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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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #656,117 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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I'd always wanted to read the early 1960 Spectre series and this book delivered. Unfortunately, the continuity and changing creators were problematic weakening a few later tales. The black and white format does not hinder enjoyment at all and this edition is spectresized with
the Ghostly Guardians appearances in "Weird Adventure Comics"
Only fault is that the back up features of Hourman and others in THe Spectre comic were not included.
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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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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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This is the definitive pre-Crisis Spectre. All the stories that made him great by artists willing to experiment and break out of their standard style. I've never seen Murphy Anderson do this anywhere else, and the Wrath of the Spectre, simply suberb.

I hope DC prints a tbp in color for the silver age. Come on, it's a no brainer, DC!
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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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This is a great compilation of classic comic storytelling and art that define the era in which they were written. The stories range from fun to bizarre to very dark. These stories exhibit not only great art work, but great writing. The team-ups with various characters from across the DC universe including Wildcat, Flash and Batman are a great read.
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