- Hardcover: 432 pages
- Publisher: DK; Revised edition (March 17, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781465415936
- ISBN-13: 978-1465415936
- ASIN: 1465415939
- Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 1.5 x 12.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 795 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #767 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Marvel Encyclopedia Hardcover – March 17, 2014
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To keep Osborn from learning all of the secrets Tony had learned while director of SHIELD, he purged the database of Super Heroes, keeping only a single record in his head, stored in the Extremis nanotechnology he'd used to enhance the interface between himself and his Iron Man armor.
"This fully updated edition, the first in more than five years, profiles over 1,200 Marvel characters and includes entries on the many teams, superheroes, and storylines." – Wired.com's blog, Geekdad
"[A] must for comic book nerds" – The Denver Post
"[An] awesome addition to your Marvel library" – Agents of Geek
"[This book contains] every entry imaginable with just enough detail to enlighten but not overwhelm." – Wired.com's Geek Dad blog
"[T]his coffee table volume is incredibly beautiful and presented in ways that online searching can't quite match." – PopMatters.com
About the Author
Matt Forbeck has been writing and designing games, novels, comics, and more for more than 20 years. His recent work includes Blood Bowl: Killer Contract, Mutant Chronicles, More Forbidden Knowledge, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Drawing Superheroes & Villains, the Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law video game, and Marvel Heroes Battle Dice.Daniel Wallace is the New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: The New Essential Guide to Characters, as well as more than a dozen other science-fiction guidebooks. He updated DK's Star Wars: The Ultimate Visual Guide and was an author on both The DC Comics Encyclopedia and The Marvel Encyclopedia. He is also a regular contributor to Star Wars Insider magazine. Daniel is an avid comic book reader and genre fan.
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For each character, there is an information box that they call a “Factfile”. In the Factfile, they have the characters “real” name (think Peter Parker for Spiderman), their occupation, the location of their base, height, weight, eye color, powers, allies, foes and when they first appeared in the Marvel Comics (Comic name and year) Here is a tiny sampling of what is in the book: A-Bomb, Abomination, Abraxas, Absalon, Absorbing Man, Abyss, Achilles, Acolytes, Action Pack, Acts of Vengeance, Adam-2, Adversary, Aegis, Aero, Aftershock, Agamemnon, Agency X, Agent Axis, Agents of Atlas, Agent X, Agent Zero, Age of Apocalypse, Age of Ultron, Age of X, Agony, Ahab, AIM, Air-Walker, Ajak, Ajax, Albion, Alephs, Aleta, Liz Allan, Alliance of Evil, All-Winners Squad, Alpha, Alpha Flight, Alpha-Stone, Marlene Alraune, Alter Ego, Amatsu-Mikaboshi, Amazons, American Dream, American Eagle, Amphibian, Anachronauts, Anaconda, Anarchist, Ancient One, Andromeda, A-Next, Angar, Angel, Angela, Dirk Anger...and that is just 1/4 of the A’s! It is crazy!
For some of the minor characters, there are multiple characters on one page. There is more space dedicated to the major characters. Spiderman, for example, has 4 pages dedicated to him. One of the pictures attached to this review shows one of the pages as an example.
The characters are all in alphabetical order so between that and a very detailed index (there is a picture attached of one page of the index as an example), it is really easy to find specific characters. If you have a question about whether a specific character is in the book, you can comment below and I will look for you.
If nothing else, the book would make a great weapon. It is huge! It is 439 pages
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I also like that the writer included a Factfile with almost all of of the characters, but sadly not everyone mentioned in the book has one - which is okay. The Factfile is missing some important parts that I think could've been included, such as : Alias, Group Affiliations, Powers Levels, or perhaps the source of Powers (i.e. Technology, Mutation, Magic, et al.). The Factfile does describe Powers in detail, which is nice - since it gives a great snapshot of what the character is capable of doing.
The book misses in showcasing some ancillary characters that have been a major part of Marvel comics that are well known, such as: Jane Foster. However, the book will mention the likes of Mary Jane Watson, Gwen Stacy, Flash Thomson, Betty Ross, Justin Hammer, and Betty Brandt. I suspect that a book of this scope is bound to have some characters fall through the cracks unfortunately.
This is an excellent book that highlights hundreds of heroes in the Marvel Universe, and while not all get the detail they deserve (e.g. Uatu, The Watcher), it's detailed enough to give me important information about all of them. With regards to the Jane Foster omission, it makes sense to a small degree - since she didn't become Thor until October 2014; This book was published in March 2014.
As a Marvel comics fan I absolutely love this book, and it's exactly what I was looking for in regards to character details, and descriptions. Beast was even mentioned as being a part of The Avengers, which a lot of other books seem to miss mentioning about him (for some reason); So the writer gets a nod for that. This is a must-have book to have on your bookshelf, especially for referencing.
You will not be disappointed....
Its HUGE...and every DK book Ive purchased in the past has gone overboard with detail and eye appeal...this book is no different.
if youre a Marvel fan and youre looking for a Marvel Universe resource, this is your book. Covers a most or all lesser known characters as well as having a lot of double or even multiple page spreads for the big name characters and groups.
Just over 400 pages of Marvel goodness.