The arrival of Weird Fantasy Vol. 3 had the usual effect series collections have on me, making me wonder how close we were to finishing that series. In this case, that also means, by extension, the EC line.
I have cause to worry -- Dark Horse's track record on series collections isn't good. Currently it appears that the Tarzan, Archie and Crime Does Not Pay series have all stalled at nowhere near the end.
Anyway, I felt we were close enough to make a summary worthwhile. Here's where I think we are:
Aces High: Five issues collected in EC Archives: Aces High Vol. 1.
Extra!: Five issues collected in EC Archives: Extra! Vol. 1.
Incredible Science Fiction: Four issues collected in EC Archives: Incredible Science Fiction Vol. 1.
Panic: 12 issues collected in EC Archives: Panic Vols. 1-2.
Shock SuspenStories: 18 issues collected in EC Archives: Crime SuspenStories Vols. 1-3.
Crypt of Terror/Tales from the Crypt: 30 issues collected in EC Archives: Tales from the Crypt Vols. 1-5.
Valor: Five issues collected in EC Archives: Valor Vol. 1.
Weird Science: 22 issues collected in EC Archives: Weird Science Vols. 1-4.
SCHEDULED FOR COMPLETION
Haunt of Fear: Fifth and final volume scheduled for Oct. 23.
Vault of Horror: Fifth and final volume scheduled for Dec. 28.
Piracy: One volume, scheduled for Feb. 26, 2019
Crime SuspenStories #19-27: The first 18 issues have been collected in EC Archives: Crime SuspenStories Vols. 1-3..
Frontline Combat #7-15. The first six issues have been collected in Frontline Combat Vol. 1.
Two-Fisted Tales #36-41: Issues #18-35 have been collected in Two-Fisted Tales Vols. 1-3.
War Against Crime! #7-11: First six issues scheduled to be collected on Aug. 28 in EC Archives: War Against Crime! Vol. 1.
Weird Fantasy #19-22: The first 18 issues have been collected in EC Archives: Weird Fantasy Vols. 1-3.
Weird Science-Fantasy #25-26: Weird Science-Fantasy picked up the numbering of Weird Science with issue #23 and turned into Incredible Science Fiction with issue #30. Issues #23-24 were included in Werid Science Vol. 4, and issues #27-29 were included in Incredible Science Fiction Vol. 1. (I suspect these two issues will be collected with the last four issues of Weird Fantasy, for the standard six-issue package. But I don't know that for sure.)
I'm not including MAD, since DC Comics has that franchise now (and has reprinted all the comic book issues in MAD Archives Vols. 1-4). I'm also not including the Picto-Fiction line, which consisted of B&W magazines.
Did I miss anything? Who else is collecting these? And who's with me on wanting a few more pre-"New Trend" titles like Crime Patrol, Land of the Lost and Moon Girl?
The Dick Briefer Frankenstein slipcase is finally... finally... slated to ship this week!
"Presenting our special edition slipcased set with the long-delayed volumes of PS Artbooks' 8 volume Roy Thomas Presents: Dick Briefer's Frankenstein in the Softee format. Volumes 3-8 previously published in hardcover. With illustrated introductions by Frankenstein expert Don Glut and Dick Briefer."
Some of us (me, Jeff and possibly others) are picking up The Complete Funky Winkerbean volumes.
I just found out that the hardcover Volume 13, covering the years 2008-2010 of the strip, is expected to be shipped on January 2, 2024. It's available for preorder on Amazon.
Cap just posted this to another discussion: " The first Silver Age Superman Omnibus is available for order on Amazon. Huzzah!"
"Fans of the Man of Steel won't want to miss this stunning collection of some of the best tales of the 1950's and 1960's! Superman: The Silver Age Omnibus Vol. 1 contains stories from Action Comics #241-265 and Superman #122-137."
NOTE: Superman: The Man of Tomorrow Archive v3 left off with Action Comics #268 and Superman #139.
The latest Golden Age Superman Omnibus (Vol. 7) contains Action Comics #126–143, Superman #55–65 and World's Finest Comics #37–47.
Which means, AFAIK, the Superman stories in World's Finest #48-57, Action Comics #144-240 and Superman #66-121 (1950-58) have not been reprinted, nor are they scheduled to be. Presumably, they would be included in Golden Age Superman Omnibus Vols. 8-11, should those come to exist.
I'm not going to buy SA Omni v1. When/if SA Omni v2 comes out, I'll duplicate the five issues (Action Comics #266-268 and Superman #138-139), but SA Omni v1 would be entirely duplication. What would have been worse is if v1 had reprinted through, say Action Comics #269-271 and Superman #150-141 and I would have been "forced" to spring for only five issues of new content.
Now, what I need everyone else to do (everyone who doesn't already own The Man of Tomorrow Archives v1-3, that is), is to go out there and buy a copy of SA Omni v1, because if it sells, a second volume will be much more likely. Hell, buy a second copy for a friend. Y'all can do that for me, can't ya?
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