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Timely 70th Anniversary Collection Hardcover – Jan 20 2010

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A Golden Age celebration May 9 2010
By Patrick Lemaire - Published on
Format: Hardcover
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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great WWII Timely Action! Jan. 5 2015
By Rich M. - Published on
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This was an excellent collection of stories about Timely/Marvel's original characters from the Golden Age. It was also one of the few comic book "events" that I've been able to stomach over the past twenty years.

This collects all 12th of the anniversary specials, featuring Captain America, the original Human Torch, the Sub-Mariner, the All Winners Squad, the Young Allies, and even such obscure characters as the Phantom Reporter and Marvex. A very fun read on all counts - GA characters infused but not overpowered by modern sensibilities, without a lot of deconstruction. The only disappointing feature is that it doesn't containt the Marvel Handbook for the series.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
An almost-great tribute to the Golden Age of super-heroes Jan. 15 2015
By Uncle Mickey - Published on
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Celebrating the World War II-era precursors of the Marvel Comics heroes, this book has some terrific stories -- especially the "All Winners" book, which features a great sequel by Karl Kesel ("Captain America: Patriot") to Golden Age issue #21's All Winner Squad team-up, "Menace From the Future World," and Tom DeFalco's use of the entire "cast" of "Marvel (Mystery) Comics" (which includes the best-looking Angel story ever). However, by leaving out all of the Golden Age reprints that accompanied the modern-day versions, this collection loses much of its charm. I'm just grateful I had the 11 original single issues with which to compare this deluxe hardback, and I'm going to stick with them. For those who would just as soon skip the reprints, this oversized volume may be just the right addition to their collection. But, for this fan of the World War II era Timely Comics, half the fun of reading this collection is now missing. The story drawn by Lee Elias in "Sub-Mariner Comics" is a refreshing change from the late 1940s Namor, who was truly grotesque, and the two Marvex The Super Robot tales in "All Select Comics" are either just plain weird or truly brilliant satire.
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By cornbreadthedog - Published on
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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!

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!