When I was a kid there was really nothing that was more cool than a brand new comic book except one thing: A Treasury Edition comic book! What are those? You don’t remember the Treasury Editions?!! Well let me refresh your memory. They were basically gigantic versions of your favorite comic books sometimes three or more stories and sometimes more than one title per book! These Treasury Editions were huge measuring ( I am actually measuring one of mine right now!) 13 & 1/2 x 10 inches and having 80 advertisement free pages! These were very popular in the 70’s but seemed to fizzle out in the 80’s. Sometimes the issues would have brand new covers and the back cover was always specifically drawn for the treasury edition which was essentially like a poster!
These were just as rad as any toy and I remember carrying around my stack of these pretty much everywhere I went being the envy of any kid that saw me! I still own quite a few of them most of which are The Incredible Hulk or The Fantastic Four. But you could get alot of different stuff in the treasury size, DC comics, Battlestar Galactica, Conan, Buck Rogers and even a Treasury sized comic version of the Bible. Plus they were only a buck fifty or two dollars tops! What a deal!
So my idea is that Marvel and DC should just bite the bullet and start printing these suckers again! Preferably some great 80’s or even 90’s stories reprinted on newsprint the same way they did way back when. Part of me really misses the look and feel of the older comic books. Some of the current stuff just seems to glossy and computerized. No matter how much comics advance they will never quite capture the charm of the classics. Most of all though I’d just like to carry a whole new batch of these giant comic books with me all around town again!