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Marvel Chronicle Hardcover – November 3, 2008
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Most people probably consider DC to be significantly older, with the late 1930s appearances of Superman and Batman kicking off its heyday. Marvel - or at least an early incarnation of it - would not be much younger, with Marvel Comics #1 appearing in 1939. The Marvel Chronicle is a coffee-table sort of history of this company, from its humble origins to its rise to prominence in the 1960s to today (or at least mid-2008).
The Marvel Chronicle is a year-by-year (and often month-by-month) history of Marvel, filled with lots of old excerpts from various books. The 1930s and 1940s would have some superhero comics (the Sub-Mariner would be in the first book, along with an early version of the Human Torch). The focus, however would be on books for kids and quite a few WWII heroes, most notably Captain America.
Superheroes would peter out by the 1950s, when romance, horror and western comics became the big thing. For a while, these would be creative, but the paranoid Frederick Wertham would bring about the Comics Code and drain away much of what made the comic books so good; a self-censorship worse than even existed in the movie industry would reduce the comics to a bland mildness.Read more ›
Marvel Chronicle is published by Dorling-Kindersley (DK), a company that produces heavily illustrated coffee table books on every imaginable subject. The writing of the book is by various authors, and is really quite good. Complex plots are pithily summarized in a fun and attention-grabbing way. The book features loads of beautiful art from the Marvel archives, but the design of the book is 100% DK: tiny hard-to-read type, made even more hard-to-read by busy, screened backgrounds, and heaven forbid a quarter inch of white space should be showing on any page. The book also suffers from poor proofreading. You'll find one typographical error on almost every two-page spread, as well as a few factual errors (Charlton Heston did not star in Spartacus, and the Abomination did not make his first appearance in The Amazing Spider-Man).
Nevertheless, Marvel Chronicle is a stunning piece of memorabilia for the Marvel fan. As a guide to the continuity of the Marvel Universe, however, it is sketchy and intermittent at best. This book is first and foremost a business history.Read more ›
The front cover has a great cutout in the shape of an M, the inside has pull outs in black and white and colour, overall its a great gift for any memorabilia.
I bought this book with Marvel Encyclopedia, another large, hardcover book that is great for the coffee table. My kids really like that one.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have many art books of Marvel and DC, this book (Marvel Chronicle) is a very good book for any Marvel fan.Published on February 7, 2014 by JJ 99
I bought this as a gift for a comic book lover. They loved it and I would recommend this item.Published on August 6, 2013 by Tyson
Definatly a Must for any marvel fan. details of how your favorite characters came around even tells if they're linked to one anotherPublished on March 28, 2013 by penelope
This Chronicle has everything that is worth documenting on an annual basis. It is a must have and keeper for the collector, historian, and comic book collector.Published on February 17, 2013 by RSC
Got this as a gift for someone that was in love with Marvel. This was great for him & for those just getting into comics and not knowing much.Published on February 14, 2013 by Raquel
I havent read it yet but I am a tru comice fan and will enjoy reading about the marvel historyPublished on December 23, 2012 by Gabriel Burgess
Awesome book with a lot of data from Marvel Comics and the Comic Universe in general. It has really nice graphics and text, I'd totally recommend it for begginers and pros... Read morePublished on January 7, 2011 by Keyzer Soze
I got this one for Christmas a couple of years back and found it interesting to learn about the history of the Marvel Comics. Read morePublished on June 3, 2010 by Master Z
My Brother has this one, And he Loves it, It looks awesome, He has the 1st one, not the revised version which he says it's just a little more. Anyway Good Reference Big Hardcover. Read morePublished on March 18, 2010 by Jose Lopez