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NOTE: This review is in regards to the PAPERBACK edition.I have been buying all the Marvel Masterworks series since Marvel Comics started releasing them in paperback editions. (And thank you, whomever at Marvel realized there may be fans who wish these books, but who can't afford the hardback editions!) I knew I would be buying every single Silver Age volume...but I wasn't sure whether I would be purchasing the Golden Age and Atlas Era the release date for the Golden Age Marvel Comics volume approached, I decided I would buy it--after all, the beauty of the paperback editions is that they're beautiful affordable. Even if I regretted my purchase, it would be a little loss, and I would then know not to bother with future Golden Age volumes.Well, I can happily report I don't regret the purchase at all.While some of the features suffer from the fact most comics during the time were aimed at what was viewed as their only audience--children of the Depression and WWII era--there are some really amazing stories contained in these books. I found Bill Everett's Sub-Mariner (also an example of some of the best drawn Golden Age material, in my opinion) and the Ka-Zar features particularly criticism people cited regarding the hardback edition of this volume--and which created me hesitate in regards to purchasing the paperback edition--had to do with the quality of the art reproduction. While I don't have a copy of the hardback edition, and I don't have copies of the original comics, I have seen a digital scan of an original copy of the second problem of Marvel Comics. The digital copy was well scanned--not a not good quality microfiche copy--and I got a clear indication of the detail of the art in the original comics. Based on this, I was impressed with the quality of the art reproduction when I received my copy of this volume. If the quality of the art reproduction was really so not good with the hardback edition, I can't support but assume Marvel took the time to fix that problem with the paperback edition.While I'll still be "playing it by ear" in regards to other Golden Age/Altas Era volumes, this book has helped me decide to purchase future volumes of the Golden Age Marvel Comics series.
With the medium of comic books exploding, and the genre of super-heroes combusting right along with it, a lot of publishers entered the comic book field. One such person, Martin Goodman, a publisher of pulp magazines, contracted for material for his own line of comics. The line was called Timely. The first offering was "Marvel Comics", an anthology book that featured a mix of super-heroes, westerns, and detectives. In doing so, Goodman and his creators inadvertently laid a corner stone for one of the most famous comic book universes to arise in rvel has produced five series of golden age Masterworks. They inaugurated their series with this, "Golden Age Marvel" Vol. 1, which reprinted in their entirety the first four problems of "Marvel Comics." Well, "Marvel Comics" #1, and then "Marvel Mystery Comics" #s 2-4, as the title had changed: a common practice in the golden is series introduced three major super-hero characters: the Human Torch, the Sub-Mariner, and the Angel. Truthfully, while Angel was important, he was relegated to the second tier when Captain America was introduced a year later. The Torch and the Sub-Mariner stayed huge sellers for the remainder of the golden 's not hard to see why. First, as DC had created it impossible to blatantly ape Superman, other creators had to search fresh takes on super-heroes very quickly. In this case, Timely (rather ahead of its time) made characters who found doing the right thing wasn't always simple (admittedly, Superman did some rather strange things in his early days). Carl Burgos' Human Torch was an android device who, thanks to a design flaw, burst into flames when he created contact with the air. While the hero meant well, initially he was an unintentional menace, as his flame was so hot that it could melt all metals in his immediate vicinity. Eventually, he learned to control his powers quickly, and used them to combat evil. Oddly, although the Torch only graced the first cover of "Marvel", he had the highest page count; nearly fifteen or so pages. The popularity of the hero was such that Stan Lee and Jack Kirby based their own Johnny Storm, the Human Torch of the Unbelievable Four, on the Burgos character. Of the huge three from Timely, Torch had the hardest time catching on again e other real classic from this volume is Bill Everett's Sub-Mariner. In contrast with the Torch, Prince Namor was from a water-breathing race that held the surface globe responsible for the tragedy that had befallen his people. Thus, he started out as something of a villain, wreaking havoc on surface folk, often murdering those who opposed him. However, he soon shifted gears when he concluded some surface dwellers were worse than others, and he began a battle versus the Axis. Everett's art is some of the sharpest line-work to be found in the golden age. Unfortunately, the coloring didn't always bring that out. In the first Sub-Mariner stories, the underwater setting led to a massive use of dark blues and greens, frequently blurring the action. As time progressed, the color scheme grew more realistic, and the