X-Men: The Characters and Their Universe

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9780883631201: X-Men: The Characters and Their Universe

A fan's guide to the popular "X-Men" franchise traces the series' evolution from its creation in 1963 through its reemergence in the 1970s as a platform for political and social commentary, in an encyclopedic reference that includes character profiles, coverage of film and television adaptations, and classic storylines. Movie tie-in.

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X-Men: The Characters and Their Universe is a huge, oversize coffee-table book that should entertain a wide variety of X-fans. Author Michael Mallory wrote the same-sized Marvel: The Characters and Their Universe, and now benefits from a narrower focus on a single group: their comic books, movies, TV shows, and memorabilia. Published in 2006, the nearly 300-page tome covers topics as recent as House of M, 1602, and the third movie, X-Men: The Last Stand (though only passing mention of Joss Whedon's Astonishing X-Men) Also covered are the development of the team from the Stan Lee-Jack Kirby days through the 1975 revamp through the various spin-off series such as Age of Apocalypse and X-Force, and alternate realities (the great Days of Future Past story line). If you have gaps in your X-knowledge, this is a good resource for filling them, but X-perts may simply dig the large pictures of key covers and panels, movie stills, sketches, and Greg Horn's luscious take on Emma Frost. --David Horiuchi

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Michael Mallory is the author of X-Men: The Characters and Their Universe, Universal Studios Monsters: A Legacy of Horror, and The Science Fiction Universe and Beyond: Syfy Channel Book of Sci-Fi. He has written about animation for such diverse publications as Animation, Comics Scene, Disney News, In Toon, Inbetweener, The Hollywood Reporter, Millimeter, On Production, and Digital Diner. He is former editor of Animation magazine and a frequent contributor to Daily Variety.

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