"'That's really the frustrating crux with all reprint series, isn't it?"
Whenever I complain to my local retailer about these inconsistencies, his usual response is along the lines of, "Marvel/DC doesn't let me in on…"
"Getting the third Flash omnibus means there are exactly seven Barry Allen issues I don't have. Even if they come out with an omnibus I can't justify the cost to myself.
Total agreement about the frustration of figuring out which Marvel…"
"I just have some random thoughts on this. I started out buying the (Silver Age) Flash and Green Lantern Archives and the Fantastic Four and Spider-Man MMWs. I bought the two Ant-Man/Giant-Man MMWs, the second of which is soft cover. I bought the…"
""I prefer omnibuses to MMWs, but the problem is Marvel released most of the Masterworks first, with no clue when, or if, an omnibus would ever be released."
That's really the frustrating crux with all reprint series, isn't it?…"
"I have a hard line with DC: a cutover from archives to omnibuses with as little overlap as possible.
For Marvel, it varies...
FANTASTIC FOUR: I have replaced early archives with omnibuses up through volume 5. One reason is the inconsistent trade…"
"So, I'm a bit slow on the trend that I'm seeing here.
I started buying Archives and Masterworks back when they first came out, and didn't stop buying them until they hit middle Bronze Age. And once I'd done that, I was really…"
"It would be nice to fill in the few gaps I have. I agree it holds up well, though a little less well when Donald Glut took over.
(Checks listing) Oooh, they have the Liberty Legion/Thing crossover. I'm unaccountably missing the concluding…"
"THE SILVER AGE WONDER WOMAN OMNIBUS VOL. 1:
This collects #98-123 and is scheduled to ship December 14. Wonder Woman: The Amazon Princess Archive Vol. 1 (and only) reprinted #98- 110, so although I don't buy omnibus editions until they get to…"
"THE BRONZE AGE JLA VOL. 3:
As Cap mentioned over in "This Week in Comics," JLA OMNI v3 shipped this week. I agree with him that I'm glad to see that this series is, in fact, continuing in this format, however it does render "The…"
""Have those been collected into a tpb?"
Not that I know of.
"I imagine I should stop being so obsessive."
Great. Now you've given me something to obsess about. ;)
"Can you tell me just one example of GA Batman…"
"So, I figured I'd better go to the shelves and check it out. Unless I'm mistaken, it's worse than I thought. Assuming WW archives 1-7, at which point WW omnibus 3 nicely picks up with only one duplicate, it also starts with Comic…"
"Wonder Woman was the first "smart" Archive series in that it presented stories from both Wonder Woman and Sensation Comics in chronological order, as opposed to Batman/Detective Comics and Superman/Action Comics which were two series…"
"If I remember correctly, Jeff, there is another gap. With Wonder Woman you (and me, as I've made the same collecting decisions) won't have the first 2 or 3 WW stories that were originally in Comic Cavalcade. I'm not sure if…"
I may be out of line here but in regards with your exchange with Mark, we both know how he feels about Marvel now. We've both know that his opinion has not and probably will not change though I hope it does. Despite previous advice, I have no doubt that he will continue to comment on how "evil" the Marvel heroes are whenever he can.
However, he has had some medical problems and he has left here before thinking no one wants him here. That's something that I am hoping to avoid. I'm not blaming you for ANYTHING, let me make that clear. I am only trying to prevent another round of the same debate that apparently caused hard feelings before.
You won't change his mind and challenging him about it will only make him defensive, as past interactions show us. If steered clear from the topic of Marvel's Post-Civil War period, he seems happier.
Anyway, that's my two cents. Again I'm not faulting you at all. Merely trying to keep the peace, as they say.