Marvel: The Characters and Their Universeby Michael Mallory
In 1932 a 22-year old named Martin Goodman opened the publishing house which would come to be known as Marvel. Westerns and detective stories were the big sellers of the day. The spider-man character was a shot in the dark feature in a poor-selling comic book Amazing Fantasy that was about to get the axe. Today an original copy of that comic would cost in the range of $40,000.
With a library containing over 4,700 proprietary characters and eleven movies featuring Marvel characters already underway for the next two years, the Marvel Universe has become as epic as its storylines.
This oversized collector's style guide, Marvel: The Characters and Their Universe, covers the history of the national obsession, the marvel influence on media, and the best loved characters including the Incredible Hulk and X-Men, and ends with a look at new worlds to conquer. Full of stunning 4-color photographs, movie stills, original comic art, and animation drawings, this is a vibrant and colorful tribute to the incredible cultural phenomenon.
- Sterling Publishing
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- 10.88(w) x 14.20(h) x 1.48(d)
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Saw this accidentally during a visit to BN on 5th Avenue and I am extremely glad. It offers the Marvel universe to readers with extensive detailing. A must-have for fans of Marvel. Just an end note, the cover is also extremely tempting.
I got this as a gift to my son-in-law who is a graphic artist. He loves DC and Marvel and is a huge fan of Batman. He loved this book. It was hard to find something he didn't already have. So I was very pleased I found this, and so was he.
Wow..did this take me back!! This book is an incredible look at the Marvel Universe, the characters, and how they have been used and depicted throughout the years. It discusses their use in comics, books, tv, movies, games..even theme parks!! You really learn a lot of new things about these characters and the Marvel company itself. It's a great read and a valuable reference book that I've gone back to on a number of occasions to verify facts. Whether you're new to these characters or an experienced Comicon fan boy..you'll love this book!