It looks like DC Comics are using the Omnibus format as their current way to collect classic material in chronological order. In the past, there have been the Archives series (hardcover, full color), the Showcase Presents series (softcover, black and white, usually twice the page count of an Archive), and the Chronicles series (softcover, full color, smaller page count than an Archive). In the past few years, all of these lines have been quietly shuttered, and now DC is releasing Omnibus collections in both hardcover and softcover formats.
As you would expect, the Omnibus hardcovers are huge. Two Silver Age volumes collected the first 76 issues of JLA (along with Brave and Bold 28-30 and Mystery in Space 75), for example. Earlier this year, DC released JLA: The Bronze Age Omnibus Volume 1, collecting JLA # 77-113. That's almost half of the original series collected in this way, which for a fan like me is great news. The JLA Archives had 10 volumes, collected the first 93 issues, and the first volume and last volume were released twenty-two years apart. The first JLA Omnibus came out in 2014.
DC is also releasing these collections in trade paperbacks with a smaller page count than the hardcovers. The great thing is that these TPBs collect more issues than the Archives did! The material collected in the first JLA Silver Age Omnibus has all been released in 3 TPBs.
I have the first JLA Silver Age TPB, and I loved it! I also have the first JLA Showcase Presents, but I find that without color, I just don't enjoy the stories as much as I could. Actually, I find I enjoy most Silver Age comics more in color versus reading them in Showcase Presents and Essential Marvel.
I wonder how many of the rest of you are buying and reading these Omnibus collections, and what you think of the format.
I'm usually just a lurker here, but frankly I perversely think this is a good thing, as now I'll be able to stop buying more books ;-). IMO most of the good stuff has already been reprinted, except for the lesser appreciated GA stories that are unlikely to ever get reprinted. I find myself often buying new omnibuses (for which I'm on record as hating their giant unwieldy page count), and simply just skimming through the stories which don't really require much attention, buying them only because of the completist collector gene that probably everyone here has. I'm frankly at the age now, where I'm thinking my time would be better spent rereading old stories that I know are good, than worrying about the Atom getting married. But that could just be me.
The woman in the pillbox hat is Carol Ferris as she standing next to Hal Jordan.
The man between Aquaman and the Flash is actually Captain Comet as Adam Blake. He was invited because of his help in Super Team Family #13. He doesn't get the floating hero treatment despite being an honorary JLAer.
Snapper Carr, J'onn J'onzz, Adam Strange and Zatanna should have been invited as well. A nice touch would have been if Al (The Earth-Two Atom) Pratt was there.
I guess Clark and Bruce went alone unless one of them was paired with Diana.
Just saw a solicitation for GA Batman Omnibus v8, through 1953.
Doctor Hmmm? said:
That one was originally solicited for this spring, pulled and then recently resolicited for August. I'm glad, because I'm enjoying the run.
Incidentally, I got that info from the Bud's Art Books catalog. I catch info from as many public sources as I can, and evaluate their reliability over time by how often they are correct. Bud's is a very good source, because they only offer things they can deliver, in my experience. And it often contradicts -- and undersells -- the usual sources, like Amazon and In Stock Trades.
Sometimes it offers things that all the other sources don't, as the product is in prose or is an art book. I'm not always interested, but I'm glad to know these things exist.
If any of you have a source you'd like contribute, I'm all ears!