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The Jack Kirby Omnibus Vol. 1: Starring Green Arrow Hardcover – August 9, 2011


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  • Series: The Jack Kirby Omnibus
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; First Edition edition (August 9, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401231071
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401231071
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 6.8 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #497,775 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Books like this really take you back, my highest recommendation!
Mike from Canada
This book contains a collection of stories done by Jack Kirby during his return to DC Comics in the late 1950's.
Lou Cole
This is surprising since the cover and another story from the same issue were reprinted.
Harry Mendryk

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Harry Mendryk on August 20, 2011
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Let me say up front that I had some involvement with this book. I provided one cover restoration and a handful of scans of covers. But I think this book is so important that I decided to provide a small review.

Much of this book has never been reprinted before, or at least in this country. There are a few pieces that Simon and Kirby did for Real Fact Comics upon their return from military service. Regrettably "Pirate Or Patriot?" was not included in this archive. This is surprising since the cover and another story from the same issue were reprinted. The largest part of the book is devoted to work that Jack Kirby did during his second period of working for DC from 1957 to 1959. Among this are reprints from titles like House of Secrets, House of Mystery and My Greatest Adventure. I usually refer to them as horror genre but of course this was done during the Comic Code period so perhaps mystery, fantasy or in some cases science fiction would be better descriptions. The only superhero genre included are some Green Arrow stories and there is also a single western story.

During his first period of working for DC with Joe Simon, Kirby had a lot freedom in plotting and rewriting scripts. Unfortunately during his return to DC that was not the case. Still Jack did manage at times to have some creative input into the writing most notably in the Green Arrow stories which were unlike any other superhero stories published by DC at that time.

Artistically the work Kirby did reprinted in this archive was just fantastic but that can be said about the art from any part of his long career. What really sets the work in this archive apart is the inking. Fans often argue about who was the best inker of Kirby's pencils. Personally I feel they almost always get it wrong.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. L. Manugian on October 27, 2012
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First, as others have noted, ignore the title: The Green Arrow stories, fortunately, represent a minority of this book. I say "fortunately" because they are the least impressive and most routine of the work included here. The gold is in all the stories for House of Secrets, Tales of the Unexpected, House of Mystery and My Greatest Adventure.

The varied plots give Kirby the opportunity to explore all kinds of avenues -- a man floating just below his ceiling, men and cities made of fire, stone creatures, etc. -- and Kirby does so in inimitable Kirby fashion. While others simply illustrated sci-fi stories with the same mundane lines and brush strokes they used in other venues, Kirby throws himself into his subjects and gives them a richness that stands apart.

As these pre-date what I call the Kirby "power" years, when his characters all seemed to take on the bodies of weight lifters, this era showcases the lithe, fluid forms that Kirby was so gifted at capturing, from his Stuntman days to the very early days of the Fantastic Four. Like Kirby's subsequent work on Marvel's mystery and suspense titles, these stories display what I consider one of Kirby's richest eras.

If you like Kirby at his most raw and explorative, you'll love this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mike from Canada on December 3, 2011
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A very interesting and enjoyable collection of all of Kirby's late 50's DC work excluding the Challengers of the Unknown. A handful of Kirby oddities & filler pages from the 40's as well as a Mark Evanier intro round out the package. The 40's pages, really nothing special here but the rest is pure gold. Interesting mix of hero ( Green Arrow) & Horror(?)/Sci-Fi Tales from a pivotal time of Comic book evolution. In a day where often it takes 6 issues for a story to be told it's great to venture back to an era where 6-8 pages did the trick. The Arrow Mobile, Arrowplane as well as many trick arrows elevated this character to almost super powered status. Such a fun read compared to the character today that is almost a Batman knock-off, a trend in fact I don't partcularly get. All in all you don't have to be a Kirby fan to get this collection. If you like hero based comics & lets call them Sci-Fi Tales from the late 50's I think you will be more then pleased with what's presented here. Books like this really take you back, my highest recommendation!
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By greg l on October 13, 2011
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If you're a fan of Kirby's work and a Kirby "completist", then this book is for you.

If you presume that this whole volume is comprised of GREEN ARROW stories, you'll be VERY disappointed. Yes, this volume contains the totality of Kirby's work on the emerald archer, but that does not amount to much. Most of his output for DC in the 1950s were horror tales that make up the majority of stories in this volume.

If all you want are the GA stories, you may want to hold off on buying this pricey hardcover and hope that DC will publish a much less expensive, compact volume containing only those.
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