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26th Nov '17 9:02:55 AM narm00
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** A less ambiguous example is the 1960s and 1970s ''TV Comics'' ''Doctor Who'' comic strips, which are unlikely ever to be reprinted because of their sometimes-dubious quality and the effort involved in reformatting them for TPB publication.

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** A less ambiguous example is the 1960s and 1970s ''TV Comics'' Comic / Countdown'' ''Doctor Who'' comic strips, which are unlikely ever to be reprinted in TPB form because of their sometimes-dubious quality and the effort involved in reformatting them for TPB publication.



** With Archie having lost the Sonic comic license outright and being handed to IDW, it's safe to assume that ''their entire run'' will be in the limbo for the time being. It is unknown when, or even ''if'' it will get any reprints.

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** With Archie having lost the Sonic comic license outright and being handed to IDW, it's safe to assume that ''their entire run'' will be in the limbo for the time being. It is unknown when, or even ''if'' ''if'', it will get any reprints.
24th Nov '17 9:48:39 AM KoopaKid17
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* The earlier strips of ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'' are falling into this. The [=GoComics=] website only goes back to March 11, 1996 (the strip began in April 1988), so the only way to read any comics from before that year is to buy the first five treasuries. These books are becoming harder to find.

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* The earlier strips of ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'' are falling into this. The [=GoComics=] website only goes back to March 11, 1996 (the strip began in April 1988), so the only way to read any comics from before that year date is to buy the first five treasuries. These books are becoming harder to find.
18th Nov '17 1:29:49 AM Xtifr
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* ''Comicbook/SwampThing'' suffered this for years with several major issues (the last four issues of Len Wein's original run on the title, the first Alan Moore ''Swamp Thing'' story) uncollected until most recently as DC began re-releasing the [=TPBs=] in hardcover. Still, stuff like Nancy Collins' back-to-basics run and Grant Morrison and Mark Millar's controversial runs on the title remain uncollected, as does the Marty Pasko run (''Saga of the Swamp Thing'' #1-19), the last 4-5 issues of which are crucial for setting up the bulk of Alan Moore's plotlines in the book.

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* ''Comicbook/SwampThing'' suffered this for years with several major issues (the last four issues of Len Wein's original run on the title, the first Alan Moore ''Swamp Thing'' story) uncollected until most recently as DC began re-releasing the [=TPBs=] in hardcover. Still, stuff like Nancy Collins' Creator/NancyACollins' back-to-basics run and Grant Morrison and Mark Millar's controversial runs on the title remain uncollected, as does the Marty Pasko run (''Saga of the Swamp Thing'' #1-19), the last 4-5 issues of which are crucial for setting up the bulk of Alan Moore's plotlines in the book.
16th Nov '17 1:49:24 AM Cryoclaste
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** While on the subject of Nintendo, many of the old Magazine/NintendoPower comics count as this too. The only ones to get modern re-releases are ComicBook/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast and ComicBook/SuperMarioAdventures which have gotten new edition graphic novels by Creator/VizMedia. Others such as StarFox & Super Metroid on the other hand are a lot more easier to find off of unofficial internet scans.

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** While on the subject of Nintendo, many of the old Magazine/NintendoPower comics count as this too. The only ones to get modern re-releases are ComicBook/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast and ComicBook/SuperMarioAdventures which have gotten new edition graphic novels by Creator/VizMedia. Others such as StarFox ComicStrip/StarFox & Super Metroid on the other hand are a lot more easier to find off of unofficial internet scans.
16th Nov '17 1:49:24 AM Cryoclaste
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24th Oct '17 2:08:28 PM Mario1995
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* Marvel's comic book series based off ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'', due to Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} owning the rights to the ''Ren and Stimpy'' property and Creator/{{Disney}} owning Marvel.




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* The ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' comic books from Marvel UK are one of the rarest comic books one can find, as not only have they been out of print for decades, but the [[ScrewedByTheLawyers complicated legal problems]][[note]]''Tiny Toon Adventures'' is owned by Creator/WarnerBrothers, parent of Marvel competitor Creator/DCComics, while the comics are property of Marvel, owned by Time Warner competitor Creator/{{Disney}}[[/note]] are actively keeping the comics from getting reprinted. This is not the case with the US ''Tiny Toons'' magazines, though, as DC owned the US license the whole time, but DC hasn't bothered reprinting those, either.



