Word Balloons: Gift suggestions for comics fans
Black Friday is often considered the start of the holiday shopping season. For those shopping for comic-book fans this holiday season, some suggestions follow:
'Supergirl: The Complete First Season'
Any of the recent DC Comics-based programs — "Flash," "Arrow," "Legends of Tomorrow" — would be appropriate for fans of those characters, but my top recommendation goes to "Supergirl," which is light and fun without sacrificing drama. The show was the winner of the 2016 People's Choice Award for Favorite New TV Drama. "Supergirl: The Complete First Season" DVD and Blu-ray each have 20 episodes, plus over an hour of extra content, including the 2015 Comic-Con panel, featurettes, deleted scenes and a gag reel. The show is available now on DVD ($49.99 SRP) and Blu-ray including Digital HD ($54.97 SRP).
'Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders'
Three stars of the 1966 "Batman" series return in vocal performances for the animated "Caped Crusaders" — Adam West (Batman), Burt Ward (Robin) and Julie Newmar (Catwoman).
The suggested retail prices are $24.98 for the Blu-ray combo pack and $19.98 for the DVD.
'DC Comics Encyclopedia All-New Edition'
Want to get caught up on DC Comics' world of characters before the "Justice League" film? DK's all-new edition of DC Comics Encyclopedia, retailing at $40, is a fully revamped, redesigned, and updated A-to-Z guide on the characters and storylines in the DC Universe.
'The Mysterious World of Doctor Strange'
Fans of the recent film might enjoy this $24.99 hardcover compendium, which delves into the magical realms of Stephen Strange, from his first appearances by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko to more recent adventures.
'Marvel: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know'
That's a bold claim in the title, but this $19.99 hardback will boost your Marvel I.Q. as it shares trivia about the Marvel universe and lots of interesting factoids.
'Star Wars: Figural Fridge Magnets: Set of 4'
That's no moon! You can hold kids' drawings or upcoming bills to your refrigerator with this set of four figural refrigerator magnets, retailing for $19.99. It features The Imperial Death Star, Boba Fett, Darth Vader and an Imperial Stormtrooper.
'Watchmen Collector's Edition Box Set Hardcover'
Thirty years after its release, "Watchmen," an engrossing murder mystery featuring superheroes that uses the medium to the fullest, is the best selling graphic novel of all time. This collectors edition contains a hardcover edition of each of the 12 individual comics in a $125 12-volume box set at a larger trim size.
'Legends: 30th Anniversary Edition'
Writer John Ostrander and artists John Byrne and Karl Kesel united the Justice League against the minions of Darkseid in the "Legends" miniseries. This series also featured the first appearance of Amanda Waller and the modern Suicide Squad, as seen in this summer's film. The collection of the six issues retails for $16.99.
'Space Battle Lunchtime Vol. 1: Lights, Camera, Snacktion!'
This $12.99 paperback collects the first four issues of the all-ages series "Space Battle Lunchtime." Earth baker Peony battles alien chefs on the Universe's hottest reality TV show, Space Battle Lunchtime.
'Marvel: Captain America Cutting Board'
Want to be a hero in the kitchen? Underground Toys' new Captain America Movie Shield Cutting Board (MSRP $14.99) is inspired by Captain America's shield in Marvel's summer film "Captain America: Civil War."
'Comic Book Fever'
Longtime writer, interviewer and author George Khoury examines the era of comics (1976-1986) that made him a fan with his recent book "Comic Book Fever." This $34.95 book, with lots of great content and illustrations, is a great gift for Gen Xers who may want to revisit the comics, trends, ads and more of their youth.