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Marvel Masterworks: Atlas Era Journey Into Mystery - Volume 4 [Hardcover]

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Book Description

June 6 2012 Marvel Masterworks
The Marvel Masterworks are once again going back to the days when horror ruled the racks. Yes, it's time to take a journey into mystery! And this volume offers a very special treat-Steve Ditko's very first story for Marvel. In 1956, at the beginning of his career, Ditko drew a handful of stories for Stan Lee and you'll get not just one, but two of them here. Also providing heaping helpings of suspense, scares and twist endings are 1950s comics luminaries like Wally Wood, Al Wiliamson, Bernie Krigstein, Gene Colans and so many, many more.

COLLECTING: Journey Into Mystery 31-40


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (June 6 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785159258
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785159254
  • Product Dimensions: 26.2 x 18.5 x 2.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 885 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #515,268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Same old stuff but I mean that in a good way June 2 2012
By Jim Davis - Published on Amazon.com
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This Atlas Era Marvel Masterwork has all of the features that we've come to expect of these 1950s horror/mystery collections.

First and foremost it superbly reproduces the 10 issues so one can truly appreciate the qualities of the artwork without going to the (not inconsiderable) time and expense of purchasing the original issues.

It also showcases some well known comics artists in periods before becoming famous or in genres they are not normally associated with or with unfamiliar inkers or whatever. For me personally, it is interesting to see John Forte doing something other than the Bizarro or Legion stories I read as a child. Forte was a gifted artist who never totally mastered the conventions of the dynamic superhero genre but here he is my favorite. Don Heck is totally in his element in these horror/mystery stories. We also get to see some early Steve Ditko Atlas work.

Then there are the artists that are totally forgotten because they left the field before the superhero explosion of the following Silver Age. There are a number in this volume, some of whom one suspects lacked the talent to find regular comics work.

Dr. Michael J. Vassallo contributes his usual comprehensive and exhaustive introduction.

Interestingly, by the third issue in this book, there are six stories rather than five achieved by dropping the page count of individual stories. Curiously, the quality of the stories isn't really affected. Indeed, there are some really good stories toward the end of the book. I suppose the net effect was to increase the chances that a scripter could actually bring a plot to an interesting and logical conclusion. Unfortunately, it was far more common to have competent build up followed by lame, clumsy resolution.

Highly recommended to those familiar with the conventions of the time and the limitations of the material. These books aren't as literate as EC's Tales from the Crypt but the art is to the same standard.
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4.0 out of 5 stars For Journey into mystery fans only Aug. 31 2012
By David Jansen - Published on Amazon.com
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This book,is a great way to savor some of the first comics that came out under the comics code.the art holds up pretty good, with two early efforts by Ditko, and two post ec Wood efforts.The stories, lack the punch that the pre code J.I. M. had, They range from out right bad, to passable.Books like this, somehow managed to survive, even up to todays times, through it may as well be called tales of asgard today.The next four archives, will be much better books.
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Atlas Archives March 24 2014
By Bob - Published on Amazon.com
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Great archive of the classic 1950s Atlas Journey into Mystery series. This is Marvel before Marvel was cool. Excellent shipping and Amazon experience. I will buy from them again. A++++
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have For Those That Love Horror Comics Jan. 18 2014
By Darrell - Published on Amazon.com
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Anyone whom is an Atlas pre-super hero fan has to have this collection. These are pre-Thor horror tales that are absolutely great to have. The 10 original issues worth of stories alone would cost you a lot more than this publication to purchase even in barely readable conditions. I love these old 1950's Horror Tales.

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