Taschen’s The Marvel Age of Comics 1961–1978 by Roy Thomas released

The Marvel Age of Comics 1961–1978 - Cover

It was an age of mighty heroes, misunderstood monsters, and complex villains. With the publication of Fantastic Four #1 in November 1961, comics giant Marvel inaugurated a transformative era in pop culture. Through the next two decades, the Hulk, Spider-Man, Iron Man, and the X-Men leapt, darted, and towered through its pages. Captain America was resurrected from his 1940s deep-freeze and the Avengers became the World’s Greatest Super Heroes. Daredevil, Dr. Strange, and dozens more were added to the pantheon, each with their own rogues’ gallery of malevolent counterparts. More than 50 years later, these thrilling characters from the 1960s and ’70s are more popular than ever, fighting the good fight in comics, toy aisles, and blockbuster movies around the world.

The Marvel Age of Comics 1961–1978 - Sample Pages

The Marvel Age of Comics 1961–1978 - Sample Pages

The Marvel Age of Comics 1961–1978 - Sample PagesIn The Marvel Age of Comics 1961–1978, legendary writer and editor Roy Thomas takes you to the heart of this seminal segment in comic history – an age of triumphant character and narrative innovation that reinvented the super hero genre. With hundreds of images and insider knowledge, the book traces the birth of champions who were at once epic in their powers and grounded in a world that readers recognised as close to their own; relatable heroes with the same problems, struggles, and shortcomings as everyone else.

The Marvel Age of Comics 1961–1978 - Sample Pages

The Marvel Age of Comics 1961–1978 - Sample Pages

The Marvel Age of Comics 1961–1978 - Sample Pages

By the 1970s, we see how the House of Ideas also elevated horror, sword and sorcery, and martial arts in its stable of titanic demigods, introducing characters like Man-Thing, Conan, and Shang-Chi, and proving that their brand of storytelling could succeed and flourish outside of the capes and tights.

Behind it all, we get to know the extraordinary Marvel architects whose names are almost as familiar as the mortals (and immortals!) they brought to life – Stan “The Man” Lee, Jack “King” Kirby, and Steve Ditko, along with a roster of greats like John Romita, John Buscema, Marie Severin, Jim Steranko, and countless others.

The result is a behind-the-scenes treasure trove and a jewel for any comic fan’s library, brimming with the innovation and energy of an invincible era for Marvel and its heroes alike.

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John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a “freelance comics operative”, currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY.

John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor.

He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY.

Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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