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The Marvel Vault: A Museum-in-a-book with Rare Collectibles from the World of Marvel Hardcover – 6 Sep 2007


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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press; Spi edition (6 Sept. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762428449
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762428441
  • Product Dimensions: 27.2 x 33 x 4.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 290,323 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peter Sanderson is a comics historian and critic, who was Marvel's first official archivist. He is the author of DK's best selling X-Men: The Ultimate Guide and co-author of DK's The Marvel Encyclopedia and Marvel Chronicle. Peter was also one of the main writers of the first four versions of The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe.

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"I've seen a lot of impressive books in my time, but The Marvel Vault takes the cake! I shudder to think of any True Believer being without one." --Stan Lee

"This is a treasure trove of reproduced memorabilia... so superbly entertaining you'll forget you don't want your kids to play with it." --Empire

"a treasure trove for Marvel fans" --SFX Magazine

About the Author

Roy Thomas worked for Marvel Comics between 1965 and 1980, during which time he served as writer, editor and editor-in-chief. Having co-written two films, contributed to a number of books and co-authored one with Stan Lee, Roy is truly an expert on all things Marvel. Peter Sanderson is a comics guru in his own right, penning books, journal articles and criticism, teaching courses at New York University and producing documentaries on comics. Peter joined the Marvel Comics staff as an assistant editor, later becoming Marvel's first archivist. He lives in New York City.

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By I. R. Kerr TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Sept. 2007
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Roy Thomas and Peter Sanderson have gathered together in this book not only a history of Marvel from Marvel Comics # 1 (1939) up to 2006, which is impressive enough but a whole host of extras from Marvel's past make it a superb collector's item.
From reproductions of sketches of Marvel's WW2 heroes, especially the Sub-Mariner, Marvel's longest lasting continual character, the original Torch being an android. There's a reproduction MMMS membership card (I was a member of FOOM in the 1970's), the no-prize book, Marvel value stamps and many more items, it's a nostalgics dream. There are also truly personal items like Bill Everett's postcards.
Marvel fans are an intrinsic part of the Marvel extended family and although like most families, there are the odd breakdowns by and large Marvel has kept a large and loyal fan-base. It does not gloss over the collapse of Marvel and the comic industry in the 1990's due to corporate over-reach (greed) and the eventual rebirth, through to Heroes Reborn, and the recent spate of blockbuster movies.
Reading through it the names of the people who made Marvel great, Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Roy Thomas himself, John Buscema, John Romita and countless others appear and invoke great memories. I was a Marvelite in the 1970's and 1980's and am now catching up on both the stories I read first time round and many I missed out on. This book is full of absolutely wonderful art reproductions that cover almost 70 years and I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone, 'nuff said.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. Mcghee on 20 Sept. 2007
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This is an amazing piece of kit collecting over sixty years of marvel history. Even die hard 'marvelites' (i know it's not a real word) will find a wealth of info and facts unknown to them. The amount of care and attention that Thomas and Sanderson have put into this book is breath taking. Everything is faultless from the autographs printed on the inside cover to the reproductions of early sketches of the submarnier right through to the traiding cards included in slip cases. In the words of smiling Stan the man: Excelsior!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By C. POSTIN on 11 Jan. 2008
Format: Hardcover
I bought this for my husband as a gift and he loves it. I am not really into the whole Marvel thing myself, but found myself interested enough to read it from cover to cover. Excellent and a great price on Amazon.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By presterjohn on 23 April 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book really is a joy. Every Marvelite who gets one will love it. It contains lots of stuff that old time fans will possibly already know about but this is the first time I have seem so many photos of Marvel and Timely staff members in one book. This book is as much about the company as it is the characters and is all the better for that. I love all the reproduction pencil sketches, stamps and cards etc they are very realistic replicas. As a Brit we never really got chance to see any of those things in real life so to actually hold them in my hand is a bit of a thrill. I feel this book will mostly appeal to older comic fans between the ages of 30 and 50 looking for a bit of nostalgia rather than small boys or young fans of superhero films and cartoons. I would go so far as to say that this book is actually due to the ring binding to fragile to handle for any child under 10 (it needs to be handled with a lot of care and only opened on a flat surface. Because of this I almost dropped a star in my rating and I would have given this book four stars. Since it has been discounted so heavily by Amazon though (at the time of writing this) It now has to in my opinion have the full five.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jon Paul on 2 Dec. 2010
Format: Hardcover
Every part of this book is a treat, from the simple but striking cover to
the reproduction memorabilia.

Marvel Vault lovingly chronicles seven decades of Marvel Comics' sometimes
turbulent but always creative history, with particular emphasis on the first
four.

Fully three-quarters of each glossy, colour page is devoted to classic
covers, interior comic panels, photos and even unused artwork. Some pages
look good enough to frame.

The repro memorabilia ranges from the family postcards of Bill Everett to a
menu from a Marvel themed restaurant with much more besides, and says more
about each era than any amount of text.

Don't be put off by the metal ring binding - how else to hold the plastic
sleeves of memorabilia?

Good value at full price, this book is simply unmissable with its current
discount. A great gift for any comic book fan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By H on 29 Jan. 2011
Format: Hardcover
I bought this for my partner who is a big marvel fan. It was a great buy and interesting to flick through. I agree the wire binding does make it a little delicate but it just needs treating with a bit of care. There are lots of interesting bits tucked away in pockets and it a break from the usual format of most reference books. I would recommend it.
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This was a Christmas present for my eldest son so I can't review it as an owner. That said, if my son's reaction on Christmas morning is anything to go by or the fact that it was the most talked about present I've got him in years or that he hardly put it down, then it must be awesome! Some of the aspects he commented on were the different and historical copies of original documents, the level of detail - something any fan would appreciate. He has wanted this for years apparently but even if waiting had heightened his expectations, he was not in any way disappointed. I pointed out to him the problem other reviewers had mentioned about the weakness of the paper around the punched holes when turning pages. He agreed but again, it didn't spoil his enjoyment - 'if you're a real fan, you're going to treat it (the book) very carefully anyway' - and he moved swiftly on to working his way through the book with a widening smile with every page. Thank you, Marvel!!
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