The Marvel Vault: A Museum-in-a-book with Rare Collectibles from the World of Marvel Hardcover – 6 Sep 2007
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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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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.
the reproduction memorabilia.
Marvel Vault lovingly chronicles seven decades of Marvel Comics' sometimes
turbulent but always creative history, with particular emphasis on the first
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought as a Xmas present. Beautiful large book, very reminiscent of children's pop up books, loads of memorabilia, fascinating facts, history and kept my son (22) happy for months,... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Mrs Kym Hearn
Birthday present for my son but all his mates are lusting after it! Great representation with interesting memorabilia. Even I found it interesting as a 58 year old mother!Published on 8 July 2014 by M. Lua Leggett
I bought this for my partner's 36th birthday, he's always loved Marvel and I thought it might interest him. He was chuffed to bits with it! Read morePublished on 15 Oct. 2011 by mcmuffin
I bought this book for my boyfriends birthday and cannot wait until he opens it!! the description of 'a museum in a book' is absolutly spot on... Read morePublished on 1 Mar. 2011 by kirsty
I bought this for my partner who is a big marvel fan. It was a great buy and interesting to flick through. Read morePublished on 29 Jan. 2011 by H
Wanted an extra chrismas present for someone who loves Marvel comics. This looked a bargain especially after seeing the price in a large bookshop was £35. Read morePublished on 24 Jan. 2011 by Rosie
how fast was this delivery less than 24 hrs amazing and what an excellent gift for xmas if you have a marvel fan in the family its a must ... great service and a great product ... Read morePublished on 14 Dec. 2010 by craig
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