The Avengers: 100 Collectible Comic Book Covers Postcards (postcard review).

Chronicle Books has released postcards with superhero themes in the past, and this time, the spotlight is on the Mighty Avengers. This collection is meticulously arranged and includes samples from the Giant-Size and King-Size Annuals, the premiere cover of ‘West Coast Avengers’, and even a two-part cover from more contemporary issues. The back of each card provides brief details about the title and credits the artist.

It’s no surprise to find a few Alex Ross covers included. While it’s unlikely many will use these postcards for their intended purpose—to actually send them—they make for an entertaining game of identifying the artist and issue number during long trips.

The cards span from 1963 to the present, encompassing a broad range of history. As someone with a fondness for the classics, I resonate more with the early covers than with the recent ones. Objectively, the earlier covers were more iconic. For instance, who could forget the striking image of Vision emerging from the fog in issue #57?

One peculiar aspect is that unless you purchase multiple packs, you’re probably more inclined to keep these postcards for personal collection rather than send them to individuals who might not fully appreciate their significance. Regardless, these postcards are sure to be a cherished gift for comic book or film enthusiasts. And for those familiar with the early characters, it’s a delightful opportunity to share their backstory with the younger generation.

GF Willmetts

May 2023

(pub: Chronicle Books, 2023. 100 postcards in box. Price: £19.99 (UK), $22.95 (US). ISBN: 978-1-7972-1750-5)

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Geoff Willmetts has been editor at SFCrowsnest for some 21 plus years now, showing a versatility and knowledge in not only Science Fiction, but also the sciences and arts, all of which has been displayed here through editorials, reviews, articles and stories. With the latter, he has been running a short story series under the title of ‘Psi-Kicks’ If you want to contribute to SFCrowsnest, read the guidelines and show him what you can do. If it isn’t usable, he spends as much time telling you what the problems is as he would with material he accepts. This is largely how he got called an Uncle, as in Dutch Uncle. He’s not actually Dutch but hails from the west country in the UK.

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