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.

Views: 7864

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

We don't have a Marvel version of this thread, do we? So I'll put this here.

Bleeding Cool reports that Marvel is going to liquidate a bunch of Omniboo and Masterworks. So expect these books to suddenly become extremely cheap for a few months, before shooting up in price. (Because they'll be out of print.) 

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN HC VOL 02 2ND ED

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: ANT-MAN GIANT-MAN HC VOL 02

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: ATLAS ERA BATTLEFIELD HC VOL 01

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: ATLAS ERA HEROES HC VOL 01 NEW ED

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: ATLAS ERA HEROES HC VOL 02

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: ATLAS ERA HEROES HC VOL 03

DARK TOWER GUNSLINGER OMNIBUS HC SLIPCASE

MARVEL UNIVERSE BY JOHN BYRNE OMNIBUS HC

SPIDER-MAN CLONE SAGA OMNIBUS HC VOL 01

SQUADRON SUPREME CLASSIC OMNIBUS HC

AVENGERS BY BUSIEK AND PEREZ OMNIBUS HC VOL 02

ULTIMATE MARVEL OMNIBUS HC VOL 01

AVENGERS BY JOHN BYRNE OMNIBUS HC

GUARDIANS OF GALAXY SOLO CLASSIC OMNIBUS HC

NEW X-MEN OMNIBUS HC NEW PTG

POWERS OMNIBUS HC VOL 01 (MR)

CAPTAIN AMERICA OMNIBUS HC VOL 02 PACHECO CVR

WEREWOLF BY NIGHT OMNIBUS HC

WEREWOLF BY NIGHT OMNIBUS HC DM VAR ED

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN OMNIBUS HC VOL 01 NEW PTG

UNCANNY X-MEN OMNIBUS HC VOL 03 OPENA CVR

MARVEL FIRSTS 1990S OMNIBUS HC

DEADPOOL CLASSIC OMNIBUS HC VOL 01

CAPTAIN AMERICA OMNIBUS HC VOL 01 NEW PTG

MARVEL 75TH ANNIVERSARY OMNIBUS HC

X-MEN AGE OF APOCALYPSE OMNIBUS HC NEW PTG

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN OMNIBUS HC VOL 02 NEW PTG

DAREDEVIL BY MILLER AND JANSON OMNIBUS HC NEW PTG

UNCANNY X-MEN OMNIBUS HC VOL 02 NEW PTG

UNCANNY X-MEN OMNIBUS HC VOL 01 NEW PTG

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: CHAMPIONS HC VOL 01 DM VAR ED 229

HOWARD DUCK OMNIBUS HC

STAR WARS MARVEL YRS OMNIBUS HC VOL 03

SHIELD COMPLETE COLLECTION OMNIBUS HC ROSS CVR

AVENGERS OMNIBUS HC VOL 02 ROSS VAR

FANTASTIC FOUR BY MATT FRACTION OMNIBUS HC

SHANG-CHI MASTER KUNG FU OMNIBUS HC VOL 01

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: CHAMPIONS HC VOL 01

ANNIHILATION CONQUEST OMNIBUS HC

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: MIGHTY THOR HC VOL 15

GUARDIANS OF GALAXY BY ABNETT AND LANNING OMNIBUS HC

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: MS MARVEL HC VOL 02

STAR WARS MARVEL YRS OMNIBUS HC VOL 02 DAY CVR

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: MIGHTY THOR HC VOL 14

FANTASTIC FOUR BY JOHN BYRNE OMNIBUS HC VOL 02

STAR WARS MARVEL YRS OMNIBUS HC VOL 01 CHAYKIN CVR

SPIDER-MAN BY ROGER STERN OMNIBUS HC

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: MS MARVEL HC VOL 02 DM VAR ED 234

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: FANTASTIC FOUR HC VOL 18 DM VAR ED 236

STAR WARS DROIDS AND EWOKS OMNIBUS HC DROIDS CVR

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: AVENGERS HC VOL 16 DM VAR ED 233

