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  • Series: Showcase Presents (Paperback)
  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (July 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401235212
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401235215
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 1.4 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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By Fred J. Holycross on July 25, 2012
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Well, I "was" looking forward to getting this. Early reports are that this has several printing errors. The big ones seem to be pages printed twice and pages missing or pages from one story being printed in another. DC is aware of the problem. From a website about collected editions:

I picked up the latest Showcase edition last week -- Rip Hunter, Time Master -- and, while reading it, discovered a small error.

Page 2 of the "Thousand Year Old Curse" from Rip Hunter, Time Master #1 is actually page 2 of "The Captive Time Travelers" from Rip Hunter, Time Master #14. In fact, the same page is printed twice in the Showcase; once on page 113 (as part of Rip Hunter, Time Master #1) and again on page 461 (as part of Rip Hunter, Time Master #14).

And another error: A member at comicbookdb.com states that his/her copy of the Rip Hunter volume has another error. Page 1 of issue #1, "The Thousand-Year-Old Curse", is actually page 1 of issue #15, "The Earthlings of 5,000,000 B.C." And asks if the error is present in all copies?
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If you're in the mood for some campy, family-friendly adventure then RIP HUNTER, TIME MASTER will certainly fit the bill. This Showcase edition includes four issues of Showcase Presents which introduced Rip Hunter to the reading audience of the early 1960s, as well as the first 15 (out of 29) offical Rip Hunter comics printed from 1961 to 1963. The basic premise is that Rip, with the help of his best friend Jeff, has created two time spheres, one which is kept for back-up in case the first one runs into trouble. Joined by Rip's girlfriend, Bonnie, and her younger brother, Corky, the four set off each issue on a series of time travel adventures, which are presented in three chapters, that take them to exotic locations throughout Earth's history.

All the stories are fun to read and for the most part are well drawn. I especially like the issues drawn by Alex Toth. The writers don't aim for historical accuracy but do intend to entertain their juvenile audience as evidenced by the countless monsters, dinosaurs, extraterrestrials, and mythical creatures the four encounter. Except for the one duplicated page as mentioned in another review (and the occasional pieces of text that didn't print well) there are no other errors in the copy I received. It's quick, lighthearted reading that will have you time-travelling yourself to a seemingly more innocent time in America when Corky could yell "Yippee! Here we go again!" at the start of nearly every adventure and not sound like a "square".

A more mature version of Rip Hunter appears in the Booster Gold series of tradeback books and is worth a look as well.
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I don't know about you, but sometimes it's necessary for me to get away from "presidential races" and "going green" so Rip Hunter is a chance to set the way back machine for those easy going left brain comic days when physics and angst were nowhere to be found, and if you too need a quick getaway with some surprisingly detailed art, then Rip Hunter is the time master for you.
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Rip Hunter was a comic I enjoyed in my younger days. Looking back on it now from a more grown up perspective, I see it as harmless, inconsequential fun; sheer entertainment. The idea of time travel was stimulating and George Pal's excellent feature film, The Time Machine, wasn't far in the past when this series came out. Interestingly, the comic book version of The Time Machine movie (issued by Dell/Western Printing & Lithographing) had been illustrated by the great Alex Toth and---lo and behold---DC put Toth to work on THEIR time traveler, Hunter, in issue 6 and 7 of his own-titled adventures (see "Secret of the Ancient Seer" and "The Lost Wanderers In Time"), with the usual brand of zip-bang-boom Toth storytelling panache on display. The only weakness here is that something was going on with the inking process on "Lost Wanderers" and the 2nd chapter (while Toth-pencilled) is not inked by Toth (obviously), and the dinosaurs, sabre tooths, and mastodons are not drawn all that well (Alex never could do good dinosaurs!). The last chapter of "Wanderers" is inked by Mike Esposito (though not credited) and this looks pretty good! There is also some excellent Joe Kubert art within this volume, and some Mike Sekowsky, Nick Cardy, Rueben Moreira (remember "Roy Raymond, TV Detective"?), Ross Andru/Mike Esposito, and Bill Ely as well.

This compilation is a fun read and a great nostalgia piece if you're an old comics reading codger like me. A far cry from a lot of the "dark", "edgy", cynical stuff that proliferates today. And, if you haven't gathered as much from the above review,I consider the "Secret of the Ancient Seer" inclusion alone worth the price of purchase here.
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I was looking forward to this edition. "Rip Hunter ... Time Master" was a title I grew up knowing about but never reading "back in the day".

They DID in fact make a glaring mistake in this Showcase Presents edition. As mentioned in other reviews, the second page of the first Rip Hunter issue (that is the fifth story reprinted, following the first four Showcase issues) is the wrong page. Just reading it you know it is wrong, but until you get to the reprint of issue 14, page 2, do you know what happened. Here you will find the same page again, but this time it fits the storyline. So we are missing page 2 from issue 1 entirely. But we do have page 2 of issue 14 twice to make up for it (on page 113, and correctly on page 461)?

How do they intend to fix the problem? It looks like the loyal reader is once again the loser. The publisher doesn't seem very concerned to me. Maybe they will notice a boycot of their entire product line.
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