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Product Details

  • Age Range: 1 and up
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: DK CHILDREN (October 31, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756614619
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756614614
  • Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 10.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,874 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ranking as the web-slinger's top-selling comic-book author, Tom DeFalco has written about the adventures of Spiderman and other super heroes for over 20 years. Tom has been a top writer and Editor-in-Chief of Marvel Comics. He has written many titles for Marvel and DK, including Hulk: The Incredible Guide in 2003.

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Customer Reviews

Although I purchased this book as a gift, I looked at virtually all of the Marvel guides when making my selection.
moviebuff1957
For the old school Avengers fans or for people just starting out and wanting to know about the Avengers, I highly reccommend this book.
B. Kirby
This book spends a lot of time on minor, one-shot characters & stories, and the big players & story arcs get very little mention.
Ari M. Weinstein

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Sutekh on October 22, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Much excellent artwork,but where this book really wins out over all other guides I've come across is in its sheer inclusivity of characters - pretty much anyone who's anyone gets a bio or at the very least,a mention.

Unfortunately, when it comes to the detail in the biograpies the content is sadly lacking. Important details in characters' histories are frequently ommitted and there is no attempt to reference described events by issue number (eg: The Avengers / Defenders War is mentioned, but no information is given to allow the reader to locate the issues it actually took place over). The page layout, while asthetically pleasing also makes little logical sense to read.

Worse still, much of the information appears to have been "sanitised": We are told Tony Stark has "personal problems", but his alcoholism is not directly referred to. Similarly Carol Danver's drinking problem is not mentioned at all. We are told the Pym's marriage was pretty rocky, but Hank's habit of wife-beating doesn't rate a mention. I can probably forgive not disclosing that The Living Lightning is gay, but not acknowledging that Wiccan & Hulkling of the Young Avengers are in a gay relationship seems an extraordinary ommission.

Then there are the errors. Typos abound in bizarre numbers and there are even examples of pictures with the wrong captions. The appendix of character first appearances has so many errors and omissions that it's pretty obvious someone was asleep at the wheel when they wrote this bit.

This really is a nice volume and very useful for background information, but really, it should have been much better put together than this.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dead Kev on December 25, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The Mighty Avengers changed their membership more than I change my boxers. Or at least it always seemed that way. Making a comprehensive guide to chronicle the group's history and detail all of the different characters that would come to play a part as one of the Earth's Mightiest Heroes would be quite a difficult feat. So it's not surprising that AVENGERS: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE doesn't quite measure up. Sure, it appears to be all-encompassing as far as getting everyone into the book. But, while it manages a little background on everyone, it goes into depth with no one. Most characters get 3-5 paragraphs on a single picture-laden page. However, many get half-pages, and some are relegated to just a sidebar. There are a few pages dedicated to each decade (60s, 70s, etc.) in the group's history, as well as sections explaining the 'Disassembled' storyline and other Avengers comic titles. Lots of pictures and a foreword by Stan Lee top off the book's contents. A nice try, but to really be an ultimate guide, this would realistically need to be about triple the size (at least) of this 144-page effort. How about adding thumbnail cover pics of every issue? Or a ranking list of how many issues each character appeared in? And how do you leave Hawkeye off of the cover, yet you put Jack of Hearts on?Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Portoghese on September 1, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I enjoyed the full-color photos and extra info on heroes and villians, as well as, important events in the history of the characters. What is missing is the reference to when in the Avenger's comic universe did these events take place. A timeline with issue numbers would be helpful if you are a collector. Otherwise, a good reference for Avenger's fans. I certainly learned some new info regarding the Avenger's and their foes.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ari M. Weinstein on January 11, 2008
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This book spends a lot of time on minor, one-shot characters & stories, and the big players & story arcs get very little mention. Like, major villain Loki gets mentioned in a short paragraph on the page about Thor, but the Two Gun Kid gets a whole page & artwork spread? Huh? Superficial, scattershot & shallow, NOT an "Ultimate Guide".
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "extreme_dig_cm" on June 5, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This really is the ultimate treatment, at least in a quick & basic way: the original team; east coast; west coast; great lakes; A-Next; New Avengers; Ultimates; and even Young Avengers team versions all get *briefly* mentioned here. This guide really is *character* driven though- it's not teams but individuals that get most of the glory, attention, and detail.

And these characters are easily a roster of Marvel's best. A brief listing:
Thor; Iron Man; Henry Pym; Wasp; Hulk; Captain America; Wonder-Man; Hawkeye; Scarlet Witch; Quicksilver; Black Widow; Hercules; Power Man; Black Knight; Black Panther; Vision; Beast; Falcon; Ms. Marvel; U.S. Agent; Moon Knight; Human Torch; Firebird; Tigra; She-Hulk; Photon; Quasar; Starfox; D-Man; Spider-Man; Living Lightning; Darkhawk; Spider-Woman; Rage; Justice; Firestar; Silverclaw; Triathlon; Jack of Hearts; War Machine; Wolverine; and more!

My favorite aspect of the book is the *ARTWORK* selected! All famous artists and main scenes/panels have been expertly chosen. We get a Dale Keown Hulk, a Joe Madureira Magneto, an animation-style War Machine, a little bit of Alex Ross, and of course, Avengers by Jack Kirby and George Perez. This is *easily* a great gift for all Avengers fans- Highly recommended!

P.S. Want something *really* ultimate? Try 40 Years of The Avengers Comic Book Win/Mac. Available today!
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