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Superman: The Golden Age Omnibus Vol. 1 Hardcover – June 11, 2013


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Product Details

  • Series: Superman
  • Hardcover: 784 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (June 11, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401241891
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401241896
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 2.1 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,822 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you're a Superman fan (or need to buy a gift for one), highly recommended.
Bernard M Affinito
All first 4 volumes of the Superman Chronicles books make up this entire omnibus.
Anarchy in the US
There are two and a half years worth in this one book, in chronological order.
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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Anarchy in the US TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 12, 2013
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With the release of DC/Warner Brothers Man of Steel this Summer (this very week, as I type this), DC has been putting out numerous re-releases of Superman to get us prepped for the big film (and yes, I am oh-so excited to want to see the film come midnight opening). And just in time of the film release, DC has released this phenomenal omnibus of "The Last Son of Krypton" when he first appeared in 1938 that ushered in the age from the Pulp comics like the Shadow, The Phantom, and Doc Savage into the beginning creation of the "Superhero comic". I know I've seen other omnibi reviews like Spider-Man and Fantastic Four as being praised as the best material in the medium. With all due respect, THIS is the pendulum of the Superhero medium. Every icon you can name, even the mighty Batman, all came from the blueprint that is Superman and these stories go to show just why.

SUPERMAN: THE GOLDEN AGE collects ACTION COMICS #1-31, SUPERMAN #1-7, and NEW YORK WORLD'S FAIR COMICS #1-2. Included is a foreword and afterword by Jim Steranko.

I won't go into any real detail for the material itself, other then it being what it is for the time period. These early comics by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster (with accompanying art by Jack Burney and Wayne Boring) were meant for kids and adults (kids mostly) as a new form of entertainment in the comic medium. These stories are mostly about Superman being a social crusader for the oppressed people across America. Superman fights numerous thugs, thieves, and egomaniacs hell bent on taking over the world. It may not be as exciting as today's comics, but that's the charm about reading these stories.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Bernard M Affinito on June 21, 2013
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Golden age comics reading is akin to watching old black and white movies - an enjoyable experience, but you need to understand it was entertainment for an audience of decades ago.

I do not believe there are "missing pages"...the omnibus contains Action Comics #1 (first appearance of Superman published in 1938) and Superman #1 (published in 1939). Superman #1 reprinted Action Comics #1 with additional pages at the beginning of the story, the omnibus does not reprint those pages already appearing earlier in the omnibus.

If you're a Superman fan (or need to buy a gift for one), highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Adam Jackson on December 26, 2013
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First off, let me clarify one thing--there are no missing pages in this book, nor have there ever been. You get absolutely everything that was published up to late 1940. Any confusion about this stems from the fact that the very first Superman story from Action Comics #1 (and the first reprinted here, entitled "Superman, Champion of the Oppressed") had a prologue which was published later in Superman #1. Some reprints include this prologue at the beginning, but seeing as this volume includes the material in the exact order of publication, the prologue to "Superman, Champion of the Oppressed" is presented later, in its correct chronological order. The table of contents even makes it clear that the prologue is on page 207. So there's really no good excuse to be so misinformed as to think that there are "missing" pages if you own a copy.Read more ›
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Fan on July 12, 2013
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This book collects and reprints the first adventures of the first true superhero, Superman. These works are classics and spawned the superhero genre in comics and literature. Superman's popularity would quickly lead to the creation of hundreds of competing superheroes and numerous other comic book titles. While the stories and art may seem simple and basic by today's standards, these stories were revolutionary at the time they were first published.

If you are a fan of comics, this is a must!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steven Michael Brewster on July 31, 2013
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If you had to buy the original comics in this book they would cost you over a million dollars. If you had the originals you couldn't enjoy reading them for fear of damaging them and diminishing their value. This book is really the perfect way to enjoy all the early adventures of Superman all together and for a nice price. I highly recommend this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul A. Franco on February 22, 2014
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Thanks to all of those involved in the development and release of this book. The book is certainly a Super collection of the early Superman stories and a must for Superman fans. The printing and colors in the book are very, very good and the book is a reminder (to me) that as a child, I could fly and fight for truth, justice and the American way....a wonderful ride to my childhood and I hope yours! Up, up and away!!
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