A Marvel-ous Gift this Holiday Season

A Marvel-ous Gift this Holiday Season

Jay Cochran - October 12, 2007
Many of us grew up reading them, some of us continue to read them as adults or buy them for our kids, and let's not forget the subculture that collects them; comic books, and more importantly the characters within, are big business these days. Don't believe it? Just take a look at your local movie marquee or video store and the onslaught of comic-book based movies being released every summer.

Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, X-Men, The Incredible Hulk -- all part of the Marvel universe that fans can't seem to get enough of. And so, just in time for this holiday season comes THE MARVEL(R) VAULT from Running Press ($49.95), literally A Museum-in-a-Book(TM) that shares the insider's story of Marvel Comics from 1939 to the present. Written by two guys with access to the vault of archival jewels, Roy Thomas and Peter Sanderson, it's the collectible of a lifetime featuring everything from early sketches of favorite superheroes like the Sub-Mariner to plastic-encased memorabilia such as the Spider-Man wedding invitation from 1987.

Who are the men behind the book? Roy Thomas went from being a high school teacher to Stan Lee's assistant editor and a scriptwriter for Marvel Comics in 1965, later serving as a writer, editor, and then editor in chief at Marvel until 1980. Having co-written two films, contributed to a number of books, and co-authored one with Stan Lee, Roy truly is an expert on all things Marvel. Co-author Peter Sanderson has penned books, journal articles, and criticism, and has taught courses at New York University, and produced documentaries on comics. He joined the Marvel Comics staff as an assistant editor, later becoming Marvel's first archivist.

Chock-full of historic and never-before-seen memorabilia, with THE MARVEL(R) VAULT comic book fanatics and newcomers to the art will get an insider's view of the comic book industry -- from the writers, artists, editors, colorists, and letterers behind some of the most recognized icons in American pop culture -- to a look at the generations of fans and changes that have affected the production of comics themselves. Legendary Stan Lee said it best: "I've seen a lot of impressive books in my time, but THE MARVEL(R) VAULT takes the cake! I shudder to think of any True Believer being without one."

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