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Marvels Premiere HC Hardcover – 9 Jul 2008

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics; 01 edition (9 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785127844
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785127840
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1.6 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,085,616 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Kurt Busiek has been writing comics professionally since three days before he graduated from college in 1982, when he sold a "Tales of the Green Lantern Corps" backup story that appeared in "Green Lantern #162." Since then, he's worked on just about everything from "Action Comics" to "Zot!," including runs on "Avengers," "Superman," "Conan" and others, and has co-created "Thunderbolts," "The Autumnlands," "Arrowsmith" and more. He's best known for his work on the multiple-award-winning "Marvels" and "Astro City."

Alex Ross first came to prominence as the illustrator of Marvels before producing the award-winning Kingdom come. With a graphic novel for Vertigo (Uncle Sam), several projects for Marvel Comics and six oversized graphic novels starring DC's iconic heroes (collected in The World's Greatest Heroes), he continues to bring comics to a broader audience. In 2003, Ross was the subject of a retrospective of his work for DC Comics, Mythology (Pantheon Books), written and designed by Chip Kidd. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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Format: Paperback
Marvels, is probably the best graphic novel to look at the Marvel universe, it does not focus on the heroes, but on the life of one man who records their actions, news photographer Phil Sheldon. We follow his career from its beginnings in the 1940s with the emergence of the first Marvels, the original Human Torch, the Sub Mariner and Captain America. Then through the 1960s, where New York has become home to the Fantastic Four, the Avengers and where Sheldon himself becomes caught up in anti-mutant hysteria against the original incarnation of the X-Men. Then the later 1960s when Galactus arrives in New York and finally the 1970s where Sheldon investigates the death of NYPD captain Stacey and befriends his daughter.
The artwork is nothing short of fantastic, being a long time fan of Alex Ross, I feel that this is possibly his best work, coupled with the superb writing of Kurt Busiek. The characters of the superheroes are given a totally different slant than what we are used to, they appear godlike at times and all to flawed at others, Sheldon's character reacts to them like I expect we all would if they ever emerged in our world, with a mix of fear and wonder. The battles they fight among themselves are what I imagined the war between the Greek Gods and the Titans was like, with the ordinary man in the street unwillingly caught up in events he can't control, but the consequences of which he has to live with. Galactus' arrival in New York is nothing short of spectacular, looking more like a fiery god descending from his kingdom to wreak terrible harm on mankind, all the people can do is watch as the Fantastic Four attempt to stop him, when it's over though it will be those ordinary people who will have to rebuild and collect their lives.
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Format: Paperback
Until Marvels, the only graphic novels we'd read were the Umbrella Academy by Gerard Way (which we love), but our mate lent us this one, as we're interested in writing our own. It's fantastic. The artwork by Alex Ross is incredible and the story by Kurt Busiek is unique. Instead of a comic where you just follow the superhero, this book is told from the point of view of a photo journalist and his take on the superheroes, or marvels, as he calls them. He witnesses the things you don't see in other stories - the devastating effects on the city as the Marvels battle with each other, the innocent bystanders caught up in the fights, and the people's attitudes to the Marvels. Phil's attitude towards the Marvels changes through the stories - he fears them, he loves them, he hates them, he feels sorry for them. And it's brilliant to take the journey with him. We'd recommend this to anyone, even if you're not a fan of graphic novels.
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Format: Hardcover
Being fan of Alex Ross, this buy was a no brainer, and this edition was an extra bonus.

This was Alex's earliest work in this genre, and it doesn't go un noticed, but he still manages to bring the characters to life and put them into the `real' world. Combined with Busiek's writing, this really delivers the goods, and in such a clever way.

The story is told from the point of view of a photographic journalist who witnessed the first ever sighting of these extraordinary folk `back in the day' and despite what he or society feels, about them, "are they friends or foes?" documents their appearances through the years .. Here is an eye witness account of those stories as they intertwine with each other through the eyes of one man.

The cover and hard back packaging, as well as the `extra features' - Ross's designs, principle drawings and insight into his techniques really make this a show piece for anyone's collection.
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I already have the originals and the price was steep to buy something that's a duplicate. However, this is a gorgeous edition, with great reproduction and a stack load of extras. This is a real thing of beauty and if you can spare the cash and love great art and a landmark story, then it's more than worth it.
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Format: Paperback
This Graphic Novel is Great, With excellent artwork from the master Alex Ross to the sublime writing by Busiek It grabs the attention of the reader from page one. Unlike a lot of the superhero stories this is told from the viewpoint of a normal man trying to make his way in the world as a reporter/photographer as the world changes so much around him. It starts in the 1930s with the creation of an artifical man that reacts to oxygen in a unique way and ross's artwork here has to be seen to be believed. and continues through the main characters life untill his retirement and passing on of his camera to his apprentice. Any one who follows the classic marvel characters will see them all here and in most cases their defining moments are played out to the camera. A case in point being spidermans inability to save Gwen Stacy. All in all this is required reading for anyone who has a love for comics and Marvels Characters.
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This fascinating graphic novel is a history of the Marvel universe, seen through the eyes of "common people", and more particularly, Phil Sheldon, press photographer. Throughout his career, Phil watches the superheroes ("Marvels" as he calls them), and also he watches the common people as they interact with the Marvels. Along the way, the reader is treated to a few essays by Stan Lee, Kurt Busiek, Alex Ross, and Scott McCloud, with their thoughts on the Marvels.
This book bored my eight-year-old son, as the superheroes were such minor characters. But, I found myself caught up in the story; reliving memories of watching the Marvel universe unfold throughout my life. (Boy, do I wish that I had saved those old comic books!) I found the authors' take on things to be quite though provoking. Indeed, he showed how people have always had a love/hate relationship with the Marvels from their inception through the 1970s, in spite of the other changes in their world.
This is a great graphic novel, one with a refreshingly different take. I highly recommend it to you!
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