I’ve read a lot of comics.  And especially a lot of Marvel comics.  I’ve done many features on titles and characters, following teams like The Fantastic Four and The Avengers all the way from the beginning into the 21st Century.  And recently, I got the idea of reading every Marvel comic in chronological order.  So, I’m revising all the posts I’ve done on all those books, and republishing them as a new series: Every Marvel Comic Ever Published!

Note: I’m NOT doing a “chronology of the Marvel Universe.”  There are already dozens of sites that try to put all these stories and comics in order.  I’m trying to catalog every book Marvel published since the Silver Age, and share interesting little factoids with you.  Like how many times Thing busts through a floor.

If you’re interested in particular runs, I’ve rated “major” runs on Marvel titles here: Rating the Runs.

Grades.  I’ve graded the books…But how to grade comics?  How do you compare, for example, the wordy and sometimes plodding style of the Silver Age to a modern book that had a bigger budget?  Well, these are the factors I’m basing the grades on:
  • Overall quality compared to other books out during the same year
  • Significance to the Marvel Universe
  • Innovation (did it do something really different for its time)
  • Sentimental or “re-read” value (can you read it more than once and still love it?

Overall, it should about like this:

  • A is excellent, one of the best examples of the art form
  • B is above average, for one or more of the reasons above
  • C is average.  Not great, not terrible, not very memorable.
  • D is below average.  Bordering on bad, and should be read only by freakish completists like myself.
  • F is terrible.  Stay away

THE 1960s
1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969
1970s
1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979
1980s
1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989

THE 1960s

1961

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Comics Published in 1961 (with links to posts):

Fantastic Four #1
Strange Tales #89 (First Appearance of Groot)

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1962

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Issues published in 1962:

  • Amazing Adult Fantasy #14 (First appearance of “mutants”)
  • Amazing Fantasy #15 (First Spider-Man)
  • Fantastic Four: #2 (First Skrulls); 34 (First Silver Age appearance of Namor); 5 (First Doctor Doom); 6#7 (1st Impossible Man); #8 (1st Puppet Master); 9.  House Ad.
  • Journey into Mystery: #83  (1st Thor); 84 (1st Loki); 858687
  • The Incredible Hulk:  #1234
  • Strange Tales: #101-102
  • Tales to Astonish: #27 (First appearance of Hank Pym); 35 (1st Ant-Man); 36-38

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1963

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Issues published in 1963:

  • The Amazing Spider-Man: #1 (Fantastic Four guest appearance); 2 (1st Vulture, 1st Tinkerer, 1st J. Jonah Jameson); 34 (1st Sandman); 56 (1st Lizard); 7 (1st web parachute).
  • The Avengers: #12.
  • Fantastic Four: #101112 (FF vs. Hulk, and, with Amazing Spidey #1, the start of the true “shared universe”); 13 (First Watcher and Red Ghost); 14 (Namor proposes to Susan Storm); 15 (1st Yancy St. Gang, MadThinker and Awesome Android); 16-17 (1st FF two-part story!); Fantastic Four Annual #1 (1st appearance of Atlantis), 18 (1st Super Skrull);19 (1st Rama Tut); 20 (1st Yancy St., 1st Molecule Man); 21 (first Nick Fury post-WW2).
  • Incredible Hulk: #56 (Final issue).
  • Journey Into Mystery: 88-9090-97.
  • Sgt Fury#1 (1st Nick Fury) *Note: This series is not covered in full because it is not fully integrated into the Marvel Universe.
  • Strange Tales: #105-109;110 (1st Dr. Strange); Strange Tales Annual #2 (1st time Spidey and Torch meet at Statue of Liberty), 111112-114 (Captain America teaser); 115 (origin of Dr. Strange); 116-119.
  • Tales to Astonish: #39-4344 (1st Wasp), 45-474849 (1st Giant-Man); 50.
  • Tales of Suspense: #39 (First Iron Man); 40-4445 (1st Happy Hogan and Pepper Potts); 46-4748.
  • The Uncanny X-Men: #12

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1964

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Issues published in 1964:

  • The Amazing Spider-Man: #8 (Peter Parker stops wearing glasses); 9 (1st Electro); 1011-12 (Doc Ock unmasks Spider-Man); 13 (1st Mysterio); 14 (1st Green Goblin, Spidey fights Hulk); 15 (1st Kraven the Hunter); 16 (Spider-Man meets Daredevil for the first time); The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1 (1st Sinister Six); 1718-19
  • The Avengers: #34 (1st Silver age Captain America); 56 (1st Silver Age Baron Zemo, 1st Masters ofEvil); 78 (1st Kang); 9 (1st Wonder Man); 1011
  • Daredevil: #1 (1st appearance of DD); 23 (1st Owl); 45 (1st Wally Wood issue)
  • The Fantastic Four: #22 (1st time Invisible Girl uses forcefields); 2425-26 (includes the Top 10 Hulk vs. Thing fights); 27Fantastic Four Annual #2 (origin of Dr. Doom); 282930 (1st Diablo); 31-32 (Sue and Johnny Storm’s father introduced, dies); 33
  • Journey into Mystery: #100101-102;103 (1st Executioner); 105-106 (2 part story, Hyde and Cobra team-up); 107108109110-111
  • Marvel Tales Annual #1 (reprints only)
  • Strange Tales: #116-119120121-123124-127 (1st Clea and Dormammu and Mindless Ones)
  • Tales to Astonish: #51-56 (1st Black Knight, 1st Tales of the Wasp); 57 (1st Wasp stinger); 585960-62 (Hulk gets a solo series, 1st Leader)
  • Tales of Suspense: #49 (1st Tales of the Watcher); 50 (First Mandarin); 51 (1st Scarecrow); 52 (1st Black Widow); 53545556 (1st Unicorn); 5758-60 (Captain America gets a solo series)
  • The Uncanny X-Men: #3 (1st Blob); 4 (1st Brotherhood of Evil Mutants); 567 (1st Cerebro, the mutant-finding computer); 8

1965

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  • The Amazing Spider-Man: #20 (1st appearance of the Scorpion), 2122 (1st Masters of Menace, Princess Python, spider-tracer), 23, 2425 (1st appearance of Mary Jane Watson, but she is obscured, and 1st appearance of Spencer Smythe), 26-27  (1st Crime Master), 28 (1st Molten Man),  Annual #2 (Spider-Man meets Dr. Strange), 29, 3031-33 (1st Gwen Stacy, Harry Osborn, and Miles Warren; only #31 is a 1965 issue).
  • The Avengers: #1213 (1st Count Nefaria, 1st Maggia), 141516 (first lineup change, first appearance of Jarvis), 17, 18, 19-20 (1st Swordsman), 21-22 (Captain America quits), 23-24 (only #23 is from 1965).
  • Daredevil: #6 (1st Mr. Fear)7 (featuring Sub Mariner, the 24th best DD comic ever), 8, (highly influential issue, firstappearance of Stilt Man), 910-11  (1st appearance of the Organizer and the Ani-Men: Cat-Man, Ape-Man, Frog-Man, and Bird-Man).
  • The Fantastic Four: #3435 (1st Dragon Man), 36  (1st Madame Medusa and the Frightful Four), 3738Annual #3  (Sue and Reed get married), 39-40 (guest starring Daredevil), 41-4344 (1st Gorgon), 45-47 (1st appearances of the rest of the Inhumans; only #45 is from 1965).
  • Journey into Mystery: #112 (Hulk lifts Thor’s hammer!), 113, #114-115 (1st Absorbing Man), 116-119 (War of the Gods; 1st Destroyer, Norn Stones, Odinsleep, Hogun, Fandral, and Volstagg), 120-123 (Crusher Creel lifts Thor’s hammer!), Annual  #1  (1st Hercules).
  • Strange Tales: #128-131 (feat. The Beatles), 134135-138 (First appearance of Nick Fury in modern timeline, 1st appearance of Eternity (first appearance of a Marvel Cosmic Being), 139.
  • Tales to Astonish: #63-6970-76 (Sub-Mariner and Hulk stories begin)
  • Tales of Suspense: #61-6263-64 (Black Widow gets her first costume; Lee/Kirby Captain America origin), 65 (1st Red Skull–but not the real one), 66-68 (1st appearance of the real Red Skull), 69-71 (first Titanium Man), 72.
  • The X-Men: #9 (vs. The Avengers), 10 (1st Ka-Zar and Savage Land), 11 (1st appearance of the Stranger), 12-13 (1st Juggernaut), 14-16 (1st Sentinels, Bolivar Trask; only #14 is from 1965)

