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telan
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13 Feb 2018, 02:32 #9201

Listened to today's episode of The Felix Comic Art Podcast. (I'm a subscriber already, but Scott also posted it on AEIndex.)

I find myself wondering how much overlap there is between the DC Absolute Edition collector and AE collector.

When they first started, I bought a few Absolutes. However, I found that they were all books I had already read, and they didn't provide the level of insight I would later find in AEs.

While I have no interest in an Absolute Batman Year One, I am interested in a Batman Year One Gallery Edition. I wonder if I'm the only way who feels this way.
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13 Feb 2018, 02:45 #9202

I think most everyone here would be interested in a Batman Year One Gallery / Artist's Edition.  I do not own (nor desire) any Absolute editions, so definitely not a crossover buyer.
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13 Feb 2018, 14:15 #9203

kirbyesque wrote:
HighlandRay wrote: ..... longer than that...........
There can be only one!
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13 Feb 2018, 14:20 #9204

telan wrote: When they first started, I bought a few Absolutes. However, I found that they were all books I had already read, and they didn't provide the level of insight I would later find in AEs.

While I have no interest in an Absolute Batman Year One, I am interested in a Batman Year One Gallery Edition. I wonder if I'm the only way who feels this way.
Yeah, I bought them for a few favorite books or books I wanted a better look at the art -- but the only two I felt were worthwhile were the Watchmen Absolute (mainly because it reprinted the pitch Alan Moore made for the Charlton and then final versions of the characters) and the Alex Ross Justice Absolute (the larger size really showcased the detailed art very well). 

Everything else was a good product, but the idea of them didn't suit the reality -- like the Omnibus editions, the books are a bit unwieldy and uncomfortable to read in bed, where I do most of my reading. I actually regret getting my Incredible Hulk Omnibus because I know the first two Epic Collections would be a far more pleasurable reading experience.
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13 Feb 2018, 14:26 #9205

I know that finding enough full issues of a run can be tough but I do wish that if nothing else, IDW would do some "best of" AEs or Artisan Editions hat combine issues from several runs, like the old Marvel Visionaries hardcover books --

  


I'd love a John Byrne, Neal Adams and John Buscema type book. You could do one or two issues from all their signature runs and it would still be a very satisfying purchase, IMO.
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13 Feb 2018, 15:15 #9206

A YO GE would be an instant purchase for me as well. I would've gotten the Absolute if the price wasn't so ridiculous for what you get. I actually think that a GE wouldn't even be much more espensive (if at all) than the Absolute if it only contained YO and perhaps a few promo pieces and such. 

As to Absolutes in general, I haven't bought one in years as the material they contain these days mostly doesn't warrant the oversized deluxe reproduction to me. For example I am a huge fan of Dillon, but I do not think his work gains anything from Absolute-size.

On a different subject: all of the examples of OA from Sam Kieth's Batman: Secrets I've seen online look like there isn't any lettering, maybe because the text was added digitally. Can anyone confirm this? And, more importantly, will the GE then also be missing the text, like the Mignola AE? That would be a major drawback. 
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13 Feb 2018, 15:49 #9207

I don't think there is a comparison between Absolutes and the AEs. One is just a very good printing of the comics, the other is original art. I don't buy AEs for the stories. I have already read everything in the AEs I own. I get the AEs for the art. I read the stories, but it is a different way of reading, paying attention to details in the art and such.
At these prices it is a foolish way to just read comics. :)
This isn't saying the Absolutes don't have their place, but to me there is no overlap.
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13 Feb 2018, 22:15 #9208

Year One AE would be sublime. 
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13 Feb 2018, 22:40 #9209

Sam Kieth - Secrets - Gallery Edition

I was going to skip this... until I saw some of the pages above... 

