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Marvel Entertainment is expanding its legacy collected editions line Marvel Masterworks as Mighty Marvel Masterworks, with a new format and a new focus — presenting classic material to an all-ages audience.
As with the initial Marvel Masterworks releases, each volume will collect ten issues of the series it’s focusing on, but in a smaller (6 x 9”) paperback format, as opposed to the original hardcover 6.625 x 10.25” releases. Additionally, each volume will be released in two versions: one featuring new cover artwork from Michael Cho, and an “exclusive comic book shop variant” re-using artwork from the original run of the collected comic series.
The first three releases as part of the Mighty Marvel Masterworks line will be Mighty Marvel Masterworks: The Amazing Spider-Man — With Great Power, collecting Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 Nos. 1-10 (as well as material from Amazing Fantasy No. 15, the character’s first appearance), Mighty Marvel Masterworks: The Fantastic Four Vol. 1, collecting the first 10 issues of that 1961 series, and Mighty Marvel Masterworks: The X-Men — The Strangest Super Heroes of All, collecting the first 10 issues of the original 1963 X-Men title.
Marvel Masterworks initially launched in 1987 as a hardcover program collecting classic Marvel titles. In fact, the first three Marvel Masterworks volumes, each released in November 1987, collected exactly the same material as the first three Mighty Marvel Masterworks volumes. The program continues to this day, with Marvel Masterworks hardcovers planned for 2021 showcasing Howard the Duck, Dazzler, and Brother Voodoo.
The first three Mighty Marvel Masterworks volumes are expected to be released this summer, per Marvel.
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