Essential Marvel

Essential Marvel is a line published by Marvel Comics that reprints vintage comic book material in paperback format. Each black-and-white volume reprints approximately 20-30 issues of a classic Marvel title (mostly from the Silver Age or Bronze Age). Each Essential contains between 450 and 650 pages, printed on coarse, matte-quality paper.

DC Comics has a similar range of black-and-white reprint paperbacks, Showcase Presents (in the same way, the Marvel Masterworks line is the equivalent of DC's DC Archive Editions).

History

The Essential range launched in October 1996 with the joint release of Essential X-Men vol. 1, Essential Wolverine vol. 1 and Essential Spider-Man vol. 1. While Essential Spider-Man started with Spider-Man's first appearance in the Silver Age (collecting Amazing Fantasy #15 and Amazing Spider-Man #1-20), Marvel chose to skip ahead to Giant Sized X-Men #1 and Uncanny X-Men #94-119, the relaunch of the title that sparked the X-Men's popularity in the late 1970s and 1980s. The decision to skip the original X-Men in favor of starting with the more well known "All-New, All-Different" X-Men was controversial, though Marvel ultimately went back and began a new collection of Essential volumes, titled Essential Classic X-Men, to collect the earliest X-Men stories (originally titled Essential Uncanny X-Men).

A new trade dress for the line was introduced in 2001. All the older volumes (excluding Essential Conan vol. 1) were eventually reprinted with the new design. The new printings also corrected printing mistakes from previous volumes (such as the fact that both Essential X-Men vol. 1 and vol. 2 both have missing pages from their earlier printings) and reshuffled content to put volume breaks in more logical places, continuity-wise.

From May 2005, many of the volumes were reprinted for a third time, with different cover artwork. Initially, the Essential line used newly produced artwork, but these new printings used art from the material they reprinted; the legal indicia in each volume listed them as 'Second Edition, First Printing'.

In 2008 the line's trade dress was revised and given a new look, again initially on older volumes that were going back to press for new printings.

Marvel came under criticism[1] for censoring some of the Essential books, specifically the third and fourth volumes of Essential Tomb of Dracula, in which digital editing was used to remove or obscure nudity. Both volumes contained reprints of Dracula stories originally published by Marvel in magazine format, which permitted the use of nudity in artwork.

The last volumes were published in December 2013 with the line being canceled and replaced with the Epic Collection.

