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The Marvel Age of Comics 1961–1978. 40th Ed.

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The Marvel Age of Comics was a triumphant era of comic book and pop culture innovation that redefined the superhero genre. This treasure trove of images and exclusive insights reveals the making of such popular characters as the Hulk and Spider-Man, as well as the legends who created them, from Stan “The Man” Lee to Jack “King” Kirby.
Hardcover6.1 x 8.5 in.2.45 lb512 pages

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The Marvel Age of Comics 1961–1978. 40th Ed.

The Marvel Age of Comics 1961–1978. 40th Ed.


An Era of the Invincible

The making of household heroes and mythological universes

It was an age of mighty heroes, misunderstood monsters, and complex villains. With the publication of Fantastic Four No. 1 in November 1961, comics giant Marvel inaugurated a transformative era in pop culture. Through the next two decades, the iconic Hulk, Spider-Man, Iron Man, and the X-Men leapt, darted, and towered through its pages. Captain America was resurrected from his 1940s deep-freeze and the Avengers became the World’s Greatest Super Heroes. Daredevil, Doctor Strange, and dozens more were added to the pantheon, each with their own rogues’ gallery of malevolent counterparts. Nearly 60 years later, these thrilling characters from the 1960s and ’70s are more popular than ever, fighting the good fight in comics, toy aisles, and blockbuster movies around the world.

In The Marvel Age of Comics 1961–1978, legendary writer and editor Roy Thomas takes you to the heart of this seminal segment in comic history—an age of triumphant character and narrative innovation that reinvented the super hero genre. With more than 500 images and insider insights, the book traces the birth of champions who were both epic in their powers and grounded in a world that readers recognized as close to their own; relatable heroes with the same problems, struggles, and shortcomings as everyone else. By the ’70s, we see how the House of Ideas also elevated horror, sword and sorcery, and martial arts in its stable of titanic demigods, introducing iconic characters like Man-Thing, Conan, and Shang-Chi and proving that their brand of storytelling could succeed and flourish outside of the capes and tights.

Behind it all, we get to know the extraordinary Marvel architects whose names are almost as familiar as the mortals (and immortals!) they brought to life—Stan “The Man” Lee, Jack “King” Kirby, and Steve Ditko, along with a roster of greats like John Romita, John Buscema, Marie Severin, Jim Steranko, and countless others. The result is a behind-the-scenes treasure trove and a jewel for any comic fan’s library, brimming with the innovation and energy of an invincible era for Marvel and its heroes alike.

© 2020 MARVEL
The author

Since 1965, Roy Thomas has been writing for movies, television, and especially comic books. With notable runs on Avengers, Uncanny X-Men, Conan the Barbarian, The Incredible Hulk, and Star Wars, he served as a Marvel editor from 1965–80 and editor-in-chief from 1972–74. He currently edits the comics-history magazine Alter Ego and writes two online Tarzan strips as well as the occasional comic book. He and his wife Dann live in South Carolina.

The Marvel Age of Comics 1961–1978. 40th Ed.
Hardcover15.6 x 21.7 cm1.11 kg512 pages

ISBN 978-3-8365-7786-1

Edition: French

ISBN 978-3-8365-7787-8

Edition: English

ISBN 978-3-8365-8290-2

Edition: Spanish
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3 Ratings

Short but sweet

Riley,October 27, 2021
A small glimpse into the silver age of marvel comics. Not particularly in depth or thorough, but a great step forward for someone looking to learn more about the art and artists of marvels silver age.

Awesome book

Patricia,October 27, 2021
Nicely documented piece of history. This is definitely a must for any comic lover.

La era mágica de los super héroes

cesar,November 4, 2021
Probablemente no estamos ante un libro único en su género, pero si puedo ir más allá y decir que es una obra muy completa de esta gran era llamada, la era del comic Como referente de la época dorada de los comics, Marvel sale a relucir con sus grandes historietas y grandes personajes, (héroes y villanos) Un fascinante viaje que nos traslada no solo a sus historietas e historiadores sino también a sus creadores Abarcando la era de su nacimiento 1961 a su época dorada 1978, la narrativa nos llevara por una telaraña entre tejida por el mismísimo spider man en la cual se incluye grandes personajes como lo es capitán América, Hulk, Iron Man o los 4 fantásticos, por mencionar algunos cuantos de este fascinante mundo creado por la compañía Marvel y de la, mano de muchos escritores, guionistas, entintadores, dibujantes. y al mando Stan lee su creador Sin mas un libro hecho para los que realmente compran los comics en los estantillos