DC Archive Editions
DC Archive Editions
Recommended Reading Order

For the serious collector, these are hardcover archives for a variety of Pre-Crisis DC titles. Each volume comes with an introduction and contains full color reprints. They run from the Golden Age, through the Silver and Bronze Age.

The DC Comics Classics Library is another hardcover series that may be of interest. Also a good option, the softcover Chronicles collect early adventures differently. Silver Age collectors on a budget will want to look into Showcase Presents.

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+ All Star Comics Archives Vol. 10
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+ Batman Archives Vol. 7
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Ebay (Search) Detective Comics 136-154 June 1948 – December 1949
+ The Spirit Archives Vol. 19
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+ The Robin Archives Vol. 2
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Star-Spangled Comics 86-105 November 1948 – June 1950
+ The Spirit Archives Vol. 20
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Ebay (Search) Weekly Strips from January 1 – June 25, 1950 January – June 1950
+ The Spirit Archives Vol. 21
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Ebay (Search) Weekly Strips from July 2 – December 31, 1950 July – December 1950
+ All Star Comics Archives Vol. 11
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+ The Spirit Archives Vol. 22
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Ebay (Search) Weekly Strips from January 7 – June 24, 1951 January – June 1951
+ The Spirit Archives Vol. 23
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Ebay (Search) Weekly Strips from July 1 – December 30, 1951 July – December 1951
+ The Spirit Archives Vol. 24
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Ebay (Search) Weekly Strips from January 6 – October 5, 1952 January – October 1952
+ The Spirit Archives Vol. 25
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Ebay (Search) The Complete Daily Strips: 1941 to 1944 1941 – 1944
+ The Spirit Archives Vol. 26
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Ebay (Search) Cerebus Jam 1; Michael Chabon Presents The Amazing Adventures of The Escapist 6; The Spirit (1966) 1-2; The Spirit (1973) 1-2; The Spirit (1974) 17, 22, 30 October 1966 – March 1967, January – September 1973, Winter 1977 – July 1981, April 1985, April 2005
World's Finest Comics Archives Vol. 1 + World’s Finest Comics Archives Vol. 1
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Superman 76; World’s Finest Comics 71-85 May 1952 – December 1956
Challengers Of The Unknown Archives Vol. 1 + Challengers Of The Unknown Archives Vol. 1
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Showcase 6-7, 11-12; Challengers Of The Unknown 1-2 January 1957 – July 1958
Superman: The Man Of Tomorrow Archives Vol. 1 + Superman: The Man Of Tomorrow Archives Vol. 1
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Action Comics 241-247; Superman 122-126 June 1958 – January 1959
World's Finest Comics Archives Vol. 2 + World’s Finest Comics Archives Vol. 2
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World’s Finest Comics 86-101 January 1957 – May 1959
Challengers Of The Unknown Archives Vol. 2 + Challengers Of The Unknown Archives Vol. 2
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Challengers Of The Unknown 3-8 August 1958 – July 1959
+ Superman: The Man Of Tomorrow Archives Vol. 2
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Action Comics 248-254; Superman 127-131 January – August 1959
The Flash Archives Vol. 1 + The Flash Archives Vol. 1
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Flash Comics 104; Showcase 4, 8, 13, 14; The Flash 105-108 February 1949, March 1959 – September 1959
The Supergirl Archives Vol. 1 + The Supergirl Archives Vol. 1
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Action Comics 252-268; Superman 123 May 1959 – September 1960
The Flash Archives Vol. 2 + The Flash Archives Vol. 2
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The Flash 109-116 November 1959 – November 1960
The Adam Strange Archives Vol. 1 + The Adam Strange Archives Vol. 1
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Showcase 17-19; Mystery In Space 53-65 November 1958 – February 1961
World's Finest Comics Archives Vol. 3 + World’s Finest Comics Archives Vol. 3
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World’s Finest Comics 102-116 June 1959 – March 1961
The Aquaman Archives Vol. 1 + The Aquaman Archives Vol. 1
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Adventure Comics 260-280, 282; Showcase 30-31 May 1959 – April 1961
The Green Lantern Archives Vol. 1 + The Green Lantern Archives Vol. 1
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Showcase 22-24; Green Lantern 1-5 September 1959 – April 1961
Justice League Of America Archives Vol. 1 + Justice League Of America Archives Vol. 1
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Brave and the Bold 28-30; Justice League of America 1-6 February 1960 – September 1961
The Flash Archives Vol. 3 + The Flash Archives Vol. 3
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The Flash 117-124 December 1960 – November 1961
The Supergirl Archives Vol. 2 + The Supergirl Archives Vol. 2
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Action Comics 269-285 October 1960 – February 1962
The Green Lantern Archives Vol. 2 + The Green Lantern Archives Vol. 2
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Green Lantern 6-13 May 1961 – June 1962
Justice League Of America Archives Vol. 2 + Justice League Of America Archives Vol. 2