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1966

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  • Amazing Spider-Man #32-33, 34, 35, 36 (1st Looter), 37, 38 (Steve Ditko’s last issue), 39-40 (Green Goblin unmasked; John Romita Sr.’s run begins),  Amazing Spider-Man Annual #3 (Spidey meets The Avengers for the first time), 41-42 (1st Rhino, Mary Jane Watson), 43 (Peter and MJ’s 1st date).
  • Avengers #24, 25, 26-29 (1st Collector, Hank Pym becomes Goliath), 30-31, 32-33 (1st Sons of the Serpent and Bill Foster), 34-35 (1st Living Laser)
  • Daredevil #12-14 (origin of Ka-Zar), 15, 16-17 (first DD/Spider-Man meeting, John Romita’s audition to become artist for The Amazing Spider-Man), 18-19 (1st Gladiator), 20-21 (Gene Colan’s run begins and I pay tribute to Irving Forbush), 22-23
  • Fantastic Four #46-47 (1st Inhumans), 48-50 (1st Silver Surfer, Galactus, Wyatt Wingfoot) , 51, 52-53 (1st Black Panther), 54, 55, 56, 57-63 (1st Blastaar, “Doomsday” epic)
  • Journey into Mystery #124-125 (vs. Hercules)
  • Strange Tales #140, 141-143, 144-147, 148-149, 150-152 (Jim Steranko joins as artist for Fury)
  • Tales of Suspense #73-74, 75-76 (1st Batroc the Leaper), 77-80  (crosses over with Tales to Astonish #81-83), 81-83 (1st Cosmic Cube), 84-86. 87-91
  • Tales to Astonish #77-80, 81-83 (crosses over with Tales of Suspense #79-80),84-87
  • Thor (Journey into Mystery becomes Thor with #126): #126-128129-130, 131-133 (1st Ego The Living Planet, 1st Recorder robot), 134-135 (1st High Evolutionary)
  • Uncanny X-Men 15-16 (1st Sentinels, Bolivar Trask), 17-18, 19 (1st Mimic), 20-21, 22-23, 24, 25-26.
  • House Ad.

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1967

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  • The Amazing Spider-Man #44, 45, 46 (1st Shocker), 47, 48-49 (Blackie Drago becomes Vulture), 50-52 (1st Kingpin), 53-56 (Dr. Octopus meets Aunt May), 57-58 (Ka-Zar), 59-61 (Captain Stacy), Annual #4
  • The Avengers #36-37, 38-39 (Hercules joins, first Piledriver and Hammerhead), 40 (vs. Sub Mariner), 41-42, 43-44 (1st Red Guardian), 45, Annual #1, 46 (Goliath becomes Ant-Man), 47-49 (1st new Black Knight)
  • Bullpen Bulletin
  • Daredevil #25 (1st Leap Frog, 1st “Mike” Murdock), 26-29, 30 (vs. Thor), 31-32, 33-34Annual #1, 35
  • The Fantastic Four #58-63 (1st Blastaar, “Doomsday” epic), 64, 65 (1st Ronan the Accuser), 66-67 (1st Adam Warlock, under the name “Him”), 68-69 (Sue gets a miniskirt, pregnant, and Reed breaks up the team), Annual #5 (Susan Storm is pregnant; first appearance of Psycho Man)
  • Strange Tales #153-154 (Jim Steranko joins as artist for Fury), 155, 156, 157-167 (1st Living Tribunal, series ends)
  • Tales of Suspense #87, 88-91 (Red Skull lifts Manhattan in a bubble), 92-94 (1st appearance of MODOK), 95-96, 97-100 (series ends)
  • Tales to Astonish #89, 90-91 (1st Abomination), 92-96
  • Thor #136-139 (1st Sif), 141, 142, Annual #2 (vs. Destroyer)
  • X-Men #28 (1st Banshee), 29-30, 31, 32-33 (return of Juggernaut), 34-35 (featuring Spider-Man), 36-39 (1st costume change)

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1968

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  • Amazing Spider-Man #6263-65, 66-67, 68 (beginning of Tablet Saga), Annual #5 (the story of Peter Parker’s parents)
  • Avengers #50 (Hercules leaves), 51 (vs. Collector, Black Panther joins the team), 52 (1st Grim Reaper), 53 (vs X-Men), 54-55 (1st Ultron), 56 and Annual #2 (Cap goes back in time to see Bucky die), 57-58 (1st Vision), 59 (Hank Pym becomes Yellowjacket; marries Janet Van Dyne)
  • Bullpen Bulletins (history of Irving Forbush!)
  • Captain America #100, 101, 102-104, 105-106107 (1st Dr. Faustus), 108, 109 (Kirby’s last issue; origin retold), 110 (1st Bucky, 1st Madame Hydra, 1st Jim Steranko on art)
  • Captain Marvel #1 (1st Carol Danvers, future Ms. Marvel), 2-3 (vs. Super Skrull), 4, 5-11
  • Daredevil #36, 37-38 (vs Dr. Doom, crossed over w/F4 #73), 39-41 (death of Mike Murdock), 42-46 (1st Jester, and one of the best DD stories of all time), 47
  • Doctor Strange #169 (picks up from Strange Tales; expands origin), 170, 171-174 (Dr. Strange and Clea kiss for the 1st time)
  • Fantastic Four #70-71 (Sue gets a miniskirt, pregnant, and Reed breaks up the team), 72, 73 (crossover with Daredevil #37-38), 74-77 (1st Microverse), 78-79 (Thing No More), 80, 81 (Human Torch is a rapist!)
  • House Ad
  • The Incredible Hulk #102, 103, 104 (vs. Rhino!), 105-108 (vs Mandarin; feat. Reed Richards), 109 (Ka-Zar)
  • Iron Man #12, 3-4, 5, 6, 7-8 (vs. Gladiator)
  • Marvel Super Heroes #12-13 (1st Captain Mar-Vell), 14-17
  • Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. #1, 2-7
  • Silver Surfer #1, 2
  • Strange Tales #168 (series ends)
  • The Sub-Mariner #1, 2-3 (guest-starring Triton of Inhumans), 4, 5-6 (1st Tiger Shark), 7, 8, 9 (1st Serpent Crown)
  • Tales to Astonish #97-99, 100, 101 (series ends)
  • Thor #148-149 (1st Wrecker; Thor dies for the first time), 151-153 (Loki lifts Thor’s hammer), 154-157 (1st Mangog), 158-159 (1st origin retcon in Marvel history)
  • X-Men #40 (vs. Frankenstein), 41-43 (death of Professor X), 44-47 (Gary Friedrich as writer), 48-54 (Arnold Drake writers, Steranko and Windsor Smith on art; 1st Polaris)

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1969

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  • The Amazing Spider-Man #69-75 (The Tablet Saga), 76-77 (The Lizard), 78-79 (Prowler, first black supervillain)
  • Avengers #60 (Wasp marries Hank Pym), 61 (crosses over with Dr. Strange #178), 62, 63 (first Goliath), 64-65 (introduces Clint Barton’s brother, who also dies), 66-68 (Ultimate Ultron), 69-71 (1st Squadron Sinister, 1st Grandmaster, 1st Invaders, Black Knight joins)
  • Bullpen Bulletin (Kirby moves to California), Bulletin (musical), Stan Lee Soapbox (no more multi-issue stories)
  • Captain America #111-113 (Captain America “dies”), 114, 115-117 (1st Falcon), 118-120 (second appearance of MODOK)
  • Captain Marvel #12-13 (with Black Widow), 14 (vs. Iron Man), 15-16 (character reboots: New costume, new creative team), 17 (Mar-Vell merges with Rick Jones), 18-19
  • Daredevil #48 (Karen Page returns), 49-53 (1st meeting with Black Panther, and everyone knows Matt is DD), 54-55 (Mr. Fear dies), 56-57, 58 (Karen Page learns Matt Murdock is DD), 59
  • Doctor Strange #175-177 (Dr. Strange gets a new costume), 178 (crossed over with Avengers #61), 180-182 (Tom Wolfe guest appearance)
  • Fantastic Four #82-83 (Human Torch is a rapist!), 84-87 (major Dr. Doom story), 88-89, 90-93 (Franklin Benjamin Richards gets his name)
  • Hulk #110-111, 112-114 (vs Sandman), 115-117, 118 (vs. Sub Mariner), 119-120, 121 (1st Glob), 122 (Banner gainspower to control when he turns into Hulk)
  • Iron Man #9 (Mandarin figures out Tony is Iron Man!), 11-13 (new logo!), 14, 15-16, 17, 18, 19, 20 (vs Lucifer)
  • Marvel Super Heroes #18 (1st Guardians of the Galaxy), 20 (1st appearance of Valeria, Dr. Doom’s childhood love)
  • Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD #9, 10 (Christmas issue), 11-15 (series ends, goes to reprints)
  • Silver Surfer #3 (1st Mephisto), 4 (vs. Thor), 5 (vs. The Stranger), 6, 7 (Frankenstein), 8-9, 10-11 (reunited with Shalla Bal)
  • Sub Mariner #10-11, 12-13, 14 (feat. Toro and establishing Golden Age Sub-Mariner in 616 continuity–roots of The Invaders), 15 (Dragon Man), 16, 17-18 (featuring Triton), 19 (1st Stingray), 20 (vs Dr. Doom)
  • Thor #160-162 (vs Galactus), 163-164 (Greek Gods), 165-167 (Adam Warlock-still as Him), 168-169 (the origin of Galactus!), 170, 171
  • X-Men #51-54 (Arnold Drake writers, Steranko and Windsor Smith on art; 1st Polaris), 55 (Alex Summers is a mutant!), 56 (Neal Adams starts as artist; 1st Living Monolith), 57-58 (Havok gets his costume), 59-61 (1st Sauron), 62 (Ka-Zar), 63 (1st Lorelei)

