Fans of the Original Marvel Stories Can Check Out This New Masterworks Collection
I’ve always considered myself a serious comic book fan—especially with Marvel. Back when I was eleven years old and only a junior superhero fanatic, my father bought me two of Marvel’s better-known collections of reprints.
The first was a pocket-sized edition of 1977’s Stan Lee Presents The Amazing Spider-Man which contained a reprint of Amazing Fantasy #15 and The Amazing Spider-Man issues #1 – 6 by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. This mini 3 by 5 paperback came with an introduction from Stan “The Man” Lee and included a “Spidey Feature” of his skills and abilities.
It’s great, but it’s tiny. A man my age needs to squint to read some of the print.
The second was Origins of Marvel Comics, again by Stan Lee. In what was the first of many secret origin stories of what would become the main lineup of Marvel heroes, villains, and super-teams, this collection included the first reprints of the Fantastic Four, the Hulk, Spider-Man, Thor, and Doctor Strange. Stan penned the introduction, between chapter setups, and the epilogue in his unique brand of expositional flair.
I still have both copies. I still read them. And they are falling apart. They have been read to death.
This is what happens when you give an eleven-year-old kid a trade copy of anything.
In all humility, I can say that my collection of comics and graphic novels is impressive. They are exactly what you would expect from a man who has passionately followed super-heroes’ stories for over forty years. However, my books have seen better days and as most of my books are kept in my dungeon located miles beneath the earth’s crust, they are not very presentable.
Part of being a collector is having the unquenchable desire to not only collect things but present your collection in a handsome, elegant way.
The serious collector needs a quality collectible.
Marvel Comics has collected the seminal stories of the Marvel Universe in Marvel Masterworks—and now, 330 volumes later, and beginning in 2023, Marvel is proud to welcome fans to Marvel Remasterworks!
By popular demand, the Remasterworks will be new printings of early Marvel Masterworks, now with improved restoration and expanded bonus material including scans of original art, essays, and covers from other collections of the works, house ads, creator bios, and more! Dedicated to Marvel fans, these are the comics that built the Marvel Comics mythology and represent Marvel’s latest step in preserving its treasured history.
Of the original Marvel Masterworks, I own volume one of Captain Marvel from the 1967 series run. This begins with Marvel Superheroes #12 as written by Stan Lee and illustrated by Gene Colan. These beautiful hardcover editions have been reprinted in vibrant color on a quality paper stock that brings a better reading experience than the original pulp prints.
Marvel Remasterworks will debut next year starting with Marvel Masterworks: The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1, which includes scans of the original artwork to Amazing Fantasy #15, and followed by Marvel Masterworks: The Fantastic Four Vol. 1 and Marvel Masterworks: The X-Men Vol. 1.
If you missed purchasing these historic early volumes of the Marvel Masterworks line the first time around, now is your chance to own them! With plans to do only a single printing of each volume, don’t miss your opportunity to have these must-have Marvel Comics collections, now in their utmost glory!
- On Sale May 2023 – MARVEL MASTERWORKS: THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN VOL. 1 HC – REMASTERWORKS MARVEL MASTERWORKS: THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN VOL. 1 HC– REMASTERWORKS (DM EXCLUSIVE VARIANT COVER)
- On Sale June 2023 – MARVEL MASTERWORKS: THE FANTASTIC FOUR VOL. 1 HC – REMASTERWORKS MARVEL MASTERWORKS: THE FANTASTIC FOUR VOL. 1 HC – REMASTERWORKS (DM EXCLUSIVE VARIANT COVER)
- On Sale July 2023 – MARVEL MASTERWORKS: THE X-MEN VOL. 1 HC – REMASTERWORKS MARVEL MASTERWORKS: THE X-MEN VOL. 1 HC – REMASTERWORKS (DM EXCLUSIVE VARIANT COVER)