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Marvel Encyclopedia Hardcover – March 17, 2014

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"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

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: DK; Updated, Expanded ed. edition (March 17, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1465415939
  • ISBN-13: 978-1465415936
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 1.5 x 12.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (522 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,288 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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So I recently purchased this book, and I was glad that it was much cheaper on amazon than at Barnes and Noble. The book itself though isn't very well written and there are many errors in this book. Which apparently weren't caught before printing. I also have read other encyclopedias that had much more detail and seem complete. This one not so much. It's just ok but it didn't blow me away. See how many errors you can find. Lol I found way more than what's shown in the pictures.
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By jd on March 18, 2014
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This thing has it all. I had some friends over to play some games and they saw the book on my coffee table and would not put it down. the artwork is amazing and the amount of information is just right for every character. needless to say we all ended up looking up information on all of the characters we could think of and didn't play any games.
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I received the book the very next afternoon. A need for any Marvel comic book lover. Vast amounts of background stories on the favorites. They have updated some of the pictures and added more to the stories. Even if you own the old Encyclopedia this is a must have
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This is a fantastic book and was a huge hit with my 8 year old son. He LOVES it! He has another character collection book (Marvel the Avengers - The Ultimate Character Guide) that is tiny in comparison. I'm not a Marvel expert by any stretch of the imagination but I can't imagine any characters that aren’t in here. It has everything...heroes, villians, groups of heroes, groups of villians, “ages” (i.e. Age of Ultron).

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.
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Great book that my son and I can look through every night! I thought I knew it all, but this book proved me very wrong.
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I do love Marvel Encyclopedia's and this one is no exception. The only thing that prevents this one from getting five-stars is that I feel they could have added a bit more in the way of "key storylines to read" for lesser characters. They did this for the bigger characters, which is great, but don't most people already know those stories? Would like to have more on the smaller characters.
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If you are a Marvel fan, then this is definitely for you; this book covers both old and new characters, giving in-depth bios when possible... I bought this book for my son's birthday , and we both love it...is a DC (newer) version on the way?
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Catalogs a volume of character and their backstories from all eras. Some I didn't even know existed. May not be appropriate for young kids, since some of the female characters appear to be redrawn for modern audiences, and they seem a bit more endowed than I remember. Buxom beauties they all were intended to be from the beginning, but I don't recall them being that top-heavy.
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