Cover pencils by Jack Kirby, inks by Joe Sinnott. First appearance of the Black Panther in The Black Panther!, script by Stan Lee, pencils by Jack Kirby, inks by Joe Sinnott; The Black Panther invites the FF to Wakanda and demonstrates his powers by attacking them.
Cover pencils by Jack Kirby, inks by Joe Sinnott. Galactus battles the Silver Surfer in the conclusion of the Galactus Trilogy, The Startling Saga of the Silver Surfer!, script by Stan Leem, pencils by Jack Kirby, inks by Joe Sinnott; With the aid of the Silver Surfer, the Fantastic Four force Galactus to leave Earth; Johnny Storm begins to attend Metro College and meets Wyatt Wingfoot. Watcher and Inhumans appearances. First appearance of Wyatt Wingfoot.
“The stalker called Moon Knight!” Written by Doug Moench. Art by Don Perlin. Cover by Gil Kane. Just as Jack Russell plunges into the horror of killing his best friend, the second night strikes and with it comes the stalker called MOON KNIGHT! 1st appearance of Moon Knight.
Giant-size issue. Origin of Fighting American and Speedboy. Stories include “Round Robin,” “Peter Piper’s Red Vipers” (reprint from Fighting American 1 in 1954) “”Roman Scoundrels,” “Duel to the Finish Line,” “Assignment: Find the King of the Crime Syndicate” (reprint from Fighting American 2 in 1954), “Assignment: Expose the League of the Handsome Devils” (reprint from Fighting American 2), and “The Secret of Yafata’s Moustache.” All art by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby. Two-page text feature by Steve Perrin, “Fighting American: The Hero Who Laughed at Himself.” One-page Goodyear Tires ad with art by Neal Adams. New Simon/Kirby cover.
1st Silver Age Riddler appearance (the question-marked criminal hadn’t appeared in a Batman book since 1948). Cover art by Carmine Infantino and Murphy Anderson. Remarkable Ruse of the Riddler! (the Batman TV pilot was based on this story) starring Batman, Robin, and The Riddler, script by Gardner Fox, pencils by Sheldon Moldoff (ghosting for Bob Kane), inks by Joe Giella.
Cover pencils by Gil Kane, inks by John Romita. First appearances of the Punisher and the Jackal in The Punisher Strikes Twice, script by Gerry Conway, pencils by Ross Andru, inks by Frank Giacoia and Dave Hunt; The Jackal convinces the Punisher that Spider-Man is evil and sends the deadly assassin to kill the web-slinger.
First appearance of Ant-Man in costume in “Return of the Ant-Man!” Plot by Stan Lee, script by Larry Lieber, pencils by Jack Kirby, inks by Dick Ayers. Back-up stories: “The Doorway to Nowhere!” with script by Stan Lee, art by Steve Ditko; “The Thing From Outer Space!” with art by Don Heck; and “Strange Encounter” (text story). Kirby/Ayers cover.
Origin and first appearance of Iron Fist in “The Fury of Iron Fist!” Script by Roy Thomas, pencils by Gil Kane, inks by Dick Giordano.
Iron Man stars in “The Origin of the Mandarin!” Script by Stan Lee, pencils by Don Heck, inks by Dick Ayers. Captain America stars in “Break-Out in Cell block 10!” Script by Lee, pencils by Jack Kirby, inks by Chic Stone. Kirby/Vince Colletta cover.
Batgirl guest stars in “Batgirl’s Costume Cut-Ups!” Pencils by Gil Kane. 1st new Batmobile from TV show. Elongated Man back-up story, “The Bellringer and the Baffling Bongs.” Script by Gardner Fox, pencils by Mike Sekowsky, inks by Sid Greene. Carmine Infantino cover pencils, Murphy Anderson cover inks.
“A New Hope!” Part 1 of 6. Based on the screenplay by George Lucas. Adapted by Roy Thomas. Art by Howard Chaykin and Steve Leialoha. A Long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…the galaxy is engrossed in the middle of an intergalactic civil war. A small band of freedom fighters led by Princess Leia opposes the evil Galactic Empire and steals the plans to their most destructive weapon, the Death Star. Now Darth Vader, the most feared name in the galaxy, will stop at nothing to recover the stolen plans, and the location of the Rebel’s secret base of operations. Now, it’s up to farm boy Luke Skywalker and a motley band of heroes to save the Princess and the galaxy from a darkness that has engulfed it.
First appearance of Dracula in a Marvel comic in “Dracula.” Script by Gerry Conway, art by Gene Colan. First appearance of Frank Drake. Neal Adams cover.
