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Marvel Comics: 75 Years of Cover Art Hardcover – August 18, 2014
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"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
From the Publisher
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.
Top Customer Reviews
|Length: 2:52 Mins|
First of all we have artworks 2 in present, the one on Spider Man and the other one on Iron Man.
Personally, I expected a quite simple artbook with that illustrations and at the bottom of page the name of the comics and the draftsman of the cover. But it is not the case, because for every covers we have a small description of the history of the comics and how it was realized.
The illustrations of l " artbook Marvel Comics: 75 Years of coworms arts are classified according to 4 ages of comics: the age of gold, silver, bronze and finally the modern. Each of these chapters is introduced by a double spread and a small summary.
We also have throughout the book of double spreads dedicated to an artist who marked the universe Marvel, it is also the opportunity to show us sketches in black and white of sketch of cover.
Marvel Comics: 75 Years of coworm art is really very complete and to the son of pages, we notice all the evolution that it had during there it is 75 year. A real tribute and a book which looks ESSENTIAL for every people who one days in had a comics between hands.
Marvel Comics: 75 Years of Comic Art by Alan Cowsill collects Marvel’s finest covers in an over-sized 300 plus page book. The text puts on displays hundreds of Marvel covers, with typically one or two covers being highlighted on a page. Occasionally, 3 or more covers will share a page when linked by a theme or story arc. Covers are organized by title and theme, so Avengers covers reside next to other Avengers covers. Cowsill provides a brief caption highlighting the historical or artistic attributes of the cover. The captions help explain historical trends such as the growth of variant and special covers. On a few occasions, Cowsill offers a description of significant cover artists like Jack Kirby and John Byrne. The book also explains how covers are developed using Nova #1 and Black Panther #1 as examples. The title is broken into four sections; The Golden Age, The Silver Age, The Bronze Age, and The Modern Age. Despite being an art book with brief captions, readers will find they cannot rush through the pages but instead will spend hours enjoying the visuals.
The book is designed to show off the included covers and the covers are the star. The pages are large, giving the maximum space to display the art. The captions are helpful but not overly wordy to only highlight not steal the focus from the covers.Read more ›
The 'Marvel Comics: 75 Years of Cover Art' covers The Golden Age (1938-1956) through the Modern Age (1986-2013). The entire book is just pages of cover art of comics and a brief description of each pertaining to the art work, art work and it's political/social significance and /or popularity at time of release
The book itself is pretty big, It's a bit taller than 4 Kindle Paper Whites stacked side-by-side in a square formation.
It comes with two mini posters: Iron Man #1 and Amazing Fantasy #15, but I would have preferred Marvel Comics #1 and The Infinity Gauntlet #1
The structure is okay. It's categorized by the era then specific categories of each comic. For example: shows all Captain America comics first pertaining to that era in chronological order then Incredible Hulk. Would have liked it, if it shown full chronology by date so we can see the full evolution of how the artwork has changed over the years. Another disappointment would be there's no index section, instead we have to rely on the table of contents.
The overall artwork is very good and the paper used for the book is high quality. I like the extra effort in adding a slip cover and including a brief descriptions of each comic. A must buy for Marvel Comic Book Fans
Now I leave you with a quote from the movie Unbreakable:
"Now that we know who you are... I know who I am. I'm not a mistake! It all makes sense. In a comic, you know how you can tell who the arch-villain's going to be? He's the exact opposite of the hero, and most time's they're friends, like you and me. I should've known way back when. You know why, David? Because of the kids. They called me Mr. Glass."
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Paid 10 for this, worth 3-5 times as much for the quality you get!Published 4 days ago by Michael Hulett
not much to read, but this is a coffee book so its just pretty pictures got it at a very cheap price thats why.Published 19 days ago by ToLust
this is something only a few will love, its the art, imagination and finding your comic collection cover artPublished 2 months ago by KRS
Great addition to my Marvel library. Unfortunately it arrived with a 1.5 inch tear on the upper left corner of it. Shame. Otherwise it's pretty flawless.Published 2 months ago by JesseTheGreat
Based on its title, this book is easily confused with a similar oversized volume, "75 Years of Marvel Comics" written by Roy Thomas and published by Taschen. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Groove25
The art on this Book is amazing , and the smell of the print is good aswell classic comic smell :D
It will provide a great book for any living room needing something to spice... Read more