Back in the day, Wildstorm Editor-In-Chief Scott Dunbier planned to publish Promethea, in the Absolute format that he pioneered at DC Comics, sideways. Preserving the double page spread that became JH Williams‘ signature, the book would be read landscape rather than portrait, without important story and artistic information being lost in the fold. It would also include a fold out version of the final issue, so that readers could access the poster version as well as the split-up-page version.
It didn’t happen. Scott Dunbier was fired by Paul Levitz over the Black Dossier and Alan Moore affair and, after sufficient gardening leave, he took a job at IDW, where he pioneered the Artist’s Edition format.
But now I understand that DC are revisiting the volume. And are planning a sideways Promethea Omnibus, featuring oversized Absolute-style pages, read sideways, akin to the originally planned format. And all 32 issues in one volume.
Here are a few double pages to revisit why this comic was quite so special.