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2010 Steve Englehart Reading Guide

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!

26 Comments

Thanks Brian! That is helpful.

And for the interested, I posted a series of quick reviews for the entirety of Engelhart’s CAPTAIN AMERICA run on the GREATEST ENGELHART STORIES EVER TOLD list. Yes, I am that shameless.

You know, I need to constantly remind myself that his name is spelled Englehart, not Engelhart, dammit!

I’m glad to say I have the Celestial Madonna TPB and read parts of the Serpent Crown Saga. I’ll need to get Essential Avengers #4 before I tackle his Avengers run, but it looks great!

Where the heck is COYOTE? The original story in collaboration with Marshall Rogers is fairly masterful storytelling…but those two issues drawn by Steve Leialoha are nothing short of sublime. Those two issues are two of my favorite comic books of all time.

Where the heck is COYOTE? The original story in collaboration with Marshall Rogers is fairly masterful storytelling…but those two issues drawn by Steve Leialoha are nothing short of sublime. Those two issues are two of my favorite comic books of all time.

Fair point! I was just going with the stuff that made the Greatest Stories Ever Told list, but you’re right, Coyote deserves to be mentioned, as well. And now it is! Thanks!

I gather the Celestial Madonna reprint from Marvel does not include her pivotal appearance in Justice League of America #142, or Scorpio Rose #2? ;->

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mantis_(Marvel_Comics)#DC_Comics:_Willow

It does not, Mike, but Scorpio Rose #2 IS collected in the Coyote collections!

that’s a lot of really great comics

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There’s an essential with his Hulk run as well.

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There’s an essential with his Hulk run as well.

Fair enough – I’ll add that and the Luke Cage one, too!

Thanks for posting this! I’d love to see more lists along the same lines with slightly less popular creators.

i haven’t read too many entire runs by Steve — some Avengers, some Captain America, some of Vision and Scarlet Witch, and one issue here and there of a bunch of his other books. but i have read the entirety of his Luke Cage run and i personally think it’s his best work.

Are the essentials in color?

No, but the art looks better in the b&w reprints to the colour ones-I’ve owned both.

Extremely sad that Englehart’s AMAZING run on West Coast Avengers is not available in reprints (and hence, I presume, why it was not on your list).
The “Lost In Space-Time” arc was one of the most fun arcs I have ever read in comics. And his entire WCA run is notable due to the fact that, for a good period of time, it actually outsold the flagship Avengers title, which at that time was written by no less than Roger Stern!

Scott Rowland

May 11, 2010 at 1:24 pm

Is his Beast run available in an X-Men Essentials? I really enjoyed that run, short though it was.

I second Sam’s comment about the West Coast Avengers. That was a really good period for Avengers fans, with Englehart and Stern writing the two books. It was a sad day when they both left/were pushed to leave.

I’m jazzed that the Vision/Witch series is getting reprinted, soon, though!

Can you clarify what was or was not collected of Englehart’s JLA run? The text currently there is unclear, like some words are missing.

Not Cronin but…

According to Mike’s Amazing World of DC Comics

http://www.dcindexes.com/reprints/reprints.php?series=1234

Exactly one issue has been collected – # 146, in the “Justice League of America Hereby Elects…” Trade.

Yeah, that’s the name of the book. I’m sorry too.

There are also quite a few Englehart stories in the Essentials B&W edition of the old “Super-Villain Team-Up”, which also features several awesome Dr. Doom solo stories by no less than Roy Thomas and Wally Wood!! Talk about sublime. Also included is the one issue I always show people when they ask me “why is Dr. Doom cool?”, which is #12, “Death Duel!”, which is a whole issue of just Doom vs. the Red Skull alone on the moon kicking the crap out of each other, and guess who wins! Written by Bill Mantlo, very nice at by Bob Hall. “Crawling, venomous SLIME!! You DARE mention my physical appearance? You DARE??!” “The Red Skull dares anything, Doom!”

kisskissbangbang

May 11, 2010 at 10:31 pm

Just wanted to mention, in reference to Englehart’s Luke Cage run, the start of the second part of the Muerte issues. Cage is chained to the bottom of a sewer as the tide comes in and has to escape; of all the tributes & homages to the immortal Spider-Man 33 (Peter pinned below immense machinery as the building floods), this is my favorite.

Does my heart good to see all the interest in Englehart’s works. He’s been one of my favorites since I discovered his West Coast Avengers and Fantastic Four as a kid.

Great writer, and a sad sample of someone the comic industry has been far meaner than it should have.

Is his Beast run available in an X-Men Essentials? I really enjoyed that run, short though it was.

Essential Classic X-Men v3 has the Beast’s solo stuff in Amazing Adventures #11-17 in it. Some of them are also in Essential Avengers v6

Stephen Moody

May 12, 2010 at 4:02 am

In the early 80′s a company called FantaCo produced a series of chronicles, there was a Daredevil, a Fantastic Four and some others, but the best one was on the Avengers…it had a great George Perez cover and featured interviews with various creators and articles on different eras of the Avengers, it also had some great artwork by the likes of Michael Golden and John Byrne. Where am I going with this, well there was a long and comprehensive interview with Steve Englehart, mainly about his classic Avengers run and about his falling out with Marvel(before he returned to write West Coast Avengers etc) it’s a great read for anyone with a love for Englehart’s 70′s Marvel work.

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