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Superman: The Golden Age Omnibus Volume 1 HC Hardcover – 20 Jun 2013

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  • Hardcover: 784 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; 01 edition (20 Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401241891
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401241896
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 5.1 x 28.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 127,025 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joe Shuster is co-founder of Minnesota Valley Engineering (MVE), which, under his guidance, became the world's leading manufacturer of high-technology, low-temperature (cryogenic) equipment used in industry, medicine, agriculture, and transportation. MVE designed and manufactured hydrogen equipment, enhanced oil recovery systems, and hydrogen and LNG transportation fuel systems. He is also the founder of Teltech, a National science and engineering consulting firm that produced hundreds of technical dossiers on many technical subjects including gas turbines, photovoltaic manufacturing processes, natural gas purification, fuels cells and many other energy related topics. He has founded or co-founded seven other technology based companies and has served on the Board of Directors of over twenty businesses, organizations, and international firms. He has received numerous professional and civic awards.

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This book is a dream come true. It goes all the way back to the original Superman comics .You can see Superman gradually change as the comic matures and it has so many stories that it will keep you busy reading for a long time. I hope they do a similar book for the Batman comics.

Buy this book, it's unbelievable.
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I have collected Superman comics from about the age of 5 or 6 and now approaching 60 the hero still does it for me. I used to run from school to go to the second hand comic shop and run through the penny pile to get as many old Superman comics as I could. I didn't much care for condition, it was the story which got me. This was in the 1960's and Superman an DC comics had only been imported for a period from 1958 so trying to get early Superman stories was impossible. Oh how I want to read the early 1940's and 50's comics.

This Omnibus has filled that gap. Stories from both Action Comics and Superman from the beginning. I really like to follow how the Man of Steal has changed over the years from bounding over buildings in one leap to flying, from faster than a speeding bullet to having super-speed. From being a ore violent character to the Superman we know today.

Great value and great book.
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A great collection of all the Golden Age Superman comics from June 1938 to December 1940. This was exactly what I want and expect from an omnibus, it's a nice way to get a large collection of sequential comic books without all the messing around trying to work out which ones you have and which ones you need, I'm definitely looking forward to seeing if they bring out a Vol. 2. Be slightly wary if you're expecting the later style of Superman, their is a big contrast. Most of the story-lines are ridiculous, but it seems that the more absurd they are the more I enjoy them. Definitely worth every penny.
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Probably, pages are obtained from old microfilms and are not scanned directly from originally printed comic books or original artworks. So the lines of the pictures are burned or missing. Maybe DC should leave this kind of issues to IDW or Fantagraphics, who know how to do them very well.
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HASH(0x9c734768) out of 5 stars The Birth of Superhero Comics 12 Jun. 2013
By Anarchy in the US - Published on Amazon.com
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With the release of DC/Warner Brothers Man of Steel this Summer (this very week, as I type this), DC has been putting out numerous re-releases of Superman to get us prepped for the big film (and yes, I am oh-so excited to want to see the film come midnight opening). And just in time of the film release, DC has released this phenomenal omnibus of "The Last Son of Krypton" when he first appeared in 1938 that ushered in the age from the Pulp comics like the Shadow, The Phantom, and Doc Savage into the beginning creation of the "Superhero comic". I know I've seen other omnibi reviews like Spider-Man and Fantastic Four as being praised as the best material in the medium. With all due respect, THIS is the pendulum of the Superhero medium. Every icon you can name, even the mighty Batman, all came from the blueprint that is Superman and these stories go to show just why.

SUPERMAN: THE GOLDEN AGE collects ACTION COMICS #1-31, SUPERMAN #1-7, and NEW YORK WORLD'S FAIR COMICS #1-2. Included is a foreword and afterword by Jim Steranko.

I won't go into any real detail for the material itself, other then it being what it is for the time period. These early comics by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster (with accompanying art by Jack Burney and Wayne Boring) were meant for kids and adults (kids mostly) as a new form of entertainment in the comic medium. These stories are mostly about Superman being a social crusader for the oppressed people across America. Superman fights numerous thugs, thieves, and egomaniacs hell bent on taking over the world. It may not be as exciting as today's comics, but that's the charm about reading these stories. We get introduced to most of Superman's regular cast of characters like John and Mary Kent, Jimmy Olsen, and the most famous lady in comics (tied with Wonder Woman) Lois Lane. Additional introductions also go for Superman's rouge gallery like Ultra-Humanite (Superman's first villain), Alex Evell, Blackie Sarto, Medini, and Superman's greatest nemesis, Lex Luthor as that "egomaniac hell bent on taking over the world".

