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Old 03-07-16, 09:26 PM
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Thoughts on DC's Golden Age omnibuses

Specifically the Superman and Batman hardcover editions. Are they worth the money? Are they quality collections? I ask because I want to check out some of the early stories of both characters, but the Superman Volume 1 seems to be out of print. Is it worth trying to track down the hardcover, or just wait for the paperback edition that is coming out, but has about half the content.
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Old 03-07-16, 11:15 PM
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Re: Thoughts on DC's Golden Age omnibuses

The only problem I had in the past with DC Omnibuses was the bad quality of paper (first print of the Death of Superman Omnibus) or the binding ungluing because the book was too thick. I believe that those Superman and Batman were an improvement over past omnibuses so they may be fine for what they are.
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Old 03-08-16, 01:47 AM
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Specifically the Superman and Batman hardcover editions. Are they worth the money? Are they quality collections? I ask because I want to check out some of the early stories of both characters, but the Superman Volume 1 seems to be out of print. Is it worth trying to track down the hardcover, or just wait for the paperback edition that is coming out, but has about half the content.
DC is generally better about reprinting than Marvel. If this was Marvel I'd say no reprint of that Superman Omnibus is coming any time soon because of the new TPBs collecting the same material. But a gut feeling tells me DC might reprint that first Omnibus sooner rather than later, especially since they're doing more volumes of the Golden Age in Omnibus form.

So it depends how soon you want to read the material versus how highly you value that oversized Omnibus build. If you don't care about size and want to read ASAP, get the paperback to get started. If you're into the Omnibus type books, then I'd say either hold off for the reprint or plunk down the extra cash to get a copy now.

DC's Omnibus build is generally better than what it used to be (no more pure glued bindings, etc.) but it can still vary book to book. I have no idea about this first Golden Age Superman Omni but I'm sure there are reviews about it out there on the Google.
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I have Batman and Superman and both are worth it. Good builds and page quality. Vol 2 of each comes out this summer.
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Re: Thoughts on DC's Golden Age omnibuses

Thanks for the responses guys. I'm not in any rush to read the books, but do want to at some point. I just dont want to miss my chance. I placed an order on Amazon for Superman Volume 1. We'll see if it comes in any time soon. In the mean time, it seems that the moral of the story is that I should get Batman volume 1 now, and volume 2 of both Superman and Batman when they come out.
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Re: Thoughts on DC's Golden Age omnibuses

i have the superman one and its awesome. its really fun, not as tough a read as some silver age classics. the quality is very good. recommended
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i have the superman one and its awesome. its really fun, not as tough a read as some silver age classics. the quality is very good. recommended
That is the general consensus that I am hearing from folks that have it. This book is being listed for crazy prices on Amazon. And the first paperback volume comes out next week.
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Old 03-10-16, 02:03 PM
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Yeah I don't know if I'd bet on the first Superman being reprinted. It took 3 years to get the volume 2. I'd say keep an eye on ebay if you're willing to spend a little bit over list. I think there have been copies that went for less than $100 in the past few months. I'm really liking the $75 list price on these DC omnibuses. Getting 52% off at IST makes them a great deal and a day one purchase for me.
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Old 03-10-16, 02:56 PM
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Yeah I don't know if I'd bet on the first Superman being reprinted. It took 3 years to get the volume 2. I'd say keep an eye on ebay if you're willing to spend a little bit over list. I think there have been copies that went for less than $100 in the past few months. I'm really liking the $75 list price on these DC omnibuses. Getting 52% off at IST makes them a great deal and a day one purchase for me.
Superman Golden Age Omnibus Vol 1 - June 2013
Justice League of America Silver Age Omnibus Vol 1 - April 2014
Batman Golden Age Omnibus Vol 1 - November 2015
Batman & Superman World's Finest Silver Age Omnibus Vol 1 - March 2016
Supergirl Silver Age Omnibus - June 2016
Justice League of America Silver Age Omnibus Vol 2 - July 2016
Superman Golden Age Omnibus Vol 2 - July 2016
Teen Titans Silver Age Omnibus Vol 1 - November 2016

DC's old material Omnibus game is definitely ramping up as of Batman Golden Age over the winter. The first JLA Omnibus seems to still be in print, so it's really just that Superman Omnibus that's gone OOP. Much like Marvel reprinting earlier Omnibus volumes of good selling titles (Spider-Man, X-Men, etc.), I think DC will see that there's going to be more demand for it, especially now that there's a volume 2 and probably more in the pipeline, and especially because it's Superman. Plus like I said before, DC is generally better about reprints, even of deluxe books like Absolutes/Omnibuses, than Marvel is. So I wouldn't worry about the fact DC was a little slow on the rest of these Golden and Silver age Omnibuses.
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Supergirl Silver Age Omnibus - June 2016

Is this real!? Holy smokes, DC finally does something right.
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Old 03-11-16, 01:10 PM
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You forgot the Flash and Green Lantern Silver Age omnibuses.

I got the World's Finest Omnibus in the mail today. I like the matching dust jacket design to the Golden Age books. I sort of wish the other Silver Age books matched.

Also, I still can't believe I'm getting the Supergirl omnibus for $17.99.
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Re: Thoughts on DC's Golden Age omnibuses

As discussed in another thread, a Legion of Superheroes Silver Age omnibus would be a great addition to that list. It's even Superman-related!

