.... Form a personal point of view I wasn't happy with the end result of the Goldfinger collection as I was with OHMSS/YOLT as the story still has some material missing (the first three panels to be precise)and the print quality did leave a lot to be desired. I have made sure that the next volume (CR/LALD/MR) will be of a higher standard as I am restoring the entire Moonraker strip at the moment. This will be the first story that has actually been "remastered" (for want of a better word) as all previous strips were simply printed from whatever source material existed - complete with the damage and loss that 40 years of use brings. With hindsight I could have improved the quality of the Goldfinger collection but wasn't given the chance to see what was being used beforehand. Thankfully high quality versions do exist (although in another language)and if the Moonraker strip looks as good in the final version as it does when I print the panels now then I will be very happy.
Got my copy early December and was (and still am) very happy with it.
I agree with you that it's sad about the missing panels - those should have been included, no doubt (good for me that they are in my Austrian version). The problem with the "remastering" on the other hand is presumably a question of money. As you know best yourself, this is a ****load of work, and I guess not everyone at Titan is willing to do the job on a "love for the subject" basis. And this would have affected the retail price for sure.
A better choice of source material would have been desirable, especially as you say that good quality material does exist. Looking at that Austrian version, I notice a lot of differences, especially when it comes to background details of which a lot is missing in the Titan version. And it doesn't have any moir