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"This book will make any coffee table or bookshelf look better — when you're not poring through it yourself." –

"In a new commemorative book titled Marvel Comics: 75 Years of Cover Art (DK Publishing; $50), editor and author Alan Cowsill describes the groundbreaking approach that allowed the company to humanize its superheroes." – Wall Street Journal

"I'd be a fool to tell you I was a Marvel Comics expert. That being said, I can spend hours idly leafing through art from the Golden and Silver Age — and that's exactly what's been happening with this super-sized art book from DK Publishing." – Wired

"Marvel book of covers is a treasure." – Cleveland Plain Dealer

"This wonderful collection takes in great covers that depict not only wonderful art, but meaningful stories." – The New Orleans Advocate

"Marvel Comics 75 Years of Cover Art is a must-have tome that will likely be treasured for decades to come…" –

"Marvel Comics: 75 Years of Cover Art is a must-have book that will leave even casual Marvel readers exclaiming, 'Excelsior!'" – Giga Geek Magazine

"Marvel Comics: 75 Years of Cover Art is a book that will be enjoyed and treasured by comic book fans of all ages. Highly recommended." – First Comics News

"[T]his book does a great job presenting this fantastic artwork." – GamerPops

"Marvel Comics: 75 Years of Cover Art by Alan Cowsill is a super collection of covers from 75 years of the company." – Publishers Weekly

"With access to the rarest and most interesting cover art in Marvel's 75-year history, DK brings together an unforgettable gallery spotlighting the most iconic covers along with never-before-seen concept art from all over the world." –


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: DK; Slp edition (August 18, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1465420401
  • ISBN-13: 978-1465420404
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 1.6 x 14.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful By ARTBOOK PASSION on August 16, 2014
Format: Hardcover
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First of all we have artworks 2 in present, the one on Spider Man and the other one on Iron Man.

Personally, I expected a quite simple artbook with that illustrations and at the bottom of page the name of the comics and the draftsman of the cover. But it is not the case, because for every covers we have a small description of the history of the comics and how it was realized.

The illustrations of l " artbook Marvel Comics: 75 Years of coworms arts are classified according to 4 ages of comics: the age of gold, silver, bronze and finally the modern. Each of these chapters is introduced by a double spread and a small summary.

We also have throughout the book of double spreads dedicated to an artist who marked the universe Marvel, it is also the opportunity to show us sketches in black and white of sketch of cover.

Marvel Comics: 75 Years of coworm art is really very complete and to the son of pages, we notice all the evolution that it had during there it is 75 year. A real tribute and a book which looks ESSENTIAL for every people who one days in had a comics between hands.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By MLH on August 15, 2014
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This book is fantastic! Oversized book, with full-size pages of a multitude of "classic" covers, along with many others that provide interesting details. Most, if not all, of the "classic" Marvel covers are here, and the book is broken down by comic book age (i.e. Golden, Silver, Bronze, Modern). A+ all around for this one.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Butcher on August 25, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Writer Alan Cowsill should add curator to his resume. Marvel Comics: 75 Years of Comic Art is more than a book, it is a mobile art museum. Between the book’s two covers is a treasure chest of art developed by some of Marvel’s finest artists from the Golden to the Modern age.

Marvel Comics: 75 Years of Comic Art by Alan Cowsill collects Marvel’s finest covers in an over-sized 300 plus page book. The text puts on displays hundreds of Marvel covers, with typically one or two covers being highlighted on a page. Occasionally, 3 or more covers will share a page when linked by a theme or story arc. Covers are organized by title and theme, so Avengers covers reside next to other Avengers covers. Cowsill provides a brief caption highlighting the historical or artistic attributes of the cover. The captions help explain historical trends such as the growth of variant and special covers. On a few occasions, Cowsill offers a description of significant cover artists like Jack Kirby and John Byrne. The book also explains how covers are developed using Nova #1 and Black Panther #1 as examples. The title is broken into four sections; The Golden Age, The Silver Age, The Bronze Age, and The Modern Age. Despite being an art book with brief captions, readers will find they cannot rush through the pages but instead will spend hours enjoying the visuals.

The book is designed to show off the included covers and the covers are the star. The pages are large, giving the maximum space to display the art. The captions are helpful but not overly wordy to only highlight not steal the focus from the covers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Matthew J. Szewczyk on September 14, 2014
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Clocking in at over 300 pages of coffee table sized goodness, Marvel Comics: 75 Years of Cover Art is a visual history of the best Marvel Comics covers and is a treat that readers will enjoy for years to come. Over 500 covers are included in the book which is broken up into Golden Age, Silver Age, Bronze Age and Modern Age sections. The covers in each section are grouped by subject matter and you will find groupings devoted to mainstream characters like Avengers, X-Men, Spider-Man and Iron Man as well as lesser known characters like Devil Dinosaur, Eternals, Warlock and Longshot.

There are also "Featured Artist" sections devoted to a particular artist and show off the original pencils to a cover by Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, John Buscema, Sal Buscema, John Byrne, John Romita Sr, and John Romita Jr. Of course this leaves out a number of artists who certainly deserve their own sections like Todd McFarlane, Dave Cockrum, Neil Adams and George Perez but they are all featured quite heavily throughout the book. Take artist Jim Steranko; he does not get a feature page but his covers to Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D get four consecutive pages of coverage including a stunning two-page spread so you will certainly find your favorite artists represented.

Seemingly out of place, the book also has two "Cover Development" features focusing on the development from concept to sketch to final product of Nova #1 and Black Panther #1. Why they decided to only have two of those features and why they chose those two covers is beyond me, neither are significant or particularly memorable.
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