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Marvel Pocket Books

The Amazing Spider-Man #2

Marvel Pocket Books

September of 1974 saw the publication of the first collaboration between Marvel Comics and book publisher Simon & Schuster. The book, Origins of Marvel Comics by Stan Lee, was a soft cover collection of reprinted stories featuring the origin tales of Marvel’s most popular characters. Published by Simon & Schuster’s imprint Fireside Books the collection would be one of the very first of what are now commonly known as trade paperbacks, a format that now dominates the comic book industry. The Marvel/Fireside books were aimed at two new potential markets: established comic book readers who wanted to own older stories that they may have missed, and readers new to the medium. The book featured text introductions and commentaries by original author Stan Lee and was clearly aimed at a more mature audience. Continue reading Marvel Pocket Books

Captain Britain Weekly

Captain Britain, issue 1

The history of Marvel UK in the 1970s

Captain Britain Weekly

After a successful launch in 1972 Marvel’s UK subsidiary enjoyed a period of rapid growth that saw it quickly become one of the major players in the British comic book market. Repackaging their monthly American comics to fit the British model – weekly black and white anthology titles – had paid off proving there was an international market for their unique brand of superhero entertainment, and popular titles like The Mighty World of Marvel, Spider-Man Comics Weekly and The Avengers helped to solidify their market share. Continue reading Captain Britain Weekly

The Marvel/Fireside Books – Afterword

Fireside logo

Between 1974 and 1979 Fireside Books published 11 collections of reprinted comic book stories starring Marvel Comics characters –now widely considered to be the first trade paperbacks – as well as one of the first Graphic Novels, and both of these new formats would have a far reaching impact on the industry (scroll down to the bottom of this page for links to my individual reviews of those books). However, in summing up the Fireside Books it seems only fair to draw attention to the other 12 collaborations between the two publishers that took place during this time, books that concentrated more on younger readers. Continue reading The Marvel/Fireside Books – Afterword

The Silver Surfer and the rise of the Graphic Novel (1978)

The Silver Surfer- The Ultimate Cosmic Experience cover

The Silver Surfer: The Ultimate Cosmic Experience
by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby

Between 1974 and 1979 Fireside Books published collections of reprinted comic book stories starring Marvel Comics characters and featuring introductions and commentaries by author Stan Lee. Widely considered to be the first trade paperbacks they proved such a success that 11 volumes saw print. There was also one more volume published from that series that featured a brand new, feature-length story created specifically to be published in book form, in a new format that would have a far reaching impact on the comic book industry. The Silver Surfer: The Ultimate Cosmic Experience, published in 1978, was one of the very first story’s to be published in this new format: the Graphic Novel. Continue reading The Silver Surfer and the rise of the Graphic Novel (1978)

Captain America, Sentinel of Liberty (1979)

Captain America, Sentinel of Liberty cover

Captain America, Sentinel of Liberty by Stan Lee

In the late 1970s Fireside Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, published collections of reprinted comic book stories that are now widely considered to be the first trade paperbacks. The books featured a selection of stories featuring Marvel Comics characters with introductions and commentaries by original story author Stan Lee. These books proved such a success that 11 volumes saw print –  Captain America, Sentinel of Liberty by Stan Lee was the last of these reprint collections and was published in 1979. Continue reading Captain America, Sentinel of Liberty (1979)

Stan Lee presents The Best of Spidey Super Stories (1978)

Best of Spidey Super Stories cover

The Best of Spidey Super Stories

In the mid-Seventies Fireside Books published collections of reprinted comic book stories – beginning with Origins of Marvel Comics by Stan Lee – that are now widely considered to be the first trade paperbacks. The books featured a selection of stories featuring Marvel Comics characters with introductions and commentaries by original story author Stan Lee. These books proved such a success that several more volumes of reprints followed including Stan Lee Presents The Best of Spidey Super Stories published in 1978. Continue reading Stan Lee presents The Best of Spidey Super Stories (1978)