Product Added : January 29th, 2013
Category : Books
"This Best Selling Marvel Encyclopedia Tends to SELL OUT VERY FAST! If this is a MUST HAVE product, be sure to Order Now to avoid disappointment!"
Celebrate 70 years of Marvel Comics with The Marvel Encyclopedia! Fully updated with new images and text, this one-volume encyclopedia contains more than 1,000 of Marvel's greatest-from well-known characters such as Spider-Man, the Hulk and Wolverine to lesser known heroes and villains.
An essential book both for new fans and for those who grew up loving the comics, The Marvel Encyclopedia is full of artwork, stats, and history for every character in the Marvel Universe. Updates on characters include information from the story arcs of Civil War and Annihilation, and brings fans up to date with the aftermath of Secret Invasion.
TM & © 2009 Marvel Entertainment, Inc. and its subsidiaries. Licensed by Marvel Characters B.V. All rights reserved.
i think some of these reviews shouldnt be on this page. these reviews apply to the first edition that had serious flaws. this is the updated and expanded version that was released oct 2009. these reviews are from the book that was released in 2006. they actually have the same reviews listed under the older version that was flawed.
when i brought this book, there were no reviews for it yet. i purchased this book the second day it was released in oct 2009.
i think amazon does this book a disservice by applying the same reviews to this book. it misleads people into thinking it has major flaws.
if you look at the titles it clearly says “updated and expanded version”. maybe amazon used the review to imply it is a hot commodity(and it is), but by having the same outdated reviews for a book that was revised in 2009 seems a little self defeating and manipulative at the same time. being as though the reviews by some of the people are complaints about the older version.
even with the flaws, if you read the reviews below, you will see that many people also enjoyed the book. the only complaints came from hardcore geeky fans(no disrespect). most were somewhat minor, like the info for a few characters being off. but the artwork and lay-out is beautiful. and these complaints are fixed in this version, and thats why the complaints dont apply.
i think everyone will enjoy this book. as an artist who enjoys creating my own comic book characters and superheroes, the action poses are a tremendous reference for my characters. that was the main reason i bought this massive book. page after page of action poses and fight scenes. im not a hardcore collector at all! i enjoy comics but i dont live and die by them.
i used to flip through comics to get reference poses and inspiration and this book gives me more references and inspiration and insight than any book i ever came across.
if you want a good book thats informative i would suggest this book. by the way, i am turning into that geeky guy now. reading this encyclopedia has given me info on characters i never knew existed and exposed me to a world of supereroes that goes back 5 decades or more. i didnt realize some of my favorite and most familiar characters from childhood were around for so long.
i guess i had no concept of time when it came to the characters from marvel.
all in all, you cant be dissapointed in this book. even someone whos not a fan will enjoy the material in this book. hope this review helped
NOTE: This review is for the NEW and UPDATED Marvel Encyclopedia. When I wrote this review, the new version’s reviews were separate from the previous version. Since then, Amazon has combined the reviews, and this is a shame, because the updated version corrects most if not all of the problems found in the previous version. /END NOTE
I received this book on it’s release day, as I was very excited about it, and wanted it as quickly as possible. I was not disappointed! The book is 400 pages on high quality, glossy print, with brilliant artwork, and color that pops off the page.
The book is meant as a reference, and includes basically every Marvel character ever created with a short bio for some, and up to 4 pages for the Marvel superstars like Spider-Man, Captain America, and Wolverine.
I have the DC Encyclopedia as well, and it’s great too, but the text is so small. The Marvel 2009 (Updated & Expanded) Encyclopedia improves this greatly with a font that’s at least 2 sizes bigger for all entries, and many lead-in paragraphs include even larger fonts. This was a huge relief to my older eyes.
The encyclopedia includes more than just A to Z entries for heroes and villains, it also has entries for Marvel events, such as the Civil War. Non-American Marvel characters are included as well, including UK hero Captain Britain, and Alpha Flight, a Canadian team.
Extremely thorough, giant glossy pages, incredible artwork, and excellent layout (with a highly readable font) make this a masterwork, and a must-have for any Marvel fan. Amazon’s price makes it a no-brainer.
The only drawback? Get your arms ready, this thing weighs 5.5 pounds!
I would love to be able to afford the A-Z series by MARVEL, but it’s just waaaay too many volumes and waaaay too expensive. I’ve got my kids hooked on MARVEL and superheros in general. This book gives them just enough info about each character in the MARVEL universe to answer questions and gives a visual rendering of each so they can identify them… great purchase!
This an excellent encyclopedia that have nice illustrations and a complete information of all the marvel characters. Good buy for a marvel comics fan.
With all the superhero movies out I use this book often. Some days I just pick it up because I love the artwork. It’s most have if you love comics and have friends that question your knowledge, I show them this bible. I hope they keep update and keep pace with the marvel universe.
This is a great book for any lover of marvel comics. It has pictures and short summaries of each character (though I did notice that a few of the lesser known ones are missing, which is what I’d primarily use this encyclopedia for).
Simply awesome and amazing contains everything from Stan’s old days including other marvel Creators up to 2009 unfortunately it doesn’t go pass 2009 but everything is on point and exact. Much better compared to the Marvel encyclopedia 2003 Edition. Good Buy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
good info. i like how they have the info for the good guys/ bad guys. over 400 pages. so many characteristic a lot of the marvel characters i never heard of before i got this book. also tells you about there friends girl friends family. worth getting.
This book is a great collection of characters. It gives a pretty good background of each character but the description do jump around to many story lines and can be confusing(especially someone not into the history of comic book storylines). Overall it was exactly what I was looking for.