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Welcome to New York. Here, burning figures roam the streets, men in brightly colored costumes scale the glass and concrete walls, and creatures from space threaten to devour our world. This is the Marvel Universe, where the ordinary and fantastic interact daily. This is the world of Marvels.

Witness the birth of this fantastic universe from the inside. See the world's great
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Paperback, 216 pages
Published January 10th 2007 by Marvel Comics (first published 1994)
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Kemper
Treasure of the Rubbermaids 17: Marvel At Marvel’s Marvelous ‘Marvels’!

The on-going discoveries of priceless books and comics found in a stack of Rubbermaid containers previously stored and forgotten at my parent’s house and untouched for almost 20 years. Thanks to my father dumping them back on me, I now spend my spare time unearthing lost treasures from their plastic depths.

I would hate to be a New Yorker in the Marvel universe because it seems like the city is constantly being threatened by s
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Dan Schwent
Aug 24, 2012 Dan Schwent rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, 2012, cool-covers
Photographer Phil Sheldon experiences what it's like to live in a world of super heroes, from the rise of the Human Torch in the late thirties all the way to the dawn of the mutants, the first appearance of Galactus, and the death of Gwen Stacy.

When Marvels first hit scene, I was a wee lad of 17. The internet was in its infancy and comic shops were dying by the dozen. As it became easier to come by comics, or "graphic novels" if you're too cool to read comics, I always had a mind to read this bu
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Jonathan
May 03, 2013 Jonathan rated it it was amazing

In my view Marvels is one of, if not the greatest, comics released by Marvel Comics. I first encountered it as a twelve year old and have read it several times since. And each time I encounter again what it is that makes Marvels a stand out work in the Marvel universe of comics.

The artwork in Marvels is clearly a stand-out feature. Though Alex Ross is better known for his work in the also grand Kingdom Come I personally prefer his artwork here where he first worked his unique stylistic magic. In
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Stephen
Feb 04, 2016 Stephen rated it liked it
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I thoroughly enjoyed Marvels especially the second half of this book. I loved the concept of seeing the birth of superheros, through the eyes of an everyday guy like you and me.

There are four main moments in Marvels Comics history Busiek makes reference to and bases the four chapters in this book on, and spans through different times, through the early 40s to the 70s like the first Human Torch, Namor, Captain America the birth of the Avengers and the Mutant hate against the X-Men and their "kin
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Jesse A
Aug 03, 2015 Jesse A rated it really liked it
It took me a bit to warm up to this one but by the end I had come around. Obviously great art and a very good story. I know they shared the artist but I felt like this had a Marvel's version of Kingdom Come feel (though I know this came first so maybe Kingdom Come was DC's version of this).
Nicolo Yu
Mar 01, 2016 Nicolo Yu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross’ Marvels is their love letter to the superheroes of the Golden Age and Silver Age of Marvel Comics. Theirs is a tale that examines the Marvel universe through the eye of an everyman character, Phil Sheldon. Like his fellow unpowered denizens, he and his family have to live through every invasion, super-villain attack and the coming of Galactus fearing that each crisis would bring about the end of their world.

The story brought it acclaim and the theme explored in several
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Sesana
I've read Marvels more times than I can possibly count. Thousands of other people have written glowing reviews so much better than I ever could. Let me just say that I love this book, I always have. The experience of reading it is always magical for me, completely enthralling. And the art, that makes it all feel so real while I'm reading it... This goes very high on my list of all-time favorite comics.
Logan
Aug 21, 2015 Logan rated it really liked it
A good read! So we have witnessed the birth of The Marvel Cinematic universe, from iron man 1 to Ant-man and still more to come, but what if these weren't movies, what if they were real, what if we really had super heroes protecting us? That what this book is, the birth of the marvel universe from the perspective of ordinary citizens! The concept was pretty interesting, as it realistically looks at how the world would react to heroes, in the 40s and 50s, they would be seen as icons, but soon aft ...more
Donovan


I had no real preconceptions going into this, so this knocked me out of my chair and into the milky pools of Alex Ross's paint. Man that was good. One of the most unique and, what's the word, atypical superhero comics probably ever written, by one Kurt Busiek. It strikes me as Watchmenesque in its examination of heroes and villains and their moral ambiguity, particularly in relation to civilians. There's a lot of action considering it only happens if Phil Sheldon is there snapping photographs, l
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Robert Jazo
Mar 22, 2009 Robert Jazo rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, superheroes
When I was a kid, I was a complete Marvel Zombie (i.e., a person who only bought Marvel Comic books and nothing else). I even remember picking up The Killing Joke off of a spinner rack, flipping through it, and putting it back because I just couldn't bring myself to buy a DC book, even though it looked good.

