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#1227379 - Tue Oct 16 2018 10:52 AM What collected edition hardcovers would you like to see?
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One I'd like to see is an Archive edition of O'Neil's THE SHADOW series, and not just the Kaluta issues, but the complete 12-issue run.
1-4 and 6 are illustrated by Kaluta.
5, and 7-9 are illustrated by Frank Robbins.
10-12 are illustrated by E.R Cruz.
And every one of them are good issues.
There was a hardcover published in 1989 of just the Kaluta issues, and I always hoped there'd be a collection of the complete series. But now 30 years have passed and it hasn't happened.

I was looking through my PRIVATE FILES OF THE SHADOW hardcover (1989) of O'Neil/Kaluta stories yesterday, and much as I enjoy it,the 1989 collection suffers from several problems:
1) I'm not wild about the coloring by Lovern Kinzierski. It's not horrible, but I prefer the original coloring.
2) None of the original covers were included, and those are some really exceptional covers worth seeing.
3) O'Neil (or someone, probably O'Neil himself) changed some of the dialogue from the original issues in the new edition. For example, issue 3, page 7, where King Cobra slaps around Margo Lane.


As bonus material I'd like to see the one-shot SHERLOCK HOLMES issue that has the same O'Neil/Cruz creative team as the last 3 SHADOW issues included. And the SHERLOCK HOLMES issue came out concurrently with SHADOW 12.
And possibly also collecting JUSTICE INC. 1-4, also scripted by O'Neil, with art by Al McWilliams (1), and Kirby (2-4). Another crimefighting pulp character.
These would be an interesting companion series, to see how O'Neil handled similar detective and pulp characters, in collaboration with other artists.

I'm surprised to see the 1989 edition selling in the range of $80 to $100. I got my copy in 1999 for less than 20.



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#1227380 - Tue Oct 16 2018 11:16 AM Re: What collected edition hardcovers would you like to see? [Re: Wonder Boy]
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Another I've waited a long time for was just published, a KILLRAVEN Marvel Masterworks collecting the KILLRAVEN series from AMAZING ADVENTURES 18-39, begun by Thomas/Adams, with issues by Trimpe, Buckler, Colan and Giffen, but reaching its ultimate peak in issues 27-39 in the work of Don McGregor and Craig Russell.

That one was just released!



People rave about McGregor's run in JUNGLE ACTION on Black Panther (also out a few years ago in a Masterworks edition), but I far prefer McGregor's Killraven series.
(Although I'm still kicking myself for not picking up the BLACK PANTHER Masterworks (Volume 1) hardcover of these issue, back when it was selling for like 22 bucks on ebay. That same hardcover sells now in the $150 range. But hey, I do have the comics themselves to read.)




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#1227391 - Tue Oct 16 2018 10:22 PM Re: What collected edition hardcovers would you like to see? [Re: Wonder Boy]
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I've really tried to keep my collection manageable but there have been lots of good collections lately. I had one coverless Shadow issue when I was a kid and really liked it. Never got into Killraven but it had some great art. I would like to see the Legion continue to be collected. Really liked seeing the Earthwar story be collected.

Fair play!

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#1227499 - Thu Oct 25 2018 11:17 PM Re: What collected edition hardcovers would you like to see? [Re: Matter-eater Man]
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Would really like to see a Don Newton collection of his Shazam stories. I really liked his New Gods work but since it's not Kirby I'm guessing that's probably not going to get reprinted

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#1227501 - Fri Oct 26 2018 12:15 AM Re: What collected edition hardcovers would you like to see? [Re: Matter-eater Man]
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Well, they reprinted a volume of Don Newton's BATMAN and DETECTIVE stories. So never say never.

My impression is it didn't sell well, because there were no subsequent volumes. A few years ago I completed my run of those WORLD'S FINEST issues (from about WF 250-285), but I would enjoy seeing them in a nice collected edition on better paper.

