Roy Thomas

75 Years of Marvel Comics | Sunday, May 17, 2:50 - 3:40, Richland Meeting Room C
Genre(s) Comics Nonfiction

Roy Thomas has been a comics writer since 1965, primarily for Marvel or DC Comics. Among the many hundreds of comic books he has written since then are Conan the Barbarian, The Avengers, Fantastic Four, All-Star Squadron, The Invaders, Sub-Mariner, Dr. Strange, Red Sonja, Wonder Woman, The Savage Sword of Conan, The X-Men. He served as a Marvel editor from 1965-80 and its editor-in-chief from 1972-74, and as a DC editor from 1980-86. At Marvel he co-created Ultron and the Vision (both featured in the current film The Avengers: Age of Ultron), Yellowjacket (seen in the upcoming film Ant-Man), and Iron Fist, the kung-fu super-hero who will star later this year in both his own Netflix series and in the group mini-series, The Defenders. He has written graphic novels starring Conan, Spider-Man, Dracula, et al. In the 1980s he co-wrote the films Fire and Ice and Conan the Destroyer, the latter starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, and one episode of the 1990s TV series Xena – Warrior Princess. He currently edits the comics history magazine Alter Ego and works with Stan Lee on the Spider-Man newspaper comic strip. In 2014 he wrote the humongous book 75 Years of Marvel: From Golden Age to Silver Screen for the German publisher Taschen and is currently writing an equally huge volume about Stan Lee for them. Besides winning various fan and pro awards over the years, he was elected to comics’ Eisner Hall of Fame at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con.

Book Title: 75 Years of Marvel: From Golden Age to Silver Screen

From the very first issue of pulp impresario Martin Goodman’s Marvel Comics in 1939, the comic book creators of Marvel’s Golden Age flipped the traditional fantasy script by placing the inhuman and the invincible into the real world. With the likes of the fiery android Human Torch, vengeful sea prince Sub-Mariner, and pip-squeak-turned-paragon Captain America, Marvel created a mythological universe grounded in a world that readers recognize as close to their own, brimming with humor and heartache.

In the early 1960s, this audacious approach launched the creation of heroes who have since become household names—Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, the Avengers, Thor, the X-Men—the list goes on. Fans still celebrate it as the Marvel Age of comics, an era populated by a pantheon of bickering heroes, misunderstood monsters, and noble villains.

In celebration of Marvel’s 75th anniversary, TASCHEN presents a magnum opus of the most influential comic book publisher today, with an inside look not only at its celebrated characters, but also at the “bullpen” of architects whose names are almost as familiar as the protagonists they brought to life—Stan “the Man” Lee, Jack “King” Kirby, along with a roster of greats like Steve Ditko, John Romita, John Buscema, Marie Severin, and countless others. With essays by comics historian and former Marvel editor-in-chief Roy Thomas, this book delves into the heart of thousands of costumed characters who continue to fight the good fight in comics, movies, and toy aisles of the world.

The XL-format book includes:

• More than 700 pages of near 2,000 images including vintage comic books, one-of-a-kind original art, behind-the-scenes photographs and film stills, as well as rare toys and collectibles
• A four-foot accordion-fold timeline
• Biographies of more than 300 artists, writers, editors, and famous fans who helped shape Marvel’s history