Would U Buy It #36: "Pulp Heroes" TPB's

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We all have trade paperback (TPB) collections we'd like to see. Here's one of mine:

Proposed Title:Suspense Detective: Pulp Heroes.
Alternate Title:Suspense Detective.
TPB Cover:Aquaman Annual #3.
Collecting 5 Issues:Batman Annual #21; Azrael Annual #3; Man of Steel Annual #6; JLA Annual #1; Aquaman Annual #3.

Covers (click to enlarge):

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Proposed Title:Young Romance: Pulp Heroes.
Alternate Title:Young Romance.
TPB Cover:Supergirl Annual #2.
Collecting 5 Issues:Shadow of the Bat Annual #5; Nightwing Annual #1; Supergirl Annual #2; Starman Annual #2; Flash Annual #10.

Covers (click to enlarge):

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Proposed Title:Weird Western Tales: Pulp Heroes.
Alternate Title:Weird Western Tales.
TPB Cover:Robin Annual #6.
Collecting 4 Issues:Hitman Annual (1997) #1; Robin Annual #6; Adventures of Superman Annual #9; Impulse Annual #2.

Covers (click to enlarge):

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Proposed Title:My Greatest Adventure: Pulp Heroes.
Alternate Title:My Greatest Adventure.
TPB Cover:Superboy Annual #4.
Collecting 5 Issues:Detective Annual #10; Batman: LDK Annual #7; Superboy Annual #4; Superman Annual #9; Green Lantern Annual #6.

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Proposed Title:Tales of the Unexpected: Pulp Heroes.
Alternate Title:Tales of the Unexpected.
TPB Cover:Action Comics Annual #9.
Collecting ? Issues:Action Comics Annual #9; Wonder Woman Annual #6; Teen Titans Annual (1997) #1; Catwoman Annual #4.

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Pulp Heroes was the theme of the 1997 DC annuals. The reason I've made "Pulp Heroes" the secondary title to each of these collections is because the primary titles are all old DC titles whose copyrights need to be kept up. So these collections would keep Suspense Detective, Young Romance, Weird Western Tales, My Greatest Adventure and Tales of the Unexpected current for DC.

Alternate title suggestions are the same titles, without "Pulp Heroes" as the subtitle. The only reason for this would be to cement the title renewals for DC, but personally, I like 'em better with the subtitle.

Another way to go is to combine these issues into two TPB's (either 11 & 12 issues, for as close to an even split as possible, or 10 & 13 issues, to keep the groupings together), simply titled Pulp Heroes, Volume 1, and Pulp Heroes, Volume 2. I think that's a more meh idea, and it doesn't do anything for keeping title copyrights current, but it's been long enough since these annuals came out, that it might be the more practical idea, as far as publishing.

Would you buy it? Let me know in the comments, and thanks for reading.

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5 Comments
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Posted by thechessclub

I would get all these even though I've read none of them. They just intrigue the heck out of me=)

Posted by DoomDoomDoom

I would at least buy the My Greatest Adventures: Pulp Heroes TPB, the covers look awesome.

Edited by cbishop

I have a few favorites here: JLA Annual, just because the Martian Manhunter looks cool there (to me), and it reminds me of his John Jones: Detective persona, that I wish DC would use more (Detective Jones would work great in Gotham, I've always thought). The Nightwing and Hitman stories were awesome - Hitman is still a favorite for the best ending to a problem. Supergirl Annual #2 is a favorite cover for me, just because it harkens back to the days of the original LSH, when Brainy loved Kara, and Superman Annual #9's cover evokes Doc Savage - probably intentionally, which is kind of cool, since Supes borrowed concepts from the Doc (particularly the Fortress of Solitude, and Man of Steel, rather than Man of Bronze).

Posted by RScottH08

I have one of these, the Green Lantern Annual there, but i would prob buy this cause they all look awsome.

Posted by cbishop

Pulp Heroes was a nice surprise for me, because I didn't expect them to be in continuity. I thought they were the current characters shoehorned into the pulp novel era. Instead, it turned out to be current continuity stories showing that the pulp novel story still works today. Very, very cool reads, IMHO.