Welcome back to regularly scheduled comics! Today’s Retro Pull List is for comics originally scheduled for a release in June 2020. Thanks to the Coronavirus shut down most of these comics are pushed back to July if not further. The next issue of Previews is a double issue for August. Thus giving all of the comic publishers the month of July to catch up. So, there will not be a retro pull list in July but I’ll see you again in August. In case you missed it, check out Retro Pull List – Comics Are Back Part 1 for April releases and Part 2 for May releases.
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Remember reading comics that weren’t weighed down by giant universe spanning stories? Comics that took one issue to tell a one issue story instead of stretching it out over six? Those days are back with this action packed issue of Spider-Man. No stopping to check the supporting cast. No Peter Parker grabbing a bite to eat. All out action.
Ghost Rider #9 from Marvel Comics
Ghost Rider Annual #1 from Marvel Comics
The classic 1990’s version of Ghost Rider is on the cover of issue #13 of Wizard. An issue talked in depth on the most recent episode of the Wizards podcast right here on this very network. Out of no where after decades on the shelf, some of his villains return! Not only do Scarecrow, Deathwatch, and Blackout return in issue #9. The bigger badder scarier version, Vengeance, returns in the Annual.
A collection of Marvel issues which took a “real world” approach to stories. Suicide, drug abuse, death, and more serious issues are explored through the eyes of your favorite heroes. Many of these issues are considered all time great stories and this collection would be great for school libraries or your own children.
What’s the Joker’s real name? What is his true origin? I’ll give you a moment to think. In his 80 year existence there’s no official true history of the Joker. In a previous adventure, Batman had all of the answers of the universe before him. He asked what is the Joker’s real name. The response? “Which one?” This series will explore the radical new idea that there is and always has been more than one Joker.
Taking the Predator concept back to the original 1984 screenplay called Hunters. Much like the previously picked Alien comic this isn’t confined by directors, actors, or special effects limitations. An unlimited budget exists on the page and this will be an exciting new yet also original take on the franchise.
Rob. Liefeld. Writes. And. Draws. Snake. Eyes. Seriously, what more do you need to know?
Who remembers the classic “silent issue” of the original G.I. Joe series? In 1984, issue #21 “Silent Interlude” was released without any dialogue or text. An all time classic. In 2008 this tale was expanded as issue #21.5 “Silence Between Borders”. Now both are collected into one issue for the first time ever.
The band behind “Come and Get Your Love” has one of the most incredible stories in rock history. This graphic novel is part biography, part research journalism, and has the permission of founding brothers Pat and Lolly Vegas’s family. A look at their careers in rock music, their influence, and their support of the American Indian Movement. Titles like this explore all that comics can be and how this format can tell a story better than others.
If you don’t think you’re familiar with Bettie Page, go watch The Rocketeer again. The most famous pin up queen continues her legacy on the comics page. In this all new series Bettie must investigate a murder on the set of her latest movie.
An all new series starring the Green Hornet and Kato. Our two heroes who pretend to be villains have to protect an alien baby that crashed to Earth. Could this be a Superman story in disguise? Find out in this story which will take place in only the colors black, white, and green. This is a heck of an experiment for this legendary crime fighter.
The best friend witch from Buffy the Vampire Slayer stars in her own limited series. Willow is on her own and discovers a group of lost witches also looking for answers. In this world expect lots of personal discoveries, growth, and most likely betrayals.
An alien crashes into Riverdale and only one person can save every one of us! Archie and his friends join the interplanetary adventure and head to the Planet Mongo. “Klytus, I’m bored. What play-thing can you offer me today?” How about some sugar sugar and honey honey?
A look into the mind of Venom. Two minds inhabiting one body. Does he still want to eat brains? What does he think of his starring movie? Venom has always been an interesting villain who sees himself as a hero. This isn’t technically a comic but still a great way to deep dive into the mindset of an iconic character.
That’s all I found for this month. Over at my personal site Masked Library, I’ll be posting a Non Retro Pull List for books I was interested in and would like to buy with unlimited funds. Stay tuned for August when comics are caught up and back on their normal schedules. Hopefully the comics industry stays safe, but most of these characters already wear masks.