Marvel Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded
DK Publishing, 2014
The massive Marvel Encyclopedia was first published in 2006 and revised in 2009. This latest revision hit the market earlier this year and now includes over 1200 character biographies. Ralph Macchio—not of The Karate Kid fame—wrote a new foreword for this edition, having served various capacities at Marvel since the mid-1970s, followed by an introduction by the legendary Stan Lee before the character profiles begin. And once you get lost in the back stories of the heroes and villains of the Marvel world, you will know more about them than you ever thought possible.
From first appearances to powers to primary allies and foes, both major and minor characters are chronicled in Marvel Encyclopedia. Of course, the major names are present: Spider-Man, Captain America, Iron Man. But lesser-known Marvel personalities such as Whizzer, Moon Boy, Doctor Bong, and Zaran are also given ink. There are also several entries on major storylines, such as “Annihilation” and “Civil War.” Artwork abounds throughout this volume, showing the evolution of some of the world’s greatest heroes and including newly commissioned cover art by Mike Deodato Jr.
Comic book fans, especially those who gravitate towards the Marvel universe, will love Marvel Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded.