Here’s the plan: Form a blog that reviews Every Marvel Comic Ever Published!

Note: I’m NOT doing a “chronology of the Marvel Universe.”  There are already dozens of sites that already do that.  I’m also not including alternate universes, like The Ultimates.  I’m trying to catalog every 616-Universe canon Marvel comic since the Silver Age, up to the end of the 20th Century.  (After 2000, the Internet started being a thing and there’s endless sources of comic book information about internet-age comics.)  I’m also tagging interesting little factoids (like how many times Thing busts through a floor) and all major super-characters (but not side characters like Mary Jane or Aunt May).

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

Grades.  I’ve graded the books…But how to grade comics?  How do you compare, for example, the wordy  style of the Silver Age to a sleek modern book with a bigger budget and decades of growth in the art  form?  Well, this is what I based the grades on:
  • Overall quality compared to other books out during the same year
  • Significance to the Marvel Universe
  • Innovation/originality (did it do something really different for its time)
  • Sentimental or “re-read” value  

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.  Should be read only by freakish completists like myself
  • F is terrible.  Stay away

On this page: The 1960s  1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969

Also check out these pages: The 1970s, The 1980s, The 1990s.

1961

Find all 1961 posts here.  Best comic of the year (pictured)

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1962

Find all 1962 posts here.  Best book of the year (pictured):

  • Amazing Adult Fantasy #14 (1st appearance of “mutants”)
  • Amazing Fantasy#15 (1st Spider-Man; 3rd greatest comic of all time)
  • Fantastic Four: #2 (1st Skrulls); 3 (1st Fantasti-Car; 1st Miracle Man); 4 (1st Silver Age Namor); 5 (1st Doctor Doom and best comic book of all time); 6 (1st unstable molecules; 1st Dr. Doom and Namor team up); 7 (1st Impossible Man); 8 (1st Puppet Master); 9.
  • House Ad.
  • Journey into Mystery: #83 (1st Thor), 84, 85-87 (1st Loki, 1st Zarrko the Tomorrow Man).
  • The Incredible Hulk:  #1 (1st Hulk; one of the 100 best comics of all time); 2 (Hulk becomes green); 3 (1st Ringmaster); 4.
  • Strange Tales: #101-102 (Human Torch solo stories–1st Wizard, Paste-Pot Pete/Trapster).
  • Tales to Astonish: #27 (1st Hank Pym); 35 (1st Ant-Man); 36-38.

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1963

Find all 1963 posts here.  Best comics of the year pictured.

  • The Amazing Spider-Man: #1 (1st Chameleon; 1st meets Fantastic Four; 1st John Jameson); 2 (1st Vulture, 1st Tinkerer, 1st J. Jonah Jameson); 3 (1st Doctor Octopus), 4 (1st Sandman); 56 (1st Lizard); 7 (1st web parachute).
  • The Avengers: #1 (1st Avengers; one of the top 50 comics of all time); 2 (1st Space Phantom).
  • Fantastic Four: #10 (1st time Stan Lee and Jack Kirby appear in comic); 11 (1st Willie Lumpkin; Thing “cured” for 1st time); 12 (1st Hulk/Thing fight; start of the”shared universe”); 13 (1st Watcher and Red Ghost); 14 (Namor proposes to Susan Storm); 15 (1st Yancy St. Gang, Mad Thinker and Awesome Android); 16-17 (1st FF two-part story); Fantastic Four Annual #1 (1st appearance Atlantis), 18 (1st Super Skrull);19 (1st Rama Tut); 20 (1st Molecule Man); 21 (1st Hate Monger; 1st Nick Fury in a “Marvel Universe;” he is promoted to Colonel).
  • Incredible Hulk: #56 (series ends).
  • Journey Into Mystery: 88-9090-93 (1st Radioactive Man), 94-97 (1st Merlin, 1st Sutur), 98-99 (1st Cobra and Mr. Hyde).
  • 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: #103-106, 107-109 (vs. Sub Mariner), 110 (1st Dr. Strange); Strange Tales Annual #2 (1st time Spidey and Torch meet at Statue of Liberty), 111 (1st Baron Mordo); 112-114 (Captain America teaser; 1st Plantman); 115 (origin of Dr. Strange); 116-119.
  • Tales to Astonish: #39-43 (1st Egghead, 1st Voice); 44 (1st Wasp), 45-4748 (1st Porcupine); 49 (1st Giant-Man; 1st Living Eraser); 50 (1st Human Top/Whirlwind).
  • Tales of Suspense: #39 (1st Iron Man), 40-44 (1st yellow armor), 45 (1st Happy Hogan and Pepper Potts); 46-47 (1st Crimson Dynamo); 48.
  • The Uncanny X-Men: #1 (1st original X-Men team); 2.

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1964

Find all 1964 posts here. Best comics of the year pictured.

