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Updated edition of this complete A-Z of Marvel characters created in full collaboration with Marvel Comics. Introduction Are you a comic-book fan, obsessed by superheroes? This unique A-Z of more than 1,000 classic characters created by comic giant Marvel will satisfy any super-thirst for knowledge. Get closer to Spider-Man, the Avengers, Hulk, Wolverine, the X-Men and more Updated edition of this complete A-Z of Marvel characters created in full collaboration with Marvel Comics. Introduction Are you a comic-book fan, obsessed by superheroes? This unique A-Z of more than 1,000 classic characters created by comic giant Marvel will satisfy any super-thirst for knowledge. Get closer to Spider-Man, the Avengers, Hulk, Wolverine, the X-Men and more … all your favourite superheroes and villains are here, as well as some weird and wonderful one-offs. Knock-out double-page features celebrate some of the biggest Marvel stars with intimate details on their powers, titanic clashes and action-packed careers. Jam packed with things you never knew, as well as original, Marvel comic-book art - the power and excitement of more than 60 years of comic-book history explodes off every page. Marvel, Spider-Man, Hulk, Avengers, X-Mena and Fantastic Four © and ™ 2006 Marvel characters. Inc. All rights reserved. Super Hero(es) is a co-owned registered trademark.


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Updated edition of this complete A-Z of Marvel characters created in full collaboration with Marvel Comics. Introduction Are you a comic-book fan, obsessed by superheroes? This unique A-Z of more than 1,000 classic characters created by comic giant Marvel will satisfy any super-thirst for knowledge. Get closer to Spider-Man, the Avengers, Hulk, Wolverine, the X-Men and more Updated edition of this complete A-Z of Marvel characters created in full collaboration with Marvel Comics. Introduction Are you a comic-book fan, obsessed by superheroes? This unique A-Z of more than 1,000 classic characters created by comic giant Marvel will satisfy any super-thirst for knowledge. Get closer to Spider-Man, the Avengers, Hulk, Wolverine, the X-Men and more … all your favourite superheroes and villains are here, as well as some weird and wonderful one-offs. Knock-out double-page features celebrate some of the biggest Marvel stars with intimate details on their powers, titanic clashes and action-packed careers. Jam packed with things you never knew, as well as original, Marvel comic-book art - the power and excitement of more than 60 years of comic-book history explodes off every page. Marvel, Spider-Man, Hulk, Avengers, X-Mena and Fantastic Four © and ™ 2006 Marvel characters. Inc. All rights reserved. Super Hero(es) is a co-owned registered trademark.

30 review for The Marvel Comics Encyclopedia: The Definitive Guide to the Characters of the Marvel Universe

  1. 5 out of 5

    Stephen

    Somehow, and I'm not exactly sure how, but this is one of those homage/self-promotion pieces that makes you walk away wondering if reading comic books for the past 40 years of your life has been the best thing you could have done with that time and money. It's a completely different experience from reading one comic at a time. But when taken in bulk, it becomes abundantly clear that most traditional comics are weakly written, with one dimensional characters, relying on violence to solve most pro Somehow, and I'm not exactly sure how, but this is one of those homage/self-promotion pieces that makes you walk away wondering if reading comic books for the past 40 years of your life has been the best thing you could have done with that time and money. It's a completely different experience from reading one comic at a time. But when taken in bulk, it becomes abundantly clear that most traditional comics are weakly written, with one dimensional characters, relying on violence to solve most problems as costumed characters fight the same costumed criminals for decades. And those costumes, holy shit, they just make you feel like a dumbass for supporting this business and the hobby. That being said, it's simultaneously an enjoyable walk down memory lane featuring beloved characters and storylines. So, yeah, mixed feelings. Does it include every Marvel character in this 400-page coffee table book? No (and on principle I cannot give it a 5-star rating because it did not include funky characters like Paste Pot Pete or Man Mountain Marko -- look 'em up!). No Squirrel Girl or Rocket Raccoon -- and that shows you how much things can change in 5 years -- five years ago those characters were embarrassments and today they're making the company money. The primary focus is on repeat characters from the silver age to 2010s, characters modern comic readers would recognize. Art selections seem to favor the 1990s, which, as we all know, sucked. The comics covered seem to be classic Marvel Universe only, mentioning other universes like Squadron Supreme or the Zombie universe just in passing. (And, YES, I insist that the wackiness of Not Brand Echhs and even Crazy Magazine existed in its own universe and should be acknowledged as such. So there.) Rather than telling me the eye color or weight of characters, they could have made this interesting. They could have told us the total price in real dollars of how much it cost when Namor flooded New York, or how many DWIs Tony Stark has, or listed all the Universe X and Ultimates characters, or how many times characters died and were resurrected. Overall, choices were made, these are the results of those choices, and it's enjoyable enough.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kiefer Hwasta

