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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Oh, that one's already on pre-order. I think I've already got all the issues it reprints, but I couldn't pass it up!

Jeff of Earth-J said:

A new collection, Superboy & the Legion of Super-Heroes (solicited for June 21 release), picks up where LSH Archives left off (more or less... I think it skips two or three issues).

I have been waiting for years… decades… for DC to reprint more of their Silver and Bronze Age Superman and Action Comics. Superman of this era is woefully underrepresented in comparison to Batman. DC has released three volumes of “Man of Steel” archives which reprints comics from 1958-1960. One Silver Age Superman Omnibus would cover that and more. I would be glad to endure the duplication if DC would start and continue such a series, and move on to the Bronze Age, too.

Luke Blanchard posted this about the “Swanderson” team to “A Cut From a Cover” 13 hours ago:

“Most of their Silver and Bronze Age covers were done for the Super-books (in the broad sense) in the period 1969-1971.

“Mort Weisinger had teamed them up on covers, but didn't use them together on stories. Anderson became Swan's regular inker when Murray Boltinoff and Julie Schwartz took Action Comics and Superman over in the second half of 1970, and stayed on the Superman-books until the latter part of 1973. Schwartz reunited them a few times in the 80s, and they did more covers together after Crisis.

“Swan had modernised his style and did some of his best art in the early 1970s. Anderson's detailed, realistic inks complemented his art wonderfully.”

That’s the stuff I want to read.

Unlike Wayne Boring or Al Plastino, Curt Swan adapted as an artist in the Bronze Age, becoming more dynamic with action scenes and keeping the characters looking contemporary without losing the nuances of his style.

Granted it also depended on his inker and he was never great at designing aliens but I always looked forward to his work even as a kid, especially his Silver Age run on the Legion!

Me, too! Pre-ordered it from Amazon!

Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod) said:

Oh, that one's already on pre-order. I think I've already got all the issues it reprints, but I couldn't pass it up!

Jeff of Earth-J said:

A new collection, Superboy & the Legion of Super-Heroes (solicited for June 21 release), picks up where LSH Archives left off (more or less... I think it skips two or three issues).

Me three!!!!

Philip Portelli said:

Me, too! Pre-ordered it from Amazon!

Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod) said:

Oh, that one's already on pre-order. I think I've already got all the issues it reprints, but I couldn't pass it up!

Jeff of Earth-J said:

A new collection, Superboy & the Legion of Super-Heroes (solicited for June 21 release), picks up where LSH Archives left off (more or less... I think it skips two or three issues).

And a fourth!



David Warren said:

Me three!!!!

Philip Portelli said:

Me, too! Pre-ordered it from Amazon!

Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod) said:

Oh, that one's already on pre-order. I think I've already got all the issues it reprints, but I couldn't pass it up!

Jeff of Earth-J said:

A new collection, Superboy & the Legion of Super-Heroes (solicited for June 21 release), picks up where LSH Archives left off (more or less... I think it skips two or three issues).

That's five (including me) and counting. Possible group reading project...?

Btw, this hardcover picks up where the last LSH Archive stopped; no issues are skipped.  The issues collected are Superboy & the LSH 234-240 and DC Treasury Edition C-55, the wedding of Saturn Girl and Lightning Lad.

LSH was one of my favoritest strips as a kid when Swan was drawing it, and one of my least favorite when anyone else was drawing it -- especially John Forte. I'm seeing some of his pre-Code horror work now (in PS Artbooks) and he was still Forte, but he put in a lot more detail and didn't rely on stock positions as much, His Legion work was just phoned in, and his style wasn't particularly attractive anyway.

I felt the same way, Captain about John Forte though I did lean to appreciate his style more as I got older (wiser, no but definitely older). He passed away after he finished Adventure Comics #336 which, ironically, featured the death of Beast Boy, one of the Heroes of Lallor.

It probably didn't help that most of his stories had cover by Curt Swan!

Sixth!  And count me in for a reading project.

Jeff of Earth-J said:

That's five (including me) and counting. Possible group reading project...?

Also, I'm probably the only one on the Board who doesn't own any LSH Archives, so I am definitely buying the Omnibus in August.

Ugh. This book is in the Mike Grell era. Never cared for his work. The first time through was a chore for me, so I'll pass on the reading group. Y'all have fun!

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