Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Who's Who

As reported by Wizard and Newsarama, DC Comics has announced a number of upcoming collections, including a two volume Showcase edition of the Who's Who profile series. The Flash features on the proposed cover for volume one, and the collection is certain to present a number of scarlet speedster-related profiles.

Monday evening at their Diamond Retail Summit presentation, DC announced a handful of new collections coming out in 2007, including an Absolute version of Wildcats, as well as a two volume Showcase collection of Who’s Who from the late ‘80s and a four-volume, color hardcover project entitled New Gods Omnibus, which will collect Jack Kirby’s entire Fourth World saga between two…er, eight covers.

We spoke with DC’s Collected Editions editor Georg Brewer for more on the latter two projects. “It’s a two volume Showcase collection, featuring all the original 26 issues of Who’s Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe issues as well as the 5 issues of updates that came out after, in 1987,” Brewer said. “I’ve been trying to find a way to do this for a long time, because I love that stuff – I actually have a bound set of the originals in my office from the library because it’s just a great reference tool, and was a nice moment in time for a lot of this stuff, and having this format is a perfect one for it.”

That moment in time was just prior to the original Crisis on Infinite Earths, thus the character profiles were full of references to Earth-2, the original original Justice Society, and all that existed in the multi-verse prior to the Anti-Monitor having his way.

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