–EC reprints are hellaciously expensive. The Amazon discount takes the edge off it quite a bit, but I still feel it’s pretty steep. Part of the magic of EC Comics (and this extends to a great deal more classic comics material) is that they were delivered in cheap, disposal packaging, but the content itself transcended those limitations and expectations. Magazines that got rolled up and stuffed in childrens’ back pockets are still fondly remembered 50 years after the fact. Maybe I’m being starry-eyed, but a $50 hardcover doesn’t seem in keeping. C’mon, Gemstone, I will make a deal with you: Put that material in $20 softcovers and I buy the whole run of Haunt of Fear JUST FOR STARTERS.
-No Miracleman reprints. This is an obvious one, but this may or may not be in the process of being rectified. I AM KEEPING MY EYE ON IT.
-No Flex Mentallo trade. Another obvious one, but it still stings whenever someone mentions it. Look, DC Comics: Do not be afraid of the Charles Atlas people. THEY ARE NOT REALLY GOING TO PUNCH YOU IN THE FACE ON THE BEACH.
–The live-action Spider-Man TV show from the late seventies is not available on DVD. This one needs some justification. When I was a child, growing up in the early nineties, we didn’t have Tobey Maguire and millions of dollars of special effects. If you wanted to see a flesh-and-blood Spider-Man, you went down to the video store and rented episodes of this on VHS. Sometimes they played it on the Sci-Fi Channel as well. Look, I know this is not actually very good, but it is interesting. There’s a surreal brilliance to it because for the most part, it looks and sounds like any other cheesy hourlong crime/action drama from the seventies. You could walk in on the middle of the civilian bits having no idea that what you’re watching is any different from every other show from that time period until Spider-Man shows up out of the blue with his awkward-looking webshooters and belt. It would blow your little mind. Okay, maybe my interest in this is mostly nostalgic. But c’mon: DON’T TELL ME THE MARKET CAN SUPPORT DOZENS AND DOZENS OF JAPANESE CATGIRL STATUES AND NOT THIS.
-Also: Real-life injustices and atrocities at home and abroad, even the least of which dwarfs my complaints about pricey reprints and bad television lost to time. Still: FIFTY BUCKS?