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The Avengers Omnibus, Vol. 1 Hardcover – February 29, 2012

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Hardcover: 744 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (February 29, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785158464
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785158462
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 1.8 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #286,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stan Lee is a man who needs no introduction. Nevertheless: Having begun his career with wartime Timely Comics and staying the course throughout the Atlas era, Stan the Man made comic-book history with Fantastic Four #1, harbinger of a bold new perspective in story writing that endures to this day. With some of the industry's greatest artists, he introduced hero after hero in Incredible Hulk, Amazing Spider-Man, X-Men and more -- forming a shared universe for rival publishers to measure themselves against. After an almost literal lifetime of writing and editing, Lee entered new entertainment fields and earned Marvel one opportunity after another. He remains one of Marvel's best-known public representatives.

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This is another in the series of classic Marvel omnibuses that reprint issues that have already appeared in the Marvel Masterworks series. This volume reprints issues Avengers 1-30 so it can substitute for or replace the first three Avengers masterworks. If you happen to own the first editions of said masterworks, as I do, you will be getting a substantial upgrade in reproduction quality as well. The coloring of those first editions especially was very hit or miss. The introductions to those three Avengers masterworks, by Stan Lee, are also reproduced. Unfortunately, Lee's patter in these introductions don't really add much value to the book.

But fortunately the letters pages of these issues are also reproduced. Here Lee shines as he builds a community of readers and talent that eventually carried Marvel to the top of the comics world. The answers to reader's letters, next issue blurbs, M.M.M.S. membership coupons, and occasional Mighty Marvel Checklist are pure nostalgia.

The issues are classic Marvel as well. The early issues with the big three (Thor, Iron Man, and Captain America) and drawn by Kirby are the best but the later line up with Don Heck penciling also have their moments. The Avengers started out as a team book featuring first stringers but then started acquiring members without their own features, B and C listers like Hawkeye, Quicksilver, and the Scarlet Witch to avoid overexposure (a concern you never hear of these days). I personally prefer the first approach.

Extras are generous. There are 29 pages of house ads, reprint and collection covers (four to a page), and original art.

The size is just about perfect at around 750 pages so manhandling isn't a chore like it is with some longer omnibuses.
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As someone introduced to comics in the era reprinted in Fantastic Four by John Byrne Omnibus - Volume 1 and Thor by Walter Simonson Omnibus (among others) I was never quite sure how the early years of the Marvel Age would read. Sure, the Lee-Kirby 'Fantastic Four' and the Lee-Ditko 'Spider-Man' were certified classics, but what of the 'lesser' titles?

The new Avengers film could be this summer's biggest blockbuster, but, yes, the 'Avengers' *was* one of Marvel's 'lesser' titles when it started. 'Spider-Man' and even 'Daredevil' had their own comics but none of the first Avengers, bar Thor, had books to themselves, just shared features in other titles.

Actually, this bunch of stories holds up quite well. (Still not quite a Lee-Kirby F.F. or a Lee-Ditko Spider-Man, but what is?) Some may find both the stories and the art "crude" or "unsophisticated". I find them bursting with raw energy, myths in the making before they were set in stone. (Mjolnir does not always return to Thor's hand! Captain America's indestructible shield is, so he fears, destructible!)

But enough of the historical perspective, here is a rundown of the thirty comics in this tome. (Warning: Some spoilers ahead.)

'Avengers' 1: 'The Coming of the Avengers!' -- Loki tries to trap Thor, but only succeeds in drawing together the Hulk, Iron Man, Ant-Man and the Wasp too. (The gist of the new film, perhaps?)

'Avengers' 2: 'The Space Phantom' -- A shapeshifting alien comes to Earth on a reconnaissance mission.
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Collects the Avengers 1-30 in Marvel's awesome oversized Omnibus format. Extras include the Introductions from all three Masterworks collected here. Letters pages from all issues (these are amazing to read and really pull the reader back into Marvel's Silver Age). There's also an assortment of house ads, original art from covers of Avengers #4, 14, 19, issue 16 page 1 and 20, issue 20 page 12, issue 26 page 8, photostat of pencils on #30 before inking was finished by Frank Giacoia (pages 2, 3, 10, 11, and 14), covers from Marvel Tales Annual 2, Marvel Super-Heroes King-Size Special, Marvel Super-Heroes #21, Marvel Triple Action 5-24, Front and Back Covers from Essential Avengers vol 1 and 2 by Stuart Immonen, and Avengers Classic 1-12 by Arthur Adams. Finally, we get the painted covers from the softcover masterworks 1-3 and the gorgeous Alex Ross rendition of the cover of Avengers #4.

I had the GIT DVD with the Avengers run on it, but these were just scans of the comics. In this Omnibus, we get reconstructed art very true to the original art, in many cases reshot from the original art, and restored colors without taking "modern coloring" liberties. With so many characters depicted and a density of panels in most episodes, Avengers benefits the most from over-sized reproduction. The stories seem much more interesting to me at this increased size than they did viewing them on a 27" computer screen.

So many stories to enjoy here: Loki vs the Avengers of course sets the stage. Namor makes his rounds as an adversary and teams up with the Hulk. The epic discovery of Captain America frozen in ice. The Masters of Evil! The first battle with Kang the Conqueror. The legendary tale of Wonder Man. The Avengers break up. Spider-man guest-stars. The introduction of Count Nefaria.
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