I agonise over these collections, as I really want to read all the background stuff, but don't want to double dip on stuff I already have (largely thanks to Titan, whom in the main, did a better job of reproducing this stuff). If IDW ever just collected the intro stuff, I'd be all over that. I might be tempted when we hit the B&W era and Generation 2 though (if only -hopefully- to have a properly complete G2 collection, G.I. Joe intro and #0 , plus the UK stuff).
As I understand it, the current plan is for the UK G2 original strips to be in the final Classics UK book.
I would be amazed if IDW didn't do a big chunky book of the American series at some point, even with them pushing Reg as the One True continuation.
The covers for these UK Classics books are pretty lifeless and horrid looking (not that the oversized Titan ones were much better, it has to be said). Is it a disinterested Wildman doing these? Looks like it.
Yeah, Wildman's modern stuff doesn't really do it for me (though I think these covers have improved as the series has gone on, why on Earth was some minor character from the 85 Annual on the front of the first one? Because Wildman just copied some art from his TFwiki entry without having checked if he was actually a major enough part of the story to bother with).
I think the Titan US hardbacks probably have the nicest covers of any of the reprints, despite some being better than others the lack of a template to stick to creates some very nice imagery.
Stuart Webb. Who knows everything about nothing and not a lot about that.
Action Force/G.I. Joe