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


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Product Details

  • 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
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #856,059 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This volume brings all the Spectre's stories from 60s and 70s.
Marcio Baraldi
This would be good for the long time comic lover or the new comer.
Buzzard67
These stories exhibit not only great art work, but great writing.
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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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2 of 2 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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Marcio Baraldi on May 9, 2012
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Everybody knows the Showcase series is in Black and White. Even B & W is perfect to the thriller stories of Spectre and the nervous draw of Jim Aparo and Neal Adams, two of principals artists of this compilation. This volume brings all the Spectre's stories from 60s and 70s.Classic and eagerly awaited material! Mandatory for the Spectre's fans.Buy without fear!...Brrrrr....
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3 of 4 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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SHOWCASE PRESENTS: THE SPECTRE collects all the appearances of the character through the Silver and Bronze Age (1966-1983). The 616 pages (about 100 full pages larger than most SHOWCASE volumes!) take the reader through vastly different eras for The Spectre. The Silver Age stories I found almost unreadable and caused me to nearly give up on the entire volume. Neal Adams comes along about 150 pages in and turns everything up a notch. Suddenly the art is fabulous and you can tell the artists who followed him upped their game and told some gorgeous stories through their art. There is another shift later in the collection where the stories become mostly very simple and relatively short takes of the Spectre as an avenging spirit. These stories are highly entertaining and caused me to end up enjoying the collection quite a bit overall. SHOWCASE PRESENTS: THE SPECTRE is worth it for the stories drawn by Jim Aparo alone.
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