Guardians of the Galaxy: Creating Marvel’s Spacefaring Super Heroes
This oversized and beautifully illustrated history is a must-buy for any fan of Marvel’s quirkiest comic franchise
This artbook is big. Telling the story of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy comic franchise (though not the films) from start to finish, this luxurious volume measures a whopping 27.9x2.5x35.6 cm.
Viewing five decades of amazing comic art within this oversized tome is an enriching experience. Almost all the artwork here is finished, so if you’re looking for notes, storyboards or sketchbook doodles you may be disappointed. You may even want to pick holes in the absence of quotes from pivotal series artists Brian Michael Bendis and Jim Valentino, although input from the likes of Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, Valerio Schiti, Andy Schmidt and many more should satisfy all but the most obsessive of comic completists.
But overall, author Mark Sumerak does an excellent job of telling the story of this quirkiest of comic franchises, from 1969 right through to 2016, and the beautifully reproduced artwork is a real treat on the eyes.
The Guardians of the Galaxy looked very different to their current form when the comic was launched in 1969.