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Anthony’s miscellaneous comics picks for June 2013

Superman: The Silver Age Dailies, vol. 1: 1958-1961Here’s what’s of interest from various comic companies for June 2013.


Full solicitations are available here.

  • Star Trek/Legion of Super-Heroes TPB, on sale June 12, $20
  • Popeye Classics, vol. 2, on sale June 12, $30
  • Berkeleyworks: The Art of Berkeley Breathed—From Bloom County and Beyond, on sale June 25, $60

Boom Studios

N/A (as of 3/16/13), will post when information available.

Comic strip compilations

  • Superman: The Silver Age Newspaper Dailies, vol. 1: 1958-1961, on sale July 10, $50


The “Star Trek”/”Legion of Super-Heroes” crossover’s being collected into trade paperback form this month. While I didn’t care for the miniseries, Trek/Legionnaire fans might still be interested.

The classic Golden Age reprints of the “Popeye” comic book continue with a second trade paperback volume being released. The single-issue comic book reprints also continue, but I’d imagine fans of the reprints would rather have them in trade paperback form.

Berkeley Breathed, cartoonist of “Bloom County” fame, gets a book dedicated to his artwork/cartooning career.

Starting in July comes a series of reprints of the 1939-1966 “Superman” newspaper comic strip, which featured stories/art by the same people who worked on the comic books at the time. (A few of the comic strip storylines were also adopted into the comic books, and vice-versa.) Despite that newspaper comic strips don’t fit comic books’ “Golden Age/Silver Age/etc.” definitions very well, they’re being released in this series in three parts: “Golden Age” (presumably the 1940s strips), “Atomic Age” (an infrequent name given to comic books of the 1950s), and “Silver Age,” starting here with 1958. 1958 was the year DC published the first generally-considered Silver Age Superman story, “The Super-Key to Fort Superman” (from “Action Comics” #241; the first appearance of the Fortress of Solitude).


Minorities in cartoons: Ronald-Ann Smith

Ronald-Ann, in “A Wish For Wings That Work.”

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Ronald-Ann Smith, a recurring character in Berkeley Breathed’s comic strips “Bloom County” and “Outland.”

Ronald-Ann (named after then-President Ronald Reagan) is a grade-school aged African-American girl with a highly optimistic view of the world. This comes in spite of her impoverished environment (the strip says she’s from the “wrong side of the tracks” of Bloom County, and her doll’s head was shot off in drug-related gang wars). Ronald-Ann often spent time around “Bloom County”‘s biggest star, Opus the penguin.

After “Bloom County” ended, Breathed shifted to his new Sunday-only strip, “Outland,” with Ronald-Ann as its main star. Eventually, however, Ronald-Ann was soon displaced by the return of Opus (and some other “Bloom County” characters), and eventually disappeared from the strip altogether (save, at least claims Wikipedia, a brief cameo toward the end of the run of Breathed’s following and final newspaper strip, “Opus”).

Ronald-Ann made one animated appearance, in the Opus-starring Christmas special “A Wish for Wings that Work.” There, she’s voiced by Alexaundria Simmons, who IMDB lists as having a few acting credits, but nothing since 2000.