The Folio Society has released a number of high-end editions of classical science fiction and fantasy novels over the years, including books by Ursula K. Le Guin, Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, Philip K. Dick, George R.R. Martin and more. Now it is getting a new medium: comic books. It will be out in September Marvel: The Golden Age, 1939-1949, a compilation of the company's classic comics.
The book is designed to celebrate the 80th anniversary of Marvel Comics # 1. It is now available for preorderand it will be sold for $ 225 when it is released on September 25. It also comes with a 64-page replica of that original comic.
The books of the Folio Society are aimed at collectors and serious readers: the offer is not paperbacks or hardcover that you can find on the shelves of your local bookstore. They are volumes that often come with special covers and contain introductions from the authors or their contemporaries, as well as original artworks, all on high-quality paper. I have long been impressed by the offer (and have bought a lot over the years) because of the efforts that have been made and the art that the publisher includes with each of them.
Folio Society editor-in-chief Tom Walker tells The edge that the switch to comics is a "really exciting new venture for us", but he notes that "it doesn't feel like virgin territory. Marvel Comics has been one of the great literary influences of the past century and when I started that world I discovered that the comic form had inspired so many of my own favorite writers, from Neil Gaiman to Margaret Atwood. "
Walker explains that the Folio Society wanted to anthologize the major Marvel eras, and "the goal was to enable readers to get closer to the Golden Age of Marvel Comics than they have ever been." To compile the book, society worked with Roy Thomas, the writer and editor who succeeded Stan Lee at Marvel Comics. He helped with the book selection process, with characters such as Captain America, The Human Torch and Namor, The Sub-Mariner.
Walker says he is most proud of the reproduction of Marvel Comics # 1, which was based on an original copy from 1939 that could detect it. "We spent hours perfecting, choosing the right paper type and finding ways to mimic the experience that children had first had at the kiosk." The other comics in the main volume have been reproduced from "first-edition comics both from the Marvel archives and from large private collectors, to find the most pristine copies to compensate," Walker says.
The Folio Society says the volume is the first in an ongoing partnership with Marvel Comics and that the next volume will come out sometime in the first half of 2020.