How did I miss a thread on Epic Illustrated?
Yes, many stories have been collected as TPBs. But many have not. If you enjoy the many anthology zines of the '70s and '80s — HM, the Warren mags (especially 1984/1994), Hot Stuf' and the like — you should have Epic, too. The only anthology mag that didn't impress me was Eclipse. Beautiful covers (Gulacy, Golden, etc.) but the interiors didn't stack up.
The thing is you have to take into account all the fantastic talent that graced the pages of the magazine. Besides those already mentioned (Starlin, Veitch, Bolton, Buscema, Suydam), there's work by Tim Conrad, Steve Bissette, Bernie Wrightson, Jeff Jones, Ken Steacy, Charles Vess, Mike Saenz, Pepe Moreno and a slew of others.
Since Epic Illustrated is a long-ended publication, it'll be that much easier to scope through all the great stuff. And if you never have, you absolutely must experience the awe and wonder of Arthur Suydam's misadventures of Cholly & Flytrap.
And do NOT miss Wrightson's "The Potty's Over" in Issue #25 (the same one also has Rick Veitch's way cool wordless tale "Landmass").
Make the investment for the whole show. It'll be worth it.
One last thing. Avoid AT ALL COSTS Marvel's more recent revisiting of EI as a limited series. Save the occasional goodness by one Art Suydam, the venture was a shameless odds 'n sods endeavor that I found pretty offensive.