Anthony’s Marvel and DC Comics picks for March 2019

Here’s a look at what Marvel and DC Comics are releasing for March 2019.

DC Comics

A full list of solicitations is available here.

Comics

  • Looney Tunes #248, on sale March 27, $3
  • Scooby-Doo Team-Up #47, on sale March 27, $3

Trade paperbacks/graphic novels

  • DC Super Hero Girls: Spaced Out, on sale May 29, $10

Marvel

A full list of solicitations is available here.

Comics

  • Magnificent Ms. Marvel #1, $4
  • Champions #3, $4
  • Miles Morales: Spider-Man #4, $4
  • Shuri #6, $4
  • Black Panther #10, $4
  • Ironheart #4, $4
  • Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #41, $4
  • The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #42, $4
  • Marvel Rising #1 (of 5), $4
  • Captain America #9, $4

Trade paperbacks/graphic novels

  • Shuri, vol. 1: The Search for Black Panther, $16
  • The Unstoppable Wasp: Unlimited, $16

Comments

Kamala Khan’s title is being relaunched this month, under new writer Saladin Ahmed, as “The Magnificent Ms. Marvel.” This gives Kamala an adjective-containing descriptive title like “The Amazing Spider-Man” and “The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl.”

Speaking of Doreen, this month marks the 50th issue of her having an ongoing comic. As the solicitation sarcastically notes, “Squirrel Girl” ran for eight issues before being renumbered later that year with a new #1. (Because Marvel’s book relaunches are both out of control and a clearly lazy sales crutch.)

An actual “Marvel Rising” miniseries (versus a confusing series of one-shot titles) is launching this month, headlining Doreen and Kamala.

DC humor titles (and Canadian cartoon stereotypes)

“Looney Tunes” this month features minor villain Blacque Jacque Shellacque, who’s basically a stereotypical French Canadian lumberjack version of Yosemite Sam.

Before the 80s/90s, Canadian stereotypes in American cartoons were usually either like Blacque Jacque (French Canadians, often lumberjacks or gold prospectors) or Dudley Do-Right (Mounties). I think shows like “SCTV” (and its “Great White North” segments) changed Canada’s image to Americans. Since the 90s, most fictional portrayals of Canada in comedies lean more on accents (exaggerated use of “eh”), Canada’s societal aspects (universal health care, legalizing gay marriage years before the US did, the metric system, etc.), or an obsession with hockey.

“Scooby-Doo Team-Up” this month features Magilla Gorilla.

“Detective Comics” hits its 1000th issue

Detective Comics #1000
“Detective Comics” #1000. Art by Jim Lee.

After decades of publication, “Detective Comics” finally reaches issue #1000 this month. Like “Action Comics,” DC is publishing an extra-sized special edition for the “Detective” series, featuring artwork/various stories from a range of writers and artists.

“Detective” has the title of being the longest-running currently-published American comic book, launching back in 1937. (Batman didn’t appear until issue #27 in 1939.) Originally an anthology title, it’s been headlined by Batman since his debut. “Detective” has also featured a range of backup characters over the years; some noteworthy characters include:

  • Roy Raymond, the “TV Detective,” who first appeared in issue #153 (November 1949), and had a backup feature in the 40s and 50s. Raymond’s shtick was the same as “Mythbusters”—debunking various things on his TV show. Raymond appeared a few years ago in “Scooby-Doo Team-Up.”
  • The Martian Manhunter, who debuted in “Detective Comics” #225 (November 1955).
  • The Elongated Man and Sue Dibny, who had a backup run in the 60s.

Despite “Detective”‘s impressive run, the most published American comic isn’t a DC or Marvel book. That’d be Dell’s “Four Color Comics,” a series that ran for over 1,300 issues between 1939 and 1962.

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