Amazing Spider-Man Omnibus volume 2: The Stan Lee & John Romita Sr. Issues
Monday, 23rd April, 2012 § 3 Comments
The second volume of the Amazing Spider-Man Omnibus collecting the John Romita Sr. run when he picked up the penciling chores of the title after Steve Ditko left in 1966 with issue #38. Ditko was good and all but it’s Romita Sr.’s run that I love most from that period. His Peter Parker had more meat on him for one and he drew beautiful women. I can’t imagine how Mary Jane Watson would have looked like if drawn by Ditko. Probably anorexic-looking.
The cover art is by Humberto Ramos with his take on the famous #39 ‘Spider-Man Unmasked’ issue. I would have preferred the Romita version naturally but I bought this from Amazon and they only had the variant version. This is the Romita cover: The Romita version is way better, isn’t it? Oh well.
The only way to read any of Marvel’s Omnibi; spreadeagled on the floor. The book, not the reader. Excellent binding, no damage to the book’s spine. Click on any of the photos to embiggen. (Embiggen? It’s a perfectly cromulent word).
Why I prefer the Omnibus. It even collects the letters pages which were not included in the Marvel Masterworks edition and definitely not in the Marvel Essentials edition. If you do not or have not collected Marvel comics you will not understand what I just wrote. Don’t worry. It’s not important.
The first time we (and Peter) get to see Mary Jane Watson. Then forty years later, One More Day happened. Ugh. (Again, if you don’t know what I’m referring to, don’t worry. In fact, in this case count yourself lucky!)
I wasn’t around when this issues first came out of course but I was around when Marvel reprinted them in the 1980s under the Marvel Tales banner and it was those issues that I collected. Good times. Having those same issues now bound in one massive volume on expensive paper (none of that newsprint trash) and remastered colouring…well, I think they did something to the colour because it looks gorgeous…makes this door-stopper of a book a must have for any comic collector or any middle age man trying to recapture his youth.
To quote Mary Jane, “Face it, Tiger! You just hit the jackpot!”