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Showcase Presents Tales of the Unexpected Vol. 1 Paperback – September 4, 2012


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Product Details

  • Series: Showcase Presents
  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (September 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401235204
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401235208
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,248 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By F. Averick on October 2, 2012
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This is a great collection of sci-fi/fantasy tales from the Silver Age of DC Comics. Tales of the Unexpected was an anthology series and like all such comics at the time, there were 3 or 4 complete stories per issue (compare that to comics now where one storyline usually goes on for 4 or 5 issues).

The art is great as is the (black and white) reproduction. The stories themselves tend be formulaic, of course, but they barrel on with such outlandish ideas and matter-of-fact acceptance of the odd, that they're also a lot of fun.

It would be great if DC continues this series as eventually it morphs into one of DC's mystery/horror books and there's even more fun (and great art) to be be had then!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By William Henley on January 9, 2013
I am a big fan of DC Comics' "Showcase Presents" books which put DC material from the 1950's through the 80's back in print in a convenient format at an affordable price (unlike some other reviewers, I don't generally mind that they're black & white). Some of the "Showcases" I have bought are of comics I never got around to collecting in my long career as a Silver Age (1960's) comics fan. Unfortunately, in a few cases upon looking at these books I've been reminded *why* I never bothered collecting the original comics. TALES OF THE UNEXPECTED is one of these. During the period covered by this volume, UNEXPECTED was a sci-fi/fantasy anthology comic edited by Jack Schiff (unlike his fellow DC editor Julius Schwartz, Schiff was always fuzzy on the distinction between fantasy and science fiction, or thought his readers didn't care about it). The stories here are very tame, Code-approved tales of supernatural curses and alien invaders (a number of them are actually of the "something weird happens but it's all a clever hoax" genre). The art on the stories is uniformly competent, but the only really distinctive artwork is on a few stories drawn by Jack Kirby during his 1957-58 stint at DC. I don't actually regret buying this book, but I can't really give it a strong recommendation except for Kirby completists and people who grew up reading these comics (they were a little too early for me) and have fond nostalgic memories of them. There are still a lot of things published by DC I'd rather have seen in "Showcase" format than this title.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By evilsgindsitributor on March 2, 2013
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I am very pleased by this book. Yes, the stories aren't brilliant literature, but the artwork!! Contributions by such luminaries as the great Leonard Starr, Mort Drucker, Jack Kirby and others! Also, its a big book, with lots and lots of little vignette stories with a twist. Maybe not a neck breaking twist, but I'm too busy enjoying the classic illustration to care. Totally love it!
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Don L. Christian Jr. on October 11, 2012
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This collection covers the first twenty issues of Tales of the Unexpected from DC Comics in the mid fifties. The black and white stories often feature "twist endings" that are very clever for the maximum of eight pages allotted to each. A very enjoyable read for a few stories per setting. Too many issues taken at one time tends to get too much alike.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Buzzard67 on November 30, 2012
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I love the stories and great art work.
I would recommend this for first time comic book owners or long time lovers of comics.
Cant go wrong for the price.
All stories are in Black and white, not color.
Could not be happier.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Juan Carlos Eichborn Hanly on October 14, 2013
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Wonderful ! DC seemed not to be much interested (as Marvel has always been) in reprinting some classic mystery comics, but they did at last. I hope they keep on doing, and we fullfill our want lists !

The seller was ok, but the shipping rates (to Spain at least) were ASTRONOMIC ! All in all, a good purchase, well packaged, so I feel happier tan before.. :-)

Cheers !
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