THE 1970s

Also see: The 1960s, The 1980s, The 1990s.

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1970

See all 1970 posts here.  Best comics of the year pictured.

  • Amazing Adventures Vol. 2 #1 (Inhumans/Black Widow split comic begins), 2, 3.
  • Amazing Spider-Man #80, 81 (1st Kangaroo), 82 (return of paper bag head Spidey), 83-85 (Kingpin’s family introduced), 86 (1st Black Widow black leather costume), 87, 88-90 (death of Captain Stacy and one of the single greatest issues of all time), 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…Not!).
  • 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 (1st Bucky Barnes; vs. Dr. Doom, MODOK).
  • Captain Marvel #20-21 (series goes on hiatus until 1972).
  • Daredevil #60, 61, 62 (vs. Nighthawk), 63-64, 65-66, 67 (Stilt Man returns), 68 (DD returns to NY), 69 (1st Turk; 1st William “Thunderbolt” Carver), 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; vs. Overmind).
  • 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 (1st Llyra).
  • Thor #172 (Jane Foster dates another doctor), 173 (Circus of Crime, Ulik), 174 (1st Crypto-Man), 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; Havok officially joins), 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 (1st Bobbi Morse/Mockingbird).
  • 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, 137-138 (Falcon and Spider-Man meet), 139-143 (1st Leila Taylor, Falcon’s girlfriend, and 1st “Hawk Hooks,” Falc’s weapon), 144 (Falcon gets red costume).
  • Daredevil  #72, 73 (crosses over w/Iron Man #33-36; 1st Spymaster), 74, 75, 76, 77 (with Sub-Mariner and Spider-Man), 78-79 (1st Man-Bull; 1st appearance of Joan Lee in a comic), 80-81 (Black Widow tells Daredevil she loves him), 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 (1st 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 (1st Patsy Walker in silver age and her husband Buzz Baxter, future Mad Dog), 14, 15 (beast goes from grey to black).
  • The Amazing Spider-Man #105-109 (Spider-Slayer), 110-111 (1st Gibbon), 112-115 (1st Hammerhead; 1st Jonas Harrow).
  • Astonishing Tales #10-11 (1st Bobbi Morse, future Mockingbird), 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 (Harlan Ellison writes), 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), 149-152, 153 (1st Steve Englehart issue), 154-156 (1st Jack Monroe as Bucky of the 1960s).
  • 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 (1st Necrodamus), 2 (Silver Surfer joins the team), 3 (origin of Valkyrie).
  • Fantastic Four #119 (1st A.U.N.T.I.E.; Black Panther becomes Black Leopard), 120-123, 124-125 (Stan Lee’s final issue), 126-128, 129 (1st Thundra).
  • Hero for Hire #1-3 (1st Luke Cage, Shades, Comanche, Mace), 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; 1st modern appearance of Xemnu), 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; 1st Misty Knight (unnamed)), 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

See all 1973 posts here.  Best comics of the year pictured.  Note: I usually just do the top 3, but 1973 was a phenomenal year for comics.

  • Adventure into Fear with Man-Thing #12, 13, 14-15, 16, 17 (1st Wundarr), 18, 19 (1st Howard the Duck, continues in Man-Thing #1).
  • Amazing Adventures Vol 2 #16 (Rutland Parade!; vs. Juggernaut), 17 (reprints framed by two original pages by Jim Starlin, retells Beast’s origins.  #18 becomes Killraven, not in Marvel continuity so my series coverage is discontinued).
  • Amazing Spider-Man #116-118, 119-120 (vs. Hulk), 121 (death of Gwen; one of the 100 best comics of all time), 122 (Green Golbin dies; Gwen’s funeral), 123 (w/Luke Cage), 124-125, 126 (1st Harry Osborn Green Goblin; Kangaroo dies; 1st mention of Spider-Mobile), 127.
  • Astonishing Tales #16-20 (final Ka-Zar stories), 21 (1st in-continuity It! The Living Colossus; vs Fin Fang Foom), 22-on (series becomes non-continuity monster comic).
  • 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 (1st Mantis; Black Widow leaves), 113 (Tony and Don know each others’ secret IDs), 114 (Mantis joins), 115-118 (Avengers-Defenders War).
  • Captain America and the Falcon #157-159 (Captain America gets super strength; 1st Viper), 160-162 (Peggy Carter returns), 163-167 (1st Nightshade), 168 (1st Helmut Zemo).
  • 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), 100-101 (1st Angar the Screamer), 102, 103-106 (1st Ramrod).
  • Defenders #4 (1st Valkyrie), 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 (1st Black Mariah), 7, 8-9, 10-11, 12, 13, 14-16 (1st Stiletto; becomes Power Man #17 in 1974).
  • Incredible Hulk #159 (Steve EnglEehart’s run begins), 160 (vs. Tiger Shark), 161 (Beast), 162 (1st Wendigo), 163-165 (1st Gremlin), 166 (1st 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 Black Panther comic; 1st Killmonger).
  • 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; Thor meets Spidey for the first time), 8 (The Cat; 1st Man-Killer), 9-11 (The Tomorrow War; Iron Man, Human Torch, Inhumans, Avengers), 12 (Werewolf by Night; 1st Moondark), 13 (Captain America), 14 (Sub Mariner), 15 (Ghost Rider), 16 (Captain Marvel; 1st Basilisk).
  • Marvel Two-In-One #1 (Man-Thing), 2 (Sub Mariner, Wundarr).
  • Red Wolf #5-9 (ends)
  • Shanna, The She-Devil #2-5 (1st Nekra, 1st Mandrill; series 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 #3-8, 9-10 (1st Tatterdemalion (unnamed)), 11-12 (1st Hangman).

