All of the Marvels SC (2023 Penguin Classics) comic books
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1st printing. By Douglas Wolk. The Marvel story is a gigantic mountain, smack in the middle of contemporary culture. Thousands of writers and artists have contributed to it. Every schoolchild recognizes its protagonists: Spider-Man, the Avengers, the X-Men. 18 of the 100 highest-grossing movies of all time are directly based on parts of it. And not even the people telling the story have read the whole thing-nobody's supposed to. So, of course, that's what Wolk did: he read all 27,000 comics that make up the Marvel universe thus far, from Alpha Flight to Omega the Unknown. And then he made sense of it: seeing into the ever-expanding story, in its parts and as a coherent whole, and seeing through it, as a prism through which to view the landscape of American culture. Looking over close to sixty years of Marvel's comics, Wolk sees fascinating patterns and the way they all feed into a potent cosmology that echoes our deepest hopes and fears. Softcover, 5-in. x 7-in., 384 pages, Text (with B&W Illustrations). Cover price $18.00.