by Torsten Adair

The following is a selection of new titles due to be published in September 2010. This list is not comprehensive, as there are over 275 graphic novel titles scheduled for this month.

If you would like to browse them at your leisure, click here. Instead, I have selected titles which caught my interest. These are not necessarily titles I will purchase, but which I will definitely look at once they arrive at my local comics shop or bookstore.

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 . 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.

Monthly lists such as this will be posted at the end of the previous month. I will also be posting specific subject lists (comic strips, comics history and surveys, superheroes…) for each season, but these will not have a set schedule.

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Oz: The Marvelous Land of Oz Eric Shanower (Text by), Skottie Young (Illustrator)

James Bond Omnibus, Volume 2Ian Fleming, Yaroslav Horak, Jim Lawrence

World’s Greatest Super-heroes Deluxe

Paul Dini, Alex Ross (Illustrator)

  • $ 29.99
  • Pub. Date: September 2010
  • Publisher: DC Comics
  • Format: Paperback, 400pp
  • ISBN-13: 9781401202552
  • ISBN: 1401202551

The Simon and Kirby Superheroes

Joe Simon, Jack Kirby (Illustrator), Steve Saffel (Editor)

Jerry Robinson: Ambassador of Comics

N. C. Christopher Couch, Jerry Robinson (Illustrator), Pete Hamill (Introduction by), Dennis O’Neil (Foreword by)

Four Color Fear: Forgotten Horror Comics of the 1950s

John Benson (Editor), Greg Sadowski (Editor)

The Complete Ballad of Halo Jones

Alan Moore, Ian Gibson

Marvel Avengers Character Encyclopedia

A History of Girls’ Comics

Susan Brewer

Dick Briefer’s Frankenstein

Dick Briefer

The Amazing Screw-on Head and Other Curious Objects

Mike Mignola, Dave Stewart (Artist)

DC Universe Illustrated by Neal Adams: The Covers

Neal Adams

  • $ 39.99
  • Pub. Date: September 2010
  • Publisher: DC Comics
  • Format: Hardcover, 192pp
  • ISBN-13: 9781401221720
  • ISBN: 1401221726

62710287-237x300.jpgAl Williamson Archives

Al Williamson

Placeholder_Medium.jpgThe Girl Who Owned a City: Graphic Novel

O. T. Nelson, Chrissy Delk (Illustrator), Dan Jolley (Adapted by)

2077_cv3-217x300.jpgLila and Ecco’s Do-It-Yourself Comics Club

Willow Dawson

pinupcovsmall2-234x300.jpgPin-Up Artist

Ignacio Noe

  • $ 13.99
  • Pub. Date: September 2010
  • Publisher: N B M Publishing Company
  • Format: Paperback, 64pp
  • ISBN-13: 9781561635870
  • ISBN: 1561635871
  • Edition Description: Not Appropriate For Children

69100381-212x300.jpgThe Tell-Tale Heart

Edgar Allan Poe

9780345505385-197x300.jpgThe Exile: An Outlander Graphic Novel

Diana Gabaldon, Hoang Nguyen (Illustrator)

9780292722811-202x300.jpgMulticultural Comics: From Zap to Blue Beetle

Frederick Luis Aldama, Derek Parker Royal (Foreword by)

9780809026845-201x300.jpgAnne Frank: The Anne Frank House Authorized Graphic Biography

Sid Jacobson, Ernie Colon

9781596434714-226x300.jpgThere’s a Princess in the Palace

Zoë B. Alley (Retold by), R. W. Alley (Retold by)

60268625-197x300.jpgTom Corbett: Space Cadet Graphic Novel

John DeCosta (Artist), Bill Spangler

76142553-219x300.jpgSpecial Exits

Joyce Farmer

c00068_400-197x300.jpgAtomic Robo, Volume 4: Other Strangeness

Scott Wegener, Brian Clevinger (Artist)

