Sad news from Jeph York of the Marvel Collected Editions department:
Okay, after three months of solicits with no Premiere Classic HCs in them, I should probably end the suspense and make this official:
Marvel has ended the Premiere Classic hardcover line.
They’ll still be collecting modern series in Premiere-sized HCs, and the Omnibus, OHC and Masterworks programs are not in danger. But the Premiere Classic line is being put to bed with volume #106.
Sorry, guys. I know quite a few of you loved them.
Apparently, not enough loved them to make the line worthwhile in Marvel’s eyes. The Marvel Premiere Classic line, which collected much-loved series and storylines from the past five decades of the House of Ideas’ back catalog in (relatively) affordable hardcover format, had been around since 2006; we can but hope that this might mean an uptick in trade paperbacks and Essentials collecting material from the 1980s-1990s period in replacement.