Author with local ties hosts Marvel Comics book signing, trivia contest at McKay's

"Marvel Absolutely Everything You Need To Know" (240 pages, hardcover; $20) by Adam Bray, John Sazaklis, Lorraine Cink and Sven Wilson.

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› What: “Marvel Absolutely Everything You Need To Know” book signing and trivia contest featuring co-author Adam Bray. › When: 6-8 p.m. today, Sept. 22.› Where: McKay’s, 7734 Lee Highway.› Admission: Free. › Phone: 423-892-0067.› Website: mckaybooks.com.

In the 77 years since its foundation, Marvel Comics has stood alongside DC Comics as the twin pillars of the comic-book publishing industry. The panels in the tens of thousands of comics it has produced have birthed more than 8,000 characters, with Spider-Man, Iron Man, The X-Men, The Fantastic Four among the superheroic icons.

Attempting to summarize a universe of content so large is a daunting task, but DK, the publisher of design-forward, illustrated reference books, attempted the feat with the recently released - and ambitiously titled - tome "Marvel Absolutely Everything You Need To Know."

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