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With hundreds of images and insider insights, the book traces the birth of the Marvel Age heroes and adversaries, grounded in a world that readers recognized as close to their own; relatable characters with problems, struggles, and shortcomings. By the ’70s, the House of Ideas also elevated horror, sword and sorcery, and martial arts into best-selling titles. The second generation in the 1970s introduced iconic characters like Man-Thing, Conan, and Shang-Chi and proved this new kind of storytelling could succeed outside of the capes and tights.
All written by the guy who would know. Roy Thomas began as a fan himself, then a fan publisher of the notable Alter Ego, then he leapt to writer, editor and eventually Stan's right-hand man at Marvel. Today he still writes for comics and still publishes the award-winning Alter Ego. No one is more qualified to write about Marvel during these creative and, occasionally, wild and heady times.
Go to the heart of this seminal time in comics history—an age of completely new characters, exciting origins, and story-telling innovation that reinvented the super hero.
But in the beginning, It was an age of mighty heroes, misunderstood monsters, and complex villains. With the publication in November 1961 of Fantastic Four #1, little upstart Marvel, who had always been dwarfed by DC Comics, inaugurated a transformative era in comics. Through the next two decades, the iconic Hulk, Spider-Man, Iron Man, and the X-Men leapt, darted, and towered through its pages.
Captain America was resurrected from his 1940s deep-freeze and the Avengers became the World’s Greatest Super Heroes. The Sub-Mariner returned from the Glden Age. The Human Torch came back reinvented as a teenager. Daredevil, Dr. Strange, and dozens more were added to the pantheon, each with their own rogues’ gallery of malevolent counterparts. More than 50 years later, these characters from the ’60s and ’70s are more popular than ever, fighting the good fight in comics, toy aisles, and blockbuster movies around the world.
Behind it all, we get to know the extraordinary Marvel architects whose names are almost as familiar as the mortals (and immortals!) they brought to life—Stan “The Man” Lee, Jack “King” Kirby, and Steve Ditko, along with a roster of greats like John Romita, John Buscema, Marie Severin, Jim Steranko, and countless others. The result is a behind-the-scenes treasure trove and a jewel for any comic fan’s library, brimming with the innovation and energy of an invincible era for Marvel and its heroes alike.
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Item Code MARVAH Publisher Taschen Publish Date 2017 ISBN 9783836567763 Binding Hard Cover - No Dustjacket Dimensions 9x13 # Pages 400pg Color Full Color
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