Would U Buy It #77: "ACP: Dial 'H' For Hero, Vol. 2"

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We all have trade paperback (TPB) collections we'd like to see. Here's one of mine:

Proposed Title:Adventure Comics Presents: Dial "H" For Hero, Vol. 2.
Alternate Title:Dial "H" For Hero, Vol. 2.
Collecting 23 Issues:New Adventures of Superboy #28-49 (Dial H back-ups only), #50 (full issue).
Covers: (click to enlarge)
TPB Cover: Original Cover.

When Dial "H" For Hero ended its run in Adventure Comics, it showed up 2 months later, teaming up with Superman in DC Comics Presents #44, and backing up The New Adventures of Superboy, starting in #28. Chris King & Vicki Grant ran all the way through to #49, where the writers wrapped things up very nicely, connecting Chris & Vicki's dials to the original H-Dial, giving that H-Dial to Nick Stevens, and showing us that previous Dialer Robby Reed had been in the background of this series all along. Sockamagee!

To top all that, the next issue of New Adventures of Superboy gave us a story where Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes had to deal with a 30th century crook who stole one of the H-Dials from a museum and travelled back in time, finding a way to dial "V" for villain. It was a nice full circle moment, as this version of Dial H was first previewed in Legion of Super-Heroes #272. The back-ups provided some favorites in Miss Hourglass, Great Jupiter, Naiad (a name DC reused later), the Disc Jockey, Circumference, and a whole load of villains that Chris & Vicki fought in the final tale of this run.

I'd go with the title Adventure Comics Presents: Dial "H" For Hero, Vol. 2, just to be consistent with my previous TPB suggestion of ACP: Dial "H" For Hero, Vol. 1. I couldn't remember if the back-ups were eight or sixteen pages, but if they were eight, this volume would come in somewhere between 190 to 200 pages, but I think it would be well worth it to collect it all in one volume. If they were sixteen pages each, then two volumes would be necessary, and I would simply add a Vol. 3 to this suggestion.

For the cover, these Superboy covers just won't do. An original cover would be necessary.

Would you buy it? Let me know in the comments, and thanks for reading.


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Thanks again!

#1 Posted by kfhrfdu_89_76k (4109 posts) - - Show Bio

Humh. I would maybe read a few reviews of it, and then decide if to buy it or not.

Yeah, sure I could. Seems to be interesting.

#2 Posted by cbishop (7572 posts) - - Show Bio

@kfhrfdu_89_76k: I have mixed feelings about this one and Vol. 1. I think realistically, if DC was ever going to reprint this material, it would have to be in one oversized hardcover, which would probably price it out of the range of anyone interested in buying it. I would love to see it in the 2 TPB's I suggested, but I honestly don't think it would sell very well like that. It's a shame though, because the series was great fun.

#3 Posted by kfhrfdu_89_76k (4109 posts) - - Show Bio


Isn`t there a Showcase presents-volume for it?

#4 Posted by cbishop (7572 posts) - - Show Bio

@kfhrfdu_89_76k: The Showcase Presents: Dial H For Hero volume is of the Robby Reed material. It predates the Chris King/ Vicki Grant material talked about in this blog, but is great fun. I wouldn't mind seeing a Showcase volume (or volumes) for the Chris/ Vicki stuff, but I always hope for a color version, rather than black & white. :)

#5 Posted by kfhrfdu_89_76k (4109 posts) - - Show Bio


Yeah, me too.

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