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.
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 3-D, 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 Tuesday with a suggested retail price of $35.99; the box set of the “Dark Knight Trilogy” on Blu-ray retails at $52.99. For even more Bat-action, the animated feature “Batman: The Dark Knight Returns” 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.
“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.
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, Ohio, 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.
Kohl's is offering Superman cuff links for the well-heeled Superman fan. The silvertone cuff links are 3/4 inch in length. The cuff links 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 battle station is more than 3 feet long and has space for more than 30 3.75-inch Marvel figures. The boxed version of the Helicarrier includes a Captain America figure and five firing missiles.