On Business: The Demon Reprints?
But, to me, one of the stranger cases from a business perspective is Jack's The Demon.
Jack's original run on the 1972 title, featuring a character of his own creation, lasted only sixteen issues. DC Special Blue Ribbon Digest #5 reprinted the first issue in 1980, but aside from that, nothing else has been collected or reprinted by DC except in one Omnibus collection that came out in 2008. No trade paperbacks, no Archive collections, no other single issue reprints, none of the books are even available digitally! IDW did come out with an "Artist's Edition" version which just uses Jack's original pencils but, here again, only the first issue. Which means your options, if you want to read that story are either track down the Omnibus or all 16 of those back issues.
Now, granted, this is basically how comic collectors used to have to operate all the time! Reprints weren't widely available, digital wasn't even an option, so you had to do a lot of scouring to get the original books. And that was even before the internet made quick searches on ebay easy. I spent my early decades as a comic fan working like this.
But here, now, in the twenty-first century, that seems a very strange business decision. It's not like The Demon is this obscure work or he's an unused character. Or like Jack himself is unheard of. You can get Forever People and Mister Miracle --both works created by the same man for the same company in the same time period--in paperback and digital formats currently pretty easily. Kamandi is only hardcover and digital, but not prohibitively expensive.
But The Demon? While it's got a MSRP of $50, in the past two or three years, I haven't seen a copy for less than $100. Most have been $125-$150. The original individual issues usually run about $10 each, whether you get them independently or as a set. All of which says to me that there's still a pretty solid market for this material that DC is ignoring.
Now it'd be one thing if they still had to go back and digitize everything, touch it all up, and recolor it... but they already did all that for the Omnibus. Why not use that same work to set up a relatively inexpensive two or three trade paperback set? Or shoot the files over to comiXology to at least make them available digitally?
Clearly, I'm missing something here, some unique business justification why they aren't putting this out there. What is it?