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#1227379 - Tue Oct 16 2018 10:52 AM What collected edition hardcovers would you like to see?
Wonder Boy
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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]
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 ita 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]
Matter-eater Man
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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]
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

Fair play!

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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]
Wonder Boy
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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 WORL'D 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 1983.
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]
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]
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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