CAPTAIN AMERICA TRIAL OF CAPTAIN AMERICA OMNIBUS HC

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: UNCANNY X-MEN HC VOL 09

DAREDEVIL BY FRANK MILLER OMNIBUS COMPANION HC NEW PTG

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: CAPTAIN MARVEL HC VOL 06 DM VAR ED 232

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: FANTASTIC FOUR HC VOL 17 DM VAR ED 220

UNCANNY AVENGERS OMNIBUS HC

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: FANTASTIC FOUR HC VOL 18

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: SPIDER-WOMAN HC VOL 01 DM VAR ED 225

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: CAPTAIN MARVEL HC VOL 06

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: BLACK PANTHER HC VOL 02

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: SUB MARINER HC VOL 07 DM VAR ED 227

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: NOT BRAND ECHH HC VOL 01

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: AVENGERS HC VOL 16

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: INCREDIBLE HULK HC VOL 08

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: MS MARVEL HC VOL 01

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: INVINCIBLE IRON MAN HC VOL 09

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: CAPTAIN AMERICA HC VOL 08

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: CAPTAIN AMERICA HC VOL 08 DM VAR ED 231

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: SUB MARINER HC VOL 06 DM VAR ED 215

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: FANTASTIC FOUR HC VOL 17

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: AVENGERS HC VOL 15

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: LUKE CAGE HERO FOR HIRE HC VOL 01

CAPTAIN AMERICA RETURN OF WINTER SOLDIER OMNIBUS HC

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: SUB MARINER HC VOL 06

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: SPIDER-WOMAN HC VOL 01

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: INCREDIBLE HULK HC VOL 10

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: DAREDEVIL HC VOL 10

OZ OMNIBUS HC

SPIDER-MAN BY TODD MCFARLANE OMNIBUS HC

X-MEN AGE OF APOCALYPSE OMNIBUS COMPANION HC

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: INCREDIBLE HULK HC VOL 09 DM VAR ED 218

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: SUB MARINER HC VOL 07

DOCTOR STRANGE OMNIBUS HC VOL 01 ROSS CVR

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: DEFENDERS HC VOL 05 DM VAR ED 224

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: DAREDEVIL HC VOL 09

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: DAREDEVIL HC 09 DM VAR ED 223

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN HC VOL 17

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: INCREDIBLE HULK HC VOL 09

SUPERIOR FOES SPIDER-MAN OMNIBUS HC

HAWKEYE BY MATT FRACTION AND DAVID AJA OMNIBUS HC

ELEKTRA BY FRANK MILLER OMNIBUS HC NEW PTG

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: MIGHTY THOR HC VOL 13

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: DEFENDERS HC VOL 05

STAR WARS MARVEL YRS OMNIBUS HC VOL 02 DM HILDEBRANDT VAR ED

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: GOLDEN AGE ALL WINNERS TP VOL 02

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: CAPTAIN AMERICA HC VOL 01 NEW PTG

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN HC VOL 01 NEW PTG

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: FANTASTIC FOUR HC VOL 01 NEW PTG

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: SUB MARINER HC VOL 05

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: MIGHTY THOR HC VOL 01 NEW PTG

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: ATLAS ERA STRANGE TALES HC VOL 06

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: MARVEL TWO IN ONE HC VOL 01

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: AVENGERS HC VOL 01 NEW PTG

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: X-MEN HC VOL 01 NEW PTG

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: FANTASTIC FOUR HC VOL 16

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: DAREDEVIL HC VOL 01 NEW PTG

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: MIGHTY THOR TP VOL 05

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: HUMAN TORCH TP VOL 01

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: ATLAS ERA TALES OF SUSPENSE TP VOL 01

MUPPETS OMNIBUS HC LANGRIDGE CVR

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: INCREDIBLE HULK HC VOL 01 NEW PTG

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: INVINCIBLE IRON MAN HC VOL 01 NEW PTG

MIGHTY THOR OMNIBUS HC VOL 02

NEW AVENGERS OMNIBUS HC VOL 01

STAND OMNIBUS HC SLIPCASE

ULTIMATE COMICS AVENGERS BY MARK MILLAR OMNIBUS HC

X-FORCE OMNIBUS HC VOL 01

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: INVINCIBLE IRON MAN TP VOL 03

