I wonder why they aren't the same size as the Asterix omnibuses?
Well, each range has had a variety of formats, at different times, so there's no way to make a direct comparison. Given that there is evidence in this thread that many readers do like them, it could be asked why the Asterix
books aren't in the small format?
There have been full-size Tintin omnibuses in the past - WHSmith (a British bookshop chain) had an exclusive omnibus in 1985, containing Flight 714
, The Secret of "The Unicorn"
and Red Rackham's Treasure
; there was also a Magnet paperback in 1986 entitled Tintin's Moon Adventure
, combining the two Moon
The Making of
combined the two part adventures into omnibus editions with additonal background material.
It should also be said that the Asterix series was available for many years in both black-and-white versions in a standard paperback novel size, and colour small format individual paperbacks, roughly the same size as the Tintin stories appear in the omnibus set. The Tintin books have been made available as small format hardbacks in French (and probably other languages too).
So I guess this is just a long-winded way of saying that publishers have looked, and will continue to look, for ways in which to repackage material, to reach the biggest audience they can!