The Secret History of Marvel Comics

Jack Kirby and the Moonlighting Artists at Martin Goodman's Empire

The Secret History of Marvel Comics

The Secret History of Marvel Comics digs back to the 1930s when Marvel Comics wasn't just a comic-book producing company. Marvel Comics owner Martin Goodman had tentacles into a publishing world that might have made that era’s conservative American parents lynch him on his front porch. Marvel was but a small part of Goodman’s publishing empire, which had begun years before he published his first comic book. Goodman mostly published lurid and sensationalistic story books (known as “pulps”) and magazines, featuring sexually-charged detective and romance short fiction, and celebrity gossip scandal sheets. And artists like Jack Kirby, who was producing Captain America for eight-year-olds, were simultaneously dipping their toes in both ponds. The Secret History of Marvel Comics tells this parallel story of 1930s/40s Marvel Comics sharing offices with those Goodman publications not quite fit for children. The book also features a comprehensive display of the artwork produced for Goodman’s other enterprises by Marvel Comics artists such as Jack Kirby and Joe Simon, Alex Schomburg, Bill Everett, Al Jaffee, and Dan DeCarlo, plus the very best pulp artists in the field, including Norman Saunders, John Walter Scott, Hans Wesso, L.F. Bjorklund, and Marvel Comics #1 cover artist Frank R. Paul. Goodman’s magazines also featured cover stories on celebrities such as Jackie Gleason, Elizabeth Taylor, Liberace, and Sophia Loren, as well as contributions from famous literary and social figures such as Isaac Asimov, Theodore Sturgeon, and L. Ron Hubbard.

Marvel Comics 1000 Collection

Marvel Comics 1000 Collection

Collects Marvel Comics (2019) #1000-1001. Eighty years! An army of legendary creators! One story! In celebration of Marvel’s 80th anniversary, we have gathered the greatest array of talent ever to be assembled between two covers! Names from the past, the present and even the future! Every page is filled with all-new work from this cavalcade of comics luminaries! A mystery threads throughout the Marvel Universe — one that began in MARVEL COMICS #1 and unites a disparate array of heroes and villains throughout the decades! What is the Eternity Mask? And who is responsible for the conspiracy to keep it hidden? As secrets are peeled away, answers await the entirety of the Marvel Universe! The landmark event is collected together with an awesome assortment of bonus features!

Marvel Comics

The World Outside Your Window

Marvel Comics

Collects Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #97, Howard The Duck (1976) #8, Iron Man (1968) #128, New Mutants (1983) #45, Alpha Flight (1983) #106, Uncanny X-Men (1981) #303, Incredible Hulk (1968) #420, Amazing Spider-Man (1999) #36, Captain America (2002) #1, Astonishing X-Men (2004) #51, Ms. Marvel (2015) #13, Champions (2016) #24 and material from Captain America Comics #2, Amazing Spider-Man (1999) #583. The Marvel Universe has always reflected the world outside your window — from the moment Captain America charged into battle in World War II, to the present day! Marvel’s characters face relevant and real-life issues alongside their extraordinary adventures — from grappling with alcoholism, to participating in politics, to celebrating diversity and everything in between! These powerful stories from Marvel’s 80-year history feature iconic heroes tackling heavy-hitting subjects including drug abuse, teen suicide, HIV, terrorism, school shootings and more.

Marvel

Marvel

Thirty years ago, Alex Ross had a vision for a new series showcasing Marvel's heroes in a way they'd never been seen before. The first realization of that idea became the blockbuster MARVELS - but now, Alex finally brings his original dream to life! MARVEL is an anthology of stories by unique, exceptional talents, many of whom are working with these characters for the very first time. They're linked together by an overarching story by Alex and writer Steve Darnall featuring the dread dream lord Nightmare, who threatens the entire Marvel Universe...and possibly beyond! Spider-Man, the Avengers, the X-Men, the Thing, Doctor Doom, the Vision, Namor the Sub-Mariner, Warlock, Rocket Raccoon, the Golden Age Black Widow and many more Marvel mainstays star in unforgettable stories from a once-in-a-lifetime assemblage of talent - you'll savor every single page! COLLECTING: MARVEL (2020) 1-6

