- Hardcover: 800 pages
- Publisher: DC Comics (January 1, 2035)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1401271200
- ISBN-13: 978-1401271206
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 29 customer reviews
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Jack Kirby's Kamandi Omnibus Hardcover – January 1, 2035
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Jack "King" Kirby's comics career began in 1937 and continued for nearly six decades. With partner Joe Simon, Kirby first made his mark in comics in the 1940s by drawing and/or creating numerous features for DC Comics including SANDMAN, THE NEWSBOY LEGION and MANHUNTER, and for Marvel including CAPTAIN AMERICA, THE YOUNG ALLIES and the KID COMMANDOS. As the most valued team in comics, Simon and Kirby went on to create titles and concepts including FIGHTING AMERICAN, BOYS' RANCH and the creation of the romance comics genre. In 1961, the first issue of Marvel's FANTASTIC FOUR cemented Kirby's reputation as comics' preeminent creator, and a slew of famous titles followed that elevated him to legendary status, including INCREDIBLE HULK, AVENGERS and X-MEN. Kirby returned to DC in 1971 with his classic FOURTH WORLD TRILOGY, which was followed by THE DEMON and KAMANDI. Kirby continued working and innovating in comics until his death in 1994.
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I pulled out an old, somewhat yellowing, copy of issue 2. Clearly DC did a lot of work cleaning up the coloring and I suppose some people could complain about the images looking overly clean and white, removing some of the richness. I’m fine with what DC did and their clean up work is uniform throughout their Omnibus series. This is the second time DC has produced a Kamandi Omnibus although in their first attempt they split the Omnibus into two books. I’m glad DC went all in on one book this time. The Kamandi book has a different cover style than most of the other recent Omnibus editions but it matches up with Jack Kirby’s recent Fourth World Omnibus which I think was a good decision.
The stories here have a definite 70’s feel to them but remain timeless, if that makes sense. In fact, I find that Jack Kirby’s work gets better with age. Jack Kirby isn’t for everyone but the longevity of his appeal shows that his fan base is huge and I get the impression that most people gain a better respect for his work as they get older. Kamandi is more than just a series of stories about The Last Boy on Earth. Kamandi is a continuous narrative that builds upon itself. Jack Kirby created a whole world for future writers to play in and he did this while simultaneously working on around half a dozen other comics. I’m surprised that DC has never attempted another Kamandi series up to the releases of the maxi-series last year but Kamandi does still get used infrequently. Kirby’s Fourth World may be his Magnum Opus but Kamandi is brilliant in its own respect and arguably his second best work during this period. The Fourth World Omnibus and Kamandi Omnibus now sit next to each other on my bookshelf and may be my two favorite Omnibus editions. Hopefully DC will release some new Kirby Omnibus editions of his other works from the early to mid 70’s. If they do I’m in 100%.
With talking animals.