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The #1 comic book that started it all for Marvel in 1939, presented better than ever, together with an extensive array of special features! Marvel Comics 1 promised action, mystery and adventure, and it delivered! Now, Marvel Comics 1 in both a colorized version and the original color--plus the actual source pages themselves--along with bonus artwork, original house ads, pulp covers, homages to its iconic cover, the entire history of Marvel, from pulp producer to icon, reminiscences by Thomas on Burgos and Everett, and much more!
The issue's cover star, the original android Human Torch, blazed his way into readers' hearts -- and Namor the Sub-Mariner made a big splash! As well as the dazzling debuts of these two Golden Age heroes, pulp star Ka-Zar swung into comics, and costumed detective the Angel made his debut! Plus Western adventures with the Masked Raider — and terror in the jungle! And from this one issue, published 80 years ago, grew the entire Marvel Universe!
My favorite feature here is Will Murray's amazing history of Martin Goodman's empire. He started as a wannabe publisher of pulps at the worst possible time...smack in the middle of the 1930s Depression. But he worked it, and became a successful pulp publisher, with titles like Ka-Zar, Marvel Science Stories, Dynamic and scores of westerns and other genres.
Then Superman came along, and Goodman reached out to the right people...Funnies Incorporated, run by Lloyd Jacquet, and with Bill Everett as the art director and Burgos and Gustavson as staff artists. They created a comic and the two heroes that have largely defined the Marvel Universe, essentially anti-heroes--at least at the beginning--that set the ball rolling for Spider-Man, Fantastic Four and the Hulk.
Most of this material is collected from other editions, beginning in 1990 with the 50 year anniversary edition of Marvel #1. Roy Thomas provides two great overviews along with a very personal look at living with artist Bill Everett. Murray offers us a long, detailed 15-page history...it’s long on the early, relatively unknown days as Goodman learned the ropes of publishing in the pulps. But it continues to encompass all the Marvel story, written in 2009 for the Golden Age Marvel Comics Omnibus.
Also includes variant covers by Glenn Fabry from 1997, Jelena Kevic Djurdjevic's recreation of Frank R. Paul's original cover, plus Dean White's painted interpretation of the same, Arthur Suydam, Alex Ross for The Torch #2, and even Deadpool #36's 2014 spoof of Marvel #1 by Gabriele Dell'Otto.
- Additional Information
Item Code MARC01H Publisher Marvel Publish Date 2019 ISBN 9781302918606 Binding Hard Cover Dimensions 7x11 # Pages 232pg Color Full Color
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