    it teeches you about marvel

  3. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    Ok I will say I have finished as much as you can finish a book of this size and complexity. It sounds so much like a cliche but its true this book is packed with fascinating facts and amazing illustrations. I will admit that DC and Marvel universes are utterly new to me - I know only what I would say are out of pop culture and common references (which I suspect in fact are incorrect or totally erroneous). But rather than being intimidating or uttering in accessible like some books this is someth Ok I will say I have finished as much as you can finish a book of this size and complexity. It sounds so much like a cliche but its true this book is packed with fascinating facts and amazing illustrations. I will admit that DC and Marvel universes are utterly new to me - I know only what I would say are out of pop culture and common references (which I suspect in fact are incorrect or totally erroneous). But rather than being intimidating or uttering in accessible like some books this is something you can dip in and out of or follow a specific string (from one character reference to another) or just work through alphabetically. One thing I constantly find amazing is how the various story lines converge, influence and then diverge again so many times yet still find so many new and interesting ideas to pursue. This really is a book for fans and novices alike.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Adam Windsor

    Does exactly what it says on the tin: provides an extensive (if inevitably incomplete and ever more out of date, given its 2010 publishing date) account of characters and events in the Marvel Universe. It's certainly a solid effort at the subject, though if what you actually want is exhaustive and up to the minute information on Marvel, you'd be better off hitting up the online wiki. Get this if what you want instead is a big old coffee table book of Marvel stuff. Does exactly what it says on the tin: provides an extensive (if inevitably incomplete and ever more out of date, given its 2010 publishing date) account of characters and events in the Marvel Universe. It's certainly a solid effort at the subject, though if what you actually want is exhaustive and up to the minute information on Marvel, you'd be better off hitting up the online wiki. Get this if what you want instead is a big old coffee table book of Marvel stuff.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    Shota and I read this every night for a few months.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Roniius

    This book singlehandedly carried me through the mid-2010s. For that, I'm grateful. This book singlehandedly carried me through the mid-2010s. For that, I'm grateful.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Camilo Guerra

    400 paginas de personajes Marvel, en la cual te resumen la historia de cuanto personaje esta activo (Capitan America) o fue relativamente importante en la historia de los comics ( ahi esta x-Man)otros que no se que hacen ahi ( Blizzard) y faltan importantes ( Star Lord) pero es un tomo de lujo, que te cuenta mil cosas que no sabia, aunque se nota que es un libro dirigido a toda la familia,por lo cual momentos duros de la historia de Marvel son minimizados u obviados , nada de imagenes sangrienta 400 paginas de personajes Marvel, en la cual te resumen la historia de cuanto personaje esta activo (Capitan America) o fue relativamente importante en la historia de los comics ( ahi esta x-Man)otros que no se que hacen ahi ( Blizzard) y faltan importantes ( Star Lord) pero es un tomo de lujo, que te cuenta mil cosas que no sabia, aunque se nota que es un libro dirigido a toda la familia,por lo cual momentos duros de la historia de Marvel son minimizados u obviados , nada de imagenes sangrientas ...eso le resta valor al libro. Una lastima.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lilly

