Although Marvel NOW! is still running at full speed, it doesn't mean Marvel Comics isn't still looking to the past. Marvel Senior Vice President of Sales David Gabriel has revealed the details behind the publisher's newest collected edition, the Epic Collection, during an interview with CollectedEditions.com after the website found a listing to preorder the product on Amazon. According to Gabriel, the Epic Collection trade paperbacks will be "big, fat color collection[s] at the best price we can maintain." Thus far, there are listings for an "Iron Man" Epic Collection that collects "Iron Man" #158-177 and a "Thor" Epic Collection that includes "Thor" #383-400, giving the books a similar page count to Marvel's "Essential" black and white line. Gabriel also revealed the elevator pitch used in the sales materials.
This fall, Marvel launches the Epic Collections – a new way for fans to collect their favorite series!
Each super-sized volume in the Epic line presents a heaping helping of Marvel's greatest heroics in one handy, affordable and self-contained package. What's more, each Epic Collection TPB is also a piece of a grand puzzle: When all is said and done, the Epic volumes will fit seamlessly next to one another on readers' bookshelves, presenting a complete and unbroken run of each title!
So be sure to get in on the ground floor! Marvel's most storied titles — including Amazing Spider-Man, Avengers, Captain America, Fantastic Four, Iron Man and Thor — are going Epic, and there's no turning back!
"List price will range on these from $34.99 to $39.99 depending on a variety of things," Gabriel told CollectedEditions.com. "The normal top of the line restoration that folks have come to enjoy from Marvel will be a part of this line -- as seen in recent oversized TPBs like 'Avengers: The Trial of Yellowjacket' or 'Incredible Hulk: Pardoned.'"
The first of Marvel's Epic Collections hit stores this fall.