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Kamandi, The Last Boy On Earth Omnibus Vol. 2 Hardcover – December 18, 2012

4.6 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

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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 Captain America, the Young Allies, the Kid Commandos, Sandman, the Newsboy Legion and Manhunter. 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, Omac and Kamandi. Kirby continued working and innovating in comics until his death in 1994.

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Product Details

  • Series: Kamandi, the Last Boy on Earth Omnibus (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 424 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (December 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401236723
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401236724
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 1.2 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #782,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By D. Berkebile on February 26, 2013
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I bought these KAMANDI issues when they first came out, beginning with the first issue in 1972. In terms of the content included in this book (KAMANDI issues 21-40) I could not love the material more. And in terms of reproduction and coloring, it is very true to the original, and a pleasure to have in a single volume.

But there are some flaws in its book design that I just don't understand. Issue 32 (as is plainly evident in the text on the reprinted cover) had a two-page global map of Kamandi's world (expanding on the one-page map of just the Western hemisphere that appeared in KAMANDI # 1). But for reasons that make absolutely no sense, the 2-page global map is not included in the this book.
Further, there are 10 pages of the book (pages 74, 96, 118, 124, 162, 184, 206, 226, 308, and 404) where enlarged sections of that not-included global map are used as filler pages, almost none of which are map-section regions relevant to the stories these pages are placed with. It makes absolutely no sense!
Also missing from the reprint of issue 32 (again promoted on the # 32 cover) is a behind-the-scenes 4-page text feature about artist Jack Kirby, incuding photos of Kirby, his home, and art from the KAMANDI series. It would have been nice to have these photos reprinted with better quality. No explanation why it was not included.

One other thing that bothered me about this KAMANDI Omnibus Vol 2, is that the other Omnibus books (OMAC, THE LOSERS, and especially THE DEMON) all included previously unused pages, and uninked pencil versions of covers. This one does not. I would have settled for just not excluding the 2-page map and 4-page Kirby text feature. And DC, don't tell me there wasn't room.
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I was just a bit too young to read Kamandi when it first came out in the early 70s, but I discovered the series just as the title was cancelled in 1978. I found a bunch of 25 cent back issues in a used bookstore and was instantly mesmerized by Kamandi's battles with intelligent animals and search for friendship and love in this post apocalyptic version of Earth's future.

Writer/artist Jack Kirby may not have had the greatest dialogue but the art is amazing and the stories send Kamandi off on one epic adventure after another.

This second omnibus edition reprints Kamandi issues 21 - 40, the last of the Kirby-drawn issues. The paper is somewhere between high-end newsprint and the fancier paper DC uses in its Archive editions, and I think it works perfectly for these stories. The line art and text is always clear, the colors pop without being garish and the somewhat cheaper paper allows the book to not be quite as thick or as expensive as it would be otherwise.
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First of all - buy this Kamandi Volume 2. It is sheer, abundant, undiluted Kirby 1970s joy of future-world, playful "Planet of the Apes" or "Island of Lost Souls"... every cover and page soars with Kamandi's (young Thor?) exuberance. I read these Kamandi comics in the 1970s and really hung on the pages! Reading 10 or more of these stories in a row is my idea of a bloody good afternoon. The paper is great; it is fine - post-newsprint, and faithfully keeps the colour and feel of the original comics. Thank goodness! The re-coloured botching of the luridly-digital swamps Barry Windsor-Smith's recent "Conan" archives, and Jim Steranko's work on Nick Fury was similarly awfully re-coloured, over-saturating the linework, and left the reader "colour drunk" - do NOT allow digital recolouring to repeat the heavy-handed Dark Horse "Conan" Chronicles airline-sickness-bag travesty, dear comic-book companies. Windsor-Smith's wonderful 24 issues of Conan were left sealed in a radiation-proof canister on my shelf forever; at least in these Dark Horse reprints. Just awful.

However - I agree wholeheartedly, and reluctantly, with the reviewer who comments on the guttering problem that DC seemingly refuses to address, which is evident in this otherwise wondrous Kamandi Volume 2 (and Volume 1). A little wider page and more space left in the inner gutter is needed to show the whole page in most of their recent volumes. For the love-of-Kirby get yourself a new Printing and Binding company. This is dreadful, destructive, useless page-binding... and all involved on this book at DC must know it. You know it. You look at it when it's bound, and you know it. It's not a mystery. You just LOOK AT IT. Have a meeting at DC. Pass the Kamandi Volume 2 around. Fix it. Never, never, never do this again.
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Kamandi Omnibus Volume 2 maintains the same high level of quality as Volume 1 and the stories of Kamandi's further adventures in issues 21 through 40 are equally compelling! It is wonderful to have the opportunity to collect the first 40 issues of my favorite childhood comic book series. I really hope that both volumes generate enough sales for DC Comics to finish off the remaining 19 non-Kirby issues in an Omnibus Volume 3. Thank you DC Comics for preserving the legacy of Kamandi.

Update (May 2016): With DC Comics' recent announcement of the DC Challenge Kamandi maxiseries [...], perhaps they will also consider publishing a Kamandi: The Last Boy on Earth Omnibus Volume 3 to finish the remaining 19 issues of the original series. I would urge Kamandi to contact DC Comics at their context webpage[...] to lobby them to release an Omnibus Volume 3.
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