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Justice League of America 7-14 October 1961 – September 1962
The Flash Archives Vol. 4 + The Flash Archives Vol. 4
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The Flash 125-132 December 1961 – November 1962
The Adam Strange Archives Vol. 2 + The Adam Strange Archives Vol. 2
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Mystery In Space 66-80 March 1961 – December 1962
Legion of Super-Heroes Archives Vol. 1 + Legion of Super-Heroes Archives Vol. 1
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Action Comics 267, 276, 287, 289; Adventure Comics 247, 267, 282, 290, 293, 300-305; Superboy 86, 89, 98; Superman 147 April 1958 – February 1963
The Atom Archives Vol. 1 + The Atom Archives Vol. 1
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Showcase 34-36; The Atom 1-5 September 1961 – March 1963
The Green Lantern Archives Vol. 3 + The Green Lantern Archives Vol. 3
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Green Lantern 14-21 July 1962 – June 1963
Justice League Of America Archives Vol. 3 + Justice League Of America Archives Vol. 3
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Justice League of America 15-22 November 1962 – September 1963
The Flash Archives Vol. 5 + The Flash Archives Vol. 5
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The Flash 133-141 December 1962 – December 1963
The Metal Men Archives Vol. 1 + The Metal Men Archives Vol. 1
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Showcase 37-40; Metal Men 1-5 March 1962 – January 1964
Legion of Super-Heroes Archives Vol. 2 + Legion of Super-Heroes Archives Vol. 2
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Adventure Comics 306-317; Superman Annual 4; Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen 72 Annual 1962 – February 1964
The Hawkman Archives Vol. 1 + The Hawkman Archives Vol. 1
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The Brave and the Bold 34-36, 42-44; Mystery In Space 87-90 February 1961 – March 1964
The Brave And The Bold Team-Up Archives Vol. 1 + The Brave And The Bold Team-Up Archives Vol. 1
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Brave and the Bold 50-56, 59 October 1953 – May 1964
The Green Lantern Archives Vol. 4 + The Green Lantern Archives Vol. 4
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Green Lantern 22-29 July 1963 – June 1964
The Atom Archives Vol. 2 + The Atom Archives Vol. 2
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The Atom 6-13 April 1963 – July 1964
The Doom Patrol Archives Vol. 1 + The Doom Patrol Archives Vol. 1
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My Greatest Adventure 80-85; Doom Patrol 86-89 June 1963 – August 1964
Justice League Of America Archives Vol. 4 + Justice League Of America Archives Vol. 4
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Justice League of America 23-30 November 1963 – September 1964
Batman: The Dynamic Duo Archives Vol. 1 + Batman: The Dynamic Duo Archives Vol. 1
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Detective Comics 327-333; Batman 164-167 May 1954 – November 1964
Legion of Super-Heroes Archives Vol. 3 + Legion of Super-Heroes Archives Vol. 3
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Adventure Comics 318-328; Superboy 117; Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen 76 March 1964 – January 1965
Batman: The Dynamic Duo Archives Vol. 2 + Batman: The Dynamic Duo Archives Vol. 2
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Detective Comics 334-339; Batman 168-171 December 1964 – May 1965
The Hawkman Archives Volume 2 + The Hawkman Archives Vol. 2
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Hawkman 1-8 April 1964 – July 1965
The Green Lantern Archives Vol. 5 + The Green Lantern Archives Vol. 5
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Green Lantern 30-38 July 1964 – July 1965
The Doom Patrol Archives Vol. 2 + The Doom Patrol Archives Vol. 2
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Doom Patrol 90-97 September 1964 – August 1965
Justice League Of America Archives Vol. 5 + Justice League Of America Archives Vol. 5
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Justice League of America 31-40 November 1964 – November 1965
Legion of Super-Heroes Archives Vol. 4 + Legion of Super-Heroes Archives Vol. 4
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Adventure Comics 329-339; Superboy 124-125 February – December 1965
T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents Archives Vol. 1 + T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents Archives Vol. 1
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T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents 1-4 November 1965 – April 1966
The Doom Patrol Archives Vol. 3 + The Doom Patrol Archives Vol. 3
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Doom Patrol 98-105; Challengers of the Unknown 48 September 1965 – August 1966
T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents Archives Vol. 2 + T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents Archives Vol. 2
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T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents 5-7; Dynamo 1 June – August 1966
The Action Heroes Archives Vol. 1 + The Action Heroes Archives Vol. 1
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Captain Atom 78-82; Space Adventures 33-42 March 1960 – September 1966
No Cover + The Green Lantern Archives Vol. 6
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Green Lantern 39-47 September 1965 – September 1966
Legion of Super-Heroes Archives Vol. 5 + Legion of Super-Heroes Archives Vol. 5
