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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Replacing JLA Bronze Age Omnibus on the schedule is JLA: The Wedding of the Atom and Jean Loring, reprinting JLA #149-158 and Super-Team Family #13-14, solicited for February 5 release.

No dimensions are given, only that it’s a $70, 416 page hardcover. If it’s the same size as the omnibus series, I guess I can live with that.

Following the complete Bill Everett GA Sub-Mariner and the complete GA Simon & Kirby editions comes a complete Carl Burgos GA Human Torch omnibus completing the set of Timely’s “Big Three” for November release.

While I’m here, I’ll also mention that, following the HUGE Kirby is… Fantastic! and Kirby is… Mighty! hardcovers, comes Ditko is… Amazing! solicited for December release.

That doesn't seem like 416 pages.

Jeff of Earth-J said:

Replacing JLA Bronze Age Omnibus on the schedule is JLA: The Wedding of the Atom and Jean Loring, reprinting JLA #149-158 and Super-Team Family #13-14, solicited for February 5 release.

No dimensions are given, only that it’s a $70, 416 page hardcover. If it’s the same size as the omnibus series, I guess I can live with that.

Justice League of America and Super Team Family which had full-length stories were both 52 Page "Giants" at the time so the page count is accurate. They should have included STF #11-12 as well as they started the Atom/Jean Loring story arc. It actually crossed over into Secret Society of Super-Villains #10 where Jean was captured by Star Sapphire II and the Creeper!

The Atom was the "third" hero in these team-ups that included:

#11- The Flash & Supergirl (got a wedding invite out of it)

#12- Green Lantern & Hawkman

#13- Aquaman & Captain Comet (also got a wedding invite!)

#14- Wonder Woman vs the Secret Society 

Good grief, I forgot JLA was larger than usual. You're quite right.

Fraser

Philip Portelli said:

Justice League of America and Super Team Family which had full-length stories were both 52 Page "Giants" at the time so the page count is accurate. They should have included STF #11-12 as well as they started the Atom/Jean Loring story arc. It actually crossed over into Secret Society of Super-Villains #10 where Jean was captured by Star Sapphire II and the Creeper!

The Atom was the "third" hero in these team-ups that included:

#11- The Flash & Supergirl (got a wedding invite out of it)

#12- Green Lantern & Hawkman

#13- Aquaman & Captain Comet (also got a wedding invite!)

#14- Wonder Woman vs the Secret Society 

Now Amazon says this has been rescheduled for July 9. Hopefully this doesn't mean that Marvel is having second thoughts.

Richard Willis said:

I just found out that the Not Brand Echh Complete Collection is being released in paperback on June 18. This is good news for those of us who didn't want to take out a loan to buy the scarce hardcover version.

As the last JLA Bronze Age Omnibus (v2) ended with #146..... what's up with #147-148?

Jeff of Earth-J said:

Replacing JLA Bronze Age Omnibus on the schedule is JLA: The Wedding of the Atom and Jean Loring, reprinting JLA #149-158 and Super-Team Family #13-14, solicited for February 5 release.

No dimensions are given, only that it’s a $70, 416 page hardcover. If it’s the same size as the omnibus series, I guess I can live with that.

I noticed that, too. #147-148 was the annual JLA/JSA team-up and also included the LSH. Perhaps those issues are slated for another JSA- or LSH-themed collection...? (Also, those issues are in the midst of the Steve Englehart run, but are written by Paul Levitz IIRC.)

Also, Batman: Golden Age Omnibus v7 ships today.

Despite the bulky weight, I've become a fan of the Omnibuses. Especially the sheer amount of comics they make easily available.

Jeff of Earth-J said:

I noticed that, too. #147-148 was the annual JLA/JSA team-up and also included the LSH. Perhaps those issues are slated for another JSA- or LSH-themed collection...? (Also, those issues are in the midst of the Steve Englehart run, but are written by Paul Levitz IIRC.)

Also, Batman: Golden Age Omnibus v7 ships today.

Somewhere I read that the initial info in wrong. 147 & 148 will be included.

Richard Mantle said:

As the last JLA Bronze Age Omnibus (v2) ended with #146..... what's up with #147-148?

Jeff of Earth-J said:

Replacing JLA Bronze Age Omnibus on the schedule is JLA: The Wedding of the Atom and Jean Loring, reprinting JLA #149-158 and Super-Team Family #13-14, solicited for February 5 release.

No dimensions are given, only that it’s a $70, 416 page hardcover. If it’s the same size as the omnibus series, I guess I can live with that.

Ah! Good.

Well, that's a horse of a different color!

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