Captain America Masterworks Vol. 1

Captain America Masterworks Vol. 1

Collects material from Tales of Suspense #59-81. As America began preparation for the inevitable entry in World War II, a secret military project gave birth to the greatest one-man fighting force ever known-Captain America! Transformed by the Super Soldier Serum from a 97-pound weakling into the Star-Spangled Avenger, Steve Rogers led the charge to liberate the world from the Axis powers' grasp. But before the war's end an accident left Cap frozen in suspended animation and his sidekick Bucky dead, while the world turned on for decades. When the Avengers finally resuscitated him, Steve Rogers was greeted by a world vastly changed. He was a man out of time tormented by the death of his partner, but no less committed to the cause of fighting evil in all its forms. In this inaugural Silver Age Captain America collection, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby bring you the rebirth of an American icon in issue after issue of classic Marvel magic. You'll read the classic origins of Cap, Bucky and the Red Skull; see the first appearances of such cornerstone creations as the cosmic cube and the beautiful Sharon Carter; and watch Cap face off against Baron Zemo's Army of Assassins, the Sleepers, Batroc the Leaper, and his Nazi nemesis the Red Skull

Marvel Comics into Film

Essays on Adaptations Since the 1940s

Marvel Comics into Film

Marvel Studios’ approach to its Cinematic Universe—beginning with the release of Iron Man (2008)—has become the template for successful management of blockbuster film properties. Yet films featuring Marvel characters can be traced back to the 1940s, when the Captain America serial first appeared on the screen. This collection of new essays is the first to explore the historical, textual and cultural context of the larger cinematic Marvel universe, including serials, animated films, television movies, non–U.S. versions of Marvel characters, films that feature characters licensed by Marvel, and the contemporary Cinematic Universe as conceived by Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios. Films analyzed include Transformers (1986), Howard the Duck (1986), Blade (1998), Planet Hulk (2010), Iron Man: Rise of Technovore (2013), Elektra (2005), the Conan the Barbarian franchise (1982–1990), Ultimate Avengers (2006) and Ghost Rider (2007).

Marvel Comics in the 1970s

An Issue-by-Issue Field Guide to a Pop Culture Phenomenon

Marvel Comics in the 1970s

By popular demand, TwoMorrows Publishing presents Marvel Comics in the 1970s, the sequel to Pierre Comtois' heralded first volume on the 1960s! This book covers the company's final historical phase: the twilight years of the 1970s, after the initial '60s wave of popularity pushed them to the forefront of the comics industry, and made many of their characters household names. This full decade of pop-culture history saw Stan Lee's role as writer diminish as he ascended to Publisher, the stunning departure of Jack Kirby to DC (and later return to Marvel), the rise of Roy Thomas as editor (and eventual Editor In Chief), and the introduction of a new wave of writers and artists who would expand the boundaries of comics beyond super-heroes, while planting the seeds for the industry's eventual self-destruction. The Spider-Man -drug- issues, Conan the Barbarian, Tomb of Dracula, Master of Kung Fu, Howard the Duck, Star Wars, the new X-Men, and more are covered in detail--along with the creators who wrote and drew them, including Chris Claremont, Barry Windsor-Smith, Gene Colan, Marv Wolfman, Steve Gerber, John Romita, Gil Kane, Sal Buscema, and others. So don't be satisfied with only half the story! Check out Marvel Comics in the 1970s and find out why Marvel was once hailed as The House of Ideas!

Grandson of Origins of Marvel Comics

Grandson of Origins of Marvel Comics

A graphic fantasy collection which throws light on the origins of the superheroes, such as Captain America, created by the U.S. Government during the Second World War, and the Prince of Atlantis, Namor, who rises from the depths.

The Eternals - When God walks the Earth

The Eternals - When God walks the Earth

Is man alone in the universe? Every myth and legend to emerge from the distant past points to a strange visitation from the stars!! Beings of great power have been on this earth -- and then departed. Who were they ? What did they do here? where they have gone? These awesome questions create the background for this exciting new saga of a day which lies ahead... the day of answers...

Iron Man

A Marvel Comics Event

Iron Man

"Tales of suspense ripped from the pages of CIVIL WAR! First, get inside the mind of Tony Stark, and learn why he feels superhuman registration is necessary -- and why he's taken it upon himself to lead the charge for its implementation! Big changes are in store for Iron Man in the post-Civil War landscape, and the build-up begins here! Plus: In the midst of CIVIL WAR, Captain America and Iron Man meet secretly, one last time, to see if there's any hope of working things out before further tragedy occurs. How could these two men, once the closest of friends and staunchest of allies, end up leading opposing armies in the conflict tearing apart the Marvel Universe? And finally, two of the Marvel heroes most affected by the shocking conclusion of the war get together one last time in a heart-wrenching finale that cannot be missed. What is said between them will set the course of the Marvel Universe for years to come. This is the confession"--Publisher's web site.