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Product Details

  • Series: Marvel Firsts
  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel; First Edition edition (February 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785163808
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785163800
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.8 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,307 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mark Treitel on April 15, 2012
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If you are a Marvel Completist, this is a great buy. There is the opportunity to read many of the 70's great characters in chronological order. First issue of the Inhumans, Black Widow, Werewolf by Night, Man-Thing. However, this book will likely not appeal to readers and kids who have no idea who "HIM" is. While the origin stories of Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, contained the DNA that still lives today, many of these stories are an evolutionary dead-end. There was a tremendous focus on monster tales, vampires, werewolves, even Frankenstein's monster. Most of the stories feel like they were written in the same verbose, grandiose style of Roy Thomas, they are large epic stories which, even though you're reading origin stories, you may feel lost. For example, origin story of Warlock, also contained the back story of the High Evolutionary.

However, if you've never read these stories, this is likely the best way to read them. You have to wait the 1970s, Volume 2 to read the New X-Men, which really is the beginning of the rest of Marvel History.

If you are a first time marvel reader, start with the 1960's the Firsts.

One other comment, the Man-Thing origin story is at least a take off of the monster theme. Interestingly, there were two origin stories where the beautiful woman betrays the man. There's a lot of subtext going on in these stories and they are more mature than what had come before them.

What I also liked about this book are the presentation of other comics and covers that were published by Marvel. You get a real sense of the history.

As a marvel completist, I would have loved to have this kind of book when I was a kid/teenager. I look forward the remaining volumes, the 80's and 90's. Marvel should be commended for putting a high quality book with lush color at an affordable price and introducing the general public to characters that are 2nd, 3rd and never ran.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CARLOS on March 22, 2013
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again-these comics very colorful artwork-most of todays comic artist pay big tributes for those artist-comics from That era=PLOOG,COLAN,DITKO, THE LIST GOES ON. REASON I GET THESE COMIC REPRINTS-THIER ON BETTER QUALITY PAPER, AND I DON,T HAVE TO GO THROUGH MY ORIGINALS. BOTH ARE GOOD READS
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Doug on April 15, 2012
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this is a must have for fans of 1970's era marvel comics. also great for new readers to learn the origins of heroes they haven't heard of yet.
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