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Invaders Classic, Vol. 1 (Marvel Comics, Avengers) (v. 1) Paperback – July 18, 2007


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (July 18, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785127062
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785127062
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.5 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,314,327 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Babytoxie on July 16, 2007
Format: Paperback
It's no lie that writer Roy Thomas is a fan of the Golden Age of comics. He's proven it time and again on titles like All-Star Squadron, Infinity Incorporated, Alter Ego, and even in the Avengers' Kree-Skrull War. But these all pale when it comes to the Invaders, Thomas' ultimate tribute to the Marvel Comics heroes of the Forties. INVADERS CLASSIC VOLUME 1 collects Giant-Size Invaders #1, Invaders #1-9, and Marvel Premiere #29-30... the first of Rascally Roy's retroactive adventures featuring the greatest heroes of World War 2.

Captain America, the Sub-Mariner, and the Human Torch take the fight to the Axis powers in Europe, with help from Bucky, Toro, Union Jack, and the Liberty Legion. They face insidious Nazi threats such as Master Man, Brain Drain, the Red Skull, Baron Blood, and even a trio of ancient Germanic gods! Thomas is clearly in his element as he pulls out all the stops. His encyclopedic knowledge of classic comics, mixed with superb plotting, and knowing nods to the stories and culture of the time, makes this series a complete blast. As for artist Frank Robbins: while his work is often labeled "unrealistic", "rushed", or just plain "sloppy", it looks absolutely beautiful on this title. His style is more that of a comic STRIP artist, comparable to the work of Milton Caniff. Robbins' pencils are stylish and dynamic, show an excellent command of line and shadow, and his skill at depicting military hardware is on brilliant display in this book. In fact, this style would have fit right in at EC Comics on titles like Frontline Combat or Two-Fisted Tales.

I am so happy that Marvel decided to give the Invaders the Classic treatment, and I am looking forward to further volumes. Don't make me wait!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Wonder? on February 1, 2008
Format: Paperback
Wow! When I saw that Marvel was putting out a collection of Invaders stories I jumped for joy. I can still remember the thrill of that cover to Giant-Sized Invaders # 1 when I was a little kid. New to comics, I didn't know too much but I liked Captain America (natch) and there he was exploding off the cover. This book was really a lot of fun. And it was a decent size collection where Marvel included the issues of Marvel Premiere that introduced the Liberty Legion. Well done there. I just really enjoyed re-reading these classics. So much fun. And I am anxiously waiting for the next volume (or dare I say volumes) in the series. I really hope they put out the whole run. While the whole run wasn't as good as the early issues, it's still worthwhile. Once Thomas and Robbins left, it lost a little steam but 'The Battle of Berlin' with the Master Man and Warrior Woman parodies of Superman and Wonder Woman was just a great comic book run. What can I say. I'm a fan for life.
Make Mine Marvel!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. C. Black on June 14, 2008
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Some of the best comics I would sneak and get out of my older brother's box were the Invaders! A great way for marvel to add some history to comics and bring back some classic 1940's characters that we might have never heard of along with mainstream ones we know and love.

I have all these after years of searching but I jumped at the chance to get them in TPB.

Maybe one day we can get a TPB of the All Winners comics(All-Winners Squad) and other classic 1940's books! here is hoping !
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UUnlike DC, Marvel's World War 2 history wasn't marked by great team battles. DC had the Justice Society and the Seven Soldiers of Victory, Marvel had a bunch of individual battles with the occasional Submariner-Human Torch team up thrown in.

But Roy Thomas had the perfect solution for Marvel: If you don't have a great Golden Age Team history make one up.

So, the Invaders were born. This book collects Giant Invaders #1, Invaders 1-9, and Marvel Premiere 29 and 30.

The books with Giant Invaders #1 and sees Marvel's golden age big three (Captain America, Human Torch, and Sub-mariner) and their kid sidekick (Toro and Bucky) joining forces in a 32 page adventure against the Nazi super soldier replica Masterman. They're urged to join forces on a permanent basis by none other than British Prime Minister Winston Churchill with a goal of invading Hitler's Fortress Europa.

Issues 1 and 2 of the regular Invaders series has them battling Brain Drain and encountering some apparent Norse gods who aren't from Asgard. A mostly okay story.

Issues 3 and 4 of the Invaders have the Invaders up against U-man. Other than the obligatory battle of Namor v. the rest of the Invaders due to the latter's insistence on taking down U-man on his own since U-man had attack at the sea, the serial is more good but not outstanding work.

The middle section of the book is what earns it my 5 star rating including Marvel Premiere #29 and 30 and Invaders #5 and #6. In Invaders #5, all the Invaders other than Bucky are kidnapped and brainwashed by the Red Skull into attacking America's war production.
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As much as I like Cap and Namor and the Torch, for me, this book was all about Union Jack vs. Baron Blood. One of the other reviewers complained about Frank Robbins. And while we all have our opinions, some opinions are just better than others. Frank Robbins is one of the masters of the craft. ANd deserves great respect for what he brought to the industry. And this book. If it weren't for Frank, there would be no Union Jack, no Baron Blood, and therefore no Captain America #253 - 254, perhaps my favorite Cap story ever (by Stern & Byrne). These stories are charming and a load of fun. Can;t wait for Vol 2 which collects almost all the rest of the Robbins stuff.
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