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Released: 2003-10-06

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Marvel Comic Book Library Vol. 1 by GIT Corp

Software Details

Brand: GIT CorpMedia: CD-ROMHardware Platform: MacOperating System: Windows Me
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Description

100 Original, Full-length Digital Comics on CD-ROM! MARVEL's Top 10 Characters! Complete Character Bios and more!

Their first 10 stories, including their debut issue!
Spider-Man (1962)
Captain America (1964)
The Incredible Hulk (1962)
Avengers (1963)
Daredevil (1964)
Namor the SubĀ­Mariner (1962)
X-Men (1975)
Iron Man (1963)
Fantastic Four (1961)
Silver Surfer (1966)
First Appearance: Amazing Fantasy #15 (1962)

System Requirements

PC:
Windows 98 and higher, including XP, 6 MB available hard disk space, 64 MB of RAM, Netscape Navigator 4.x or Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.x or later, Mouse or other pointing device, Printer (optional)

MAC:
Mac OS X, Minimum 6 MB available hard disk space, Minimum 64 MB of RAM, Netscape Navigator 4.x or Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.x or later, Mouse or other pointing device, Printer (optional)

STAN LEE PRESENTS:
X-Men. Spider-Man. Daredevil. The Hulk. Before they were movies, they were Marvel. And now with the Marvel Comic Book Library, you can relive the first 10 adventures of 10 classic Marvel; characters on one super-powered CD-ROM. 100 complete comic books--with character bios, and 3 Free Bonus Comics--highlight the debut and subsequent storylines of this most famous band of heroes, also including the Fantastic Four, Captain America, Avengers, The Sub-Mariner, Iron Man, and Silver Surfer.

Platforms

Windows NT, Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows Me, Windows XP, Mac OS X, Windows 95

Product Features

  • The first 10 adventures of 10 classic Marvel characters on 1 super-powered CD-ROM
  • 100 complete comic books highlight the storylines of this famous band of heroes
  • Includes the Fantastic Four, Captain America, Avengers, The Sub-Mariner, Iron Man, and Silver Surf
  • Character bios and 3 free bonus Comics

Editorial Review

A motherlode of comic history, Marvel Comic Book Library Vol. 1 captures the first 10 issues of 10 classic comic books on one unbelievably priced CD-ROM. Most are from Marvel's Golden Age in the 1960s--Spider-Man, Hulk, Daredevil, Fantastic Four, Captain America, the Avengers, the Sub-Mariner, Iron Man, and Silver Surfer. The exception is the X-Men, who were also created in the 1960s but are represented here by the 1970s incarnation that soon became the hottest property in comics with the introduction of such characters as Wolverine, Colossus, and Storm (their 10-issue sampling begins appropriately with Giant-Size X-Men #1). And with that same exception, all the series were written by Stan Lee, most often with art by Jack Kirby but with other Marvel Bullpen denizens such as Steve Ditko and Wally Wood.

Navigation is easy, with a main character menu followed by cover thumbnails. (Minor quibble: the main menu uses more modern art, for example, the John Byrne Fantastic Four.) Some other points of clarification: the Captain America stories are from his solo series in Tales of Suspense (issues 59-68), which he shared with Iron Man. Those Iron Man stories, however, are not included here, and Tony Stark's alter ego is represented by his initial appearances in Tales of Suspense 39-48. Similarly, the Sub-Mariner is represented by his solo run in Tales to Astonish (issues 70-79), which he shared with Hulk, who is represented instead by the first six issues of his own book then four stories (issues 60-63) from Tales to Astonish. And the Silver Surfer's issues are from his solo series rather than his initial appearance in Fantastic Four.

Marvel Comic Book Library Vol. 1 is an excellent deal. If you were to buy these same issues in book form, in color, you'd want the Marvel Masterworks series at $30-$50 per 10-issue book. The downside is that these classic comics have a high comfort-food factor, and even non-Luddites would probably agree that it's more fun to curl up on the couch with a physical book than to sit down at your PC. (OK, you could curl up with your laptop if you really want to.) But this is an easy and affordable way to sample what you want, then pick up must-haves later.

Now we just need a volume 2, with the original X-Men, Thor, Doctor Strange.... --David Horiuchi

Pros:

  • A generous, convenient, and good-looking compilation of classic comic books
  • Very affordable
  • Sensible navigation

Cons

  • Just the relatively sterile computer presentation

More Details

Publisher: GIT CorpCategory: ScrapbookingBinding: CD-ROMLanguage: English

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