Marvel shipped three new Golden Age reprints this week.
Marvel Comics #1: 70th Anniversary Edition
This is a duplicate of the classic first edition of Marvel Comics #1 first appearing in October-November, 1939. This new reprint contains completely reconstructed art that is far superior to the reproduction in Marvel Masterworks Golden Age Marvel Comics, Vol. 1 and earlier reprints. For the uninitiated, this book details the origins and first appearances of the Human Torch (by Carl Burrgos) and the Sub-Mariner (by Bill Everett). It also contains the other stories that first appeared in the original, 70 years ago. If you have never read Marvel Comics #1 from cover to cover, here’s your chance to pick up a copy for $4.99.
All Winners 70th Anniversary Special #1
This is another in Marvel’s “70th Anniversary” line, reprinting their Golden Age titles with modern stories of Golden Age stars along with reprints of Golden Age stories. The reprints you will find in this volume are, “Winners All” a Stan Lee text piece from All-Winners Comics #2 (Fall 1941), a house ad for Captain American Comics and Marvel Mystery Comics, and “The Four Trials of Justice”, a Captain America/Red Skull battle from All-Winners Comics #12 (Fall 1944). The Captain America story was previously reprinted in Marvel Masterworks Golden Age All-Winners Comics, Vol. 2.
Marvel Masterworks Golden Age Young Allies, Volume 1
This new Golden Age Masterworks volume features Bucky Barnes, Toro and the Sentinels of Liberty teaming up to fight for the good old U.S.A. Issue #1 (Summer 1941) of this title is the best, as it features the first meeting of Bucky (Captain America’s sidekick) and Toro (sidekick to the Human Torch). It also features a great Red Skull-Hitler cover with splash pages by Simon & Kirby. This volume also features issues 2 (Winter 1941), 3 (Spring 1942) and 4 (Summer 1942). While none of the art in these remaining issues (2 – 4) is by Simon & Kirby, they are still fun to read and represent Golden Age material that has likely never been reprinted before. Interestingly, the chapter five in the original Golden Age printing of Young Allies #3, pages 10-12 were printed out of sequence. Marvel corrected that error for this volume. The introduction to this set is b y the prolific Michael Uslan and it has a cover price of $59.99. For the Golden Age fan, this is a volume worth having as it showcases some vintage Marvel Comics adventures.