Volumes

Title Volume Years
covered
Material collected Pages ISBN Publication date
(First edition)
The Amazing Spider-Man 1 1962–1965 Amazing Fantasy #15;
The Amazing Spider-Man #1-20, Annual #1
552 0-7851-2192-7 1996-12-11
2 1965–1966 The Amazing Spider-Man #21-43, Annual #2-3 536 0-7851-1863-2 1997-08-06
3 1967–1968 The Amazing Spider-Man #44-68;
Second edition switches #66-68 for Annual #4;
Third edition adds Spectacular Spider-Man magazine #1
528 0-7851-1864-0 1998-07-29
4 1968–1970 The Amazing Spider-Man #69-89, Annual #4-5;
Second edition switches Annual #4 for #66-68;
Third edition adds Spectacular Spider-Man magazine #2
552 0-7851-1865-9 2000-12-01
5 1970–1972 The Amazing Spider-Man #90-113 528 0-7851-2379-2 2002-03-01
6 1972–1974 The Amazing Spider-Man #114-137;
Giant-Size Super-Heroes #1;
Giant-Size Spider-Man #1-2
576 0-7851-1365-7 2004-07-01
7 1974–1976 The Amazing Spider-Man #138-160, Annual #10;
Giant-Size Spider-Man #4-5[2]
560 0-7851-1879-9 2005-10-26
8 1976–1978 The Amazing Spider-Man #161-185, Annual #11;
Giant-Size Spider-Man #6; Nova #12
512 978-0785125006 2007-04-18
9 1978–1980 The Amazing Spider-Man #186-210, Annual #13-14;
Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man Annual #1
600 978-0785130741 2009-05-06
10 1980–1982 The Amazing Spider-Man #211-230, Annual #15 600 978-0785157472 2011-06-29
11 1982–1984 The Amazing Spider-Man #231-248, Annual #16-17 504 978-0785163305 2012-06-27
Astonishing Ant-Man 1 1962–1965 Tales to Astonish #27, #35-69 576 0-7851-0822-X 2002-02-01
Avengers 1 1963–1966 The Avengers #1-24 536 0-7851-1862-4 1998-11-18
2 1966–1967 The Avengers #25-46, Annual #1 528 0-7851-0741-X 2000-06-01
3 1967–1969 The Avengers #47-68, Annual #2 520 0-7851-0787-8 2001-03-01
4 1969–1972 The Avengers #69-97;
The Incredible Hulk #140
640 0-7851-1485-8 2004-10-01
5 1972–1974 The Avengers #98-119;
Daredevil #99;
The Defenders #8-11
552 0-7851-2087-4 2006-01-25
6 1974–1975 The Avengers #120-140;
Giant-Size Avengers #1-4;
Captain Marvel #33;
The Fantastic Four #150
576 978-0-7851-3058-1 2008-02-20
7 1975–1977 The Avengers #141-163, Annual #6;
Super-Villain Team-Up #9
480 0-7851-4453-6 2010-01-08
8 1977–1979 The Avengers #164-184, Annual #7-8;
Marvel Two-in-One Annual #2
488 0-7851-6322-0 2012-04-25
9 1979–1981 Avengers #185-206, Annual #9,
Tales to Astonish vol. 2 #12
496 978-0-7851-8411-9 2013-09-24
Black Panther 1 1972–1977 Jungle Action #6-22, 24; Black Panther #1-10 528 0-7851-6323-9 2012-05-07
Captain America 1 1964–1968 Tales of Suspense #59-99;
Captain America #100-102
528 0-7851-0740-1 2000-03-01
2 1968–1970 Captain America #103-126 512 0-7851-0827-0 2002-01-01
3 1970–1972 Captain America #127-156 608 0-7851-2166-8 2006-12-06
4 1973–1975 Captain America #157-186 600 978-0785127703 2008-01-09
5 1975–1977 Captain America #187-205, Annual #3;
Captain America's Bicentennial Battles
480 0785145354 2010-06-23
6 1977–1979 Captain America #206-230, Annual #4;
The Incredible Hulk #232
512 978-0785150916 2011-04-06
7 1979-1981 Captain America #231-257 528 978-0785184096 2013-07-23
Captain Marvel 1 1967–1970 Marvel Super-Heroes #12-13;
Captain Marvel #1-21;
Not Brand Echh #9
528 978-0785130598 2008-05-21
2 1972–1976 Captain Marvel #22-35, #37-46;
Iron Man #55;
Marvel Feature #12
520 978-0785145363 2013-03-26
Classic X-Men 1 1963–1966 (formerly Uncanny X-Men Vol. 1)
X-Men #1-24
528 0-7851-0991-9 1999-06-01
2 1966–1969 X-Men #25-53;
The Avengers #53
640 0-7851-2116-1 2006-05-17
3 1969–1975 X-Men #54-66, #67-93 (covers only);
Marvel Team-Up #4;
Amazing Adventures #11-17;
The Incredible Hulk #150, #161;
The Amazing Spider-Man #92
560 978-0-7851-3060-4 2009-02-18
Conan the Barbarian 1 1970–1973 Conan the Barbarian #1-25 530 0-7851-0751-7 2000-07-01
Daredevil 1 1964–1967 Daredevil #1-25 544 0-7851-1861-6 2002-10-01
2 1967–1969 Daredevil #26-48, Annual #1;
The Fantastic Four #73
568 0-7851-1462-9 2004-06-01
3 1969–1971 Daredevil #49-74;
Iron Man #35-36
584 0-7851-1724-5 2005-08-24
4 1971–1973 Daredevil #75-101;
The Avengers #111
600 978-0785127628 2007-09-12
5 1973–1975 Daredevil #102-125;
Marvel Two-in-One #3
488 978-0785144540 2010-02-10
6 1975–1977 Daredevil #126-146, Annual #4;