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: UNCANNY X-MEN HC VOL 05 NEW ED

AVENGERS CROSSING OMNIBUS HC SCHERBERGER CVR

DARK TOWER OMNIBUS HC SLIPCASE SET

FANTASTIC FOUR OMNIBUS HC VOL 01 NEW PTG

IRON MAN BY KURT BUSIEK AND SEAN CHEN OMNIBUS HC

MARVEL NOW OMNIBUS HC

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: SGT FURY HC VOL 03

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: SGT FURY HC VOL 04

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: SGT FURY HC VOL 04 DM VAR ED 187

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: SUB MARINER HC VOL 01 2ND ED

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: SUB-MARINER HC VOL 03

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: SUB-MARINER HC VOL 04

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: MIGHTY THOR HC VOL 03 2ND ED

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: MIGHTY THOR HC VOL 10

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: MIGHTY THOR HC VOL 11

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: NICK FURY AGENT OF SHIELD HC VOL 03

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: RAWHIDE KID HC VOL 01 NEW ED

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: RAWHIDE KID HC VOL 02

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: INCREDIBLE HULK HC VOL 06

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: INVINCIBLE IRON MAN HC VOL 07

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: INVINCIBLE IRON MAN HC VOL 07 DM VAR ED 165

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: INVINCIBLE IRON MAN HC VOL 08

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: KA-ZAR HC VOL 01

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: MARVEL TEAM-UP HC VOL 02

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: GOLDEN AGE YOUNG ALLIES HC VOL 01

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: GOLDEN AGE YOUNG ALLIES HC VOL 02

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: GOLDEN AGE YOUNG ALLIES HC VOL 02 DM VAR ED 177

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: HUMAN TORCH HC VOL 01 NEW ED

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: HUMAN TORCH HC VOL 02

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: INCREDIBLE HULK HC VOL 02 NEW ED

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: GOLDEN AGE MYSTIC COMICS HC VOL 01

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: GOLDEN AGE SUB MARINER HC VOL 02

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: GOLDEN AGE SUB MARINER HC VOL 03

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: GOLDEN AGE USA COMICS HC VOL 01 NEW ED

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: GOLDEN AGE USA COMICS HC VOL 02

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: GOLDEN AGE USA COMICS HC VOL 02 DM VAR ED 172

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: GOLDEN AGE MARVEL COMICS HC VOL 04

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: GOLDEN AGE MARVEL COMICS HC VOL 05

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: GOLDEN AGE MARVEL COMICS HC VOL 06

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: GOLDEN AGE MARVEL COMICS HC VOL 06 DM VAR ED 166

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: GOLDEN AGE MARVEL COMICS HC VOL 07

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: GOLDEN AGE MARVEL COMICS HC VOL 07 DM VAR ED 183

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: GOLDEN AGE DARING MYSTERY HC VOL 02

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: GOLDEN AGE HUMAN TORCH HC VOL 01 NEW ED

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: GOLDEN AGE HUMAN TORCH HC VOL 02

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: GOLDEN AGE HUMAN TORCH HC VOL 03

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: GOLDEN AGE MARVEL COMICS HC VOL 02 NEW ED

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: GOLDEN AGE MARVEL COMICS HC VOL 03

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: GOLDEN AGE ALL WINNERS HC VOL 02 NEW ED

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: GOLDEN AGE ALL WINNERS HC VOL 03

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: GOLDEN AGE ALL WINNERS HC VOL 04

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: GOLDEN AGE CAPTAIN AMERICA HC VOL 05

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: GOLDEN AGE CAPTAIN AMERICA HC VOL 06

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: GOLDEN AGE DARING MYSTERY HC VOL 01

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: DAREDEVIL HC VOL 06

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: FANTASTIC FOUR HC VOL 03 2ND ED

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: FANTASTIC FOUR HC VOL 06 NEW ED

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: FANTASTIC FOUR HC VOL 08 NEW ED

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: FANTASTIC FOUR HC VOL 09 NEW ED

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: FANTASTIC FOUR HC VOL 13

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: CAPTAIN AMERICA HC VOL 06

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: CAPTAIN MARVEL HC VOL 04

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: CAPTAIN MARVEL HC VOL 04 DM VAR ED 173

