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Captain America Omnibus, Vol. 1 Hardcover – May 25, 2011


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 856 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (May 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785150781
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785150787
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 7.7 x 2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #165,259 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Overall it's an amazing collection and the pages are very high quality and glossy.
Art Nut
Like I said before, this one's for the die-hards, but give it a shot because you definitely get your money's worth with this one!
Ian
After mostly Kirby art and plotting, the Omnibus finishes up with the Steranko trilogy, and what great work it is.
Scott Mcintyre

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Art Nut on May 22, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I am a huge Avengers fan and have been collecting the comics since 1986 when I was just 8 years old. Over time I acquired all the issues of Tales of Suspense featuring Captain America and Iron Man. My only gripe with the collection is that it would be cool to have something else rather than Not Brand Echh. Perhaps Strange Tales #114 (first silver age cap who turned out to be a fake), Avengers #4 (1st real silver age cap), or even Tales of Suspense #58 where Captain America guest stars and fights Iron Man before he splits the book with Cap in issue #59.

Overall it's an amazing collection and the pages are very high quality and glossy. When reading the omnibus you can see the influence this series had on other story tellers such as Steve Englehart or Ed Brubaker. There is a great retelling of Cap's origin alongside the first silver age Red Skull appearance. For about 7 issues we get to see Cap's adventures during WWII smashing Nazis and kicking butt. Then there is the "Sleeper" story arc, the first cosmic cube story ever (it's awesome!) and the list goes on and on. As the stories progressed they definitely got better and better. Any fan of Captain America and The Avengers should pick this up. The artwork is amazing, especially the Jim Steranko stuff, and the stories are just plain fun to read. Amazon has the best price i have seen on it. Once these are gone they are gone.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By G. Steirer on May 31, 2011
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Captain America Omnibus, vol. 1 collects Captain America #100-113 and the Captain America stories from Tales of Suspense #59-99, all of which were originally published between 1964 and 1969. Like most of Marvel's Omnibuses, this is a beautiful edition, with brightly colored, low-gloss archival paper, finished boards with silver foil stamping, a flexible sewn binding, and a detailed credits page and table of contents. Like Iron Man Omnibus, Vol. 1, this volume also reprints the original letters pages with each issue. Bonus material includes a Charlie America origin story from Not Brand Echh #3, original covers for Captain America #100 and #105, original art from Captain America #112, cover reproductions for Marvel's Greatest Comics and Marvel Double Feature (reprint books), and cover art for Essential Captain America, vol. 1. Also included are two Stan Lee Introductions (taken from Marvel Masterworks), which are--like all his prose--superlative-laden and largely uninteresting. John Morrow's Introduction for the book's final third (also from a Marvel Masterworks) makes for better reading, but the real treat here is Jim Steranko's tell-all Afterword, in which he muses on the faults of the Captain America series and describes, in great detail, his approach to art.

Story-wise, the Captain America Omnibus delivers a lot--over 800 pages worth--of sometimes great, sometimes mediocre stories. Though the credits list Stan Lee as writer for every issue collected here but one, much of the best writing bears Jack Kirby's distinct vision; the excellent run that ends the book also appears to have been plotted primarily by Steranko.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Scott Mcintyre on August 24, 2011
Format: Hardcover
These are the Captain America stories I grew up with and there's a lot to enjoy. Stan Lee and Jack Kirby were cranking out comics left and right in the 60's and Marvel was exploding with creativity and popularity. The Tales of Suspense stories are my favorite (seeing them on TV in the Marvel Super Heroes cartoon show helped a lot too). Marvel's distribution agreement (with DC comics no less) prevented them from having over a certain amount of titles on the racks, so some of the old monster titles were converted into split books for some of the heroes; Strange Tales (Human Torch, Dr. Strange, and later Nick Fury of SHIELD), Tales to Astonish (The Hulk, Ant-Man/Giant-Man then later Sub-Mariner), Journey into Mystery (Thor and Tales of Asgard) and Tales of Suspense (Iron Man and Cap).

Since there were half the pages to cram in story, each issue was packed with action and un-subtle personal drama. These split-books became super hero soap operas and they were amazing. Cap started out as a straightforward action yarn, with emphasis on Cap's loneliness and guilt of Bucky's death. Then, without preamble, Stan and Jack switched formats to show Cap's adventures in WWII. These were incredible fun and a nice change from the usual Marvel stuff. But fan complains brought Cap back to the 60's and back to his guilt. In between mouring Bucky, he met the girl of his dreams, SHIELD Agent 13 (later to be known as Sharon Carter). Stan milked Cap's conflict between duty and his heart for more than its worth. If there's a downside to Stan being the editorial voice of every character it's that they ALL had the same sort of romantic troubles. Cap at least was able to work side by side with his lady.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sean Curley on August 11, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Captain America was a mainstay of Timely Comics in the 1940s, and, with his thawing out from an iceberg in 1964, he became the only Golden Ager to transition to become a mainstay of Marvel Comics in the Silver Age and beyond (Namor has never really been more than a peripheral figure, as interesting as he can be). In addition to his stint on the team, he eventually got a split book with Iron Man, and then his own solo title, which he has maintained to this day (weathering low sales here and there). This 800+ page omnibus contains issues #59-99 of "Tales of Suspense" and #100-113 of the renamed "Captain America" (Iron Man thence being shipped off to his own solo title). Spoilers follow (albeit, for comics more than 40 years old). Silver Age comics can be an acquired taste, but for those interested this represents an interesting collection.

The "Tales of Suspense" stories and their followup series are a mix of standalone and serialized stories. Captain America, moreso than many other Marvel heroes, has never had a particularly solid setup; partly, this is a function of him being rootless in the modern world due to his being a man out of time. His supporting cast has likewise been rather fluid. The setup employed by Lee and Kirby is Captain America mainly doing freelance work for SHIELD, meaning frequent appearances by Colonel Nick Fury, and the introduction of on-again, off-again love interest Agent 13/Sharon Carter (who remains a fixture of the comics to this day). In addition to the modern stories, there is an extended sequence of stories early in the run set during World War II, following Captain America and Bucky in the wartime adventures. Sharon (who has been a favourite of current writer Ed Brubaker) is one of the stronger female supporting characters of the period.
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