It’s getting Stranger: The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe

After reading last week’s post, my friend Matt Roberts recommended “The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe” to me since it contains the files I was looking for. I went to Excalibur on SE Hawthorn and got my self a copy along with Greg Rucka’s “Lazarus” after Dan recommended it. I might talk about it alter though I am no Comic Book reviewer.


Now there is a major difference between The American Handbook and it’s french version:


First, the french version is in COLOR!

Say what?





The American Volume I have is volume 1. I doubt the subsequent volumes are in color though. I had the choice between this one and the “update 89” version which is also in Black and White so, bottom line, there were no color versions available at the store (or that I know of for that matter).

Second, Iron Man’s armor is different. Look at it! The french version pictured is actually a more recent version of the armor from the 80’s. Now that version of the armor can be from the American 89 updated version and I will check on that next time I go to the comic book shop.

It still does not explain the lack of color. Was the original American version in color and used in France but not reprinted later in the US? Did french people color them in? I need to KNOW!

Still, I am having a lot of fun with the handbook and will be sharing some of my favorite characters for posts to come.


 I would love to see him go head to head with Captain America… just to see what happens.

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