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THE 1970s

1970

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  • Amazing Adventures Vol. 2 #1 (Inhumans/Black Widow split comic begins), 2, 3
  • Amazing Spider-Man #80, 81, 82 (return of paper bag head Spidey), 83-85 (Kingpin’s family introduced), 86, 87, 88-90 (death of Captain Stacy), 91
  • Astonishing Tales #1-3
  • Avengers #72 (1st Zodiac and 1st “A” conference table), 73-74, 75-76 (1st Arkon), 77, 78-79 (1st Lethal Legion), 80-81 (1st Red Wolf) , 82 (feat. Daredevil), 83 (1st Valkyrie)
  • Bullpen Bulletins: March 1970 (no more exclamation points!), and Stan’s Soapbox, March 1970 (explains how comics are produced), Market Research
  • Captain America #121 (1st Man Brute), 122 (vs. Scorpion), 123, 124-125 (MODOK), 126-127 (Falcon becomes Cap), 128-129 (Cap has PTSD), 130, 131-132 (Dr. Doom, MODOK, “Bucky”)
  • Captain Marvel #20-21 (published in mid-1970, then series goes on hiatus again until 1972)
  • Daredevil #60, 61, 62 (vs. Nighthawk), 63-64, 65-66, 67 (Stilt Man returns), 68, 69 (1st Thunderbolts), 70-71
  • Doctor Strange #183 (final issue–beginning of The Defenders)
  • Fantastic Four #94 (1st Agatha Harkness), 95-98, 99, 100, 102-104 (war with Atlantis; Jack Kirby leaves), 105  (longest arc in Marvel history so far begins with this issue).
  • Incredible Hulk #123 (Banner gains power to control when he turns into Hulk), 124 (Bruce and Betty marry…Almost), 125 (vs Absorbing Man), 126 (beginning of the Defenders), 127,  128 (vs. Avengers), 129 (1st Sam Stearns (Leader’s secret ID)), 130-132 (1st time Hulk and Banner split, 1st Jim Wilson), 133-134
  • Iron Man #21-22 (1st black Iron Man),  23 (the cover is the first panel!), 24, 26, 27 (1st Firebrand), 28 (1st Howard Stark), 29, 30, 31, 32
  • Silver Surfer #12 (vs Abomination), 13, 14-15, 16-17 (Mephisto), 18 (final issue)
  • Sub-Mariner #21, 22 (beginning of the Defenders), 23-24 (1st Orka), 25, 2931 (Triton and Stingray), 32
  • Thor #172 (Jane Foster dates another doctor), 173 (Circus of Crime, Ulik), 174, 175-177 (Asgardians use guns for first time), 178, 179-181 (Jack Kirby leaves the series), 182-183 (vs. Doctor Doom)
  • X-Men #64 (1st Sunfire), 65 (Professor X returns), 66 (final original issue–series goes on extended hiatus; vs Hulk)

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1971

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  • Amazing Adventures Vol 2 #4, 5-8, 9 (vs. Magneto).
  • Amazing Spider-Man #92 (vs. Iceman), 93 (Gwen goes to England), 94 (retells origin), 95, 96-98 (Harry Osborn drug story), 99, 100-102 (1st Morbius), 103-104 (Ka-Zar and Kraven).
  • Astonishing Tales #4-5, 6-7 (Doom vs. Black Panther), 8 (1st time Dr. Doom fights the Devil for his mother’s soul), 9.
  • Avengers #84 (Arkon returns), 85-86 (1st Squadron Supreme), 87 (origin of Black Panther), 88 (crosses over with Hulk #140), 89-94 (Kree-Skrull War).
  • Bullpen Bulletins: Subscriptions, The Herb Trimpe Movie,
  • Captain America #133 (origin of MODOK), 134 (1st “Captain America and the Falcon”), 135-136, 137 (Falcon and Spider-Man meet), 138, 139 (1st Leila Taylor, Falcon’s girlfriend, and 1st “Hawk Hooks,” Falc’s weapon), 140-143, 144 (Falcon gets red costume).
  • Daredevil  #72, 73 (crosses over w/Iron Man #33-36), 74, 75, 76, 77 (with Sub-Mariner and Spider-Man), 78-79 (1st Man-Bull), 80-81, 82 (Black Widow kills Scorpion).
  • Fantastic Four #106-116 (longest arc in Marvel history so far; 1st Overmind), 117-118 (by Archie Goodwin)
  • Incredible Hulk #135 (w/Phantom Eagle), 136-137, 138 (vs. Sandman), 139, 140 (1st Jarella), 141 (1st Doc Samson), 142, 143-144, 145, 146.
  • Iron Man #33-36 (1st SpyMaster, crosses over w/DD#73), 37, 38, 39-40, 41 -43 (1st Guardsman).
  • Marvel Feature #1 (1st Defenders)
  • Marvel Spotlight #1 (Red Wolf)
  • Sub-Mariner #33 (proposes to Lady Dorma), 34-35 (second appearance of The Defenders), 36-37 (Dorma dies), 38 (renounces his throne), 39, 40 (with Spider-Man), 41-44.
  • Thor #184-188, 189-190,  191-194.

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1972

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  • Adventure Into Fear With Man-Thing #10, 11 (1st Thog).
  • Amazing Adventures Vol. 2 #10 (vs. Magneto), 11 (Beast solo stories begin, Beast gets gray and hairy), 12-13, 14, 15 (beast goes from grey to black).
  • The Amazing Spider-Man #105-109 (Spider-Slayer), 110-111 (1st Gibbon), 112-115 (1st Hammerhead).
  • Astonishing Tales #10-11, 12-13 (1st Man-Thing in Marvel Universe continuity), 14 (reprint), 15.
  • The Avengers #95-97 (Kree Skrull War), 98-100 (vs. Greek pantheon), 101, 102-104 (return of the Sentinels), 105, 106.
  • Bullpen Bulletins: Marvel Value Stamps!
  • Captain America and the Falcon #145-148 (return of The Red Skull), 149-151, 152, 153 (1st Steve Englehart issue), 154-156.
  • Captain Marvel #22-23.
  • The Cat #1.
  • Daredevil #83 (Black Widow kills Scorpion), 84-86, 87-94 (DD moves to San Francisco with Black Widow)
  • Defenders #1, 2 (Silver Surfer joins the team), 3 (origin of Valkyrie).
  • Fantastic Four #119 (1st A.U.N.T.I.E.), 120-123, 124-125 (Stan Lee’s final issue), 126-128, 129.
  • Hero for Hire #1-3, 4.
  • Incredible Hulk #147 (Doc Samson loses his powers), 148 (Jarella returns), 149-150 (Havok rejoins X-Men), 151-154 (Hulk goes on trial), 155-156 (1st Shaper of Worlds), 157-158 (vs. Leader and Rhino),
  • Iron Man #44-47 (Iron Man kills Guardsman), 48-51, 52-53.
  • Marvel Feature #2-3 (Defenders), 5-6 (Wasp and Ant-Man stories begin), 7-8 (missing–two “Thing” team-up issues, prelude to Marvel Two-In-One).
  • Marvel Premiere #1-2 (1st time “Him” is called Adam Warlock), 3 (Dr. Strange story written by Stan Lee)
  • Marvel Spotlight #2-4 (1st Werewolf by Night), 5-7 (1st Ghost Rider)
  • Marvel Team-Up #1 (Human Torch), 2-4 (Human Torch and The X-Men), 5 (Vision).
  • Red Wolf #1-4
  • Shanna, The She-Devil #1
  • Sub-Mariner #45-46 (Namor’s dad killed by Tiger Shark), 47-49 (Dr. Doom and MODOK), 50-51 (1st Namorita), 52-56 (vs. Sunfire).
  • Thor #195, 196-198, 199-201, 202-203 (1st Young Gods), 204-205, 206 (Rutland Parade)
  • Tomb of Dracula #1-5 (Book is only loosely in continuity, so I have not covered extensively)
  • The Power of Warlock #1-2, 3.
  • Werewolf by Night #1-2

