Chronicles the history of Marvel Comics through its greatest heroes and villians, including images of classic covers, profiles of over a thousand characters, and information on recent films and collectibles.
A chronological account of DC Comics the company and DC Comics the universe traces the major milestones, from company name changes and its foray into television and movies to the debuts of major characters.
The incredible 70 year story of Marvel Comics For comic book fans everywhere, Marvel's fascinating story explored and explained, decade by decade, year by year, month by month. Everything is covered, from the company's beginnings as Timely Comics in the late 1930s to the founding of the Marvel Universe of Super Heroes in the 60s, right up to the present day. Learn all about the birth of key Marvel Super Heroes from the X-Men, Spider-Man and Hulk to The Fantastic Four. Discover all about their extraordinary comic book debuts, the geniuses that invented them, the crucial events behind their creation and their continuing influence on the world today via comic books, TV series and blockbuster movies. Packed with stunning original comic book art and covers, this is a vibrant and visually spectacular look at Marvel Comics spanning seven tumultuous decades.
Author: Alan Cowsill
Publisher: DK Publishing (Dorling Kindersley)
Release Date: 2014-08-18
Celebrating the greatest cover art over Marvel Comics' 75-year history. Showcasing the most striking, inspiring and unusual comic cover art in Marvel's 75-year history. Marvel Comics Cover Art reveals a gallery of iconic covers featuring all your favourite super heroes from Spider-Man and Iron Man to the Avengers. Created in full collaboration with Marvel Comics this beautiful poster book is perfect for any avid Marvel fan.
Author: Roy Thomas
Publisher: Titan Books (UK)
Release Date: 2016-11-15
Ten years after its initial successful publication, The Marvel Vault is due for an update. New text and images chronicle how Marvel has channelled its singular storytelling into a blockbuster movie studio, even as it has stayed true to its hallowed roots in the comics world. This updated edition features 16 new pages that focus on Marvel's history and core stories, plus an envelope containing removable documents.
Author: Sean Howe
Publisher: Harper Collins
Release Date: 2013-10-01
An unvarnished, unauthorized, behind-the-scenes account of one of the most dominant pop cultural forces in contemporary America Operating out of a tiny office on Madison Avenue in the early 1960s, a struggling company called Marvel Comics presented a cast of brightly costumed characters distinguished by smart banter and compellingly human flaws. Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, Captain America, the Incredible Hulk, the Avengers, Iron Man, Thor, the X-Men, Daredevil—these superheroes quickly won children's hearts and sparked the imaginations of pop artists, public intellectuals, and campus radicals. Over the course of a half century, Marvel's epic universe would become the most elaborate fictional narrative in history and serve as a modern American mythology for millions of readers. Throughout this decades-long journey to becoming a multibillion-dollar enterprise, Marvel's identity has continually shifted, careening between scrappy underdog and corporate behemoth. As the company has weathered Wall Street machinations, Hollywood failures, and the collapse of the comic book market, its characters have been passed along among generations of editors, artists, and writers—also known as the celebrated Marvel "Bullpen." Entrusted to carry on tradition, Marvel's contributors—impoverished child prodigies, hallucinating peaceniks, and mercenary careerists among them—struggled with commercial mandates, a fickle audience, and, over matters of credit and control, one another. For the first time, Marvel Comics reveals the outsized personalities behind the scenes, including Martin Goodman, the self-made publisher who forayed into comics after a get-rich-quick tip in 1939; Stan Lee, the energetic editor who would shepherd the company through thick and thin for decades; and Jack Kirby, the World War II veteran who'd co-created Captain America in 1940 and, twenty years later, developed with Lee the bulk of the company's marquee characters in a three-year frenzy of creativity that would be the grounds for future legal battles and endless debates. Drawing on more than one hundred original interviews with Marvel insiders then and now, Marvel Comics is a story of fertile imaginations, lifelong friendships, action-packed fistfights, reformed criminals, unlikely alliances, and third-act betrayals— a narrative of one of the most extraordinary, beloved, and beleaguered pop cultural entities in America's history.
The definitive guide to the characters of the Marvel Universe Are you fascinated by comic books and obsessed with super heroes? The bestselling Marvel Encyclopedia gives you the definitive details and histories of more than 1,200 of Marvel's most memorable characters. Now updated to include expanded entries for Spider-Man, Wolverine, X-Men, Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk and the Avengers, this unique A-Z lets you get closer to your favourite Marvel super heroes. You can find out about 50 exciting new characters, such as Odin and Doctor Nemesis, and all the latest important events in the Marvel universe, such as the Dark Reign, Avengers Vs X-Men and the Age of Ultron. Each super hero explodes from the page with original art from Marvel Comics' finest artists and facts from a team of top Marvel comic book writers. Experience the power of the Marvel super heroes with the revised and updated Marvel Encyclopedia(previous ISBN 9781405344357)- it packs a knock-out punch for all Marvel fans.
Author: Roy Thomas
Publisher: Running PressBook Pub
Release Date: 2007
Genre: Antiques & Collectibles
A collector's guide to Marvel Comics chronicles the history of the company from 1939 to the present day in a series of historic, rare, and never-before-seen memorabilia and ephemera, in a volume complemented by more than thirty plastic-encased archival gems that include holiday cards, a program for the first comics convention, early sketches, and more. 75,000 first printing.
Published to coincide with the 60th anniversary of Captain America, this lavishly illustrated volume examines the "Marvel" comic book characters' origins and subsequent evolution. 300 color illustrations.
Author: Roy Thomas
Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
Release Date: 2006
Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels
Describes the comics produced by Marvel in which Stan Lee was involved, from Captain America in 1941 to Spiderman/Kingpin in 1997, also relating the history of Marvel, and the comics industry in general, during this period.