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Showcase Presents: The Spectre Vol. 1 (Showcase Presents (Unnumbered Paperback)) Paperback – May 1, 2012


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  • Series: Showcase Presents (Unnumbered Paperback)
  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401234178
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401234171
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 1.7 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #423,178 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Classic and eagerly awaited material!
Marcio Baraldi
This would be good for the long time comic lover or the new comer.
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This book also reprints a second 70s version of the Spectre.
M. Gentilcore

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Gentilcore on October 19, 2013
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I was a comic book reader back in the 60s. For 6-12 months, in almost all its magazine - DC printed a mysterious banner: "The Spectre is Coming". Eventually he appeared in Showcase and then his own magazine. He was a mysterious character - whose powers just seemed to be loosely defined but unlimited, unless confronted with loosely defined evil energies. Unlike Superman, there is no list of accepted super powers to describe him. He was a separate persona that co-occupied Jim Corrigan, leaving him to do his Spectre duties and returning to him to "recharge". The series was short lived (maybe a dozen issues), with all of them reprinted in this book. About half of the stories were spectacular and mind blowing, with great artist. Eventually, he was trapped into being too powerful and the writing and artwork deteriorated.

This book also reprints a second 70s version of the Spectre. This is the first time I ever read these stories. The new version employed a simple theme printed at the beginning of each story - Jim Corrigan is a dead man that turns into the Spectre who wrecks a horrible vengeance against evil person. I find the new version as an infinitely better twist on the character. Rather than a battle with hard to imagine powers, the Spectre was a simple hunt and destroy character. The "destroy" made the stories because they were always shocking. I give some examples, but instead trust me and I won't print any spoilers. It may sounds corny, but it really worked along with some interesting side character development. This includes a reporter who starts to investigate these shocking stories of how a man died. (This is similar to Kojak, the Night Stalker except done 10 times better). And then, a lovely lady who both discovers Jim Corrigan turns into the Spectre and falls in love with him.

If you are intrigued, I think you will find the book a great collection of a truly unique DC character.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Douglas A. Sommer on January 16, 2013
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One of DC's truly dark characters, perhaps more a spirit of vengeance than Marvel's Ghost Rider. While some writers soft pedaled some of his tales, the ones that had the murders meet more fitting ends work well. The best ones are of course with Neal Adams artwork, some of his best DC stuff since Deadman. I can highly recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lester R Wiley on July 6, 2013
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Beware that the punishments can fit the sins. Specter is as good today as when created in the golden age of comics. With all the criminals who escape justice in the real world every day this fantasy can make a jaded dark heart smile at what fates should befall those who escape justice in the world we live in.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dead Letter Press on July 11, 2014
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This volume is probably the heftiest of all the Showcase Presents books. Many of the other titles proudly proclaim "over 500 pages of comics" but The Spectre Vol. 1 is well over 600 pages. And yes, these comics are reprinted in black and white. However, most of the Spectre stories are atmospheric, even spooky, tales that don't seem to lose much of their impact in the B & W format. I certainly wouldn't want to read the adventures of a colorful superhero like Green Lantern without the glorious 4-color printing, but I personally am willing to compromise on something like the Spectre or House of Mystery, gladly trading color for value on such titles. Plus, I found it easier to appreciate the pen and ink artwork in this B & W format. It starts with the smooth classic work of Murphy Anderson and continues with the groundbreaking art of Neal Adams. And then we're treated to the gritty realism of Jim Aparo. The book presents in chronological order every major appearance of the Spectre in the silver age, starting with the introductory appearances in Showcase, followed by the complete run of the 1960s series, along with all the Brave and the Bold teamups, and the (at the time) controversial early 1970s run in Adventure Comics. I'm really impressed with the completeness of this volume. And I enjoy having the entire "silver age history" of the character in one big fat book that's still light enough to read in bed. It's an easy way to read the character's evolution from cosmic caped crime-fighter to an increasingly darker and more mysterious agent of justice and retribution. This is one of the few Showcase Presents volumes that I own because, again, I like my superheroes in full color. But this book was a serious bargain and one I'm happy to have in my collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kristopher Wagner on December 13, 2012
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This book features stories of The Spectre starting with his re-debut in the 1960s in the "Showcase" one-shot series by DC Comics, in addition to is stories in "The Brave and the Bold", his first solo series in the 1960s, his series in "Adventure Comics" retitled as "The Wrath of the Spectre", and other bits of stories out there from around the same period of time. The total is roughly 20+ single comic books for ~$20, which is a fantastic deal that would not exist were these pages in color (it should be noted that, like Marvel Essentials, these are all black-and-white pages).

Were a person to make the attempt to actually buy all of the single issues on his or her own, it would cost significantly more, with the the solo series from the 60s costing now between $5 and $10 per issue alone.

As someone who has been seeking out these issues for several years, I am more than pleased to own this and would certainly recommend it to anyone else who was looking for it.
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