SUGAR AND SPIKE–4 “Essentials” style volumes would easily cover the entire run and frankly, Sugar and Spike would look great in B&W. These are classic humor comics by comics giant Sheldon Mayer and are rarer than hell.
SCRIBBLY, SCRIBBLY & THE RED TORNADO–Even rarer. What started as a humorous quasi-autobiographical short in ALL-AMERICAN COMICS (again by great Sheldon Mayer) the first female super-hero “The Red Tornado” was quickly introduced. I’ve only seen about 12 pages of these strips ever–they’re that rare. For historical reasons alone, these should be reprinted. The fact that they’re Sheldon Mayer and therefore most likely excellent is icing on the cake.
Bob Bolling’s L’IL ARCHIE–What Carl Barks was to Disney’s ducks, Bolling was to Archie. L’IL ARCHIE 1-36, plus 2 or 3 try-out books were masterpieces. Unfortunately the recent TPB seemed to randomly pick stories out of a hat–certainly the selection of stories isn’t what I would have picked if I’d wanted to showcase the best stuff.
JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA 139-146, 149-150. Steve Englehart’s run. Key issues for the DC Universe and still being referenced. 140-141 tied Kirby’s one-issue Manhunter book into the Guardians, introduced the Manhunter-bots, etc. 142 is the next appearance of Mantis following her marriage to the space-tree in GIANT SIZE AVENGERS #4 (I’m honestly surprised that Marvel didn’t make noise about it). 144 is the story which inspired NEW FRONTIERS, 146 had Hawkgirl and Red Tornado II joining the JLA and 149-150 resolved a bunch of plot-threads from the earlier issues as well as fixing the “Snapper” Carr situation and is the last appearance of Dr. Light before he was brain-damaged. Great, great stuff.
Ditko’s BLUE BEETLE and QUESTION: so you can see the real unbutchered versions of the characters–which will hopefully inform any new versions of the characters. Plus beautiful Ditko art.
HAWK & DOVE, SHADE: THE CHANGING MAN, and THE CREEPER–again, all sorts of Ditko goodness.
“PROTO-MARVEL MASTERWORKS”–if you look through Overstreet (which really can’t be trusted for stuff like this) under most of Marvel’s monster books for the late '50s, you’ll see entries like “Proto-Iron Man issue” or “Prototype Professor X appearance”. Most of few of these that I’ve seen are uber-lame: a bald telepath is not necessarily a Professor X prototype. But it would still be interesting to see all of these reprinted.
ATOMIC KNIGHTS–Reprint the 20 or so original Atomic Knights stories that were featured every third issue of STRANGE ADVENTURES–great stories, high weirdness: In a post-nuclear holocaust environment, a brave band of six adventurers in shining armor, riding giant mutated dalmations travel the land righting wrongs and doing good.