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1974

See all 1974 posts here.  Best of the year pictured.

  • 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 (1st Grizzly; 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 (1st Living Laser), 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 (1st Silver Dagger), 2-5.
  • Fantastic Four #142, 143-144, 145-146, 147-149 (Sue files divorce papers and has an affair with Namor, then 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.
  • House Ads: Giant-Sized Creatures #1.
  • Incredible Hulk #171, 172 (vs. Juggernaut, guest starring X-Men), 173-174, 175, 176-178 (Adam Warlock leaves Counter 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.  Giant-Sized Man-Thing #1.
  • Marvel Premiere #13-14 (Dr. Strange), 15-16 (1st Iron Fist; becomes an Iron Fist comic), 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 #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).
  • Werewolf by Night #13-20 (featuring Dracula), 21-23.

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1975

Best of the year pictured.

  • 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 (Celestial 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; 1st Aron the Watcher), 40, 41.
  • The Champions #1.
  • Daredevil #117, 118, 119, 120-123, 124-125, 126-128 (1st Torpedo, Death-Stalker and Heather Glenn).
  • 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; 1st Quasar/Crusader/Marvel Boy).  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 (1st Glorian), 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 (by name)), 23 (1st Warhawk), 24-25 (Iron Fist stories end, continue in Iron Fist #1; Marvel Bullpen appear), 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 (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 (#1 is one of the 100 best single issues of all time).
  • Power Man #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 #24-31, 32-33 (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, 7-10 (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; #36 is one of the best single issues of all time), 39, 40 (Val gets a new costume), 41-42, Annual #1.
  • Doctor Strange Vol. 2 #13 (Ancient One “dies” and 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 (1st Marvel Universe appearance of U-Man), 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 #19-22 (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), 39-40, 41-42 (1st Goldbug), 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, 2-3 (1st Condor and Powerhouse), 4 (Thor!), 5 (featuring Marvel Bullpen).
  • Omega The Unknown #6-10 (Man-Brute becomes Blockbuster).
  • 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).
  • Werewolf by Night #37 (Moon Knight), 38-41 (Brother Voodoo), 42-43 (series ends; Iron Man).
  • X-Men #97 (1st Eric the Red), 98 (X-Mas issue; Clark Kent, Lois Lane appear), 99-101 (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, 157-159, 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 (1st Water Wizard), 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 #6-11 (1st Sphinx), 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 (1st Razorback).
  • 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, Shi’ar Empire, Corsair and Starjammers), 108-110 (first app. of Vindicator as “Weapon Alpha”).
  • House Ads: Subscription Ad, Subscription Ad #2, Subscription Ad #3.

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1978

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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 #179-180181 (1st Scott Lang), 182,  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 (Jim Wilson revealed as Falcon’s nephew), 231-236, 237-239, 240.
  • Daredevil #158 (1st Frank Miller issue), 159, 160-162 (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; 1st Sphinx).  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), 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 and Cassie 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; 1st Machinesmith (resurrected Starr Saxon)), 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, 13-16 (Shroud’s power set expands), 17-18, 19 (featuring Werewolf by Night), 20 (Spider-Man guest stars), 21House ad.
  • 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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