All of the Marvels: A Journey to the Ends of the Biggest Story Ever Told

All of the Marvels: A Journey to the Ends of the Biggest Story Ever Told

by Douglas Wolk (Author)

The first-ever full reckoning with Marvel Comics’ interconnected, half-million-page story, a revelatory guide to the “epic of epics”—and to the past sixty years of American culture—from a beloved authority on the subject who read all 27,000+ Marvel superhero comics and lived to tell the tale

“Brilliant, eccentric, moving and wholly wonderful. . . . Wolk proves to be the perfect guide for this type of adventure: nimble, learned, funny and sincere. . . . All of the Marvels is magnificently marvelous. Wolk’s work will invite many more alliterative superlatives. It deserves them all.” —Junot Díaz, New York Times Book Review

The superhero comic books that Marvel Comics has published since 1961 are, as Douglas Wolk notes, the longest continuous, self-contained work of fiction ever created: over half a million pages to date, and still growing. The Marvel story is a gigantic mountain smack in the middle of contemporary culture. Thousands of writers and artists have contributed to it. Everyone recognizes its protagonists: Spider-Man, the Avengers, the X-Men. Eighteen of the hundred highest-grossing movies of all time are based on parts of it. Yet not even the people telling the story have read the whole thing—nobody’s supposed to. So, of course, that’s what Wolk did: he read all 27,000+ comics that make up the Marvel Universe thus far, from Alpha Flight to Omega the Unknown.
And then he made sense of it—seeing into the ever-expanding story, in its parts and as a whole, and seeing through it, as a prism through which to view the landscape of American culture. In Wolk’s hands, the mammoth Marvel narrative becomes a fun-house-mirror history of the past sixty years, from the atomic night terrors of the Cold War to the technocracy and political division of the present day—a boisterous, tragicomic, magnificently filigreed epic about power and ethics, set in a world transformed by wonders.
As a work of cultural exegesis, this is sneakily significant, even a landmark; it’s also ludicrously fun. Wolk sees fascinating patterns—the rise and fall of particular cultural aspirations, and of the storytelling modes that conveyed them. He observes the Marvel story’s progressive visions and its painful stereotypes, its patches of woeful hackwork and stretches of luminous creativity, and the way it all feeds into a potent cosmology that echoes our deepest hopes and fears. This is a huge treat for Marvel fans, but it’s also a revelation for readers who don’t know Doctor Strange from Doctor Doom. Here, truly, are all of the marvels.

Embark on a captivating journey through the Marvel Universe with "All of the Marvels: A Journey to the Ends of the Biggest Story Ever Told" by Douglas Wolk, an insightful and comprehensive exploration of Marvel Comics' rich history and legacy. Dive into the origins, evolution, and cultural impact of iconic characters like Spider-Man, Iron Man, Captain America, and more, as Wolk expertly weaves together insightful commentary, analysis, and personal anecdotes, providing a fresh perspective on the world's most popular comic book franchise.

Delve into the creative minds behind these beloved characters, from Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and Steve Ditko to modern-day visionaries, and discover the key moments and storylines that have shaped the Marvel Universe over the decades. Wolk's passion for comics shines through as he delves into the intricate tapestry of characters, plots, and themes that have captivated readers for generations. Whether you're a lifelong Marvel fan or new to the world of superheroes, "All of the Marvels" is an essential read, offering an in-depth understanding of the cultural phenomenon that is Marvel Comics.

In his exploration, Wolk delves into the historical and cultural context that influenced the creation of Marvel characters and storylines, shedding light on the societal issues, technological advancements, and pop culture trends that shaped the narrative landscape. From the Cold War to the rise of the internet, Wolk demonstrates how Marvel's stories have reflected and responded to the ever-changing world around us, mirroring our hopes, fears, and aspirations. "All of the Marvels" is not just a history book; it's a testament to the power of storytelling and the enduring appeal of the superhero genre.

Digeebooks is proud to offer "All of the Marvels" in a convenient digital format, allowing readers to immerse themselves in the Marvel Universe anytime, anywhere. With its thought-provoking insights and engaging narrative, this book is a must-read for anyone interested in comic books, pop culture, or the art of storytelling. Join Wolk on this extraordinary journey through the biggest story ever told, and discover the enduring magic of Marvel Comics.


380 pages