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Thriller Comics Omnibus edition

Posted: 19 Nov 2011, 21:22
by dreamticket
I was wondering if anybody here has picked up any of these, and if so what is the quality of the reproduction like? I'm assuming they've been shot from copies of the comics themselves and not the original artwork. It's a lot of book for twenty pounds, but can't make up my mind about buying one.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/THRILLER-COMI ... 5d312d3409

Re: Thriller Comics Omnibus edition

Posted: 19 Nov 2011, 22:04
by Phoenix
If it is any help, dreamticket, I can tell you that the seller, brywinfred, is the guy who publishes the volume. He used to publish The Comic Journal, the respected magazine devoted to comment and analysis of comics and related matters, which he sold on sometime around the millennium. Take a look at the other items he has for sale and you will see that, just like the Thriller Comics Library - Giant Omnibus edition (vol. 3), they are all brand new. The artwork for all his earliest books was taken from the comics themselves. I know that because he told me so at the time. I would therefore assume that the later ones have been produced the same way.

Re: Thriller Comics Omnibus edition

Posted: 19 Nov 2011, 22:17
by felneymike
I would strongly suspect these are unauthorised copies made without the copyright holder's consent (Likely to be DC Comics/Time Warner by now?). So I ordered a couple of them just now, before the listings dissapear!

Re: Thriller Comics Omnibus edition

Posted: 22 Nov 2011, 19:51
by felneymike
My books came today! The printing is very obviously jpegs which have been scanned from the original comics - it's on a par (size, format and print wise) with the current War/Battle Picture Library reprint books. But the image quality is slightly worse, it's also slightly more 'soft focus' and has grey fuzzy bits where black and white meet.
But for all that the stories are perfectly readadble and the text is clear.

Re: Thriller Comics Omnibus edition

Posted: 23 Nov 2011, 22:16
by dreamticket
I think at 20 pounds a shot I'd be better off buying the handful of originals I'm interested in.

I'm surprised these things haven't reappeared in some legitimate form recently. A hardback volume of Sep. Scott's Captain Flame stories to ride on the wave of popularity for all things piratical generated by the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, for example. It wouldn't even have to be high-end. Just a nice modern annual size maybe reprinting a couple of the stories, maybe coloured. Surely quality always sells. Got to worth somebody taking a risk on it?

Re: Thriller Comics Omnibus edition

Posted: 27 Nov 2011, 16:24
by presterjohn
I wonder if the ownership of the copyright of these books is so mixed up or even expired that would be fairly easy to get away with making small runs like these. With desk top publishing so available to the average man now I am surprised this kind of thing does not go on more often.