1st printing. “The Ultimate Cosmic Experience!” Written by Stan Lee. Art by Jack Kirby. Painted cover by Earl Norem (based on sketch by Jack Kirby). The Silver Surfer is the only thing standing in the way of Earth and total annihilation at the hands of Galactus. Softcover, 130 pages, full color.
1st appearance of X-23, a female mutant with the same powers as Wolverine. Written by JOE QUESADA Cover & pencils by JOSHUA MIDDLETON As if one down-on-her-luck runaway teenage mutant wasn’t enough, there’s some new genetically mutated blood headed for New York City’s Lower East Side.
DC Graphic Novel Volume 4 - 1st printing. Story and art by Jack Kirby. Don’t miss the Death of Himon and the destruction of New Genesis. Featuring the sinister Darkseid and the New Gods – Orion, Lightray, Lonar, Highfather, Bekka, and Metron. Softcover, 64 pages, 8 1/4-in. x 11-in.
Fireside Book Series – 1st printing. Collects Fantastic Four (Vol. 1) #5, Tales to Astonish (Vol. 1) #90-91, Strange Tales (Vol. 1) #126-127, Tales of Suspense (Vol. 1) #65-67, Amazing Spider-Man (Vol.1) #39-40, Journey into Mystery #112-115, and Silver Surfer (Vol. 1) #3. Written by Stan Lee. Art by Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, John Romita, Sr., Gil Kane, and John Buscema. Cover by John Romita, Sr. This volume in the amazing Marvel Origins series (Origins of Marvel Comics TPB, Son of Origins TPB, Superhero Women TPB) collects the origin tales of – Doctor Doom, the Red Skull, Green Goblin, Dormammu, Abomination, Loki, and Mephisto. Softcover, 256 pages, full color.
Captain America’s origin is retold in “The Hero That Was.” Script by Stan Lee, pencils by Jack Kirby, inks by Syd Shores. Brief appearances by Bucky Barnes and Nick Fury.
Cover art by Carmine Infantino and Joe Giella. 1st Silver Age appearance of Scarecrow in book-length story, Fright of the Sacrecrow!; retells origin of Golden Age Scarecrow from World’s Finest # 3, script by Gardner Fox, pencils by Sheldon Moldoff (ghosting for Bob Kane), inks by Joe Giella.
Iron Man and Captain America double feature begins. The Avengers guest star in the Iron Man story, “The Black Knight!” Script by Stan Lee, art by Don Heck. Part of the story continues in “Captain America,” the first Silver Age Captain America solo story. Script by Lee, pencils by Jack Kirby, inks by Chic Stone. Bucky Barnes cameo. First appearance of Jarvis (the Avengers’ butler). Letters page begins.
Cover pencils by Jack Kirby, inks by Sol Brodsky. X-Men, script by Stan Lee, pencils by Jack Kirby, inks by Paul Reinman; After a day of training and meeting Jean Grey, a new student at Professor X’s school, the X-Men go one their first assignment–stopping a mutant named Magneto from talking over an Air Force base. Full page house ads for Amazing Spider-Man #4 and Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos #3. This is it, the first issue of the Uncanny X-Men, and even in the beginning, there was Magneto, the Earth’s most powerful super villain. Conceived by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, this first issue will always remain one of the core books within the Marvel Comics mythos. This is Stan and Jack making history and legend, although no one knew it at the time. First appearances of Professor X, Cyclops, Iceman, the Angel, the Beast, Marvel Girl, and Magneto.
Cover art by Carmine Infantino and Murphy Anderson. The 1st appearance of Poison Ivy in Beware of — Poison Ivy!, script by Robert Kanigher, pencils by Sheldon Moldoff (ghosting for Bob Kane), inks by Joe Giella. Centerspread poster of Batman and Robin IS NOT INCLUDED. Rocky and Bullwinkle star in a one-page Cheerios ad. The Perfect Crime — Slightly Imperfect! starring Batman and Robin, script by Gardner Fox, inks by Sid Greene.
Thor battles the Carbon-Copy Man (wow, when was the last time anyone in the twenty-first century actually used carbon paper to make a copy…?) in “Trapped by the Carbon-Copy Man!” Plot by Stan Lee, script by Larry Lieber, art by Al Hartley. Jane Foster appearance; Odin cameo. Back-up stories: “The Midnight Caller” with script by Lee, art by Steve Ditko; “I Am a Robot” with plot by Lee, script by Lieber, art by Joe Sinnott; and a two-page text story, “Mystery Mansion.” Jack Kirby/Ayers cover.
