Top 10 Classic Comic box sets you must have

June 22, 2008 – 11:47 pm

class iconClassic comics graced the newspapers over the last century have been reprinted and republished in hardcover format and in complete sets.

Whether you are a fan, or a comic book aficionado, or looking for a great gift to your elders, these classic comic sets are a beautiful art capsule of history and will trigger fond memories for older individuals as they peruse their favorite comics or can introduce a new fan to the classic comic art of yesterday.

Here are the top 10 classic comic compilations available in print today.

Walt and Skeezix: Gasoline Ally

The enormously long-running newspaper strip Gasoline Alley began in 1919 by depicting neighbors who bonded in their enthusiasm for the then-new automobile.

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The Complete Terry and the Pirates

Comic introduced in 1934, this box set will contain 6 volumes about a pair of eager Americans, a boy named Terry Lee and a young fortune hunter named Pat Ryan who land in China to search for an abandoned mine and quickly find themselves facing a succession of gangsters, warlords, pirates, and femmes fatales up and down the coast.

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Pogo: The Complete Daily & Sunday Comic Strips

Kelly blended nonsense language, poetry, and political and social satire to make Pogo an essential contribution to American “intellectual” comics. Started in 1941

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Komplete Krazy Kat

Comic Started in 1935 featuring a, ahem, Krazy Kat

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Complete Chester Gould’s Dick Tracy

The multivolume collection of this multi-year project contains over 500 strips in each book that far surpasses the dreck the modern day movie adaptation starring Warren Beatty

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Complete Little Orphan Annie

Our favorite Red Haired Orphan introduced in 1924

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Betty Boop’s Sunday Best

Collecting the complete color comics of Betty Boop from 1934-1936

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Popeye 3 Volume Collection

The spinach eating non pacifist, bound in hardcover

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The Adventures of TinTin

This fantastic collection, containing 7 hardcover volumes (each containing 3 classic Tintin stories) and an additional bonus volume, Tintin & Co. by famed Tintinologist Michael Farr, is a great gift for Tintin lovers and first-time fans everywhere. First appeared in newspapers in 1929

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The Complete Cartoons of The New Yorker

What could be better than a gigantic 656-page collection of 2,004 of the best cartoons published in the New Yorker over the last 80 years?

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Remember, these are ‘classic’ comic compilations. There are an abundant amount of modern day sets for that will be featured in another list.

Agree? Disagree? Am I Missing any?


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  1. 4 Responses to “Top 10 Classic Comic box sets you must have”

  2. These are all great, but surely some of the E.C. books should be included, they were some of the earliest to really nail a good horror comic. Betty Boop is fluff, added very little to the form. I’d also dispute the New Yorker cartoons, most of your other choices are books with flow & development, then out of nowhere…bam! Single panel cartoons.

    By dork on Jun 23, 2008

  3. You’re right, that last entry didnt sit well with me, but I felt that it had a good representation of the various comic artists over the century which would provide readers exposure to all types of comics of each era.

    Thanks for your feedback!

    By admin on Jun 23, 2008

  4. Hi, really nice collection, but where “Love is..” comics? Do you know about it? 🙂
    p.s. +1 digged

    By Alex Lover on Jun 23, 2008

  5. Hi Alex,

    Thanks for your input, I still need to make a ‘modern’ classic collection, I may include the “love is series.

    By admin on Jun 23, 2008

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