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Spider-Man, Captain America And X-Men: Marvel's Universe Of Comic-Book Superheroes

Marvel Comics covers

Nearly half a century ago, a diverse group of characters began to capture children's hearts: Spider-Man, Captain America, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, The X-Men. The epic Marvel universe has been a massive force in pop culture, inspiring countless books, films and becoming a multi-billion-dollar enterprise.

Sean Howe chronicles the rise of this phenomenon in "Marvel Comics: The Untold Story." Howe spoke at the Elliott Bay Book Company on October 17, 2012.

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