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Adventure Comics 316, 340-349, 368; Superman Annual 4 January – October 1966
No Cover + T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents Archives Vol. 3
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T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents 8-10; Dynamo 2 September – November 1966
The Silver Age Teen Titans Archives Vol. 1 + The Silver Age Teen Titans Archives Vol. 1
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The Brave and The Bold 54, 60; Showcase 59; Teen Titans 1-6 June 1964 – December 1966
Justice League Of America Archives Vol. 6 + Justice League Of America Archives Vol. 6
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Justice League of America 41-47, 49-50 December 1965 – December 1966
The Adam Strange Archives Vol. 3 + The Adam Strange Archives Vol. 3
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Mystery In Space 81-91; Hawkman 18; Strange Adventures 157 February 1963 – May 1964, March 1967
T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents Archives Vol. 4 + T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents Archives Vol. 4
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T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents 11; NoMan 1-2; Dynamo 3 November 1966 – March 1967
Legion of Super-Heroes Archives Vol. 6 + Legion of Super-Heroes Archives Vol. 6
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Adventure Comics 350-358 November 1966 – July 1967
T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents Archives Vol. 5 + T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents Archives Vol. 5
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T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents 12-14; Dynamo 4 April – July 1967
The Doom Patrol Archives Volume 4 + The Doom Patrol Archives Vol. 4
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Doom Patrol 106-113 September 1966 – August 1967
Justice League Of America Archives Vol. 7 + Justice League Of America Archives Vol. 7
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Justice League of America 51-60 February 1967 – February 1968
Legion of Super-Heroes Archives Vol. 7 + Legion of Super-Heroes Archives Vol. 7
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Adventure Comics 359-367; Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen 106 August 1967 – April 1968
The Doom Patrol Archives Volume 5 + The Doom Patrol Archives Vol. 5
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Doom Patrol 114-121 September 1967 – October 1968
Legion of Super-Heroes Archives Vol. 8 + Legion of Super-Heroes Archives Vol. 8
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Adventure Comics 368-376; Superboy 147 May 1968 – January 1969
Justice League Of America Archives Vol. 8 + Justice League Of America Archives Vol. 8
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Justice League of America 61-66, 68-70 March 1968 – March 1969
T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents Archives Vol. 6 + T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents Archives Vol. 6
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T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents 15-20 September 1967 – November 1969
+ Justice League Of America Archives Vol. 9
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Justice League of America 71-80 May 1969 – May 1970
Legion of Super-Heroes Archives Vol. 9 + Legion of Super-Heroes Archives Vol. 9
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Action Comics 378-387, 389-392; Adventure Comics 377-380 February 1969 – September 1970
The Black Canary Archives Vol. 1 + The Black Canary Archives Vol. 1
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Adventure Comics 399, 418-419; Comics Cavalcade 25; DC Special Edition 3; Flash Comics 86-104; The Brave And The Bold 61-62 August 1947 – May 1972
Kamandi Archives Vol. 1 + Kamandi Archives Vol. 1
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Kamandi, The Last Boy on Earth 1-10 October 1972 – October 1973
Legion of Super-Heroes Archives Vol. 10 + Legion of Super-Heroes Archives Vol. 10
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Adventure Comics 403; Superboy 172-173, 176, 183-184, 188, 190, 191, 1193, 195, 197-202 March 1971 – June 1974
Kamandi Archives Vol. 2 + Kamandi Archives Vol. 2
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Kamandi, The Last Boy on Earth 11-20 November 1973 – August 1974
The Action Heroes Archives Vol. 2 + The Action Heroes Archives Vol. 2
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Blue Beetle 1-5; Captain Atom 83-89; Charlton Bullseye 1, 2, 5; Charlton Portfolio 9-10; Mysterious Suspense 1 November 1966 – September 1975
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Superboy 203-212 July 1974 – October 1975
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Karate Kid 1; Superboy and The Legion of Super-Heroes 213-223 December 1975 – January 1977
The New Teen Titans Archives Vol. 1 + The New Teen Titans Archives Vol. 1
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DC Comics Presents 26; The New Teen Titans 1-8 October 1980 – June 1981
The New Teen Titans Archives Volume 2 + The New Teen Titans Archives Vol. 2
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The New Teen Titans 9-16; The Best DC (Blue Ribbon Digest) 18 July 1981 – February 1982
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The New Teen Titans 17-20; Tales Of The New Teen Titans 1-4 March – September 1982
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New Teen Titans 21-27; New Teen Titans Annual 1 July 1982 – January 1983
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