“The Old Order Changeth!”: 40% off the Avengers!

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“And there came a day, a day unlike any other, when Earth’s mightiest heroes and heroines found themselves united against a common threat. On that day, the Avengers were born—to fight the foes no single super hero could withstand! Through the years, their roster has prospered, changing many times, but their glory has never been denied! Heed the call, then—for now, the Avengers Assemble!”

Avengers #16

I haven’t been this excited about an omnibus in a while.

February 2012 sees the release of The Avengers omnibus, collecting Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Don Heck’s Avengers #1- 30, which introduces several characters including Kang the Conqueror, Wonder Man and, of course, the re-introduction of Captain America! (It’s odd, however, that the omnibus finishes at #30; Lee went on to write and edit until issue 35.) The HC will be the equivalent of buying the first three volumes of the Marvel Masterworks: Avengers editions.

Art by Jack "The King" Kirby!

The 728-page book has an RRP of £75, but anyone after the Jack Kirby DM – that’s Direct Market – cover (a re-coloured version of Avengers #01) should go to forbiddenplanet.co.uk for a 40% saving:

http://www.forbiddenplanet.co.uk/index.php?main_page=product_music_info&products_id=66206

The offer stands until 21st September; as anyone with a calendar in their peripheral will know… that’s tomorrow, so get over there straight away!

The DM Kirby cover.

If you’ve missed it, don’t panic; amazon.co.uk has a pre-order price of £45.54:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Avengers-Omnibus-1-Jack-Kirby/dp/0785158464/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1316517898&sr=8-1

Bookdepository.co.uk currently has it for £47.46, while forbiddenplanet.com has a price of £51.74.

Avengers #20

John Romita Jr. (my favourite artist by a mile) provides a variant cover, which promises to be just stunning. Forbiddenplanet.co.uk has this available for £50.25, which I expect will be the price of the Kirby cover after tomorrow.

The JRJR variant cover

Despite Amazon predicting 29th, the omnibus is expected around 15th February, plenty of time before the release of the The Avengers Movie. There are obviously a few omnibuses out there for Kirby fans, including his runs on Captain
America
, Fantastic Four, Devil Dinosaur and The Eternals.

Original Eternals advert

The first Avengers comic I read was the milestone #16, which heralded a new line-up for Earth’s Mightiest, and since then, I’ve loved them, just like every Marvel fan. While the original team – debuting in September 1963 – comprised of Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Ant man and the Wasp (with Cap joining the team in #4), issue 16 saw the roster change, with Captain America headlining a team of Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch, and Quicksilver.

The final panel of Avengers #01.

Price List Changes

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The new price lists are up.

Since the last one, a lot has changed. Many omnibuses have sold out; new stocks of older editions have seemingly been found; the pre-order war has raged; and the range has expanded dramatically. So it seems the perfect time for a change.

If you compare the current price list to the last one, you’ll see a massive difference. Most notably, the graph of prices has changed into what I hope is more informative and pleasing to the eye. And more of a list. Obviously, the price comparisons are still there, but alongside these, I’ve also added the issues each omnibus contains, which will hopefully lead you to a better decision when buying.

Another main change to the list is that there are now two: one for normal omnibuses, and another for pre-orders. This should make it easier to navigate and find exactly what you want. The pre-order price list can be found alongside the normal one near the top of the page, while a round-up of these pre-orders can be found as a separate post (to be added soon).

The final big change regards forbiddenplanet.com, which continues to promise delivery of most omnibuses within 21 days… and fails miserably. So I’ve treated those as OOP (out-of-print); if you’re not going to get them anyway, what’s the point of their deals?! Even worse, they don’t even let you know they’re unavailable. Very annoying. Obviously, I’ve included prices for omnibuses without that stupid ’21 days’ “promise.”

(This is all based on my own experiences, so let me know if you’ve ordered anything from them and been either unsuccessful or very happy with the end result…!)

