The Characters and their Universe

Newly Revised Edition

by Michael Mallory
The all-time classic comics are brought to life in these wonderful pages

cover image "X-Men." "Spider-Man." "The Incredible Hulk." The very mention of these names conjures up worlds of colorful action and excitement that are unsurpassed by any other fictional characters. For sixty years the Marvel Superheroes have delighted readers with their larger-than-life, yet very human, heroics. More than simply comic book characters, the likes of Captain America, the Silver Surfer, Iron Man, and Doctor Strange, to name a few, have become part of the fabric of 20th century culture; the mythology of the modern age.

Marvel: The Characters and Their Universe examines these legendary characters, focusing on their creation and charting their continuous evolution in the comic book pages as well as their translation into the world of media--film, television, animation, even video games and theme park attractions--and into the very core of popular culture. This lavishly illustrated volume features full color artwork and hundreds of photos from film and television productions, some of which have never before been published. Through revealing and entertaining interviews with the legendary creators of the Marvel Universe, including Joe Simon, John Romita, John Buscema, Gene Colan, Roy Thomas, Chris Claremont and, of course, Stan "The Man" Lee, as well as such cinematic translators as animator Ralph Bakshi, director Kenneth Johnson and actor Lou Ferrigno, Marvel: The Characters and Their Universe reveals the story of Marvel, and its influence on the culture of our time, as never before.

Those who have grown up with the Marvel Universe will find a treasure trove of information, entertainment, and insight about their favorite characters. Marvel: The Characters and Their Universe is a comprehensive celebration of the art form that is America's most unique and vital contribution to the popular culture of the 20th century and beyond. This newly revised edition features expanded coverage of feature-length films including Spider-Man, The Hulk, the X-Men sequel, and Blade 2. A special new piece of cover art commissioned from renowned comic book artist Kaare Andrews exclusively for this book wlil make this beautiful volume a collectible even for those who purchased the first edition.

10 3/4 x 14 in., 288 pages
ISBN: 0-88363-110-5
$75.00 U.S.

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