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  • Series: Marvel Firsts
  • Paperback: 488 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (October 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785158642
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785158646
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.8 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #314,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Babytoxie on November 13, 2011
Format: Paperback
Over the years, Marvel has published various collections of their characters' origins and/or first appearances, starting in the `70s with Origins of Marvel Comics, Son of Origins of Marvel Comics, Bring on the Bad Guys, and The Superhero Women. In 1994, Marvel released Fantastic Firsts as part of their high-end Marvel Limited hardcover line, and a trade paperback edition followed in 1999. As Marvel's stable of heroes and villains has grown considerably since the Silver Age, these types of origin collections have the potential to become ponderous, as well as leading to arguments over whom they should feature. While these collections usually focus on Marvel's more well-known characters, I also want to read about the lesser-known ones. Now I have the perfect solution with the Marvel Firsts series of massive full-color trades that split these stories into decades, beginning with MARVEL FIRSTS: THE 1960s VOLUME 1.

There's no doubt that Marvel changed the face of comic books in the '60s. Lee, Kirby, Ditko, and others rejuvenated a flagging industry by introducing heroes that had the same concerns, fears, and humdrum responsibilities as you and I; however, those same heroes were distrusted by the very people they vowed to protect.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Danny G. Grigsby on November 21, 2011
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This book brought me back to the 60's... marching to the Rexal Drug store to get my weekly books and stopping at a park, spredding the books out in the grass under a tree and wondering which one I would read first. I loved the big MARVEL TALES, MARVEL COLLECTORS ITEM'S CLASSICS AND MARVEL FANTASY MASTERPIECES of the 60's and this book reminds me of those. I hope they continue, not only reprinting classics of the 70's and 80's but giving us a thrill and going back to the 40's and 50's. Not to mention a follow up of this book, giving us the next adventures. Loved the format, the paper, the coloring and... the price. Thank you Marvel.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By "extreme_dig_cm" on November 25, 2011
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Explosive creativity(!)- it's all about the 60's here.

This is the real deal: the way the modern Marvel Universe really began. If you've ever wanted to see the critical elements in a single place, here they are.

1st ever appearances...

FANTASTIC FOUR... Fantastic Four #1, 1961.
HANK PYM... Tales To Astonish #27, 1961.
HULK... Incredible Hulk #1, 1962.
SPIDER-MAN... Amazing Fantasy #15, 1962.
THOR... Journey Into Mystery #83, 1962.
IRON MAN... Tales Of Suspense #39, 1962.
NICK FURY... Sgt. Fury And His Howling Commandos #1, 1963.
DR. STRANGE... Strange Tales #110, 1963.
AVENGERS... Avengers #1, 1963.
X-MEN... X-Men #1, 1963.
DAREDEVIL... Daredevil #1, 1964.

... key issues for RAWHIDE KID, TWO-GUN KID, SUB-MARINER, SILVER SURFER... and much, much more. The creativity in the 60's here simply staggers the imagination!

Marvel has tried this in the past, but this is the closest they've ever gotten to getting it right. It should probably be noted, for whatever it may be worth, that the *colors* here may or may not be 100% faithful to the originals. Over the years, Marvel has taken to randomly recoloring various panels from these issues in their Marvel Masterworks collections, and the newest colors here are flat & bright, similar to the style of the 60's, yet enhanced. These new colors are *not* 3-Dimensional modern computer coloring- just to be extra clear. Most people probably won't even notice these reprints were recolored at all, but I thought I'd mention it for the sake of anyone who may be interested.

P.S. I absolutely *love* the front cover design. And a big thanks to Marvel for pricing this to move. Many of us have some of these issues already. A great price makes this paperback easily worth recommending.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mark Treitel on February 16, 2012
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To reiterate what the other reviewers have stated, this is a fantastic way to read the popular and less popular origin stories of Marvel comics. The stories are presented in chronological order, and there are additional reproductions of covers to the various Atlas/Marvel comics. I have read many of these origin stories numerous times over the years, but the fact that it's presented in historical context brings additional value. I also was very happy to read many of the western materials or lesser known stories from the era, that have never been available in one volume. This alone is well worth the price.

Taking a larger view, Marvel (Lee, Kirby, Ditko, Ayers, et al) created in a few short years so many archetype superheroes that have created a foundation for 50 years of stories. It's unlikely that any creative company created so much in a short amount of time.

I recommend this book for parents to give to their kids so they can learn about the origins of the superheroes they're watching in the movies. Also, for any Marvel fan (even if you have 1 or 2 origin books) to read stories you may not have known even existed.

Even if you are a purchaser of Marvel Essentials, the colors and paper quality of this volume is far superior to other compendiums.

I look forward the 70's volumes, and likely the 80's and 90's, although they probably will not be able to "touch" the simplicity of the original stories.

Make Mine Marvel!
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