The Old Doctor wrote:DC has some amazing classics in their library. They need to get them out for the sake of history.
I agree with you and Chessak. It would be excellent if DC offered something like Marvel Digital Unlimited. The number of classic runs that DC hasn't even reproduced in any format is an unfortunate waste.
Comixology may be catching up on George Perez's WW run, but I had to scrap that together on the back issue market, with only four TPBs to assist. Same with Brubaker's Catwoman run. I think it's now coming out in TPBs, but three years ago I also had to scrap it together.
And Peter David's Supergirl run--except for the very final story with pre-crisis supergirl that remains in print, this series is gone. Comixology's model alone is just too expensive--investing 100s of dollars in "rental comics". I suppose Marvel Digital Unlimited is no less expensive (and there is no pretense that you own anything), but you can at least roam around and sample titles that interest you, but which you wouldn't be willing to invest in individually.
I'd really like to read the original Doom Patrol series from the sixties, read the first run of Justice League of America (granted, I have much of that yellowing in the basement...) and the 70s GL / GA "road trip" series.
If you're lucky, you area library network will have some of these trades and archives. But, good luck with Peter David's Supergirl or Ostrander's Suicide Squad. Grant Morrison's Doom Patrol is coming out in a single collection this fall (at $100 at B & N). For all Grant's pretensions with other series, that Doom Patrol run is a classic of good satire and humanist writing. Dorothy's "Take me back to the real world" request to Danny the Street seemed to say something more than the literal plot suggested.
Yeah, DC sits on a lot of magic that Marvel, with its more down to earth, Peter Parker the boy next door "realism" doesn't shoot for. Justice League of America was bigger than the Avengers, even though I doubt the Justice League was as good of a drama. Granted, I haven't read any of the 70s JLA as an adult. The Avengers is a genuinely thrilling ongoing character drama. I think the JLA was more about big villains and huge plots, like the JLA/JSA team ups and various first appearances of major criminals.