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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Showcase #100?

Sorry, but I thought it was a simply dreadful comic that tried to cover too much, and failed spectacularly.

And I say that as a die-hard DC Golden/Silver/Bronze Age fan.

Worst pickup line ever.

Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod) said:

So if anyone wants to take a look at "The Disease That Wouldn't Die," here's your chance.

Looking at Amazon, I see the Legion Archives #12 and 13 are going from between $200 to $700! Yikes!

I remember not getting #13 because they raised the price to $75 so I guess that's on me!

But then I realized at least I have #12!

LOL!

Doctor Hmmm? said:

Worst pickup line ever.

Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod) said:

So if anyone wants to take a look at "The Disease That Wouldn't Die," here's your chance.

Ha! Yeah, I guess it does top "Hold you in his arms so you can feel his disease." At least that thing might die!

Doctor Hmmm? said:

Worst pickup line ever.

Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod) said:

So if anyone wants to take a look at "The Disease That Wouldn't Die," here's your chance.

I'm gonna go out on a limb and guess that you weren't 8 when you read it.

Lee Semmens said:

Showcase #100?

Sorry, but I thought it was a simply dreadful comic that tried to cover too much, and failed spectacularly.

And I say that as a die-hard DC Golden/Silver/Bronze Age fan.

Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod) said:

I'm gonna go out on a limb and guess that you weren't 8 when you read it.

Early 40s, I would say (56 now).

Mind you, there are a tremendous number of old comics which I only read for the first time after the age of 37, which were far better than the turkey that is Showcase #100!
And I am not the kind of guy who approaches comics seriously, from a literary point-of-view. 

I think I'll enjoy it because I enjoy seeing the second and third string heroes interacting.

I was around 7 or 8 the first  time I read Showcase #100. It became one of those issues that I read to tatters over the years.  And my impression of it now is definitely colored by those memories.

There are times when I approach comics from a serious literary point of view. But when I'm in that frame of mind I really don't want to read anything pre-Watchmen.  When I do look at Silver and Bronze Age stuff, I generally come at it from a different angle.

I read it for the first time right off tge stands, when I was 8, and that definitely cokors my perception. And yet I read it again a few years ago, and I felt it really held up. I loved seeing the lesser known characters get the spotlight, and I remain impressed with its portrayal of Lois, in particular. Yes, it's a jumble, but in my opinion it's a magnificent one.

All I remember is Lois wishing Superman was there.

You don't remember Lois helped save the day?

And it had Adam Strange being the equal to the JLAers.

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