Taschen and Roy Thomas chronicle '75 Years of Marvel'

To celebrate Marvel's 75th anniversary, this fall Taschen will publish 75 Years of Marvel: From the Golden Age to the Silver Screen, a mammoth inside look at the company written by its former editor-in-chief Roy Thomas.

Edited by Josh Baker, who worked with Paul Levitz on 75 Years of DC Comics, the 720-page hardcover spotlights not only Marvel's most famous characters, but also many of the writers and artists who gave them life -- focusing largely on the creators from the 1960s' "Marvel Age of Comics," like Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Don Heck, Jim Steranko, Marie Severin, John Romita, John Buscema and Gene Colan.

The XL-format book -- like the DC tome, it's a whopping 11.4 inches by 15.6 inches -- boasts essays by Thomas, nearly 2,000 images (including vintage comics, rare photos, movie stills and toys), biographies of more than 300 creators, directors, actors and famous fans, and a 4-foot accordion timeline.

Priced at $200, 75 Years of Marvel: From the Golden Age to the Silver Screen is pegged for release in October.

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