storyline. It’s bloody, sexy, and so Noir it would make Humphrey Bogart look like a hippie. That’s to say, it’s over the top in the best way possible. If you like stark panels and crisp noir dialogue, then you’ll dig this series. The first appearance of Sin City is in the Dark Horse Fifth Anniversary Special which has a 9.8 FMV of $150. Not too steep for a classic Miller spin.
Maybe you’ve seen the TV series and maybe not. (I haven’t, is it any good?) If you haven’t, just know that it’s Garth Ennis at his very best. Character names include Arseface, Tulip, and Billy Bob Bobbs. The book is twisted, graphic, and sharp in all aspects, and I can’t recommend it enough. On the speculator side of things, a standard 9.8 #1 calls for $200 but it’s the black and white preview edition that’s collectible. That’ll set you back $400 for a 9.8.
Batman: Year One
We’ve seen Frank Miller do an old man version of Batman in The Dark Knight Returns, but this is something altogether different. Miller’s crisp writing coupled with David Mazzuchelli’s illustration proves to be a very simplified retelling of one of the most famous origin stories of all time. If you haven’t read it before, it’s not a daunting read. Only four issues. The series was introduced in Batman #404, 9.8 FMV of $140, and finished out in Batman #407.
League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
No, I’m not talking about the movie so horrendously bad it caused Sean Connery to retire. I’m talking about the comic book series written by Alan Moore and penned by Kevin O’Neill. If you’re a fan of classic literature ie. Bram Stoker, Oscar Wilde, Robert Louis Stevenson, then you’re going to enjoy the series. Compared to the film, almost nothing crosses over beyond the very basic premise of literary figures teaming up at the turn of the century. It’s funny and horrific and shows new sides to classic characters. 9.8 FMV for the first issue in the series commands a mere $150. Not bad for such a cool book.
Thoughts on this Classic Comics List
These two posts have been pretty heavy on Moore, Miller, and Ennis, but it’s for a reason. These were the guys that helped propel the comic book medium into what it is today. They laid the groundwork for future writers working in mainstream publishers. And for all the starved readers out there, I have more reading lists coming soon. Till then.