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1973

  • Adventure into Fear with Man-Thing #12, 13, 14-15, 16, 17, 18, 19 (1st Howard the Duck, continues in Man-Thing #1).
  • Amazing Adventures Vol 2 #16 (vs. Juggernaut), 17 (reprints framed by two original pages by Jim Starlin, retells Beast’s origins.  #18 becomes Killraven, not in Marvel continuity).
  • Amazing Spider-Man #116-118, 119-120 (vs. Hulk), 121 (death of Gwen), 122-123 (with Luke Cage), 124-125, 126, 127.
  • Astonishing Tales #16-20, 21 (1st It! The Living Colossus, Fin Fang Foom appearance)
  • Avengers #107-108 (Vision and Scarlet Witch hook up, Captain America’s secret ID is restored across the world), 109, 110-111 (vs. Magneto and X-Men), 112 (Black Widow leaves), 113 (Tony and Don know each others’ secret IDs), 114115-118 (Avengers-Defenders War)
  • Captain America and the Falcon #157-159, 160-162 (Peggy Carter returns), 163-167168.
  • Captain Marvel #25, 26-29 (Thanos reveals his love for Death).
  • The Cat #2-4 (ends)
  • Daredevil #95-96, 97-98, 99 (Hawkeye guest stars), 100-106.
  • Defenders #4 (Valkyrie joins), 5, 6, 7-8, 8-11 (Avengers-Defenders War)
  • Fantastic Four 130-132 (Inhumans, new Human Torch costume), 134-135, 136-137 (Shaper of Worlds),  138-139, 140-141 (Reed Richards shuts down Franklin’s brain, the team breaks up).
  • Frankenstein #1-7
  • Ghost Rider Vol. 2 #1-3.
  • Hero for Hire 5-6, 7, 8-9, 10-11, 12, 13, 14-16 (becomes Power Man #17 in 1974)
  • Incredible Hulk #159-165 (Steve Englhart’s run begins), 166 (zzzax), 167, 168 (1st Harpy), 169 (1st Bi-Beast),  .
  • Iron Man #54 (1st Moondragon), 55 (1st Drax, 1st Thanos), 57-58, 59, 60-61, 62, 63-65 (vs. Doctor Spectrum).
  • Jungle Action Vol 2 #5 -7 (with #5, becomes a continuity title feat black panther)
  • Marvel Feature #7-10 (Wasp and Ant-Man), 12 (Iron Man and Thing) (series ends).
  • Marvel Premiere #4-10 (Dr. Strange), 11-12 (Sesi-Gen story).
  • Marvel Spotlight #8-11 (Ghost Rider), 12 (1st Son of Satan).
  • Marvel Team-Up #6 (Thing), 7 (Thor and Watcher), 8 (The Cat), 9-11, 12 (Werewolf by Night), 13 (Captain America), 14 (Sub Mariner), 15 (Ghost Rider), 16 (Captain Marvel).
  • Marvel Two-In-One #1 (Man-Thing), 2 (Sub Mariner, Wundarr), -6
  • Red Wolf #5-9 (ends)
  • Shanna, The She-Devil #2-5 (ends).
  • Special Marvel Edition #15 (1st Shang-Chi).
  • Strange Tales #169-173 (1st Brother Voodoo).
  • Sub-Mariner #57-59, 60 (Namor crowned King of Atlantis), 61-63 (1st Hydrobase), 64-67
  • Thor #207-208 (vs. Absorbing Man), 209, 210-211, 212-213, 214-216, 217-218.
  • Tomb of Dracula #10 (first Blade)
  • Werewolf by Night #9-10 (1st Tatterdemalion (unnamed))

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1974

  • Adventure Into Fear #20-23 (series changes to Morbius stories), 24 (vs. Blade), 25-26, 27.
  • Amazing Spider-Man #128, 129 (1st Punisher, 1st Jackal), 130 (1st Spider-Mobile), 131 (Doc Ock to marry Aunt May), 132-133 (Molten Man “dies”), 134-135 (1st Tarantula), 136-137 (return of Green Goblin), 138 (Mindworm).
  • Astonishing Tales #22-24 (1st It! The Living Colossus, Fin Fang Foom appearance), 25 (1st Deathlok), 26-27 (Deathlok).
  • Avengers #119 (Collector), 120-122 (vs. Zodiac), 123-124 (Mantis’ origin), 125 (Thanos), 126, 127 (Quicksilver marries Crystal), 128, 129-130 (Celestial Madonna saga).
  • Bullpen BulletinsJanuary 1974 (new year’s resolution).
  • Captain America and the Falcon #169-175 (Secret Empire story, 1st Moonstone), 176-180 (Captain America becomes Nomad).
  • Captain Marvel #30-31 (Thanos reveals his love for Death), 32-33 (Thanos dies for the first time), 34 (1st appearance of Nitro), 35, 36 (Watcher tries to kill Marv-Vell).
  • Daredevil #107-108, 109, 110-112 (1st Silver Samurai), 113-115 (1st Death Stalker, DD meets Man-Thing), 116.
  • Defenders #12 (1st Dragonfang), 13-14, 15-16 (vs. Brotherhood of Evil Mutants), 17 (Luke Cage appears; Valkyrie quits), 18 (1st Wrecking Crew), Giant Size Defenders #23.
  • Doctor Strange Vol. 2 #1, 2-5.
  • Fantastic Four #142, 143-144, 145-146, 147-149 (Namor guest stars, team reforms), 150  (Quicksilver marries Crystal), 151-153 (Thundra).
  • Frankenstein #8-12.
  • Ghost Rider #4-9.
  • Giant-Sized Creatures #1 (1st Tigra; title will not be covered in full on this site)
  • Giant-Size Super-Heroes featuring Spider-Man #1
  • Incredible Hulk #171, 172 (vs. Juggernaut, guest starring X-Men), 173-174, 175, 176-178 (Adam Warlock leaves Counster Earth), 179, 180-182 (1st Wolverine).
  • Iron Man #66, 67, 68-71 (feat. Sunfire).
  • Jungle Action #8, 9, 10-12.
  • Ka-Zar Vol. 2 #1-6 (feat. Shanna the She Devil)
  • Man-Thing #1, 2, 3-4 (1st Foolkiller), 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12.  Gian-Sized Man-Thing #1.
  • Marvel Premiere #13-14 (Dr. Strange), 15-16 (Iron Fist stories begin), 17-18, 19 (Colleen Wing).
  • Marvel Spotlight on Son of Satan #13, 14, 15, 16-17, 18-19.
  • Marvel Team-Up #17 (Mr. Fantastic), 18 (no Spider-Man: Human Torch and Hulk), 19-20 (Ka-Zar, Black Panther), 21 (Dr. Strange), 22 (Hawkeye), 23 (Human Torch and Iceman), 24 (Brother Voodoo), 25 (Daredevil), 26 (Human Torch and Thor), 27 (Hulk), 28 (Hercules tows Manhattan Island).
  • Marvel Two-In-One #1 (Man-Thing), 3 (Daredevil), 4-5 (Captain America, Guardians of the Galaxy), 6 (Dr. Strange).
  • Power Man #17, 18-21, 22.
  • Strange Tales #174-177 (It The Living Golem).
  • Sub-Mariner #68-72 (ends)
  • Thor #219-220, 221-223 (Hercules), 224-228 (1st Firelord), 229-230 (with Hercules).
  • Warlock #4-7 (1st Reed Richards and Dr. Doom of Counter-Earth), 8 (series goes on hiatus; Warlock goes to Strange Tales #178).

