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Marvel and Taschen Showcase 75 Years of Marvel Comics

There's an all-new magnum opus coming celebrating 75 years.

Taschen knows how to celebrate comics. You may have caught our video walk through for their DC Comics 75th Anniversary. They're at it again but now with Marvel!

In celebration of Marvel’s 75th anniversary, this fall, TASCHEN presents 75 YEARS OF MARVEL: FROM THE GOLDEN AGE TO THE SILVER SCREEN, a 700+ page magnum opus of the most influential comic book publisher today with an inside look, not only at its celebrated characters – Captain America, Spider-Man, Thor and Iron Man, but also at the “bullpen” of architects whose names are almost as familiar as the protagonists they brought to life—Stan “the Man” Lee, Jack “King” Kirby, along with a roster of greats like Steve Ditko, John Romita, John Buscema, Marie Severin, and countless others. With essays by comic book historian and former Marvel editor-in-chief Roy Thomas, this book delves into the hearts of thousands of costumed characters who continue to fight the good fight in comics, movies, and toy aisles of the world.

From the very first issue of pulp impresario Martin Goodman’s Marvel Comics in 1939, the comic book creators of Marvel’s Golden Age flipped the traditional fantasy script by placing the inhuman and the invincible into the real world. With the likes of the fiery android the Human Torch, vengeful sea prince Sub-Mariner, and pip-squeak-turned-paragon Captain America, Marvel created a mythological universe grounded in a world that readers recognize as close to their own, brimming with humor and heartache.

In the early 1960s, this audacious approach launched the creation of heroes who have since become household names—Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk, the Fantastic Four, Iron-Man, the Avengers, Thor, theX-Men—the list goes on. Fans still celebrate it as the Marvel Age of comics, an era populated by a pantheon of antagonistic heroes and misunderstood monsters.

The XL-format book includes:

More than 700 pages of over 2,000 images including vintage comic books, one-of-a-kind original art, behind-the-scenes photographs and film stills, as well as rare toys and collectibles

A four-foot accordion-fold timeline, suitable for framing!

The author:

Since 1965, Roy Thomas has been writing for movies, television, and especially comic books. With notable runs on Avengers, Uncanny X-Men, Conan the Barbarian, The Incredible Hulk, and Star Wars, he served as a Marvel editor from 1965-80 and editor-in-chief from 1972-74. He currently edits the comics-history magazine Alter Ego and writes two online Tarzan strips as well as the occasional comic book. He and his wife, Dann, live in South Carolina.

The editor:

Art director and editor Josh Baker has been making books for TASCHEN since 2005. His one hundred-plus book collaborations include signed limited editions by Dennis Hopper, Bert Stern, and Ellen von Unwerth, and best-selling pop culture titles such as 75 Years of DC Comics and Norman Mailer’s Moonfire. He lives in Oakland, California.

75 YEARS OF MARVEL: FROM THE GOLDEN AGE TO THE SILVER SCREEN

Roy Thomas, Josh Baker

Hardcover, 29.0 x 39.5 cm (11.4 x 15.6 in.), 720 pages

$200

On Sale: Fall 2014

Ex-Works: Fall/2014

ISBN 978-3-8365-4845-8

English

17 Comments
Posted by AmazingSpiderman15

off topic - why is marvel having 100th anniversary comics when it's only been 75 years?

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Posted by The Stegman

$200?? yeeeah, if my library gets it, I'll check it out then.

Posted by AmazingSpiderman15
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Posted by RazzaTazz

$200 is a bit steep, it will be in the bargain bin of coffee table books for $40 or so in a year or two.

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Edited by The Stegman

@razzatazz: Amazon will probably sell it cheaper too.

Posted by nappystr8

This is cool for the demographic who buys things like this, but what a heavy price tag. $200 would buy a whole lotta comics.

Posted by KittyParker13

Sounds cool, but ouch that's expensive. I might buy it in a few years when the price goes down.

Posted by dagmar_merrill

Roy Thomas is a really cool guy.

Posted by G-Man

I know a lot are saying it's expensive but not really when you look at the cost of these sort of books. It's a massive book. Look at the DC one.

The DC books weighs about 17 pounds and you can get it from amazon for $132. The quality they put in and the scans they have are unbelievable.

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Posted by StMichalofWilson

Sounds cool, but ouch that's expensive. I might buy it in a few years when the price goes down.

Posted by averywetfrog

@g_man: will you be doing a breakdown of this book like you did with the dc book?

Posted by Krypton-115

I NEED to get this, but not for 200 buckd.

Posted by G-Man

@averywetfrog: I'd like to. We don't have the three camera set up. But it definitely deserves a video look to get a real gauge of what it's like.

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Posted by Winter_Kills

Awesome book, may have to look into it as I'm the unofficial comics historian in my town. And the fact that it's written by Roy Thomas is a major plus. His Conan guide is amazing. Plus the Avengers #4 cover is a great cover image to use; one of the most memorable & dynamic covers in their history, showcasing the return on one of their most legendary characters.