So I was just curious and was wondering if anyone here who has read Dragon Ball has actually own the actual books or has read it online. I know that on the Offical Viz Media website if they sign up you can read every chapter available.
Last Edit: Jun 13, 2019 19:12:31 GMT -6 by friezku
I read the actual books because it's nice to get away from my phone/computer sometimes. Plus, if you have a library card, most big cities actually have them in their library or can order them from other libraries in the area. I did that a few years ago. Any book they didn't have, I'd buy from Half Price Books and read it and then sell it or give it to Adrenaline. Currently, I own the entire DBZ series, but don't own any of the DB books anymore. I need to get a full set of them... but I can't justify the $100 cost of the brand new reissue of the entire set right now. I don't have a place to put them or a good reason to spend the money right now.
Right now I’m collecting the recent 3 in 1 books because they’re pretty cheap on amazon. With collcting all dragon ball stuff I’m glad th books are cheap. I still hopeto pick up the original volumes with one book
Well, my dream set of them would have all the artwork in black and white without any shading or color pages... and without Mr. Popo's lips being censored. Some pages were originally colored by Akira Toriyama, and I don't remember if the ones I own have those or not. Pretty sure they likely do have the muddy black and white version of that art. When I was getting them from the library, I was having to check out all sorts of different versions of the books and I don't recall the differences between them. I think some pages would be in red and black (I recall the kaioken Goku vs. Vegeta pages like that I think), which I think... was ok? But the black and white versions of colored pages pissed me off because it made the pages look low contrast and muddy. I don't know if the perfect version exists, and if it does, I probably wouldn't spend the money on it, because the red DB books and white DBZ books are the easiest to find used on ebay and used book stores. Most likely uncolored versions of those pages don't exist and you're stuck with either muddy black and white pages or getting a release that has actual colored pages. Overall... just having it to read and enjoy is best... so the version doesn't matter much.
When I buy them, I just try to make sure all the VIZ logos on the spine match what I already have. Like I said earlier, I only own DBZ right now, and all of my DBZ volumes have matching VIZ logos. I want to hunt down DB, but I don't have much time to read so it's low priority right now. I don't know (and couldn't find via research) why some are square and others have an eyeball at the top, but I find it annoying when only 1 or 2 have the other logo.
I'm pretty sure the first print run of the SJ line graphic novels (the red ones) were uncut for the classic Dragon Ball material...A good way to tell is to look for the old school Viz logo on the side. If it says Viz Media, it means you've hit the censorship period.
So maybe the eyeball ones are the better ones to own...? These old threads aren't too useful since the images don't work, and I can't find a guide to the different Viz releases that is detailed enough to encompass all of them.
This video shows some of the differences... I didn't watch it... just jumped around in it... he's monotone and hard to listen to.
There's some VIZ releases which are a little taller with larger artwork and they combine multiple books into 1 large book. They are called VIZBIG. I find those difficult to hold, pages can fall out of them, and I honestly dislike the white paper they used. I like the cream "rag" paper of the individual books, that most paperback novels are printed on. It's more friendly to my eyes and more enjoyable to read. There's also some called 3-in-1 but I don't remember what they are like and I never see them at used book stores. I think they were the ones that were also pretty large, and they were pretty good, but they had thin paper and lines from artwork on the other side bled through. The VIZBIG ones are still sold at Barnes & Noble if you want to buy them new (and waste a bit of money b/c buying them new is expensive, but at least no pages will have fallen out yet).
Here's what the VIZBIG look like:
The easiest to find (used) are the red DB books and white DBZ books. What's cool about these is the spines continue the same running image.
The box sets were rereleased by Viz recently and are still on sale on walmart.com. Amazon jacked them up to be what they are supposed to sell for. So walmart has DB for about $85 if I remember right (which is a hell of a deal for brand new books), but Amazon has it at like $140. Those box sets are the red and white books. They'll take up a lot of shelf space, but that price is very good!
I don't have a clue what the taller ones in this image off ebay are... I've never seen them at the used book store I go to... I'd steer clear of those if you aren't able to find the whole set for sale... I assume they are a late '90s release. It might be pretty good or pretty bad... but hard to complete the set for sure.
Last Edit: Jun 17, 2019 11:34:32 GMT -6 by Branjita