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Marvels

(Marvels #1)

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4.22  ·  Rating details ·  23,783 ratings  ·  592 reviews
La obra que dio a conocer a Alex Ross (Tierra-X) y catapultó a la fama a Kurt Busiek (Los Vengadores). Un recorrido por los grandes momentos que sirvieron para forjar el Universo Marvel bajo la visión única del fotógrafo Phil Sheldon. Desde los orígenes de los superhéroes a la muerte de Gwen Stacy, de la llegada de Galactus a la Guerra Kree-Skrull, de la irrupción de los m ...more
Hardcover, 264 pages
Published May 1999 by Forum Planeta DeAgostini (Marvel Comics) (first published 1993)
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Alejandro
Marvelous reading!!!


This TPB edition collects “Marvels” #0-4, plus commentary section by the involved people even an introduction by Stan Lee, also an artwork section.


Creative Team:

Writer: Kurt Busiek

Illustrator: Alex Ross


A TIME(LY) WHEN MARVEL YET TO PROPERLY BORN

Maybe you have seen material mentioning the 75 years of Marvel, and technically that’s true, but it’s a fact that the company was called “Timely Comics”, and while it’s the same company, it’s obvious that in the 40’s, they were sti
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Dan Schwent
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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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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David Schaafsma
I just read Ed Brubaker's Marvels Project and liked that a bit better, but it may just be a matter of taste. I like Brubaker's and Steve Epting's earthier noir approach versus the glossier, more dramatic work of Busier and Ross. But I gave both 4 stars. They both take a kind of unique wide angle, meta and historical approach to the history and purpose of comics; both are approaches to the inception of the Golden Age of superheroes in the late thirties, as WWII loomed (for the US). We see the lov ...more
Jonathan Terrington

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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Jesse A
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).
Artemy
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, marvel
A very bland book story-wise that is only saved by Alex Ross and his beautiful painted artwork.

It's basically a condensed history of the Marvel universe shown from the perspective of the regular people. As a result, we don't really see any of the superheroes doing anything heroic, and the regular folks' perspective doesn't bring anything interesting to the table by itself. If anything, it makes it even more obvious how arbitrarily and illogically hate is distributed among the superheroes in the
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Nicolo Yu
Nov 05, 2011 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.
Kayıp Rıhtım
Süper kahramanların gerçek olduğu bir dünyada sıradan bir insan olmanın nasıl olacağını hiç düşündünüz mü? Bahsettiğim şey, mesela yarın, birdenbire şehrinizde süper kahramanlar belirseydi ne hissederdiniz? Tüm o patlamalar, yıkılan binalar sizin yaşadığınız şehrin göbeğinde olsaydı?

Marvels, yani Mucizeler işte süper kahramanlar dünyasına bu şekilde yaklaşıyor. Bir süper kahraman çizgi romanı olsa da, olayı kahramanların gözünden değil, sıradan bir haber fotoğrafçısının gözünden anlatıyor.

“Muciz
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Morgan
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Why doesn't Marvel write more stories like this and less let's-make-a-TV/movie stuff? Honestly, this was one of the best written Marvel Comic I've read in a lot time. The superheroes where in this, but they weren't the main characters. This is told by a everyman who has a normal life, but lives in a world of Marvel. Alex Ross's art helps a lot with this too.

My only issue with this is they freak out over mutants and aliens, but they never go into the fact Thor is fighting with the Avengers. Reali
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George K.
Aug 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Το τσίμπησα χθες με λιγότερα από 9 ευρώ και δεν κρατήθηκα στιγμή, το ξεκίνησα αμέσως. Και πριν λίγο το τελείωσα και δηλώνω ενθουσιασμένος. Η αλήθεια είναι ότι έχω διαβάσει ελάχιστα έως καθόλου κόμικς της Μάρβελ και ό,τι ξέρω για το σύμπαν της είναι από τις διάφορες ταινίες. Καλώς ή κακώς. Όμως αυτό το γεγονός δεν με εμπόδισε από το να απολαύσω αυτό το εξαιρετικό έργο τέχνης, που αποτελεί ένα κόσμημα για κάθε λάτρη των υπερηρωικών κόμικς.