Over the years my tastes have shifted quite a bit. I actually collect very few Marvel comics nowadays. Still, because of my youthful obsession, I am have more nostalgia for Marvel Comics than
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Gavin
Jun 30, 2014 Gavin rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
I'm torn on this one...I really wanted to love it. I do admire all the research that went into this one, the referencing of classic Marvel stories and moments, the art, but...
At the end of the book, I was left with a pretty 'oh that's all?' feeling. The art of Alex Ross is always something to behold, but here, I think it took away from things. I wasn't able to connect to a lot, and the main character is actually kind of un-likable. He ditches his fiancée because of the arrival of Sub-Mariner and
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Sarah
Aug 21, 2011 Sarah rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
I love, love, love the combination of Busiek and Ross. I had never bothered with this book before because I'm not usually a Marvel girl, and because I thought that it sounded like it covered the same territory as the excellent Astro City Vol. 1: Life in the Big City, just with known characters. Wrong. It looks at the Marvel characters and the Marvel universe through the lens of one photographer/observer, whose opinions change very realistically over time. The other clever conceit is that it look ...more
Tiamatty
Mar 18, 2016 Tiamatty rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Wow. That's really about the most appropriate word for this book: Wow. It is phenomenal. A love letter to Golden and Silver Age Marvel, exploring the power of the heroes through the eyes of the common man. Protagonist Phil Sheldon is a great character in his own right, even aside from his role as the viewer's perspective on superheroes. His struggles are compelling, too.

As amazing as Busiek's writing is here, the story probably wouldn't work without Alex Ross' art. The art is gorgeous. It's stun
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Rory Wilding
Nov 07, 2015 Rory Wilding rated it it was amazing
Ever since Alan Moore’s 1982 dark, post-modern deconstructionist series of Miracleman – formerly known as Marvelman – he introduced the concept of how superheroes could exist and behave in “the real world”. However, being Alan Moore, his approach to superheroes has mostly been dark and cynical, though brilliant nonetheless. In the case of the four-issue comic Marvels from Astro City writer Kurt Busiek and legendary painter Alex Ross, this is an optimistic view of how our world interacts with our ...more
Callie Rose Tyler
Jul 31, 2014 Callie Rose Tyler rated it it was amazing
I concede, all the hype surrounding this book is well deserved. These stories are re-tellings of historic Marvel events told through the eyes of the average person, specifically a free-lance photographer Phil Sheldon.

The events and timeline are well-researched and the grace with which they are stringed together is seamless. The result is an emotional story with genuine gravitas and impact. Then you add in Alex Ross' amazing artwork and the end product elevates the entire medium.

If you are looki
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مصطفي سليمان

بداية مبشرة وبعدين ملل لولا الرسم ولولا كام تفصيلة كانت هتبقي بشعة
تجميعة من زواية الصحفي لعالم مارفل جايب الخارقين كلهم بيطلعوا بالتدريج
مش بتركيز علي كل واحد فيهم قدر انهم متجمعين في مكان واحد
اكس مان وهلك وسبايدر وايرون مان وناس كتيره بتطلع كدا
يعني متقدرش تقول فيه خط درامي واضح ماشيين فيه

بداية كانت جيدة جدا وهي اللي تستحق النجمتين
Deninson Fernandes
Dec 25, 2015 Deninson Fernandes rated it it was amazing
Desde niño la arte de Alex Ross me encantaba. Aun me encanta. Pero nunca tuve la oportunidad de poseer tal obra de arte. Pero cuando lo vi, no pensé dos vezes.
Pero no hablemos apenas de Alex. Kurt Busiek también hizo un gran trabajo. Puedo decir sin sombra de dudas de que ella ahora es una de mis comix predilectas.
Rescata una visión de humanidad en los super héroes. Llegan hasta ser más humanos de los que los mismos humanos. Los "normales". Y ver esa idea, o hasta mismo realidad, por medio de u
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Mary Catelli
Busiek takes a look at the superhero world of Marvel.