On top of all this… a minor change, but just as important. Instead of using the graph, the more list-like approach has allowed more space to expand on the names of omnibuses, so there’s, hopefully, less chance of ambiguity.

Oh, and this new format has been easier to update than the last…

Let me know what you think!

Come back soon for the updated price list round-ups.

October Price List

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Here’s October 2010’s price list for future reference. Take a look at the updated price list when you’ve got a mo, and tell me what you think!

Omnibus Amazon.co.uk Forbiddenplanet.co.uk Forbiddenplanet.com
Fantastic Four V1 71.25                       — 46.80
Alias             —                       —                       —
Uncanny X-Men V1             —                       —                       —
The Eternals             —                       —                       —
New X-Men             —                       —                       —
Miller’s Daredevil V1             —                       —                       —
Amazing Spider-man  V1 53.67                       —                       —
Silver Surfer             —                       —                       —
Fantastic Four V2             —                       —                       —
Devil Dinosaur             —                       —                       —
Amazing Fantasy 41.99 41.99 32.99
Brubaker’s Captain America V1              —             —                       —                       —
Miller’s Daredevil Companion             —                       —                       —
Invincible Iron Man V1             — 48.75                       —
Incredible Hulk V1             — 50.25 41.23
Howard the Duck             —                       — 43.55
Bendis’ Daredevil V1             —                       —                       —
Elektra             — 33.49 34.49
Tomb of Dracula V1             —                       — 44.85
The Punisher             —                       —                       —
Secret Wars 56.49 50.25 42.90
Wolverine 63.75 50.25 48.46
The X-Men V1 56.49 50.25 51.75
Secret Wars 2 56.49 50.25 51.75
Brubaker’s Daredevil V1             —                       — 37.51
Immortal Iron Fist 47.59 37.51 37.51
The Ultimates             —                       —                       —
Captain Britain             — 50.25 49.99
Astonishing X-Men 47.59 37.51 44.16
Golden Age of Marvel 63.39 63.65                       —
The Death of Captain America 30.40 33.59 33.59
Tomb of Dracula V2 52.59 50.25 51.75
Bendis’ Daredevil V2 42.71 50.25 51.75
Invincible Iron Man V2 63.75 50.25 51.74
Brubaker’s Daredevil V2 41.99 37.51 38.63
Tomb of Dracula V3 52.50 50.25 51.74
Straczynski’s Thor             — 32.82 33.80
Ghost Rider 26.59 25.45 26.21
Squadron Supreme 39.19 37.51 38.63
On Pre-Order:
Women of Marvel 66.5 63.65 64.85
Acts of Vengeance             — 50.25 51.74
The Mighty Thor 56.25 50.25 51.74
Captain America Lives! 34.99 32.82 33.8
Atlantis Attacks 47.59 37.51 38.63
Kirby’s Captain America 41.99 37.51 38.63
Simonson’s Thor 71.25 63.65 64.85
X-Men V2 63.75 50.25                       —
X-Men: Fall of the Mutants 56.25 50.25                       —

UPDATED: 25th October 2010. All prices are in British Pound (£), unless otherwise stated.

NOTES:

Bold:     Best deal.

–:           Omnibus not available/ OOP (out-of-print)

V:            Volume.

Fp:          Forbidden Planet ie. fp.co.uk =  forbiddenplanet.co.uk.

Italics:   Item not in stock at fp.com, but available to order. There is no guarantee that you will get the omnibus, so it will not be considered the best deal, even if the price is the lowest, unless amazon.co.uk and fp.co.uk do not have stocks available either.

Underlined:        Variant edition only. Generally, variants copies have a more limited printing, so are rarer to find.

Things to remember:

Look at regular blog for deals at other stores, like whsmith.co.uk, and waterstones.com. All prices are correct at time of update. Prices do not include postage and packaging.

The Evolutionary War!

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This September, The Evolutionary War is collected in a 472-page omnibus, with two covers by Lee Garbett and John Buscema.

