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2010 Steve Englehart Reading Guide

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The other day I listed the Greatest Steve Englehart Stories Ever Told (as voted on by you, the fans), and I noticed that a good portion of commenters were curious about what collections they could read to get the acclaimed Englehart stories.

So I figured I would make a reading guide of all the books that are readily available at book stores (or online) that feature Englehart’s legendary comic book output.

Enjoy!

First off, Englehart’s most recent works have been in novels (and it appears as though this medium will keep him busy for the foreseeable future, as well), as Tor Books has re-issued Englehart’s great 1981 novel, The Point Man (an excellent read for any fans of Englehart’s Doctor Strange stories), about a man exploring the world of magick.


The Tor re-issue goes along with Englehart returning to the character of Max August from The Point Man, and now seeing Max deal with the fact that he has become immortal. He is basically the same age now as he was in the mid-80s, and, of course, he’s also caught up in various drama and action involved with the world of magick.

The first new Max August book is called The Long Man and it just came out (I have not read it myself).


At least three more books are scheduled in the Max August series, so Englehart will be a busy novel-writing bee for the awhile. Hopefully for us comic fans he has a chance to come back to comics some time in the future!

As to his comics work, I’ll list the titles that have notable Englehart collections in alphabetical order.

AVENGERS

Pretty much the entirety of Englehart’s Avengers run is collected in these three editions of Essential Avengers.




NOTE: These are black and white/phonebook style collections.

One of Englehart’s early major stories on the Avengers was the Avengers/Defenders War (#5 on the Greatest Englehart Stories Ever Told list).

That story is currently collected in the above Essential Avengers Volume 5, but it also is collected in the Essential Defenders Volume 1 (also black and white/phonebook style).


That story by itself is collected in (in color) in a Premiere Hardcover from Marvel (there’s also an out of print softcover, but the hardcover is probably cheaper right now)


Englehart’s next major Avengers storyline, The Celestial Madonna, which ranked #1 on the Greatest Stories Ever Told list, is collected in softcover from Marvel (I am unsure if it is currently in print, though)…


His next major storyline, The Serpent Crown, which ranked #4 on the Greatest Stories Ever Told list, is collected in softcover from Marvel (and is currently in print)…


CAPTAIN AMERICA

The entirety of Englehart’s Captain America run is collected in two volumes of the Essential Captain America…



NOTE: These are black and white/phonebook style collections.

His Secret Empire storyline, which ranked #2 on the Greatest Stories Ever Told list, is collected in softcover from Marvel…


The followup to the Secret Empire, Nomad, which ranked #12 on the Greatest Stories Ever Told list, is collected in softcover from Marvel…


COYOTE

Steve Englehart’s creator-owned series has been collected into five separate softcovers by Image Comics – these comics (which include the first professional work by Todd McFarlane) have been remastered by Englehart.






DETECTIVE COMICS

Englehart’s famous run on Detective Comics, ranked #2 on the Greatest Stories Ever Told list, is collected in softcover by DC Comics…


Years later, Englehart and Rogers reunited for a sequel, which is also in softcover by DC Comics…


DOCTOR STRANGE

The entirety of Englehart’s Doctor Strange run is collected in two volumes of the Essential Doctor Strange…



NOTE: These are black and white/phonebook style collections.

In addition, Englehart’s Marvel Premiere run on Doctor Strange, which included the stories ranked #15 and #9 on the Greatest Stories Ever Told list, was collected in softcover by Marvel.


HULK

Englehart’s run on the Incredible Hulk is collected in one volume of the Essential Incredible Hulk.


NOTE: The Essentials are black and white/phonebook style collections.

JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA

For some bizarre reason, DC has only collected issue of Englehart’s short, but awesome, run on Justice League of America.

Rectify that, DC!!

Rectify it!!!!!!!!!!!!!

LUKE CAGE, HERO FOR HIRE

Englehart’s run on Luke Cage (which includes the famous/infamous “Where’s my money, honey?” scene between Luke Cage and Doctor Doom) is collected in one volume of the Essential Luke Cage, Power Man.


NOTE: The Essentials are black and white/phonebook style collections.

SILVER SURFER

The first 21 issues of Englehart’s Silver Surfer run, including the story ranked #10 on the Greatest Stories Ever Told list, are collected in one volume of the Essential Silver Surfer.


NOTE: The Essentials are black and white/phonebook style collections.

VISION AND SCARLET WITCH

The wedding of the Vision and Scarlet Witch (written by Englehart and collected in the above Essential Avengers plus the Avengers: Celestial Madonna softcover) is collected in softcover along with the first Vision and Scarlet Witch mini-series.


The second Vision and Scarlet Witch mini-series, written by Englehart, will be released in June 2010. This collection includes the crossover with Englehart’s West Coast Avengers that featured on a number of voters’ ballots for the Greatest Stories Ever Told (not enough to make the Top 15, but still!).


That’s your reading guide – go get some of the above books! All of the Essential volumes, by the way, are in print and available to order from your local comic book shop!