Soon it will be Christmas Day.
Here’s a list of gift ideas, which can be purchased locally to make your shopping easier for local comic book lovers.
Stan Lee: A founding father of Marvel Comics and a pioneer in the comic book medium, Lee – who died Nov. 12 – created so many iconic, beloved characters: Spider-Man, the Hulk, Daredevil, Thor, the list goes on. There are too many great stories he’s written to list here, but perhaps his best work was collaborating with artist Steve Ditko on “The Amazing Spider-Man” and artist Jack Kirby on “Fantastic Four.” Marvel’s reprinted these classic stories across many volumes.
Superman: The grandfather of all super-heroes turned 80 this year. To celebrate, awarding-winning writer Brian Michael Bendis puts Superman back in his classic costume in “The Man of Steel.” Other notable stories include “All-Star Superman” and “Superman: For All Seasons.” “(Superman) stands for something — something important that’s bigger than all of us: truth, justice, and the American way. It’s a great catchphrase — but it’s serious and it matters. And Superman matters. Now more than ever, America needs heroes,” said author/University of Michigan alumnus Brad Meltzer.
Joss Whedon: Geek god Whedon is the man responsible for “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Angel,” and “Firefly.” All three TV series live on as comics with Whedon overseeing them, including IDW Publishing’s “Angel” and “Spike,” and Dark Horse Comics’ “Buffy” and “Angel and Faith.” December’s “Buffy: The Reckoning” collects the final story arc from Dark Horse before handing the reins over to Boom! Studios, which now publishes “Buffy” and “Firefly.”
“Frankenstein Alive, Alive!” (IDW Publishing $25): Renowned horror artist Bernie Wrightson, who died in the middle of working on this story, always had a soft spot for Mary Shelley’s famous creation. Readers will see that his beautiful artwork gracing every page is a labor of love. Kelley Jones, per Wrightson’s request, finished the artwork in a well-paced story where Frankenstein’s Monster searches for his humanity. This book includes an extended gallery of never-before-seen sketches scanned from Wrightson’s original art. A spiritual successor that would make Shelley proud.
Dynamite Entertainment: This publisher continues the adventures of many licensed properties in comics: “Game of Thrones,” “The Bionic Woman,” “Battlestar Galactica,” “Bob’s Burgers,” “Army of Darkness,” “Charlie’s Angels,” “Elvira: Mistress of the Dark,” “Nancy Drew,” “James Bond,” et al. Some fresh, creative takes on old classics.
Other Notable Works:
“The Infinity Gauntlet” (Marvel $25): Thanos destroys half the universe in the tale that inspired this year’s blockbuster movie “Avengers: Infinity War.”
“V for Vendetta 30th Anniversary Deluxe Ed” (DC Comics/Vertigo $50): One of the greatest graphic novels of all time is reprinted on its milestone anniversary.
“Back to the Future: The Heavy Collection (IDW Publishing $30): “Back to the Future” co-writer/co-creator Bob Gale tells new stories of the beloved film franchise, including how Marty met Doc Brown.
“Swords of the Swashbucklers” (Dynamite $35): “Star Wars” meets “Pirates of the Caribbean” in the cult series reprinted for the first time in 25 years.
“Bram Stoker’s Dracula” (IDW Publishing $30): Mike Mignola’s adaptation of the 1992 film is reprinted in black and white, showcasing his moody yet magnificent artistry.
These graphic novels are available at Green Brain Comics, located at 13936 Michigan Ave. in Dearborn, and Big Ben’s Comix Oasis, located at 6711 Allen Rd. in Allen Park.