Quote1 Manhattan seemed like the whole world to us sometimes. But it was an island--and the Marvels among us didn't exactly hide. Quote2
-- Phil Sheldon

Appearing in "A Time of Marvels"Edit

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Synopsis for "A Time of Marvels"Edit

In the year 1939, reporter Phil Sheldon talks with his buddies about moving to Europe to create a career. Phil attends a science exhibition where he sees the unveiling of the Human Torch. Later, the Human Torch makes a reappearance on the streets of New York. Other spectators try to shrug off the incident as a trick. Phil's fiancé, Doris Jacquet tells him that she saw an "eerie looking naked man" confront the police. Impervious to the police bullets, the man threw a police car at the police before swimming away. Supernormal activities keep occurring in New York. During one occurrence, Phil finds himself in a cafe listening to a man complain about the Human Torch. However, the Human Torch reveals himself and walks out of the restaurant.

Phil starts calling these supernormal beings "Marvels". In the late 1940's, Phil and the people of New York witness Namor and the Human Torch fighting. Phil's reporter buddies cheers on the Human Torch, but policewoman Betty Dean defends Namor. Phil and his reporters get the press credentials to follow Namor and the Torch to Torpey Chemical Works, where they find the two Marvels appear to have sorted out their differences. The next day, Phil talks with Doris about postponing their wedding until the city becomes safer. Doris gives back Phil's engagement ring and walks away.

A few years later, the streets of New York start buzzing about the super-soldier Captain America. In a movie theater, Phil finds that Doris is apparently on a date with Bill Lumpkin. The newsreel that the moviegoers watch shows the Sub-Mariner and Human Torch working together in the war effort. Phil and Doris start dating again, but as they started falling in love again, they received news that Namor is attacking both the British and Italian forces in Spain.

Sirens warn the city of New York that the Sub-Mariner is attacking. Phil tells his reporter buddy that he is through with hiding and goes up to the roof. He witnesses a massive tidal wave engulf the city while Namor and the Torch fight. A chunk of debris hits Phil in the face and knocks him out. Phil wakes up in the hospital with a bandage over his left eye. Now wearing an eye patch, Phil marries Doris and travels to Europe as a war correspondent. There, Phil witness a team of Marvels led by Captain America invade a Nazi battlement

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    Solicit Synopsis:
  • News Photographer Phil Sheldon, takes on the task of reporting a story about New York City’s very own super heroes. A book giving a glimpse at modern day legends! Follow The Avengers from a new perspective, and experience shot-by-shot a tale that may just end up to be more for than the cameraman bargained for.

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  1. Although likely originally intended to be Willie Lumpkin the future mail-man for the Fantastic Four, Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z #6 states that this is actually Willie Lumpkin's grandfather Bill. This was likely done to avoid conflicts with the Sliding Timescale
  2. From the Marvels TPB, ISBN 9780785100492.

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