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A collection of classic, though heavily reprinted, stories.,
This review is from: Golden Age Of Marvel Volume 2 TPB (House of Ideas Collection) (Paperback)
I picked this book up at a recent comic convention- I missed it upon initial release in 1997. It's a great compendium of early Timely/Marvel Comics stories (and only one by Stan Lee!), with perhaps half of the stories concentrating on the lesser-known Marvel characters.
The stories themselves aren't bad- they are at least a match for other "Golden Age" comics, and some of the stories are fairly lyrical, such as the reprint of the first Sub-Mariner story in Motion Picture Funnies Weekly #1.
A large proportion of the stories reprinted concern Captain America, Nazis, or both- the ethnic represntation of the Germans (and occasionally the Japanese) might be highly offensive to people unaware that they are reading uncensored stories published at the height of WWII.
My complaints are: many/most of the stories published in this trade paperback have been heavily reprinted in the past. Anyone with a collection of older Marvel Superheroes or Marvel Tales will already own half of the stories. Also, the printing quality of a couple of stories is akin to reading color photocpies... but for the most part the reprints are clear and clean.
If you're interested in Marvel's past and don't yet own a stack of their reprint comics, then this trade paperback is a good investment.