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Marvel Firsts: The 1960s [Paperback]

Stan Lee , Larry Lieber , Gary Friedrich , Jack Kirby , Roy Thomas , Gardner Fox , Gene Colan
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Oct. 26 2011 Marvel Firsts
With the debut of 1961's FANTASTIC FOUR #1, Marvel Comics reinvented the super-hero genre - and the hits just kept on coming! Compiled in one titanic tome: the famous first issues of dozens of your favorite super heroes and super-hero teams - including the Hulk, Dr. Strange, Nick Fury, Iron Man, Thor, Spider-Man, Daredevil, the X-Men, the Avengers and the Defenders! And witness the unlikely solo breakouts of the Human Torch, Red Wolf, Dr. Doom, the Silver Surfer, the Black Widow and more! Collecting RAWHIDE KID (1955) #17; material from AMAZING ADVENTURES (1961) #1; FANTASTIC FOUR (1961) #1; material from TALES TO ASTONISH (1959) #27, #51 and #70; INCREDIBLE HULK (1962) #1; material from AMAZING FANTASY #15; material from JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #83; material from STRANGE TALES (1951) #101, #110 and #135; TWO-GUN KID #60; material from TALES OF SUSPENSE (1959) #39, #49 and #59; SGT. FURY AND HIS HOWLING COMMANDOS #1; AVENGERS (1963) #1; X-MEN (1963) #1; DAREDEVIL (1964) #1; GHOST RIDER (1967) #1; MARVEL SUPER-HEROES (1967) #12 and #19-20, CAPTAIN SAVAGE #1; and material from SILVER SURFER (1968) #1.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing collection of Marvel firsts May 21 2012
By Dali
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This book is a must have for any serious comics book lover and historian. It contains all of the first appearances from all of their characters. Marvel in the early sixties changed the way comic books were perceived. Having these stories packaged in one affordable and colourful book is amazing. Of course they do not measure up to the quality and excitement Marvel put out later on in the decade, they still are entertaining in their own way. Do not hesitate in buying this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THIS is the way to do it! Nov. 13 2011
By Babytoxie - Published on Amazon.com
Over the years, Marvel has published various collections of their characters' origins and/or first appearances, starting in the `70s with Origins of Marvel Comics, Son of Origins of Marvel Comics, Bring on the Bad Guys, and The Superhero Women. In 1994, Marvel released Fantastic Firsts as part of their high-end Marvel Limited hardcover line, and a trade paperback edition followed in 1999. As Marvel's stable of heroes and villains has grown considerably since the Silver Age, these types of origin collections have the potential to become ponderous, as well as leading to arguments over whom they should feature. While these collections usually focus on Marvel's more well-known characters, I also want to read about the lesser-known ones. Now I have the perfect solution with the Marvel Firsts series of massive full-color trades that split these stories into decades, beginning with MARVEL FIRSTS: THE 1960s VOLUME 1.

There's no doubt that Marvel changed the face of comic books in the '60s. Lee, Kirby, Ditko, and others rejuvenated a flagging industry by introducing heroes that had the same concerns, fears, and humdrum responsibilities as you and I; however, those same heroes were distrusted by the very people they vowed to protect. At the same time that those gaudily-attired superpowered characters were running, flying, and swinging around Manhattan, we were also reading of other types of heroes, such as soldiers, gunslingers, and jungle lords. There were even some villains who threatened to become just as (if not more) popular than their protagonists. A good chunk of those superstars appear in this book. The cover design is great and really grabbed my attention - thankfully, they appear to be keeping it consistent for the series.

Contents are as follows:

RAWHIDE KID #17 (Rawhide Kid's origin)
AMAZING ADVENTURES #1 (1st Dr. Droom/Dr. Druid)
FANTASTIC FOUR #1
TALES TO ASTONISH #27 (1st Ant-Man story - pre-costume)
TALES TO ASTONISH #51 (1st Wasp solo feature)
TALES TO ASTONISH #70 (1st Silver Age Sub-Mariner solo story)
HULK #1
AMAZING FANTASY #15 (1st Spider-Man)
JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #83 (1st Thor)
STRANGE TALES #101 (1st Human Torch solo story)
STRANGE TALES #110 (1st Dr Strange)
STRANGE TALES #135 (1st S.H.I.E.L.D.)
TWO-GUN KID #60 (intro of the new Two-Gun Kid)
TALES OF SUSPENSE #39 (1st Iron Man)
TALES OF SUSPENSE #49 (1st Watcher solo)
TALES OF SUSPENSE #59 (1st Silver Age Captain America solo)
SGT. FURY AND HIS HOWLING COMMANDOS #1
AVENGERS #1
X-MEN #1
DAREDEVIL #1
GHOST RIDER #1 (the Western version)
MARVEL SUPER-HEROES #12 (1st Captain Marvel)
MARVEL SUPER-HEROES #19 (1st Ka-Zar solo)
MARVEL SUPER-HEROES #20 (1st Dr. Doom solo)
CAPTAIN SAVAGE #1
SILVER SURFER #1

