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Marvel Comics Library. Silver Surfer. Vol. 1. 1968–1970Famous First Edition: First printing of 5,000 numbered copiesHardcover, 11.0 x 15.6 in., 10.48 lb, 706 pages200Edition: English (Famous First Edition)Availability: In Stock
Soar across the cosmos with one of Marvel’s most far-out characters! All 18 Silver Surfer stories from the 1968 series by Stan Lee and John Buscema (with a final issue drawn by Jack Kirby) are collected in this galactic-sized volume from the Eisner Award-winning Marvel Comics Library, each page meticulously photographed from the rarest pedigreed comics.
Marvel Comics Library. Silver Surfer. Vol. 1. 1968–1970200
Sentinel of the Spaceways
The Silver Surfer’s most cosmic stories collected in a single volume
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John Buscema (1927–2002) began working for Timely Comics in 1948 drawing Westerns, crime comics, and horror/suspense. He left comics for commercial art but returned to Marvel in 1966, establishing at Marvel a singular style of elegance and realism. Among his long list of credits include The Silver Surfer, The Avengers, Sub-Mariner, The Fantastic Four, and an indelible run on Robert E. Howard’s Conan in Conan the Barbarian and The Savage Sword of Conan. In 1978, he collaborated with Stan Lee on a landmark instructional book How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way.
Stan Lee (1922–2018) is known to millions as the man whose super heroes propelled Marvel to its preeminent position in the comic book industry. His co-creations include Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk, X-Men, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, and hundreds of others. While the Chairman Emeritus of Marvel, he was also the Chief Creative Officer of POW! Entertainment, where he created numerous new characters and stories in areas including publishing, film, TV reality, stage, documentary, and multimedia.
Douglas Wolk is a multiple-Eisner-winning author of All of the Marvels and Reading Comics and has written about comics and pop music for The New York Times, Time, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone, and The Believer, among others. He teaches comics history at Portland State University.
The contributing author
Sal Buscema is one of the most prolific comic artists in Marvel history, with long runs on titles like Incredible Hulk, The Avengers, The Defenders, Thor, and the licensed property ROM. His first work at Marvel was inking his brother John’s work on The Silver Surfer. He helped launch the series The Spectacular Spider-Man in 1976 and returned to the title years later to pencil and ink a much-lauded 100-issue run. In the 1990s, he helped make Spider-Girl one of the most talked about titles of the era. He remains active in the industry inking The Blue Baron.
Marvel Comics Library. Silver Surfer. Vol. 1. 1968–1970Hardcover, 28 x 39.5 cm, 4.75 kg, 706 pages
ISBN 978-3-8365-9651-0Edition: English (Famous First Edition)
The Marvel Comics Library has earned well-deserved raves from comic collecting diehards for combining an old school comic book reading experience with a luxurious oversized book format, winning the industry’s coveted Eisner Award for Best Publication Design. These XXL collectors’ dreams, close in size to the original artwork, feature comics sourced from collecting greats Shelton Drum and Bob Bretall. Rather than recolor the original artwork (as has been done in previous decades’ reprints of classic comics), TASCHEN has attempted to create an ideal representation of these books as they were produced at the time of publication. The most pristine pedigreed comics have been cracked open and photographed for reproduction in close collaboration with Marvel and the Certified Guaranty Company. Each page has been photographed as printed more than half a century ago, then digitally remastered using modern retouching techniques to correct problems with the era’s inexpensive, imperfect printing—as if hot off of a world-class 1960s printing press. A custom paper stock was exclusively developed for this series to simulate the feel of the original comics. The library offers collectors a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to lay their hands on the world’s most desirable comics. Each volume includes an essay by a comic book historian alongside archival photographs, ephemera, and original comic book artwork.
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