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    Default Happy 25th Birthday Marvels!

    I feel old again. Still have my first print hardcover from when it came out!

    Happy birthday marvels!


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    Marvels #1 Jan 1994
    "A Time of Marvels "
    In the year 1939, reporter Phil Sheldon speaks with his coworkers about moving to Europe to create a career covering the war.
    Phil later attends a science exhibition where he witnesses the unveiling of the Human Torch.
    Soon after, the Human Torch makes a reappearance on the streets of New York City.
    Phil and other spectators witness the man on fire but the others try to shrug off the incident as a trick.
    A while after the incident Phil's fiancé, Doris Jacquet tells him that she saw an "eerie looking naked man" confront the police.
    She says he was impervious to the police's bullets, the naked man threw a police car at the police before swimming away.
    Superhuman activities continued to occur in New York City.
    During one occurrence, Phil finds himself in a cafe listening to a friend complain about the Human Torch.
    However, the Human Torch was siting at the bar next to them overhearing everything,
    he reveals himself and walks out of the restaurant, a burned hole in the glass widow smoking in his wake.

    Phil adopts the name "Marvels" to describe these superhuman beings.
    In the late 1940's, Phil and the people of New York witness Namor and the Human Torch fighting one another.
    Phil's reporter buddies cheer on the Human Torch, but policewoman Betty Dean defends Namor's actions by saying he's only trying to get justice for his people.
    Phil and his reporters get the press credentials to follow Namor and the Torch to Torpey Chemical Works,
    where they find the two Marvels who appear to have sorted out their differences.
    The next day, Phil talks with Doris about postponing their wedding until the city becomes safer.
    Doris saddened by this gives back Phil's engagement ring and walks away.

    A year later, the streets of New York are buzzing about the super-soldier Captain America.
    In a movie theater, Phil finds that Doris is apparently on a date with Bill Lumpkin.
    The newsreel that the moviegoers watch shows the Sub-Mariner and Human Torch working together in the war effort.
    Soon after that Phil realizes the error of his ways and he and Doris start dating again.
    Later after Doris and Phil have been dating for a bit the two get word that Namor is attacking both the British and Italian forces in Spain.

    Not long after sirens warn the city that the Sub-Mariner is attacking.
    While the rest of the residents flee to shelters Phil and Iggy run out into the chaos to report the situation.
    While running up to the roof Iggy suggest the two remain on a higher floor with barred windows
    but Phil tells his reporter buddy that he is through with hiding and goes up to the roof.
    Phil witnesses a massive tidal wave engulf the city while Namor and the Torch fight in the air.
    During their fight a chunk of debris from the building hits Phil in the face and knocks him out.
    Phil wakes up in the hospital with a bandage over his left eye which was damaged beyond repair.
    Now wearing an eye patch, Phil marries Doris and travels to Europe as a war correspondent.
    There, Phil witnesses a team of Marvels led by Captain America as they invade a Nazi battlement.

    Written by Kurt Busiek, with painted art by Alex Ross.
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    One of the comic books i am looking forward the most is Marvels Annotated.
    The solicitations of Marvel have already the discription untill the third issue,and they have 104 pages each!
    So to me this will be a great way to have Marvels again in my collection with all those extras.I had read it before but i just did not have the original comics from way back anymore.

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    Will the annotated version be getting its own trade with the extras?
    Doctor Strange: "You are the right person to replace Logan."
    X-23: "I know there are people who disapprove... Guys on the Internet mainly."
    (All-New Wolverine #4)

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    This was a great story. Loved the ww2 issue.

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    Marvels #2 Feb 1994
    "Monsters"
    Set in the mid 1960's era, Phil Sheldon, now a husband and a father, grows worried about the arrival of a new kind of super-humans;
    mutants such as the X-Men, humans being born with superpowers.

    Simultaneously in New York City, several groups of all sorts of superhero teams, including the Fantastic Four and the Avengers, have populated the city.
    Sheldon's jobs at The Daily Globe takes him to many key battles in the city, including the Avengers battling the Masters of Evil.
    Sheldon plans to use all the pictures he has taken in his new book about the superheroes.

    While Sheldon tries to think of a way to start his book, he becomes swept up in an anti-mutant paranoia that is invading New York.
    He has a run with the first incarnation of the group known as the X-Men in which he throws a brick at Iceman
    and calls them names alongside a crowd of angry New Yorkers. Sheldon then attends a gala opening of Alicia Master's sculptures,
    to the event, figures like Mr. Fantastic, the Invisible Girl, the Thing, the Human Torch, Tony Stark, Matt Murdock, Doctor Strange, Donald Blake,

    Professor Xavier, Scott Summers and Jean Grey, being the first issue to show the celebrity status attached to being a superhero.

    The brightness of this happy event is contrasted with what Sheldon thinks is the dark side of the superheroes, the mutants.
    Things continue with their natural course until Sheldon returns to his home in the suburbs only to
    find that his neighbors have formed a mob to hunt down a mutant that was supposedly in the area.
    Sheldon runs to his house and finds that his daughters have been hiding a little mutant girl with a head like an alien skull.
    He quickly realizes the importance of the little girl and imagines his neighbors
    and friends tearing his house and family apart to get the girl, so he decides to help her.
    This makes Sheldon worried for the sake of his family as anti-mutant tensions grows among the New Yorkers.

    Reed Richards and Sue Storm's wedding is one of the most important events in year. Celebrities like the Beatles attend to the event.

    Unfortunately that same night, Dr. Bolivar Trask unveils his final solution to the mutant problem during a televised debate with Charles Xavier;
    Sentinels, giant robots programmed to hunt down and kill mutants. When the Sentinels rebel on their master, a rampage on the city begins,
    making it explode in violence. Raging mobs roam the streets, seeking to kill mutants.

