Illustrated MIGHTY MARVEL CALENDAR History Book Coming in Late 2023

Abrams ComicArts continues to mine Marvel’s considerable history of fabulous promotion…

Dig this: Abrams ComicArts and Marvel will in 2023 release the Mighty Marvel Calendar Book: A Visual History, compiling all the calendars that came out of the House of Ideas in the Bronze Age.

Not only that, it’s being written by our pal Chris Ryall, with an intro by Roy Thomas, it was announced at San Diego Comic-Con.

Check out the official description:


The full set of Marvel calendars which ran from 1975–81, collected for the first time in a deluxe oversize edition

From 1975–81, Marvel created seven consecutive calendars that were as artistically designed and captivatingly written as any of their comic books. Each of these annual calendars—whether they celebrated the Bicentennial (1976) or spotlighted a specific character such as Spider-Man (1978), Hulk (1979), or Doctor Strange (1980), featured heroes and villains across the pantheon of the Marvel Universe—and all shared inspired features. These included visual call-outs for birthdays of noted Marvel staff and creators; key moments in Marvel history; special events, famous quotes from fan-favorite issues, and other celebratory mentions; with original art from iconic Marvel artists, created especially for these calendars by Jack Kirby, John Buscema, John Byrne, Frank Miller, Walter Simonson, Gil Kane, George Perez, Gene Colan, Jim Starlin, Sal Buscema, Mike Ploog, and dozens more.

Never before has all of this astounding art been reprinted, and the complete set of covers, interiors, and gorgeously designed monthly entries are reproduced at their original size in this beautiful, oversized hardcover package. Also included is new commentary, rare promotional materials, and an introduction by longtime Marvel writer/editor/historian Roy Thomas. The years might keep ticking away, but the work collected in this special book remains timeless!

A few thoughts:

— The 272-page hardcover measures 13″ x 13″ and lists for $50. It’s scheduled for release Dec. 5, 2023, according to Abrams’ website.

— So far over the last few years, we’ve seen two sets of Marvel Black Light Poster reprints; a guidebook to the Marvel Value Stamps; and a large-size set of Marvel’s 1960s mini-comics. This year, we’re getting reprints of Marvel’s Black Light Cards and a Marvel Value Stamp Calendar. Wow!

— Come on DC, Marvel is eating your lunch here!


— They’re Coming! MARVEL to Reprint Classic 1970s BLACK LIGHT NOTECARDS. Click here.

— Dig This INSIDE LOOK at the 2024 MARVEL VALUE STAMPS CALENDAR. Click here.

Author: Dan Greenfield

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  1. Definitely a MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ME gift this year. Done deal.

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