75 Years of Marvel Comics: From the Golden Age to the Silver Screen

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"The two most premier names in publishing teaming up to make a legitimate book about the popular arts of comics? Count me in. No subject has been handled until TASCHEN covers it, literally. I love their books and this Marvel book is spellbindingor should I say, sensational?? Kevin Smith "Rascally Roy and the team at TASCHEN have painstakingly produced a stunning history book which itself, will stand the test of time. 75 Years of Marvel is a volume for and by the truest of ?True Believers!? ?Nuff Said.? Stan Lee A mighty history Building the House of Ideas From the very first issue of pulp impresario Martin Goodmans Marvel Comics in 1939, the comic book creators of Marvels 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 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-Menthe list goes on. Fans still celebrate it as the Marvel Age of comics, an era populated by a pantheon of bickering heroes, misunderstood monsters, and noble villains. In celebration of Marvels 75th anniversary, TASCHEN presents a magnum opus of the most influential comic book publisher today, with an inside look not only at its celebrated characters, 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 comics historian and former Marvel editor-in-chief Roy Thomas, this book delves into the heart of