DC plans an edition that ranges from the early ’50s to the early ’80s…
Just to show that you don’t have to be an A-List hero to get a big ol’ omnibus, DC in early 2021 is planning a massive collection starring cult-fave the Phantom Stranger.
The high-end edition, The Phantom Stranger Omnibus, covers the Stranger’s earliest adventures — which began in 1952, thanks to John Broome, Carmine Infantino and Sy Barry — and takes you all the way into the ’80s.
Check out the details, along with Jim Aparo placeholder art, thanks to an Amazon listing:
Phantom Stranger Omnibus
The greatest adventures of DC’s supernatural crime-fighter are collected in a massive, era-spanning hardcover!
First introduced in 1952, the Phantom Stranger stands decades later as one of DC’s most enigmatic characters, a supernatural hero whose origins have remained shrouded in mystery!
This omnibus collects the Phantom Stranger’s earliest adventures in the 1950s, his late-1960s revival, and early 1980s stories in the pages of The Saga of the Swamp Thing. Through it all, the Phantom Stranger has remained one of DC’s most unique characters, navigating the weird, scary side of the DC Universe!
Collects The Phantom Stranger #1-6 (1952), The Phantom Stranger #1-41 (1969), stories from The Saga of the Swamp Thing #1-13, Who’s Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe #18, The Brave and the Bold #89, #98, #145, Showcase #80, Justice League of America #103, House of Secrets #150, DC Super-Stars #18, and DC Comics Presents #25, and #72.
A few thoughts:
— The 1,136-pager lists is expected January 5, 2021, according to Amazon. That generally means a week earlier in comics shops for DC books. The list price is $125, according to Penguin Random House, DC’s book-market distributor.
— The heart of this volume is that 41-issue Silver and Bronze Age series marked by the art of Aparo — though creators like Neal Adams, Mike Sekowsky, Robert Kanigher, Denny O’Neil, Len Wein and Gerry Conway were among the big names who had a hand in it, as well. But seeing those Brave and the Bold appearances, as well as the Who’s Who entry, is also pleasing.
— Standard caveat: This has not been solicited by DC yet, so nothing is official until it’s official. Even then, things can change. But there’s more to keep in mind, as well: With the coronavirus pandemic putting the comics industry in a squeeze right now, it’s impossible to say what the future has in store in terms of release dates, solicitations, and so on. Just keep coming to 13th Dimension for updates.
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