IDW's Chris Ryall commissions custom 'Rom' hardcover set

No, it's not a dream. That's actually set of four hardcover volumes of Marvel's Rom: Spaceknight. Unfortunately, however, your chances of getting one remain slim.

Despite a cult following, it's been nearly 30 years since any Rom: Spaceknight has been published. The issue comes down to licensing, and Marvel's agreement with Parker Brothers (now a Hasbro subsidiary) expired 1986. Certain elements created for the toy-inspired comic, originated by Bill Mantlo and Sal Buscema, remain with Marvel, but the name and signature armor are off-limits -- to both new work and reprints.

IDW Publishing Editor-in-Chief Chris Ryall has been vocal about his desire to acquire the rights to Rom from Hasbro, but so far he's been unsuccessful. But as a fan himself, Ryall went to extraordinary lengths to get those original 75 issues on his bookshelf.

How? He commissioned a custom-made hardcover collection. Using the original issues of Rom: Spaceknight, Nebraska-based bookbinding company Houchen Bindery put together this one-off collection that, while destroying the original comics as an intact piece, makes an impressive hardcover set that's already gotten a number of fans and fellow pros jealous.

Take a closer look below, and see more photos on Ryall's Facebook page.

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