Although he is largely overlooked today, in the 1940s comic books starring Captain Marvel outsold even those of Superman. Book designer (and memorabilia collector) Kidd has assembled rare merchandise and promotional items issued during the character�s heyday. The oversize pages sport lovingly photographed toys, figurines, clothing, secret decoders, temporary tattoos, and other rare collectibles featuring the �World�s Mightiest Mortal� and such spin-off characters as Captain Marvel Jr. and Mary Marvel. Unfortunately, those unfamiliar with Captain Marvel will get little hint of just why his exploits were so popular: although Kidd includes a sampling of the comic�s covers and panels, only one complete story is reprinted, and it�s an atypical one drawn by celebrated superhero artists Jack Kirby and Joe Simon instead of premier Captain Marvel illustrator C. C. Beck. After a decade-long copyright-infringement suit by Superman�s publishers, the captain�s comic was discontinued in 1952. DC has since updated the character for modern readers, and his younger fans will likely be bemused by this testimony to his bygone popularity. --Gordon Flagg
Chip Kidd is an award-winning graphic designer and writer, and an editor-at-large for Pantheon Books. His books on comics include Bat-Manga!, Peanuts: The Art of Charles M. Schulz, and Mythology: The DC Comics Art of Alex Ross. He lives in New York City.
Geoff Spear is an award-winning photographer whose work has appeared on numerous book covers. He lives in New York City.
Nice! Well made and was pleasantly surprised by the quality.Published 2 months ago by jolie egilske
The packaging and arrival time were great. The book itself is amazing as it has beautiful pictures and is well organized and written. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Antonio G.
It was a well done history of Capt Marvel I was not really thinking about the quality so I should have given it a better review I've changed it to 4 stars. Read morePublished 10 months ago by victor berra
My son loved it! I originally put on wish list and by the time I went back to purchase the price came down significantly. Hard Cover quality pics.Published on February 1, 2013 by Amazon Customer
If you are a fan of vintage Captain Marvel art, then this will not disappoint. Chip Kidd does and outstanding job in making bold choices to create visually striking layouts for... Read morePublished on November 20, 2012 by VASS
This lovely book covers the Golden Age history of the original Captain Marvel. This book is lavishly illustrated with not only panels from the classic days of this character, but... Read morePublished on October 13, 2012 by Amazon Customer
The original Captain Marvel is a wonderful and vital piece of Americana.He and his Marvel Family were the stuff kids and servicemen of WWII resorted to for whimsy and patriotic... Read morePublished on May 28, 2012 by Outerlimit