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The Super Hero’s Journey (Marvel Arts) (2023)

by Patrick McDonnell

Other authors: Dick Ayers (Illustrator), Vince Colletta (Illustrator), Steve Ditko (Illustrator), Don Heck (Illustrator), Jack Kirby (Illustrator)6 more, George Klein (Illustrator), Stan Lee (Author), Paul Reinman (Illustrator), John Romita (Illustrator), Joe Sinnott (Illustrator), Chic Stone (Illustrator)

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The second book in Abrams' Marvel Arts line, featuring the work of beloved Mutts creator Patrick McDonnell and the greatest super heroes of the Marvel Universe The Super Hero's Journey is an adventure unlike any you have ever read. Imbued with the creativity, artwork, and heart of Patrick McDonnell, the beloved creator of the comic strip Mutts, this all-new graphic novel love letter features the classic Marvel super heroes including the Fantastic Four, the Incredible Hulk, Captain America, Black Panther, and Spider-Man, and is the synthesis of McDonnell's positive, inspirational sensibility and Marvel's blockbuster brand. Using the Marvel Universe as avatars, McDonnell muses on how comics changed his life and inspired him to become a cartoonist, instilling a moral sensibility that he carries through his work and his life. Visually striking-The Super Hero's Journey incorporates panels from classic Marvel comics as a tribute by McDonnell to his heroes-Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, and the other creators of the Marvel Universe-alongside inspirational quotes from Eckhart Tolle, Thoreau, and others.… (more)
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A brilliant love letter to the early days of Marvel Comics, McDonnell pulls from multiple titles and stories to create an all new meta-story, juxtaposing his lifelong love of comics with the characters and creators that first sparked his imagination as a kid. If you're a fan of Marvel, especially the early years, this is an absolute must read. ( )
  tapestry100 | Jan 16, 2024 |
Self-indulgent pap.

Mutts creator Patrick McDonnell takes a pair of scissors to a bunch of 1960s Marvel comic books to cobble together a half-assed story about Dr. Doom's new invention to spread negativity waves throughout the world, causing a bunch of superhero infighting and setting Uatu the Watcher and Reed Richards on a quest to bring back peace and calm. Between the panels written by Stan Lee and illustrated by the likes of Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, McDonnell self-inserts with some scenes from his own childhood, plasters in a bunch of inspirational quotes, and appalls with his own scribbled renditions of the superheroes with the stated intent to "capture the feeling of childhood."

Looks like garbage. Reads like garbage. Must be garbage.

(Best Graphic Novels of 2023 Project: I'm trying to read all the books on the Washington Post 10 Best Graphic Novels of 2023 list. Eight down, two to go! How many have you read?) ( )
  villemezbrown | Dec 24, 2023 |
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McDonnell, PatrickAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ayers, DickIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Colletta, VinceIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ditko, SteveIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Heck, DonIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kirby, JackIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Klein, GeorgeIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lee, StanAuthorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Reinman, PaulIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Romita, JohnIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sinnott, JoeIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Stone, ChicIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Jack Kirby was once asked, "If you could have one superpower, what would it be?"
His answer: "Love."
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This book is dedicated to the Mighty Marvel Bullpen, Marie and Mac, the M. Boys, and Kathleen
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Prologue: Edison, New Jersey, 1966

Every Sunday morning, my dad, Cornelius (Mac), would take me, my two brothers, and our little sister to church.
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The second book in Abrams' Marvel Arts line, featuring the work of beloved Mutts creator Patrick McDonnell and the greatest super heroes of the Marvel Universe The Super Hero's Journey is an adventure unlike any you have ever read. Imbued with the creativity, artwork, and heart of Patrick McDonnell, the beloved creator of the comic strip Mutts, this all-new graphic novel love letter features the classic Marvel super heroes including the Fantastic Four, the Incredible Hulk, Captain America, Black Panther, and Spider-Man, and is the synthesis of McDonnell's positive, inspirational sensibility and Marvel's blockbuster brand. Using the Marvel Universe as avatars, McDonnell muses on how comics changed his life and inspired him to become a cartoonist, instilling a moral sensibility that he carries through his work and his life. Visually striking-The Super Hero's Journey incorporates panels from classic Marvel comics as a tribute by McDonnell to his heroes-Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, and the other creators of the Marvel Universe-alongside inspirational quotes from Eckhart Tolle, Thoreau, and others.

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