* The ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' comic books from Marvel UK are one of the rarest comic books one can find, as not only have they been out of print for decades, but the [[ScrewedByTheLawyers complicated legal problems]][[note]]''Tiny Toon Adventures'' is owned by Creator/WarnerBrothers, parent of Marvel competitor Creator/DCComics, while the comics are property of Marvel, owned by Time Warner competitor Creator/{{Disney}}[[/note]] are actively keeping the comics from getting reprinted. This is not the case with the US ''Tiny Toons'' magazines, though, as DC owned the US license the whole time, but DC hasn't bothered reprinting those, either.
24th Oct '17 1:57:32 PM Mario1995
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* The ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' comic books from Marvel UK are one of the rarest comic books one can find, as not only have they been out of print for decades, but the [[ScrewedByTheLawyers complicated legal problems]][[note]]''Tiny Toon Adventures'' is owned by Creator/WarnerBrothers, parent of Marvel competitor Creator/DCComics, while the comics are property of Marvel, owned by Time Warner competitor Creator/{{Disney}}[[/note]] are actively keeping the comics from getting reprinted. This is not the case with the US ''Tiny Toons'' magazines, though, as DC owned those rights.

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* The ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' comic books from Marvel UK are one of the rarest comic books one can find, as not only have they been out of print for decades, but the [[ScrewedByTheLawyers complicated legal problems]][[note]]''Tiny Toon Adventures'' is owned by Creator/WarnerBrothers, parent of Marvel competitor Creator/DCComics, while the comics are property of Marvel, owned by Time Warner competitor Creator/{{Disney}}[[/note]] are actively keeping the comics from getting reprinted. This is not the case with the US ''Tiny Toons'' magazines, though, as DC owned those rights.the US license the whole time, but DC hasn't bothered reprinting those, either.
25th Sep '17 5:29:57 AM SamMax
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* While ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'' mostly averts this trope, there are exceptions:

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* While Until it met its end in 2017, ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'' mostly averts averted this trope, trope. That said, there are exceptions:were exceptions even during its run:


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** With Archie having lost the Sonic comic license outright and being handed to IDW, it's safe to assume that ''their entire run'' will be in the limbo for the time being. It is unknown when, or even ''if'' it will get any reprints.
19th Sep '17 10:18:47 AM Camwood
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** ''Gnorm Gnat'', Jim Davis's [[OldShame first comic]], has never been published, not even on the Garfield site. A few strips have appeared here and there, but to see the rest one would probably have to find old copies of ''The Pendleton Times'' from the 70s.

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** ''Gnorm Gnat'', Jim Davis's [[OldShame first comic]], has never been published, not even on the Garfield site. A few strips have appeared here and there, but to see the rest one would probably have to find old copies of ''The Pendleton Times'' from the 70s.70s, or even ''more'' obtuse, ''go to the Pendleton Library itself in Pendleton, Indiana, and use the microfiche archives of the newspapers and go over to the comics section,'' and even then, you're limited by the newspapers that were chosen to be archived.
21st Aug '17 6:33:12 AM narm00
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* ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'' suffers this as well ó Marvel has done a lousy job collecting and keeping in print most of the character's defining storylines. While both Essential Spider-Man and Essential Spider-Man have now reached Roger Stern and Peter David's legendary runs (and the first third of David Micheline's legendary run on Amazing Spider-Man released as an omnibus), good luck if you are wanting to find most of Spidey's stuff like [=DeMatteis=] and Gerry Conway's Spectacular Spider-Man or Tom [=DeFalco's=] Amazing Spider-Man.

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* ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'' suffers this as well ó Marvel has done a lousy job collecting and keeping in print most of the character's defining storylines. While both Essential Spider-Man and Essential Spider-Man have now reached Roger Stern and Peter David's legendary runs (and the first third of David Micheline's legendary run on Amazing Spider-Man released as an omnibus), good luck if you are wanting want to find most of Spidey's stuff like [=DeMatteis=] and Gerry Conway's Spectacular Spider-Man or Tom [=DeFalco's=] Amazing Spider-Man.