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: DAREDEVIL HC VOL 01 2ND ED

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: DAREDEVIL HC VOL 02 2ND ED

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: DAREDEVIL HC VOL 03 NEW ED

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: ATLAS ERA TALES OF SUSPENSE HC VOL 04

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: ATLAS ERA TALES OF SUSPENSE HC VOL 04 DM VAR ED 186

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: ATLAS ERA TALES TO ASTONISH HC VOL 04

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: ATLAS ERA TALES TO ASTONISH HC VOL 04 DM VAR ED 174

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: ATLAS ERA VENUS HC VOL 01

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: CAPTAIN AMERICA HC VOL 03 NEW ED

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: ATLAS ERA JUNGLE ADVENTURE HC VOL 03 DM VAR ED 191

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: ATLAS ERA MENACE HC VOL 01

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: ATLAS ERA STRANGE TALES HC VOL 02

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: ATLAS ERA STRANGE TALES HC VOL 05

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: ATLAS ERA STRANGE TALES HC VOL 05 DM VAR ED 168

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: ATLAS ERA TALES OF SUSPENSE HC VOL 02

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: ATLAS ERA JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY HC VOL 02

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: ATLAS ERA JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY HC VOL 03

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: ATLAS ERA JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY HC VOL 04

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: ATLAS ERA JUNGLE ADVENTURE HC VOL 01

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: ATLAS ERA JUNGLE ADVENTURE HC VOL 02

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: ATLAS ERA JUNGLE ADVENTURE HC VOL 03

John Dunbar (the mod of maple) said:

Some thoughts:

- I find it interesting that Green Arrow gets collected ahead of other Golden Agers: Flash, Green Lantern, the JSA, and others who got at least one Golden Age Archive volume.

- Still no sign of Silver Age volumes for Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman.  I would love to see Silver Age Superman get collected in this format.  Batman was uneven in the 1960's in my opinion until Denny O'Neil and Neal Adams showed up.  I haven't read any Silver Age Wonder Woman stories but I've heard here and elsewhere that they were mostly dreadful.  Given how much of it has never been reprinted, it would be great to see Bronze Age collections for Superman and Batman.  Bronze Age Wonder Woman?  No idea.

- Do any of you know if there's anything stopping DC from doing a Silver Age Superboy collection?  

- What collections would you folks like to see?

For me, it's anything from the Golden Age. As you note, Green Arrow gets a big, fat omnibus, collecting his adventures through 1947. The Big Three have gotten that treatment in omnibus, and Black Canary, JSA and Dr. Fate have been collected in their entirety in Archives. The Marvel Family has gotten five, and Plastic Man nine.

Of the rest, it's pretty paltry. There have been two Golden Age Archives each for Flash, Green Lantern and Starman. Blackhawk, Hawkman, Sandman and Spectre have only gotten one each. Aquaman, Atom, Wildcat, Mr. Terrific, Dr. Mid-NIte? Zero.

This is material that has never been reprinted, and the originals are incredibly pricey. Bring on more Golden Age, DC! 

There was at least one GA Sandman as well, but unfortunately it left a gap of issues before the Simon & Kirby years.

I. personally, would like to see more GA Hawkman because, IIRC, the series stopped just shy of reprinting Shiera becoming Hawkwoman.

There was a "JSA All-Stars" volume which scratched my itch for the origin/first appearances of some of the less well-known heroes.

When All Star Squadron came out, I was hoping to see some reprints of Robotman, Johnny Quick and, DC's nearly forgotten female hero, Liberty Belle but they never happened. Now I would add Vigilante, Zatara and Shining Knight for DC.

With so much talent at Quality, I'm shocked that more of their stuff hasn't been reprinted like Doll Man, Kid Eternity, the Ray, Black Condor, Midnight, etc. 

There's a book coming out on Comixology tomorrow that'll have never-reprinted stories of The Boy Commandos, Air Wave, and Slam Bradley. That is, assuming Comixolgy provides the whole thing, and not just the Batman story. If so, I'm jumping on it!

