The Omnibus is edited by the great Cory Sedlmeier, Marvel's Masterworks guru. Due to Sedlmeier's involvement, the reproduction on these issues is tremendous. On the occasions where I read an issue then went into my Marvel Unlimited app to snag screen captures of various panels, the difference was night and day. Without a doubt, this book is the best these issues have ever looked and will ever look. Another benefit to Sedlmeier's involvement is that, as with all Omnibus volumes he has personally overseen, the letters pages for every issue are included. And not only are all the published pages there -- Sedlmeier actually found a SPIDER'S WEB column for AMAZING #238, which was put together more than thirty years ago but wound up not seeing print at the time, and included that in the book as well!
There are also a handful of original art pages reproduced at a quarter of a page each, mostly from John Byrne's SPECTACULAR #58, as well as design sketches for Byrne's revamped Beetle, John Romita Jr.'s Hobgoblin, and Rick Leonardi's black costume for Spider-Man. The book is rounded out by more quarter-page reproductions of various MARVEL TALES and SPIDER-MAN MEGAZINE covers, which reprinted Stern's issues in the early nineties, plus the covers of more recent collected editions as well.
|Anybody else remember a time when the Punisher was categorically |
nothing more than one of Spider-Man's foes?!?
Having already raved about the stories it contains, I don't know if I can do anything further to recommend this book. It is the definitive package of some of the most definitive stories ever printed about Marvel's webbed wonder. I hesitate to indulge in hyperbole, but in this case I think it's simply the truth when I say that if you consider yourself any sort of a Spider-Man fan, you're doing yourself a massive disservice if this book isn't on your shelf.
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