* Any Daredevil that isn't Frank Miller's or part of the 2000s Marvel Knights reboot. In particular, Ann Nocenti's run has only ever received two collections (One, out-of-print, Daredevil Visionaries collection of Typhoid Mary and one more recent collection of Lone Stranger) despite running far longer than either of Miller's runs and featuring artwork not only by fan favourites John Romita Jr and Lee Weeks, but art from Creator/SteveDitko, Mark Bagley, amongst others.
* A lot of 1990s Marvel stuff remains uncollected, even with Marvel recently making headway in collecting it via their "Marvel Classics" line. The 1990s ''Comicbook/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' series; ''Nightstalkers'' (which brought ComicBook/{{Blade}} back after fading away into comic limbo and resolved several major dangling plotlines from the 1970s ''Comicbook/TheTombOfDracula'' series); Thunderbolts, ''Generation X''; and ''X-Man'' has yet to be collected.

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* Any Daredevil ComicBook/{{Daredevil}} that isn't Frank Miller's or part of the 2000s Marvel Knights reboot. In particular, Ann Nocenti's run has only ever received two collections (One, out-of-print, Daredevil Visionaries collection of Typhoid Mary and one more recent collection of Lone Stranger) despite running far longer than either of Miller's runs and featuring artwork not only by fan favourites John Romita Jr and Lee Weeks, but art from Creator/SteveDitko, Mark Bagley, amongst others.
* A lot of 1990s Marvel stuff remains uncollected, even with Marvel recently making headway in collecting it via their "Marvel Classics" line. The 1990s ''Comicbook/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' series; ''Nightstalkers'' (which brought ComicBook/{{Blade}} back after fading away into comic limbo and resolved several major dangling plotlines from the 1970s ''Comicbook/TheTombOfDracula'' series); Thunderbolts, ''Generation X''; ''ComicBook/{{Thunderbolts}}'', ''ComicBook/GenerationX''; and ''X-Man'' ''ComicBook/XMan'' has yet to be collected.



* While itís predecessor [[ComicBook/TheTransformers The Transformers]] has had the lions [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/The_Transformers:_Generations share]] [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Classic_Transformers of]] [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/The_Transformers_Classics reprints]] over the last 30+ years good luck if you want to find the sequel series [[ComicBook/TransformersGeneration2 Generation 2]] as the only option for finding it today are the original print run or the releases that were [[NoExportForYou UK exclusive]] done by Titan books during the early 2000s.

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* While itís its predecessor [[ComicBook/TheTransformers The Transformers]] has had the lions lion's [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/The_Transformers:_Generations share]] [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Classic_Transformers of]] [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/The_Transformers_Classics reprints]] over the last 30+ years good luck if you want to find the sequel series [[ComicBook/TransformersGeneration2 Generation 2]] as the only option for finding it today are the original print run or the releases that were [[NoExportForYou UK exclusive]] done by Titan books during the early 2000s.



* ''ComicBook/ElfQuest'', while an excellent series, hasn't been reprinted since 2003, its quarter-centennial, and the only full-ish reprints--the Father Tree Press 20th anniversary Readers Collections--are getting harder and harder to find as time goes on. On the plus side, all of it--and even never-printed material from aborted series--is available on the official website.

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* ''ComicBook/ElfQuest'', while an excellent series, hasn't been reprinted since 2003, its quarter-centennial, and the only full-ish reprints--the reprints -- the Father Tree Press 20th anniversary Readers Collections--are Collections -- are getting harder and harder to find as time goes on. On the plus side, all of it--and it -- and even never-printed material from aborted series--is series -- is available on the official website.



