Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition #7
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Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition #7

Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition #7

The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe, also known as OHOTMU, is a guide which attempts to detail the Marvel Universe. The original 15 volume series was published in comic book format in 1982.

Jim Shooter, Marvel’s then Editor in Chief, initially came up with the idea for the project, envisioning a guide detailing statistics much in the manner of those found upon the backs of baseball cards.

This initial project was to be called The Marvel Super-Specifications Handbook. He appointed Mark Gruenwald editor of the project, and in Gruenwald’s hands the project gained its published name and also grew in scope to cover all aspects of the Marvel Universe, although Gruenwald himself noted it was not comprehensive.

1985-1988: a 20-issue series, updating the original into a Deluxe Edition (OHOTMUDE for short). The last five issues of this series were, again, the ‘Book of the Dead’, cataloging characters that were believed dead at the time; the technical drawings from the original series’ supplemental ‘Book of Weapons’ were reproduced and updated in the relevant characters’ main entries or, in a few cases, receiving their own entries.

The ’85-’88 run (Deluxe Edition) has also been collected in trade paperback format, a series of 10 thicker volumes of 128 pages each. Although numerous entries reference an Appendix, the Deluxe Edition Appendix never materialized.