Thursday, August 19, 2004

Exclusive Target Marvel Age Line Expands

The exclusive line of Marvel Age magazine size comics, has now expanded to include $13.99 trade paperbacks featuring:

Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes - Which reprints Avengers #161-162, #201 and Avengers Annual #6 and #8. Art for those issues was provided by George Perez, and the stories were written by Gerry Conway, Jim Shooter, David Micheline and Roger Slifer.

I've only looked through it briefly, but saw my "favorite superhero name" The Whizzer is featured in parts of it. That's a character dying for a twisted Ultimate Marvel treatment if I ever saw one.:)

X-Men Evolution - In what has to be the third or so collection version of this short lived series. This time with all of the issues reprinted, rather than just the Devin Grayson issues as I've seen previously.

Marvel Classic Origins - Wasn't available in the store today, but is shown on the inside cover of the Avengers book. The cover has Captain America, Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, Ant-Man, Silver Surfer, Dr. Strange, Thor, Daredevil, Namor, Incredible Hulk, Nick Fury and the X-Men.

Which would seem to be a lot of origins to cover at once, but would make for a great book for new readers I bet.

I thought it interesting to see the line increase and even try a different format. Given that previously the line was only magazine sized collections of series such as the Marvel Age Spider-Man and Fantastic Four titles. Plus Gail Simone's Gus Beezer series about a young kid who meets the Marvel heroes, a sanitized version of the controversial Ultimates series, and a collection of some of Marvel's books from a Manga week event from last year.

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