The Folio Soci­ety has released a num­ber of high-end edi­tions of clas­sic sci­ence fic­tion and fan­ta­sy nov­els over the years, includ­ing books by Ursu­la K. Le Guin, Robert Hein­lein, Isaac Asi­mov, Philip K. Dick, George R.R. Mar­tin, and more. Now, it’s tak­ing on a new medi­um: com­ic books. This Sep­tem­ber, it’ll release Mar­vel: The Gold­en Age, 1939–1949, a com­pi­la­tion of the company’s clas­sic comics.

The book is designed to cel­e­brate the 80th anniver­sary of Mar­vel Comics #1. It’s now avail­able for pre­order, and it will retail for $225 when it’s released on Sep­tem­ber 25th. It’ll also come with a 64-page repli­ca of that orig­i­nal com­ic.

The Folio Society’s books are aimed toward col­lec­tors and seri­ous read­ers: its offer­ings aren’t paper­backs or hard­cov­ers that you’ll find on the shelves of your local book­store. They’re vol­umes that often come with spe­cial slip­cov­ers and con­tain intro­duc­tions from the authors or their con­tem­po­raries, as well as orig­i­nal art­work, all on high-qual­i­ty paper. I’ve long been impressed with its offer­ings (and have bought a bunch over the years) because of the effort that’s put in and the art that the pub­lish­er includes with each one.

Folio Soci­ety edi­to­r­i­al direc­tor Tom Walk­er tells The Verge that mov­ing into comics is a “real­ly thrilling new enter­prise for us,” but he notes that “it doesn’t feel like vir­gin ter­ri­to­ry. Mar­vel Comics have been one of the great lit­er­ary influ­ences of the past cen­tu­ry, and as I start­ed to explore that world, I found the com­ic form had inspired so many of my own favorite writ­ers, from Neil Gaiman to Mar­garet Atwood.”

Walk­er explains that the Folio Soci­ety want­ed to anthol­o­gize the major Mar­vel eras, and its “aim was to allow read­ers to get clos­er to the Gold­en Age of Mar­vel Comics than they’ve ever been.” To assem­ble the book, the soci­ety part­nered with Roy Thomas, the writer and edi­tor who suc­ceed­ed Stan Lee at Mar­vel Comics. He helped with the selec­tion process for the book, which includes char­ac­ters like Cap­tain Amer­i­ca, The Human Torch, and Namor, The Sub-Mariner.

Walk­er says that he’s most proud of the repro­duc­tion of Mar­vel Comics #1, which was based on an orig­i­nal copy from 1939 that it was able to track down. “We spent hours per­fect­ing this, choos­ing the right grade of paper and find­ing ways to recre­ate the expe­ri­ence kids would have had pick­ing this up from the news­stand for the first time.” The oth­er comics includ­ed in the main vol­ume are repro­duced from “first-edi­tion comics both from the Mar­vel archives and from major pri­vate col­lec­tors, in order to find the most pris­tine copies to off­set,” Walk­er says.

The Folio Soci­ety says that the vol­ume is the first in an ongo­ing part­ner­ship with Mar­vel Comics, and the next vol­ume is set to come out some­time in the first half of 2020.

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