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Marvel Firsts: The 1980s Volume 1 [Paperback]

Howard Chaykin , Bill Mantlo
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19 Nov 2013 Marvel Firsts
Marvel Firsts heads back to the eighties! From Alpha Flight to Zabu, heroes old and new grab the spotlight in their own titles in this first star-studded collection of the decade's most dazzling debuts. Featuring favourites such as Dominic Fortune, Captain Universe and the New Mutants - plus Marvel's very first ""event miniseries!"" Collecting: Marvel Preview 20 (B story), Marvel Spotlight (1979) 9, Dazzler 1, Ka-Zar the Savage 11 (B story), Marvel Super Hero Contest of Champions 1 & more

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  • Paperback: 472 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel - US (19 Nov 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785185453
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785185451
  • Product Dimensions: 26.3 x 16.5 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 576,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting selection 27 Nov 2013
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Bought most of the Marvel Firsts and this is a decent addition to the series. Stopped buying comics in the early 80s so many of the stories and characters are not so familiar as the Marvel Firsts 60s / 70s. As a historical snapshot of 1980s - 1983 Marvel comics, this is very useful book. It would have been even better if the book had an included a summary (lengthy or otherwise) of the period as an introduction (as with the Marvel Masterworks). The book also includes a superb selection of first issue / key issue covers for the released titles of the period. Many of the covers I have seen over my years at comic conventions but I was still surprised by the number of titles I have never seen or even heard about. I assume there will be a few additional volumes for the 80s and beyond ?? Still, wish Marvel would release a 1950s volume (or four)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Maybe I expected something different. 25 Dec 2013
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This book reminded me of what buying an album in the 80s was like; two or three great songs, and a whole bunch of stuff you never wanted.

I have the Marvel Firsts, 1960s, which I think is an excellent survey of early Marvel, and I expected to enjoy this one more than I did because the 80s Marvel is what I grew up reading. it has the New Mutants GN story (very cool) and Wolverine miniseries #1 (not as cool, been reprinted several times), Falcon miniseries #1, Contest of Champions #1 (which made me want to get #2 and #3 again), Ka-Zar #11 (11? why not #1), Dazzler #1, and then ... Crystar #1. A toy tie-in and promotional vehicle. Is that what made Marvel great in the 80s? If Marvel wanted to include a toy tie-in, it should have been GI Joe #1. It has some filler pages of first covers (and many covers were shown more than once on several different filler pages), but overall not too bad.

Maybe volume 2 will have more sensible and better stories (Web of Spider-Man #1, Punisher miniseries #1, The Nam #1, The Thing #1, Obnoxio #1, X-Factor #1, Moon Knight #1).
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