Marvel: five fabulous decades of the world's greatest comics

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H.N. Abrams, 1991 - Antiques & Collectibles - 287 pages
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Marvel comics have entertained generations of readers--while influencing broad segments of popular culture with characters like The Human Torch, Captain America, The Incredible Hulk, The Fantastic Four, and Spider-Man--for over 50 years. Daniels tells the Marvel story with grace and wit, and takes us behind the scenes to meet the comics' creative writers and artists. Illustrated with over 700 examples of cover art, story art, memorabilia and photographs, and 17 profiles of main Marvel super heroes.

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Review: Marvel: Five Fabulous Decades of the World's Greatest Comics (First Impressions)

User Review  - TheDenizen - Goodreads

Contains some interesting information about Marvel comics, but is mostly pretty shameless about self-promotion. The best part is the glossy reproductions of several old comics included at the back of the book. Read full review

Review: Marvel: Five Fabulous Decades of the World's Greatest Comics (First Impressions)

User Review  - Mike Jensen - Goodreads

This book is such a pro-Marvel shill job that one almost thinks that Daniels was paid by Marvel to write it. Good for a lot of facts and reproduced art; bad for analysis and anything critical. This book is enjoyable, but vapid. It would make good toilet reading, except that it is so heavy. Read full review


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Les Daniels is the author of the official histories of Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman, as well as "DC Comics: A Celebration of the World's Favorite Comic Book Heroes and Abrams' "Marvel: Five Fabulous Decades of the World's Greatest Comics. Chip Kidd is an award-winning graphic designer and author of "The Cheese Monkeys. His work has been featured in "Vanity Fair, "The New Yorker, "Time, "Graphis, and "Entertainment Weekly. Geoff Spear's award-winning photographs have appeared in magazines such as "Vogue, "Entertainment Weekly, "GQ, and "Newsweek, and in numerous books on comics.

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