Relive 80 Years Of Comics With Marvel Decades Collections

by James Ferguson

Next year is the 80th anniversary of Marvel Comics. To celebrate eight decades of pop culture and super heroics, the publisher will be releasing a series of eight Decades collections, highlighting some of the most iconic characters, themes, and stories from each era in Marvel’s history. The first, set for release in January, looks at the 1940s. In addition to the stories themselves, each Decades collection will feature a decade-by-decade commentary looking at the evolution of the Marvel Universe and the world that inspired it.

Marvel Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski says:

After almost 80 years, our fans have continued to embrace Marvel’s characters as their own, following their adventures through decades of thrilling stories. To honor and celebrate this legacy, we can’t wait to share some new and exciting projects for the world to experience the history of the Marvel Universe – through comic books, video games, toys, blockbuster films, television shows and more.


Here are the first four Decades collections:

  • Decades: Marvel in the ’40s – The Human Torch vs. The Sub-Mariner
  • Decades: Marvel in the ’50s – Captain America Strikes!
  • Decades: Marvel in the ’60s – Spider-Man Meets the Marvel Universe
  • Decades: Marvel in the ’70s – Legion of Monsters

I like the idea of these, although I’m a little confused how an entire decade can be boiled down to just one character or group of characters. For example, was Captain America the only thing Marvel had going on in the ’50s? In any case, this looks like it will be a good way for people to see where these iconic characters came from.

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