Published in 1993 by Mandarin, this 12 x 9 inches book (30.5 x 23 cm, ISBN is shown on a picture below) comes with an inner canvas hardcover and a fully illustrated dust jacket. I have seen on the web that this particular version was "only available to purchase through 2000AD and not available in any shops", but I cannot confirm this information with official sources, nor give the print numbers if it's indeed limited.
One picture below is for size comparison with one of the original prog where this story was first published.
The front cover of the dust jacket and inner canvas hardcover are exclusive to this edition (back cover of this edition has been used for the regular hardcover and softcover version).
The books open with a two pages introduction written in 1991 by Caitlin Matthews (with the guide to the Horned God) and previously used in volume 3 of the Fleetway 3 parts graphic novel edition (and Land of the Young map from 2000 AD #626). The story is divided in its original three parts, and is printed on non glossy paper. The afterword displays some story references and sources.
|let's search for Conan on the left page, and Pat Mills on the right page ...|
I will also make use of this article to review the UK reprints of this story (note that the recent US reprint is detailed here).
In chronological order after its initial publishing in 2000 AD, "The Horned God" has first been published in three volume by Fleetway in magazine size softcover edition from 1989 to 1991. There is also a picture intended to compare size with the 1993 Mandarin special edition.
|volume 1 1989 ISBN 1-85386-156-1|
|back cover of volume 1|
|volume 2 1990 ISBN 1-85386-157-X|
|back cover of volume 2|
|volume 3 March 1991 ISBN 1-85386-158-8|
|back cover of volume 3|
Volume 3 displays the Caitlin Matthew introduction (dated 1990), the guide to the horned god, a "previously in" page with a B&W Bisley sketch and the same afterword reused in 1993 by Mandarin.
And so in 1993, Mandarin has gathered the three volumes in one hardover/softcover edition. If the special hardcover version features a dust jacket and a different cover, the material inside is the same.
Note that in the picture below, the hardcover version with dust jacket on the right is the 1998 Hamlyn reprint (contents absolutely identical to the previous regular Mandarin edition).
|1993 softcover Mandarin edition (in a bad shape), ISBN 0-7493-1637-3|
|back covers: 1993 hardcover (left) and the 1998 reprint hardcover (right, same as 1993 softcover)|
|hardcover spines! 1993 below|
|1998 hardcover Hamlyn edition, ISBN 0-600-59651-6|
|hardcover 1998 reprint inner cover|
|hardcover 1998 reprint inner backcover|
In 2002, Titan Books (in partnership with 2000 AD) finally had a go at publishing The Horned God, in two softcover volumes:
|part one September 2002 ISBN 1-84023-477-6|
|part two February 2003 ISBN 1-84023-474-1|
|back covers of both volumes|
Volume 2 features full coloured covers of 2000 AD #330 and 688, the classic glossary, a "previously in" illustrated by virgin cover of Volume 2 of the 1990 Fleetway reprint, and the usual same afterword.
Finally in 2008, the story was reprinted by Rebellion in its Sláine reprint collection (#4 on the spine) with a new introduction written by Pat Mills (dated April 2008), a nine pages commentary section (the same featured in the US hardcover edition) and three virgin Simon Bisley's cover (from Fleetway volume 1 and 3 edition and the one used for US edition, they are all part of a portfolio published by Fleetway in 1991):
|sláine #4 Rebellion 2008 ISBN 978-1-905437-73-3|