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Includes origin of Dare Devil, Iron Man, Nick Fury, X-men, Silver Surfer


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30 review for Son of Origins of Marvel Comics

  1. 5 out of 5

    Scott

    The second wave of origin stories collected into book form, back in the mid-1970s, when such volumes were scarce. (Seriously, you kids getting into comics now for the first time, you're living in a paradise.) Before I acquired my own copy, I checked this out dozens of times from my local library when I was a kid, reading it over and over. This volume contains the origins and/or first appearances of The X-Men, Iron Man, Daredevil, The Avengers, The Silver Surfer, The Watcher, and Col. Nick Fury of The second wave of origin stories collected into book form, back in the mid-1970s, when such volumes were scarce. (Seriously, you kids getting into comics now for the first time, you're living in a paradise.) Before I acquired my own copy, I checked this out dozens of times from my local library when I was a kid, reading it over and over. This volume contains the origins and/or first appearances of The X-Men, Iron Man, Daredevil, The Avengers, The Silver Surfer, The Watcher, and Col. Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D. Each story is introduced by Stan Lee making full use of his voluminous vocabulary. In order to showcase their later and more familiar costumes, two stories of Daredevil and Iron Man are included. The second Iron Man story ends on a cliffhanger, but fortunately Stan pops in afterward to let us know Iron Man made it through okay. Artwork is by Jack Kirby, Bill Everett, Don Heck, Gene Colan and John Buscema, with a painted cover by John Romita (something you also didn't see very often back then.) I was never sure why the Scarlet Witch appeared on the cover, as she's not in the book at all. I suppose she represents the Avengers, even though she wouldn't join the group until a year or so later. This is great stuff and full of memories for me, so feel free to see this as a biased review. I admit it. But if you like the current incarnations of these characters, you'll want to see where they got their starts. I guess this collection may have been made "obsolete" by all the books that came later, but I will always treasure it.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    Incredible when I was 12, incredible today a few decades later. RIP Mr. Lee.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mike Davis

    Man, it seems like it would have been a lot of fun to work with Stan Lee. For one, you get a nickname that is alliterative with your first name. He recalls everyone he worked with on a number of titles, and they are all things like "Jumping" Jack Kirby. Similarly in his prose, he clearly has fun writing. He has interesting word choices, rhymes, alliterates, and jokes with each one. He was an ideas guy, and he had a lot of very talented people in the 'bullpen' bring his ideas to life and they've Man, it seems like it would have been a lot of fun to work with Stan Lee. For one, you get a nickname that is alliterative with your first name. He recalls everyone he worked with on a number of titles, and they are all things like "Jumping" Jack Kirby. Similarly in his prose, he clearly has fun writing. He has interesting word choices, rhymes, alliterates, and jokes with each one. He was an ideas guy, and he had a lot of very talented people in the 'bullpen' bring his ideas to life and they've enjoyed decades of wonderful storytelling. The only weak part was the comics themselves. As cool as it was to read X-Men number 1, I found the stories to be very bland. Every character spoke (or thought) in the voice of Stan, and they were mostly describing their powers and every action. I understand that all of these comics were introductions for the audience, so someone needed to fill them in on who they were and what they can do. The bonus (non-origin) story for Daredevil was a nice touch to show how the character can evolve and get involved in something relevant for the day. There is a lot to be said for this kind of storytelling, and I think Stan put together a nice compendium.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Dan Shonka

    I absolutely love this sort of behind the scenes look at how some of the Marvel characters came to be. Stan Lee gives you the history, and then you get a reprint of the original issue. And I really enjoyed hearing straight from Stan Lee's pen what I used (as a youngster) as supporting evidence related to the value of reading Marvel Comics. . . they were written with a college level vocabulary. (I remember scampering to the dictionary to look up 'havoc' because it was in one of Stan Lee's stories I absolutely love this sort of behind the scenes look at how some of the Marvel characters came to be. Stan Lee gives you the history, and then you get a reprint of the original issue. And I really enjoyed hearing straight from Stan Lee's pen what I used (as a youngster) as supporting evidence related to the value of reading Marvel Comics. . . they were written with a college level vocabulary. (I remember scampering to the dictionary to look up 'havoc' because it was in one of Stan Lee's stories. I was six or seven at the time.) If you have even a passing fancy with the Marvel Universe, you'll likely enjoy this tome. 'Nuff said.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Dave Donahoe

