This article deals with hardcover editions of Elektra Assassin, including the limited signed Graphitti Designs edition, but not yet the Frank Miller's Elektra Omnibus (but I am working on it). I will proceed chronologically.
From the Epic Comics 1986 eight issues original miniseries, this story was first reprint in hardcover form by Graphitti Designs in its now legendary hardcover limited signed collection (see other articles of my blog).
This book was published in 1988 (ISBN 0-936211-14-8, 10.3 x 7.5 inches or 26 x 19 cm, 280 pages, cover price 39,95$) and printed on glossy paper. It comes with a fully illustrated dust jacket with new illustrations (at that time). Its size is slightly larger than the regular comics. It is a limited signed edition (2000 copies run) designed by Bob Chapman. The front and back cover illustrations are respectively from a poster and cover of the regular paperback edition).
The inner book comes with a burgundy faux-leather hardcover. One of the open pages displays an exclusive bookplate painted by Bill Sienkiewicz and signed by both the authors. My copy is #22.
A one page foreword written by Joe Duffy introduces the story (the 1987 regular TPB probably features this introduction). All the original virgin covers are reprinted and the book finishes with Frank and Bill acknowledgments, one page each (the only thing that will not be reprinted again in more recent hardcovers).
In 2003, the story has been reprinted in the Daredevil/Elektra Love &War hardcover:
It was published by Marvel (ISBN: 0-7851-1032-1, 11.2 x 7.5 inches or 28 x 19 cm, 350 pages, cover price 29.99$) on glossy quality paper. It comes with a fully illustrated dust jacket with a new illustration on the front cover. A picture below is for size comparison with one of the original comics (also see the opening picture of this article).
The inner book comes in a white faux-leather hardcover.
|one of the open pages|
Finally, let's take a look at the latest Elektra Assassin hardover in the Marvel Premiere Classic line (as #85):
This book, published in 2012 by Marvel (ISBN: 978-0-7851-6355-8, 10.3 x 7.5 inches or 26 x 19 cm, 285 pages, cover price 24,99$), has the exact same size as the Graphitti Designs edition and is also printed on glossy quality paper.
Pictures above and ISBN refers to one of the 720 copies of the limited variant cover edition. Regular edition (below) differs by its ISBN (978-0-7851-6354-1) and its illustrated jacket, the inner book being exactly the same. Two pictures below are here for size comparison.
|to the right is one of the original comics|
This edition is the most comprehensive because it features all the original covers (with titles), all the extra illustrations (poster, 1987 and 2000 trade paperback covers, "Love & War" virgin cover), all the Graphitti Designs exclusive illustrations including the signed plate, and in addition it features the sketch for the Elektra poster as well as a cover drawn by bill Sienkiewicz for the Elektra 2001 series.