View Full Version : Marvel's Trade Hard Covers
07-25-2005, 01:58 AM
This may have been posted about before but I searched about six pages back, if it is I'm sorry.
Anyways, I'm really disappointed that Marvel is doing this. I seriously hate these books. I went in to buy the new Captain America TPB last Wendseday and was suprised to see that it was in hard cover, but not the oversized expanded art hardcover, but just regular trade size with a hard cover thrown over it. The problem is that the book was almost $7 more then the regular TPB all because you put a hardcover over the book? Needless to say I didn't buy it. I know a few other people the feel the same way about it, and I'm severly disappointed Marvel is doing this. The owner of the shop told me that the regular TPB will be out in a few months, but if that's going to continually be the trend I don't see how I can stay remotely caught up with the book. Had I know that Marvel would be doing this when the new Cap started I would have just bought the comic itself. Any thoughts on these thc's?
07-25-2005, 02:02 AM
I suppose this is a responce to everyone who waits for the trade.
If you didn't buy the book when it regularly came out, you only have yourself to blame. Marvel isn't obligated to put out softcover trades for any comic.
07-25-2005, 02:09 AM
You're correct they're not obligated to put it out in softcover, but I know there are a lot of people that buy everything in trade and just by pass the monthly altogether. I buy a large of amount of monthly's but there are some things I just have to get in the tpb. The advantage to the tpb is simply that it's a little bit cheaper then buying the monthly. The trade hard covers aren't even cheaper though. I just don't find that to be good business and completely neglecting their fans that will and do buy everything as a tpb anyways.
07-25-2005, 02:35 AM
I don't know, I do think that there should be trades. but I also think that the HC are beautiful and generally I prefer them. I do agree that if it's a HC it should worth the price by being larger in size, and such things.
07-25-2005, 07:14 AM
Marvel isn't obligated to put out softcover trades for any comic.
Marvel isn't "obligated" to put out a softcover? they aren't obligated to do anything really but we are the consumer and they should be putting out what we want, when we want it, in order to build loyalty and get the most of our paychecks they possibly can. If i ever heard someone from Marvel say they weren't "obligated" to do something for their readers (basically telling us to shove it) i'd be irked.
ps absolutely no personal offense Jake - i just get heated when people in the business of selling goods or services to consumers act like they're doing US a favor (when it's really the opposite).
07-25-2005, 08:12 AM
I agree that not oversizing the recent hardcovers is a pain. I love that big format, and it irritates me that a title like CAPTAIN AMERICA isn't getting the deluxe treatment.
As for the TPB thing . . . I think, of late, TPBs are less a device for catching up on a story, prepping you for the monthly, and more an alternate and independent means of delivering the product.
07-25-2005, 08:15 AM
i totally agree... my "floppy" pull list seems to get smaller and smaller by the month as i read more and more trades... and trades are just so convenient to collect and reread (not to mention the extras you usually get).
07-25-2005, 01:37 PM
Oversized/extra material HC's are great, regular size HC's with no bonuses over the trade are pointless. I hate how DC especially is now pumping out a stream of barebones hardcovers for collected editions (not just OGN's anymore) and then dumping out a trade a year or so after.
03-22-2009, 08:23 PM
Wasn't sure whether to start a new thread or just bump an oldie, so I did the latter. Basically wanted to just say...
Damn, Marvel's trade system and quality just craps all over DC's, doesn't it!
Now, anyone that knows me understands the last thing I am is a Marvel Zombie or DC basher. But I was going through my old Previews for the past year last night and was astounded at how few interesting DC trades or hardcovers I wanted to pick up compared to Marvel's - it was easily 3 to 1. And having finally gotten around to reading some of the trades & HC's I'd been stockpiling over the past few years, Marvel definitely do it better. Better presentation, better paper, and a hell of a lot quicker release.
It's easy to bag them for a lot of their business practices, but I've certainly been converted when it comes to the way they do their collections. Apart from the ridiculously inflated prices on some of them, of course, but that's a whole 'nother story.
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