Have the UK marvel books ever been collected?

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  1. Ninjanicktf

    Ninjanicktf Mushroom Samba

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    Is there an omnibus or series of trades of the old UK marvel books available anywhere? I've been wanting to read them for a while now, and was curious if they were reprinted like the American ones were.
     
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    Yep. IDW has published five of six trade paperbacks called The Transformers Classics UK. Prior to that, Titan Books published nine trade paperbacks and five digest-sized books in the mid-2000s that collected most of the major story arcs. Their trades were particularly nice as they preserved the larger page size of UK comics, whereas the IDW trades shrank the pages down to fit a standard US comic size. But those Titan trades are fairly hard to find now.
     
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    In some way shape or form, yes, all of the original Marvel UK stories have been collected, but no single series has done it 100%.

    Titan Books has done collections of almost all of the UK run, excluding a couple early stories. These don't have any volume number and are essentially organized by story arc. This thread has a good breakdown of the order of how the stories should be read in context with the Marvel US stories. The advantage of most of these collections is that the page dimensions are the same as the original issues. UK comic magazines were printed on larger pages than US comics. The later volumes collecting the black and white only content are printed to essentially be the size of manga paperback volumes. All of these reprints are out of print, but are generally pretty affordable on the secondary market.

    Your other major option are IDW's Transformers Classics UK series, their counterpart to the Transformers Classics series that reprints the entire US run. These are printed at regular comic size, and even then the art is shrunk even smaller than they realistically needed to and can be difficult to read. However, the aim of the series is to be comprehensive, and collects every story in the order they were printed. The colors are pretty much as perfect as they can be, being scanned from an actual collection of the UK series. These volumes also include massive introductions to each volume and each story by James Roberts, relating information from creatives from the time. The intros to each story generally give a context of where they should be read relative to the US stories. These volumes are still in print. The problem is, the series has stalled at volume 5, which reprints up to issue 173, and we're honestly not sure if the series will finish.
     
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