Marvel: The Characters and Their Universe

Marvel: The Characters and Their Universe

by Michael Mallory


View All Available Formats & Editions
Choose Expedited Shipping at checkout for guaranteed delivery by Monday, October 21


In 1932 a 22-year old named Martin Goodman opened the publishing house which would come to be known as Marvel. Westerns and detective stories were the big sellers of the day. The spider-man character was a shot in the dark feature in a poor-selling comic book Amazing Fantasy that was about to get the axe. Today an original copy of that comic would cost in the range of $40,000.

With a library containing over 4,700 proprietary characters and eleven movies featuring Marvel characters already underway for the next two years, the Marvel Universe has become as epic as its storylines.

This oversized collector's style guide, Marvel: The Characters and Their Universe, covers the history of the national obsession, the marvel influence on media, and the best loved characters including the Incredible Hulk and X-Men, and ends with a look at new worlds to conquer. Full of stunning 4-color photographs, movie stills, original comic art, and animation drawings, this is a vibrant and colorful tribute to the incredible cultural phenomenon.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780883636589
Publisher: Beaux Arts
Publication date: 09/26/2017
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 237,795
Product dimensions: 10.90(w) x 14.10(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Michael Mallory is an internationally recognized authority on twentieth-century popular culture and the author of Hanna-Barbera Cartoons, Marvel: The Characters and Their Universe, and X-Men: The Characters and Their Universe. He has written some 400 articles for newspapers and magazines, including several on the monster films of Universal Pictures, for publications such as the Los Angeles Times, Scarlet Street, and Millimeter. Stephen Sommers is the director of The Mummy and The Mummy Returns.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

Marvel: The Characters and Their Universe 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The description was perfect. Quick delivery. Safetly wrapped so their was no damage as result from shipping.
Suhan More than 1 year ago
Saw this accidentally during a visit to BN on 5th Avenue and I am extremely glad. It offers the Marvel universe to readers with extensive detailing. A must-have for fans of Marvel. Just an end note, the cover is also extremely tempting.
DMS53 More than 1 year ago
I got this as a gift to my son-in-law who is a graphic artist. He loves DC and Marvel and is a huge fan of Batman. He loved this book. It was hard to find something he didn't already have. So I was very pleased I found this, and so was he.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
DaveWC More than 1 year ago
Wow..did this take me back!! This book is an incredible look at the Marvel Universe, the characters, and how they have been used and depicted throughout the years. It discusses their use in comics, books, tv, movies, games..even theme parks!! You really learn a lot of new things about these characters and the Marvel company itself. It's a great read and a valuable reference book that I've gone back to on a number of occasions to verify facts. Whether you're new to these characters or an experienced Comicon fan'll love this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just purchased the book, and I love it as a almost 30 something it was great to see some of the hero's I grew up with and how they've changed into hero's my children are comming to love. The metamophisis from early 80's "cheesy" comics we all love to the slick muscled hero's of today...who say's you got grow old gracefully these hero's are climbng the age charts and kick'n more butt than ever.