Buscema cover

The storyline – which focuses on one of the world’s leading geneticists, The High Evolutionary, declaring war on the Earth – was the first of its kind; a crossover spread over several annuals in 1988, from X-Factor Annual #03 to Avengers Annual #17. This tradition continued with storylines like Atlantis Attacks and Lifeform, the former of which has also been released in omnibus format.

Okay, so with an RRP of £55.99, how can you save a bit of money? Well, here are the current offers from the ‘Big Three,’ as I’ve taken to calling them:

forbiddenplanet.com: £38.63.

forbiddenplanet.co.uk: £37.51.

amazon.co.uk: £41.99.

As you can see, it’s best to pre-order with fp.co.uk, but as it’s released in September, it might be worth waiting to see if it drops down a bit. There’s a chance it might, but only by a couple of quid.

Garbett cover

In other news…

In preparation for the upcoming Thor movie – which looks just incredible – the new Walter Simonson Omnibus should be on shelves nationwide. It also looks like Forbidden Planet pre-orders have been sent out too. It’s an extremely popular run and a massive omnibus, weighing in at 1192 pages of Odinson action. It’s worth getting just to see Thor as a frog, right?

For Asgard...!

Comic Book Resources are calling the new Thor movie, which previews next Easter Monday in the UK, the “best Marvel film yet.”

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=31910

Come back soon; it looks like October will see the release of several exciting omnibuses…

“I’ll take Manhattan”: 40% off Spider-man!

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It’s been a while since the last Spider-man omnibus was released – 2007, in fact! – and it’s now out-of-print.

So it’s a pleasant surprise to find August’s solicitations include an Amazing Spider-man by David Michelinie and Todd McFarlane omnibus.

Amazing Spider-man #297

The weighty 848-page tome will collect Amazing Spider-man #296- 329, as well as material from Spectacular Spider-man Annual #10, written by Michelinie, and drawn by McFarlane, Alex Saviuk, Erik Larsen and Colleen Doran. The omnibus will be issued with two covers by McFarlane, adapted from ASM #300-301 featuring Spidey in his red-and-blue costume… and his black!

The run sees Spider-man going toe-to-toe with villainous heavy-hitters, like Doctor Octopus, Venom, the Rhino, Magneto, the Lizard, Scorpion and Hydro-Man. And let’s not forget the return of Spidey’s first super-villain, the Chameleon.

Amazing Spider-man #303

Anyone who has read the Michelinie/McFarlane run knows it is a true classic, and this omnibus will be snapped up fast!

It’s lucky, then, that forbiddenplanet.co.uk is offering Cover B (with the black costume) with a 40% discount, bringing it down to just £45! Be quick; the offer ends tomorrow (2ND MARCH), but don’t panic if you miss it; Cover A is available at £50.25, and Cover B is expected to level with this once the offer ends.

Let me know what you think of the run if you’ve read it (some issues were recently reprinted in the English Collector’s Edition comic, Astonishing Spider-man) or if you’ve pre-ordered it. I haven’t seen any other sites offering it yet, so email me if you know of any great deals and, if I use that information, I’ll give you a shout-out!

Latest eBay updates (Dec’ 2010 – Jan’ 2011)

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Here’s a round-up of some recent bargains on eBay, so you can get a feel for the current market. How much should you be selling or buying items for? This article includes the following omnibuses:

  • Tomb of Dracula: Volume One;
  • The Amazing Spider-man: Volume One;
  • Brubaker’s Captain America: Volume One;
  • Miller’s Daredevil: Volume One;
  • Amazing Fantasy;
  • Devil Dinosaur.

Let’s start off, all the way back at the beginning of December, when a Tomb of Dracula, volume one omnibus went for the amazing price of just £50.99, with a postage price of £2.75! Despite its rarity, this edition – showing the cover of Tomb of Dracula #01 on the front – only got 2 bids. It was described as in “good condition,” and slight curling on the dust jacket could be seen in the photo. Perhaps this is the reason for its low price.

