As a lifelong fan of comics and books in general, I was super stoked to learn about the team-up of Marvel and Taschen as they showcase 75 Years of Marvel Comics with the publishing of an all-new gigantic tome. Check out the press release down below the image of the book. I’ll come back with a few added thoughts afterward.
The Press Release:
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, the X-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.
PiercingMetal Thoughts: Wow can you believe that it’s been 75 years since Marvel Comics first appeared on the stands? I can’t since I am not that old yet but I have loved the Marvel Comics offerings for many, many years and will definitley add this Taschen book to my Christmas List since it’s a little too pricey for my wallet at the moment. So what about you fans that are book collectors. Does something like this historical and massive tome make your reach for the credit card or perhaps even make you feel rather generous to your fellow comic book fan (hint, hint, hint). I’m sorry I digress. You can let me know what you think down in the comments below and know that I am looking to upgrade the amount of comic book content to the website now that we have begun doing the regular articles in WordPress as well. For now, the blog will remain where you see this kind of stuff but maybe I will change this as well. See you next time.