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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That's the one! I love her in that -beautiful brave and confident showing great solo-potential even then! I highly recommend that appearance for all those 'composer's that bought her Omnibus to be um... a completist.

Richard Willis said:

Richard Mantle said:

I have that Omnibus and while it is good it is NOT complete! There is an early appearance in original-fishnets & mask look from Captain Marvel (#10 ish - I'd have to look it up) is missing and really annoys me.

This review site has Black Widow acting as a SHIELD agent in Captain Marvel #12. GCD fails to mention her appearance. This is just before she lost the fishnets.

By a happy coincidence, I am slowly going through my old longboxes and have the one with Captain Marvel out. #12 (Ap'69) does indeed have the Black Widow in it. She's a guest star but does not encounter Mar-Vell as he battles the android Man-Slayer. She does help defeat it though but she is captured by its unseen creator later revealed to be the Mad Thinker.

The issue ends with the Sultry Spy as a captive and she never reappears in Captain MarvelHer story immediately continues in Avengers #63 (Ap'69) where she is rescued from the Mad Thinker, Puppet Master and Egghead by Hawkeye who becomes the new Goliath!

However there's nothing in Captain Marvel to direct readers to Avengers!

I was pretty sure someone must have answered that question by now,  Thanks.

Captain Comics said:


I assume this is material originally intended for the now-canceled Justice League of America Bronze Age Omnibus Vol. 3, which I assume everyone reading this would rather have. Some quick observations:

  • Good news: This book picks up right after Justice League of America Bronze Age Vol. 2, which ended with JLA #146.
  • Bad news: An Omnibus usually has 40-45 issues for around $100 (a price which almost no one pays, with all the discount houses around). Which is a bargain. This book is 13 issues for $70. You could buy the originals for less.

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