Thursday, October 21, 2021

Mark Arnold:

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Spider-Man Omnibus + Batman: The Dailies

Amazing Spider-Man Omnibus

Genre: Super-heroes

Wow, $99.95 for a comic book! Well yes and no. This phone book size compilation literally gathers the first three volumes of the previously issued Marvel Masterpiece Series, which in turn compiled the first 30+ issues of Amazing Spider-Man and its various annuals and other accompanying issues. It’s cheaper than buying the original printings and it is on high-gloss paper with no ads and with new introductions by Stan Lee. It features virtually all of Steve Ditko’s amazing artwork output in a single volume. This is classic stuff and belongs on any serious comic book fans bookshelf.

Batman: The Dailies

Genre: Super-hero

Following in the footsteps of the reprinted Superman comic strips, this book is a compilation of three books originally published separately: Batman The Dailies Volume 1: 1943-1944; Volume 2: 1944-1945; and Volume 3: 1945-1946. The storylines here are similar to, but completely independent of the ongoing Batman comic book series. Typically, Batman creator Bob Kane penciled these serialized adventures, while other hands handled the inking and writing chores. Extensive biographical information about Kane, Batman and this strip fill out the book and is a must for any Batman completist.

Mark Arnold is a comic book and animation historian and a writing, art, and film/video production professional. He writes comic books and articles on comic books and animation for various publications in addition to scripts, short stories and novels. He is also skilled in sales, marketing and promotion, and has film and TV production experience with digital video, video tape, and film. He has many online websites including Fun Ideas, Mark's Rare Comics, The Harveyville Fun Times!, So Rare!, and Food Shop. He also writes an (almost) daily blog and writes and draws a weekly comic strip called Protecto, the Little Robot. For the curious, Mark can be reached online at Whew!

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