A Marvel magnum opus

Taschen is publishing a bumper history of comic publisher Marvel – featuring 2,000 images, 700 pages and a four-foot accordion timeline…

TALES OF SUSPENSE No. 94. Interior, “If This Be MODOK!”; script, Stan Lee; pencils, Jack Kirby; inks, Joe Sinnott; October 1967. Kirby’s explosive action takes center stage in this panel detail. Starting in 1964, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby revived the the or

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TALES OF SUSPENSE No. 94. Interior, “If This Be MODOK!”; script, Stan Lee; pencils, Jack Kirby; inks, Joe Sinnott; October 1967. Kirby’s explosive action takes center stage in this panel detail. Starting in 1964, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby revived the the original Captain America character after being frozen on ice since before the end of WWII. In addition to his own title, Cap shared the pages of TALES OF SUSPENSE with Iron Man.

Marvel Comics launched in 1939, and over the past 75 years has given birth to heroes including Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, Thor and the X-Men.

This fantasy line-up has been matched by a real-life roster of greats employed by Marvel, such as writer Stan Lee, and artists Steve Ditko and Marie Severin.

Taschen’s 75 Years of Marvel Comics, from the Golden Age to the Silver Screen, is written by former Marvel editor Roy Thomas and art directed by Josh Baker.

THE AVENGERS No. 58. Interior, “Even an Android Can Cry!”; script, Roy Thomas; pencils, John Buscema; inks, George Klein; November 1968. John Buscema’s splash page recalled the typographic fancies of Will Eisner’s Spirit. A consummate draftsman, Buscema f

Source: © MARVEL/Courtesy TASCHEN

THE AVENGERS No. 58. Interior, “Even an Android Can Cry!”; script, Roy Thomas; pencils, John Buscema; inks, George Klein; November 1968. John Buscema’s splash page recalled the typographic fancies of Will Eisner’s Spirit. A consummate draftsman, Buscema forged an irascible — but lifelong — peace with the Marvel method, as John Romita recalled in 2002, “John would much rather have just done the drawing.”

As well as artworks from Marvel comics, it also features behind-the-scenes photographs, film stills and images of rare toys and collectibles.

Taschen says that as well as highlighting well-known stories from the 1960s “Marvel age of comics” the book will also reveal some lesser-known tales.

This includes the rarely-explored “Atlas era” of the 1950s. Taschen says: “Yes it’s horror and sci-fi, westerns and romance – very few super-hero comic books were done in the ‘50s. But the art is top-notch, illustrating a developing mastery of storytelling across all the genres of fiction – and much of it done under the strict, watchful eye of the newly implemented Comics Code Authority.”

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75 Years of Marvel Comics, from the Golden Age to the Silver Screen, is published by Taschen priced at $200 (£128).

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