  • The Amazing Spider-Man: #8 (Peter Parker stops wearing glasses); 9 (1st Electro); 10 (1st Big Man; 1st Enforcers); 11-12 (Doc Ock unmasks Spidey; 1st Spider-Tracer); 13 (1st Mysterio); 14 (1st Green Goblin; Spidey fights Hulk); 15 (1st Kraven the Hunter); 16 (Spider-Man meets Daredevil for 1st time); Annual #1 (1st Sinister Six); 1718-19.
  • The Avengers: #3 (vs Hulk); 4 (1st Silver age Captain America; third best comic of all time); 56 (1st Silver Age Baron Zemo, 1st Masters of Evil); 78 (1st Kang); 9 (1st Wonder Man); 1011.
  • Daredevil: #1 (1st Daredevil; origin); 2 (Thing and Electro); 3 (1st Owl); 4 (1st Purple Man); 5 (Wally Wood starts as artist).
  • The Fantastic Four: #22 (1st “It’s Clobberin’ time!” and 1st Invisible Girl forcefields), 23, 2425-26 (Best Thing/Hulk fight–this post has the “Top 10 Hulk/Thing fights”); 27 (Reed and Namor compete for Sue); Fantastic Four Annual #2 (origin of Dr. Doom); 28 (FF meet The X-Men); 2930 (1st Diablo); 31-32 (Sue and Johnny Storm’s father introduced and dies); 33 (1st Attuma).
  • Journey into Mystery: #100 (1st Cobra and Hyde), 101-102; 103 (1st Enchantress; 1st Executioner), 104-106; 107 (1st Grey Gargoyle), 108 (Dr. Strange); 109 (Thor vs Magneto), 110-111.
  • Strange Tales: #116-119, 120 (Human Torch meets Iceman), 121122-123 (1st Beetle); 124-127 (1st Clea and Dormammu and Mindless Ones).
  • Tales to Astonish: #51, 52-56 (1st Black Knight, 1st Tales of the Wasp), 57 (1st Wasp stinger; Spider-Man guest stars), 58, 59 (Giant Man vs. Hulk), 60 (becomes spit Giant-Man/Hulk book), 61-62 (1st Leader).
  • Tales of Suspense: #49 (1st Tales of the Watcher); 50 (1st Mandarin); 51 (1st Scarecrow); 52 (1st Black Widow; new Crimson Dynamo); 53 (origin of The Watcher); 54-5556 (1st Unicorn); 57 (1st Hawkeye/Clint Barton); 58-60 (becomes Captain America solo series).
  • The Uncanny X-Men: #3 (1st Blob); 4 (1st Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver; one of the top 100 comics of all time); 5 (1st Asteroid M); 67 (1st Cerebro); 8 (1st Unus the Untouchable).

1965

Find all 1965 posts here.  Best comics of the year pictured.

  • The Amazing Spider-Man: #20 (1st Scorpion), 2122 (1st Masters of Menace, Princess Python), 23 (1st Normal Osborn), 2425 (1st appearance of Mary Jane Watson, but she is obscured, and 1st appearance of Spencer Smythe and 1st Spider Slayer), 26-27  (1st Crime Master), 28 (1st Molten Man),  Annual #2 (Spider-Man meets Dr. Strange), 29, 3031 (1st Gwen Stacy, Harry Osborn, and Miles Warren).
  • The Avengers: #1213-14 (1st Count Nefaria, 1st Maggia; Wasp is shot; 1st “Avengers Assemble!”), 1516 (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, 1st 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: #34 (1st Thomas Gideon (future Glorian)), 35 (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 (1st appearances of the rest of the Inhumans).
  • 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 (1st appearances of: Nick Fury in modern timeline; Hydra; LMDs; Eternity; one of the top 50 comics of all time), 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 Red Skull–the real one), 69-71 (first Titanium Man), 72.
  • The X-Men: #9 (1st Lucifer; vs. The Avengers), 10 (1st Ka-Zar and Savage Land), 11 (1st Stranger), 12-13 (1st Juggernaut; origin of Professor X), 14 (1st Sentinels, Bolivar Trask; only #14 is from 1965).

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1966

Find all 1966 posts here. Best comics of the year pictured.

  • Amazing Spider-Man #32-33 (1st Gwen Stacy, Harry Osborn, and Miles Warren), 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 (1st Masked Marauder; 1st 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; tribute to Irving Forbush), 22-23.
  • Fantastic Four #46-47 (1st Inhumans), 48-50 (1st Silver Surfer, Galactus, Wyatt Wingfoot) , 51 (1st Negative Zone), 52-53 (1st Black Panther and Klaw; one of the 100 best comics of all time)), 54, 55, 56, 57-63 (1st Blastaar, “Doomsday” epic).
  • Journey into Mystery #124-125 (vs. Hercules)
  • Strange Tales #140-143 (1st Mentallo), 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, 84-86. 87-91.
  • Tales to Astonish #77-80, 81-83 (1st Boomerang; 1st Cosmic Cube; crosses over with Tales of Suspense #79-80), 84-87
  • Thor (Journey into Mystery becomes Thor with #126): #126-128129-130 (1st Ares), 131-133 (1st Ego The Living Planet, 1st Recorder robot), 134-135 (1st High Evolutionary and Man-Beast).
  • 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

Find all 1967 posts here. Best comics of the year pictured.

