Marvel Comics is expanding its partnership with new distribution partners Penguin Random House with a series of special edition collections starring some of the publisher’s biggest characters, including Captain America, Black Panther, and Spider-Man.
The collection, which will be available in hardcover and softcover editions with premium bindings and covers, will include original stories from each of the respective characters, along with a curated selection of other major stories from the character’s past.
More unnamed collections are planned to follow the initial Captain America, Black Panther and Spider-Man versions. The premium collection is described by Marvel as “a collectible hardcover edition with black spine paperbacks as well as beautiful gold foil stamping, gold top stain edges, and endpapers featuring artwork from the comics”.
In addition to the collected stories, each edition will feature a foreword introducing the characters and their stories from contemporary young adult authors, some of whom have also worked on the comics in question.
The Amazing Spider-Man collection will feature author Jason Reynolds, author of the novel Miles Morales: Spider-Man. Black Panther will feature the foreword by Wakanda Forever author Nanedi Okrafor. And finally, the Captain America collection will introduce Shang-Chi author Jean Luen Yang.
Here is a gallery of covers for both the hardcover and softcover editions:
Penguin Random House editor Ben Saunders said in the announcement, “The comics produced at Marvel in the ’60s can be compared to some of the most enduring popular music of that turbulent decade.”
“Working at a tremendous pace in what was widely regarded as a low-status commercial medium, the creators of Marvel started and participated in an aesthetic revolution,” she continues. “These comics have now influenced writers and artists of all kinds of media—from contemporary novelists to hip hop musicians to Hollywood filmmakers. That’s not an exaggeration, but just a fact: These classic Marvel comics are part of our culture. Basic documents.”
The Spider-Man, Captain America and Black Panther collections are set to end on June 14, 2022.
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