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Amazing Fantasy Omnibus HC Hardcover – Sep 5 2007

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics (Sept. 5 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785124586
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785124580
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 19.5 x 3.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 Kg
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,565,030 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9b743e1c) out of 5 stars 16 reviews
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bea4504) out of 5 stars TIM BOO BA walks among us!!! Sept. 25 2007
By Amazon fan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
"Many are the wonders of the vast universe. But none so fantastic as... TIM BOO BA!" This bold statement scripted by Marvel's founding father - Stan "the Man" Lee, foretells the terrible reign of the cruel reptilian dictator, who is finally bested by ....well, that would be telling, and unfair to the reader because most of this story's charm, like many others contained in this volume, derides from Twilight Zone "inspired" surprise ending. Some much so, Lee stated in an interview with Will Murray regarding his Amazing Fantasy scripts, "I used to get letters from readers `Hey, I just saw Twilight Zone, and they used one of your stories from issue so-and-so.'"

Amazing Fantasy THE TERROR of TIM BOO BA Omnibus vol.1 beautifully reprints in their entirety: Amazing Adventures #1-6, Amazing Adult Fantasy #7-14 and Amazing Fantasy #15 -- that's 416 pages (scripted and executed by Marvel's A-list talent: Lee, Ditko, and Kirby) brimming with evil alien invaders, rampaging giant monsters, and the creation of Marvel's greatest and most influential superhero -- Spider-man! This collection is a must have for vintage monster comic book fans who have enjoyed Dick Briefer's The Monster of Frankenstein, Monster Masterworks and Zombie Factory.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bb8e3a8) out of 5 stars The magazine that respects your intelligence. Sept. 20 2010
By Johnny Heering - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This hardcover book reprints all 15 issues of Amazing Adventures/Amazing Adult Fantasy/Amazing Fantasy.

The first six issues were Amazing Adventures, which was a fairly typical early 1960s Marvel fantasy comic book. It featured a Jack Kirby cover story about a giant monster, back up "weird" stories by Steve Ditko, and a Dr. Droom story by Kirby. Dr. Droom was technically the first Marvel superhero of the Silver Age. He was kind of a precursor to Dr. Strange, but he never caught on. His name was later changed to Dr. Druid, which is a much better name.

With issue number 7, the title was changed to Amazing Adult Fantasy. Steve Ditko started drawing all the artwork and the giant monsters disappeared (for the most part). Stan Lee wrote the scripts for five short stories per issue, which were Twilight Zone like tales with twist endings. These are excellent comic books that were among the best of the time period.

With issue number 15, the title was shortened to Amazing Fantasy. A superhero called Spider-Man was given the lead feature in the comic, in an attempt to help boost sales of the magazine, which had been low. Unfortunately, the comic book was canceled immediately after that issue and Spider-Man was never heard from again.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c1a2504) out of 5 stars The book that gave birth to Spider-Man... Jan. 23 2008
By DJ Joe Sixpack - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is a nice historical collection, gathering the full run of Marvel Comics' tumultuous and short-lived "Amazing Fantasy" title. It was one of the last "monster" books Marvel published before the revival of their superhero franchise, and indeed, the last issue featured the birth of Spider-Man, who is arguably the most famous of all Marvel characters. The individual original issues are hard to find and terribly expensive, so this hardbound omnibus is a real blessing for fans who just want to read the old stuff, and not pay a gazillion dollars or have to worry about preserving the fragile old artifacts.

The scripts were mostly by (or credited to) Stan Lee, and illustrators Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko were his main collaborators. A couple of leftovers from the 1950s genre books were also on board, notably Paul Reinman, but the real sizzle is with Ditko and Kirby, who were developing a truly new, explosively expressive style that burst away from the stale, cramped design work of the Atlas era.

The stories, generally speaking, are pretty flat and formulaic: the six-pages-and-a-zinger-ending format did not, in all honesty, leave a lot of room for brilliance. Nonetheless, something was bubbling up under the surface of the moribund genre... There were plenty of hints of things to come: professors named Storm, rocky-skinned monsters, a skinny kid with big, round glasses who discovers he has superpowers, and of course, the proto-Dr. Strange, Dr. Droom, one of the few recurrent characters of the era. In one of the most fascinating later stories, the Ditko-penned teenage hero looks a LOT like Peter Parker, but what's even more amazing is the script, about how the boy is a mutant, and how he must hide his powers due to the prejudice of normal humans -- the entire "X-Men" mythology was laid out in '62: it really should be anthologized along with the early X-books from now on.

The book really hit its stride in the last half-dozen issues, when Steve Ditko basically took over and was given full reign on the creative end. The book developed a strong signature style, and Ditko came into his own. Some of the best surprises come with the famous Spidey issue: the one-page editorial about how they planned to change the look and format of the book (and, boy, did they! they canceled it and started up "The Amazing Spider-Man" instead) and also the fact that the book *still* had back-up features full of aliens and things that go bump in the night.

This is a fascinating look back at the history of Marvel Comics. Probably best appreciated for the dynamic, colorful artwork (which looks fabulous in the glossy archival format) but also good, goofy fun in its own right. Face Forward, True Believers! (Joe Sixpack, Slipcue)
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bdb4210) out of 5 stars Amazing Fantasy Omnibus Oct. 10 2007
By Johnboy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
If you like early Marvel Kirby or Ditko, you'll love this collection of monster/fantasy/weird comic stories. Stan Lee was throwing out imaginative stories right and left. See the early germs of ideas which eventually resulted in the Marvel Age of Super Hero dominance. Full color, deluxe package of the collected series, culminating with the introduction of Spider-Man! Offered at a great discount price by Amazon.com! For any serious student of Marvel history that missed these gems the first time around.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d2d1828) out of 5 stars A Must for Ditko fans! Nov. 12 2007
By R. Gale - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is another outstanding addition to Marvel's Omnibus series, which has the added bonus of being somewhat shorter so that it's not so hard to hold the book! The art restoration and reproduction is first rate, and the coloring is excellent. And if you're a Steve Ditko fan (and would you be reading this review if you weren't?), then you'll be absolutely delighted to see "Sturdy Steve's" art and story-telling presented so beautifully. Yes, many of the stories are silly, but when Lee and Ditko were at their best, they were masters of these short "Twilight Zone" type tales. Kudos to Marvel for bringing us this fine volume.