I’ve started compiling a list of the MM that the Hulk is in – and am on my way to getting most of the books. I didn’t start collecting these books until 3 years ago – when I received the first Hulk MM from my friend Corry as a birthday present. Since then, I have all of the Hulk MM as well as the Defenders, some X-Men, Spiderman and Fantastic Four. One of the best things about these books is the amazing presentation of these hardcover bound books. They really go all out when putting these together – usually giving a few extras a the end. Anyone who buys these books deserves extras – as you will be parted from a bit of cash when you get them.
Most will set you back about $50 – but be a smart shopper and you can find them for about $20 – the only issue I have recently is finding shops that will still carry them. Most stores don’t bother ordering these books anymore – unless you specifically ask – and at that point, unless you are a loyal customer and the owner feels like doing you a favor, you will be paying close to retail. So, if you seek these – it’s time to hit the online shops. One of the early mistakes I made was picking up the grey covers for a few of the books in the beginning – but the way to go is to make sure you get the more limited “Gold Frame” covers. I have Gary Miller to thank for that!
Now, Omnibus collections are a whole different monster all together. Should you choose to purchase one of these gigantic books you must be aware of a few things. #1) These books are heavy! So heavy in fact that you may have trouble reading these while doing certain activities – like reading on the toilet – or sitting on the beach and relaxing. If that’s what you want to do – these are NOT the books for you. Find a comfortable place to sit, rest the colossal book on your lap and read as much as you can before the weight of it starts cutting off your circulation!
#2) Be aware that most of these books are priced at $99.99 – no matter the size. Which, to me, seems like B.S. For example – the Incredible Hulk Omnibus is over 700 pages – while the Secret Wars Omni – just over 400, but – you guessed it – BOTH are priced at $99.99. What BS is that?
Anyways – enough blubbering – I will continue this rant in another post…