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It turns out that even if you’re extremely well versed in the internet, local comic shops can still surprise you. I was just biking by mine, which I don’t go into much these days, unfortunately, and saw that they had a 50% off sale on trades.

Most of it was uninteresting to me (or still above the prices I could get elsewhere) but three books jumped out at me. They were The Adventures of the Fly, The Shield, and The Mighty Crusaders: Origin of a Super-Team.

I never knew that there even were any Red Circle / Mighty Comics / Archie Heroes reprint volumes! Managed to find them on Amazon after the fact, but I was pretty surprised in the store (and happy to pick them up for about 4-6 dollars each!)

The covers look pretty lame but the interiors are nicely restored classics (is it just recoloring or is this art all amateur hour? I’m being harsh, especially because the Fly isn’t the worst of the lot, but why is your cover by Joe Station and Bob Smith, and colored by “Tito,” when your interiors include Jack Kirby?)

The Simon and Kirby fly is well worth picking up. I’m having trouble finding more info about other books online, though – a google search for Red Circle Productions turns up very little.

If anyone knows of any collected edition from this family of comics, let me know! I’m going to place these books on the DC reading order soon (since the characters had recently been relaunched and may show up again in the future).

As a side note, the guy in there today (His name was Pheonix) was much nicer than the owner I was used to dealing with from previous times (usually at the other store he owns downtown.) Had an enjoyable discussion and he asked me if I wanted anyone to write reviews for the site – so maybe you’ll hear from him again!

The store is kind of a video store, not really a dedicated comics thing, but it really made me miss my favorite stores from up north. I kind of wish there was a great shop here but I’m not sure Savannah could sustain one, honestly. No offense, Pheonix! The good conversation today is a major contributor to my nostalgia.

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  1. avatar Marc wrote on at August 9, 2010 8:04 pm:

    Wow, I didn’t know there were reprints for that stuff either! Man, what a coincidence too…I just came online to take a quick break from the Best of Simon and Kirby collection that Titan Books released last year. Can’t wait for The Simon and Kirby Superheroes collection!

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    avatar Ian replied on August 9th, 2010 at 11:12 pm:

    I haven’t heard much about that book. who’s putting it out?

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  2. avatar Marc wrote on at August 10, 2010 12:48 am:

    It’s from Titan as well. They’re also going to releasing entire books for Simon/Kirby romance, crime, and other genres of books. Those guys are really on the ball.

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    avatar Ian replied on August 10th, 2010 at 1:07 am:

    Sounds like it. It’s always really amazing when I think of how many books you could have in your library if you only collected books with those names on em.

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  3. avatar big5.icbc-ltd.com wrote on at July 31, 2014 10:01 pm:

    Jane Austen

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