It might be tough to remember when watching the shiny CGI battles of a modern Marvel movie, but the influential comic book maker has been cranking out heroes for more than three quarters of a century. 75 Years of Marvel: From the Golden Age to the Silver Screen celebrates this rich history with an inside look at both the fictional characters and the real-life characters that created them. Penned by former Marvel editor and comic historian Roy Thomas, it features over 700 pages, nearly 2,000 images of vintage comics, original art, behind-the-scenes photos, and rare collectibles, and biographies of more than 300 artists, writers, actors, and fans. It's pretty much the only acceptable way to leave comic books out on your coffee table.
To be a great grillmaster or chef, you need to know your meat. And there are few people in the world better-equipped to tell you than Pat LaFrieda. Legendary butcher and meat-focused restauranteur, he dishes up the goods in Meat: Everything You Need to Know. From choosing the best cuts of meats to purchase, to worthwhile equipment, butcher's notes, step-by-step photographs for key preparations, and over 75 recipes, this 250-page book will have you cooking like a champ in no time.
To say pin-up art — the drawings, paintings, and pastels of scantily-clad ladies that adorned so many publications of the last century — is popular would be an understatement. But despite its newfound popularity, the original artworks were hardly revered; many were destroyed immediately after printing. The Art Of Pin-Up celebrates this nostalgic artform with 500+ pages split up into chapters covering the 10 ten artists of the genre, each of which is profiled in depth, as well as thumbnail bios — and artwork — from 80 additional artists. And thanks to the painstaking reproductions — many of the works were photographed on-site at the world's largest archive — it's like having one of the world's best pin-up galleries on your coffee table.