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Cover pencils by Jack Kirby, inks by Bill Everett. First appearances of Daredevil, Karen Page, and Foggy Nelson in The Origin of Daredevil, script by Stan Lee, art by Bill Everett (splash page penciled by Jack Kirby); Matt Murdock saves a blind man from an oncoming truck but is struck blind himself by a radioactive canister during the rescue; The radioactivity heightens Matt’s other senses and gives him an uncanny radar sense; Matt graduates college and begins practicing law with his college roommate Foggy; Matt’s father, a boxer, is killed by the Fixer after he refuses to throw a fight; Matt designs a costume and a billy club (from his cane) and takes his derogatory childhood nickname “Daredevil”; DD tracks down the Fixer and the man who shot his father. Spider-Man and Fantastic Four appear on the cover but not in the story inside.
“Out of Hell–a Hero!” Script by Archie Goodwin, pencils by George Tuska, inks by Billy Graham. NOTE: Roy Thomas and John Romita are credited for their “considerable creative contributions.” When Lucas, an innocent man, is sent to jail for a crime he did not commit, he decides he has nothing left to loose. Subjecting himself to unorthodox experiments, this inmate is endowed with great physical strength and nigh-unbreakable skin. No walls and bars on Earth can hold him. Now, as Luke Cage, he is known as the Hero for Hire, and he’s here to clean up the “Mean Streets,” one criminal at a time.
Cover pencils by Barry Windsor-Smith, inks by John Verpoorten. First comic book appearance and origin of Conan. The Coming of Conan!, script by Roy Thomas, pencils by Barry Windsor-Smith, inks by Dan Adkins; Conan battles at Vanaheim and sees his future; Tara returns to her dimension 1st comic book appearance of Kull (cameo). The letters page contains a map of Conan’s world of the Hyborian Age drawn by Windsor-Smith (based on Robert E. Howard’s own version) and a short essay on The World of Conan.
Cover pencils by Jack Kirby, inks by Paul Reinman. The Avengers Meet… Sub-Mariner!, script by Stan Lee, pencils by Jack Kirby, inks by Paul Reinman; After he left them, the Avengers feel responsible for the damages that the Hulk may cause; They start a search for him and find him. When they start to battle, the Sub-Mariner joins the Hulk. Roster includes: Thor, Giant-Man, Wasp, and Iron Man. Guest appearances by the Hulk, Rick Jones, the Sub-Mariner, the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, the original X-Men, Odin, and miscellaneous Asgardians.
Cover pencils by Jack Kirby, inks by Chic Stone. The Mighty Avengers Meet Spider-Man, script by Stan Lee, pencils by Don Heck, inks by Chic Stone; Kang creates a robotic Spider-Man and sends him back in time to battle the Avengers. Roster: Captain America, Thor, Giant-Man, Wasp, and Rick Jones. Guest stars the Amazing Spider-Man. Villain: Kang. Cameo appearances by Zemo, the Executioner, Wonder Man, Dr. Doom, Magneto, Mysterio, the Unicorn, and Kraven the Hunter (all in Kang’s files). Kang pin-up.
First full Wolverine story (cameo appearance in previous issue). Cover art by Herb Trimpe. And Now…The Wolverine!, script by Len Wein, pencils by Herb Trimpe, inks by Jack Abel; Canadian super-agent Wolverine teams up with the Hulk to battle Wendigo; Once the monster is felled, however, Wolvie turns on the Hulk and the two battle; Marie goes ahead with her plans of trying to transfer the power of the Wendigo into the Hulk but when the guilt becomes too much for best friend Georges who feels responsible for Paul’s monstrous condition, he works the change on himself; Paul Cartier is returned to human form and Georges becomes the Wendigo.
THE BRONZE AGE BEGINS! Cover art by Neal Adams. Green Arrow begins co-starring in this classic issue, which popularized “relevance” in comics. No Evil Shall Escape My Sight!, script by Denny O’Neil, art by Neal Adams; Green Arrow shows Green Lantern the plight of the people living in the tenements of slumlord Jubal Slade; But when the Guardians of the Universe observe GL roughing up Slade, they bring him to Oa and reprimand him. Against their orders GL returns to Earth and collects evidence to put Slade away; In response, the Guardians contact Green Lantern, but Green Arrow argues that there are serious problems across America that have escaped the attention of Green Lantern; The Guardians confer, and decide to send a representative to accompany the two heroes as they go on a journey of discovery.
First appearance of Mr. Fantastic, the Thing, the Human Torch (Johnny Storm), and the Invisible Girl as they battle the Mole Man in “The Fantastic Four!” Script by Stan Lee, pencils by Jack Kirby, inks by Art Simek. Kirby/Dick Ayers cover.
