Joing the likes of Ivanhoe, David Copperfield, and The Great Gatsby, a series of Marvel comic books have united with Penguin Classics family. The Marvel Collection retraces the origins of favorite comic book superstars. The collection of stories reintroduces The Amazing Spider-Man, Black Panther, and Captain America to readers while celebrating the impressive influence the comic books have had on popular culture. Initially there are only three volumes, but Penguin Classics intends to bring in more superheroes in the future.
The stories begin from the characters’ origins to adventures chronicled during the golden age of comic books. Penguin Random House has invited some exceptional authors, and Marvel fans, to write a foreword for the new titless. Each one expresses the personal impact the comics has made on them.
In The Amazing Spider-Man edition, bestselling author Jason Reynolds shares stories about his brother, describing the power of passing along comic book love. Writer Nnedi Okorafor’s foreword for the Black Panther speaks of a childhood where she couldn’t be herself in comic stores because she was treated as an outsider, being Black. The essay goes on to discuss the lack of representation of women or Black people on superhero comics. While in the forward to Captain Ameria bestselling author Gene Luen Yang writes about what the superhero meant to him as a child of immigrants.
The series includes both paperbacks and collector’s edition hardbacks. The latter books are decidedly more premium-looking; they feature solid backgrounds with gold foil artwork, and the sides of their pages are gilt.