    While the city explodes in violence, Sheldon takes out his camera to record the event and let people see what their hatred brings them.
    When the Sentinels pass over the violent mobs, the scanning lights serves to make people aware of their actions and they dissipate.
    Sheldon returns home and finds that the young mutant girl has left on her own again.
    His daughter, Jenny, approaches him late in the night for comfort as to the safety of the young girl.
    He hugs Jenny and says he does not know if she is alright but that he hopes she will be.

    Written by Kurt Busiek, with painted art by Alex Ross.
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    Having read almost all of Marvels:Annotated#1 (I say almost because this is a 104 pages comic book or in this case Illustrated Literature) and i still have not read all the content with the Extra´s.
    Have read this great Limited Series before but i had not it anymore in my collection so i can´t wait for the other three parts of Marvels:Annotated.

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    Marvels #3 Mar 1994
    "Judgment Day"
    As the 60's continue, Phil Sheldon works with Ben Urich on a Stark piece for the Daily Bugle.
    Soon after the news that the Avengers have been declared a menace and ordered to disband,
    Phil attends a press conference that claimed that their enemies had framed them.
    As Sheldon tries to finish his book on the Marvels, the media starts going after Tony Stark.
    As Phil and his family visit the zoo one day, the water level starts rising until they have to seek refuge on a bench.
    A man wearing a "Judgement Day" poster predicts the apocalypse and blames it on the super-beings.
    They learn from the radio that Attuma is actually responsible for the rising tides and that the Avengers stopped him.

    The publicity of the superheroes continue to decline as Spider-Man gets accused of attacking Jonah Jameson
    and that one of the Fantastic Four battles' cause traffic congestion.
    Phil is preoccupied with his work, to the detriment of his relationship with his family.
    One day, the illusion of fire appears in the sky and the next day, meteors appear.
    The Silver Surfer emerges from the sky, and Galactus soon follows, announcing his plan to drain the life out of the planet.

    As the Fantastic Four and Silver Surfer fight the being and the city begins to panic,
    Sheldon believes in his heart that Earth will end and goes home to spend time with his family.
    Suddenly, news comes that the Fantastic Four have managed to defeat Galactus, thus saving the Earth.
    In the wake of the Fantastic Four's victory, Sheldon promises that he will devote more time with his family.

    However, he is later disgusted by the way the public has turned on their heroes,
    with his own newspaper claiming that the Galactus threat was a hoax.
    He finally rages at a crowd carrying on an anti-mutant conversation.

    Written by Kurt Busiek, with painted art by Alex Ross.
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    Marvels #4 Apr 1994
    "The Day She Died"
    In the 1970s, Phil Sheldon releases his book Marvels, an instant best-seller.
    He realizes the book is actually the people's "talisman" for the Avengers, who are currently fighting in another galaxy in a Kree-Skrull War.
    Phil introduces his assistant, Marcia Hardesty, to his co-workers at a restaurant in the Baxter Building. He attends a trial for the Black Widow.
    News of the Marvels being insulted and degraded by the general public continue,
    and Phil is particularly disgusted by J. Jonah Jameson laying into Spider-Man,
    who has been framed for the death of NYPD Captain George Stacy.
    He resolves to investigate the murder, and clear Spider-Man's name.

    After walking away during an interview with Luke Cage, Phil goes to talk to a murder witness.

    While talking to the witness Phil learns that, not only do the police not
    suspect Spider-Man for Stacy's death, but that they suspect Doctor Octopus.
    It is revealed that Spider-Man is being blamed due to Jameson, who reveals the true reason why people hate the Marvels:
    a mixture of jealousy and insecurity, the belief that humans cannot compete with the selfless heroism and nobility of the Marvels.
    It is also by befriending Gwen Stacy, Captain Stacy's daughter, that he learns
    from her, during a brief Atlantean invasion of Manhattan led by Namor,
    that the Marvels exist to help the innocent, beyond petty human jealousies and spite.

    This revelation leads to Spider-Man being cleared, but soon after Gwen is kidnapped by the Green Goblin and during the chase that
    leads to the Brooklyn Bridge, where the fight leads to the death of Gwen, despite (or because) of Spider-Man's attempt to save her.

    Sheldon's faith in the Marvels becomes irreparably shattered, as Sheldon cannot reconcile
    Spider-Man's failure to save Gwen with what he sees as the hero's purpose in life.
    In the end, he decides that he has had enough, and plans to retire.
    Before he can hang up his camera, a final photo is taken of Phil, his wife, and a "nice, normal boy".
    Unbeknownst to him, the boy is Danny Ketch, who will soon become the hero Ghost Rider.

    Written by Kurt Busiek, with painted art by Alex Ross.
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    MARVELS: Expectations
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    I bought the Marvels Annotated and Marvels:Epilogue.A must read story.
    A story that i view as one of the best comic book limited series.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whiteshark View Post
    I bought the Marvels Annotated and Marvels:Epilogue.A must read story.
    A story that i view as one of the best comic book limited series.
    Agreed. Both titles are wonderful purchases, IMHO.

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    Talking Happy Birthday Kurt Busiek!!!

    MARVELS - Life in the Shadow of Superheroes

    How Kurt Busiek http://www.comicsreporter.com/index....y_kurt_busiek/ and Alex Ross' 1994 comic book
    miniseries MARVELS provides a realistic outsider perspective on the history of Marvel Comics and the idea of being a fan.
    Imperius Rex!
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    I'm the best there is at what I do, but what I do best isn't very nice.
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    Behind the Scenes of MARVELS
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    I'm the best there is at what I do, but what I do best isn't very nice.
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