Cover art by Steve Ditko. First appearance of the Sandman in Nothing Can Stop The Sandman!, script by Stan Lee, art by Steve Ditko; The Sandman tries to hide from police in the high school where Peter Parker goes to school. Intro Betty Brant and Liz Allen.
Cover pencils by Jack Kirby, inks by Steve Ditko. Spider-Man, script by Stan Lee, art by Steve Ditko; Spider-Man origin retold; J. Jonah Jameson introduced; Spider-Man rescues John Jameson, J. Jonah Jameson’s son, from his malfunctioning space capsule. Spider-Man vs. The Chameleon, script by Stan Lee, art by Steve Ditko; Spider-Man tries to join the Fantastic Four and stops the Chameleon.
“The Doomsmith Scenario!” Part 1 of 2. Story by Chris Claremont and Len Wein. Art by Dave Cockrum. It is a changing of the guard at Xavier’s School for the Gifted. Professor X’s original students are replaced by an all new team of X-Men. The demonic acrobat Nightcrawler, the weather controlling Storm, the iron-skinned strongman – Colossus, the shrieking Banshee, the tribal warrior – Thunderbird, and the dangerous Wolverine have been gathered together from the four corners of the world to defend mankind from the forces of evil, and to vanguard Xavier’s dream of mutants and humans co-existing in peace and harmony. However their first mission may be their last. The new X-Men must stop the sinister madman Count Nefaria who has seized control of the United States’ strategic missile force.
Cover art by Steve Ditko. First appearance of the Vulture in Duel to the Death with the Vulture!, script by Stan Lee, art by Steve Ditko; The Vulture is so confident in his abilities that he announces his plans to steal a diamond shipment to the police; When Spider-Man hears this he decides to stop the Vulture. The Uncanny Threat of the Terrible Tinkerer!, script by Stan Lee, art by Steve Ditko; When Peter Parker discovers some alien modifications to a professor’s radio he tracks down a group of aliens with plans to take over the Earth.
The Skrulls make their first appearance in “The Fantastic Four Meet the Skrulls From Outer Space!” Script by Stan Lee, pencils by Jack Kirby, inker unknown. Thing pin-up by Kirby. Kirby/Dick Ayers cover.
Cover art by Steve Ditko. First appearance of Dr. Octopus in Spider-Man Versus Doctor Octopus, script by Stan Lee, art by Steve Ditko; When an experiment goes wrong, Otto Octavius gains control of his robotic arms and decides to take over an atomic facility, but Spider-Man stops him. Spider-Man pin-up page by Ditko.
“Warhunt!” Part 2 of 2. Story by Chris Claremont and Len Wein. Art by Dave Cockrum and Sam Grainger. Cover by Gil Kane. In order to stop the sinister madman Count Nefaria from raining nuclear Armageddon down upon the world, the new X-Men must fight their way through the Count’s mutated bodyguards – the Ani-Men! Plus, one X-Man makes the ultimate sacrifice! Death of Thunderbird I.
The battle between the Hulk and the Thing concludes in “The Avengers Take Over!” Script by Stan Lee, pencils by Jack Kirby, inks by George Roussos (as George Bell). Kirby/Roussos cover.
The X-Men battle the FF in “We Have To Fight the X-Men!” Script by Stan Lee, pencils by Jack Kirby, inks by Chic Stone. The Mad Thinker and the Puppet Master appearances. Kirby/Stone cover.
First appearance of the Inhumans–Black Bolt, Crystal, Karnak, Triton, and Lockjaw–in “Among Us Hide the Inhumans!” Script by Stan Lee, pencils by Jack Kirby, inks by Joe Sinnott. Appearances by Medusa, Gorgon, the Dragon Man, the Sandman, and the Trapster. Kirby/Sinnott cover.
“My Brother, My Enemy!” Story by Chris Claremont. Art by Dave Cockrum and Sam Grainger. Cyclops and the all new X-Men suddenly find themselves facing off with former allies Havok and Polaris. Who is the mysterious villain that plots and schemes from the shadows? Who is this man that pits brother against brother? Plus, what do Charles Xavier’s recurring prophetic nightmares mean for the future of his students? NOTE: 1st appearance of Lilandra (face & name unrevealed). Her face is seen for the 1st time in #102 and her name is revealed in #105.
Galactus battles the Silver Surfer in the conclusion of the Galactus Trilogy, “The Startling Saga of the Silver Surfer!” Script by Stan Lee, pencils by Jack Kirby, inks by Joe Sinnott. Watcher and Inhumans appearances. First appearance of Wyatt Wingfoot. Kirby/Sinnott cover.
