Given that Barnes & Noble and Borders stores offer extensive graphic novel selections and the existence of countless collections including seemingly limited interest oddities such as Peter Porker the Spectacular Spider-Ham, American Comic Group's forgettable 1960s super heroes Nemesis and Magicman, and Fantagraphics' two volumes of the wonderfully subversive works of Fletcher Hanks, one might think everything of note ever published has been compiled into graphic novel format. Remarkably, many influential and popular works remain uncollected.
With this in mind, I sent out invitations to writers, artists, critics, and the likes to write about their favorite comic that is unavailable in a collected format or graphic novel out-of-print. They could write about anything, as long as they followed two simple rules:
The material must not right now be available in a English-language collected edition. The material can have previously been collected but is not in print right now.
It cannot be something they are associated with and/or worked on.
I received an incredible response with 50 essays from 29 contributors.
We listed the missing books in chronological order from their initial publications. I hope you have as good a time reading the missives as we did compiling the list.
Thank you to all that decided to play in the RevSF sandbox, you have our eternal gratitude.
Special thanks to Alan J. Porter, who first conceived the idea for this list. And to the amazing Grand Comics Database for many of the images and a whole lot of the information used in this feature. -- Rick Klaw
Scribbly, Sugar and Spike, Sexton Blake, Hawkman, Black Condor, Black Cat, Phantom Lady, Pogo, Captain Marvel : Monster Society of Evil.
"Wearing little more than lingerie, she attacked crooks with abandon."
Fox and the Crow, Tommy Tomorrow, Ghost Rider, Congorilla, Rip Hunter, Suicide Squad, Cave Carson, Sea Devils, Dalek Chronicles, The Spectre.
This is not going to end well.
Choujin Locke, Secret Six, Not Brand Echh, Plop!, Star Trek, and Shang-Chi, Master of Kung Fu.
"Shang Chi was drawn as Bruce Lee. It's rumored that Marvel regularly sent Gulacy notes to 'knock it off,' which he apparently just as regularly ignored."
Micronauts, Shogun Warriors, All-Star Squadron, Miracleman, Legion of Superheroes, Rom Spaceknight, Elementals, and Fist of the North Star.
Rom, grant me revenge!
"Anyone with conversation-halting iPhone / Wikipedia access can drone on about which party involved is the greedier bastard. I see it as children fighting over an imaginary cookie: No one wins and the argument is stupid."
Reich for Beginners, James Bond: Permission to Die, Grant Morrison in Zenith, Green Arrow, The Shadow, Cinder and Ashe, and Warren Ellis's Lazarus Churchyard.
The Shadow knows . . . the comic boxes in the back of your attic.
"He gave the guy a pair of Uzis, threw in some pointless rumination about where a 1930s crime fighter fits into the modern world, and made sure nearly everyone died very violently."
Freaks, Jonah Hex, Lone Ranger and Tonto, Hacker Files, Blood and Shadows, Hey Mister, Chase, Batman : The Doom That Came To Gotham,
"Joe R. Lansdale and Tim Truman pitted Jonah Hex against zombies and oddities such as the half-human / half worm Autumn Brothers."
Several of the Uncanny Un-Collectibles have been collected since we presented them here. You're welcome.