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Here’s the weekly giveaway!

The Superman Chronicles Vol. 1 giveaway is closed! Good luck, guys!

The winner will be announced as soon as he or she has been confirmed.

Since this giveaway is on time for Thanksgiving, I wanted to find something vaguely holiday themed. I don’t think I succeeded, but Scarecrows are autumn related, right?

Ah well, it’s the Batman: Scarecrow Tales trade, collecting Batman 189, 262; Gotham Knights 23; Detective 503, 571; The Joker 8; Scarecrow 1; and World’s Finest Comics 3!

The work here ranges from 1941 to 2002, focusing on the fear obsessed criminal known as the Scarecrow!

Maybe I should have posted this one on Halloween. C’est la vie, let’s run with it.

The Rundown:

(1) Copy of Batman: Scarecrow Tales

(1) Winner – Randomly selected from the comments on this post. You must be registered and logged in when you comment to be eligible. You must also be in the continental USA.

Deadline – You have until 11:59 on Friday, November 26th, 2010. The winner will be contacted that night or early the next morning, and announcement will be made as soon as they are confirmed.

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  1. WebPillar wrote on at November 20, 2010 2:22 am:

    This looks awesome. I’ve just been getting heavily back into comics, but haven’t purchased any Batman yet… even though he is my favorite character. Mostly been focusing on X-Men recently, but this would be awesome!


    Ian replied on November 20th, 2010 at 2:39 am:

    He’s one of the ones I started with when I started collecting again, and I’ve only recently starting buying the odd X-Men trade. What a coincidence :D

    As it is, I’ve only read a couple odd classic trades, Endangered Species, New X-Men, and Astonishing. Astonishing by Whedon was my favorite so far.


    WebPillar replied on November 20th, 2010 at 3:04 am:

    Hah, that is a coincidence. Well, I borrowed a friend’s copy of “Long Halloween” in the Spring and that kind of kicked things off again. The Scarecrow is one of my favorite Bat-villains. I also read his copy of X-Tinction Agenda, which I loved (I’m a big Jim Lee fan… I know he’s kind of over rated/super popular, but I can’t help it, I grew up with his version of the X-Men hah).

    I just (today!) bought the first collected edition of “House of M” So I could get a little background for the “Generation Hope” book which I want to get a subscription for after having read the first issue. I also got a subscription for X-Men: Legacy to fit with Generation Hope (And a couple of copies of Uncanny X-Men that lead up to it.) Yes, I would say things have been quite successful as far as getting back into comics.

    Basically my plan is to try to stay current in that area of the X-Books while catching up on older trades like “House of M” and some of the other classics I’ve missed along the way. And of course picking up the odd Batman TPB when I get the chance! I really want RIP sometime soon as well.

    I keep hearing about Whedon’s run on Astonishing… For some reason I wasn’t particularly inclined towards it, but you definitely have got me considering it again… I just feel so overwhelmed! There is so much to keep up with… especially with so many X-books.


    Ian replied on November 20th, 2010 at 3:11 am:

    I understand! It seems almost impossible. I’m working my butt off to get the marvel list up, but there really is a lot. I took my time with the dc list, but it took like 3 years of tweaking a little each day. I really want the marvel list to be up by the end of the year, but it’s a tough one. Hopefully once it’s there, though, catching up with x-men will be a little easier.

    Basically, I jumped in at New X-Men, and it was a little hard, but not that bad, and then that runs right into Astonishing, which was super accessible by comparison.


    -b. replied on November 20th, 2010 at 4:04 am:

    Hi there, WebPillar…

    Yeah, it’s all too easy to feel overwhelmed. I’ve been buying trades faster than I can read them! Which is not good for my budget or my living space. :) I’m running out of room for them all.

    I always wanted to read House of M, but never did. My first Marvel trade though was Avengers: Disassembled, which was awesome. I’ve bought quite a few Marvel books since then, but only a few of them are X-related. The ones I’m most looking forward to though are the 5 hardcover Punisher MAX books I recently got.

    At the moment, I’m catching up on some DC history courtesy of Ian’s list. But I started subbing to several Marvel titles, but X-Factor is the only X book I get each month.


    duncanpr replied on November 20th, 2010 at 11:45 am:

    Re: Batman R.I.P.
    I’d recommend reading the full Grant Morrison run on Batman before getting into R.I.P. There’s quite a bit, but he pulls in a lot from the Batman mythos, so R.I.P. might seem a bit “wtf?” without it.

    Coincidentally, The Long Halloween is what got me started on non-Star Wars trades. The Loeb-Sale combo is good stuff.

    Also, Jim Lee totally rocks. I love his art style.


    -b. replied on November 20th, 2010 at 1:38 pm:

    duncanpr, I agree re: reading the Morrison run. I did and it made it was that much more enjoyable. And I’m also with you on the Jeff Loeb/Tim Sale combo. I still haven’t read Haunted Knight though. But Long Halloween and Dark Victory were two of my firsts.


    duncanpr replied on November 20th, 2010 at 3:53 pm:

    Haunted Knight is pretty damn cool, especially the Christmas Carol story. It’s well worth the read.

    Speaking of the Loeb/Sale combo, I am interested in reading Superman for All Seasons. And really, Tim Sale only made Heroes that much more awesome.


  2. -b. wrote on at November 20, 2010 2:50 am:

    I’m similar to you, Ian. Batman got me started in collecting, though I don’t own this one. I only recently got into other titles. I have the Whedon Astonishing in trade, but haven’t read them yet. I also went ahead and got the first several trades of X-Factor based on a recommendation from a few friends. Anyway, thanks once again for doing this. This one looks like a real cool one to get!


