1) Marvel: Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Epic Collections. Make it happen.
2) Having been thinking about profile books today it got me wondering what the first one I bought was. I thought it was Marvel Universe Deluxe #14 but chronologically it would seem that Transformers Universe 1 came out first and I know I would have bought that!
ALL-NEW, ALL-DIFFERENT MARVEL UNIVERSE Written by VARIOUS Cover by DAVID MARQUEZ SECRET WARS has ended, and the Marvel Universe has been reborn — better and brighter than ever before! To celebrate, Marvel is proud to present this all-new, all-different guide to the Universe! This edition includes brand-new profiles on Phil Coulson's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Ms. Marvel (Khan), "Spider-Gwen" Stacy, Lash, Parker Industries, Singularity (A-Force), Ghost Rider (Reyes) and more! Plus updates on major characters starring in new titles: Iron Man (Stark), Ant-Man (Lang), Doctor Stephen Strange, the Inhumans, Thor (Foster) and Wolverine (Kinney)! Also featuring a global-sized entry for Doctor Doom's SECRET WARS patchwork planet, Battleworld! Get in on the ground floor of the All-New, All-Different Marvel Universe which starts now! 64 PGS./Rated T+ ...$4.99
I might avail myself of one of these two as a handy dandy reference. All I want really is something to briefly explain the characters and how they fit into the universe. For £4 the second is only a year out of date and seems to be what I'm after without being a coffee table size.
Martin asked about the various editions of Marvel Universe. I said I'd put something up and forgot. Sorry Martin.
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe
The first Marvel Universe is a 15 issue limited series. Alphabetical order by codename as are almost all the subsequent books. Each character gets 1 page. The covers combine into a 4 comics x 3 comics combined image. Originally slated to be 12 issues it was expenaded by 2 issues for the book of the dead and another issue for technology.
This has been collected in Black & White in The Essential Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe. The covers for the compilations are wrong on Amazon so here's what you're looking for
Some entries have appeared in colour in collections
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition
14 issues of the live Marvel Universe expanded to include inactive & some non powered characters plus the technology and a 6 issue book of the dead. Double sides covers combiner to form a pair of 14 comic and 6 comic combined images Characters now have more than one page if their profile needs it.
This has been collected in black and white as the 1 volume Essential Offical Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe edition Update.
Entries have appeared in Trade Paperbacks.
This is worth having as a companion to the above.
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Master Edition
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Master edition is a 36 issue series of loose leaf profiles of a character. The front page has various character model shots of them while the reverse has information on the character. Editions were published with random profiles in, you didn't know what you were going to get in each issue. Binders were published to collect them in.
Incredibly it has been collected in Black & White as the 3 volume Essential Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Master Edition.
I don't own this, or the collected edition. I did buy it but bailed at about 6 issues in when it was obvious how rubbish it was. It killed the Marvel Universe handbooks for a goof ten years. Avoid like the plague. James Wilson has a good story concerning this series upthread.
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe post 2000
In 2004 Marvel Universe was revived as a a series of themed Handbooks: X-Men, Avengers etc.
A number of entries appeared in other publications: there's a spiderman special with some Brand New Day entries, a new X-Men yearbook with New X-Men student entries and a Holiday Special with a Santa Claus entry, I'm not sure I have all of these!
This led to a 12 issue alphabetical series covering characters not covered in the previous volumes
Post by Grand Moff Martin on Jun 13, 2016 16:01:35 GMT
I suppose what I'd really like to lay my hands on probably doesn't exist, namely a single trade containing late 1980s / early 1990s profiles of the hundred and fifty or so most important/popular characters, without being bulked out by obscure characters I don't care about.
Absolute Vision had a whopping selection of premier league Avengers character profiles in the back. Why can't they do that sort of thing more often?? Have they done that in any X-Men trades?
Little is known about this goblin beyond its dual role as an offensive weapon and teapot.