The detailed art reflects the story well. He weaves together stories over decades to show how the world felt to an ordinary human character, a news photographer. He saw the first, with the Submariner and the original Human Torch, and Captain America. Later, he sees the Fantastic Four and the Avengers -- and the X-men. And Galactus. And Spiderman. He spends a lot of time pondering humans' reactions to them. Once he berates some complainers for
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Glorrry
Aug 21, 2016 Glorrry rated it it was amazing
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For the very first time, experience the Marvel Universe from a whole new perspective — yours.

Welcome to New York. Here, burning figures roam the streets, men in brightly coloured costumes scale the glass and concrete walls, and creatures from space threaten to devour our world. This is the Marvel Universe, where the ordinary and fantastic interact daily. This is the world of Marvels.

Marvels is an epic narrative of the birth of the Marvel Universe through the camera lens of a Daily Buggle news re
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Cindy
Dec 29, 2014 Cindy rated it really liked it
I really liked the concept for Marvels. Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross did a wonderful job with this collection.

Marvels shows some of the biggest events in the Marvel Universe (view spoiler) through the perspective of a common man, photographer Phil Sheldon.

Having the story narrated by Sheldon allows us as readers to experience the Marvel Universe as
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Belen
May 08, 2015 Belen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites

Hace dos semanas una amiga me recomendó este cómic y estoy muy contenta de que lo haya hecho, porque ahora es uno de mis favoritos. El arte es impresionante, rico en detalles y meticuloso en su ejecución. La historia es de la misma calidad; no sólo me sentí sumergida instantáneamente en este Universo, sino que también me permitió contemplar su realidad desde un lugar muy distinto: no ya desde el arco narrativo de los personajes que tanto quiero, sino de los seres humanos comunes, quienes sólo pu

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Arsnoctis
Marvels è una storia ad opera di due tra gli autori che preferisco nel panorama americano ed è un prodotto indubbiamente ben riuscito.
Ci ho messo qualche giorno ad elaborare due righe su questo tema, il che è già indicativo, visto che Busiek è uno sceneggiatore che è riuscito a convincermi senza riserve con 3 pagine di storia in opere sia precedenti che successive a ques'ultima. Cosa mi ha turbato al punto da farmi riflettere diversi giorni su queste pagine invece di sputacchiare stelline appena
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Timothy Boyd
Jan 21, 2016 Timothy Boyd rated it really liked it
A very different view of the world of supers. Marvel takes the common man's view of what the world looks like and how it changes with the arrival of superheroes. Great storyline and exceptional art. Very recommended
Jim
May 07, 2016 Jim rated it really liked it
Superheroes - Marvels - as forces of nature.

You expect a storm to pay for the damage it caused?

Who are they? From our perspective?

What would we do if we were suddenly overrun by gods?

A classic.
Micheala
May 14, 2014 Micheala rated it liked it
I am really glad that my boyfriend has gotten me started on reading comic books.
I have pretty much always read manga, and I've always loved super-heroes; but for some reason I never thought to read comics.

It is a bit hard to know where to start in the big world of Marvel. I have to admit, one of the reasons I didn't start reading comics sooner may have been that I was intimidated by how much there was and having no clue where to begin.

I think that Marvels is a great starter comic book because
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Harold
May 26, 2014 Harold rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A real treat for fans of classic Marvel comics. This beautifully illustrated graphic novel follows a number of familiar story-lines from the Golden and Silver ages - starting with the creation of the original Human Torch in 1939 and concluding with the death of Gwen Stacy in 1973. But instead of just being a greatest hits compilation, "Marvels" presents these events through the fresh perspective of humble news photographer Phil Sheldon. The realistic, painted artwork and the street-level approac ...more
Akke
Aug 12, 2015 Akke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own, comics, 2015
*4.5 stars
The art is gorgeous. Shit, it's so pretty.
Jordan Lahn
It's undeniably a classic. Simply a work of art.
Chris
May 25, 2012 Chris rated it really liked it
I liked Marvels exploration of what the normal folks deal with when superheroes show up to take on the bad guys. There's a whole side of those epic battles that often goes overlooked in most comics - the collateral damage. People get injured or killed, property gets destroyed, and there's just a general sense of fear and powerlessness that's to be expected when things are beyond the average person's control. Marvels captures this well and balances it with the see-saw of awe and reverence for her ...more
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Kurt Busiek is an American comic book writer notable for his work on the Marvels limited series, his own title Astro City, and his four-year run on Avengers.

Busiek did not read comics as a youngster, as his parents disapproved of them. He began to read them regularly around the age of 14, when he picked up a copy of Daredevil #120. This was the first part of a continuity-heavy four-part story arc;
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