Marvel Essential Black&White - Do you read them?
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if you're on a budget, the Essential Collection or nothing, than yeah, the B&W stuff. However, the books were originally made in color and they had an expert, learned colorist working on the books so they deserve to be read in color. POST CLOSED!

Oh yeah, you had a question: No, I don't read The Essential Collection. I'll decide what's essential to my collection and The Essential Collection isn't. 

If I had a bunch of The Essential B&W collections, I'd put 'em in a pile and start a fire. 

Edited by NoMan

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14 minutes ago, valiantman said:

hm

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... and the middle image CLEARLY shows Spider-Man walking like an Egyptian.

hm

... and we KNOW the Greys built the pyramids...

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... therefore, the first appearance of Spider-Man's black costume was carved on a wall on Abydos! 

:ohnoez:

Yes, but can it be SLABBED? And what color will the label be??

PS. The pleebs in the video can't walk like Egyptians worth beans.

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Just now, RockMyAmadeus said:

PS. The pleebs in the video can't walk like Egyptians worth beans.

Agreed, but I am interested in hearing more about the cops in the dornachops.

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1 hour ago, Blastaar said:

I always spend the extra money to get the color TPBs or Omnibus but have the opportunity to pick a bunch of Marvel Essential collections up on the cheap. Do you get used to the BW? Does it hinder the reading experience?

They are great to give to kids as coloring books! lol

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46 minutes ago, bc said:

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The OP gets the probe with a copy of Essential ASM  Vol 1 & 2 :roflmao:

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33 minutes ago, RockMyAmadeus said:

This isn't about the first appearance of Spidey's black costume, is it....?

It is about getting Probed! :roflmao:

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2 minutes ago, Blastaar said:

I have no idea what is going on in this thread. 

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I have the first four JIM/Thor volumes and Kirby's art is great in B&W. And the run from about 115-165 is terrific reading in any format.

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5 hours ago, Blastaar said:

Do you get used to the BW? Does it hinder the reading experience?

BW enhances the experience, at least for SA Marvel. Marvels inks were so bad in the SA (always off center, splotchy, and desaturated) that the art looks so much better just without the inks.

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There's some good stuff in Essentials that you can't find anywhere else (Rampaging Hulk, Tales of the Zombie, for example).

I am a fan of Masterworks, but find the Essentials useful for studying pure black and white line art (aside from the often low cost).

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10 hours ago, NoMan said:

if you're on a budget, the Essential Collection or nothing, than yeah, the B&W stuff. However, the books were originally made in color and they had an expert, learned colorist working on the books so they deserve to be read in color. POST CLOSED!

 

If I had a bunch of The Essential B&W collections, I'd put 'em in a pile and start a fire. 

The best black-and-white reprints ever done are the oversized  Russ Cochran EC Library sets. It’s fantastic to see all of the often quite intricate detail in the original artwork without colour obscuring any lines.

Even without Marie Severin’s input, one of the greatest colourists ever to work in comics, the series are a joy to read and to admire the craftsmanship of classic artists such as Frazetta, Williamson, Wood and Ingels.

 

Edited by Ken Aldred

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15 hours ago, Blastaar said:

I always spend the extra money to get the color TPBs or Omnibus but have the opportunity to pick a bunch of Marvel Essential collections up on the cheap. Do you get used to the BW? Does it hinder the reading experience?

I find the superhero stuff to be less enjoyable in black and white. Something like Tomb of Dracula though is glorious in B&W. All of Gene Colon's work should be in B&W

Edited by Jeffro™

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I've seen Noir Editions for stuff like Watchmen or Batman stories.

I didn't know they made B&W TPBs for much other stuff.

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1 hour ago, Jeffro™ said:

I find the superhero stuff to be less enjoyable in black and white. Something like Tomb of Dracula though is glorious in B&W. All of Gene Colon's work should be in B&W

Agreed, my favorite Essentials and Showcases are all horror: Tomb of Dracula, Frankenstein's Monster, House of Secrets, etc are all great reads in this format.

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