* The issues of ''Comicbook/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|Mirage}}'' written and illustrated by RickVeitch (issues #24-26 and 30 of Volume One of the original Mirage run, plus the story "North by Downeast" initially serialized in Plastron Cafe #1-4 and later colorized and given a conclusion in the two-part ''Casey Jones'' mini-series) face problems when it comes to reprints as Veitch never signed away those rights. Possibly the TMNT stories by RickArthur (who did TMNT Vol. 1 #41 and a short story called "Lucindra" in Turtle Soup (vol. 2) #1) fall into the same trap, though there's no confirmation from anyone involved with the franchise (though see below). FrankBella, who did the two-page gag story "Pesticide" in Turtle Soup (vol. 1) #1, also never signed away reprint rights, which leads this troper to believe that the same thing happened with the other story in that special (save for one done by Mirage regular EricTalbot which was later reprinted, a crossover story with StanSakai's ''ComicBook/UsagiYojimbo'' which has been reprinted times, and one by SteveBissette who did sell the rights to his TMNT-related work). Some of the other TMNT short stories and Vol. 1 issues done by freelance writers and artists during the late 1980s and early 1990s may also have legal problems, but in some cases it's hard to tell since Mirage's contracts could be a bit loose regarding reprint rights at the time.
** Update: Rick Arthur has told this troper that the only intellectual property he owns from TMNT Vol. 1 #44 is the character of Lucindra and nothing else. Also, veteran comics writer Creator/PaulJenkins never signed away the rights to his contributions to TMNT Vol. 1 #43, but doesn't really mind it being reprinted. ComicBook/MegatonMan DonSimpson still owns the rights to his TMNT parody short stories, "Teen Techno Turtle Trio Plus One!' from Shell Shock and "Alternative Turtles on the Moon" from the color Turtle Soup series (I assume that Mirage didn't buy out those stories since they're just parodies), same with Creator/FredHembeck's TMNT back-up strip from the third printing of TMNT Vol. 1 #2. Most other TMNT stories should face no legal problems from being reprinted, although IDW may go the extra mile in getting permission from and compensating the owners of guest characters such as ErikLarsen's ComicBook/SavageDragon and BobBurden's ''ComicBook/FlamingCarrot'' (since Dave Sim has no problem with anyone else using his character ComicBook/{{Cerebus}}, yet IDW still got Sim's permission and paid him in order to reprint the TMNT issue that guest stars Cerebus).

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* The issues of ''Comicbook/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|Mirage}}'' written and illustrated by RickVeitch Creator/RickVeitch (issues #24-26 and 30 of Volume One of the original Mirage run, plus the story "North by Downeast" initially serialized in Plastron Cafe #1-4 and later colorized and given a conclusion in the two-part ''Casey Jones'' mini-series) face problems when it comes to reprints as Veitch never signed away those rights. Possibly the TMNT stories by RickArthur Creator/RickArthur (who did TMNT Vol. 1 #41 and a short story called "Lucindra" in Turtle Soup (vol. 2) #1) fall into the same trap, though there's no confirmation from anyone involved with the franchise (though see below). FrankBella, Creator/FrankBella, who did the two-page gag story "Pesticide" in Turtle Soup (vol. 1) #1, also never signed away reprint rights, which leads this troper to believe that the same thing happened with the other story in that special (save for one done by Mirage regular EricTalbot Creator/EricTalbot which was later reprinted, a crossover story with StanSakai's Creator/StanSakai's ''ComicBook/UsagiYojimbo'' which has been reprinted several times, and one by SteveBissette Creator/SteveBissette who did sell the rights to his TMNT-related work). Some of the other TMNT short stories and Vol. 1 issues done by freelance writers and artists during the late 1980s and early 1990s may also have legal problems, but in some cases it's hard to tell since Mirage's contracts could be a bit loose regarding reprint rights at the time.
** Update: Rick Arthur has told this troper that the only intellectual property he owns from TMNT Vol. 1 #44 is the character of Lucindra and nothing else. Also, veteran comics writer Creator/PaulJenkins never signed away the rights to his contributions to TMNT Vol. 1 #43, but doesn't really mind it being reprinted. ComicBook/MegatonMan DonSimpson ''ComicBook/MegatonMan'''s Creator/DonSimpson still owns the rights to his TMNT parody short stories, "Teen Techno Turtle Trio Plus One!' from Shell Shock and "Alternative Turtles on the Moon" from the color Turtle Soup series (I assume that Mirage didn't buy out those stories since they're just parodies), same with Creator/FredHembeck's TMNT back-up strip from the third printing of TMNT Vol. 1 #2. Most other TMNT stories should face no legal problems from being reprinted, although IDW may go the extra mile in getting permission from and compensating the owners of guest characters such as ErikLarsen's Creator/ErikLarsen's ComicBook/SavageDragon and BobBurden's Creator/BobBurden's ''ComicBook/FlamingCarrot'' (since Dave Sim has no problem with anyone else using his character ComicBook/{{Cerebus}}, yet IDW still got Sim's permission and paid him in order to reprint the TMNT issue that guest stars Cerebus).



** Actually, most of the First Comics books mentioned has been reprinted in some form. The exception is ''ComicBook/DynamoJoe''.

