Saturday, May 23, 2015
Book Review - Marvel: The Characters and Their Universe
About the Book
For 75 years the Marvel Superheroes have delighted readers with their larger-than-life, yet very human, heroics. More than simply comic book characters, the likes of Captain America, the Silver Surfer, Iron Man, and Doctor Strange, to name a few, have become part of the fabric of 20th century culture; the mythology of the modern age.
Marvel: The Characters and Their Universe examines these legendary characters, focusing on their creation and charting their continuous evolution in the comic book pages as well as their translation into the world of mediaâ??film, television, animation, even video games and theme park attractionsâ??and into the very core of popular culture.
This lavishly illustrated volume features full color artwork and hundreds of photos from film and television productions, some of which have never before been published. Through revealing and entertaining interviews with the legendary creators of the Marvel Universe, including Joe Simon, John Romita, John Buscema, Gene Colan, Roy Thomas, Chris Claremont and, of course, Stan "The Man" Lee, as well as such cinematic translators as animator Ralph Bakshi, director Kenneth Johnson and actor Lou Ferrigno, Marvel: The Characters and Their Universe reveals the story of Marvel, and its influence on the culture of our time, as never before.
My Take on the Book
As someone that grew up with Marvel comics, I loved reading this and learning so much more about the Marvel universe. You really get to learn so much more about many of the most popular characters in the Marvel Comics. So if you are a fan of characters such as Captain America, Spider-man, The Incredible Hulk, and the X-Men you will definitely learn so much within the pages of this book. You will get to learn about other characters too, but these are the main ones. The book provides a good back origin story for these characters as well as an understanding of their powers, weaknesses and much more. Thus, the book truly is a deep in-depth examination that any lover of the Marvel Universe will appreciate! The book not only is something that you will want to read and learn from, but it is also something that could easily be placed out as a coffee table book for others to read and learn from too.
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