The Marvel Encyclopedia

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Marvel comics' character roster boasts some of the best-known and most popular characters ever conceived. This unique encyclopedia, which covers all of Marvel's greatest heroes and villains--with full details of their powers and their thrill--packed careers-is a must-have book both for new fans and for those who grew up loving excitement of the Marvel Universe. Limited edition includes individually numbered copies, and two signed prints by Frank Cho.
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Overview

Marvel comics' character roster boasts some of the best-known and most popular characters ever conceived. This unique encyclopedia, which covers all of Marvel's greatest heroes and villains--with full details of their powers and their thrill--packed careers-is a must-have book both for new fans and for those who grew up loving excitement of the Marvel Universe. Limited edition includes individually numbered copies, and two signed prints by Frank Cho.
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When former Marvel Comics editor-in-chief Stan Lee described The Marvel Encyclopedia as "an epic milestone in the history of the human race," he may have been slightly exaggerating -- but not by much. Featuring detailed information relating to more than 1,000 (yes, 1,000!) characters, this shelf-bending, 350-page encyclopedia is undoubtedly the most comprehensive one-volume reference guide to the Marvel Universe ever published.

All the usual suspects are here -- Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, Captain America, the Hulk, Punisher, Daredevil, Silver Surfer, Elektra, et al. -- but so are hundreds of lesser-known characters, many dating back to the early 1960s. Included within is information about the extraterrestrial empire builders the Kree; the hideous Mole Man; ex-CIA operative Crossfire; the super-sized Blob; the mutated zombie known as the Digger; Ego, the self-aware planet; Mister Sinister; Onslaught; the Soviet Super Soldiers; and the shape-shifting Skrulls, to name just a few.

Jam-packed with more than five decades' worth of information -- and hundreds of stunning full-color illustrations -- The Marvel Encyclopedia is, simply put, a must-have for every comic book aficionado. And although Lee alludes to it in the introduction ("It might be my imagination, but I seem to see a glow around that voluminous volume, as though it's illuminated by some supernatural aura, some mystic radiance emanating from the combined power of the fantastic characters within its pages…"), superpowers are, unfortunately, not included. Paul Goat Allen
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756623586
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/16/2006
  • Pages: 352
  • Age range: 1 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 12.10 (h) x 1.12 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2008

    Great, but could use a bit more.....work.

    If you are even a slight fan of the marvel universe, you should own this. I read it over and over. With that said, even though it CLAIMED to be a definitive guide, it diden't have ALL the characters, as it claimed. I don't care TOO much if they don't Have minor characters like the Leapfrog, But they only Had a passing remark on the Runaways! Still, it's a great book, and I love it.

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  • Posted April 25, 2010

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    Great for the fan and novice alike!

    For someone like me, who possesses only a nodding acquaintance with comic books, keeping up with all the comic-based films can be a bit of a challenge. And when you consider all the inside jokes and fandom references that crop up in those films? Oy. Much though I might like to go back to the very beginning of those comics and cram my mind full of character details and the snarled, thorny paths of their lives, I just don't have the time. Enter The Marvel Comics Encyclopedia. In a book format, it's still limited as to how much detail it can provide, but it does an excellent job of condensing decades of information into a concise, essential narrative. And it seems to cover almost every character I might want to know about, tracing their connections and alliances, elaborating on their abilities, and offering at least one, and sometimes several, comic-book visuals. I can only imagine the newer version of this book is even better, but this one is already a fantastic resource!

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  • Posted July 21, 2009

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    Loved it

    I was recently given this book by my girlfriend for a birthday gift, and I love it. This encyclopedia gives a look into very obscure as well as well known and loved characters in the marvel universe. Also it shows highlights of comic books through the decades. I highly recommend this book to anybody that enjoys learning more in the comic book realm.

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  • Posted April 22, 2009

    Great Resource!

    I learned a lot of things I didn't know about the Marvel world! Great for any fan!

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  • Posted April 7, 2009

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    Awsome book

    Great book for the Marvel fans. I gave it to my husband as a gift and he loved it!

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    I did NOT buy this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2007

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    This book was made very well and has showed my classmates this is the best book for superhero fans.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2007

    A Must Have for ANY Marvel Fan

    This book features over 1,000 characters and has hours and hours worth of material to read. The Marvel Encyclopedia even features characters that readers will, most likely, have never heard of. It even features characters without super powers, such as Gwen Stacey or May Parker. Major Marvel heroes have spreadouts (i.e. Fantastic Four, Spider Man, Iron Man, Black Widow, Daredevil, Elektra, Spider Woman, Wasp, ect.). This is easily the most removed book from my bookshelf and I would recommend it to any Marvel or DC comic fan.

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