More OHOTMU coming your way…

Between Marvel’s Official Handbook omnibi and DC’s recent Who’s Who omnibus, fans are swimming in thousands of pages of glorious comics info, ephemera and artistry.

Well, Marvel’s got another big one coming early in 2022: the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Update ’89 Omnibus.

Dig this description from an Amazon listing:

Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Update ’89 Omnibus

By Peter Sanderson and others, various artists

Party like it’s 1989 with the third volume of the legendary OFFICIAL HANDBOOK OF THE MARVEL UNIVERSE! The ’89 update followed in the footsteps of the definitive Deluxe Edition, bringing fans up to speed on the fast-moving world of mighty Marvel! Featuring major revisions covering seismic changes to iconic characters including Vision, Iron Man, the Hulk, Archangel, the original Human Torch and more! All-new favorites make their Handbook debuts, including deadly villains like Apocalypse, Mister Sinister and Venom! Plus, some of herodom’s best supporting casts join the fun — from Aunt May to Power Pack’s parents! And every page is loaded with the fact-filled origins, in-depth bios and vital statistics that you crave! Plus, an extensive collection of profiles, schematics and updates originally published outside the Handbooks!

COLLECTING: Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Update ’89 (1989) 1-8

A few thoughts:

— The 528-page hardcover lists for $75. It’s due to hit the book market March 15, 2022, which means it’s likely to be in comics shops a week or two prior.

— A version of this book was released in 2006 — in black and white. As far as I can tell, this is the first full-color collection.

— The cover has not been released yet, so I’ve chosen random issue covers to illustrate this post.

Standard caveat: This has not been solicited by Marvel yet, so nothing is official until it’s official. Even then, things can change. Just keep coming to 13th Dimension for updates.


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Author: Dan Greenfield

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  1. Absolutely wonderful news! This series along with its two predecessors was the DEFINTIVE versions of the Marvel Universe Handbook for me.

    There was one “Encyclopedia” edition released in the 2000s where it was clear that whichever interns had “fact checked” the character bios had got things completely wrong and woefully wrong.

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  2. Bronze Ager is probably referring to DK’s Marvel Encyclopedia which was originally published in 2006 (updated a few times since then) and is indeed error-plagued. Marvel itself has published many handbooks over the past two decades which are worthy successors to those original handbooks. I myself consider the 14-volume hardcover series from 2008-2010 to be the “definitive” version.

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