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:

COMPLETED

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

UNSCHEDULED

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.

Impact! #1-5.

M.D. #1-5.

Psychoanalysis #1-5.

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?

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The latest EC "Pre-Trend" HC:

The infamous EC Comics pre-trend crime classic is beautifully reprinted in full color and collected into a deluxe hardcover edition. Presenting tales of horrific crimes, grisly murders, and bizarre homicide cases featuring the titanic artistic talents of Johnny Craig, Sheldon Moldoff, Henry Kiefer, Ed Walden, Ann Brewster, and Stan Ashe.

In Shops: Aug 03, 2022

GUNFIGHTER v1:

Cap has already posted this to "This Week in Comics" but, as is my wont, I post it here when it is in my hot little hands (or when I first see something of interest solicited). One thing not mention in the solicitation is that back-up features include "Moon Girl." Yay!

Both Diamond and Instocktrades are now referring to the Carl Barks Library edition "A Christmas in Shacktown" as Vol. 2. My edition calls itself Vol. 11. Does this mean that the previously unpublished Vols. 1-4 are never going to be published? Or is there some other explanation?

Did I understand (from you or someone else) that the stories that would be in Vol 1-4 were previously reprinted by a different company? If so, did Barks draw them based upon someone else's script or something else that may make them less desirable?

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Both Diamond and Instocktrades are now referring to the Carl Barks Library edition "A Christmas in Shacktown" as Vol. 2. My edition calls itself Vol. 11. Does this mean that the previously unpublished Vols. 1-4 are never going to be published? Or is there some other explanation?

I cannot imagine why Diamond and Instocktrades are referring to "A Christmas For Shacktown" as v2. 

Maybe because it's second in the "Christmas Treasury" slipcase (which includes v5 & 11)...?

Regarding v1-4, I had always assumed that Barks may not have hit his creative stride until v5, but I don't know.

Walt Disney's Donald Duck "Duck Luck": The Complete Carl Barks Disney Library Vol. 27

Somehow, this one hasn't been mentioned in this thread. Amazon tells me that it has been slightly delayed to December 1, 2022.

I wrote about this somewhere, Richard -- probably "Comics Guide." Anyway, as I said there (or somewhere), as this book was announced, both Amazon and Instocktrades were calling the fifth book in the series the first ... which bothered me greatly, since the first four books have never been published!

Anyway, thinks for bringing this thread up to date. Let's hope that those first four books will, in fact, eventually be published. Or this book is rightly "Volume 23."

It seems to have slowed down or stopped, but I was buying the Epic Collections (TPB, full color) of some of the Marvel books that I didn't have in HC. If you look inside, they are numbered on the first interior page with volume numbers. Like the Barks books, they have not been published in volume number order.

A new volume of the Carl Barks Library is available for preorder:

Walt Disney's Uncle Scrooge "Cave of Ali Baba": The Complete Carl Barks Disney Library Vol. 28

Release date: Tuesday, May 30, 2023

I've ordered it!

I also wanted to answer this:

It seems to have slowed down or stopped, but I was buying the Epic Collections (TPB, full color) of some of the Marvel books that I didn't have in HC.

You already know this, but Marvel isn't publishing the Epic Collections in order. They seem almost random.

Meanwhile, they are being VERY fastidious about the Marvel Masterworks, which march along in chronological order with precision. They are even publishing MMWs that duplicate some omnibuses (Tomb of Dracula, Werewolf by Night), making me wonder if those big books aren't selling quite as well as we think.

When the Epic Collections were first announced, their raison d'etre was said to be to reprint runs which had not been previously collected. I don't know to what extent that objective is still in effect.

MMW are really into the crap years of some titles. Some series are up to the '80s. Yet they have skipped over about half of the (non-reprint) Sgt. Fury. I assume those weren't selling. At one point they were releasing volumes collecting material from the '40s and '50s, which I loved. I assert that they tried to expand too quickly, reprinting titles most fans had little interest in while leaving Captain America Comics uncompleted. So far, the Captain America omnibus series has not reprinted beyond when the Masterworks editions left off. I would really like to have the rest of the 1940s run. 

Similar to the Carl Barks Library, Marvel's Epic series skips around. They identify the volume numbers within a title inside the books. I had passed up the MMW books for the early Avengers, Iron Man and Thor runs and was buying the Epic books for these. Unlike the Barks series, they don't seem to intend to fill in all of the gaps.

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