  • The Amazing Spider-Man #44-45, 46 (1st Shocker), 47, 48-49 (Blackie Drago becomes Vulture), 50-52 (1st Kingpin; one of the 100 best issues of all time), 53-56 (Dr. Octopus meets Aunt May), 57 (Ka-Zar), 58 (Spider-Slayer II), 59-61 (Captain Stacy), Annual #4.
  • The Avengers #36-37, 38-39 (Hercules starts living in Avengers mansion, first Piledriver and Hammerhead), 40 (vs. Sub Mariner), 41-42, 43-44 (1st Red Guardian), 45 (Thor, Iron Man quit; Hercules joins), Annual #1, 46 (Goliath becomes Ant-Man; Human Top becomes Whirlwind), 47-49 (1st new Black Knight).
  • Bullpen Bulletin.
  • Daredevil #25-26 (1st Leap Frog, 1st “Mike” Murdock), 27-29, 30 (vs. Thor), 31-32, 33-34Annual #1, 35 (vs. Trapster; feat. Fantastic Four).
  • 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 (1st 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 MODOK), 95-96, 97-100 (series ends).
  • Tales to Astonish #89, 90-91 (1st Abomination), 92-96.
  • Thor #136-139 (1st Sif and Ulik), 140 (1st time Thor calls his hammer Mjolnir; 1st Growing Man), 141, 142, Annual #2 (vs. Destroyer), 143-144, 145-146, 147.
  • X-Men #28 (1st Banshee), 29-30, 31 (1st Cobalt Man), 32-33 (return of Juggernaut), 34-35 (featuring Spider-Man), 36-39 (1st costume change).

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1968

Find all 1968 posts here.  Best comics of the year pictured.

  • Amazing Spider-Man #6263-65, 66-67, 68 (beginning of Tablet Saga), Annual #5 (the story of Peter Parker’s parents).
  • Avengers #50 (Hercules goes back to Olympus), 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; he joins Avengers), 59 (Hank Pym becomes Yellowjacket; marries Janet Van Dyne).
  • Bullpen Bulletins (history of Irving Forbush!).
  • Captain America #100, 101, 102-104, 105-107 (1st Dr. Faustus), 108, 109 (Kirby’s last issue; origin retold), 110 (1st Bucky, 1st Viper/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 (vs. Trapster; feat. Fantastic Four), 37-38 (vs Dr. Doom, crossed over w/F4 #73), 39-41 (death of Mike Murdock; 1st Death Stalker (as “Exterminator”)), 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; Clea comes to Earth).
  • 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 (“kills” 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 (new origin for Black Knight).
  • Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. #1, 2-7.
  • Silver Surfer #1, 2.
  • Strange Tales #168 (1st Living Tribunal; series ends).
  • The Sub-Mariner #1, 2-3 (guest-starring Triton of Inhumans), 4, 5-6 (1st Tiger Shark), 7, 8 (vs. The Thing), 9 (1st Serpent Crown).
  • Tales to Astonish #97-100, 101 (series ends).
  • Thor #148-150 (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), 41-42 (death of Professor X), 43-44 (vs. Magneto),45 (crosses over with Avengers #53), 46-47 (Gary Friedrich as writer), 48-52 (Arnold Drake writer run begins; Jim Steranko on art; 1st Polaris and Mesmero).

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1969

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  • The Amazing Spider-Man #69-75 (The Tablet Saga; 1st Man Mountain Marko and Silvermane), 76-77 (The Lizard), 78-79 (Prowler, first black supervillain).
  • Avengers #60 (Wasp marries Hank Pym), 61 (crosses over with Dr. Strange #178), 62 (1st Man-Ape), 63 (Hawkeye becomes Goliath), 64-65 (introduces Clint Barton’s brother, who also dies), 66-68 (1st Admantium; 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 (crosses over with Sub-Mariner #14), 15-16 (character reboots: New costume, new creative team), 17 (Mar-Vell merges with Rick Jones), 18-19.
  • Daredevil #48 (Karen Page returns), 49-55 (1st meeting with Black Panther; Karen Page learns Matt Murdock is DD; 1st Starr Saxon/Mr. Fear 2/Machinesmith), 56-57, 58 (1st Stuntmaster), 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 (Fantastic Four guest star; Banner gains power 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 (Tony gets a new heart and new armor), 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; one of the 100 best comics of all time), 5 (vs. The Stranger), 6, 7 (Frankenstein), 8-9, 10-11 (reunited with Shalla Bal).
  • Sub Mariner #10-11 (1st Serpent Crown), 12-13, 14 (feat. original Human Torch 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 #53-54 (1st Living Pharoah; Blastaar “dies”), 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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