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1975

  • Adventure Into Fear with Morbius the Living Vampire #28-29, 30-31 (series ends).
  • Amazing Spider-Man #139-140 (Grizzly and Jackal), 141-142 (Spider-Mobile is destroyed by Mysterio), 143 (Peter and MJ’s first kiss), 144-150 (1st Clone Saga), 151.  Giant Size Spider-Man #4 (Punisher).
  • Astonishing Tales #28-36 (Deathlok, series ends).
  • Avengers #131-135 (Clestial Madonna saga first Legion of the Unliving), 136 (Beast meets Avengers for the first time), 137-138 (Moondragon, Beast and Yellowjacket join), 139, 140, 141-142 (Serpent Crown Saga and first George Perez issues).  Giant Size #2 (Swordsman dies).
  • Bullpen Bulletins: The 1975 Bullpen, August 1975 (Shazam Awards).
  • Captain America and the Falcon #181-186 (Captain America becomes Nomad, Steve Englehart leaves the series), 187-188, 189-192.
  • Captain Marvel #37-38 (Watcher tries to kill Mar-Vell), 39 (Trial of The Watcher), 40, 41.
  • The Champions #1.
  • Daredevil #117, 118, 119, 120-123, 124-125, 126-128 (1st Torpedo).
  • Defenders #19 (Len Wein’s last issue), 20 (Steve Gerber’s first issue, continued from Marvel Two-in-One #7), 21 (1st Headmen), 22-25 (1st Elf with a Gun), 26-30 (featuring Guardians of the Galaxy; 1st Starhawk)).  Giant Size #4 (origin of Egghead).
  • Doctor Strange Vol. 2 #6-9, 10-11 (Earth is destroyed and replaced by another Earth).
  • Fantastic Four #154, 155-157 (Dr. Doom and Silver Surfer), 158-163 (The Fifth Dimension saga),  164-165 (1st Frankie Raye).  Giant-Size #4 (1st Madrox).
  • Ghost Rider #10-11 (Hulk), 12 (Phantom Eagle), 13, 14-15 (vs. The Orb).
  • Hulk #183, 184, 185-186, 187-188, 189, 190-191, 192-193, 194 (Doc Samson returns), 195.
  • Inhumans #1-2 (1st appearance of Iridia).
  • Invaders #1-2, 3.
  • Iron Fist #1-2.
  • Iron Man #72 (San Diego Comic Con), 73-81 (War of the Supervillains).
  • Jungle Action featuring Black Panther #13-18.
  • Ka-Zar Vol. 2 #7-13.
  • Man-Thing #13-19, 19-21, 22 (series ends).  Giant-Size #4 (Howard the Duck; 1st Hellcow).
  • Marvel Chillers #1-2 (Modred The Mystic).
  • Marvel Premiere #20-22 (Iron Fist; 1st Misty Knight), 23 (1st Warhawk), 24-25 (Iron Fist stories end; continue in Iron Fist #1), 26 (Hercules’ first solo story).
  • Marvel Presents #1-2 (1st Bloodstone).
  • Marvel Preview (issues in Marvel Universe continuity only) #2 (Punisher’s origin told for the first time)
  • Marvel Spotlight #20-22 (Son of Satan), 23-24(Son of Satan), 25 (Sinbad–not canon), 26 (Scarecrow).
  • Marvel Team-Up #29 (Human Torch and Iron Man), 30 (Falcon), 31 (Iron Fist), 32 (Human Torch and Son of Satan), 33-35 (Nighthawk, Valkyrie and Human Torch and Dr. Strange), 36-37 (Frankenstein and Man-Wolf), 38 (Beast), 39-40 (Human Torch and Sons of the Tiger).
  • Marvel Two-in-One #7 (Valkyrie, continued in Defenders #20), 8 (Christmas issue), 9 (Thor), 10 (Black Widow),  11 (Golem), 12 (Iron Man).
  • Omega The Unknown #1-5
  • Power Man #22-23, 24-25 (1st Black Goliath), 26, 27 (1st “Sweet Christmas!”), 28.
  • Son of Satan #1
  • Strange Tales #178 (Jim Starlin returns; 1st Magus), 179-181 (1st Gamora; continues in Warlock #9).
  • Super Villain Team-Up #1-3.
  • Thor #231, 232-234, 235-236 (Sif “dies” to save Jane Foster), 237-239240-241 (1st Appearance of Egyptian Gods), 242.
  • Warlock #9 (continues from Strange Tales #181)-10.
  • Werewolf by Night #32-33, 37 (1st appearances of Moon Knight).
  • Uncanny X-Men.  Giant Size X-Men #1, 94-95 (1st new X-Men), 96 (1st Moira MacTaggert).  .
  • House Ad.  House Ad, House Ad.

1976

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey #1.
  • The Amazing Spider-Man #152, 153-156 (Dr. Octopus returns), 157-159 (Dr. Octopus seduces Aunt May), 160 (return of Spider-Mobile), 161-162 (1st appearance of Jigsaw).
  • Avengers #143-149 (1st Hellcat), 150-151 (Steve Englehart’s last issue), 152, 153, 154Annual #7 (death of Warlock).
  • Black Goliath #1-5.
  • Bullpen Bulletins: Paul McCartney!, Larry Hama On Broadway.
  • Captain America #193-200 (Kirby returns; Madbomb), 201-203 (continues in Marvel Team-Up #52), 204.
  • Captain Britain #1-20 (1st Psylocke).
  • Captain Marvel #42, 43-44 (vs. Drax), 45-46 (1st time we know there are 6 soul gems), 47.
  • The Champions #2-3, 4, 6-7, 7-10 (1st Darkstar).
  • Daredevil #129-130 (Foggy and Matt go back into law business together), 131-132 (1st Bullseye), 133, 134-137, 138 (feat. Ghost Rider), 139.
  • The Defenders #31-33 (1st appearance of Ruby, the female member of Headmen), 34, 35 (1st Red Guardian), 36-38 (more Elf with a Gun; guest-starring Luke Cage), 39, 40 (Val gets a new costume), 41-42, Annual #1.
  • Doctor Strange Vol. 2 #12 (Earth is destroyed and replaced by another Earth), 14-16 (vs. Tomb of Dracula), 17-19 (Clea has an affair with Benjamin Franklin), 20.
  • The Eternals #1.
  • Fantastic Four #166-167 (thing vs Hulk, and Sue learns to make force shields), 168-170 (Luke Cage joins the team), 171-175 (Galactus and High Evolutionary), 176 (Impossible Man moves into the Baxter Building), 177.
  • Ghost Rider #16 (vs. Jaws), 17-19 (with Son of Satan), 20 (crossover with Daredevil #138), 21.  Annual #11.
  • Howard the Duck Treasury Edition #1 (features Defenders).
  • Hulk #196, 197-198 (vs. Man-Thing and The Collector), 199-201, 202-205 (Jarella dies), 206.
  • Inhumans #3-6, 7-10.
  • Invaders #4, 5-6 (1st Liberty Legion), 7-11 (1st Baron Blood, and he dies, and 1st Union Jack).
  • Iron Fist #3-4 (Misty’s bionic arm introduced), 5-7, 8-10.
  • Iron Man #82-83, 84-85, 86-87 (1st Blizzard), 88-91 (Daredevil guest stars), 92, 93, Annual #3 (Man-Thing).
  • Jungle Action #19, 20-24 (ends, goes to Black Panther #1 in 1977).
  • Ka-Zar #14-18 (series ends).
  • Logan’s Run #6 (Thanos back-up story).
  • Luke Cage Power Man #29-31, 32-38 (1st Chemistro), 39-41, 42, 43-46, 47.
  • Marvel Chillers #3-7 (Tigra).
  • Marvel Premiere #28 (Legion of Monsters), 29-30 (Invaders, 1st Liberty Legion), 31-34 (non MCU stories).
  • Marvel Presents #3-10 (Guardians of the Galaxy).
  • Marvel Spotlight #27 (Sub-Mariner), 28-29 (Moon Knight), 30 (Warriors Three), 31 (Nick Fury’s Infinity Formula introduced).
  • Marvel Team-Up #41-44 (Vision, Scarlet Witch, Dr. Doom, Moondragon), 45 (Killraven), 46 (Deathlok), 47 (Crossover with Marvel Two-in-One #17), 48-51 (Wraith saga; 1st Jeanne DeWolff), 52 (Captain America), 53-54 (Hulk, 1st time John Byrne draws the X-Men).
  • Marvel Two-In-One #13 (Power Man), 14 (Son of Satan), 15 (Morbius), 16 (Ka-Zar), 17 (crossover with Marvel Team-Up #47), 18 (Scarecrow), 19 (Tigra, 1st Stegron), 20 and Annual #1, 21 (Doc Savage).
  • Nova #1, 2-6 (featuring Marvel Bullpen), 7-9.
  • Omega The Unknown #6-10.
  • Peter Parker the Spectacular Spider-Man #1.
  • Son of Satan #1-8 (series ends).
  • Super Villain Team-Up #4, 5-12 (1st Shroud).
  • Thor #243-245 (Jane transforms into Sif), 246-247, 248-250, 251, 252-254.
  • Warlock #11-15 (series ends; 1st appearance of the Infinity Gems).
  • X-Men #97, 98-101 (1st Phoenix).

