More of your favorite comics are receiving the Penguin Classics treatment in 2023, in a series of collectible paperback and gold foil-stamped hardcover editions! The next three books in the series: The Avengers, The Fantastic Four, and The X-Men will be published on 9/12/23. Don’t miss out on this perfect gift for longtime Marvel fans and first-time readers, and for those who fell in love with the first wave in 2022 (Black Panther, Captain America, and The Amazing Spider-Man) you will need to start making more room on your bookshelf!
Penguin Classics is pleased to collaborate with Marvel Comics to publish a new series, the Penguin Classics Marvel Collection, marking the first time that comics have been published by Penguin Classics. This collection of carefully curated comic book anthologies presents the original stories and seminal tales of key Marvel characters, and serves as a testament to Marvel’s transformative impact on graphic fiction and icons and stories across popular culture.
Each title will be published in black spine paperback as well as a collectible hardcover edition with beautiful gold foil stamping, gold top stain edges and endpapers featuring artwork from the comics. They each include a foreword by a contemporary young adult author and a detailed scholarly introduction, speaking to the enduring significance of Marvel’s iconic creations.
It is impossible to imagine American popular culture without Marvel Comics. For decades, Marvel has published groundbreaking visual narratives that sustain attention on multiple levels: as metaphors for the experience of difference and otherness; as meditations on the fluid nature of identity; and as high-water marks in the artistic tradition of American cartooning. Plus, punching! For the first time, these classic stories of some of the most iconic super heroes in the artistic tradition of American cartooning are available in the timeless Penguin Classics presentation and format.
Collects The Avengers (1963) #1-4, 9, 16, 26, 28, 44, 57, 58, 71, 74, and 83.
This unique collection gathers key issues from the first few years of the series and also includes a foreword by Leigh Bardugo, a scholarly introduction by Jose Alaniz, and a series introduction by Ben Saunders, which offer further insights into the enduring significance of The Avengers and classic Marvel comics.
Collects Fantastic Four (1961) #1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 48, 49, 50, 51, and Fantastic Four Annual #6.
This collection gathers some key tales from Lee and Kirby’s lengthy tenure — from their earliest issues and the seminal “The Galactus Trilogy.” Also includes foreword by Jerry Craft, and a scholarly introduction and a general series introduction by Ben Saunders offer further insights into the enduring significance of the Fantastic Four and classic Marvel comics.
Collects X-Men (1963) #1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 14, 15, 16, 38, 41, 42, 44, 45, and 46.
This volume also includes a foreword by Rainbow Rowell, and a scholarly introduction and general series introduction by Ben Saunders , which offer further insights into the enduring significance of the X-Men and classic Marvel comics.
You can learn more about this new series here!