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This is a very handsome volume, originally published for $40, that serves as a modern tribute to Marvel's original incarnation as Timely Comics. While the product description above and the single review already here adequately describe the contents of this oversized volume, I just want to make a couple of clarifying points. First, contrary to the review, the book does not contain "handbook" entries on these characters. What it does have as an extra are some absolutely beautiful alternate covers for these comics as originally published in 2009.
More important, please be advised that this book does not reprint these comics in their entirety. When originally published as single $4 comics marking Marvel's 70th anniversary, they included some reprint material along with the new stories. This book only contains the new stories, which is a shame and can only be attributed to a desire to hold down the book's page count.
For example, the original tribute issue of Marvel Mystery Comics included a reprint of a Carl Burgos Human Torch story and a reprint of a story about "The Ferret" drawn by Irwin Hansen, characters appearing in the new material. This book has the new material, but not the 1940 reprints that added an extra dimension to the new stories. Similarly, the original tribute to All-Select Comics had a new Blonde Phantom story and a new satire by the great Michael Kupperman on the obscure character Marvex the Super Robot--both included in this volume--but also reprinted two of the original Marvex stories from 1940. This omission is a particular shame because seeing the old stories gave a much greater appreciation of Kupperman's satire.
I don't mean for this criticism to take away from the pleasures of the book under review, but the omission of the reprint material is a loss that should be regretted. I still recommend this book as a very pleasant read for anyone interested in the Timely heroes.
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Marvel celebrated its 70th anniversary in 2009. They released 11 specials of their wartime titles. These are surprisingly good. Some of them have the originality of the stories of the age, what we'd call now an independent flavor. In Captain America James Robinson and Marcos Martin tells us a story of 1940 Steve Rogers which shows how this 98-pound weakling had the moral qualities of the Captain America we know. All-Winners Comics shows us the 1946 All-Winners Squad aftermath of their fight in All Winners 21 as well as the difficulties of Jeff mace to live up to the Captain America's legend. All Select Comics gives us a hardboiled story of the Blonde Phantom in present day as well as a marvelous story of Marvex the Super-robot, certainly one of the best Golden Age inventions. In Sub-Mariner Comics Roy Thomas and Mitch Breitweiser present a story set in Sept 1940 where Namor questions his involvement in the conflict. Human Torch Comics features a tale about prejudice. USA Comics is a tale set in Oct 1941 of the relentless Destroyer. Marvel Mystery Comics has several heroes from the era in Spring 1941. Young Allies Comics updates us on what happened to these forgotten characters, a very good story inspired by Ed Brubaker's current run on Captain America. Mystic Comics by David Lapham is a noir story of the Vision, very much in the style of the Spectre. Miss America Comics revolves around women's work in factories during wartime. Daring Mystery Special reveals the origin of the Phantom Reporter from The Twelve. This volume is rounded up by the Marvel Mystery Handbook with entries on their Golden Age characters.
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This is just great comics book reading in the palm of your hands!
Man, oh, man! This book is on fire! I got a major soft spot in my fan-boy heart for WW2 era super heroes and this book lovingly takes the classic TIMELY (pre-Marvel Comics era super heroes) and gives them all new stories and exciting adventures to add onto or expand upon their classic capers!
The first story, which features my favorite Avenger of all time, Capt. America, is worth the price of admission alone with it's cool storyline and amazing art! Plus, I totally enjoyed THE ALL-WINNERS SQUAD saga and would totally love to see more of their WW2 era adventures as well. Also, THE DESTROYER comic book story was majorly bad-ass, too! This dude, THE DESTROYER, went behind enemy lines and ripped through a sea of Nazis just like extremely cold Russian weather did though evil Axis boots. It was awesome!
But, oh! It doesn't just stop there! In this book, I was pleasantly surprised that I found other classic heroes to cheer for as well... like grim and cunning, THE PHANTOM REPORTER (who kept reminding me of the WW2 DC Comics' hero, THE CRIMSON AVENGER for some reason); the dashing costumed detective, THE ANGEL, and the sexy and determined, THE BLONDE PHANTOM!
What's also cool is that this book has some amazing comic book covers/promo artwork spotlighting the heroes within this volume!...Right on!
However,though, there were a few turkeys...I mean, uh, stories that were kind of lame and should have been left out of this book like THE VISION, MARVEX:THE SUPER ROBOT (ugh! painfully bad!), an adult Bucky Barnes filling in as the new Capt. America (also painfully bad, for me, and a majorly huge turn off!...There's only one Captain America and his name is Steve "Get The Hell Out Of My Costume, Son" Rogers! Bucky Barnes should have stayed dead! It made Capt. America even more interesting to have his young partner's death on his soul!) Thus, these few stories knock a potentially five star book down to a four star rating right here on Amazon.com!
You know, I might be a hopeless Capt. America fan-boy, but I'm truly looking forward to another fantastic outing of Timely's WW2 era super heroes!