The characters portrayed during this time are quite different then where they are now here 75 years later. Most of the characters designs, way of thinking, and motives were still being worked out by Siegel and Shuster. Superman will have various times his "S" logo will change its shape and color, his boots go yellow once in awhile, his power-set is still being worked out (he doesn't actually fly at this time yet, but there is times he does seem to float) and Superman will even leave villains to die. Other characters like Ultra-Humanite is an old crippled man instead of a humanoid ape and Luthor is genius-level mad scientist who wants to kill Superman and take over the world (which in some cases, is no different then the Luthor today...). But again, it was still about the characters finding their voice and there is nothing wrong with that.

This new 2013 Omnibus comes with a dust jacket designed by Darwin Cooke (the lovely cover photo on Amazon shows why), with the original Action Comics cover on the spine jacket. The actual hardcover board is thick black, but sadly lacking in any design. The logo is imprinted on the cover and spine with nothing added. A shame DC couldn't do a cover design better then this, but for me, no biggie. The book itself comes with a contents page giving the title, list of author and artist, and page number where to find the issue. The paper is archive-level paper. Thick and non-glossy as to no reflections, with the colors being true to their original form, giving a vibrant look in it's original intent. The book is sewn/glued binding, but is impressively sturdy. The book spine bends out evenly with barely any gutter loss at all. It can get a tiny bit tight at the far ends, but after a while, the book folds on just fine and stays flat. There are no extras here at all in the back, sadly, aside from the foreword and afterword by Jim Steranko. This beats buying the Archives that are bit too much money for what they are asking.

If you are economically strapped for cash, DC also has the DC Chronicles collection. They are softcover books with full color and cheaper to buy. All first 4 volumes of the Superman Chronicles books make up this entire omnibus. All four together cost about the same price (not counting shipping fees though) as the Omnibus at the current Amazon price. But be warned that books 2 - 4 are currently out-of-print and could be difficult to find (or be pricey). But that option is up to you. I'm more of a trade person over omnibus, but I couldn't resist having this book just in time for the upcoming film.

So SUPERMAN: THE GOLDEN AGE OMNIBUS VOLUME 1 is an impressive book for the first and arguably greatest superhero of all time, even if it has some minor flaws. If you are a Superman fan that wants have these great stories and pay a little extra, go for it right now. I cannot wait for volume 2 of Superman during his golden era or the Man of Steel film coming out this week. So happy 75 years Superman. Let's just hope DC release a golden age omnibus book for Batman's 75th birthday next year as well.
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HASH(0x9c9e2f24) out of 5 stars The Man of Steel (and superhero comics themselves) in his original form. 21 Jun. 2013
By Bernard M Affinito - Published on Amazon.com
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Golden age comics reading is akin to watching old black and white movies - an enjoyable experience, but you need to understand it was entertainment for an audience of decades ago.

I do not believe there are "missing pages"...the omnibus contains Action Comics #1 (first appearance of Superman published in 1938) and Superman #1 (published in 1939). Superman #1 reprinted Action Comics #1 with additional pages at the beginning of the story, the omnibus does not reprint those pages already appearing earlier in the omnibus.

If you're a Superman fan (or need to buy a gift for one), highly recommended.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c9e2e28) out of 5 stars NO missing pages, just an amazing edition! 26 Dec. 2013
By Adam Jackson - Published on Amazon.com
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First off, let me clarify one thing--there are no missing pages in this book, nor have there ever been. You get absolutely everything that was published up to late 1940. Any confusion about this stems from the fact that the very first Superman story from Action Comics #1 (and the first reprinted here, entitled "Superman, Champion of the Oppressed") had a prologue which was published later in Superman #1. Some reprints include this prologue at the beginning, but seeing as this volume includes the material in the exact order of publication, the prologue to "Superman, Champion of the Oppressed" is presented later, in its correct chronological order. The table of contents even makes it clear that the prologue is on page 207. So there's really no good excuse to be so misinformed as to think that there are "missing" pages if you own a copy.

