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The Mighty Marvel Calendar Book: A Visual History by Chris Ryan

    From 1975 to 1981, Marvel embarked on a remarkable creative endeavor, producing seven consecutive calendars rivaling their renowned comic books’ artistry and narrative allure. Each annual calendar, whether commemorating the Bicentennial in 1976 or spotlighting beloved characters like Spider-Man (1978), Hulk (1979), or Doctor Strange (1980), served as a canvas for the diverse cast of heroes and villains inhabiting the Marvel Universe. These calendars were more than mere gatekeepers; they were vibrant celebrations of Marvel’s rich tapestry.

    Within these calendars, readers encountered a plethora of inspired features. Notable among these were visual tributes to the birthdays of esteemed Marvel staff and creators, illuminating key moments in Marvel’s storied history, and highlighting special events. Additionally, fans delighted in encountering famous quotes plucked from cherished issues, adding layers of nostalgia and significance to the calendar experience.

    Mighty Marvel Calendar Book: A Visual History presents seven years of Marvel history in this incredible showcase featuring art from some of the greatest illustrators who drew stories for the House of Ideas.

    One of the most captivating aspects of these calendars was the inclusion of original artwork from legendary Marvel artists. Icons of the industry such as Jack Kirby, John Buscema, John Byrne, Frank Miller, Walter Simonson, Gil Kane, George Perez, Gene Colan, Jim Starlin, Sal Buscema, Mike Ploog, and many others lent their talents to craft bespoke illustrations exclusively for these calendars. Each piece of art was a testament to Marvel’s commitment to excellence and innovation, captivating viewers with its dynamic visuals and rich storytelling.

    Never before has all of this astounding art been reprinted, and the complete set of covers, interiors, and gorgeously designed monthly entries are reproduced at their original size in this beautiful, oversized hardcover package. Also included is new commentary, rare promotional materials, and an introduction by longtime Marvel writer/editor/historian Roy Thomas. The years might keep ticking away, but the work collected in this special book remains timeless!

    “These calendars showcase some of the greatest artwork ever done in comics. I’ve been waiting a long, long time for this book.” —Alex Ross

    In essence, these Marvel calendars transcended their practical purpose, becoming cherished artifacts beloved by fans for their blend of artistic brilliance, narrative depth, and homage to the iconic characters and creators that define the Marvel Universe.

    Tony M.