1977

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey #2-9 (1st Machine Man).
  • Amazing Spider-Man #163-165, 166-168 (1st Will O The Wisp), 169 (Frank Miller gets a letter printed), 170, 171 (crossover with Nova), 172-173 (1st Rocket Racer), 174-175 (Hitman dies, guest-starring Punisher).
  • The Avengers #155-156, 157, 158-159, 160, 161-162 (1st Jacosta), 163, 164-166 (John Byrne is guest artist), Annual #7 (death of Adam Warlock, crosses over with Marvel Two-In-One annual #2).
  • Black Panther #1-7.
  • Bullpen Bulletins: May 1977 (Captain Britain promo), November 1977 (prices go up to 30 cents).
  • Captain America #205, 206-213 (1st Arnim Zola), 214 (Kirby’s run ends), 215 (origin retold), 216.
  • Captain Britain #20-39.
  • Captain Marvel #48-49 (1st El Gato: The Cheetah), 50-52 (Mar-Vell and Rick Jones are separated), 53 (feat. Black Bolt).
  • The Champions #11, 12-13, 14-15 (1st Swarm; Iceman gets a new costume), 16.
  • Daredevil #140, 141-143 (Bullseye),  144-145,146 (vs. Bullseye, and the 23d best DD story of all time), 147.
  • The Defenders #43, 44-45 (David Anthony Kraft’s run starts), 46 (Elf with a Gun dies), 47-50 (feat. Moon Knight), 51 (1st Ringer), 52-53.
  • Doctor Strange #21-22, 23-26,
  • The Eternals #2-13.
  • The Fantastic Four #178-183 (Negative Zone), 184, 185-186, 187-189 (The FF break up).
  • Godzilla #1, 2-5.
  • Ghost Rider #22, 23-24, 25-27, 28.
  • Hulk #207 (vs. The Defenders), 208-209 (vs. Absorbing Man), 210-211, 212-214, 215-217, 218.
  • The Human Fly #1-7.
  • Inhumans #11 (series ends).
  • The Invaders #12 (1st Spitfire), 13. 14-15 (unofficial DC crossover), 16-21, 22 etc. (I’m sorry, I just can’t.  This book is godawful.)
  • Iron Fist #11-12 (vs. Wrecking Crew), 13, 14 (1st Sabretooth), 15 (final issue–feat. The X-Men).
  • Iron Man #94, Annual #4 (MODOK dies), 95-100, 101-102 (Frankenstein), 103-105.
  • Ka-Zar #19-20 (series ends).
  • Marvel Premiere #35-37 (3D Man), 38 (Weird World), 39 (Torpedo).
  • Marvel Presents #11-12 (Guardians of the Galaxy).
  • Marvel Spotlight #32 (1st Spider Woman)33 (Deathlok) (series ends).
  • Marvel Team-Up #55 (Warlock; 1st Gardener), 56 (Daredevil), 57 (Black Widow), 58 (Ghost Rider), 59-60 (Wasp and Yellowjacket, both characters get power increases), 61-62 (Human Torch and Ms. Marvel), 63-64 (Iron Fist and Daughters of the Dragon), 65 (Captain Britain; 1st Arcade).
  • Marvel Two-in-One #22-23 (Human Torch, Thor), Annual #2 (death of Thanos), 24 (Giant Man), 25 (Iron Fist), 26-28 (Nick Fury, Deathlok, Impossible Man), 29-32 (Shang Chi, Invisible Woman, Spider-Woman), 34 (Nighthawk; Deathlok is cured).
  • Ms. Marvel #1 (1st appearance Ms. Marvel), 2-4, 5 (1st full origin story), 6-7, 8-10 (1st Deathbird), 11-12.
  • Nova #10-11, 12 (crossover with Amazing Spider-Man #171), 13-14 (vs. Sandman), 15-16.
  • Peter Parker the Spectacular Spider-Man #2-3 (1st Lightmaster), 4-5 (1st hitman), 6-8 (Morbius), 9-10 (White Tiger’s first color comic appearance; references to Shang Chi), 11 (feat. Medusa), 12-13.
  • Power Man and Iron Fist #48-49 (title merges with Iron Fist).
  • Super-Villain Team-Up #13-15 (series goes on hiatus for two years).
  • Thor #255-259, 260-263 (Walt Simonson), 264-266Annual #6 (Guardians of the Galaxy)
  • What If? #1-3, 4-6.
  • X-Men #102-103 (first time Nightcrawler can hide in dark, first “fastball special”), 104-107 (1st Lilandra and Shi’ar Empire), 108-110 (first app. of Vindicator as “Weapon Alpha”), 111.
  • House Ads: Subscription Ad, Subscription Ad #2, Subscription Ad #3.

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1978

  • The Amazing Spider-Man #176-180 (Harry’s therapist becomes Green Goblin), 181, 182-183 (1st Big Wheel), 184-185, 186.
  • The Avengers #167-177 (Korvac saga), 178 (Beast solo story, written by Steve Gerber).
  • Black Panther #8-12, 13-15 (series ends).
  • Captain America #218-221, 222-227 (origin retcon), 228.
  • Captain Marvel #54, 55-57, 58-62 (series ends).
  • The Champions #17 (series ends).
  • Daredevil #148-151, 152-154 (1st Ben Urich), 155-157 (reunited with Black Widow).
  • The Defenders #55-5657 (feat.. Ms. Marvel), 58-60, 61 (Hellcat gets Devil Slayer’s cloak),62-65 (first “old order changeth” issue), 66.
  • Dr. Strange #27-28 (Roger Stern’s run begins), 29 (feat. Nighthawk), 30, 31, 32.
  • The Eternals #14-19 (series ends).
  • Fantastic Four #190, 191 (the team is evicted from The Baxter Building), 192, 193-194, 195,196-200 (F4 reunite; Reed gets his powers back), 201.
  • Ghost Rider #29-30 (feat. Dr. Strange), 31-32, 33.
  • Godzilla #6-17.
  • The Hulk #219-220, 221, 222 (by Jim Starlin), 223-226, 226-227 (Doc Samson psychoanalyzes Hulk), 228.
  • The Human Fly #8-19 (series ends).
  • Iron Man #106-108, 109-112, 113, 114 (1st Arsenal), 115-116 (David Michelinie, Bo Layton, and John Romita, Jr.’s run begins), 117 (1st Bethany Cabe).
  • Machine Man #1House Ad for Machine Man 2-9 (Kirby leaves, case goes on hiatus).
  • Marvel House Ad for Hulk/Spider-Man on TV.
  • Marvel Premiere #40 (Torpedo), 41 (noncanon), 42 (Tigra), 43 (Paladin), 44 (Jack of Hearts), 45 (Man Wolf).
  • Marvel Team Up #66 (Captain Britain; 1st Arcade), 67 (Tigra), 68 (Man-Thing, 1st D’Spayre), 69-70 (Thor and Havok), 71 (Falcon), 72 (Iron Man), 73 (Daredevil), 74 (Saturday Night Live), 75 (Luke Cage), 76 (Dr. Strange).
  • Marvel Two-in-One #35-36 (Skull the Slayer, Mr. Fantastic), 37-39 (Matt Murdock/Daredevil, Vision), 40-41 (Black Panther and Brother Voodoo), 42-43 (Captain America; Man-Thing; 1st Project Pegasus), 44 (Hercules), 45 (Captain Marvel), 46 (Hulk with Howard the Duck cameo).
  • Ms. Marvel #13, 14 (Dracula), 15-16 (1st appearance of Raven Darkholme), 17-18 (1st appearance Mystique in blue form), 19 (with Captain Mar-Vell), 20.
  • Nova #17-18, 19 (1st Blackout), 20-21 (Nova reveals his identity to his family), 22.
  • Peter Parker the Spectacular Spider-Man #14-15, 16-20 (guest starring Champions), 21 (major retcon for Scorpion), 22-23 (feat. Moon Knight), 24 (first Hypno Hustler), 25.
  • Power Man and Iron Fist #50, 51-53, 54-55 (they form Heroes for Hire), House Ad by Frank Miller.
  • Spider-Woman #1, House Ad, 2-6 (1st Hangman, 1st Brothers Grimm), 7, 8-9Annual #7.
  • Thor #267-268 (Loki banished to Earth, powerless), 269-271 (lots of guest stars), 272-278 (Norvell Red lifts Mjolnir).
  • What If? #7, 8, 9-11.
  • Uncanny X-Men #110 (first app. of Vindicator as “Weapon Alpha”), 111-117 (Storm’s childhood is developed, Scott learns Corsair is his father).

