I was at a local comic shop yesterday, they had a special table set out. It was a Marvel collection they were moving along. Trade paperbacks were 'buy 1, get 2 free.' Nothing there jumped out at me.
But, on the second table, there were Marvel hardcover omnibuses. These list at $100 cover price.
They were also 'buy 1, get 2 free.'
My jaw hit the floor when I saw they had a stack of John Carter Warlord of Mars on the table. They had multiple copies, at least eight, I think. The omnibus contains all 28 issues and 3 annuals, in color, hardcover, of the Marvel mid-1970s series. (It was not the DarkHorse b&w reprint)
The temptation was palpable. But, I didn't see 2 other omnibuses that held my interest. I suppose I should have negotiated a different deal. But, $100 is too much right now when it is the holiday season and I'm trying to cool off my credit cards.
I walked away. It wasn't easy.
Last night, I checked eBay I was surprised how many are listed. On top of that most of them have a different (alternate?) cover, new, factory sealed, for around $30 including shipping! Some are even "Buy it Now," if you don't want to deal with auctions.
I ordered one last night.
So, if you don't already have this and want a copy, now might be your time to hunt around. Not sure why so many have popped up suddenly.
I have been trying to google up the image of the book I saw yesterday. I haven't found it. The cover was this comic image (I think, I could already have blurred the details);
So, I'm not sure which is the 'alternate' and which is the standard. It doesn't matter really, s'all good.
It's going to be Santa's present to me to keep the kids guessing ;)