For someone like me who unfortunately doesn't have enough time and money to read all of the Masterworks and Essentials, Marvel Firsts is a nice alternative, and I plan on picking up as many as they see fit to publish. Two volumes for the 1970s are on the way, and I'd like to think that we'll see some 1940s and 1950s collections, as well.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brought me back to the 60's! Love this book! Nov. 21 2011
By Danny G. Grigsby - Published on Amazon.com
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This book brought me back to the 60's... marching to the Rexal Drug store to get my weekly books and stopping at a park, spredding the books out in the grass under a tree and wondering which one I would read first. I loved the big MARVEL TALES, MARVEL COLLECTORS ITEM'S CLASSICS AND MARVEL FANTASY MASTERPIECES of the 60's and this book reminds me of those. I hope they continue, not only reprinting classics of the 70's and 80's but giving us a thrill and going back to the 40's and 50's. Not to mention a follow up of this book, giving us the next adventures. Loved the format, the paper, the coloring and... the price. Thank you Marvel.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes! Nov. 25 2011
By "extreme_dig_cm" - Published on Amazon.com
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Explosive creativity(!)- it's all about the 60's here.

This is the real deal: the way the modern Marvel Universe really began. If you've ever wanted to see the critical elements in a single place, here they are.

1st ever appearances...

FANTASTIC FOUR... Fantastic Four #1, 1961.
HANK PYM... Tales To Astonish #27, 1961.
HULK... Incredible Hulk #1, 1962.
SPIDER-MAN... Amazing Fantasy #15, 1962.
THOR... Journey Into Mystery #83, 1962.
IRON MAN... Tales Of Suspense #39, 1962.
NICK FURY... Sgt. Fury And His Howling Commandos #1, 1963.
DR. STRANGE... Strange Tales #110, 1963.
AVENGERS... Avengers #1, 1963.
X-MEN... X-Men #1, 1963.
DAREDEVIL... Daredevil #1, 1964.

... key issues for RAWHIDE KID, TWO-GUN KID, SUB-MARINER, SILVER SURFER... and much, much more. The creativity in the 60's here simply staggers the imagination!

Marvel has tried this in the past, but this is the closest they've ever gotten to getting it right. It should probably be noted, for whatever it may be worth, that the *colors* here may or may not be 100% faithful to the originals. Over the years, Marvel has taken to randomly recoloring various panels from these issues in their Marvel Masterworks collections, and the newest colors here are flat & bright, similar to the style of the 60's, yet enhanced. These new colors are *not* 3-Dimensional modern computer coloring- just to be extra clear. Most people probably won't even notice these reprints were recolored at all, but I thought I'd mention it for the sake of anyone who may be interested.

P.S. I absolutely *love* the front cover design. And a big thanks to Marvel for pricing this to move. Many of us have some of these issues already. A great price makes this paperback easily worth recommending.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best collection of Marvel origin material - for the casual fan and completist Feb. 16 2012
By Mark Treitel - Published on Amazon.com
To reiterate what the other reviewers have stated, this is a fantastic way to read the popular and less popular origin stories of Marvel comics. The stories are presented in chronological order, and there are additional reproductions of covers to the various Atlas/Marvel comics. I have read many of these origin stories numerous times over the years, but the fact that it's presented in historical context brings additional value. I also was very happy to read many of the western materials or lesser known stories from the era, that have never been available in one volume. This alone is well worth the price.

Taking a larger view, Marvel (Lee, Kirby, Ditko, Ayers, et al) created in a few short years so many archetype superheroes that have created a foundation for 50 years of stories. It's unlikely that any creative company created so much in a short amount of time.

I recommend this book for parents to give to their kids so they can learn about the origins of the superheroes they're watching in the movies. Also, for any Marvel fan (even if you have 1 or 2 origin books) to read stories you may not have known even existed.

Even if you are a purchaser of Marvel Essentials, the colors and paper quality of this volume is far superior to other compendiums.

I look forward the 70's volumes, and likely the 80's and 90's, although they probably will not be able to "touch" the simplicity of the original stories.

Make Mine Marvel!
5.0 out of 5 stars great June 25 2014
By Jennine Francavilla - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a gift for my 12 year lod grandson but my 25 year old son and his friends enjoyed it even more !! They ought over who would read it first !
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