The Collected Adventures of Harold Hedd - Last Gasp - 1973

Several people told me about this treasury-sized (10 1/2 x 14 1/4") collected edition of Harold Hedd comics by Rand Holmes, but I had never been able to find a copy for myself.

When I had found it on eBay, it was going for astronomical prices, and to make things even more confusing, there are several later editions of the book that look exactly the same except they are not treasury-sized.

Thankfully, generous Treasury Hunter Alan Hutchinson had a copy and offered to scan for me both covers so I could finally include it here on the site. Thanks Alan!

32 pages, black and white.

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Geoff Darrow Comics and Stories -Aedena - 1986

This is a very spiffy, treasury-sized (10 x 14 1/2") hardcover edition of stories drawn by that master of detail, Geoff Darrow.

This edition is entirely in French, so I have no idea what's going on here, but of course Darrow's work is beautiful to look at, and at this size you can see every little line and piece of detail Darrow crams into every panel.

On top of that, there's even a four-page, poster-sized fold-out in the middle of the book. They spared no expense with this, that's for sure.

As you can see on the back cover, there are several other editions of Darrow's work. This is the first one I've ever come across, so I don't know if these are treasury-sized, as well...but I aim to find out!

80 color pages.

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NEMO: Classic Comics Library #1: Screwball Comics - 1985

This was another one of those very ambitious projects, that were started with all good intentions, that never ended up going anywhere.

This is, as the cover suggests, a collection of classic comic strips from the 1930s--The Nut Bros., Smokey Stover, Salesman Sam, Mike and Ike, plus random strips from people like Milt Gross and Dr. Seuss.

In the opening page editoral by Rick Marschall, he indicates that Fantagraphics hopes this will be the first of many, annually-released editions of these strips, in this giant, tabloid size. Of course, this was the only issue ever released in this format.

56 black and white pages.

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Untamed Love - 1973

Now this is cool!

Untamed Love is a 9.5 x 12.5" black and white collection of romance stories drawn by the legendary Frank Frazetta.

Published by Russ Cochran, the four stories are reprinted from Personal Love (published by Eastern Color), which ran from 1950-1955.

Of course, all the art is exquisite--I can only imagine what it must have been like to be a kid, opening a 10 cent copy of Personal Love, and reading stories drawn this brilliantly. Seeing them this size--and in crisp black and white--is a wonder to behold.

There's also a two-page "preview" of another Frazetta collection published by Cochran, Thun'da, King of the Congo. I have no idea whether this is also in the treasury-size, but I'm determined to find out!

36 black and white pages.

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Thun'da King of the Congo - 1973

Ok, right above this entry, I wrote: "There's also a two-page "preview" of another Frazetta collection published by Cochran, Thun'da, King of the Congo. I have no idea whether this is also in the treasury-size, but I'm determined to find out!"

That didn't take much effort--in fact, there was a copy of this beauty on sale on eBay, and after some last-minute frantic bidding it was mine!

Like Untamed Love, Thun'da is a 9.5 x 12.5" black and white collection of romance stories drawn by the legendary Frank Frazetta.

Published by Russ Cochran, the four stories are reprinted from Thun'da (published by Magazine Enterprises), from 1952-1953. The stories are "King of the Lost Islands", "The Monster From The Mists", "When The Earth Shook", and "Gods of the Jungle."

Again, like with Untamed Love, all the art is exquisite--Frazetta was adept at drawing just about anything, whether it be jungle adventures or icky romance comics.

This book has a one-page"preview" of Untamed Love. I assuming for now these two books were the only releases Cochran did (neither are listed on the GCD)...but of course I hope they're not!

36 black and white pages.

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The Clock Maker #1 - Image Comics - 2003

I like to think, with all my comics-blogging efforts, that I stay up-to-date with what's going on in the world of comics.

But somehow, this unusually-formatted series published by Image Comics in 2003 completely passed me by. It wasn't until someone made a reference to it on the What's New page that I looked The Clock Maker up to see what it was.

Written by Jim Krueger, drawn by Zach Howard and Michael Halbleib, with color by Brett Weldele, this was planned as a 12-issue mini-series in the true "tabloid" format--each issue is folded over, and you have to open it like a newspaper to read the other 14, 10x13" pages! Definitely unusual, but of course that's what this site is all about.

