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The Crow – Trade Paper Back version – part 1

The crow. A bird that is said to have Mystical powers and direct links to the afterlife. Sometimes when one loves another their bond can go beyond the mortal bindings of death. This means that soul cannot pass peacefully on to the next life. The crow that carries the soul is binded to the mortal world until all the wrongs of the soul have been righted.

This is the comic book series that started it all.

The Crow is a comic book series created by James O’Barr. The series was originally written by O’Barr as a means of getting over his girlfriend’s death at the hands of a drunk driver. It was later published in 1989, and became an underground success, with some movie studios seeking the rights to adapt it to film. It was adapted into a film in 1993 starring Brandon Lee, spawned three sequels, and a television series have also been made.

The first four issues were published by Caliber in 1989, and are collectors items now, because they are very hard to find. Tundra publishing released the conclusion in 1992 and Kitchen Sink Press followed with the graphic novel containing a more complete story with previously unpublished material. Definitely a must own for any true fan of The Crow.

Due to length and the limitations of some web browsers, we have broken up the Trade Paper Back into three posts, in a way mimicking the Tundra reprints which combined the first and second Caliber issues, and combined the third and fourth Caliber issues, printing the new final issue separately.

Part Two

14 responses

  1. thatpersonyoumightknow

    im eventually going to buy it off of amazon, but if this one gets posted ill read it. please keep this up 🙂

    April 20, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    • I was gonna wait for a version of The Authors edition to show up so i could upload that, but no luck yet so i will be posting the old Trade paper back version very soon when i have a spare hour or two, but thank you for coming to the site, please spread the word if you can about it 😉

      April 22, 2012 at 7:16 pm

  2. Daniel Devrell


    July 15, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    • Hey Daniel, Sorry for the longness on getting this uploaded, i now have all the .png’s needed for the upload, there are alot of pages so it will be done as soon as i get some time, this site is made and maintained by one person only, me 🙂

      July 15, 2012 at 4:25 pm

  3. sofianestesia

    Hi, there. I’m glad I stepped on your site while doing some reserch. So I think I’ll ask you the question that’s being tormenting me from more then ten years now. I read in an interview that, when Tundra was about to reprint the first four volumes into two issues, James took advantage of the moment and adjusted some of the drawings in those first four stories of The Crow. He smoothed the violence in some scenes, he changed something. So I guess there are differences, even slight, between the Caliber and Tundra and every other edition from that moment on. That makes the Caliber volumes even more rare. So my question is: do you know what are those changes James O’ Barr made?

    Thank you very much,

    July 19, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    • well actually there is no difference between the two actual comics, the only difference is:

      Only Tundra issue #3 has new material, which was the unprinted The Crow 5.

      The Tundra was a reprint of the original material.
      If you ever get the chance to read Caliber Presents 15, that was the preview material for The Crow #5, but then Caliber went bust. So that material didn’t show up for a few years, and was included in the Tundra #3 issue.

      July 20, 2012 at 8:24 pm

  4. sofianestesia

    Well, thank you. So the special edition of the graphic novel, what does it include? Related articles talk about restored scenes?

    July 22, 2012 at 11:17 am

  5. holyguyver

    Sofia, the Special Edition has a new scene remembering Eric & Shelly dancing, an extended scene of Eric & Albrect talking about Albrect’s wife who he is seperated from, a new scene of Eric & Shelly in there house, & a new scene reprising the train & horse scene towards the end.

    daavenger, if you add me as someone who can post/edit posts on this blog I could help upload the rest of this original if you don’t have the time.

    Who knows, maybe I will by another copy of the special edition & scan it & upload it too 😀 .

    daavenger, great job uploading the new series, I am very very impressed & overjoyed with your uploads 😀 .

    September 4, 2012 at 6:37 am

  6. THIS ISGreat. I just saw the new Definitive Version and I see why some people are not liking it too much… The polished version is what I call it, since the crow was like reading the equivalent a scrapbook of ideas. This trade is almost like a demo version of your favorite song which has all the moments of the finished product but has a certain charm that is not found in the finished product/song. The ‘charm’ is what is missing in the new edition, the thoughts behind the process (like the lyrics of the Cure and Joy Division inside the author’s head) that is has lead to the Definitive Version found in stores… or O’Barr is the George Lucas of Indie comics your thoughts are as good as mine

    June 28, 2013 at 9:05 pm

  7. Tehotenonhkeri

    That last part where he’s walking off where it says end is that supposed to be him walking to the afterlife or is that just concept art ?

    August 16, 2017 at 4:39 am

    • holyguyver

      I don’t know what you are referring to, what page are you talking about?

      March 4, 2018 at 3:13 am

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