Yes, kids,~ says The Masked Bookwyrm ~ now it's your chance to make your own, customized Trade Paperback's (kind of the literary equivalent of a Mr. Potato Head) regardless of whether Marvel or DC has sanctioned it or not.
Trade Paperbacks collect story lines and story arcs that might be hard to track down otherwise. But what gets collected can often be dictated by things that have little to do with the quality of the work. Sometimes great story arcs are ignored because they contained nothing significant continuity-wise that demands repackaging for the collector: no origin is revised, no character is introduced. (Some comic shop owners have realized this and will package lesser-known storylines as a set -- and with Marvel's "Essential" & "Classic" volumes and DC's "Showcase presents", increasingly some of these story arcs are collected, simply as part of a run of issues).
Anyway...here's my little (and growing) selection of some great uncollected
storylines -- think of this as a kind of make-believe list of Trade Paperback's
that aren't...but should be. (And apparently, I'm not -- entirely -- talkin'
through my hat, as a few arcs I recommended here were subsequently collected
in real TPBs -- such as Going Sane
and Deadman -- and I moved my review
to my regular Graphic Novel/TPB section).
A Listing of Some of the Great Single Issue
MORE TO COME...