However, another Tomb omnibus sold for a similarly-low-priced $93.67 (about £58.48) on 24th December, with just four bids. It was in near mint (NM) condition, still in its shrink wrap, but high postage rates ($47.60 for UK delivery) might have cost it a few bidders.

Art by Gil Kane

Don’t worry though; it’s not all doom and gloom for the horror title. On 17th December, a NM copy went for $118.16 (c. £73.77), with three bidders battling it out to win the auction. It proves that cheap postage and packaging can attract a big market, with free US delivery and a greatly-reduced UK rate of just $9.50.

Recently, a Tomb of Dracula, volume one omnibus has been put on eBay, with a Buy-It-Now price of $349.00 (around £217.88). It is described as having “little imperfections,” and only sold – with free p+p – within the US. Its price seems a bit optimistic, but you never know…

An Amazing Spider-man, volume one omnibus went to auction on 5th December, and, despite 16 bids, achieved a price of just $51.00, or about £31.84. Still in its shrink wrap, with a NM condition, it sounds like a massive bargain. However, with an international postage rate of $45, you might think again!

Silver-acre currently have the Spider-man omnibus for £79.99 – free delivery – but it might be worth waiting to see if there are any more bargains to be had over the next few months.

Brubaker’s Captain America, volume one omnibus has been all over eBay recently; with various covers and various conditions. On 10th December, one normal edition went for $62.51 (c. £39.02), but with limited postage, only within the US. Another went for £62.00, with 10 bids, on 15th December, described as ‘used’ but NM.

The following day, a shrink-wrapped variant edition had six bidders fighting over it, with a winning price of £66, with £2.75 postage, while Silver-acre had a normal copy on a Buy-It-Now price of £59.99. Despite being classed as ‘used,’ a variant edition – featuring the cover of Captain America (vol. 5) #06 – was also described as “in excellent condition”, but only attracted one bidder, at the starting price of £47.99 (UK recorded deliver: £9).

Current Buy-It-Now prices range wildly, with one at $108.49 (c. £67.73) and another $199.99 (about £124.85), so it’s probably best for anyone looking to sell to put one on at auction. Currently, one copy has only attracted six bids, reaching just £20.05, but don’t be put off; with over three days left – and an unmet reserve – anything could happen. Most jump up large amounts in the last few minutes!

Art by Frank Miller

A couple of greatly-sought-after Miller’s Daredevil, volume one omnibuses have gone on sale these past two months. One variant, described as “new,” “sealed” and “perfect” was sold for £163.00, with 23 bidders, but the best deal ended in late December. Silver-acre had the black-and-red variant edition on sale with a Buy-It-Now price of an incredible £89.99, with free normal delivery (or £2.75 recorded). Bet you wish you’d have got that one!

Two Devil Dinosaur omnibuses went on eBay recently; one of which was shrink-wrapped with a Buy-It-Now price of $29.99 (c. £18.72). However, a high international postage rate of $25.52 may have put some prospective buyers off.

Another – read once, then stored safely – did not sell before its end date on 16th January, with a Buy-It-Now of just £40.00. An offer of £25 was declined, and so the item was relisted, with a new price of £30.00. Alongside a postage and packaging rate of £3, this went fast.

It seems that the market has little place for Kirby’s usually-popular Devil Dinosaur at the moment, so perhaps it’s a good time to nab a bargain!

Finally, to my ‘eBay Bargain of the Month’… which comes in the shape of some AmazingFantasy omnibus copies, sold through A-Place-In-Space, who are having a graphic novel sale. These NM shrink-wrapped variant editions were sold at the astonishing price of just £20.00. Unable to believe my eyes, I snapped this up, as did eight others.

Let me know of any recent deals that you’ve nabbed!

40% off Captain America!

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Brubaker’s latest run on Captain America heralds in a new age of red-white-and-blue greatness. But before the Winter Soldier, Heroic Age and Civil War, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby defined the future with shocking battles between the living legend and M.O.D.O.K., Baron Zemo and – of course! – the Red Skull.

