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Comicdom's famous monsters are on the loose! Marvel presents the concluding volume in our complete collection of Marvel's late-1950s/early-1960s period, famous for its twist-ending tales, alien invaders and especially its towering monster menaces -- and no one drew giant monsters like Jack "The King" Kirby! It's page after page of Grogg, Ogg, the Creature from Krogarr, Fin Fang Foom, and more!
New 2017 introduction by artist Walt Simonson, where he describes discovering the Marvel monsters himself as a kid in 1961, and about Kirby's inspiration for his wild creations. My own first Marvel monster issue was Tales to Astonish #22, one of the first stories collected here, also from 1961. In it a Peter Parker type bright student is made fun of by his fellow high-schoolers. For his summer vacation he volunteers to pilot a drilling machine to go deeper into the earth than anyone has ever before...and what should he encounter, but a lost race and strange monsters (we've scanned the cover here). That's typical of the loner-becomes-hero adventures here, where it's brains over brawn to defeat these crawling monstrosities.
Reprints stories from Strange Tales of the Unusual #7, Astonishing #56, World of Fantasy #15-19, Strange Worlds #1, 3-5; Strange Tales #67-70, 72-86; Journey Into Mystery #51-70; Tales to Astonish #1, 3-21; Tales of Suspense #2-19, Amazing Adventures #1-2.
These stories aren't just a fun atomic romp--they're the training ground where Stan Lee and Jack Kirby honed their creative partnership, learning each other's strengths and building an unmatched rapport. In these pages, you'll find out that the mother of the Marvel Age of Comics was -- a monster!
And they are fun. The underdog always wins here, threatened by death and destruction, but our heroes use their heads and take down the most monstrous foes. There are creatures from deep inside the earth, bizarre alien invaders, abominable snowmen, lost cities, atomic bomb disasters.... In just six, eight or ten pages, Stan and Jack, or Larry and Jack, could take you on a spellbound journey into every young kid's best fantasies.
After I first discovered Marvel comics in the spring of 1964, I got turned onto these little masterpieces by the same wonderful folks who were writing and drawing The Fantastic Four, The Incredible Hulk, Giant-Man and the Wasp, Captain America, Thor and The Avengers. Here were the same ironic stories, down-trodden heroes, and galactic menaces, just with no continuing heroes. Every story (well, with a couple exceptions) was once and done, but oh boy, they were great fun. I loved 'em, collected them all, and to this day still prize my original issues--the "pre-hero" issues of all the titles below.
This is the first-ever collection with so much material--some have been previously collected in 10-issues-at-a-time Marvel Masterworks. But here you get a massive number of stories at far less cost overall.
Additional contributors are all the fine guys inking Jack's pencils: Steve Ditko, Dick Ayers, Joe Sinnott, Russ Heath, Bill Everett and a host of others!
These two massive volumes have been among our very best selling Omnibus collections. Hours of fun reading, and some very interesting prototypes for the upcoming explosion of superheroes that Jack and Stan would create.
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Item Code MONS02H Publisher Marvel Publish Date 2017 ISBN 9781302908614 Binding Hard Cover # Pages 872pg Color Full Color
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