It’s been awhile since I picked up any genuinely old comics. I mean, yeah, I’ll buy reprints of old material but I can’t remember the last time I picked up a comic that was physically more than a decade old.

Well, today I stumbled across this gem at my local comic book shop today for THREE BUCKS.

Everyone's in their best "ready to fight" pose except Ghost Rider. Ghost Rider is playing air guitar.

Man, just look at this thing. If you had to put together a cover that had everything certifiably great about 70’s Marvel, you couldn’t do much better than this. Hell, the back cover is somehow even better.


THE ORB. Also, Morbius.

So yeah, needless to say, this thing was getting bought. I haven’t actually sat down to read the stories within, but a cursory flip through makes me realize that this material looks fantastic in a large format like this.

For example:


Which really begs the question…why don’t we see more of this sort of thing today? Off the top of my head, the only large format books in this vein to come out lately are Wednesday Comics (which, despite having the deadweight that is sort of expected with anthologies, was pretty great), that Waid/Hitch JLA story (pretty good) and those Alex Ross/Paul Dini DC one shots from way back (never read ’em). I mean, if I had to guess I’d say it’s because the cost ends up being much higher (It was sometimes painful spending $4 per issue of Wednesday Comics) and the fact that stuff like this is really awkward to store. You can’t put it in a box really and it’s not much easier putting it on a book shelf or something.

Regardless, I’d be cool to see Marvel or DC put out some more treasury-sized books in this vein that reprint older material. DC’s got two reprints of Superman vs. Muhammad Ali coming out in November:  A slightly oversized version and an oversized version that replicates the original. I’m pretty excited/interested in seeing how it turns out.