Last year I made the best purchasing decision of my life. I bought the DCU 10th Anniversary Collection on Blu-ray. It consist of 30 movies and all the DC Showcase Shorts. It’s a beautiful set and if you can find it I can definitely recommend it.
But what really makes this special is the bonus content. DC does a great job in connecting the films to the source material. And in a lot of ways that’s the creators themselves. Most of the films do include interviews of the creators, and heck, they even got Frank Miller to do them on Batman: the Dark Knight Returns. It’s a very impressive feat and it was a blast to get to know a lot of stuff that I missed. You really get to know a lot about the comic book industry and how the sausage is made.
But the reason for this post is I just finished Teen Titans: The Judas Contract, the second to last movie in the DCU 10th Anniversary Collection. By far the best thing about that Teen Titans disc is this double interview they do of Marv Wolfman and George Perez who relaunched the series, and created Nightwing, Deathstroke, and Tara Markov. It’s such a touching interview and I really almost teared up in the middle when they were discussing their friendship and the great times they had. These are superstars. They are legends. I knew them as a child from their Superman run. Plus as a kid the name Marv Wolfman really stands out. And now I want to buy the original Judas Contract run. Which I guess is doable.
Based on my research from mycomicshop.com:
New Teen Titans 42 VF – $9.60
New Teen Titans 43 VF – $9.60
New Teen Titans 44 VF/NM – $86.00
New Teen Titans Annual 3 VF – $8.00
Grand TOTAL: $113.20
There you go, pretty reasonable I guess considering the number of first appearances and the importance of this story in comic book history.
But again, the interviews are fantastic. I hunted a bit on YouTube to find them and sadly the Marv Wolfman and George Perez isn’t available. So you just need to buy the Blu-ray and the interview is enough reason to do just that. In the meantime here are some of the other notable ones found on the disc that I really enjoyed.
The dinner one with Kevin Conroy is great and you also get a bit of history on Batman: The Animated Series. I wish they did more like this but this is the only one with a dinner like conversation in the set.
Dinner with DCU and Special Guest Kevin Conroy (Part 1)
Dinner with DCU and Special Guest Kevin Conroy (Part 2)
Dinner with DCU and Special Guest Kevin Conroy (Part 3)
Dinner with DCU and Special Guest Kevin Conroy (Part 4)
This Grant Morrison one is super interesting because he goes into a bit of detail on his creative process and how he works. He’s also a really good artist and did some of the most memorable images himself. Very impressive.
All Star Superman Grant Morrison Featurette
This one is cool because who doesn’t like Dennis O’Neil? I didn’t know that he’s responsible for the more gritty take on Batman, moving him more to reality in the seventies. Plus you get some cool remarks from a young Scott Snyder during his New 52 run. It’s funny seeing how a bit meek he is and now he’s a superstar himself.