    A favorite from when I was a kid

  6. 5 out of 5

    Tobin Elliott

    I knew what to expect way back in 75 when this book was first published. I got it with birthday money from my 13th birthday. I'd devoured the first one in a day, and this one didn't last much longer. Again, I still love this book for the murky light Lee casts on the origins of some flat-out amazing characters. And, again, Lee was a horrible writer, and many of his plots start to sound the same after a while, but he knew how to interject those human moments into the books, and in this way, he set t I knew what to expect way back in 75 when this book was first published. I got it with birthday money from my 13th birthday. I'd devoured the first one in a day, and this one didn't last much longer. Again, I still love this book for the murky light Lee casts on the origins of some flat-out amazing characters. And, again, Lee was a horrible writer, and many of his plots start to sound the same after a while, but he knew how to interject those human moments into the books, and in this way, he set the tone for comics for years to come. A fascinating glimpse into history.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    As a complement to Origins of Marvel Comics, this is the book that collects the seminal works that contributed to my becoming a writer. Along with writer, Stan Lee — and introducing Don Heck (Iron Man), Bill Everett (Daredevil), John Buscema (The Silver Surfer), and others as illustrators — this team continued to create groundbreaking characters and story lines, continuing The Golden Age of Comics from the 1960s into contemporary cinema. Highly recommended and irreplaceably valuable.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Joe Blow

    If you wanna find out how the popular Marvel Comics superheroes came to be, this is the book for you. It features the X-Men, Iron Man, The Avengers, Daredevil, Silver Surfer and a few others. It is their first issues reprinted. The artwork and costumes are a lot cooler than the comics of today. Yep, just an old man rehashing the good days. It is a fun read.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Wondra Vanian

    Such fun! I'd never read the origin stories of these characters before and I was surprised that Silver Surfer was my favourite. The origins stories in this compilation are hilarious because they are so uber patriotic and chock full of morality. (In a wholesome, All American way.) I love the old comic artwork too. Now I want to get my hands on Bring on the Bad Guys.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Timothy Boyd

    A superb book for learning the origin stories of many of Marvel's key superhero characters. The 1st issue reprinted in this book lets you read these great stories without the huge price you would have to pay to buy them individually. Very recommend to any comic fan.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sgt Roman Hunter

    THIS WAS THE 2ND BOOK I BOUGHT AFTER ART OF MARVEL. GREAT BOOK OF ORIGINS, GOT THE 1st PRINT OF THE FIRST 5 BOOKS OF THAT YEAR.

  12. 4 out of 5

    David

    Read this over 35 years ago and just read it again - for fanboys everywhere - Excelsior!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Serge Pierro

    This is the follow up volume to "Origins of Marvel Comics" and continues in presenting key Silver Age Marvel stories. Another nice collection, all contained in one book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Douglas Beagley

    Early X-Men, early Iron Man, the original Avengers, Daredevil, The Silver Surfer. Know your heroes before they were big.

  15. 4 out of 5

    bluetyson

    isbn,original

  16. 5 out of 5

    Martin Maenza

  17. 4 out of 5

    Fidel Alberto

  18. 4 out of 5

    Matt

  19. 5 out of 5

    Timothy

  20. 4 out of 5

    Noah

  21. 5 out of 5

    Marc Bryant

  22. 4 out of 5

    Linus

  23. 4 out of 5

    Mikesawin Sawin

  24. 5 out of 5

    AT

  25. 5 out of 5

    Mark

  26. 5 out of 5

    Dennis F Scheuble

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jason

  28. 5 out of 5

    Keith

  29. 4 out of 5

    James Proctor

  30. 4 out of 5

    Carl

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