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
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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.
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