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The Amazing Spider-Man Omnibus - Volume 2 Hardcover – May 2, 2012

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Stan Lee is known to millions as the man whose Super Heroes propelled Marvel to its preeminent position in the comic book industry. His co-creations include Spider-Man, The Avengers, Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, The Fantastic Four, as well as hundreds of others. He introduced Spider-Man as a syndicated newspaper strip that became the most successful of all syndicated adventure strips and has appeared in more than 500 newspapers worldwide. Stan currently remains Chairman Emeritus of Marvel, as well as a member of the Editorial Board of Marvel Comics. He is also the chairman and chief creative officer of POW! Entertainment, a multimedia entertainment company based in Beverly Hills. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Series: The Amazing Spider-Man
  • Hardcover: 968 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (May 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078515857X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785158578
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.2 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #846,977 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is the second Amazing Spider-Man Omnibus. Together with the first omnibus it forms the perfect upgrade for the first seven Marvel Masterwork Amazing Spider-Man volumes. The first omnibus collects the first three masterworks plus the first eight issues of the fourth. The present book collects the last two issues of the fourth and Masterworks Volumes 5, 6, and 7. This rather odd breakdown comes from the understandable desire (and customer demand) to collect the entire Steve Ditko corpus into the first omnibus. The current book showcases the artistic talents of John Romita.

But beyond just reprinting what is in the masterworks Marvel worked in many extras. All the letters pages are reproduced which recaptures the excitement of the Silver Age like nothing else really can. Rereading these letters really takes one back. But wait...there's more! There are three Spider-Man parodies from the contemporary humor comic Not Brand Echh! There are the usual pages of original and unused art including the full color oil paintings from the Spectacular Spider-Man magazines. There are house ads. There are reproductions of the reprint book Marvel Tales covers, four to a page. And finally, reproductions of the seven trade paperback Masterworks covers. I can hardly imagine what else Marvel could have thrown in.

The production values are first rate as well. The book lies flat, opened to almost any page. The reproduction is first rate.

Last but not least there are the stories. Although not as tightly (and densely) plotted as the Ditko stories, these books are still first rate as Peter Parker continues the transition from loser geek to chick magnet as Gwen Stacey and Mary Jane Watson vie for his attention.

Highly recommended. The asking price of this omnibus volume is high but not as high as the relevant masterworks and certainly not the original issues. Any Silver Age Spider-Man fan should consider picking this up.
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I don't know what I love more about this collection: the wonderful soap-opera style stories by Stan Lee, or the incredible artwork of jazzy John Romita. How about both? Lee and Romita made one heck of a great duo with their stories about everyone's favorite wall-crawler. I couldn't get enough of this omnibus! It starts off with the classic issue #39, where the Green Goblin discovers that Spiderman is Peter Parker and reveals himself to be Norman Osborn! We also get the first full appearance of Mary Jane, the debut of Captain George Stacey and so much more! This book comes in at almost 1,000 pages. It's massive and a fun read from start to finish! If you ever wanted to read the classic Lee/Romita issues, this is your best bet with a price that can't be beat!
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Seriously, buy this book now. If you have any hesitation to read any of the Marvel Masterworks, buy this instead. It's best to own a ton of these stories all in one book. Also, you get bonus material the masterworks don't have, like Brand Echh issues, concept art, a gallery of all of the separate covers, and the best thing of all...reprints of the letter pages from fans! It's a heavy book and will take a while to go through, but that's a good thing considering how great these stories are. The reason to buy this is seriously for Romita's art. Hands down this is Spider-Man as he should always be drawn. This set has some really fun arcs too. Green Goblin, The Rhino, The Lizard, Kraven, Doc Ock, The Vulture, Mysterio, The Shocker, The Kingpin, etc. You also get annuals 3-5. Annual 3 is really weak in my opinion, also because the story is so short (the annual originally reprinted two old spidey stories with it, so the main story was really short). But, Annual 5 is a personal favorite. Ever wondered who Petey's parents were? Well there's annual 5 for you. In conclusion, buy this book.
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As a collector I hesitate to remove my old comics from their plastic sarcophagi.Looking at comics on computer lacks that tactile element that us baby boomers are so fond of. But, being able to read them in these wonderful books..complete with original letter pages...just GREAT!
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It took waaay too long for Marvel to come out with volume 2 of the Spider Man Omnibus, but it was worth the wait. In what I think was a smart move, volume 2 is smaller and cheaper than volume 1 (which collected all the Ditko Spider Man works). This book picks up where that one left off, with the classic Green Goblin story from THE AMAZING SPIDER MAN number 39 and 40, when John Romita took over drawing the comic. These comics elevated Spider Man to a pop culture icon and made him Marvel's most recognized superhero. This collection will jog the memory of many a baby boomer and is a must for Spider Man fans.

The only part of the book that I don't care for is the inclusion of the NOT BRAND ECHH stories. NOT BRAND ECHH was a parody comic put out by Marvel in the late 1960's. The stories are funny, but really do not fit in with the stories from THE AMAZING SPIDER MAN comic. I would rather they included another story or two from the main comic instead. Still, this is a great collection of classic Spider Man stories.
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Great collection ! Great showcase for John Romita Sr.'s great artwork - which flowed smoothly and forcefully ! As always, Stan Lee's dialogue was cheeky and funny. One can see why Spider Man was a Marvel best-seller.
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