To Come.
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1979

  • Amazing Spider-Man #187 (Captain America, art by Jim Starlin), 188 (vs. Jigsaw), 189-190, 191-192193 (return of burglar who killed Ben), 194-195 (1st Black Cat), 196-199.
  • The Avengers #179-180, 182181, 183-184 (vs. Absorbing Man), 185-187 (expanded origin of Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch), 188, 189190-191 (first Daredevil team-up!).
  • Captain America #229-230, 231-237, 238-239, 240.
  • Daredevil #158 (1st Frank Miller issue), 159, 160-161 (first appearance of Josie’s Bar), 162 (fill-in issue by Steve Ditko, does not fit in continuity and is not canon), House Ad and Original Movie Solicitation.
  • The Defenders #67-68 (Valkyrie separates from Barbara Norris), 69, 70-75, 76-77 (Omega dies), 78.
  • Doctor Strange #33-37, 38.
  • Fantastic Four #202 (feat. Iron Man), 203, 204-206, 207, 208-213 (1st Terrax, 1st Ultimate Nullifier, 1st “New” Champions, aka Champions of Xandar).  Annual #14 (Franklin’s powers return).
  • Ghost Rider #34, 35 (by Jim Starlin), 36, 37, 38, 39.
  • Godzilla #18-24 (series ends)
  • House Ads by Fred Hembeck.
  • Hulk #229 (1st new Moonstone), 230, 231-237 (feat. Machine Man; Jim Wilson is Falcon’s nephew), Annual #8 (1st Alpha Flight’s Sasquatch), 238, 239-242.
  • Iron Man #118 (1st James Rhodes, 1st Mrs. Arbogast), 119-121, 122, 123-124, 125-128, 129.
  • Machine Man #10 (title returns with new creative team; Steve Ditko returns to Marvel), 11, 12.
  • Man-Thing #1.
  • Marvel Premiere #46 (Man Wolf), 47-48 (1st Scott Lang), 49 (Falcon), 50 (Alice Cooper, not in Marvel continuity), 51 (Black Panther).
  • Marvel Spotlight #1-3 (Captain Marvel).
  • Marvel Team-Up #77 (Ms. Marvel),  78 (Wonder Man), 79 (Red Sonja, Clark Kent appears), 80-81 (Dr. Strange, Clea, Satana), 82-85 (Nick Fury, Black Widow, Shang Chi), 86 (Guardians of the Galaxy), 87 (Black Panther), 88 (Invisible Girl)
  • Marvel Two-In-One #47-48 (Yancy St. Gang and Jack of Hearts), 49 (Dr. Strange), 50 (Thing vs. Thing), 51 (1st Floating Super Hero Poker Game), 52 (Moon Knight), 53-58 (Project Pegasus; 1st Thundra).
  • Micronauts #1, 2-6, 7 (feat. Man-Thing), 8 (1st Captain Universe), House Ad.
  • Ms. Marvel #21-22, 23 (series ends).
  • Nova #23-25 (series ends).
  • Peter Parker the Spectacular Spider-Man #26-31 (Carrion epic; Frank Miller guest artist on #26), 32-34 (1st Iguana), 3536-37 (first Swarm).
  • Power Man and Iron Fist #56-57 (1st Mary Jo Duffy issue), 58 (1st El Aguila), 59-60.
  • Rom #1 (1st appearance of Rom The Spaceknight).
  • Shogun Warriors #1-11.
  • Spider-Woman #10 (1st Gypsy Moth, Spider-Woman’s hair length explained), 11-12, 13-15 (Shroud’s power set expands), 16, 17-18, 19 (featuring Werewolf by Night), 20 (Spider-Man guest stars), 21.
  • Super-Villain Team-Up #16-17 (series ends).
  • Thor #279, 280 (vs. Hyperion from both Squadron Supreme and Sinister), 281-282, 283-290 (Celestials saga).
  • What If #12, 13, 14-18.
  • The Uncanny X-Men #118-119 (Mariko introduced, 1st time Wolverine is called “Logan”), 120-121 (1st Alpha Flight), 122-124 (vs. Arcade), 125-128 (1st appearance of Jean Grey as Black Queen).

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THE 1980s

Best Marvel Miniseries of the ’80s

1980

  • The Amazing Spider-Man #200 (Burglar who killed Uncle Ben dies), 201-202 (Punisher), 203 (feat. Dazzler), 204-205 (Black Cat returns, Marv Wolfman’s last issue), 206 (Roger Stern’s first script), 207 (Denny O’Neil’s run starts), 208, 209 (Kraven), 210 (first Madame Web), 211 (Namor).
  • The Avengers #191-193, 194, 195-196 (1st Taskmaster), 197 (they get stuck in an elevator), 198-199 (Red Ronin), 200 (Ms. Marvel raped), 201, 202 (Ultron).
  • Bullpen Bulletins: Animation
  • Captain America #241 (w/Punisher), 242, 243-244, 245 (Moon Knight cameo), 246, 247 (Roger Stern and John Byrne begin one of the best runs of all time), 248-249 (Machinesmith dies), 250 (Cap for President), 251-252.
  • Daredevil #162-164 (vs. Hulk, and the 21st best DD story of all time), 165 (Frank Miller co-plotter; vs. Dr. Octopus), 166, 167.
  • The Defenders #79-83, 84-86 (Black Panther and Namor), 87, 88-90 (Daredevil guest).  1980 House Ad.
  • Doctor Strange #39-41 (crosses over with Man-Thing #4), 42-44.
  • Fantastic Four #214, 215-216 (Marv Wolfman leaves the book), 217 (H.E.R.B.I.E. kills himself), 218 (crossover with PPTSS #42), 219 (Doug Moench/Bill Sienkiewicz run begins), 220-221 (1st John Byrne as writer artist), 222-223224-225 (with Thor).
  • Ghost Rider #40, 41-42, 43-44 (Johnny Blaze and Ghost Rider are separated for the first time), 45-46, 47, 48, 49-50 (feat. Night Rider (original Ghost Rider), 51.
  • Hulk #243, 244, 245-248 (Hulk beats Mar-vell), 249, 250 (feat. Silver Surfer), 251-253 (vs. 3D Man), 254 (1st U-Foes).
  • Iron Man #130, 131-132 (vs. Hulk), 133 (Ant-Man), 134-135, 136, 137, 138-139 (Madame Masque returns), 140-141,
  • Machine Man #13-14, 15 (guest starring Fantastic Four, 1st Gears Gavin), 16-17, 18 (featuring Alpha Flight).
  • Man-Thing #2-3, 4 (crossover with Dr. Strange #40), 5, 6, 7-11,
  • Marvel Premiere #52-53 (Black Panther), 54 (Caleb Hammer not in continuity), 55 (Wonder Man), 56 (Dominic Fortune), 57 (Dr. Who, not in continuity).
  • Marvel Spotlight #4 (Captain Marvel), 5 (Dragon Lord), 6-7 (Star Lord), 8 (Captain Marvel), 9 (Captain Universe).
  • Marvel Team Up # 89 (Nightcrawler), 90 (Beast), 91 (Ghost Rider), 92 (Hawkeye), 93 (Werewolf by Night), 94 (Shroud), 95 (1st Mockingbird), 96 (Howard the Duck), 97 (Hulk and Spider-Woman–no Spider-Man), 98 (Black Widow), 99 (Machine Man), 100 (1st Karma, 1st Black Panther/Storm romance).
  • Marvel Two-In-One #59 (Human Torch), 60 (1st Impossible Woman), 61-63 (1st “Her” the female Adam Warlock), 64-66 (new Serpent Society), 67 (Hyperion), 68 (Angel), 69 (Guardians of the Galaxy), 70 (Ben and Alicia get back together), 71-72 (Mr. Fantastic and The Inhumans; 1st Deathurge).  House Ad for Marvel Two-in-One.
  • Micronauts #9-17, 18-19 (feat. Ant-Man), 20-21 (vs. Plant-Man), 22, 23 (Molecule Man), 24.
  • Moon Knight #1, 2 (1st Crowley).
  • Peter Parker the Spectacular Spider-Man #38 (Morbius), 39-40 (spider-lizard; new Frightful Four), 41, 42 (crossover with FF #218), 43 (1st Belladonna, 1st Roderick KIngsley, who is later Hobgoblin), 44-45, 46 (Cobra and Hyde), 47-48, 49 (White Tiger).
  • Power Man and Iron Fist #61-62, 63-64, 65, 66 (vs. Sabretooth and Constrictor).
  • Rom #2-4, 5 (Dr. Strange appears), 6-9, 10-12 (vs. Jack of Hearts), 13.
  • She-Hulk #1 (origin), 2-5, 6 (featuring Iron Man), 7-8 (Man-Thing), 9-10, 11.
  • Shogun Warriors #12-20 (#19 and 20 feature Fantastic Four) (series ends).
  • Spider-Woman #22, 23-25, 26 (feat. Spider-Man), 27-29 (feat. Spider-Man), 30-32 (Werewolf by Night).
  • Thor #291-301 (Celestials saga), 302.
  • What If #18, 19-21, 22, 23, 24.
  • The Uncanny X-Men #129-131 (1st Dazzler), 132-137 (Dark Phoenix saga), 138 (Jean’s funeral), 139 (first Wolverine in brown costume, first time he’s called Logan).