The Golden Age Batman issue that Jeff (of Earth-J) alluded to earlier is hitting me pretty hard right now.

That's the one where the next Omnibus includes just a few issues not already covered in the Archives, all or most of which we already have. Do we buy or do we not?

This is head-scratcher for me especially because I stopped buying Marvel Masterworks at some point several years back, primarily because I already own everything being reprinted and the MMs were passing my Silver Age demarcation (1970), where we're getting into the cheaper books that I'll probably never sell. (I plan to sell my Silver Age books for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is good return. Bronze Age books don't have that much promise.) And that's just about where the Marvel Omnibus program is hitting. The next several Omniboo, from Spider-Man to Thor, are going to repeat the "just a few issues overlap" problem. 

And here's a huge sale coming of MMs that skip from where I stopped by a few books -- books which are no longer in print and therefore expensive. So do I get these Archives, and hope that I can get the in-betweens later for a cheap price, which would eliminate the overlap problem? Or do I not buy and hope the Omnibus program will catch up?

Or I could just spend my money on aspirin. 

- Green Lantern: The Silver Age TPB Vol 2, reprinting Green Lantern # 10-22,  came out Nov 8.

- Batman: The Golden Age Omnibus Vol 4, reprinting Batman # 26-35, Detective Comics # 92-111, and material from World's Finest # 15-22, came out Nov 15.

- Wonder Woman: The Golden Age TPB Vol 1, reprinting All-Star Comics # 8, Sensation Comics # 1-14, Wonder Woman (1942) # 1-3, and Comic Cavalcade # 1, came out Nov 22.

- Teen Titans: The Silver Age TPB Vol 1, reprinting Brave & Bold # 54 & 60, Showcase # 59, and Teen Titans (1966) 1-11, came out Dec 20.

- Batgirl: The Bronze Age Omnibus Vol 1, reprinting stories from Detective Comics # 359, 363, 369, 371, 384-385, 388-389, 392-393, 396-397, 400-401, 404-424, 481-499, 501-502, 505-506,508-510, and 512-519,  Batman # 197, and Batman Family # 1, 3-7, and 9-11, came out Dec 20.

Next week:

- Green Arrow: The Golden Age Omnibus Vol 1, reprinting More Fun Comics (1935-1947) #73-107, World's Finest (1941-1986) #7-28 and Adventure Comics (1938-1983 1st Series) #103-117, comes out Dec 27.

- The Brave & The Bold TPB Vol 1, reprinting B & B # 74-91, comes out Dec 27.

I just discovered and read this long thread with interest. It certainly has been difficult to track Archives into Omnibuses and figure out what is necessary or not. DC hasn't made it easy on us, although they've made it challenging to decide if we need to buy multiple copies of the same stories in different books. (The Wonder Woman Omnibus just kills me, no way am I going to buy it for a handful of stories.)

So my question is this, although it might belong elsewhere: Has anyone taken on trying to make sense of all the different Tales of Batman, etc books devoted to certain artists and writers. I have the Jim Aparo books for example, which are also reprinted in the Brave and the Bold books, and I think the Len Wein book will have some overlap too. I think there may be some overlap between the Archie Goodwin book and the Marshall Rogers one.

thanx in advance

Hi, Dennis. Welcome to the club. We're gald you're here.

Regarding the Batman collections... have I noticed it? Yes. Have I tried to make sense of it? No.

Generally speaking, the "Tales of..." series focuses on writers, whereas "Legends of.." focuses on artists. So yes, there is some over lap between, say, the Archie Goodwin and Marshal Rogers volumes, as you point out. When I read them, my focus is kind of the same. In other words, I'm either in the mood to read the work of a particular writer or a particular author. I really like the Marshall Rogers one. If you were interested in reading the stories featuring Silver St. Cloud, for example, the Rogers vdersion is the way to go (featuring, as it does, stories by Steve Englehart, then Archie Goodwin, then Steve Englehart again). Good luck trying to convince yourself thet these stories occur in the same continuity, but in this case, the artist edition is definitely the way to go.

