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Gift ideas for comic-book fans

by Matthew Price Modified: April 22, 2013 at 4:46 pm •  Published: November 30, 2012

DVDs, comic-book collections and more are available for holiday season

When it comes to holiday gift-giving and receiving, it’s a great time to be a comic-book fan. If you have a comics fan in your life, there’s a wide array of gift possibilities on shelves at comic-book stores and other retail outlets. Most comic stores should have staples including comic-book collecting supplies, graphic novels and gift certificates. Here are some suggestions for the comics fans on your list.

Movies

It was a big year for comic-book heroes in the cineplexes this year, with “Marvel’s The Avengers,” “The Amazing Spider-Man” and “The Dark Knight Rises,” all now available on DVD and Blu-ray.

“Marvel’s The Avengers” is available in a variety of formats; the four-disc version including a Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD, digital copy and digital music download retails for $49.99.

“The Amazing Spider-Man” is available in multiple formats as well; the three-disc combo with Blu-ray, DVD and UltraViolet digital copy retails for $40.99.

“The Dark Knight Rises” Blu-ray/DVD Combo plus UltraViolet Digital Copy hits shelves on Tuesday with a suggested retail price of $35.99; the box set of the “Dark Knight Trilogy” on Blu-ray retails at $52.99.  In addition, the film is available for DVD and for download. For even more Bat-action, the animated feature “Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 1” is available on Blu-ray ($24.98) and DVD ($19.98), as the first part of the adaptation of Frank Miller’s acclaimed graphic novel features Batman returning from retirement to again face a crime-filled Gotham City.

And that’s just the start of possible gift ideas for comic-book fans this year.

Graphic novels

“Avengers vs. X-Men” from Marvel Comics retails for $75. The biggest crossover of the year is collected in

an oversized hardcover edition from Marvel Comics. The Avengers, including Captain America, Iron Man and Thor, face off against the X-Men, including Cyclops and Emma Frost, in this storyline that topped the sales charts this summer. The hardcover collects “Avengers vs. X-Men” 0-12; the AVX Point One story; “AVX: VS” 1-6 and “Avengers vs. X-Men: Infinite” 1, 6 and 10.

Ed Brubaker’s crime drama “Scene of the Crime,” originally published by Vertigo, is back in a sharp hardcover edition from Image Comics. Extras include the original proposal for the series from Brubaker, and additional art from series artists Michael Lark and Sean Phillips. The book retails for $24.99.

Chris Ware’s “Building Stories” is perhaps more than a graphic novel — the large box contains 14 different items that make up the overlapping stories of people living in the same building. The book has a suggested retail price of $50.

Books

Two recently released books about comics offer behind-the-scenes glimpses at comics history.

Superman: The High-Flying History of America’s Most Enduring Hero by Larry Tye follows the

creation of the Man of Steel by a pair of Cleveland teenagers, and traces the history of the hero from the 1930s to today.

Marvel Comics: The Untold Story by Sean Howe traces the company responsible for Captain America, Spider-Man, the Hulk and more back to its earliest days in the 1930s through its revival in the 1960s under Stan Lee, to its box-office ubiquity now, with a warts-and-all presentation of the ups and downs along the way. The suggested retail price for the hardcover is $26.99.

And more

Kohl’s is offering Superman cufflinks for the well-heeled Superman fan. The silver-tone cufflinks are .75 inches in length. The cufflinks have a suggested retail price of $60.

“Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth,” $49.99 for Xbox Kinect and Wii U, features Marvel heroes including Iron Man and Captain America in a game based on the Marvel Comics storyline “Secret Invasion.”

Action figure collectors with space to spare will likely enjoy the playset “Marvel’s The Avengers S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier.” Based on the flying base from the Marvel film, the mobile battle station is more than 3 feet long and has space for more than 30 3.75” Marvel figures. The boxed version of the Helicarrier includes a Captain America figure and five firing missiles.

To see more comics-related gift guide suggestions, go to http://blog.newsok.com/nerdage/tag/gift-guide-2012

- By Matthew Price
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Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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