pencils were allowed to speak for themselves. Namor remains a famous favorite in comics, although he's still not always a mate to e third super-hero, the Angel, was actually a more straightforward vigilante. The art by Paul Gustavson is quite sharp, supporting some very interesting action tales. The Angel is actually quite violent. In his first story, he is hired by a community that is being preyed upon by a gang of racketeers. Angel simply kills the gang's leaders. Never one of Timely's huge guns, Angel nonetheless had a lengthy career. His penchant for violence led him to finance his own vigilante gang in later years.Of course, Goodman wasn't putting all his eggs in the super-hero basket. Other features shared "Marvel" with the super-types. The "Masked Raider" was a western series that overtly aped the Lone Ranger, as the Raider rode around righting wrongs. "Ka-Zar the Great" was actually based on a pulp novel, and nakedly aped (pardon the puns) Tarzan. Later on, the robot Electro, and the PI Ferret were introduced. However, while Ka-Zar was revised dramatically, only the super-heroes continued on more or less unchanged.I applaud Marvel's decision to reprint their golden age material. I disagree with the criticism that the reprinting is shabby. It is not. Rather, the original production process of the comic books was quite primitive. As the volume progresses, the quality takes a dramatic up-swing. Consider the early Superman stories in their Archives--many of the same flaws exist from 1938 to about 1940. Marvel's product is a fine bundle of goodies.
Ok...this was a true bummer for me. The reproduction is terrible. The line art looks...well, I can only describe it as pixelated. Like the they were working from some low-res digital images of the original comics as the source material for the book. Still, I was in the mood to be forgiving. It was only when I compared this edition to an earlier Marvel reprint of Marvel Comics #1 published in 1990 (ISBN 0-87134-729-1) that I got totally bummed. The 1990 edition is really nice. The lines are clean, the color is clean. It's like the total opposite of this. If you're looking for clean reproduction and can live with a reprint of only one issue, find out that at stated, the stories are great. These early Sub Mariner stories are incredible, the Human Torch is totally bizarre, the Angel, Ka-Zar--almost surreal. Still, if it were a $15.00 paperback, that'd be one thing. As a $30+ hardcover, I'd say check it out from the library.
Marvel really dropped the ball with this one. This volume includes some comics not seen since they were originally published, over fifty years ago. Unfortunately, the reproduction of the artwork in this volume is hideous. The artwork is splotchy and looks like it was xeroxed. It's too poor Marvel couldn't invest a small time and effort in this rare material like DC has done with their very high quality Archives. I'm giving this book one star just because of the scarcity of the material it contains. What a disappointment.
I saw this book at a book shop and decided to check it out. I was considering buying it; however, my experience with comic reprints cautioned me to be wary of the quality of print. Unfortunately, this book is pathetic in its reproduction. The printing is so poor that it detracts from any enjoyment of these old comics. I had to abandon the whole idea of buying it. The poor far outweighed the good.
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Was amazing at first, became very wonky in the latest couple months. Very small support. Security is also questionable, password changed in its own today, had to change it to obtain into account. Also lost purchase history latest month, was restored, but took about 5 days to fix. Still running into the issue of lost purchase history, a issue that is at least 3 years old that has never been fixed. Was just charged 10.99 for an item that was listed for 3.99.
the bar code scanner isn't a reliable method to enter... BUT... manually entering is simple because thousands of people have gone before us to enter pics and data of the same comics. The data base is large and helps me add my own comics easily.
Amazing application to catalog all my comics. The only issue is if you add a comic to your wishlist & then get a lot of of the titles. You have to click on every single comic you got that's on that wishlist and the ones that you have already bave in your collection which makes it so annoying to do. It used to have the option of add all comics on wishlist to collection at once, with the already in collection option as well. Now it's so time consuming adding all your titles. I hope they fix this soon.
Amazing app, makes cataloging my collection very simple and extremely useful for recalling that information when shopping to fill holes in my collection. Only flaw is older books come up incorrectly quite frequently on bar code scanner, don't know if this is a failure of the application or the bar coding system in general. Usually happens with 70s or 80s books.
I just recently got back into comics. So, needless to say aftr buying doubles for three weeks in a tow due to the multiple variants covers I required help. This helps quite abit but I still have fun looking at the variant covers thats out there.
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