  • $ 17.95
  • Pub. Date: September 2010
  • Publisher: Red 5 Comics
  • Format: Paperback, 140pp
  • Age Range: Young Adult
  • ISBN-13: 9780980930283
  • ISBN: 0980930286

55190765-197x300.jpgBring on the Guest Stars (The Muppet Show Comic Book Series)

Roger Langridge, Amy Mebberson (Illustrator)

  • $ 9.99
  • Pub. Date: September 2010
  • Publisher: Boom! Studios
  • Format: Paperback, 112pp
  • Age Range: 8 to 12
  • ISBN-13: 9781608865871
  • ISBN: 1608865878

65886361-197x300.jpgLittle Green Men

Jay P. Fosgitt

  • $ 9.95
  • Pub. Date: September 2010
  • Publisher: Ape Entertainment
  • Format: Paperback, 100pp
  • Age Range: Young Adult
  • ISBN-13: 9781936340019
  • ISBN: 1936340011

66812218-225x300.jpgPolly and Her Pals: Complete Sunday Comics 1925-1927

Cliff Sterrett


Jason Flowers (Artist), Jay Busbee

9780810996175-300x195.jpgThe Night Bookmobile

Audrey Niffenegger

62709671-222x300.jpgDante’s Divine Comedy

Seymour Chwast (Adapted by), Dante Alighieri (Based On Work by)

ImageNA_product.gifErotic Tales

Leone Frollo (Illustrator), Massimo Farepuzzo (Adapted by)


  1. “Oz: The Marvelous Land of Oz Eric Shanower (Text by), Skottie Young (Illustrator)”

    I’m of the opinion that this would be measurably wonderfuller with Shanower illustrating, but this will do quite nicely.

  2. Think that Halo Jones cover coula used a bit more text on it. I mean, I didn’t even know Halo Jones wrote comic books about blonde girls called Alan Moore, did you?


  3. Why so many hardcovers? Hardcover comics are a bad idea for both aesthetic and monetary reasons. In this economy why not provide a more consumer-friendly option?

  4. In case you haven’t noticed, a lot of the books are published by mainstream or educational publishers, and they tend to do hardcover editions. The educational publishers’ hardcovers are actually library bindings, which are very durable and will hold up to many people checking them out. The library market prefers hardcovers and library editions that will last longer under fairly rough conditions. Trade paperbacks may be more cost-effective for people purchasing the books for themselves, but in the longer term, they’re not cost-effective for libraries, who can’t afford to replace worn-out paperbacks every year. We have little enough money as it is (or a zero budget, as is my case in my school library) and have to spend our money (in my case donations) as carefully as possible.

  5. BTW, thanks, Torsten – I found several books I need to look for in my work, so this list is VERY useful!

  6. These are mostly new titles, and most publishers now release hardcovers first. I do have a preference for herdcovers, but no dislike for paperbacks.

    Mr. DeStafano, I see an October date for “Lucky”, so I will feature your book on that list. Thank you for mentioning it!

  7. Kat Kan (if that is your real name)

    What kinds of comics/books are you looking to obtain for your school library? Age range/type or material, etc, if you can break it down somewhat specifically –?

    I donate books to the Center for Cartoon Studies pretty regularly, we’ve been culling our collection over the past two years and sending boxes to them for the library and/or student sales. I wouldn’t mind putting together a box for your school if what we had fit the bill and you accept book donations (we have been culling books, as well). Not sure if by donations you mean books or money (or both).

    Maybe some other folks reading the Beat would care to donate something. You never know.

  8. thanks for festuring the cover of “dick briefer’s frankentstein” i am getting more interest about it than any book i have done from comic fans and the comics news media –it’s exciting! the book is the first is the series of “the chilling archives of horror comics”. dick briefer really is a genius! actually we decided at the last second go with the “horror” frankenstein on the front cover rather than the “humor” franky that you pictured–though you’ll see both at once–you’ll have to wait till you get your copy of the book to see what i mean!

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