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Product Details

  • Series: Steve Ditko Omnibus
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (January 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401232353
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401232351
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 1.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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Having very much enjoyed the Steve Ditko Omnibus Volume 1 I was looking forward to what Volume 2 had to offer. Volume 2 was a somewhat more eclectic selection than Volume 1 with only one long run but very enjoyable nevertheless.

The headline feature is the Hawk and the Dove. We get the issues Ditko worked on, the introductory Showcase issue and the first two issues of their own series. The whole premise is an intriguing one for a comic book series but one that is very difficult to implement. What writer can keep his own views out of the stories and walk the razor's edge the premise demands? Not many, it turned out.

This is followed by a Man-Bat story and a related three part Demon story arc. Great stuff. Ditko is not credited here with the plots of these stories but I would bet heavily he had a hand in it somewhere.

Next up we have a very long run of a Starman (one of many heroes that have gone by that name at DC) in Adventure Comics. Here one of the weaknesses of the creator centric collection rears its head. The series is concluded in DC Comics Presents #36 but that issue is not reproduced because Ditko didn't have a hand in it.

Several issues of the Legion of Super-Heroes follow. Ditko was not the best choice that could have been made for the Legion but he's adequate. This isn't the Legions strongest era and the stories collected (including the infamous Dr. Mayavale story) are not considered very strong. All can stand alone except the last one but that story is a complete mess and would be hard to comprehend even if it was all included.

The volume finishes up with some Ditko shorts featuring Black Lightning, Spectre (great), and the New Gods (also great).

The book is consistent in format with volume 1 with the newsprint-type paper. Guttering problems are minor.

Highly recommended.
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Another in DC Comics' many series of artist-specific hardcover reprints, the Steve Ditko Omnibus Vol. 2 covers a lot of near random stories between the sixties and the nineties done by the legendary creator of Spider-Man and Dr. Strange. <br/><br/>Included are all three of the Hawk and Dove stories that Ditko created, his fondly remembered Starman series from Adventure Comics with Paul Levitz, his work on Man-Bat and the Demon that featured the mystic villain Baron Tyme, several issues of Legion of Super-Heroes, and a couple of short features with Black Lightning and the Spectre. <br/><br/>Of everything in this one, the Starman stories are the best part of the book and most deserving of a proper hardcover reprinting. As with many reviewers, I think it's a shame that the final part of the story, in DC Comics Presents #36, wasn't included (it featured artwork by Jim Starlin). A similar problem is with the Demon stories, as the first chapter of that story arc was in Detective Comics and had Michael Golden handling the art chores, hence it isn't in this book.The story from Man-Bat #1 does feature the only time Ditko drew Batman in a regular story for DC, so that's a plus.

I enjoy these collections, but I think they're better when they are character or story-arc specific, rather than artist. Especially with someone like Steve Ditko, who's later years with DC (and Marvel) was primarily as a fill-in artist, the Starman series being a rare exception. This wasn't a bad book by any stretch of the imagination, though, as it shows Steve Ditko in great form with a variety of great artists inking his work. If you like Starman, Ditko, or DC Comics, you'll more than likely enjoy this Omnibus.
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After a buying blitz which saw me purchase DC's Action Heroes archives (volumes 1 and 2), a couple of the Fantagraphics Charlton collections, The Amazing Spider-Man omnibus, and the Ditko Omnibus volume 1, it was time to mostly round out my collection of Ditko with this collection (unless, of course, we get a Doctor Strange Omnibus because of the new movie). I had thoroughly enjoyed Ditko volume 1 (at least for the highly discounted price at which I found it), and was eagerly anticipating this volume. Unfortunately, I come away quite disappointed.

Where do I begin? Well, first of all, the physicals of this book are exactly like its predecessor. I like the cover. The binding is way too tight (it's actually worse than volume 1, IMHO - I struggle to read panels, particularly for the Legion of Superheroes tales). The pages are classic newsprint-type, but the coloring is quite nice. The page count was reduced for this volume - it holds less than 400 pages. At $59.99, this book would be a grave disappointment. However, I picked it up for significantly less (although it was higher-priced than volume 1). But I don't understand why the two volumes weren't put together for what would have been a normal-sized omnibus of around 800 page. Those often had covers of seventy-five dollars, and held better paper. At the very least, Ditko's Creeper stuff should have been included, instead of being segregated to a different volume. But whatever - for my price of under twenty dollars, I wasn't complaining.

However, the material within is significantly inferior to that of volume 1. For starters, the volume claims to be "starring the Hawk and the Dove", much like volume 1 starred Shade. However, Shade had 9 full issues included in that volume.
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