Back in 1989 DC published a collection of many of the comics Walter Simonson worked on in the Bronze Age. It was a trade paperback that looked like this.
Now the good news is this collection contained some rare gems which many of you fans of the Bronze Age may not be familiar with. Among my favorites from Simonson from this era are his Metal Men stories.
Some issues of Hercules Unbound
And Dr. Fate
What this 1989 Collection is missing is all of Simonson's Manhunter stories. (These were collected in thin standalone trade.)
I’ve often thought that the Simonson/Goodwin Manhunter as one of those defining moments in comics, much like Watchmen, only to a lesser degree. The ripples in the pond are harder to define and more spread out. Here are a few of the innovative things the series did during its limited run in 1973…
- First character to have a healing ability
- Popularized the use of ancient Oriental weapons
- First use of clones as adversaries in a comic
- First Hero to die in a series
In many ways, Manhunter with its definite beginning and end was sort of an embryonic graphic novel. So the fact that it is not collected in a hardcover edition of strikes me as a bit of an injustice So allow me to present my suggestion for a NEW Simonson collection.
A hardcover with all of the original stories from the 1989 collection PLUS the Manhunter run collected.
Get cracking on it DC! ;)