Cover art by Steve Ditko. Marked for Destruction by Doctor Doom!, script by Stan Lee, art by Steve Ditko; Dr. Doom tries to trick Spider-Man into helping him defeat the Fantastic Four; When Spider-Man turns him down, he decides to capture Spider-Man; Flash Thompson dresses up as Spider-Man for a prank and Dr. Doom mistakes him for the real Spider-Man and captures him instead, and Flash has to be saved by the real Spider-Man. First Time Doctor Doom uses a robot to take his place.
“This Man, This Monster!” Script by Stan Lee, pencils by Jack Kirby, inks by Joe Sinnott. Kirby/Sinnott cover.
First appearance of the Black Panther in “The Black Panther!” Script by Stan Lee, pencils by Jack Kirby, inks by Joe Sinnott. Inhumans appearance. Kirby/Sinnott cover.
Fourth appearance of the Silver Surfer in “When Strikes the Silver Surfer!” Script by Stan Lee, pencils by Jack Kirby, inks by Joe Sinnott. Lockjaw (of the Inhumans) appearance. Kirby/Sinnott cover.
Cover art by Steve Ditko. First appearance of the Lizard in Face-to-Face With…the Lizard!, script by Stan Lee, art by Steve Ditko; The Bugle challenges Spider-Man to put an end to the Lizard’s rampage. Vulture cameo.Cover art by Steve Ditko. First appearance of the Lizard in Face-to-Face With…the Lizard!, script by Stan Lee, art by Steve Ditko; The Bugle challenges Spider-Man to put an end to the Lizard’s rampage. Vulture cameo.Written by STAN LEE. Pencils and Inks by STEVE DITKO. Lettering by Art Simek.
“Face to Face with THE LIZARD!” 1st Appearance of one of the greatest Spider-Man villains ever created.
Book is in VG Condition. If not for a 2″ tape mark on the front cover, this book would have jumped up into the Fine category.
Doctor Doom steals the Silver Surfer’s cosmic powers (part 1 of 4) in “Enter Doctor Doom!” Script by Stan Lee, pencils by Jack Kirby, inks by Joe Sinnott. Appearances by the Inhumans, the Sandman, and the Wizard. Captain America cameo. Kirby/Sinnott cover.
“Greater Love hath No X-Man…!” Part 3 of 3. Story by Chris Claremont. Art by Dave Cockrum. It’s the old X-Men versus the new as Storm, Colossus, Nightcrawler, Banshee, and Wolverine face off with Ice Man, Angel, Beast and Marvel Girl! But why are X-Men battling X-Men and with which side will Cyclops’ loyalties fall? Plus, will another X-Man have to make the ultimate sacrifice? Don’t miss the shocking answers to these questions and more the most out of this world X-Men extravaganza yet!
The Silver Surfer guest stars in “Where Soars the Silver Surfer!” Script by Stan Lee, pencils by Jack Kirby, inks by Joe Sinnott. Watcher and Crystal (of the Inhumans) guest appearances. Kirby/Sinnott cover.
Daredevil, Thor, and Spider-Man guest star in “The Flames of Battle!” Script by Stan Lee, pencils by Jack Kirby, inks by Joe Sinnott. This story continues from Daredevil 38. Odin cameo. Kirby/Sinnott cover.
Cover art by Steve Ditko. First appearance of Mr. Petty (inventor of the Living Brain) in The Terrible Threat of the Living Brain!, script by Stan Lee, art by Steve Ditko; When two technicians try to steal a computer that is on display at Peter’s school, they accidentally turn it into “The Living Brain” that goes wild and must be stopped by Spider-Man. Reprinted in Marvel Tales # 5 and #145. Spider-Man Tackles The Torch!, script by Stan Lee, pencils by Jack Kirby, inks by Steve Ditko; Spider-Man crashes a party at Johnny Storm’s girlfriend’s place, causing a fight between the Human Torch and Spider-Man that soon escalates to include the rest of the Fantastic Four.
Spider-Man goes to see a psychiatrist! But it’s really Mysterio messing with Spidey’s mind in “Spider-Man Goes Mad.” Script by Stan Lee, art and cover by Steve Ditko. Cameos (actually part of Spider-Man’s imagination) by Doctor Octopus, the Vulture, and the Sandman.
First issue. Origin retold. Black Panther guest starring in “This Monster Unmasked!” Script by Stan Lee, pencils by Jack Kirby, inks by Syd Shores. Brief Nick Fury appearance. Cameos by the Avengers and the Sub-Mariner. This story continues from Tales of Suspense 99. Kirby/Shores cover.