The story concerns a set of giant clockworks hidden within a hollow mountain in Switzerland. Hundreds of men that never age maintain the old behemoth's operation. The clock is the cause and sustainer of the Earth's revolutions. And more, it is the gateway to Heaven itself.

The clockwork designs were by Guy Davis, and accompanying this issue's story are several pages of Davis' designs.

16 color pages.

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The Clock Maker #2 - Image Comics - 2003

This issue includes a pin-up by Carlos D'Anda and Bill Sienkiewicz.

16 color pages.

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The Clock Maker #3 - Image Comics - 2003

This issue includes a pin-up by Phil Hester.

16 color pages.

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The Clock Maker #4 - Image Comics - 2003

This issue includes the text of the T.S. Eliot poem, "The Hollow Men."

This issue is the end of "Act One". "Act Two" was supposed to be in The Clockmaker #s 5-8, but those issues were never released. They were later published as a trade collection in the standard format.

Apparently comics fans, obsessed with keeping everything they own in minty fresh condition (as if 99% of the comics published today will ever be worth anything more than the cover price, even 10, 20 years from now), didn't take too well to this unorthodox format, so the series was essentially scrapped after this fourth issue.

That's a damn shame, because The Clockmaker is an interesting story, with solid artwork that holds up well at this size, and there are moments when artists Howard and Halblieb really take advantage of the bigger space. It would've been great to see it reach its conclusion in the format it was intended for.

16 color pages.

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Masterpiece Comics - Drawn & Quarterly - 2009

Masterpiece Comics is a giant-size (just a hair over 9x12") hardcover collection of strips mashing up characters and stories from literature with characters and stories from comics. Reprinted from issues of Raw, Snake Eyes, Drawn & Quarterly, and others, they're all written and drawn by R. Sikoryak.

Inside are "Blond Eve", "Inferno Joe", "Mephistofield", "Mac Worth", "Candiggy", "The Crypt of Bronte", "Little Pearl", "Dostoyevksy Comics", "Little Dori in Pictureland", "Good Ol' Gregor Brown", and "Action Camu", featuring absolutely spot-on parodies of decades worth of comic book styles, from the crude drawings of Bazooka Joe cartoon to a Bob Kane/Sheldon Moldoff issue of Detective Comics.

It also features some ads, and even some letters pages!

72 color pages.

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Playboy's Little Annie Fanny - 1966

You never know what you'll find on eBay!

This is yet another example of finding a treasury-sized book that I never knew existed: a squarebound, 10x13.5" collection of Harvey Kurtman and Will Elder's classic Little Annie Fanny comic strip, which ran in Playboy for years. It also features a two-page "cast of characters" and an introduction by Hugh Hefner, making for one handsome collection.

128 color pages.

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The Rocketeer

The Rocketeer Jetpack Treasury Edition - 2011

Is there a character better suited to the treasury format than Dave Stevens' The Rocketeer? No, I didn't think so either!

Thanks to the folks at IDW, the first two issues of the original Rocketeer series have been reprinted in this oversized treasury edition, making for one gorgeous volume.

64 color pages.

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Zombies Vs Robots

Zombies Vs Robots Warbot Treasury Edition - 2011

Hot on the rockets of the Rocketeer Jetpack Treasury Editon comes another treasury from the fine folks at IDW, the Zombies Vs Robots Warbot Treasury Edition!

Written by IDW's Chris Ryall and drawn by Ashley Wood, ZvR WTE reprints Zombies Vs Robots #s 1-2 and D'airain Aventure #s 1-2. I'm a huge fan of Wood's work, so seeing it at this larger size is a real treat.

If IDW keeps this up, we might just have to get them their own page here on the site!

78 color pages.

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Giant-Size Kung-Fu Bible Stories - 2014 (Image)

Stories:

  • "Secret Crisis on Ultimate Earth" by Bruce Timm
  • "Uberburn" by Adam Warren
  • "Astronomus" by Tom Schioli
  • "Snowman Slaughter" by Ryan Ottley
  • "Jack Champion" by Erik Larsen
  • "8-Opus: Destroyer of Worlds" by Tom Schioli
  • "Frankenstein of Mars" by Andy Kuhn
  • Pin-Ups by Art Adams

68 color pages

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