The Marvel Age of Comics 1961–1978
40th Anniversary Edition
Als der Comicverlag Marvel im November 1961 Fantastic Four No. 1 veröffentlichte, sollte dies die Populärkultur grundlegend verändern. War das Superheldengenre zuvor vorwiegend eine Domäne eindimensionaler, alltagsferner Helden und schlichter Erzählstränge, schlüpften unter Federführung von Marvel-Kreativchef Stan Lee nun immer komplexere und in ihren Alltagskonflikten glaubwürdige Charaktere in Superheldentrikotagen, um den Mächten des Bösen die Kinnlade zu richten. Kurz: Der Superheld wird sozialversicherungspflichtig, wohnt gleich um die Ecke und weiß auch nicht immer weiter.
In The Marvel Age of Comics 1961–1978, legendary writer and editor Roy Thomas takes you to the heart of this seminal segment in comic history―an age of triumphant character and narrative innovation that reinvented the super hero genre. With more than 500 images and insider insights, the book traces the birth of champions who were both epic in their powers and grounded in a world that readers recognized as close to their own; relatable heroes with the same problems, struggles, and shortcomings as everyone else. By the ’70s, we see how the House of Ideas also elevated horror, sword and sorcery, and martial arts in its stable of titanic demigods, introducing iconic characters like Man-Thing, Conan, and Shang-Chi and proving that their brand of storytelling could succeed and flourish outside of the capes and tights.
Behind it all, we get to know the extraordinary Marvel architects whose names are almost as familiar as the mortals (and immortals!) they brought to life―Stan “The Man” Lee, Jack “King” Kirby, and Steve Ditko, along with a roster of greats like John Romita, John Buscema, Marie Severin, Jim Steranko, and countless others. The result is a behind-the-scenes treasure trove and a jewel for any comic fan’s library, brimming with the innovation and energy of an invincible era for Marvel and its heroes alike.
16.26 x 22.35 cm
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