    Ian replied on November 20th, 2010 at 2:54 am:

    I’m not surprised you don’t have this one – personally the “best of” style trades were among the last I collected, at least actively sought out. I do tend to prefer straightforward story volumes or archival books, but for someone who isn’t planning on owning everything this kind of book is really great.

    As for Astonishing, read it! I’ve got the hardcovers and I don’t regret it one bit. It might be my all time favorite X-Men run! Although I haven’t read Claremont since I was a kid. It was just so enjoyable the whole way through.

    I haven’t picked up X-Factor yet, but I also heard it was worth looking into.


  3. claynferno wrote on at November 20, 2010 4:35 am:

    I want to win! Scarecrow was awesome in Batman Begins!


    Ian replied on November 20th, 2010 at 2:51 pm:

    I really gotta rewatch that movie at some point. I haven’t seen it since release.


  4. Julia wrote on at November 20, 2010 8:59 am:

    Batman is the superhero that got me back into comics!
    Also gotta love Whedon’s Astonishing X Men, he writes those characters so well.


    Ian replied on November 20th, 2010 at 2:50 pm:

    Hi Julia, just a reminder – you gotta be logged in when you comment for me to be able to put your account in for the drawing! So double check that you’re registered and drop another reply :)


    madainn replied on November 20th, 2010 at 3:36 pm:



    Ian replied on November 20th, 2010 at 4:57 pm:



    Ian replied on November 20th, 2010 at 4:58 pm:

    By the way, how have you beeeeeen? Are you getting good work in nyc?


  5. duncanpr wrote on at November 20, 2010 11:46 am:

    I love The Scarecrow. He’s one of those “perfect fits” for Batman’s gallery of rogues.


    Ian replied on November 24th, 2010 at 10:50 am:

    100% agree.


  6. etragedy wrote on at November 20, 2010 1:14 pm:

    I’m currently reading all the major Batman story arcs in chronological order (starting pre-Crisis) I think it would be interesting to see the development of one character from across his entire history (not just since Crisis) like this volume for Scarecrow.


    Ian replied on November 20th, 2010 at 2:52 pm:

    totally. That’s the benefit of this kind of book – you don’t have to figure out what archives, chronicles, or showcase volumes to track down. and it’s got a couple stories that aren’t collected anywhere else, too!


  7. lonefeather wrote on at November 20, 2010 2:29 pm:

    A book on the Scarecrow? An excellent choice!


    Ian replied on November 20th, 2010 at 2:52 pm:



  8. Drakul wrote on at November 20, 2010 3:06 pm:

    Another link.
    Jonathan Crane, crane is a bird, turkey is a bird, Thanksgiving!


    Ian replied on November 20th, 2010 at 3:07 pm:

    Hey nice! Right on.


  9. Umlau wrote on at November 20, 2010 7:56 pm:

    Party Hardy… Fingers crossed cause I’m the boss….ed….


    Gday my geeky friends.


    Ian replied on November 20th, 2010 at 7:57 pm:

    hey you just taught me an acronym!


  10. ArrowOfApollo wrote on at November 21, 2010 4:40 pm:

    Looks intriguing. I’m always happy to add a Batman book to my collection!


    Ian replied on November 21st, 2010 at 4:43 pm:

    That’s the proper attitude :)


  11. beatatarian wrote on at November 21, 2010 11:31 pm:

    Oh man this would be great holiday reading.


    Ian replied on November 21st, 2010 at 11:33 pm:

    I hope so!

    I’ll probably be knee deep in westerns by next week :)


  12. asw138 wrote on at November 23, 2010 11:12 am:

    This site seems like a great new source for TPB information. There goes my productivity today. Thanks!


    Ian replied on November 23rd, 2010 at 6:53 pm:

    haha, I’ll take your lack of productivity as a complement :D

    Let me know if you’ve got any advice!


  13. pherin wrote on at November 23, 2010 11:33 pm:

    I always love a good Scarecrow story. Not enough of them though.


    Ian replied on November 24th, 2010 at 12:25 am:

    I guess he’s just not as sexy as poison ivy. Or eh, the joker? lol


  14. Rellimsam wrote on at November 24, 2010 10:40 am:

    i really like how the Scarecrow looks in the comics more than the movies


    Ian replied on November 24th, 2010 at 10:51 am:

    totally. There were some good moments in the animated series too, I think.


  15. TheEnd wrote on at November 24, 2010 9:22 pm:

    I tend to favor getting trades that collect random, unconnected stories. There’s always bound to be a horrible story, but there’s also always a gem. Good luck to everyone and have a good Thanksgiving.


    Ian replied on November 24th, 2010 at 9:24 pm:

    That makes a lot of sense. A bit of protection on your investment.

    Have a happy turkeyday yourself! :D


  16. Dan Lang wrote on at November 26, 2010 10:17 am:

    This looks fantastic! Scarecrow is my all-time favorite villain (of any series, not just Batman). I love the idea of a villain specifically using fear to reach his ends (maybe because I’m a Halloween fanatic).


    Ian replied on November 26th, 2010 at 11:33 am:

    All time favorite, huh? Not sure I’ve ever really thought about what villain is mine.


  17. hanotsri wrote on at November 26, 2010 5:57 pm:

    I don’t know whether to hate or love the Scarecrow


    Ian replied on November 26th, 2010 at 7:02 pm:

    both, perhaps?


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