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Dark Shadows: The Complete Series Volume 1 [Hardcover]

Donald J. Arneson , Arnold Drake


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Book Description

Aug. 25 2010
Hermes Press proudly announces the complete reprint of Gold Key Comics' graphic tie-in of the legendary, supernatural suspense television series, Dark Shadows, in a series of five hardcover volumes. The forerunner to today's immensely popular, vampire-themed television programs and theatrical films, Dark Shadows still garners serious attention as one of the most memorable TV shows of the last forty years. First published from 1968 to 1976, the 35 Gold Key comic books featured in this completely digitally restored collection present archetypal tales of vampires, werewolves, and the supernatural. In addition to reprinting the stories, Hermes Press will supplement each volume with poster art, pin-ups, and documentary material from the show, as well as essays about the history of Dark Shadows.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Hermes Press (Aug. 25 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932563458
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932563450
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 20.3 x 27.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 794 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #418,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A PARALLEL WORLD OF DARK SHADOWS Sept. 13 2010
By Charlie Gee - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
DARK SHADOWS returns again in this series of five books reprinting the original Gold Key comics from 1968 to 1976. Here is what you get: a seven-page introduction by Jeff Thompson discussing the tv-series and the history of the comics; the first seven issues reproduced in vivid color (including the photo pin-ups of Barnabas Collins and Angelique), along with full-page reproductions of each issue's cover; and a four-page photo/artwork section at the end. Also included is a full-page color reproduction of an Italian movie poster for HOUSE OF DARK SHADOWS. (Update: one disappointment - a few of the pages for Issue #1 are printed out of sequence. You can still piece the story together, but it's annoying.)

The genius of DARK SHADOWS was its willingness to delve into the world of the supernatural five times a week in an ongoing daytime drama. It brought to the fans a legion of unforgettable characters like Barnabas and Quentin Collins, Dr. Julia Hoffman, and the witch Angelique in a succession of story arches set in both the present and the past. Also genius was the writers' use of parallel time for this opened up an unlimited number of possible versions of Collinsport, Maine, where the series was set.

I prefer to think of much of the spin-off memorabilia, such as Marilyn Ross' series of paperback novels and this series of Gold Key comics, as parallel worlds of the DARK SHADOWS mythos. Just as on the show itself, the major characters listed above play an integral part in the plotlines of these comics, but the world itself is often very askew from the one on the show. For instance, don't expect to see many of the characters from the series such as Carolyn, David, or Maggie. Quentin doesn't transform into your typical werewolf; he's more of a hybrid from the Isle of Dr. Moreau. Barnabas "lives" at Collinwood instead of the Old House. Character inconsistencies abound throughout the series of 35 comics. Still, all the elements the fans enjoy remain, such as the people in peril needing Barnabas' help, the time traveling, and the take-offs on classic horror tales.

It's great that Hermes Press has chosen to reprint all the original comics. Obviously, this affords us fans the opportunity to gather these favored childhood treasures all in one place, in much better condition than the original comics are likely to be these days, and at an affordable price. Let's just hope that the release of the four remaining volumes goes more smoothly given the shaky debut of Volume 1.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This should have been perfect but... Sept. 5 2010
By Bob Short - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
After all the delays on releasing this wonderful comic book I expected better. This should have a five star review. The content, colouring, artwork... fantastic. The concept for the reprint... perfect. The binding, beautiful. It is when you realise that the pages in the first story are out of order, you wonder if anyone actually even bothered to look at it before they put it out. It's not a printing error. The page numbers are sequential. Someone unstapled the books to scan them and somehow put them down in the wrong order. It is a mistake that any decent editor should have picked up on. Even a drunken sot of an editor should have been able to spot it. This is a a premium priced product. Many of us have waited for years for a book like this. Please do better with Volume 2.

Meanwhile, when you read the story (and you should), when you get to page 16 read page 30 and then when you get to page 30 read page 16. The story will then make sense.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark Shadows, but not as we know it! May 29 2011
By A. KAPLAN - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Dark Shadows purists are probably going to have problems with this book. As stated in the introduction, it was written without any oversight from Dan Curtis Productions (producers of the TV show) by writers who weren't experts in the show. In fact, the stories don't even necessarily keep continuity between each other, much less between themselves and the show.

However, taken on its own terms, this is a nice collection of horror stories from the 60s and 70s, with really nice art by John Certa. While the stories may not fit in neatly between episodes of the TV series, they certainly capture the weird, Gothic tone of the show. Fans of comics of the period will enjoy this, as will fans of more esoteric Dark Shadows merchandise.

Unfortunately, two pages in the first story are transposed, which makes for a frustrating reading experience. Accidents and misprints happen, and the rest of the book is enjoyable enough that I'm willing to forgive this error. But I hope that future volumes will be produced with a bit more care and attention, as I certainly look forward to reading them.
5.0 out of 5 stars Yikes! May 1 2014
By michael randall - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
300$ for volume 1 ? Talk about fantasy. When this volume becomes available with a reality based price, I'd like to buy all 5 books. I love Dark Shadows
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT COMIC!!! Dec 5 2013
By Anthony J. Piazza - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Great comic, I loved the show..so glad I was able to find these, because they are hard to find a great collectible!!

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