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Ten years ago, Marvels was the breakthrough work for both of its creators: a worm's-eye view of the spectacle of Marvel comics history—35 years of glorious superheroes and terrifying super-disasters, told from the perspective of Phil Sheldon, a newspaper photographer who's experienced "the marvels" from ground level. Renowned artist Ross's rich, lush, nearly photorealistic style (he painted all the major characters from photographs of models) made his reputation—and the book—a landmark. The story, too, suggests a sort of grandeur that had largely slipped away from superhero comics by the early '90s, even as it describes the helplessness that normal people might feel in the presence of angel-winged mutants and rapacious gods from outer space. There are plenty of Easter eggs in Marvels for longtime comics buffs, although the book is structured so that new readers won't be lost, either. The level of detail goes much deeper than what's visible on the page, but its creators' command of that unseen background gives the story itself force and resilience. This new edition augments the original with over 200 pages of extras: four drafts of Busiek's original proposal for the series, all of his scripts, a short bonus story, dozens of Ross's sketches and related artwork, and a guide to the many celebrity cameo appearances Ross drew into the original.
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The art work and story line is top notch.. It summarizes Marvel all in one book!! Marvels is a must read for all comic readers and fans of Marvel.Published 24 days ago by madseason76
I love Alex Ross art. I only wish I could name all the characters.Published 1 month ago by Ian C Seal
Collects Marvels issues #0-4
I can't say enough good things about this book. Awesome story by Kurt Busiek. Fantastic photo-realistic artwork by Alex Ross. Read more
Awesome. A nice surprise from the very first words which are written by the Commander-in-chief and it goes on to the its core. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Dennis Gustavo G
Excellent graphic novel. Any Marvel fan or a fan of graphic novels will enjoy this story. I also would recommend this as a starting point for any new Marvel graphic novel readers.Published 4 months ago by Ryan Forrest
I read a lot of graphic novels, but not often of the superhero variety. Comic books, in the traditional sense, just don't do much for me, especially those from DC and Marvel. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Michael K. Smith
If you're an Alex Ross fan, this is a must have. This is his first major work for one of the big comic companies. Pretty much what put him on the comic book map.Published 5 months ago by John A. Jones, Jr
A great read for fans of comic books. Not one for anyone who joined the fan wagon from the recent Marvel movies as you will not see the characters from the silver screen. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Holden Punk