Here’s some pics of my custom bound books dating back to when I first started getting them done.
I started experimenting with adding horizontal lines on the spine and text on the cover. The Cap one doesn’t have a contents page but instead has the contents on the cover. The other two have fairly basic contents pages. I would later do much better pages.
I think my first bind was actually this Hickman one along with a two volume Cable & Deadpool set. They appear different as was trying out two different binderies. Bad decision as they look completely different.
Next was a two volume Iron Fist set. Unfortunately I used a stretched image for the contents page. I did get a nice little Aja sketch though.
I then decided I wanted to do a big X-Men run starting with Uncanny issue 244 (I was always a Jubilee fan when younger and this was her first appearance). I later learned that labeling them Vol 1 etc was not the best idea as it hurts the resale. If I sell volume 1 of a custom series the others are less likely to sell. I’m now thinking of creating some custom dust jackets for these. The current 9 volumes takes me up to the end of Age of Apocalypse and the plan is to go up to Schism. I estimate it will be about 40-50 volumes. I was also still tinkering with contents pages. Here I opted to be really thorough with the details of each individual issue. Not too happy with the designs though.
I then made my first foray into laminated covers with this Losers bind in which I managed to nab a quick Jock sketch. Also pictured are some other standard binds.
With my Batman run I changed it up and instead of ‘vol ?’ I went for a year band. I prefer this as it makes each bind more stand alone. I also commissioned a special Batman logo that is printed on the spine.
The G.I. Joe binds go from issue 1 right up to the current IDW stuff. There’s also my Dredd Megazine Supplements binds which contain the extra floppies that are bagged with the Megazine. Then there’s my, 2 vol per yera, 2000 ad collection. So far I have 2005-2010.
DD is one of the highlights. It’s a 3 volume laminated cover set.
My latest project was a Marvel Cosmic set.