Ten years ago, Marvels was the breakthrough work for both of its creators: a worm's-eye view of the spectacle of Marvel comics history—35 years of glorious superheroes and terrifying super-disasters, told from the perspective of Phil Sheldon, a newspaper photographer who's experienced "the marvels" from ground level. Renowned artist Ross's rich, lush, nearly photorealistic style (he painted all the major characters from photographs of models) made his reputation—and the book—a landmark. The story, too, suggests a sort of grandeur that had largely slipped away from superhero comics by the early '90s, even as it describes the helplessness that normal people might feel in the presence of angel-winged mutants and rapacious gods from outer space. There are plenty of Easter eggs in Marvels for longtime comics buffs, although the book is structured so that new readers won't be lost, either. The level of detail goes much deeper than what's visible on the page, but its creators' command of that unseen background gives the story itself force and resilience. This new edition augments the original with over 200 pages of extras: four drafts of Busiek's original proposal for the series, all of his scripts, a short bonus story, dozens of Ross's sketches and related artwork, and a guide to the many celebrity cameo appearances Ross drew into the original.
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It's a comic book historical documentary that is a comic... if you like marvel comics you haven't read the best it has to offer until you read this! Read morePublished 7 months ago by Gio
Marvels is a well illustrated piece of art, but if you haven't read many of the super hero stories (the Marvels) then I don't really recommend this book. Read morePublished on May 28 2004
This book was not worth reading. While it starts out with the 'birth' of the human torch, soon many random superheros and super villains are incorporated within the book. Read morePublished on May 19 2004 by Brianna
This book is all right. it had several parts that were amazingly boring. For instance, the publishers had to add every little detail they wanted to try and make this book... Read morePublished on Dec 28 2003
I first read these issues when they came out in 1993, and I was quite impressed with how they worked it out. Read morePublished on Aug. 25 2003 by D.W. Smith
This is what got me into comics in the first place. This story is well written and has great art. The story isn't about the superheros directly but about humans looking at the... Read morePublished on Aug. 4 2003 by D. Hansen
Best. Artwork. E-V-E-R. This comic, in my opinion blows all other art away, even in other comics Ross has drawn. Read morePublished on March 19 2003 by Amazon Customer
I borrowed this book from my friend. A bunch of people I know had read it and reccomended it to me. I picked it up thinking that it was going to be a book with good art but no real... Read morePublished on Feb. 25 2003