The Folio Society’s limited, slipcased editions (previously) are some of the most beautiful books being produced today; the company’s $225 Marvel: The Golden Age 1939-1949 ships in late September, and includes a facsimile of the ultra-rare Marvel Comics #1, reproduced from one of the last surviving mint-condition 1939 copies.
The volume is edited by Roy Thomas, who took over as EiC of Marvel after Stan Lee. Other comics featured in the volume include Captain America, The Human Torch, and Namor, The Sub-Mariner, all sourced from mint/near-mint copies in private collections.
It’s the first in a series of planned Marvel/Folio Society books with the next volume due in 2020.
Walker says that he’s most proud of the reproduction of Marvel Comics #1, which was based on an original copy from 1939 that it was able to track down. “We spent hours perfecting this, choosing the right grade of paper and finding ways to recreate the experience kids would have had picking this up from the newsstand for the first time.” The other comics included in the main volume are reproduced from “first-edition comics both from the Marvel archives and from major private collectors, in order to find the most pristine copies to offset,” Walker says.
Marvel: The Golden Age 1939-1949 [Roy Thomas/The Folio Society]
The Folio Society’s next book brings Marvel’s Golden Age back to life [Andrew Liptak/The Verge]
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