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The Marvel Encyclopedia by Daniel Wallace

The Marvel Encyclopedia (2006)

by Daniel Wallace, Andrew J. Darling

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The ultimate encyclopedic book for any fan of Marvel.

I must say, I really enjoyed reading through this. For many people, it's simply not the type of book you read from start to finish. Rather, it's an especially great coffee table book to have sitting at home so that when friends come over and we get to talking about characters from the Marvel Universe (or multiverse or omniverse or whatever it is these days), then this is the perfect reference guide.

I, on the other hand, that will sit down and read this book from front to back. And I did just that. It did take me nearly three months to pore over every single entry, examine the details of each individual character (complete with their height, weight, home base, and superpower), and stare in awe at the beautiful artwork. This book truly is an exceptional piece of work. I will admit that there were a few minuscule errors here and there throughout the book (text overlapping with images, oddly arranged text and images), but those in no way diminish the quality of the book. I wouldn't even remember where they were now that I'm done.

Not being a reader of the comics, I feel like I learned so much more about the Marvel universe. Sure I could have just spent some time online reading fan theories, wikipedia pages, and blogs galore, but nothing beats a physical book. I'm sure that's why anyone would be reading this review on goodreads anyway, amirite?

A great book for any fan of everything Marvel. ( )
  jms001 | Jun 14, 2015 |
The Marvel Encyclopedia is a perfect compendium for Marvel fans! The encyclopedia chronicles many of Marvel's most famous characters and many of their discontinued or lesser-known characters. Amazing artwork, compelling background information and that special Marvel flair make this a must have for comic book fans new and old! I give this encyclopedia four stars, but only because there is a newer edition out with new characters and new information on existing entries. This one is only comprised of info up through the end of House of M / New Avengers. I'd recommend getting the new one for the latest information! ( )
  MeganAngela | Dec 1, 2011 |
Uncle E gave this to me on my 5th birthday! How awesome, but Daddy wants to keep it as a collectible. Umph! ( )
  4bebe | Nov 3, 2010 |
If you’re a Marvel comic book geek you have to have this it's a handy reference for the various, people, groups and institutions in the Marvel universe. My only quibble is that they left out some well known people in the Marvel universe for some lesser known people. ( )
  Whispering | Jan 1, 2009 |
If you like comics this is a must have! Some old school art work that's cool to but 90% is new. Depending on the character there's a brief to full page description, giving you there background, fist appearance, special powers/abilities. Definitely recommended. ( )
  capetowncanada | Nov 4, 2007 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Daniel Wallaceprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Darling, Andrew J.main authorall editionsconfirmed
Brevoort, Tommain authorsome editionsconfirmed
DeFalco, Tommain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Forbeck, Mattmain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sanderson, Petermain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Teitelbaum, Michaelmain authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0756623588, Hardcover)

Marvel Comics' character roster boasts some of the best known and most popular characters ever conceived-heroes that are international household names, both as comic book stars and movie stars, such as Spider-Man, the Hulk and Wolverine. This unique, one-volume encyclopedia contains more than 1000 of Marvel's greatest, with full details of their powers and their thrill-packed careers. The encyclopedia's range of spectacular art features eye-popping work by Marvel's finest artists, while the authoritative text is supplied by a team of top Marvel comic book writers. In addition, double-page features, illustrated with classic covers, trace the fascinating story of Marvel Comics through the decades. The Marvel Comics Encyclopedia is an essential book both for new fans and for those who grew up loving the excitement, heroism and humor of the Marvel Universe. Includes a foreword by Stan Lee.

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Contains alphabetically-arranged entries that profile more than one thousand heroes and villains featured in Marvel comics, and includes illustrations and a brief history of Marvel.

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