Marvel Comics #1000 second print,
VERY FINE/NEAR MINT
BONUS REVIEW by "Doc" Schaefer
THE GREATEST TALENT EVER ASSEMBLED FOR ONE STORY! THIS IS THE BIG ONE! In celebration of Marvel's 80th Anniversary, we have gathered together the greatest array of talent ever to be assembled between the covers of a single comic book! Names from the past, from the present, and even the future! Every page is filled with all-new work from this cavalcade of comic book luminaries! There is a mystery that threads throughout the Marvel Universe - one that has its origins in MARVEL COMICS #1 and which unites a disparate array of heroes and villains throughout the decades! What is the Eternity Mask, and who is responsible for the conspiracy to keep it hidden? And what new player will make their startling debut as these secrets are peeled away? Featuring the entirety of the Marvel Universe of characters!
Date Available: 10/02/2019
Just on general concept, I really wanted to dislike this book. Right off the bat how did we come up with the numbering system? 1000 issues of what? 80 years in the business doesn't add up to 1000? I'm confused as to the thinking here. But the truth is that overall this is an amazing work. One page bits of story each done by a different creative team but each giving clues to a larger story encompassing the history of the Marvel Universe comes off without a hitch. Appealing to old and new Marvel fans, this has all sorts of easter eggs that will take weeks to gather. (My favorite was that Marvel's Golden Age detective character The Ferret was in fact the Operative from Marvel's mini series the Mystery Men from 2011! Simply amazing. And is was very high class to devote a page to all the Marvel creators that are no longer with us. Say what you will about Marvel, this book is a tribute to the fans of Marvel.
I give it 9 out of 10 Grahams