    This encyclopedia is fantastic. It has little bits about almost all of the characters in Marvel's universe. I have an older copy as well as a newer one. The newer one is better and has more characters in it. There are still a few missing I noticed, but if you are looking for something that will help introduce you to the universe and the characters in it so that you have a better idea of what's going on when you read the comic or watch the movies, this is it. This encyclopedia is fantastic. It has little bits about almost all of the characters in Marvel's universe. I have an older copy as well as a newer one. The newer one is better and has more characters in it. There are still a few missing I noticed, but if you are looking for something that will help introduce you to the universe and the characters in it so that you have a better idea of what's going on when you read the comic or watch the movies, this is it.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan de Lange

    This book brings back all the fondest memories of my childhood and allows me to cleanse my mind of the mundane boredom that is my job in the nerdiest, fanboyish-est, wonderland that is the Marvel Universe. I thank my lucky stars for these heroes often enough for it to be almost sad and now I have them all in one book. Thank you, Marvel. You make me proud to be the geekiest of my friends.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Shawn Fairweather

    Awesome reference material of the Marvel Universe. I dont believe this is totally complete unfortunately, but for the most part its all here. Great introductions to all the characters, stats, key issues to look for, and first appearance references. Beautiful layout and would make an awesome coffee table book. A must for the Marvel collectors out there.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mike Thomas

    A very great, informative book that does'nt just give you the history of almost every character in the marvel universe, but all the major events, like the secret invasion and all the other events. A great, big coffee table reference book that any marvel fan would love to own.. A very great, informative book that does'nt just give you the history of almost every character in the marvel universe, but all the major events, like the secret invasion and all the other events. A great, big coffee table reference book that any marvel fan would love to own..

  12. 4 out of 5

    Miri

    I was definitely actually trying to read this entire thing, but there's too much for three weeks at a time. I found this so interesting, though. I'll probably go back every now and then and make a little more progress. I was definitely actually trying to read this entire thing, but there's too much for three weeks at a time. I found this so interesting, though. I'll probably go back every now and then and make a little more progress.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Stewart

    Although some of the character details are incorrect in this encyclopedia, it is a must-have for any comic geek. The art work is beautiful, the information is interesting and it is a huge compilation of some of the greatest characters ever created!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Greg

    Planet Marvel

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mark Short

    I enjoyed this encyclopedia a lot. So many characters I had never heard of. The main articles were very well written.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Taylor

    good. but too short on some characters.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Valeska

    I need this book in my library!!! Amor eterno por Marvel <3

  18. 5 out of 5

    David Campton

    A comprehensive multicoloured guide to the Marvel multiverse, telling you all you ever wanted to know, and a lot you didn't about Stan Lee's costumed super-heroes and super-villains. A comprehensive multicoloured guide to the Marvel multiverse, telling you all you ever wanted to know, and a lot you didn't about Stan Lee's costumed super-heroes and super-villains.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lyndon Swanson

    I WILL KNOW EVERYTHING IN MARVEL NOW!!!!!!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Malkhaz Shonia

    Every "Marvel" lover should possess this AMAZING BOOK. Comprehensive information about every single "Marvel" heroes. Every "Marvel" lover should possess this AMAZING BOOK. Comprehensive information about every single "Marvel" heroes.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jeanie

    Awesome informative book. Did not read the whole thing. Would borrow it again from the library.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kevin

  23. 4 out of 5

    Stewie

  24. 4 out of 5

    Edward

  25. 4 out of 5

    Gelozi

  26. 5 out of 5

    Emma Watkinson

  27. 4 out of 5

    RitaRagu

  28. 4 out of 5

    Clark Burnap

  29. 4 out of 5

    Alex

  30. 4 out of 5

    Noah

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