I probably already mentioned that I recently skipped over from the B&B omnibus to the Jim Aparo Batman editions. There's (what did I say?) about 10 issues  of overlap? Oh, well.

Welcome Dennis! 

Good questions.  DC is releasing trade paperbacks with a smaller page count of their Golden, Silver, and Bronze Age Omnibus collections.  For instance, the first JLA Silver Age Omnibus was released in 2014, collecting Brave and Bold # 28-30 and Justice League of America # 1-30.  Then, starting in 2016, there have been 3 TPBs to date collecting the same material.  If you're worried about overlap, the trades may make decisions easier.

For Golden Age material, there have been -

- 4 Batman: The Golden Age Omnibus volumes with a 5th one coming in the spring.  Volume 5 will collect Detective Comics #113-132, Batman #36-45 and Batman stories from World's Finest #23-32.

- 3 Batman: The Golden Age TPBs with a 4th one coming out next month.  Volume 4 will collects Detective Comics #66-74, Batman 12-15, and Batman stories from World's Finest #7-9.

- 4 Superman: The Golden Age Omnibus volumes with a 5th one coming later this month.  Volume 5 will collect Action Comics #86-105, Superman #34-43, and Superman stories from World's Finest #19-25.

- 3 Superman: The Golden Age TPBs to date.  The three volumes have collected Action Comics #1-40, Superman 1-11, and Superman stories from World's Best Comics and World's Finest #2.

- 2 Wonder Woman: The Golden Age Omnibus volumes to date.  They collect Sensation Comics #1-48, Wonder Woman #1-15 and Wonder Woman stories from Comic Cavalcade #1-13.

- 1 Wonder Woman: The Golden Age TPB to date.  It collects Sensation Comics #1-14, Wonder Woman #1-3 and Wonder Woman material from Comic Cavalcade #1.

For comparison:

The Batman Archives stopped at Detective #171, Batman #37, and World's Finest #32.

The Superman Archives stopped at Action #85, Superman #35, and World's Finest #32.

The Wonder Woman Archives stopped at Sensation #57 and Wonder Woman #18; these collections didn't include any WW material from Comic Cavalcade.

I'll tackle your Batman question in a separate post.

John,

Thanx for the info about the trade paperbacks. I think I've been a hardcover snob, and avoided them except in the case where there was no option (the Mike Sekowsky WW - I know that they're not well loved, but I think that Sekowsky is a sorely underappreciated artist). So I will have to check those out as a less expensive method to fill the odd gaps between different HC editions. My biggest frustration is that I have to spend this much time just trying to figure out what to buy. Marvel comics seems to have a much better organized system regarding reprints, and I'm baffled as to why DC is so hodge podge. Too many cooks?

And as another poster here mentioned while they're busy reprinting everything over and over again they continue to overlook perhaps the best golden age books like Captain Marvel (and Jr.), and Quality heroes - who wouldn't want to see the work of Lou Fine?

When DC Archives and Marvel Masterworks were first released back in the early 1990s they were priced in the $3-35 range. Marvel stopped publishing them for several years in the early 2Ks just as DC started ramping up. Now DC has stopped publishing Archives and Marvel has resumed publishing Masterworks. Recently, DC has begun publishing archival reprints in the Omnibus format. As I’m sure most of us reading this discussion have noticed, both the huge DC Omnibuses and the smaller Marvel Masterworks are priced in the $75-100 range.

I have a theory. I suspect it costs DC roughly as much to print an Omnibus as it does Marvel to print a Masterwork, and the profit margins are about the same. Using whatever algorithm they used, the each determined individually the price point to maximize profit (for the fans willing to spend that much) was $75. I think, at this point, Marvel is too committed to the Masterworks line to introduce a major format change.

Reply to Discussion

RSS

Welcome!

No flame wars. No trolls. But a lot of really smart people.The Captain Comics Round Table tries to be the friendliest and most accurate comics website on the Internet.

SOME ESSENTIALS:

RULES OF THE ROUND TABLE

MODERATORS

SMILIES FOLDER

TIPS ON USING THE BOARD

FOLLOW US:

OUR COLUMNISTS:

Groups

© 2018   Captain Comics, board content ©2013 Andrew Smith   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service