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Marvel Comics: 75 Years of Cover Art Hardcover – August 18, 2014
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Marvel Comics: 75 Years of Cover Art
From Adi Granov's Foreword:
The covers have traditionally always served as an advertisement for what is inside, but along the way they developed a parallel life of their own. They started to be framed as standalone posters, collected as pieces of fine art, and came to be seen by artists themselves as their opportunity to push a bit farther and show their best work; the covers became just as iconic as the characters they were depicting.
From author Alan Cowsill's Introduction:
The book is divided into four chapters, each one covering a comic book era. Within the chapters, covers have been placed in their Marvel "families." So, the Silver Age Avengers titles are placed alongside those featuring Avengers characters. At times, this ordering is broken if a theme, story, or artist unites a selection of covers—as it is the art that comes first. And it is the artists that this book is dedicated to. They are the real stars of the show and the ones who have helped make Marvel a household name, creating some of the greatest works of art from the last 75 years along the way.
Includes two exclusive prints!
From the Table of Contents:
- The Golden Age: 1938-1956
- The Silver Age: 1956-1970
- The Bronze Age: 1970-1986
- The Modern Age: 1986-
Iron Man #1, February 1998, Artist: Sean Chen
Sean Chen became the regular artist for Iron Man when the title reemerged with the "Heroes Return" stories. Chen's cover for the first issue showcases the Armored Avenger in a new version of his classic red-and-gold costume. It promised a fresh and exciting take on the character.
Avengers #1, September 1963, Artist: Jack Kirby
By 1963, the Marvel Age of Comics was well underway, with Jack "King" Kirby proving invaluable as he helped build the Marvel Universe. Kirby's cover to the Avengers' debut issue brought together Marvel's biggest stars in one, all-powerful super-team.
"This book will make any coffee table or bookshelf look better — when you're not poring through it yourself." – GeekDad.com
"In a new commemorative book titled Marvel Comics: 75 Years of Cover Art (DK Publishing; $50), editor and author Alan Cowsill describes the groundbreaking approach that allowed the company to humanize its superheroes." – Wall Street Journal
"I'd be a fool to tell you I was a Marvel Comics expert. That being said, I can spend hours idly leafing through art from the Golden and Silver Age — and that's exactly what's been happening with this super-sized art book from DK Publishing." – Wired
"Marvel book of covers is a treasure." – Cleveland Plain Dealer
"This wonderful collection takes in great covers that depict not only wonderful art, but meaningful stories." – The New Orleans Advocate
"Marvel Comics 75 Years of Cover Art is a must-have tome that will likely be treasured for decades to come…" – Nerdvana.com
"Marvel Comics: 75 Years of Cover Art is a must-have book that will leave even casual Marvel readers exclaiming, 'Excelsior!'" – Giga Geek Magazine
"Marvel Comics: 75 Years of Cover Art is a book that will be enjoyed and treasured by comic book fans of all ages. Highly recommended." – First Comics News
"[T]his book does a great job presenting this fantastic artwork." – GamerPops
"Marvel Comics: 75 Years of Cover Art by Alan Cowsill is a super collection of covers from 75 years of the company." – Publishers Weekly
"With access to the rarest and most interesting cover art in Marvel's 75-year history, DK brings together an unforgettable gallery spotlighting the most iconic covers along with never-before-seen concept art from all over the world." – ThinkGeek.net