A COMIC READER cover by Newton you might appreciate:







Newton, tragically, was only 49 when he died in 1984.
But very prolific in the years he was in comics. He also did a lot of illustrations for Charleton and fan publications for about 10 years before he began working for DC in 1978. Mostly anthology stories up till then, a comic version of THE PHANTOM, and work for RBCC (Rocket's Blast Comic Collector fanzine) and other fanzines.





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#1227502 - Fri Oct 26 2018 12:31 AM Re: What collected edition hardcovers would you like to see? [Re: Wonder Boy]
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And this great offering by Hembeck:





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#1227503 - Fri Oct 26 2018 12:38 AM Re: What collected edition hardcovers would you like to see? [Re: Wonder Boy]
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The recent HOUSE OF SECRETS Bronze Age Omnibus is a nice wish fulfillment. Released about a year ago.


As is the pending HOUSE OF MYSTERY Bronze Age Omnibus, due as I recall in early 2019.

I hated the black and white "SHOWCASE" collections. I have the originals in color and didn't see the point. I'm glad to see them released again in a full-color hardcover format that does justice to the original issues.




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#1227845 - Tue Dec 04 2018 06:50 PM Re: What collected edition hardcovers would you like to see? [Re: Wonder Boy]
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One Out about a month now that I'm looking forward to receiving is a Marvel Masterworks hardcover of the complete KILLRAVEN series, primarily by Don McGregor and Craig Russell. Plus work by Neal Adams (AM ADVS 18), Howard Chaykin(18-19), Herb Trimpe (20-24), Buckler/Janson (25), Colan (26), and Giffen (35, 38). It even includes the 1983 Marvel Graphic Novel.





I like the old-style Masterworks gold-frame on the variant edition.

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#1227941 - Sun Dec 16 2018 03:26 PM Re: What collected edition hardcovers would you like to see? [Re: Wonder Boy]
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The variant gold-frame cover is a very limited edition, of only 695 copies!

Both cover versions, and a number of sample pages:
http://www.collectededitions.com/marvel/mm/killraven/killraven_mm01.html


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#1227942 - Mon Dec 17 2018 01:44 PM Re: What collected edition hardcovers would you like to see? [Re: Wonder Boy]
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One of the last I'm still waiting for is a reprint of the DOCTOR STRANGE runs by Englehart (in MARVEL PREMIERE 4-14, and DOCTOR STRANGE 1-18. The Brunner art issues were reprinted in DOCTOR STRANGE: A SEPARATE REALITY hc and tpb, still waiting for the rest in a more complete collection)
And for a collection of the later issues by Roger Stern (roughly issues 46-73, plus some scattered earlier issues Stern scripted. And really the 20 or so in between by Wolfman, Thomas, Wein, Starlin and others might as well be included).


There have been omnibus books published of Roger Stern's SPECTACULAR SPIDERMAN and AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (all in one SPIDER-MAN by Roger Stern omnibus volume).
And Michelinie/Romita Jr./Layton IRON MAN 115-156, collected in an IRON MAN Omnibus, another I eagerly anticipated.


I'm also still waiting for better editions of Kirby's Fourth World, and the 1982-1984 run of Levitz/Giffen LEGION 285-306.

I'm especially enthusiastic about reprints of series that were published with standard comic book printing, and were never before published in offset printing. All of the series I just listed are in that category. (As compared to, say, Simonson's ORION series, or WATCHMEN, or V FOR VENDETTA, that all had better offset printing in the original serialized comics they were first published in.

The one comic that was originally published in newsprint comics form, and then recently published in a nice offset-printed omnibus hardcover that I never purchased was the Simonson THOR omnibus. Which seems to get mixed reviews because of the re-coloring. Some say the new colors enhance it, others say the new colors ruin it. I always prefer the original coloring. Maybe subtly tweaked in the new edition, but colors that at least stick to the basic template of the original colors.




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