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The Steve Ditko Omnibus, Vol. 1: Starring Shade, the Changing Man (The Steve Ditko Omnibus #1)

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Collecting DC Comics tales from artist Steve Ditko, co-creator of Spider-Man.This first volume features Ditko’s two DC series from the 1970s: The quirky science fiction title SHADE, THE CHANGING MAN and the sword-and-sorcery comic STALKER.

This volume also includes a variety of science fiction and mystery stories illustrated by Ditko. These stories, originally published fro
Hardcover, 480 pages
Published September 6th 2011 by DC Comics (first published August 30th 2011)
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Bob Garrett
May 05, 2014 Bob Garrett rated it liked it
The STEVE DITKO OMNIBUS, VOLUME 1 is actually the second of three volumes re-presenting Ditko’s DC Comics work. The first volume, THE CREEPER BY STEVE DITKO (which I've also reviewed on goodreads), collects Ditko’s Creeper stories. The third volume, THE STEVE DITKO OMNIBUS, VOLUME 2, collects stories of other super heroes. THE STEVE DITKO OMNIBUS, VOLUME 1, in contrast, is actually the most eclectic of the three volumes. It collects the short-lived SHADE and STALKER series and a slew of short st ...more
Rich Meyer
Jan 11, 2016 Rich Meyer rated it it was amazing
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Another excellent reprint collection from DC Comics, featuring the legendary Steve Ditko. I think that with the publication of these two omnibuses, and the Creeper book, that pretty much reprints all of Ditko's DC work (or close to it).

This volume reprints two of his more esoteric series: the original Shade the Changing Man and Stalker. Shade was more science fiction than super-hero, and never got the chance to find a proper audience due to financial cutbacks at DC back in the mid-seventies. St
May 09, 2013 Dominick rated it liked it
Mixed bag of late Ditko work for DC (though since he's still active, it's not really late Ditko). his run on Shade the Changing Man, which he plotted as well as drew, is perhaps the high point, with its complex, goofy plots about aliens from another dimension, and the last story in the book (apparently his last DC work, too), also written by Ditko, is a genuinely bizarre and visually arresting one about an energy being. A lot of the rest, though, is pretty run of the mill stuff, mostly horror an ...more
Feb 18, 2012 Alger rated it it was amazing
This was an anthology book, and thus there was a lot that was good and a lot that was not as good. I will give it five stars, because the parts that are good are REALLY GOOD!!! Namely the complete runs of the series "Shade the Changing Man" and "Stalker." Both are exceptional and were cancelled far before their times. I would suggest this volume to anyone simply to read these two stories. Other than that the rest of the book is short little episodic tales that appeared in pulpy anthology books l ...more
May 09, 2015 B rated it liked it
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Shade and Stalker had some interesting ideas but they never really go anywhere. Shade is a kind of omnipotent hero who fights interestingly designed but kind of incoherent villains. It feels a lot like Mister Miracle crossed with the Creeper, for obvious reasons. But the comic was cancelled before the arcs really progressed. (What is the Occult Research Center a stand-in for? I'm not quite sure of its real world analog.)

Stalker felt like a really good prelude, but there was no continuation.

Oct 17, 2011 Phaedra rated it really liked it
Shelves: comic, print, 2011
I adore the Shade the Changing Man series, this one and the newer one. It was neat to see how characters translated over from the Ditko stories into Milligan/Bachalo series. I haven't read any of the Suicide Squad but I may see if I can pick them up. Anyway, I loved the story in these original Shades and wish it had continued. I'm dying to how certain plot threads tie up and how he handles some of the shocks. The rest of the book is single stories, my favorite being about the little girl who is ...more
Timothy Boyd
Jan 24, 2016 Timothy Boyd rated it liked it
Steve Ditko was a great artist when he helped created Spiderman in 1962 and was the perfect artist for the weird mystical adventures of Dr Strange. By the late 1070s he had developed a odd distinctive style of drawing. This series he did it all wrote, drew, and in my opinion messed it up. Just too many weird art and storyline things mixing into a bad comic series. Not recommended
enjoyed finally reading Ditko's SHADE, & I dug bits of STALKER, but the rest didn't really interest me.
May 31, 2013 Roger rated it it was amazing
Great collection of Ditko's work. Has the previously unpublished last issue of Shade included. Also a wide mix of his other DC Comics work.
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Stephen J. "Steve" Ditko is an American comic book artist and writer best known as the co-creator of the Marvel Comics heroes Spider-Man and Doctor Strange.

He was inducted into the comics industry's Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1990, and into the Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame in 1994.
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