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5.0 out of 5 stars A Marvel fan's dream, October 7, 2009
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This review is from: Marvel Encyclopedia (Hardcover)
NOTE: This review is for the NEW and UPDATED Marvel Encyclopedia. When I wrote this review, the new version's reviews were separate from the previous version. Since then, Amazon has combined the reviews, and this is a shame, because the updated version corrects most if not all of the problems found in the previous version. /END NOTE

I received this book on it's release day, as I was very excited about it, and wanted it as quickly as possible. I was not disappointed! The book is 400 pages on high quality, glossy print, with brilliant artwork, and color that pops off the page.

The book is meant as a reference, and includes basically every Marvel character ever created with a short bio for some, and up to 4 pages for the Marvel superstars like Spider-Man, Captain America, and Wolverine.

I have the DC Encyclopedia as well, and it's great too, but the text is so small. The Marvel 2009 (Updated & Expanded) Encyclopedia improves this greatly with a font that's at least 2 sizes bigger for all entries, and many lead-in paragraphs include even larger fonts. This was a huge relief to my older eyes.

The encyclopedia includes more than just A to Z entries for heroes and villains, it also has entries for Marvel events, such as the Civil War. Non-American Marvel characters are included as well, including UK hero Captain Britain, and Alpha Flight, a Canadian team.

Extremely thorough, giant glossy pages, incredible artwork, and excellent layout (with a highly readable font) make this a masterwork, and a must-have for any Marvel fan. Amazon's price makes it a no-brainer.

The only drawback? Get your arms ready, this thing weighs 5.5 pounds!
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Initial post: Oct 11, 2009 1:50:01 PM PDT
Did they fix the hundreds of factual errors that were in the previous edition?

Posted on Apr 26, 2010 3:34:06 AM PDT
T. Callo says:
"The book is meant as a reference, and includes basically every Marvel character ever created with a short bio for some"

Um...no. This book only contains like 1000 characters that were deemed "major". The real reference book is the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe. The current hardcover run has over 1700 entries spread out over 3000 pages.
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