good work IsaiahPlg -i'll look out for the thread bump
This looks interesting. Definitely worth a look.
I know Treasury Editions were big sellers in the 70s. I loved them growing up because they were so big and I still have a ton of them, including the movie adaptions of Star Wars and Empire. My first exposure to classic comics were the Famous First Editions. Exact cover-to-cover reprints of over a dozen key DC comics from the Golden Age, with a second cardboard cover wrapped around the whole package, so they didn't need to alter the original comic cover with modern pricing or UPC codes. They weren't ongoing titles, but series of one-shots so they would be perfect for newsstands bookstores & toy shops and other places like that could carry something special. I know DC tried them again with the 5 original GNs by Paul Dini & Alex Ross and a few others.
Russ Cochran even tried to get a line of regular ongoing reprints of Tales From the Crypt in this format, but it only lasted a single issue. (The art looked SOOOOOOO good in that size tho.) Comic shops just didn't know how to display or market it. Readers didn't know how to store them in their comic boxes. I subscribed to the line and my mailman folded mine down the middle to fit in my huge mailbox, creasing the spine. (Russ was cool enough to replace the damaged copy at no cost, and this time the mailman placed in inside my screen door.) Plus they cost $4 for 64 pages of comic. That was just unheard of at the time, since they were double the cost of the 64 page EC reprints that Gladstone had been selling on newsstands.
(For the record: a standard short box usually has a bit of room to the sides that a single Treasury can fit sideways in the box that way.)
Will this book have a spine?
After seeing some of the art, I am completely sold. I will definitely be buying this. It looks incredible.
I'm surprised that this isn't getting more hype. Granted, it is still a couple of months out, but it's very unique. I'll be putting in my pre-order tomorrow.