Cap fans – ie. everyone – will want to get to forbiddenplanet.co.uk before Wednesday 1st December (that’s TOMORROW, folks!) to save a biiiiiig 40% on next year’s omnibus. With an RRP of £75, this brings the price down to £45! This is the regular cover only, but with art by Kirby, you’d be crazy to complain. Just in case you’re that guy, the variant is by Ron Garney, at the great price of £50.25.

It’s definitely the best deal around, with amazon.co.uk offering it for £62.57, while forbiddenplanet.co.uk has a pre-order price of £51.74. Waterstones, WHSmith and Blackwell’s haven’t even got it listed yet, but they’re likely to be higher than the rest.

The offer is sure to be a hit, with the omnibus listed as first in the top-selling graphic novels of last week (forbiddenplanet.co.uk).

The 856-page hardback collects Tales of Suspense #59- 99, Captain America #100-113, and NOT Brand Echh #3, each with their letter pages, by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Roy Thomas, John Romita, and many more. And if that’s not enough, there’s a comics master class with design-genius Jim Steranko, whose work is also collected there.

The omnibus should be released in May 2011, according to forbiddenplanet.co.uk and amazon.co.uk, but January if you believe forbiddenplanet.com. No idea where they’re getting this from, but it’s probably wrong.

If you miss the fantastic deal, forbiddenplanet.co.uk is expected to keep the price at £50.25 until the book becomes out-of-print.

Price List Round-up: 25th October 2010

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Namor and Sue

Art by Jack Kirby

It’s pretty unbelievable that there are still copies of the very first omnibus about.

Amazon’s prices have zig-zagged recently. A couple of weeks ago, certain omnibuses, especially pre-orders, were selling for just over £10. While this didn’t last long – and all orders cancelled, thank you very much – it’s no reason to increase prices so dramatically. While the very first omnibus, Fantastic Four Volume One, was previously between £40-50, it’s now rocketed to £71.25. However, it is quite a rare edition, released in 2005, so it’s up to you to decide whether it’s worth that extra dough. Be wary, though; Amazon will probably drop the price pretty soon anyway.

And never forget to look at the independent sellers; the variant edition of Fantastic Four Volume One, by Alex Ross, is £64.99. Variants are always rarer, so grab that one up.

Their only competition is Forbiddenplanet.com, which is pretty much a wasted order. Just like Howard the Duck, Tomb of Dracula, Brubaker’s Daredevil Volume One and countless others, there’s no guarantee you’ll get the omnibus, despite their promise of receiving it within 21 days. It’s really not worth it, considering that, from my experience, they don’t even let you know it’s unavailable. This inability to obtain omnibuses apparently extends to recent releases, with the exception of Ghost Rider by Jason Aaron. Their pre-order prices, however, are quite competitive, so it’s always good to have a look at them.

There’s still the opportunity of obtaining the complete Lee/Ditko run on Amazing Spider-man from Amazon for £53.67. The price might go down a bit sometime, but it’s still a good deal.

I’m constantly surprised that copies of the brilliant Amazing Fantasy omnibus are still available. For me, that’s an omnibus everyone should have. If you’re interested, it’s best if you order from Amazon for £41.99, because there’s the option of free delivery.

Following the hit movies, Invincible Iron Man Volume One is very sought-after, so it’s a surprise Forbiddenplanet.co.uk have it for just £48.75. The same goes for Incredible Hulk, which suddenly disappeared overnight from Amazon.

I’ve recently grabbed a copy of Elektra, and highly-recommend it to all. The variant edition, with cover by Bill Sienkiewicz, is available at just £33.49 from Forbiddenplanet.co.uk.

Women of Marvel

Art by Olivier Coipel

The two volumes of Secret Wars are also popular, so you might want to snap those up. The same goes for The X-Men Volume One, a follow-up of which is released in April. Speaking of which…

Get over to Forbiddenplanet.co.uk for a massive 40% discount on The X-Men Volume Two. It’s just £45, if you order before Wednesday 10th November. This is the normal edition; the variant, by John Cassaday, is just £50.25, which is still a brilliant offer.