Η ιστορία είναι πραγματικά πολύ ενδιαφέρουσα και ιδιαίτερα
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Donovan
Feb 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


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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Logan
Aug 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Doctorjimmy
Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Διάβασε όλο το review εδώ

Το θέμα με το οποίο καταπιάνεται το Marvels είναι ο φόβος προς το άγνωστο, το νέο και το ξένο. Σε τέσσερα τεύχη, το δίδυμο αναλύει την συμπεριφορά των ανθρώπων προς οτιδήποτε διαφορετικό και καταλήγει στο ότι, τελικά, οι άνθρωποι δεν ξέρουν τι θέλουν και τι πιστεύουν. Οι υπερήρωες για αυτούς είναι απλά σωτήρες χρήσιμοι μόνο σε ώρα ανάγκης, ενώ τον υπόλοιπο καιρό δεν είναι τίποτα περισσότερο από υλικό για εφήμερο κουτσομπολιό, εγκληματίες και επικίνδυνοι για τον κόσμο, με
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Shalini Sinha
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a brilliant storytelling and fantastic art! This was my first read of the origins of the Human Torch and I'm totally digging it.

"The golden age of miracles would begin, and in the years to come, the world would know the presence of the unnatural and extraordinary as part of reality""

"Marvels" is a book completely from the perspective of New Yorkers who had been mute spectators ever since Avengers and X-Men, whom they collectively call Marvels, were building and breaking stuffs. It documents
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Gavin
Sep 28, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Koen
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
Wauw, probably the best take on the Marvel heroes I've read so far ... from a completely different perspective, that's what makes it special .. and then the characterbuilding, that's what makes it amazing .. And then to top it off with such an amazing artwork .. Well, I must say: this was a stunning piece of artwork !
Rory Wilding
Nov 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sarah
Aug 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Alondra (Chibi)
Ahora entiendo el por qué de la fama de este tomo.

Me siento afortunada de tener este volumen tan maravilloso que cuenta con prólogos de Stan Lee y John Romita, pero después de esta lectura definitivamente me he transformado en una completa fan del trabajo de Alex Ross y Kurt Busiek.

Malvels nos relata la historia de Phil Sheldon, un fotógrafo que trabaja para el periódico. Un personaje común y corriente, sin poderes. A través de sus ojos vemos los eventos más importantes de Marvel entre 1941 hast
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Robert Jazo
Mar 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Jedi JC Daquis
Sep 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Marvels is by far the best Marvel work I have ever read. It tells the birth of an amazing universe through the eyes of a normal person, a cameraman journalist named Phil Sheldon.

You'd be surprised on how realistic and grounded the story is under a world where superhumans and mutants exist. Kurt Busiek has done a mesmerizing job on carefully placing human emotions - awe, fear, ignorance and hatred effectively across the progression of the story. This is a graphic novel where great feats and epic
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Timothy Boyd
Jan 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Vinton Bayne
Nov 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Re-reading for the Excelsior podcast.
This book really holds up! I hadn't read it in over twenty years, but I still love it so much.
Val Sarmiento
Apr 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Amantes del Marvel clasico
[2017]

Por el momento sólo diré que las ilustraciones y la época son demasiado perfect0s en este cómic.
Ritinha
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ímpar homenagem às golden, silver e bronze ages dos comics, escrita por gente com vasto conhecimento do cânone Marvel, materializada na superior e belíssima arte de Alex Ross.
Casandra
3.5 stars

This was different from what I expected, but I found it interesting enough. The art was outstanding and the premise was cool. It was fascinating to read from the POV of just an ordinary citizen and have their take on living in a world of superheroes.

However, I just found that not a whole lot happens. Even though it was still enjoyable and kept me engaged enough to read until the end, I expected..... more.

But yeah. Fanatisc art, okay writing, and that's all I really have to say.
Matti Karjalainen
En noin yleisesti ottaen perusta juurikaan supersankarisarjakuvista, mutta Kurt Busiekin käsikirjoittama ja Alex Rossin upeasti kuvittama "Marvels" (Egmont, 2001) on yksi säännön vahvistavista poikkeuksista. Se ilmestyi alun perin nelinumeroisena minisarjana vuonna 1994. Kiinnostavaksi sarjakuvan tekee se, että supersankareiden sijasta tapahtumia kuvataan newyorkilaisen valokuvaajan Phil Sheldonin näkökulmasta.

Sheldon on siellä missä tapahtuu, osin työnsä vuoksi ja osin tahtomattaan. Liekin ja
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Callie Rose Tyler
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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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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