DC's Omnibus line - Golden, Silver, and Bronze Age collections

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.

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Releasing next Wed, Oct 10, 2018:

ABSOLUTE KINGDOM COME HC (New Edition)

Collects Kingdom Come #1-4

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: INVINCIBLE IRON MAN HC VOL 11

Collects Iron Man #82-94 and Annual #3-4

QUASAR TPB: COSMOS IN COLLISION

Collects Quasar #10-25

(In case you're wondering, a Quasar Classic TPB was released in 2012, collecting Quasar #1-9 and some other material)

I've found file cabinets work better for me (provided the drawers are large enough)—much easier to get stuff out of a bottom drawer.

Back when Agents of SHIELD first hit the TV, I was stunned to discover Marvel didn't have anything, even an essentials, with the original Strange Tales run. I know the Steranko run is the one that draws more attention (and was in print) but how do you pass up that opportunity? Eventually I bought a Marvel Masterworks used when I had a chunk of cash to splurge with.

Captain Comics said:

I'm tempted to get TOD just because I'll probably sell the floppies someday. But I won't, unless I'm sure there's going to be a volume two to finish the series. Marvel's publishing plan is baffling in that regard. Take Dr. Strange, for example -- the first omnibus and all the existing Masterworks cover essentially the same material, all of Strange Tales and some of the first solo series. Then they jump to the Roy Thomas material (the fourth solo series, I think), then jump again to the modern era, leaving huge chunks un-reprinted.

That Darkhold book is one of the things I find so awesome in this Golden Age or Reprints. If I was going to research the Darkhold, I'd have all the issues to do it, and Wikipedia to tell me which ones I want. But I have close to 300 longboxes stacked 4-5 high and I've already injured an arm once moving longboxes. And, in fact, that situation arose, when the Darkhold appeared on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. -- and I didn't do it and wrote about something that didn't require so much physical labor. But the Omnibus pulls it all together for me.

I ordered the Hellstorm omnibus on the strength of a description (somewhere) that the Satana series would be included. Never heard of it? That's because Marvel balked at publishing it. So Ellis turned it into his Strange Kiss series. But the description above doesn't include iit -- or enough issues for an omnibus. What gives?

Kirby's instalments were packed with great visuals, like the Helicarrier, the flying cars, and Hydra's Busby Berkeley choreography. They're what made the feature special, I think.

I certainly enjoyed it. Particularly their handling of the Fury/Sitwell relationship.

Luke Blanchard said:

Kirby's instalments were packed with great visuals, like the Helicarrier, the flying cars, and Hydra's Busby Berkeley choreography. They're what made the feature special, I think.

John Dunbar said:

SWAMP THING: THE BRONZE AGE OMNIBUS TPB VOL 1

Collects House of Secrets #92 and Swamp Thing (1972) #1-13

Sadly, Bernie Wrightson's last issue was #10. I enjoyed Nestor Redondo's art, but Wrightson was in his own category.

Fraser Sherman said:

Back when Agents of SHIELD first hit the TV, I was stunned to discover Marvel didn't have anything, even an essentials, with the original Strange Tales run. I know the Steranko run is the one that draws more attention (and was in print) but how do you pass up that opportunity?

I think that the people in charge at Marvel didn't know what to do with the original series since Nick Fury had been reinvented as Samuel L. Jackson.

I'm still expecting Aquaman to be killed off and replaced by the movie version or at least, transformed into him! 

Aqua-Who, anyone?

Richard Willis said:

Fraser Sherman said:

Back when Agents of SHIELD first hit the TV, I was stunned to discover Marvel didn't have anything, even an essentials, with the original Strange Tales run. I know the Steranko run is the one that draws more attention (and was in print) but how do you pass up that opportunity?

I think that the people in charge at Marvel didn't know what to do with the original series since Nick Fury had been reinvented as Samuel L. Jackson.

Possibly. I think we're past the point at which people assume the comics will be just like the movies/TV, but maybe Marvel's not convinced.

Richard Willis said:

Fraser Sherman said:

Back when Agents of SHIELD first hit the TV, I was stunned to discover Marvel didn't have anything, even an essentials, with the original Strange Tales run. I know the Steranko run is the one that draws more attention (and was in print) but how do you pass up that opportunity?

I think that the people in charge at Marvel didn't know what to do with the original series since Nick Fury had been reinvented as Samuel L. Jackson.

God, yes. Rereading them a while back, he remains the definitive Swamp Thing artist for me.

Richard Willis said:

John Dunbar said:

SWAMP THING: THE BRONZE AGE OMNIBUS TPB VOL 1

Collects House of Secrets #92 and Swamp Thing (1972) #1-13

Sadly, Bernie Wrightson's last issue was #10. I enjoyed Nestor Redondo's art, but Wrightson was in his own category.

Has anyone seen this book yet? DC Comics Before Superman: Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson's Pulp Comics. I'll probably get it, unless someone tells me it's awful.

I've seen it. I didn't see it when it was originally solicited so I didn't pre-order, therefore I didn't buy it... at least not yet. It's about archive size, no dust jacket, smooth cover. There are lots of comic book stories reprinted within, on slick paper. It is of definite historic interest, probably more educational than entertaining. It depends on you tastes. It's not as interesting (to me) as the upcoming Detective Comics Before Batman, but it is similar.

Thanx, that's what I expected. I am a sucker for that "historically interesting" stuff.

Jeff of Earth-J said:

I've seen it. I didn't see it when it was originally solicited so I didn't pre-order, therefore I didn't buy it... at least not yet. It's about archive size, no dust jacket, smooth cover. There are lots of comic book stories reprinted within, on slick paper. It is of definite historic interest, probably more educational than entertaining. It depends on you tastes. It's not as interesting (to me) as the upcoming Detective Comics Before Batman, but it is similar.

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