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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: DK Publishing; Revised edition (October 5, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756655307
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756655303
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 4.7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (214 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Daniel Wallace is a comic book expert, sci-fi sage, and lifelong geek. Author or co-author of more than two dozen books including The Jedi Path, Man of Steel: Inside the Legendary World of Superman, DC Comics Year by Year, Iron Man Manual, and the New York Times bestselling Star Wars: The New Essential Guide to Characters, his specialty is exploring the underpinnings of popular fictional universes. An avid genre fan, he has also worked as a professional contributor in the realms of Indiana Jones, Smallville, and Supernatural.

Customer Reviews

Historical book, worth every penny!
EduFischer
This had great detail, bright colors, great graphics, lots of characters and very detailed descriptions.
Samantha Waters
I got this book for my 11 year old sons birthday and he absolutely loves it!
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117 of 125 people found the following review helpful By F. wheeler on October 23, 2009
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i think some of these reviews shouldnt be on this page. these reviews apply to the first edition that had serious flaws. this is the updated and expanded version that was released oct 2009. these reviews are from the book that was released in 2006. they actually have the same reviews listed under the older version that was flawed.

when i brought this book, there were no reviews for it yet. i purchased this book the second day it was released in oct 2009.
i think amazon does this book a disservice by applying the same reviews to this book. it misleads people into thinking it has major flaws.

if you look at the titles it clearly says "updated and expanded version". maybe amazon used the review to imply it is a hot commodity(and it is), but by having the same outdated reviews for a book that was revised in 2009 seems a little self defeating and manipulative at the same time. being as though the reviews by some of the people are complaints about the older version.

even with the flaws, if you read the reviews below, you will see that many people also enjoyed the book. the only complaints came from hardcore geeky fans(no disrespect). most were somewhat minor, like the info for a few characters being off. but the artwork and lay-out is beautiful. and these complaints are fixed in this version, and thats why the complaints dont apply.

i think everyone will enjoy this book. as an artist who enjoys creating my own comic book characters and superheroes, the action poses are a tremendous reference for my characters. that was the main reason i bought this massive book. page after page of action poses and fight scenes. im not a hardcore collector at all! i enjoy comics but i dont live and die by them.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey T. Jones on October 7, 2009
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NOTE: This review is for the NEW and UPDATED Marvel Encyclopedia. When I wrote this review, the new version's reviews were separate from the previous version. Since then, Amazon has combined the reviews, and this is a shame, because the updated version corrects most if not all of the problems found in the previous version. /END NOTE

I received this book on it's release day, as I was very excited about it, and wanted it as quickly as possible. I was not disappointed! The book is 400 pages on high quality, glossy print, with brilliant artwork, and color that pops off the page.

The book is meant as a reference, and includes basically every Marvel character ever created with a short bio for some, and up to 4 pages for the Marvel superstars like Spider-Man, Captain America, and Wolverine.

I have the DC Encyclopedia as well, and it's great too, but the text is so small. The Marvel 2009 (Updated & Expanded) Encyclopedia improves this greatly with a font that's at least 2 sizes bigger for all entries, and many lead-in paragraphs include even larger fonts. This was a huge relief to my older eyes.

The encyclopedia includes more than just A to Z entries for heroes and villains, it also has entries for Marvel events, such as the Civil War. Non-American Marvel characters are included as well, including UK hero Captain Britain, and Alpha Flight, a Canadian team.

Extremely thorough, giant glossy pages, incredible artwork, and excellent layout (with a highly readable font) make this a masterwork, and a must-have for any Marvel fan. Amazon's price makes it a no-brainer.

The only drawback? Get your arms ready, this thing weighs 5.5 pounds!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kevin M. Kelley on June 22, 2011
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I would love to be able to afford the A-Z series by MARVEL, but it's just waaaay too many volumes and waaaay too expensive. I've got my kids hooked on MARVEL and superheros in general. This book gives them just enough info about each character in the MARVEL universe to answer questions and gives a visual rendering of each so they can identify them... great purchase!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Phatcub on July 20, 2013
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With all the superhero movies out I use this book often. Some days I just pick it up because I love the artwork. It's most have if you love comics and have friends that question your knowledge, I show them this bible. I hope they keep update and keep pace with the marvel universe.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By traci on July 19, 2013
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This is a great book for any lover of marvel comics. It has pictures and short summaries of each character (though I did notice that a few of the lesser known ones are missing, which is what I'd primarily use this encyclopedia for).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By al on May 22, 2012
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good info. i like how they have the info for the good guys/ bad guys. over 400 pages. so many characteristic a lot of the marvel characters i never heard of before i got this book. also tells you about there friends girl friends family. worth getting.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By E. Seal on January 18, 2010
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I purchased this for my comic book obsessed husband to share with our son. I had considered buying the more expensive collectors edition, however after reading the reviews, I didn't feel that it warranted the additional cost. As predicted, my husband was thrilled with the book, but simply browsing through it, he began to find discrepancies. This book is a great gift for anyone interested in Marvel superheros and villains, but the true comic book connoisseur will easily find errors. It's a shame that even with creator collaboration, they still couldn't get it right.
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