I'm happy that they're releasing these Age-appropriate volumes. I saw there's a Bronze Age Brave and the Bold Omni coming, and that's the Batman I grew up with, but I have both Jim Aparo Legends of the Dark Knight volumes so I'm not sure if I need it.
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Re: Thoughts on DC's Golden Age omnibuses

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You forgot the Flash and Green Lantern Silver Age omnibuses.

I got the World's Finest Omnibus in the mail today. I like the matching dust jacket design to the Golden Age books. I sort of wish the other Silver Age books matched.

Also, I still can't believe I'm getting the Supergirl omnibus for $17.99.
How did you pull that one?
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How did you pull that one?
Amazon had it listed as a paperback originally.
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Amazon had it listed as a paperback originally.
Very nice!
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You forgot the Flash and Green Lantern Silver Age omnibuses.
Didn't even realize those existed.

The Green Lantern Omnibus Vol. 1 - November 2010
The Green Lantern Omnibus Vol. 2 - November 2011
The Flash Omnibus Vol. 1 - September 2014

All three appear to still be in stock.

Added to the breakdown:

The Green Lantern Silver Age Omnibus Vol. 1 - November 2010
The Green Lantern Silver Age Omnibus Vol. 2 - November 2011
Superman Golden Age Omnibus Vol 1 - June 2013
Justice League of America Silver Age Omnibus Vol 1 - April 2014
The Flash Silver Age Omnibus Vol. 1 - September 2014
Batman Golden Age Omnibus Vol 1 - November 2015
Batman & Superman World's Finest Silver Age Omnibus Vol 1 - March 2016
Supergirl Silver Age Omnibus - June 2016
Justice League of America Silver Age Omnibus Vol 2 - July 2016
Superman Golden Age Omnibus Vol 2 - July 2016
Teen Titans Silver Age Omnibus Vol 1 - November 2016

I still think we'll eventually get that Golden Age Superman reprint if DC wants to sell more subsequent volumes.
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Didn't even realize those existed.

The Green Lantern Omnibus Vol. 1 - November 2010
The Green Lantern Omnibus Vol. 2 - November 2011
The Flash Omnibus Vol. 1 - September 2014

All three appear to still be in stock.

Added to the breakdown:

The Green Lantern Silver Age Omnibus Vol. 1 - November 2010
The Green Lantern Silver Age Omnibus Vol. 2 - November 2011
Superman Golden Age Omnibus Vol 1 - June 2013
Justice League of America Silver Age Omnibus Vol 1 - April 2014
The Flash Silver Age Omnibus Vol. 1 - September 2014
Batman Golden Age Omnibus Vol 1 - November 2015
Batman & Superman World's Finest Silver Age Omnibus Vol 1 - March 2016
Supergirl Silver Age Omnibus - June 2016
Justice League of America Silver Age Omnibus Vol 2 - July 2016
Superman Golden Age Omnibus Vol 2 - July 2016
Teen Titans Silver Age Omnibus Vol 1 - November 2016

I still think we'll eventually get that Golden Age Superman reprint if DC wants to sell more subsequent volumes.
List looks complete except for the Batman Golden Age Vol 2 being released in August
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A couple more to add to the list.

Wonder Woman Golden Age Volume 1
The Flash Silver Age Volume 2
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Had a 20% off coupon at Barnes and Noble, so I ordered the Batman Golden Age Omnibus volume 1 for 37.50. Incidentally, some third party sellers on Amazon had lsited the Superman Vol 1 Omnibus for mid $40s, so I grabbed that. And of course I got a notification that my actual Amazon order had shipped. Amazon still lists it as out of stock though.
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Amazon says "In stock on April 1, 2016."

Hopefully DC quietly reprinted it.
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Amazon says "In stock on April 1, 2016."

Hopefully DC quietly reprinted it.
Maybe. We'll see. Instocktrades still list it as unavailable, and cheapgraphicnovels lists it at $199.99. My Amazon copy is scheduled to get here today and my third party copy, which was "shipped" a week before the Amazon order is not showing as scanned at all.
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The Superman Golden Age Omnibus Vol. 1 is in stock on Amazon, and if your direct market sources don't have it yet, reprints are definitely on the way:

SUPERMAN: THE GOLDEN AGE OMNIBUS VOL. 1 HC (FEB130227) (2nd printing)
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The Superman Golden Age Omnibus Vol. 1 is in stock on Amazon, and if your direct market sources don't have it yet, reprints are definitely on the way:

SUPERMAN: THE GOLDEN AGE OMNIBUS VOL. 1 HC (FEB130227) (2nd printing)
That's what I figured. Does anyone know if there is a way to tell, without removing the shrink wrap, what edition the book is?
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That's what I figured. Does anyone know if there is a way to tell, without removing the shrink wrap, what edition the book is?
Unless the price changed, DC's company spine logo changed, or the country it was printed in changed, then probably not. DC isn't usually like Marvel changing cover material or paper quality to the point that you can spot physical differences between first and subsequent printings.

To each his own but I've never understood the desire for first prints of a trade that's just a collection of reprints unless something has actually changed with the design or build quality of the book. This second printing is likely going to be identical in every single way except for one tiny word in the indicia.
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To each his own but I've never understood the desire for first prints of a trade that's just a collection of reprints unless something has actually changed with the design or build quality of the book. This second printing is likely going to be identical in every single way except for one tiny word in the indicia.
It's that late 80's/early 90's comic book mentality still shining through.

And I agree with you.
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