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Marvel Universe Hardcover – September 1, 1998

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Captain American, Spider-Man, Wolverine, the nonviolent Doctor Strange, caster of rhymed spells, the swashbuckling vigilante Daredevil, the Manhattan-based Fantastic Four, Eastern European tyrant Doctor Doom, the rampaging Incredible Hulk and his alter-ego, mild-mannered physicist Bruce Banner, are among the heroes and villains we meet in this lavish, nostalgic survey of Marvel Comics' major characters, story lines and artists. Sanderson, Marvel's former archivist, views these fantasies as a modern-day mythology recasting age-old themes of heroism and human struggle in pop cultural trappings. His entertaining text, decked out with kinetic story-captioned artwork, insets and comic-book lore, interprets these comics as parables of the Cold War, space race, multiple personality disorder, teen angst, love and hate between the sexes?and as good, old-fashioned storytelling with more than camp appeal for adults. Featuring 400 color illustrations, the book is a visual knockout. BOMC selection.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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YA. Sanderson traces the evolution of the Marvel superheroes from their conception in 1939 to the present day. He discusses their decline in popularity in the early 50s and the resurgence of interest in the 60s when new characters emerged and the settings moved into other dimensions and galaxies. The history and contributions of Marvel artists and writers such as Jack Kirby and Stan Lee are highlighted throughout the text and numerous illustrations. On a fundamental level, the story lines haven't changed significantly, but have become more science-fiction oriented in recent years. The illustrations have changed somewhat more over time, and the newer characters appear more dynamic. For comic-book fans, this survey of the evolution of these popular characters and their fantasy world will be interesting reading.?Deborah Francis, R. E. Lee High School, Springfield, VA
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Grade Level: 8 and up
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (September 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810981718
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810981713
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 1 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #703,583 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
"Marvel Universe" is the companion volume to "Marvel: Five Fabulous Decades of the World's Greatest Comics," but I did not read that volume so I am looking at the volume introducing the superheroes and supervillains of Marvel Comics. Unlike the other volume, which looked at the history of Marvel Comics decade by decade, author Peter Sanderson takes a more thematic approach, although there is a semblance of chronology involved in the order, beginning with the Fantastic Four, the comic book that effectively created Marvel Comics, and ending with the X-Men, the most popular series of today (comics like "Conan the Barbarian" therefore fall outside the scope of the "Mravel Universe"). Specifically the eight chapters divide the Marvel Universe as follows:
1. The Fantastic Four: Marvel's First Family, begins with the working relationship of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, relates the origin of the FF, focuses on the compelling character drama of the Thing, and the group's main villain Dr. Doom. After covering some of the FF's epic adventures, including the first confrontation with Galactus and the Silver Surfer, the chapter looks at some of the heroes that were created in the comic such as the Black Panther and the Inhumans.
2. The Antiheroes: Human Torch, Sub-Mariner, and Hulk looks at how two Silver Age heroes were updated for the modern era but focuses primarily on old Greenskin, including the pivotal issue #140 written by Harlan Ellison.
3. Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man looks at Marvel's most popular superhero, drawn originally by Steve Ditko. This chapter covers the problems of a teenage superhero, his remorse over Uncle Ben's death, and the supporting cast, as well as the darker vision of Spider-Man brought to the comic by Todd McFarlane.
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Format: Hardcover
If you read Marvel Comics you gotta have this book. I've been reading comicbooks from Marvel for 20 years now, so this title brought practically no news for me, but I love it. It's full of pictures and informative and usefull captions, as well as characters and creators profiles and synopsis of the greatest sagas of the Marvel Universe. So, if you read either Sider-Man, the Hulk or the X-Men this has it all ('till 1996, that is): from Namor's first appearence to the Elektra Saga and Marvels, from Byrne's run is the Fantastic Four to the Age of Apocalypse, Marvel Universe covers it all. 256 pages of pure Marvel. Excelsior! P.S. If you like this book take a look at 'Marvel: Five Fabulous Decades'.
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Peter Sanderson's Marvel Universe is brightly coloured and reads along at a sprighly pace. All the major characters are there plus a few (too few) surprises, such as the Zombie. This is a nice book to reminisce with or, for the very beginner, to catch up on past history. Most of the colour remains in the pictures (and there is a wonderful healthy selection of those) as the writing tells the story effectively but without the excitement of the characters being described. The book could have used more opinions (good, bad, or ugly) but this is not that kind of book. It is a straight ahead history looking at the amazing changes and the even more delightful consistencies of the weird lot peopling the Marvel Universe. A nice walk down memory lane (and a chance to see just how much has already changed since this book came out in 1996.)
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I was looking for a history of Marvel's characters, and this one fit the bill! Starts with the creation of the Fantastic Four, and ends up with the X-Men. Describes the principle Marvel characters, and the relationships between them. Filled with lots of reprint pages from the original comics. This is a must for any Marvel fan!
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Great for veteran fans and newbies alike, Sanderson offers up succinct histories of the popular Marvel characters, easy-to-read commentary, and best of all, a TON of panel/art excerpts from actual comics. A bit of the material is dated (it was published in '96), so storylines like the Spider-Clone, the 2099 Universe, and the Avengers' "Crossing" may make some wince in sorrowful remembrance. But these certainly do not detract from the overall appeal of this neatly put-together book.
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Format: Hardcover
Marvel Universe is a Big Great Hardcover full of history, Illustrations and information on some of my favorite characters, Spidey,Wolverine,The Punisher, The Hulk,Captain America etc. This is a Must for Your Library! A+ 5 Stars!!
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Sanderson provides great coverage of the essential Marvel characters and themes. The book does not go into depth on any team or character, but touches lightly on each, reviewing storylines, artists and writers who have contributed to weaving the wonderful tales surrounding the Marvel Universe. The book is a treat to read for any Marvel fan or someone curious about the Marvel Universe.
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By A Customer on June 11, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book is filled with full-color pictures and interesting information. Pages are the glossy sort you find in high-quality publications. I recommend this book to die-hard fans, as well as to dabbling fans (like me). :-)
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