Our weekly look at collected comics of note. Click the links to order titles from Amazon.Only an artist as immortal as John Buscema could fill Jack “King” Kirby’s Galactus-sized shoes on Fantastic Four! “Big John” joins Stan the Man on a timeless run in this collection of FF from the early ’70s: Johnny Storm and Crystal develop their romance, while Ben Grimm learns to change into Thing at will; Reed Richards takes on Annihilus and Janus in the Negative Zone, and none other than Doctor Doom teams up with the FF to face the awesome threat of the Over-Mind! Plus: Gabriel the Air-Walker debut as Galactus’ new herald, and he’s arrived on Earth to force the Silver Surfer to submit to the Big G’s will—or the Earth dies! All this plus the return of the Monster from the Lost Lagoon!
COLLECTING: Fantastic Four (1961) 105-125, Annual (1963) 8-9 covers only
Experience George Pérez’s Wonder Woman like you’ve never seen her before, in this Absolute edition of the celebrated creator’s reinvention of the Amazon Princess! For the first time ever, these treasured tales from the 1980s are receiving the Absolute treatment with larger pages to showcase Pérez’s magnificent artwork. In these stories, Diana’s first assignment takes her to Man’s World to teach humanity the ways of the goddess Gaea—no matter who objects!Collects Wonder Woman #1-14, plus tons of behind-the-scenes extras!
Conan wasn’t the only Robert E. Howard sword and sorcery icon to be adapted to Marvel Comics! Following Conan’s breakout success, Roy Thomas set his sights on Howard’s legendary barbarian king of Valusia: Kull! Marie and John Severin contributed what many consider the creative highlight of their careers, in tales that showed how uneasy hung the crown on the head of Kull — especially when confronting wicked sorcerer Thulsa Doom! The art of Mike Ploog also features heavily, along with contributions from some of the era’s top talents…including Kull’s first appearance, drawn by comics legend Bernie Wrightson!
COLLECTING: Kull the Conqueror (1971) 1-10, Kull the Destroyer (1973) 11-29, Creatures on the Loose (1970) 10, Monsters on the Prowl (1971) 16; material from Kull and the Barbarians (1975) 1-3, Savage Sword of Conan (1974) 9, Conan the Barbarian (1970) 10, Conan the Barbarian Annual (1973) 3, FOOM (1973) 14