The Showcase Presents Collected Editions from DC Comics are ideal for budding comic book and superhero fans for a few reasons:
- They’re all in black and white, so they can double as coloring books after they’ve been read, either by you or your child, depending on their age.
- The books are relatively inexpensive. You get roughly 500 pages for about $15, which is much more economical than purchasing new comics. You may pay $4 for 26 pages of a regular comic. Granted, those are more collectible, but if there’s not a chance the comics will survive at this age, the thicker book with the option to color in the pages is a better bet. Just a side note: you can get colorful, glossy Collected Editions, but they’re around $50 or $60, hardback, and have half as many pages. Those are the ones you’ll want to keep for yourself (or your spouse).
- The books are, overall, going to be non-violent and contain less mature content than current comic books, as the collections include copies of comics that were published between 1938 and 1972. You’ll still want to flip through and check before handing them over though. For example, very early Batman comics were fairly violent and got less violent as they progressed toward the 1970s (they’re back to being somewhat violent again now).
If your kid has a favorite character from the DC universe, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to find one of these books for him or her. Options include Superman, the Green Lantern, Teen Titans, Aquaman, Jonah Hex, and more.
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