i'm agree with that, buying some pages is out of range for most people, i 've bought all the EC and love all of them, Wood and Ingels are for me the best ones.
i pick up last week end the crandall AE and reading stories at this size is really really fun
i've bought the Born again , the Romita's Spidey and Kirby Thor and FF
I'm waiting for the large art Kirby's FF in July which collect some great stories
i think quality on this books worth the money , and here in France is far more expensive than in the USA