Would U Buy It #34: "Megaton"

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

Proposed Title:Megaton.
Alternate Title:Megaton Comics or Megaton Explosion.
Collecting 10 Issues:
  • Megaton (1983) #1-8
  • Megaton Comics: Explosion (1987) #1.
  • Megaton Holiday Special (1993) #1.
Covers: (click to enlarge)
TPB Cover: Megaton #2
TPB Cover: Megaton #2

Megaton was an anthology by Gary Carlson, Erik Larsen, and others. Personally, I'd like to see this TPB, just because it has earlier versions of current characters like Savage Dragon, Vanguard, Berzerker, Ethrian, Ultragirl, and more that I've come to know through Image's Savage Dragon. I've sought these issues pretty much since SD started, and have only been able to find half of them. The TPB would be a fun read. I particularly want to read about Matt Scott who I assume is called Megaton, but I don't actually remember. I've read the issues I have at some point, but it was years ago. I've been waiting until I have all the issues to read the whole story, so I haven't gone back to them. (Upate 7/28/20: I recently ordered the missing issues. Now, I just have to dig the rest of them out of storage.)

The cover on this one is a tough call. Any of the first four issues of Megaton are good candidates, and Megaton Comics: Explosion #1 shows more of the characters involved in the anthology. Megaton #3 or Megaton Holiday Special #1 might bring more reader recognition, with Savage Dragon and Vanguard on the former, and Vanguard with Megaton on the other. However, an update of the Megaton #3 cover was used on a Wizard Ace Edition cover. I'd be really tempted to go with that cover anyway, and that might be the cover it winds up with (or it's updated version), since Erik Larsen would likely be the one to reprint it if this TPB ever saw the light of day.* Aside from that, Megaton #1 is a solid image, and going with the first issue cover is always a no nonsense way to go. Megaton #4 gives more of an idea of what the story of Megaton is, but for my personal taste, I'd go with the cover of Megaton #2.

*Update 2: 7/28/20: I've assumed this, as Larsen was somewhat involved with the Big Bang series at Image, through Mighty Man stories, and a three-issue story with Savage Dragon guest starring. What I did not know until a month or two ago is that Big Bang is still alive and well! Big Bang Adventures is being published through IndyPlanet (four issues so far- get them now!), and Megaton is the cover feature of Issue #3. So, is it possible? Could a TPB come about through IndyPlanet? Only time will tell. But I still want to know...

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

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