75 YEARS OF MARVEL: FROM THE GOLDEN AGE TO THE SILVER SCREEN. I had somehow missed the November release of this volume, but fortunately my brother knows my tastes all too well, so there was a huge, mysterious gift from him to me under the tree at my parents' house this year.
The book is so large that no mere shrink wrap would contain it. Instead it comes packaged in a sturdy cardboard box -- with carrying handle -- which duplicates the dustjacket art and copy. It weighs a whopping sixteen pounds and features 720 lavishly illustrated pages -- which actually makes it shorter in length than many of Marvel's Omnibus volumes, but the pages are extremely thick and sturdy, so the volume is far thicker than any other book I own. The dimensions far exceed those of any of Marvel's oversize hardcovers too, and the book is even larger than any other coffee table tome I've ever seen.
I'll confess that I haven't read the book from cover to cover, but I've perused it thoroughly. Thomas is a fine choice to write about the history of Marvel, having worked for the company, and directly for Stan Lee, as both a staff member and freelancer over several decades in the past. The production of the book is top-notch as well, and it's filled with pictures -- pages, panels, and covers from throughout the years, along with photographs of the merry Marvel bullpen and other notable luminaries from the company's long history. There are a handful of gatefold pages and a huge fold-out timeline, included looseleaf style, at the back of the book.
It's really a remarkable book, and one I'm quite pleased to own. My wife even graciously allowed me -- against her better judgment, I'm sure -- to keep it in our living room (along with my other Marvel coffee table books). Since, as noted, I haven't actually read the thing yet, I'll shut up at this point and let some photos do the rest of the talking. The main purpose of this post is simply to make people aware of the book's quality (and existence) and to provide a sample for anyone on the fence about picking it up.