Back in 1939, Timely Comics published Marvel Comics #1, featuring stories about the Human Torch, Ka-Zar, the Submariner, and more. The price tag? 10 cents. Isnt’ inflation a bitch?
In 2019, Marvel will publish an 80th anniversary hardcover edition of Marvel Comics #1, sort of stealing an idea from the Distinguished Competition that they used for Action Comics #1000. The price tag? 30 bucks, true believers!
To be fair, the comic does feature more than just that 10 cent issue. It also collects Saga of the Original Human Torch #1, Marvels #0, and Marvel Comics #1 70th Anniversary Edition. Wait, what? It collects a different reprint of the issue it’s reprinting already? Hell, we can’t wait for the 90th anniversary when they collect both the 70th and 80th-anniversary editions and charge five thousand dollars!
There’s also “retrospective stories, bonus artwork, insightful essays, and more.” Well, if the essays are insightful, how can you say no?
Don’t answer that. Just check out the solicit below, and view Marvel’s full April solicitations here.
MARVEL COMICS #1: 80TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION HC
Written by CARL BURGOS, PAUL GUSTAVSON, BILL EVERETT, AL ANDERS, ART PINAJIAN, BEN THOMPSON,
ROY THOMAS, ALEX ROSS & STEVE DARNALL
Penciled by CARL BURGOS, PAUL GUSTAVSON, BILL EVERETT, AL ANDERS, ART PINAJIAN, BEN THOMPSON,
RICH BUCKLER & ALEX ROSS
Cover by FRANK R. PAUL
The book that kicked off the Marvel Universe back in 1939 — presented in glorious hardcover, with an extensive array of special features! MARVEL COMICS #1 promised action, mystery and adventure — and it delivered! The original android Human Torch blazed his way into readers’ hearts, and Namor the Sub-Mariner made a big splash! Golden Age pulp star Ka-Zar swung into comics, and costumed detective the Angel made his debut! Plus: Western adventures with the Masked Raider — and terror in the jungle! And from this one issue, published 80 years ago, grew the entire Marvel Universe! Now, MARVEL COMICS #1 is collected along with retrospective stories, bonus artwork, insightful essays and more! Collecting MARVEL COMICS #1, SAGA OF THE ORIGINAL HUMAN TORCH #1, MARVELS #0 and MARVEL COMICS #1 70TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION.
232 PGS./All Ages …$29.99
Trim size: oversized