Awesome Comic Collection – Marvel Universe

Recently, I have managed to collect the entire series of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition.

The Marvel Universe Handbook is an A-to-Z encyclopedic guide to nearly all the characters and places in the Marvel Comics Universe, and the Deluxe Edition were initially released in 20 comic issues followed by 8 updates issues. The comics were then reprinted into 10 book volumes, and more recently, they were all again reprinted into 4 book volumes refered to as the “Essential” volumes.

I got to know about Marvel comics back in primary school, and while in secondary school, I inherited 4 book volumes (Vol. 4, 5, 6, 9) from a friend who didn’t want them anymore. And over the years, I have managed to acquire several separate issues (#12 to 20) plus one book volume (Vol. 3). With what I have acquired, I only needed to find issues #1, 2, 3, & 4 to have a complete A-to-Z collection.

And amazingly, while I was walking around Suntec City, I spotted that the Marvel Universe Essential volumes actually existed and were on sale. And there I bought Essential Marvel Universe Vol. 1, which is a compliation of #1-7.  And I was damned happy about it. Returning home, I surfed the Internet and found that there was also an Essential volume for the Updates.  Following this, I went to Kinokuniya where I was able to buy the Essential Updates Volume.

And now, behold, I got them all!

20080925_marvel_universe_handbookWell, the only drawback about the Essential Volumes is that, the entries are all printed in black and white, as per all Marvel Essential comic reprints. Maybe I would continue to keep a lookout for the issues that I lack, so that I could obtain colour-printed character entries. But in any case, there is no rush. It has taken me years to get a complete collection, and if I do come across the issues I want, so much the better!

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