Marvel: Year By Year - A Visual Chronicle
Published by Dorling Kindersley in 2013.
Written by Peter Sanderson, Tom DeFalco, Tom Brevoort, and Matthew K. Manning
"Learn all about the birth of key Marvel Super Heroes from Wolverine and the X-Men, to Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk and the rest of the Avengers, plus Spider-Man, Daredevil and Silver Surfer. Discover all about their extraordinary comic book debuts, the geniuses that invented them, the crucial events behind their creation and their continuing influence on the world today via comic books, TV series and blockbuster movies."
For full disclosure, I received a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes.
Published in 2013, this slipcase edition is an update of the 2010 Marvel Chronicle: A Year-By-Year history. The book’s covers are new for this edition and quite clever. Brandon Peterson's front cover highlights the current Marvel roster, while on the back cover, Peterson captures the spirit of Marvel's formative superhero days with his rendering of classic heroes in their first appearance form in a mirror image of the front cover. The book's covers are in stark black and white, but the slipcase is in color and one side has an embossed feel to it, reminiscent of those 1990s days of variant covers.
If you still have a few Christmas gift cards you're looking to spend? Look no further. This book is a visual treat for any Marvel Comics’ fan. As with other DK offerings, there’s quite a bit of substance packed into these busy pages. The year-by-year breakdowns have been well researched and highlights the key events of each month. The world history sidebar helps set these write-ups in perspective. While this book is broken down as a chronology, it’s more of a corporate chronology rather than that of the Marvel Universe. I loved the two-page spreads that highlighted the art from each time period. This edition takes you from 1939 right up to 2013.
It’s a beautiful hardcover volume that would fit rather nicely alongside the DC Comics: A Visual History.