X marks the spot…
Marvel released its March 2021 solicitations Wednesday and right away two collections jumped out at me — both modern-day treasury editions.
Check out the Giant-Size X-Men: Tribute to Wein & Cockrum — including the complete original issue — and Wolverine: Black, White & Blood:
GIANT-SIZE X-MEN: TRIBUTE TO WEIN & COCKRUM GALLERY EDITION HC
Written by LEN WEIN
Penciled by DAVE COCKRUM, ALEX ROSS, KEVIN NOWLAN, CHRIS SAMNEE, MARCUS TO, SIYA OUM, STEPHEN SEGOVIA, MARGUERITE SAUVAGE, CARMEN CARNERO, BERNARD CHANG, AARON KUDER, TAKESHI MIYAZAWA, JUANN CABAL, GURIHIRU, MARK BROOKS, KRIS ANKA, PHIL NOTO, VALERIO SCHITI, LEINIL FRANCIS YU, MATTEO LOLLI, EMA LUPACCHINO, CARLOS GÓMEZ, IBAN COELLO, R.B. SILVA, RAMON ROSANAS, JOSHUA CASSARA, DAVID BALDEÓN, MARCELO FERREIRA, JAVIER GARRÓN, ROD REIS, JAVIER RODRÍGUEZ, PEPE LARRAZ, JEN BARTEL, MIKE DEL MUNDO, RAHZZAH, MARCO CHECCHETTO & MIKE HAWTHORNE
Cover by ADI GRANOV
One comic book changed the face of Marvel Comics forever in 1975! Writer Len Wein and artist Dave Cockrum revamped the X-Men with an international cast including Storm, Nightcrawler, Colossus and Wolverine! This legendary story took fans by storm and set the stage for the X-Men to become the most popular heroes in the Marvel Universe! Now, 36 of Marvel’s top artists come together to re-create this epic story, each drawing one pulse-pounding page in tribute to a true Marvel masterpiece! This all-new, all-different tribute is presented alongside Wein and Cockrum’s inimitable original — together with behind-the-scenes artwork and more special features — and all on oversized pages that give new meaning to the title “Giant-Size X-Men”! Collecting GIANT-SIZE X-MEN: TRIBUTE TO WEIN & COCKRUM and GIANT-SIZE X-MEN #1.
200 PGS./Rated T+ …$44.99
Trim size: 9-1/4 x 13
WOLVERINE: BLACK, WHITE & BLOOD TREASURY EDITION TPB
Written by GERRY DUGGAN, MATTHEW ROSENBERG, DECLAN SHALVEY, CHRIS CLAREMONT, SALADIN AHMED, VITA AYALA, JOHN RIDLEY, JED MacKAY, DONNY CATES, STEVEN S. DeKNIGHT, KELLY THOMPSON & ED BRISSON
Penciled by ADAM KUBERT, JOSHUA CASSARA, DECLAN SHALVEY, SALVADOR LARROCA, KEV WALKER, GREG LAND, JORGE FORNES, JESÚS SAIZ, CHRIS BACHALO, PAULO SIQUEIRA, KHARY RANDOLPH & LEONARD KIRK
Cover by ADAM KUBERT
The best there is by the best there are! Legendary creators, modern superstars, rising talents and fresh voices unite to tell savage tales of your favorite X-Man — in brutal black and white, with a liberal splash of blood red! Logan. Weapon X. Patch. Wolverine. He’s gone by many names and lived many different lives. Now, this exploration of his storied history takes you from Japan to Madripoor to the Savage Land — from a revelatory return to the Weapon X Program to a high-stakes mission with X-Force! Logan is joined by old allies like Kate Pryde and Nick Fury and heads into bloody battle against foes familiar and surprising — including Arcade, the Reavers, Cosmic Ghost Rider and, the deadliest of all, Sabretooth! It’s black, white and blood all over — on the larger-than-life pages of a Treasury Edition! Collecting WOLVERINE: BLACK, WHITE & BLOOD #1-4.
136 PGS./Parental Advisory …$29.99
Trim size: 8-1/2 x 13
A few thoughts:
— The Wolverine book is scheduled for April 14, 2021. It’s a little slimmer than the original Bronze Age treasuries but the height is the same.
— The Giant-Size X-Men volume is slated for July 14, 2021. It’s not labeled a treasury edition but rather a “Gallery Edition” hardcover. Yet it’s slightly wider than the Wolverine collection and just as tall, so I’m counting it. (Click here for an INSIDE LOOK at the original tribute issue.)
— These books join Neal Adams and Mark Waid’s Fantastic Four: Antithesis Treasury Edition coming in March. (Click here for details.)
— 13 Great Comics Treasuries That Never Were — Including GIANT-SIZE X-MEN #1. Click here.
— The TOP 13 TREASURY EDITIONS That Need To Be Re-Released — RANKED. Click here.