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All of the Marvels By Douglas Wolk

All of the Marvels by Douglas Wolk

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Marvel comics are the nearest thing modernity has produced to a holy epic, a blockbusting, record-shattering pop-cultural cosmology that echoes our deepest hopes and fears. NYT comics critic Douglas Wolk has read them all. This is what they add up to.

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All of the Marvels: An Amazing Voyage into Marvel's Universe and 27,000 Superhero Comics by Douglas Wolk

Every schoolchild recognises their protagonists: the Avengers, the X-Men, your friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man. The superhero comics that Marvel has published since 1961 make up the biggest self-contained work of fiction ever created: over half a million pages and counting. Eighteen of the 100 highest-grossing movies of all time are based on it. And not even the people telling the story have read the whole thing - nobody's supposed to. But Douglas Wolk did. In All Of The Marvels, a critic and superfan takes on the epic to end all epics. What he finds is a magic mirror of the past 60 years, from the atomic terrors of the Cold War to the political divides of our present. Wolk teases out Marvel's mixture of progressive visions and painful stereotypes, its regrettable moments as well as its flights of luminous creativity. The result is an irresistible travel guide to the magic mountain at the heart of popular culture.

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Douglas Wolk's naked dive into the Marvel source code is a revelation, a tour both electrifying in its weird charisma, and replenishing in its loving specificity. As an account of how a motley gang of accidental collaborators created a vernacular mythology out of the dodgiest of commercial occasions, it's also a testament, and a tribute -- Jonathan Lethem
What sounds like a madman's quest turns out to be a deeply emotional hero's journey. The best work yet from the best writer about the medium of comics -- Brian K. Vaughan, author * Saga *
A fascinating pop culture journey ... Wolk is a knowledgeable, generous guide, lighting the potentially more confusing corners of the Marvel Universe with enthusiasm, humour and humility -- Martin Gray * Scotsman *

About Douglas Wolk

Douglas Wolk is the author of the Eisner Award-winning Reading Comics and the host of the Marvel-themed podcast The Voice of Latveria. He has written about comic books, graphic novels, pop music and technology for The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and Pitchfork.

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NGR9781788169288
9781788169288
178816928X
All of the Marvels: An Amazing Voyage into Marvel's Universe and 27,000 Superhero Comics by Douglas Wolk
New
Hardback
Profile Books Ltd
2021-10-07
384
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