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Marvel Masterworks: Atlas Era Heroes - Volume 3 Hardcover – Sep 24 2008

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (Sept. 24 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785129308
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785129301
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 19 x 27.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 Kg
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,326,248 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa1f24924) out of 5 stars 7 reviews
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1c263c0) out of 5 stars Sub-Mariner The Original Anti-Hero Dec 7 2008
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Out of the three Marvel Masterworks devoted to the Atlas Era of Marvel Heroes this one is the best; so says Roy Thomas in the introduction; and I agree.

This is not to say the other two volumes are bad, but the artwork from Bill Everett, creator of Sub-Mariner is top notch. If there no words in this book you could look at the fantastic illustrations and be entertained; but the stories are fun also. They even have tales of Namor (the Sub-Mariner) when he was young.

The odd thing is his personality changes from story to story. Sometimes he wants to kill the "surface-dwellers" at other times he is friends with us. Such a moody hero. But all in all the stories are like proto-Marvel stories, not as simple as golden age stories can be, and yet not as sophisticated as Marvel would become.

Died too much before his time Joe Maneely provides provides the covers for several of the issues, illustrating a talent that would surely be missed.

Rounding out this volume is some filler stories (pretty amusing); a smattering of golden-age Human Torch and Toro stories, and the forementioned Roy Thomas introduction which gives one a context for these stories.

A very entertaining volume, and this is coming from someone who does not really love the golden-age comics all that much.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1c263a8) out of 5 stars marvel masterworks atlas era heroes the Sub-mariner Dec 28 2008
By Albert M. Kapustar - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
As a kid growing up the Sub-mariner was my all time favorite comic book heroe.I couldn"t understand how it dissappeared from the newsstands after 10 issues.You can't imagine my joy when marvel publihed a book with all 10 issues in a nice hardcover.The coloring is great and its as close to owning the comic books which now run for hundreds of dolars each as you can get.I recommend this book for all comic fans,the stories from the 50"s are much more exciting then the 1940's Sub-mariner comics,the 1950 Sub-mariner battled Communist,space aliens and was the first anti heroe.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1b8c684) out of 5 stars bill everett shines here March 9 2010
By Michael Dobey - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book reprints 10 very well done submariner comic books from the golden age of comics. (In the mid-1950's)You also get several great Human Torch tales drawn by the excellent Dick Ayers as well. The rest of the book is all subby stories and they are all alot of fun. You get the origin of the character redone by his creater Everet as well. Bill Everett was a excellent artist by anyones standards and some of his finest comic stylings are in this book. Everett was a artists artist in that he was just prone to excellent work and that's saying alot considering some of the giants at work when these issues were first printed. As another reviewer said if you tried to buy these in their original comic book form they'd be extremely expensive and probably have yellowing pages. With the masterworks series you can read old comics and they look cleaned up and better than they did even back then. The papers better after all. Anyways I would like to see marvel reprint alot more of the Sub mariner. They are at volume 3 in the golden age series and bill didn't start redrawing the character until he returned from the World War in 1946. but at least we get to read these classic tales a affordable rate and they look great too.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4050624) out of 5 stars Imperius Rex! Sept. 5 2013
By Johnny Heering - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is the third and last volume covering Marvel's super-hero comics of the 1950's. This one reprints Sub-Mariner #33 to 42. This ten issue run makes it much more successful than the revivals of The Human Torch and Captain America, which lasted just three issues each. Why was Namor more successful than his rivals? Well, according to the introduction by Roy Thomas, Marvel was negotiating with a Hollywood producer for a Sub-Mariner television series, due to the success of the Superman show. Of course, if there was no Sub-Mariner comic book being published, that would make the property less attractive to Hollywood. So, the comic stuck around until the TV deal was dead in the water (so to speak). As for the quality of the comics, they are above average for the time period. While the stories aren't as sophisticated as today's readers are used to, the art by Sub-Mariner creator Bill Everett is great. This is the best of the three Atlas Era Heroes book.
HASH(0xa4050630) out of 5 stars Bill Everett takes his character back to the heights from which he originated Dec 19 2014
By Uncle Mickey - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Unlike so much of what came out in the 1940s from Timely Comics featuring the hot-tempered ruler of Atlantis, these 1950s stories written and drawn by the gifted Bill Everett are first-rate in every sense. Until he returned to "Marvel Comics," then known as Atlas Publishing, Everett (serving in the armed forces at the time) was forced to watch the 940s-era Sub-Mariner turn into a grotesque, triangle-faced parody of the character he created (except for a brief time toward the end of Namor's Golden-Age run when Lee Elias took over his adventures). No matter, this is the real Sub-Mariner and Amazon's price is amazingly low. Imperius Rex!