Celebrate suspense, spider-men, and super-soldiers with new “Marvel Decades” collections

Celebrate suspense, spider-men, and super-soldiers with new “Marvel Decades” collections

It began in 1939 as Timely Publications, printing pulp-inspired comics before two characters changed the game: the fiery android known as the Human Torch, and the moody king of the seas Namor, the Sub-Mariner.

Within a few years that same publisher would debut Captain America, a new hero for a new publishing age.   For a country that was feeling the effects of a world war, the patriotic hero and his kid sidekick Bucky were just the thing the public needed in the way of escapism.

While initially striking gold with those exciting characters, the publisher spent the next few decades focusing more on the popular genres of the day, such as romance, westerns, and medieval adventure serials.  Timely became known as Atlas Comics in the Fifties and continued to publish consistently, though without many breakout hits.

And then came the Fantastic Four.  The launch of the World’s Greatest Comics Magazine ushered in a brand new era of heroes and set the course for the next several decades of popular culture.

Today, we know the publishing house formerly known as Timely by another name: Marvel Comics.   To commemorate 80 years of history, 2019 will see the release of eight collections that encompass each respective decade of Marvel’s publishing history.  Four of the eight volumes have been announced at this time, but they really seem to be going all out with the most popular stories of each decade: the Forties showcases Human Torch and Namor, the Fifties shines a light on Cap and Bucky, the Sixties looks into the superhero boom that arose out of Spider-Man and the Avengers, and the Seventies gets all spooky with a spotlight in suspense and horror characters.  Check out the details below.

Per Marvel: 

Celebrate 80 Years of Marvel with Exclusive Anniversary MARVEL DECADES Collections!

A decade-by-decade celebration of the stories that defined the Marvel Universe, starting January 2019!

New York, NY—August 15, 2018— Next year, join fans around the world for Marvel’s 80th anniversary and celebrate eight decades of incredible storytelling, groundbreaking art, and inspirational Super Heroes that continue to shape entertainment and pop culture to this day!

Starting in January, readers will be able to explore a different decade of Marvel each month with the brand-new eight-volume DECADES collection series, featuring some of comic’s most iconic characters, themes and stories from each magnificent Marvel era. From the 1940s to the 2010s, fans can relive the formative journeys of their fan-favorite Super Heroes like the Human Torch, Captain America, Spider-Man, and more!

“After almost 80 years, our fans have continued to embrace Marvel’s characters as their own, following their adventures through decades of thrilling stories,” said Marvel Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski. “To honor and celebrate this legacy, we can’t wait to share some new and exciting projects for the world to experience the history of the Marvel Universe – through comic books, video games, toys, blockbuster films, television shows and more.”

In addition to getting access to some of Marvel’s most classic comics, each DECADES collection will also include a decade-by-decade commentary chronicling the evolution of the Marvel Universe and the world that inspired it. More DECADES collections will be announced at a later date.

The first collection will be available in January 2019. 

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