Here is, in order, what the Omnibus collects:

Action Comics #1
Action Comics #2
Action Comics #3
Action Comics #4
Action Comics #5
Action Comics #6
Action Comics #7
Action Comics #8
Action Comics #9
Action Comics #10
Action Comics #11
Action Comics #12
New York World's Fair Comics #1
Action Comics #13
Superman #1
Action Comics #14
Action Comics #15
Action Comics #16
Superman #2
Action Comics #17
Action Comics #18
Action Comics #19
Superman #3
Action Comics #20
Action Comics #21
Action Comics #22
Action Comics #23
Superman #4
Action Comics #24
Action Comics #25
Superman #5
New York World's Fair Comics #2
Action Comics #26
Action Comics #27
Action Comics #28
Superman #6
Action Comics #29
Action Comics #30
Superman #7
Action Comics #31

That's a lot of material, and it stretches from Spring 1938 to Winter 1940. You really feel like you're getting a solid chunk of history with this book.

The binding on this Omnibus is top-notch as well, with sewn pages that move with the rest of the book. It can lay flat on a table and still be perfectly readable. The reason I'm pointing this out is because DC Comics, up until recently, had a history of releasing Omnibus editions without sewn binding--just glue holding the pages in--that were difficult to read without the risk of damaging the book. Rest assured, there is no such problem here. This book is very sturdy and will definitely stand the test of time. The quality of the paper is very high and is done on a nice off-white stock with a matte finish. The gorgeous design, including new cover art by the legendary Darwyn Cooke and the inclusion of essays by groundbreaking storyteller Jim Steranko just help seal the deal: This book is worth its weight in gold. I would like nothing more than for DC to continue this line, perhaps publishing Golden Age Omnibus Editions of other superheroes as well,as this volume proves they know how to do their earliest material justice.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c734b94) out of 5 stars A million dollar book. 1 Aug. 2013
By Steven Michael Brewster - Published on Amazon.com
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If you had to buy the original comics in this book they would cost you over a million dollars. If you had the originals you couldn't enjoy reading them for fear of damaging them and diminishing their value. This book is really the perfect way to enjoy all the early adventures of Superman all together and for a nice price. I highly recommend this book.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ccec720) out of 5 stars The Premier Golden Age Superman Collection 5 Dec. 2014
By David Swan - Published on Amazon.com
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I thought I would just get down to brass tacks and tell you what you get with the Superman Omnibus Volume one.

This is DC’s third attempt at a Golden Age Superman compilation. The first was the Archive editions which separated Action comics and Superman comics into two collections. They were nice hardcover books with glossy pages. Volume one of Superman being 272 pages and volume one of Action Comics having 240 pages. The cover prices were $49.95 but can be purchased now for significantly less.

The Superman Chronicles, by contrast, were paperback, closer to 200 pages, were printed on cheaper paper and had a cover price of around $18. Unlike the Archive editions these collected all Superman stories including World’s Finest stories.

As with the Chronicles, The Omnibus edition collects all Superman stories but is printed on glossy paper like the Archive editions. Volume one has a whopping 784 pages and I was concerned that it might be so large as to be unwieldy but it’s not too big to open up and read. You get Action Comics #1-31, Superman #1-7 and New York World’s Finest #1-2. Of course you only get the Superman stories not the other supporting stories in Action Comics and New York World’s Finest. This volume of stories would constitute most of the first two volumes of the Action Comics Archive plus almost the entire first two volumes of the Superman archives plus part of the World’s Finest Archive volume 1. The material here is almost precisely the content of the first four volumes of the Superman Chronicles.

Both the Archives and Chronicles have images that are about 8 by 6. The Omnibus is slightly larger at around 9 by 6.5. The Archives and Chronicles had very little in the way of extra material and the Omnibus doesn’t have a ton more. There is a four page forward and two page afterwards.

In my opinion the Omnibus is the best bet for a Golden Age Superman collection. I have not seen a second volume scheduled for release but since this book is called volume one I assume there is intended to be more. The Omnibus is more attractive than Archives and Chronicles and has larger images. All in all I would say that the current price of $48 is more than fair for what your get.
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