‘All of the Marvels’

An audio interview with author Douglas Wolk, who read every single Marvel comic published in the last 60 years

All of the Marvels

Journalist and critic Douglas Wolk spent his pandemic immersed in the world of Marvel. And we don’t just mean he watched all three ‘Iron Man’ movies. Wolk read just about every single issue of every comic book Marvel has published since 1961. The result is ‘All of the Marvels’, the most comprehensive imaginable critical appraisal of what Wolk calls “the biggest story ever told.” Wolk doesn’t retell the Marvel story, except in a brief appendix. But he does trace the Marvel comics universe through diverse threads, from more well-known plots like Spider-Man and the X-Men, to fans-only books like ‘Masters of Kung Fu’ and ‘Dazzler.’ There’s also an extended appreciation of the work of Jack Kirby, the artistic genius behind Marvel’s Golden Age.

I interviewed Wolk just as Wolk was getting ready to head out on a book tour to promote ‘All of the Marvels.’ You’ve never heard two dorkier comic-book dorks dorking out about comics. Or maybe you have. You will learn a lot, and you’ll learn even more if you read Wolk’s book. Excelsior!

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Neal Pollack

Book and Film Globe Editor in Chief Neal Pollack is the author of 12 semi-bestselling books of fiction and nonfiction, including the memoirs Alternadad and Stretch, the novels Repeat and Downward-Facing Death, and the cult classic The Neal Pollack Anthology of American Literature. A Rotten Tomatoes certified reviewer for both film and television, Neal has written articles and humor for every English-language publication except The New Yorker. Neal lives in Austin, Texas, and is a three-time Jeopardy! champion.

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