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** Actually, most of the First Comics books mentioned has have been reprinted in some form. The exception is ''ComicBook/DynamoJoe''.



** The pre-1996 ''Magazine/DoctorWhoMagazine'' comic strips are being very slowly reprinted by Panini in [=TPBs=], but given the [=TPBs=]' marketing focus on single Doctors, it's unclear if they'll ever reprint the short run of multi-Doctor strips between their ''Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures'' Seventh Doctor strips and their Eighth Doctor comics, a run best known for breaking with ''New Adventures'' continuity in the story "Ground Zero".
** An even less ambiguous example is the 1960s and 1970s ''TV Comics'' ''Doctor Who'' comic strips, which are unlikely ever to be reprinted because of their sometimes-dubious quality and uncertainty over who, if anyone, owns the copyright.

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** The pre-1996 ''Magazine/DoctorWhoMagazine'' comic strips are being very slowly reprinted by Panini in [=TPBs=], but given the [=TPBs=]' marketing focus on single Doctors, it's unclear if they'll there was doubt over whether they'd ever reprint the short run of multi-Doctor strips between their ''Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures'' Seventh Doctor strips and their Eighth Doctor comics, a run best known for breaking with ''New Adventures'' continuity in the story "Ground Zero".
Zero". The announcement of "Land of the Blind", the first TPB collecting strips from this run, confirmed they would, the promotion focusing on strips from multiple Doctors being featured.
** An even A less ambiguous example is the 1960s and 1970s ''TV Comics'' ''Doctor Who'' comic strips, which are unlikely ever to be reprinted because of their sometimes-dubious quality and uncertainty over who, if anyone, owns the copyright. effort involved in reformatting them for TPB publication.



* The short-lived Creator/MarvelMAX series ''[[ComicBook/TheEternals The Eternal]]'', will probably never get collected, owing to it being a Chuck Austen miniseries loaded with sex and nudity.

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** The strips from the kid-orientated ''Magazine/DoctorWhoAdventures'' magazine haven't been reprinted, though at last report the Panini team were looking at ways they might reprint them, and convincing their powers-that-be that the project would be profitable.
** The Tenth Doctor strips from the ''Doctor Who: Battles in Time'' part-work haven't seen the light of day since the official online archive closed.
** The short-lived Eighth Doctor ''Magazine/RadioTimes'' strip hasn't been republished since its first run in 1996-97.
* The short-lived Creator/MarvelMAX series ''[[ComicBook/TheEternals The Eternal]]'', Eternal]]'' will probably never get collected, owing to it being a Chuck Austen miniseries loaded with sex and nudity.



* ''ComicStrip/DickTracy'' has few reprints available and in the case of the Max Collins era strips (which were critically acclaimed) few have ever been reprinted, save the various sequences collected in the Anniversary editions. Fantagraphics is releasing ''The Complete Chester Gould Dick Tracy'' archive editions however, and ''The Collins Case Files'' are currently on its third volume.

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* ''ComicStrip/DickTracy'' has few reprints available and in the case of the Max Collins era strips (which were critically acclaimed) few have ever been reprinted, save the various sequences collected in the Anniversary editions. Fantagraphics is releasing ''The Complete Chester Gould Dick Tracy'' archive editions however, and ''The Collins Case Files'' are currently on its their third volume.



* The ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' comic books from Marvel UK are one of the rarest comic books one can find, as not only have they've been out of print for decades, but the [[ScrewedByTheLawyers complicated legal problems]][[note]]''Tiny Toon Adventures'' is owned by Creator/WarnerBrothers, parent of Marvel competitor Creator/DCComics, while the comics are property of Marvel, owned by Time Warner competitor Creator/{{Disney}}[[/note]] are actively keeping the comics from getting reprinted. This is not the case with the US ''Tiny Toons'' magazines, though, as DC owned those rights.

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* The ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' comic books from Marvel UK are one of the rarest comic books one can find, as not only have they've they been out of print for decades, but the [[ScrewedByTheLawyers complicated legal problems]][[note]]''Tiny Toon Adventures'' is owned by Creator/WarnerBrothers, parent of Marvel competitor Creator/DCComics, while the comics are property of Marvel, owned by Time Warner competitor Creator/{{Disney}}[[/note]] are actively keeping the comics from getting reprinted. This is not the case with the US ''Tiny Toons'' magazines, though, as DC owned those rights.
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