Download the Unofficial Handbook of Marvel Comics Creators

If you often need information from this web site, but it is not possible to logon to your ISP everytime you need it, you can download the complete handbook in HTML format to your local computer. Or if you have already done so, you can get a update of all files changed since the last release (you can find the date your version of the handbook was created at the bottom of any file).

Since version 30 the download archives are not ZIP compressed files anymore, but use the CAB (cabinet) file format that Microsoft introduced with Windows95. Since then, each Windows version is able to extract CAB files. Also archivation programs like WinZIP or Zip'n'All support this format.

For compressing we use the freeware program CABPACK by Lars Hederer which is very easy to use. The package also contains the program EXTRACT.EXE, which can be used to extract the files contained in the CAB archive (just in case you need the program - usually it is part of the Windows installation).

The advantage of the CAB format is that (in our case) the archives are about 40% smaller than the ZIP archives, which saves you precious download time. Further, each CAB file can be opened and extracted by itself - so there is no more need for combining the ZIP files after download.

The disadvantage is that we do not know how CAB files are supported by non-Windows operating systems. The statistics of Markus's site show, though, that more than 90% of our visitors uses one or the other version of Windows. Please let us know if you have troubles with the CAB files - or if you have no problem with your Mac or Linux or whatever, please lt us know, too. Maybe we can use your advice to help other users who are not so fortunate.

To extract the CAB files either open the one with the lowest number with WinZip or Zip'n'All or one of the other GUI-based archivation programs, that support CAB files. Alternatively, you could use the EXTRACT.EXE program:

EXTRACT.EXE /Y /A /E file.CAB *.*

Instead of "file.CAB" use the name of the CAB file with the lowest number. The files are extracted into the current subdirectory.

With V57 we have made some more changes: First, the CAB files are now up to 512KB in size (instead of 192KB). As the quality of internet connections is getting better and also broadband access is more and more common, we think that increasing the size will benefit our visitors, as less files are to download.
Second, there are now three groups of CAB files: 1) Files that have not changed for a long time and are unlikely to change very often (e.g. the graphic files, the CSS, the JavaScripts); 2) HTML files that have not changed since the last version and 3) HTML files that have changed since the last version.
When you download every version of the UHBMCC, you can (like until now) download the files of the 3rd group. When you download the UHBMCC every now and then, you only have to store the files of the 2nd and 3rd group. Newcomers have to download the files of all three groups for the first time, but can later skip the 1st group.

Common files (last changed in V223):

part 1/1 (216KB)

Files not changed for version V244 ( 2020-11-08):

part 1/13 (512KB) part 2/13 (512KB) part 3/13 (512KB) part 4/13 (512KB) part 5/13 (512KB) part 6/13 (512KB) part 7/13 (512KB) part 8/13 (512KB) part 9/13 (512KB) part 10/13 (512KB) part 11/13 (512KB) part 12/13 (512KB) part 13/13 (265KB)

Files changed from version V243 ( 2020-09-30) to version V244 ( 2020-11-08):

part 1/24 (512KB) part 2/24 (512KB) part 3/24 (512KB) part 4/24 (512KB) part 5/24 (512KB) part 6/24 (512KB) part 7/24 (512KB) part 8/24 (512KB) part 9/24 (512KB) part 10/24 (512KB) part 11/24 (512KB) part 12/24 (512KB) part 13/24 (512KB) part 14/24 (512KB) part 15/24 (512KB) part 16/24 (512KB) part 17/24 (512KB) part 18/24 (512KB) part 19/24 (512KB) part 20/24 (512KB) part 21/24 (512KB) part 22/24 (512KB) part 23/24 (512KB) part 24/24 (474KB)

You can store the extracted files anywhere on your local harddrive, just make sure that the internal directory structure is not disturbed. Then load INDEX.HTM into your browser and presto!

The next update of this site is planned for 2020-12.