Heck of a price here, if anyone else is interested... https://www.instocktrades.com/TP/DC/BAT ... /MAR170443
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14 Feb 2018, 13:31 #9210

Well, since we're on the subject of "A/E's We'd Like to See" (that was what we were talking about, right?) -- There are still empty spots on my bookshelf for JOHNNY CRAIG EC STORIES; AL FELDSTEIN EC STORIES; and, of course, the must-gotta-have-if-you-don't-publish-it-I-just-might-die volume of a complete collection of all the EC New Trend and New Direction science-fiction covers.
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14 Feb 2018, 15:08 #9211

Scott D. has confirmed there is at least one more EC-centric AE in the planning stages, so keep your fingers crossed.  You may get lucky.  I'm hoping for a "rest of" the EC covers myself as so many have already been published in the existing volumes. 
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14 Feb 2018, 15:37 #9212

BrianWells wrote: Scott D. has confirmed there is at least one more EC-centric AE in the planning stages, so keep your fingers crossed.  You may get lucky.  I'm hoping for a "rest of" the EC covers myself as so many have already been published in the existing volumes. 
Can you imagine an A/E with ALL the EC covers?? Good Lord!!
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14 Feb 2018, 15:50 #9213

lelak wrote:
BrianWells wrote: Scott D. has confirmed there is at least one more EC-centric AE in the planning stages, so keep your fingers crossed.  You may get lucky.  I'm hoping for a "rest of" the EC covers myself as so many have already been published in the existing volumes. 
Can you imagine an A/E with ALL the EC covers?? Good Lord!!
Choke!!!
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14 Feb 2018, 16:09 #9214

BeezleBob wrote:
lelak wrote:

Can you imagine an A/E with ALL the EC covers?? Good Lord!!
Choke!!!
Gasp!!!!
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14 Feb 2018, 16:26 #9215

Squa Tront!
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14 Feb 2018, 16:53 #9216

BeezleBob wrote: Squa Tront!
Uh...like, Spa Fon, dude!!!!! And a double Potrzebie right back at'cha!!!!
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telan
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14 Feb 2018, 20:45 #9217

There was also that EC Cover portfolio. How much overlap was there with the Best of EC Artist Editions, I wonder.


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14 Feb 2018, 21:30 #9218

telan wrote: There was also that EC Cover portfolio. How much overlap was there with the Best of EC Artist Editions, I wonder.


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All the portfolio plates appeared in Best Of EC Vol 1 Artist’s Edition. 
Scott VanderPloeg, EiC Artist’s Edition Index & Comic Book Daily.
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15 Feb 2018, 00:28 #9219

Reluctant as I am to contradict our resident AE guy, the covers presented in the portfolio were also presented in the following volumes:

Crime Suspensetories 22   Best of EC Volume 1

Haunt of Fear 20   Graham Ingels' EC Stories

Incredible Science Fiction 33   Wally Wood's EC Stories

Tales From the Crypt 46  Jack Davis' EC Stories

Two-Fisted Tales 25  Best of EC Volume 2

Weird Fantasy 15  Best of EC Volume 1

Weird Fantasy 21   Best of EC Volume 2

Weird Science-Fantasy  29  Best of EC Volume 1
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15 Feb 2018, 01:08 #9220

BrianWells wrote: Reluctant as I am to contradict our resident AE guy, the covers presented in the portfolio were also presented in the following volumes:

Crime Suspensetories 22   Best of EC Volume 1

Haunt of Fear 20   Graham Ingels' EC Stories

Incredible Science Fiction 33   Wally Wood's EC Stories

Tales From the Crypt 46  Jack Davis' EC Stories

Two-Fisted Tales 25  Best of EC Volume 2

Weird Fantasy 15  Best of EC Volume 1

Weird Fantasy 21   Best of EC Volume 2

Weird Science-Fantasy  29  Best of EC Volume 1
Thanks Brian! I am definitely not the AE Portfolio guy.
Scott VanderPloeg, EiC Artist’s Edition Index & Comic Book Daily.
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