Kevin Feige Introduces Avengers Assemble From Taschen's Marvel Library

Marvel Studios President and CCO Kevin Feige has written a new foreword to the upcoming Avengers Assemble XXL collection by Taschen as part of their Marvel Comics Library, reprinting the first twenty issuses of The Avengers, with history by Kurt Busiek that places The Avengers into a historic timeline such as Iron Man and Robert Heinlein's Starship Troopers, accompanied by original art, photographs and rare documents. Available in an XXL Famous First Edition limited to 5000 copies for £150, it also comes in a Collector's Edition of 1,000 numbered copies with an aluminium print cover tipped into a leatherette-bound spine, foil embossing, housed in a slipcase, for $500.

Avengers Assemble! TASCHEN's Marvel Comics Library

By early 1963 the foundations of the Marvel Universe had been laid. Following the introduction of the Fantastic Four in 1961 came the amazing (Spider-Man), the astonishing (Ant-Man), the strange (Doctor, that is), the incredible (Hulk), the invincible (Iron Man) and the mighty (Thor). Still, Marvel editor in chief Stan Lee realized something was missing. "I was writing these characters and I thought it would fun to put them together in a team," he recalled. So Lee and artist Jack Kirby assembled Iron Man, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Thor, and the Hulk to create the Avengers.

Avengers Assemble! TASCHEN's Marvel Comics Library

Right away it was clear this team was different. If the Fantastic Four were family, then the Avengers were the co-workers you didn't choose. Not everyone got along—the Hulk fought with everyone—but working together they could defeat the baddest of Marvel's bad guys, like Loki, Kang the Conqueror, the Masters of Evil, and Immortus. The lineup was ever changing: The Hulk departed, Captain America joined, and Ant-Man grew up to become Giant-Man. Then, remarkably, villains Hawkeye, Quicksilver, and the Scarlet Witch became heroes—and Avengers—and the group's founding members shockingly departed, leaving Captain America to lead the newly-minted heroes.

Avengers Assemble! TASCHEN's Marvel Comics Library

Relive the classic early adventures of Avengers Nos. 1–20 in an XXL-sized edition that's bigger than the Hulk's fist, weightier than Thor's hammer, and with more extras than Iron Man's armor. TASCHEN has attempted to create an ideal representation of these books as they were produced at the time of publication. The most pristine pedigreed comics have been cracked open and photographed for reproduction in close collaboration with Marvel and the Certified Guaranty Company. Each page has then been digitally remastered, using modern retouching techniques to correct problems with the era's inexpensive, imperfect printing—as if hot off of a world-class 1960s printing press.

Accompanying the stories are an original foreword by Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige and an in-depth history by the Eisner Award-winning writer Kurt Busiek that's illustrated with original art, little-seen photographs, and rare documents. This mighty collection about Earth's Mightiest Heroes is worthy of Tony Stark's library—or yours.

Marvel Comics Library. Avengers. Vol. 1. 1963–1965 Famous First Edition: First printing of 5,000 numbered copies £150

Marvel Comics Library. Avengers. Vol. 1. 1963–1965 Edition of 1,000 numbered copies Aluminum print cover tipped into a leatherette-bound spine, foil embossing, and housed in a slipcase £500

 

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