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If you are a Kamandi: The Last Boy on Earth fan, this book is a must-have! I loved this comic book series, as well as other Jack Kirby titles, as a child and it holds up extremely well today. I was going to buy the two DC Archives of Kamandi but then they halted that line; thank goodness DC went ahead with Kamandi in the Omnibus format. The color reproductions are amazing and the paper quality is exceptional too. From the foreward by Mike Royer and the copy on the back of the dustjacket, it looks like they plan on only releasing 2 volumes, thus covering just the Jack Kirby era (the first 40 issues) of series. As a completist, I do hope that DC will consider a third volume to cover the rest of the series (issues 41 through 59).
Kamandi fans, treat yourself to Volume 1 and you won't be disappointed. Thank you, DC, for doing a wonderful job preserving the Kamandi legacy; I eagerly look forward to purchasing Volume 2!
The longest-lived of the titles Kirby launched during his time at DC Comics in the 1970s, Kamandi: The Last Boy on Earth is essentially The King's spin on Planet of the Apes. To think no further of the work would do a grave disservice to the raw power of imagination coursing through these pages, though; Kamandi is bursting with manic energy and ideas almost operatic in scale. Kirby's apocalyptic future is a world of mythic stature, unfolding before our eyes as the titular young hero journeys through mysterious lands populated by fabulous monsters lurking amid the ruins of the ancient past. A staggering 20 issues of wild ideas and crazy adventures are packed between the covers of this hardcover tome, making the book well worth its price. Kamandi isn't the epic saga that was Kirby's Fourth World opus, nor is it quite as weird as his run on The Demon or the short-lived OMAC: One Man Army Corps (recently reinvented, and rather successfully, by the "New 52" DC relaunch), but it IS a consistently entertaining, exuberant post-apocalyptic fantasy.
Finally we can enjoy these stories as they saw print almost 40 years ago. No glossy paper or wrong color, but printed as comics should be, on newsprint-like paper. Kirby's imagination was never stronger than in these stories and it was a pleasure to reread these stories and have them in a permanent binding. Now we're only waiting for Vol 2.
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I just got the first Kamandi Anthology this week. Thus far I have read through the first two comicbooks. The anthology is very light and this did surprise me but the paper is decent, about a medium weight, and it is not glossy stock. Basically the Kamandi reprints look like the old comic book but at the same time the paper is a step up. I've seen what the modern graphic novels look like with their glossy stock paper and all. Such paper would make Kamandi and Jack Kirby's art look strange. This anthology respects the original visual appearance of the comic book. I hope part two is about the same. I would say though that the pixelated image on the actual hardbound cover is not to my liking. The dust cover uses actual Kirby art on the front and the pixelated image on the back. I think the book just has an pixelated image. So if you lose the dust cover then you will probably have an ugly looking book in your bookcase.
I found the binding to be good on this edition. I am satisfied with the reprint quality, the colors, the paper cutting. The only drawback as I approach my 50th birthday though is that mostly all I see as I read through the comics is the limitation of the story telling and characterizations. I am simply not a nine or ten year old anymore and so the actual stories do very little for me now. I can still see how the art thrilled me at times though. Jack's Kamandi characters and story settings were always so visually compelling. I know there are some old comic books out there that would still entertain me somewhat. Kamandi though, some forty years later, reads as children's literature and the idea for this series was surely stolen or borrowed from the Planet of the Apes movies.Read more ›
As a teenager living in a seaside town I spent many weeks, during those long hot summers of the 1970's, hunting down the complete Kamandi collection by Jack Kirby. There was nothing better than finding the latest offering on the comic carousel. Getting the first twenty issues in book form today is in many ways an equal if not better offering, bringing together the epic expanse of Kirby's vision and giving the reader a sense of the drama which the author intended to unfold before us. This is not the Fourth World but it is a nice book, well presented and sold at a very reasonable price. The artwork has been nicely reproduced and there is none of that "over-colouring" which some other reprints suffer from. Best of all it is a fun read as Kamnadi and the reader discovers the world "after disaster". I have to confess to many of the subtleties of the story going over my head at the original reading but this time I was able to appreciate the ideal blend of art and writing and recognise, once more, why Jack Kirby was dubbed the King of comic books. My only gripe is the manner in which DC has transposed the title to "Kamandi by Jack Kirby", breaking with their tradition to date. Nevertheless, it is an ideal companion to the other DC omnibuses already produced. I can't wait for volume two. Buy it and relive those halcyon days of yore.
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