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  • The Amazing Spider-Man #212 (1st Hydro Man), 213-215 (with Namor, vs. Frightful Four), 216, 217-218 (Sandman and Hydroman), 219 (Grey Gargoyle), 220 (feat. Moon Knight), 221, 222 (Speed Demon), 223.
  • The Avengers #203, annual #10 (1st Rogue, Ms. Marvel loses her powers), 204-205 (Dave Michelinie’s last issue), 206 (feat. Human Torch), 207-208, 209-210, 211 (new lineup), 212-213 (Hank Pym is court martialed for hitting Jan), 214 (vs. Ghost Rider).
  • Bullpen Bulletins: Jim Shooter Brings Back BulletinsBaseball vs. DC,
  • Captain America #253-254 (Baron Blood and Union Jack), 255 (origin retold), 256, 257 (Hulk), 258, 259 (Dr. Octopus), 260 (Clark Kent appears), 261-263 (DeMatteis and Zeck’s run begins, features Red Skull), 264.
  • Daredevil #168 (1st Elektra), 169 (the 14th best DD story of all time), 170-172 (1st time Kingpin is called Wilson Fisk), 173, 174-175, 176 (1st appearance of Stick), 177.
  • Dazzler #1-2, 3-4 (vs. Dr. Doom), 5 (1st appearance of The Blue Shield), House Ad, 6-7 (Hulk), 8-9, 10 (Galactus).
  • The Defenders #91 (Ed Hannigan’s last issue), 92 (JM DeMatteis’ run begins), 93 (Nighthawk becomes paralyzed), 94 (first appearance of Gargoyle), 95 (Dracula guest stars), 96 (Ghost Rider), 97-100 (entire team reunion, with Devil Slayer, to conclude 6-Fingered Hand epic), 101-102 (Devil Slayer joins).
  • Dr. Strange #45, House Ad, 46, 47 (Roger Stern’s run begins), 48 (Roger Stern’s first issue with Marshall Rogers; featuring Brother Voodoo), 49.
  • Fantastic Four #226 (Shogun Warrriors tie-in), 227, 228, 229-231 (Moench/Sienkiewicz run ends), 232 (Byrne’s run begins), 233234235 (Ego the Living Planet), 236, 237.
  • Ghost Rider #52, 53, 54, 55 (Werewolf and Tatterdemalion), 56 (Night Rider), 57, 58, 59, 60, 61-62 (Arabian Knight), 63 (the new Orb).
  • Hulk #255 (vs. Thor), 256-257 (first appearance of Sabra and Arabian Knight), 258-259 (1st Ursa Major of Soviet Super Soliders), 260 (Talbot dies), 261 (Absorbing Man becomes an island), 262, 263 (Avalanche), 264-265 (1st Texas Rangers).
  • Iron Man #142-143,  144 (origin retcon), 145, 146-147 (Whiplash becomes Backlash), 148149-150 (Doomquest), 151 (Ant-Man; Luke McDonnell guest penciler), 152-153 (first appearance of stealth armor).
  • Ka-Zar The Savage #1, 2-4, 5-9.
  • Machine Man #19 (1st Jack O Lantern, final issue of series).
  • Marvel Premiere #58-60 (Dr. Who, not in continuity), 61 (Star-Lord) (series ends).
  • Marvel Spotlight #10-11 (Captain Universe) (series ends).
  • Marvel Team Up #101 (Nighthawk), 102 (Doc Samson and Rhino), 103 (Ant-Man, Taskmaster), 104 (Hulk and Ka-Zar), 105 (Hulk, Power Man and Iron Fist), 106 (Captain America, Scorpion), 107 (She-Hulk), 108-109 (Dazzler and Paladin), 110 (Iron Man), 111-112 (Devil Slayer, Kull, and the Defenders), 113 (.
  • Marvel Two-In-One #73 (Quasar), 74 (Puppet Master, Christmas Issue), 75 (Avengers), 76 (Iceman and Bill Foster; origin of Ringmaster), 77 (Man-Thing), 78 (Wonder Man), 79 (Blue Diamond), 80 (Ghost Rider), 81-82 (Namor, MODOK and Captain America).
  • Micronauts #25-28 (feat. Nick Fury), 29-35 (feat. Doc Samson, Dr. Strange, Nightmare), 36.
  • Moon Knight #3-5, 6, 7-8 (moon copter introduced and destroyed), 9-10, 11, 12, 13 (with Daredevil), 14 (updated moon copter)
  • Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #50-51 (White Tiger), 52 (White Tiger), 53-54, 55 (Nitro is fused with Nausea gas), 56 (Jack O’ Lantern), 57, 58 (vs. Ringer; Beetle gets a new costume), 59-60.
  • Power Man and Iron Fist #67-68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73 (Rom #23 crossover), 74-75 (back to K’un Lun), 76 (Dracula).
  • Rom #14 (vs. Thinker and Awesome Android), 15, 16, 17-19 (X-Men), 20, 21-22, 23 (crossover with Power Man and Iron Fist #73), 24 (with Nova and the New Champions of Xandar), 25 (ROM goes home).
  • She-Hulk #12 (Morbius The Living Vampire), 13-14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19-23.
  • Spider-Woman #33, 34-35 (Chris Claremont’s run begins, Spider-Woman moves to San Francisco), 36, 37-38 (w/X-men and Juggernaut; 1st Siryn), 39, 40 (1st Flying Tiger), 41.
  • Thor #303, 304 (vs. Wrecking Crew), 305-306, 307, 308 (Loki and Mindless Ones), 309, 310 (Mephisto), 311, 312-313, 314.
  • What If #25, 26, 27-30.
  • The Uncanny X-Men #141-142 (Kitty joins), 143 (Kitty’s Christmas issue), 147148149 (Kitty’s new rollerblade costume), 150.
  • 1981 House Ad for 20th Anniversary of Marvel.

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1982

  • The Amazing Spider-Man #224 (Vulture), 225 (Foolkiller), 226-227 (Black Cat), 228, 229-230 (Juggernaut)
  • The Avengers #215-216 (Molecule Man), 217 (Hank Pym goes to jail), 218, 219-200 (Moondragon kills Drax), 221 (She-Hulk joins the team)
  • Bullpen Bulletins Feb and Mar,
  • Captain America #265-266 (Spider-Man and Nick Fury), 267 (1st Everyman), 268 (crossover with The Defenders),
  • Contest of Champions #1-3 (first Collective Man, Shamrock, Talisman, Peregrine).
  • Daredevil #178 (with Power Man and Iron Fist), 179, 180181 (second best DD story of all time), 182, 183-184,
  • Dazzler #11 (Galactus and Terrax), 12, 13 (Dazzler in prison), 14 (Blue Shield and She-Hulk)
  • Defenders #103 (expands Gargoyle’s origin), 104 (Wonder Man guest stars), 105, 106-109 (Valkyrie and Nighthawk die and are “reborn”), 110, 111.
  • Doctor Strange #50-54 (Fantastic Four guest star, Clea leaves Stephen), 55, 56 (retells origin, including origin of Sanctum Sanctorum).
  • Fantastic Four #238 (Frankie Raye gets her powers), 239 (1st Aunt Petunia), 240 (Inhumans go to the moon), 241 (Black Panther),
  • Ghost Rider #64, 65, 66-67 (Mike Fleisher last issue)
  • Hercules: Prince of Power #1, 2,
  • House Ads.  Peter Porker (House Ad), Hercules House Ad #1, Hercules House Ad #2, Micronauts,
  • Hulk 266 (Hulk kills High Evolutionary), 267 (1st Glorian), 268, 269-270,
  • Iron Man #154 (Unicorn dies), 155, 156, 157,
  • Ka-Zar #10-12, 13-15,       21
  • Marvel Fanfare #1-4 (Claremont X-Men story), 5 (Dr. Strange and Captain America).
  • Marvel Graphic Novel #1 (Death of Captain Marvel)
  • Marvel Team-Up #113 (Quasar), 114 (Falcon), 115-116 (Thor and Valkyrie)
  • Marvel Two-In-One #83-84 (Alpha Flight), 85 (Spider-Woman), 86 (Sandman, Impossible Man)
  • Micronauts #37 (X-Men), 38 (1st specialty-store only issue), 39, 40 (Fantastic Four), 41 (Dr. Doom), 42 (The Wasp), House Ad, 43-44 (Avengers)
  • Moon Knight #15 (Marvel’s first direct market only comic), 16, 17-20, 21 (Brother Voodoo),
  • Peter Parker the Spectacular Spider-Man #61 (Moonstone, Roger Stern’s last issue), 62, 6364 (first Cloak and Dagger),
  • Power Man and Iron Fist #77 (Daredevil crossover), 78 (Sabertooth and El Aguila returns), 79,
  • ROM #26-27 (vs. Galactus), 28-29 (vs. Mole Man)
  • She-Hulk #24-25 (Series ends).
  • Spider-Woman #42-43 (vs. Silver Samurai), 44,
  • Team America #1, 2-7
  • Thor #315-317 (feat. Iron Man), 318-319, 320-322, 323, 324-326.
  • Vision and Scarlet Witch #1-2.
  • What If #31, 32, 33, 34, 35-36.
  • Wolverine #
  • The Uncanny X-Men #147148149 (Kitty’s new rollerblade costume), 150153 (Kitty’s Fairy Tale), 154-158 (with Starjammers), 159 (Dracula), 160-164 (first Binary).

 

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1983

  • The Amazing Spider-Man #
  • Doctor Strange #57
  • Marvel Fanfare #6 (Spider-Man and Scarlet Witch, Dr. Strange)
  • Thor #327-328,
  • Vision and the Scarlet Witch #3-4.
  • The Uncanny X-Men #165-67168 (Professor X is a jerk!), 169-170171-173174175 (Scott Summers wedding, half Paul Smith, half JR Jr.)

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1984

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1985

  • The Amazing Spider-Man #
  • The Uncanny X-Men #189-191193 (first appearances of Warpath and Firestar), 194, 195200.

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1986

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1987

 

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1988

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1989

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