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Marvel Encyclopedia 2014

Marvel 2014 CoverI spent a good chunk of last year revising the Marvel Encyclopedia for DK Publishing. I handled the revisions for the 2009 edition, and I was honored to be asked back to take on the duties this time around as well.

Plus, it gave me a great excuse to read a lot of fantastic comics.

DK recently released the cover, and you can see it right here. It’s by the always excellent Mike Deodato, Jr., and it not only is it gorgeous, it also features a fantastic joke along the right-hand side.

Look for the hardcover book in stores and online on March 17, 2014. This is just in time to help celebrate Marvel’s 75th anniversary, and I’m proud to play a small part in it.

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  1. Hello Matt, not sure if it’s been pointed out to you, but on pg 72 of the Marvel Encyclopedia (Cap’s bio) you wrote, “At the end of the [Civil War] Iron Man defeated and captured Rogers…” This isn’t accurate, Cap had Iron Man beat and was actually about to kill him, but a group of civilian first responders intervened to stop him, he then decided to surrender after looking around and seeing all the carnage being inflicted upon innocent bystanders caught in the crossfire of the battling superheroes. Outside of that small error, you did a great job …as did everyone with the encyclopedia.

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      1. Thanks for responding Matt, that makes sense…silly editors. Btw, I notice you also did at least part of the write up for Aries. I have to ask, as a minor Supervillain, why do you think he was allocated a full page for his bio? I mean, lets face it, he’s no Doctor Doom, or Doctor Octopus for that matter, both of which were only allocated one page…as well as, one of the most iconic characters ever, Doctor Strange. -Lee

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          Laying out a book of this length and complexity is a huge challenge for the team at DK. Choices are based not only on the character’s importance but on the gaps that arise in the alphabetically constrained order of pages. Aries received a full page back in the first edition in 2006, and he’s held onto it since. To help justify it this time around, I added some new information about the various Aries, including Jake Fury, who had some great moments since the 2009 edition.

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  2. Found an error on page 217. The Lorelei entry talks about the mutant Lorelei but has a picture of the Asgardian Lorelei.

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  3. Hi Matt, there’s something else I wanted to run past you. Venom and Magneto are both listed as being 6’2 tall, however, on the cover they’re standing right next to each other and Venom looks to be at least a half foot taller than Mags. Please scold the cover art editor for me.

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      1. Ha! I’ll give them that one! Feel free to scold them for making Thing (6’0) just as tall as Thor (6’6)

  4. Matt, sorry for the dupe post, but it doesn’t appear my first attempt went thru…

    What’s up with Attuma being listed as 6’8 and ONLY 196 lbs? That’s pretty skinny for a barbarian warlord, lol. I’m going to assume that was a typo?

    -Lee

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      Maybe that’s when he’s dehydrated? 🙂

      That seems to be a carryover from previous editions. Marvel lists him as 410 pounds, which comes out to 186 kilos, which is maybe where the error crept in.

      1. Haaa! Nice one. I’ll better you’re right, 410 seems more appropriate.

        Speaking of height, Aries is listed as 6’1…that seems too short. Can you confirm please?

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          1. Again, sorry if this is a dupe, doesn’t appear my first attempt went thru….

            I think you need to sit down with the other writers/creator and correct that via retcon….(I believe he’s dead at the moment anyway, so I’m sure he will be brought back some day)…and make him taller than Herc. He’s an actual God, so he has to be taller than a Demi-god, right? JMHO.

  5. Hate to be a pest in your hair today Matt, but on page 182, Intelligencia has a practically blank factfile tab…only Doctor Doom is listed as a member.

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  6. Matt,
    Regarding the character ‘Karkas’…see what you can do about getting him a major strength upgrade. He really should be in the ~75-90 ton range with his size and lineage.
    Thanks!

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  7. Is there any chance the Encyclopedia and Marvel Avengers Alliance will ever be connected in some way? As in, all the 100+ characters will be in the Encyclopedia, as well as some reference to them being in the game? Or will some of the lovely Sam Wood art for M:AA be featured on the book?

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      I doubt there will be an official link like that, but it’s entirely up to DK and Marvel. I’d love to see a book like that myself, but most of DK’s offerings have to do with the comics and not the games, films, movies, and so on.

  8. Matt,
    What is Apocalypse’s “typical” weight.
    The encyclopedia says he has variable height, typically 7′ .
    It then says he has variable weight, typically 7′ (obviously a typo).
    Thanks.

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  9. Matt,

    Next time you bump into Stan, please recommend a height upgrade for Thing. It seems his official listing of 6′ is many times not accurately reflected in the comics. He is many times drawn taller than other characters whose official height is listed more than his. Case in point, please see the link below to a panel with him standing next to 6’7 Thanos where he is clearly a few inches taller. I will concede that compared to Hulk, who is on the other side of him in the same pane, his height appears to be reflected correctly, lol.

    Anyway, I recommend a revision to something between 6’5-6’10 is more appropriate for the big galoot.

    Lee 🙂

    http://static.comicvine.com/uploads/scale_super/5/50114/1067811-ltaboveig25hj.jpg

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      1. You may have already had this pointed out Matt, but your “First Appearance” for the Swordsman seems inaccurate. Pretty sure he’s been around a lot longer than Avengers #343 (1992). Although, I see you’re listing his real name as Philip Javert, and not Jacques DuQuesne, so… :-/

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