Thursday, May 24, 2007

Readership Assistance Requested

OK, all, here's the deal.

It's my daughter's birthday today.

She wants me to get her something comics-related.

She loves, loves, loves the DC Encyclopedia.

I'm thinking about getting her the Marvel Encyclopedia, but I haven't had time to leaf through it to see what it's about. I've heard rumors about rampant typos, omissions, and that sort of thing, but can't confirm myself.

My question: Will the Marvel Encyclopedia fit the bill? If not, what are some other suggestions? She likes things in color, and wants something sizeable, and is not opposed to reference materials, or older stuff. Hawkgirl, Zatanna, Batman, and the X-Men are referred to as "faves". The kids and their lingo these days.

Help me, comicsblogoweb. You're my only hope.



Blogger Jason said...

If color wasn't a requirement, I would totally tell you to go with the Essential Marvel Handbooks, they were the bomb in the 80's and still are. Also in B&W (and thus useless to you) is the new re-print of the 70's Batman Encyclopdeia that came out on Wednesday. Haven't seen it, but it's supposed to be cool. You really can't go wrong with the Marvel Encyclopedia from DK, especially if she liked the DC version. One more book every kid should have is the original Secret Wars trade. I loved that as a kid and it's perfect for 8-14 year-olds.

8:39 AM  
Blogger SallyP said...

Green Lanterns! Aw c'mon, everyone loves Green Lanterns. Seeing Hal get bonked in the head is always good for a giggle.

8:59 AM  
Blogger Jason said...

Oh yeah, one more thing, you can't go wrong with the Marvel Adventures: Avengers digests, they're awesome. The JLU digests are good too.

9:10 AM  
Blogger Chris said...


Yeah, I have the Essential Handbooks, and they do in fact rock the house. Secret Wars, huh? Interesting. She's 16, so it may be a little under her, but she also loves the "fun" stuff, so I'll think about it.

Sally: Unfortunately, words cannot describe how much she loathes the entire Green Lantern concept. (I may in fact have her write a piece for the blog about it.) Thanks tho!

9:11 AM  
Anonymous cinephile said...

If she's a 16-year old who enjoys superheroes, I'd recommend Brian K. Vaughn's Runaways. It's been collected into seven digest volumes, and two larger hardback collections, and it's tremendous, smart fun (the concept, as you probably know, is that a group of teenagers find out their parents are basically LA's equivalent of the Legion of Doom, and set out to bring them down). Vaughn does a good job of balancing action, humor and pathos, and the whole thing is maddeningly addictive.

10:19 AM  
Blogger Jason said...

Oh yeah, Cinephile's right. Get the first Runaways hardcover, it contains the entire first series (18 issues) for $35. It's perfect for a teen-ager.

12:00 PM  
Blogger Nick said...

I agree with the previous Runaways recommendations....people young and old love that first hardcover. (Me included)

Other then the Runaways recommendation, maybe some of the old Giffen/DeMatteis JLA run that have been collected in trades. They were always good for a laugh.

12:08 PM  
Blogger redlib said...

Hot in our Young Adult section, not manga. Runaways. SpiderMan loves Mary Jane. Queen Bee. Castle Waiting. etc..

7:35 AM  
Anonymous Carol said...

Oops!A little late though...wishing your daughter a belated Happy Birthday!Hope she has got her favorite book:)Comics have always been my favorites,till date...and my favorite remains Spiderman.

5:20 AM  

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