Marvel’s bringing the Treasury Edition back — so we pick some faves from the past.
In case you missed it, Marvel’s bringing back treasury format to collect Spidey #1-5 this June. 13th Dimension contributor Rob Kelly — who runs TreasuryComics.com, the preeminent resource for such editions on the web — riffed on it here.
Me? I’m buying the dang thing on principle because I, like many of my generation, grew up with Marvel Treasury Editions and DC’s Limited Collectors’ Editions (and their various iterations). The tabloid format was how I was introduced to what’s still one of the greatest single comics ever, Batman #1. In fact, I talked about this very Famous First Edition with Bat-expert Chip Kidd right here.
Anyway, as I’m wont to do, I went back into the archives and picked out 13 of my favorite covers. There are, to be sure, some you’ll like better. I’ve also intentionally left some out for the sake of avoiding repetition. I mean, I could do all of the Batman covers, y’know? I’ve also stayed away from movie covers and Famous First Editions and focused mainly on the superheroes: Six Marvel, Six DC and one, well, you’ll see …
(My standard caveat: This is a subjective list and not a ranking of any kind. This is pretty much what I dig and you may feel very differently. So, rather than beef about a cover you don’t see, instead join in the fun and share your own choices in the comments section or in whatever social-media thread you saw this.)
Most cover images and credits from the treasured Grand Comics Database.