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Thursday, October 14, 2021
Details from the news release:
Penguin Classics is pleased to collaborate with Marvel Comics to publish a new series, the Penguin Classics Marvel Collection, marking the first time that comics have been published by Penguin Classics. This Collection of carefully curated comic book anthologies presents the original stories and seminal tales of key Marvel characters, and serves as a testament to Marvel’s transformative impact on graphic fiction and icons and stories across popular culture.
The first three books in the series, Black Panther, Captain America, and The Amazing Spider-Man will be published on June 14, 2022.
Each title will be published in black spine paperback as well as a collectible hardcover edition with beautiful gold foil stamping, gold top stain edges and endpapers featuring artwork from the comics. They each include a foreword by a contemporary young adult author and a detailed scholarly introduction, speaking to the enduring significance of Marvel’s iconic creations.
The Amazing Spider-Man includes a foreword by Jason Reynolds, the award-winning and #1 New York Times bestselling author of many books including Miles Morales: Spider-Man, Look Both Ways and Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You. Reynolds is the 2020-2021 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.
Black Panther includes a foreword by Nnedi Okorafor, the multiple award-winning author of Who Fears Death and the Binti novella trilogy. She has written Black Panther and Wakanda Forever for Marvel Comics.
Captain America includes a foreword by Gene Luen Yang, the fifth National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, and the author of Shang Chi for Marvel Comics and American Born Chinese.
Ben Saunders is the series editor and author of the scholarly introductions for Captain America and The Amazing Spider-Man; he is a Professor of English at the University of Oregon, where he founded the world’s first undergraduate minor in Comics Studies. He has also served as curator for several museum exhibitions of comic book art. Qiana J. Whitted is author of the scholarly introduction for Black Panther; she is Professor of English and African American Studies at the University of South Carolina, and an Eisner Award-winning comics scholar.
The Penguin Classics Marvel Collection will continue with the release of additional titles to be announced at a later date.
For decades, Marvel has published groundbreaking visual narratives that sustain attention on multiple levels: as explorations of the relationship between power and responsibility; as metaphors for the experience of difference and otherness; as meditations on the pain of adolescence and the fluid nature of identity; as examinations of the meaning, and limits, of patriotism; as ironic juxtapositions of the cosmic and the quotidian; as resources for the understanding of political and social history; and as high watermarks in the artistic tradition of American cartooning. For the first time, these classic stories of some of the most iconic super heroes in the history of American comics are Penguin Classics.
Ben Saunders, editor of the series, says, “The comics produced at Marvel in the 1960s can be compared to the most enduring popular music of that same tumultuous decade. Working at tremendous speed in what was widely regarded as a low-status commercial medium, the creators at Marvel initiated and participated in an aesthetic revolution. These comics have now influenced writers and artists across all forms of media — from contemporary novelists to hip hop musicians to Hollywood filmmakers. It is not hyperbole but simply a fact: these classic Marvel Comics are foundational documents of our culture.”
Elda Rotor, Vice President and Publisher of Penguin Classics, says, “When we talk about what makes a classic, we consider the work’s ability to connect with an audience across time, in both universal and individual ways. Marvel’s sustained and rich engagement with generations of readers, one that also provides a critical social lens, a deeply personal reflection of the human condition, and a shared reading experience of such storytelling and artistic innovation, is a super power. For instance, you can just say, ‘Spider-Man,’ and it opens up a whole world of stories and understanding. To me, that makes a Marvel classic a Penguin Classic. To have this opportunity to place the work of Stan Lee, Steve Ditko, Jack Kirby and many other historic Marvel creators on shelves alongside the world’s classics marks a very special chapter in Penguin’s publishing history.”
Sven Larsen, Vice President of Licensed Publishing at Marvel Entertainment, says, “From The Odyssey to The Time Machine, the Penguin Classics list not only recognizes the most important works in storytelling but also places them in their important historical and cultural context. Spider-Man, Black Panther, and Captain America have become the bedrock of countless stories across media, and it's a testament to the genius of Marvel's writers and artists that these characters resonate so strongly today. It’s a remarkable honor to have these important chapters in Marvel history join this esteemed series from Penguin Random House. I can't wait for new readers to discover these stories for the first time, and I'm excited for existing fans to be able to read the new introductions, essays and other material that will provide an even deeper appreciation of these seminal works of graphic fiction.”
Wednesday, September 29, 2021
Details on the Marvel Advent calendar, available now via Amazon:
Celebrate the holidays and your favorite Marvel moments with this action-packed advent calendar loaded with a universe’s worth of exclusive mementos.
More than 30 surprises: From greeting cards to paper ornaments, buttons, booklets, and more, Marvel Advent Calendar is bound to excite fans with adorable souvenirs and holiday-themed keepsakes spread out over the course of 25 days.
Tuesday, September 14, 2021
Monday, September 13, 2021
Friday, August 27, 2021
Out Nov. 16. Available for order now from Amazon.
Timed for the 60th anniversary, the iconic and influential first issue of the Fantastic Four by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, deconstructed by award-winning designer Chip Kidd; with text by Marvel editor Tom Brevoort and historian Mark Evanier; and photographs by Geoff Spear
The first issue of Fantastic Four by legendary creators Stan Lee and Jack Kirby introduced fans to a now-iconic team of Super Heroes—Mister Fantastic, the Invisible Girl, the Human Torch, and the Thing—ushering in the modern Marvel Age of comics.
