Well here we are, the final month of the year.

Most publishers have already launched their big titles last month, so that titles would be on shelves for the pillaging hordes of Black Friday.  This month is a bit quiet, but still has some interesting titles.  Although most Publishers tend to roll up the carpets after December 15th, they still have schedules to fill.

This marks the fourth monthly installment of these listings.  Do you readers find them useful?  Would you prefer publisher or subject specific listings?  More editorial comment?  Or should I find something better to do with The Beat’s bandwidth?

As usual, the boilerplate:

Please be advised that publication dates are not set in stone. Also, your local comics shop might receive copies before your local neighborhood website or library. Links connected to publishers will link to the publisher’s website, sometimes to the exact title. Links for the ISBN-13 (also known as the Bookland EAN) will take you to the title as featured on BarnesAndNoble.com . I consider my tastes to be rather eclectic. If you feel I’ve neglected or slighted a title, publisher, or creator, please feel free to mention it in the comments below.

Disclaimer: I am employed by Barnes & Noble. This and any other posts by me have no official connection to B&N. Neither I or Heidi MacDonald receive any remuneration from linking to barnesandnoble.com . As always, feel free to send us your PR. Even better, send us some free books!

The Adventures of Professor Thintwhistle and His Incredible Aether Flyer
by Steve Stiles, Richard Lupoff, Neil Gaiman (introduction)

Archie Firsts

Archie’s Mad House
by Dan DeCarlo, Sam Schwartz, Wally Wood

Archie: Best of Stan Goldberg
by Stan Goldberg

Archie: Seven Decades of America’s Favorite Teenagers… and Beyond!
by Bob Bolling, Sam Schwartz, Dan DeCarlo, Bob Montana

Batgirl: The Greatest Stories Ever Told
by DC Comics

Castle Waiting, Volume 2
by Linda Medley

Gaylord Phoenix
by Edie Flake

Glamazonia: The Uncanny Super-Tranny
by Justin Hall

Gulliver’s Travels
by Bill Messner-Loebs, Jonathan Swift

Hiroshima: The Autobiography of Barefoot Gen
by Nakazawa Keiji

The Manga Guide to Relativity
by Keita Takatsu, Masafumi Yamamoto, Hideo Nitta

Motel Art Improvement Service
by Jason Little

Not Love but Delicious Foods
by Fumi Yoshinaga

On the Fastrack: Bug Zapper
by Bill Holbrook

  • $ 15.95
  • Pub. Date: December 2010
  • Publisher: Moonbase Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN-13: 9781935933038
  • ISBN: 1935933035

Shazam!: The Golden Age of the World’s Mightiest Mortal
by Chip Kidd, Geoff Spear

Showcase Presents: Our Army at War, Volume 1

The Stan Lee Universe
by Stan Lee, Roy Thomas, Danny Fingeroth

Super Human Resources
by Ken Marcus

Supergod, Volume 1
by Garrie Gastonny, Warren Ellis, Felipe Massafera

To Stop Dreaming of Goddesses
by Vera Greentea, Benjamin Jelter

Usagi Yojimbo: The Special Edition
by Stan Sakai


  1. Hm. I noticed that HIROSHIMA book, but thought it was just a re-packaging of the BAREFOOT GEN books in a more mainstream form than the Last Gasp editions. Didn’t realize it was a separate prose autobiography by Nakazawa. I’ll have to take a look at that.

    Definitely getting the OUR ARMY AT WAR book. It’s before most of the mainstays of the DC war books showed up (Kubert, Heath), but lots of Gene Colan, Irv Novick, plus about half the work Bernie Krigstein drew for DC in the 1950s.

    Tempted by the big USAGI book. Saw the SHAZAM collection of toy photos, cute, but not really my thing. And four deluxe hardcover collections of vintage Archie comics in one month seems like over-saturation. Plus that cover for MAD HOUSE is freaking me out.

  2. I enjoy these posts, Torsten. The links are helpful to find out more about any given title, although in cases where you know something about an upcoming book, your additional commentary would be even better.

  3. Archie Firsts actually shipped to the direct market in November, but I’m pretty sure the bookstore release is a little later so that may explain that.

    Thanks for putting this together. A couple things on there piquing my interest.