The most recent release, Squadron Supreme, can best be obtained from Forbiddenplanet.co.uk, at £37.51, but the price will probably go down imminently. It looks as if it may soon become hard to find though, so if you’d rather not risk missing out, order within the next couple of months.

Coming soon is the Women of Marvel omnibus (at the start of November), and, again, Forbiddenplanet.co.uk is best on price. The same can be said of all pre-orders, except the aforementioned X-Men Volume Two. Prices will probably remain the same upon release, but they’re pretty unreliable.

Walt Simonson’s Thor is sure to be a massive hit, so get those orders in now! Prices aren’t too bad at the moment (hovering around £65), despite its RRP of £95. It’s well worth it; the 1192 pages make for one of the biggest omnibuses ever. Nobody really knows when it’ll come out, though; some say January, others March, so let’s play it safe for now with February.

Of course, independent comic shops will vary omnibus prices, so it’s always worth sneaking along to the nearest one. Bristol’s Excelsior!, found on Bond Street, is brilliant at discounting hard-to-find tomes.

Feel free to add a comment regarding local comic shops, and/or discounts, alongside other omnibuses I might have missed out. There’s no official omnibus list, so getting it right is extra difficult. Fantastic Four by Mark Millar and Bryan Hitch (ISBN 13: 9780785133711): Omnibus or not? It may call itself an omnibus, but at just 400 pages, it pales into comparison against the likes of New X-Men and Frank Miller’s Daredevil. But then again, there’s Devil Dinosaur

Opinions please!

Welcome!

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Hi! Welcome to The Marvel Omnibus Guide!

This site will provide you with all the latest information on Marvel Comics’ omnibus editions, including:

  • Creator information:

From writers to inkers, artists to editors, seek out Lee and Ditko’s Amazing Spider-man run, or go with something a bit more contemporary like Ed Brubaker’s Immortal Iron Fist.

  • How much you should expect to pay (and sell):

Forget RRPs. The world of the omnibus is a mad one; one day, you can pay massive prices for that out-of-print (OOP) edition and the next, Amazon have gone crazy and are selling them all off for a quarter of their actual price. Seek out those deals and make sure you’re not ripped off. Please remember, all conversion rates (£ and $) are correct at time.

  • Updated price list:

A frequently-updated list of omnibuses (both previously-released and on pre-order), finding you the best deal on the ‘net!

  • Background information:

What influenced each story? And what’s happening in the character’s world? Is the character popular in this medium, and how fast do they go out-of-print?

  • Release dates:

Plan out your pre-orders, and compare the best prices. Marvel’s pretty notorious with these, but all the latest solicits will be as accurate as they can be!

  • Issue numbers and page counts:

Fill in those missing runs, and get quantity as well as quality; something to consider when spending £75 on one!

  • Follow-up omnibuses:

What to read next. After finishing Bendis and Maleev’s complete Daredevil, go straight to Brubaker and Lark’s run, or learn when the next one’s coming out, and what tie-ins are available.

  • Why it’s important, and why you should read it:

Whether it’s a character-defining run, a massive milestone, or just a script by Frank Miller, learn why each omnibus is special, and why it should grab you.

I’m Philip Bates, a freelance writer, who just loves Marvel. In fact, I’ve loved Marvel since the age of three, influenced by the 1990s Spider-man and ­X-Men television series. My favourite characters and creators change every day, but I’ve always loved John Romita Jr., especially his Spider-man run alongside J. Michael Straczynski. My first omnibus was Daredevil by Bendis and Maleev, but my most sought-after is the first volume of Miller’s run on the same character.

A copy of this post can be found on the ‘About’ section, with further information on why to buy Marvel omnibuses, and a updated price list.

You can find out more at:

prbates.wordpress.com

Or email me on:

prbates36@hotmail.co.uk

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