Spider-Man, Thor and the other heroes of Marvel’s Silver Age are finally getting the recognition they deserve.
No, not a multi-billion-dollar movie franchise, a global merchandising empire or the total domination of 21st-century popular culture, that’s taken as read. They’ve got that already.
We mean they’re being collected in a fine-edition hardback book by The Folio Society, which basically means they’ve been accepted into the canon of classic literature alongside Shakespeare, Austen, the Brontës, Trollope and Stephen King (The Shining – just £49.95, folks).
The volume, Marvel: The Silver Age 1960-1970, collects 14 key comics, which have been chosen and introduced by Marvel’s former editor in chief Roy Thomas and prefaced by legendary fantasy author Michael Moorcock.
And it’s not just any old book. Its 368 pages are bound in screenprinted and metallic-foil-blocked cloth. It’s got endpapers – endpapers! – printed with specially commissioned designs by Spider-man and Daredevil artist Paolo Rivera and a cover by illustrator Ian Jepson. It even comes with a facsimile copy of Fantastic Four #1.
As Roy Thomas says in his preface: “To sample what thousands of readers – myself most definitely included – encountered that day around the turn of August 1961 when Fantastic Four #1 went on sale, see the full-colour replica edition reprinted alongside the volume you now hold in your thrice-blessed hands.”
That only works if you’re holding the book in your thrice-blessed hands, of course, but to do that, unfortunately you’ll need to hand over £150 ($225US, or $295CAN and $AUS) to www.FolioSociety.com, the only place this book will be available.
It joins Marvel: The Golden Age 1939-1949 on the shelves of the well-heeled comic-fan bibliophiles of the world.
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