Kirby’s artistic contributions in this comic book revolutionized visual storytelling and brought a new reality to the way comics stories could be told, the ripple effects of which continue to influence comic book art to this day.
Sixty years after its publication in November 1961, this reimagining by award-winning graphic designer Chip Kidd uses an original copy of the comic book (which initially sold for ten cents and now sells for astronomical prices in good condition) to present the classic story in a whole new way that is sure to engage both lifelong fans and the latest generation of Marvel enthusiasts.
The book also includes text by Marvel editor Tom Brevoort and historian Mark Evanier (Kirby: King of Comics). Stunningly photographed by award-winning photographer Geoff Spear, Fantastic Four no. 1 is showcased as you’ve never seen it before—oversized and up-close—a panel-by-panel exploration of the entire issue that captures every single detail and nuance of Lee’s story and Kirby’s groundbreaking artwork, making it a must-have for every comic book collection.
Tuesday, August 24, 2021
Monday, August 23, 2021
New book out in Nov. 2. Order now from Amazon.
The artistic mastery of John Buscema is apparent on every page of this book—an incredible selection of stories, covers, splashes, and interior pages. Viewing these pages, it’s easy to see why Buscema has been called the Michelangelo of comics.
Like all Artist’s Editions, each page in this book has been scanned from the original art, allowing the reader a rare glimpse of a true "artist's artist" work. As you peruse this book you will see editorial notations, white out, blue pencils, and so much more--all the subtle nuances that make original art so unique. The only way to better view these pages is if you were in John Buscema’s art studio as he was drawing them!
Saturday, August 21, 2021
Thursday, August 19, 2021
Marvel is adding to its slate of huge Omnibus collections in the coming months. Click the links to advance order any of these titles from Amazon.
The film based on Jack Kirby's 1970s Marvel Comics series "The Eternals" is out Nov. 5.
Thursday, August 05, 2021
Marvel's "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings" opens Sept. 3. Here's a look at the cast, including Simu Liu in the title role,Awkwafina as Katy, Tony Leung as Wenwu, Meng’er Zhang as Xialing, Michelle Yeoh as Jiang Nan, and the mysterious Death Dealer.
Wednesday, August 04, 2021
Monday, August 02, 2021
Fun to see these 70s classics collected. Out next October and available for advance order now from Amazon.
The Marvel Super Heroes are here! Fans will light up when they see this psychedelic, collectible portfolio featuring 12 frameable black light posters of celebrated Marvel Comics characters, including Captain America, Spider-Man, the Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, the Fantastic Four, and Doctor Strange, illustrated by legendary artists Jack Kirby, Gene Colan, Tom Palmer, and others. First printed in 1971 by Marvel Comics and the famed black light publisher Third Eye, Inc., 12 rare images from the original series of 24 are reproduced here for the first time. Also included is a brief history of Third Eye and their Marvel Comics black light publishing by historian and former Marvel editor in chief Roy Thomas, along with images of the original comic book art featured on the posters. This vibrant, far-out collection is perfect for fans who are looking to brighten their lives.
- 12 high-quality reproduction posters ready-to-frame in standard 20" x 30" frames
- Printed in fluorescent inks for viewing in black light
- Fully designed keepsake packaging for safe storing
- Brief history of the posters and the original comic book art by historian and former Marvel editor in chief Roy Thomas
Saturday, July 31, 2021
Out in February and available for advance order now from Amazon.
Discover the many faces of the Moon Knight! Mercenary. Werewolf hunter. Millionaire playboy. Cab driver. Super hero? Moon Knight is many things to many people, and he has the multiple personalities to match! Follow Marc Spector, the earthly Fist of Khonshu, as he battles to find his place in the Marvel Universe — and builds the strangest rogues’ gallery in all of comics. Prepare yourself for the deadly Bushmaster! Arsenal, the one-man army! Stained Glass Scarlet, the nun with a crossbow! And more! Featuring iconic stories by Doug Moench and Bill Sienkiewicz!
COLLECTING: Werewolf by Night (1972) 32-33; Marvel Spotlight (1971) 28-29; Defenders (11972) 47-50; Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man (1976) 22-23; Marvel Two-in-One (1974) 52; Moon Knight (1980) 1-20; Marvel Team-Up Annual (1976) 4; Amazing Spider-Man (1963) 220; material from Defenders (1972) 51; Hulk Magazine (1978) 11-15, 17-18, 20; Marvel Preview (1975) 21
Friday, July 30, 2021
Out in February and available for advance order now from Amazon.
Long before Captain America led the Avengers, he joined the original Human Torch, Namor the Sub-Mariner and more as the mightiest heroes of World War II — the Invaders! With young adventurers Bucky and Toro by their side, they charged into overseas action, taking on Nazi threats such as Baron Blood, Master Man, Warrior Woman and the vilest of them all — the Red Skull! Along the way, the Invaders made new allies including Union Jack, Spitfire and the Liberty Legion. And witness the heroes of two eras collide, as the Invaders battle alongside the Avengers and the Fantastic Four!
COLLECTING: Giant-Size Invaders (1975) 1-2, Invaders (1975) 1-41, Invaders Annual (1977) 1, Marvel Premiere (1972) 29-30, Avengers (1963) 71, Invaders (1993) 1-4, What If? (1977) 4, Fantastic Four Annual (1963) 11, Marvel Two-in-One Annual (1976) 1, Marvel Two-in-One (1974) 20, material from Captain America Comics (1941) 22