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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