Iron Man #88-89; Ghost Rider vol. 2 #20
480 978-0785185086 2013-11-26
Dazzler 1 1980–1982 Dazzler #1-21;
Uncanny X-Men #130-131;
The Amazing Spider-Man #203
552 978-0785126959 2007-08-22
2 1982–1986 Dazzler #22-42;
Marvel Graphic Novel #12;
Beauty and the Beast #1-4;
Secret Wars II #4
688 978-0785137306 2009-05-13
The Defenders 1 1969–1974 Doctor Strange #183;
The Sub-Mariner #22, #34-35;
The Incredible Hulk #126;
Marvel Feature #1-3;
The Defenders #1-14;
The Avengers #115-118
544 0-7851-3075-6 2005-05-18
2 1974–1976 The Defenders #15-30;
Giant-Size Defenders #1-5;
Marvel Two-in-One #6-7;
Marvel Team-Up #33-35;
Marvel Treasury Edition #12
616 0-7851-2150-1 2006-12-20
3 1976–1978 The Defenders #31-60, Annual #1 592 978-0785126966 2007-07-18
4 1978–1981 The Defenders #61-91 584 978-0785130611 2008-07-16
5 1981–1982 The Defenders #92-106;
Marvel Team-Up #101, #111, #116;
Captain America #268
448 978-0785145370 2010-08-04
6 1982–1983 The Defenders #107-124;
The New Defenders #125;
The Avengers Annual #11;
Marvel Team-Up #119
528 978-0785157540 2011-10-12
7 1983–1985 The New Defenders #126-139;
Iceman #1-4;
Beauty and the Beast #1-4
528 978-0785184058 2013-05-07
Doctor Strange 1 1963–1968 Strange Tales #110-111, #114-168 608 0-7851-2316-4 2002-01-01
2 1968–1974 Doctor Strange #169-178, #180-183;
The Avengers #61;
The Sub-Mariner #22;
The Incredible Hulk #126;
Marvel Feature #1;
Marvel Premiere #3-10, #12-14
608 0-7851-1668-0 2005-03-23
3 1974–1978 Doctor Strange vol. 2 #1-29, Annual #1;
The Tomb of Dracula #44-45
616 978-0785127338 2007-12-26
4 1978–1982 Doctor Strange vol. 2 #30-56;
Chamber of Chills #4;
The Man-Thing vol. 2 #4
564 978-0785130628 2009-07-22
The Fantastic Four 1 1961–1963 The Fantastic Four #1-20, Annual #1 544 0-7851-1828-4 1998-11-04
2 1963–1965 The Fantastic Four #21-40, Annual #2;
Strange Tales Annual #2
528 0-7851-0731-2 1999-10-20
3 1965–1967 The Fantastic Four #41-63, Annual #3-4 536 0-7851-2625-2 2001-08-01
4 1967–1969 The Fantastic Four #64-83, Annual #5-6 536 0-7851-1484-X 2005-06-29
5 1969–1971 The Fantastic Four #84-110, Annual #7-8 568 0-7851-2162-5 2006-06-21
6 1971–1973 The Fantastic Four #111-137 592 978-0785126973 2007-05-23
7 1973–1975 The Fantastic Four #138-159;
Giant-Size Super-Stars #1;
Giant-Size Fantastic Four #2-4;
The Avengers #127
560 978-0785130635 2008-07-16
8 1975–1977 The Fantastic Four #160-179, #181-183, Annual #11;
Marvel Two-in-One #20, Annual #1
520 978-0785145387 2010-05-26
9 1977–1979 The Fantastic Four #184-188, #190-207, Annual #12-13 512 978-0785184102 2013-08-27
Ghost Rider 1 1972–1976 Marvel Spotlight #5-12;
Ghost Rider #1-20;
Daredevil #138
560 0-7851-1838-1 2005-10-05
2 1976–1980 Ghost Rider #21-50 568 978-0785121640 2007-02-14
3 1980–1982 Ghost Rider #51-65;
Marvel Two-in-One #80;
Marvel Super-Heroes #11;
The Avengers #214
416 0785130640 2009-11-04
4 1982–1985 Ghost Rider #66-81;
The Amazing Spider-Man #274;
New Defenders #145-146
432 978-0785145394 2010-10-27
Godzilla 1 1977–1979 Godzilla, King of the Monsters #1-24 440 0-7851-2153-6 2006-03-29
Howard the Duck 1 1973,
1975–1978
Adventure into Fear #19;
Giant-Size Man-Thing #4-5;
Howard the Duck #1-27, Annual #1;
Marvel Treasury Edition #12
592 0-7851-0831-9 2002-02-01
The Human Torch 1[3] 1962–1965 Strange Tales #101-134, Annual #2 504 0-7851-1309-6 2003-08-25
The Incredible Hulk 1 1962–1967 The Incredible Hulk #1-6;
Tales to Astonish #60-91;
Later edition adds Tales to Astonish #59
528 0-7851-2374-1 1999-02-01
2 1967–1969 Tales to Astonish #92-101;
The Incredible Hulk #102-117, Annual #1
520 0-7851-0795-9 2001-09-01
3 1969–1971 The Incredible Hulk #118-142;
Captain Marvel #20-21;
The Avengers #88
576 0-7851-1689-3 2005-05-11
4 1971–1973 The Incredible Hulk #143-170 608 0-7851-2193-5 2006-09-27
5 1974–1976 The Incredible Hulk #171-200, Annual #5 619 0-7851-3065-9 2008-12-03
6 1976–1978 The Incredible Hulk #201-225, Annual #6 496 0-7851-3065-9 2010-09-15
7 1978–1980 The Incredible Hulk #226-248, Annual #7-9, Captain America #230 544 978-0-7851-8511-6 2013-12-24
Iron Fist 1 1974–1978 Marvel Premiere #15-25;
Iron Fist #1-15;
Marvel Team-Up #63-64;
Luke Cage, Power Man #48-49;
Power Man and Iron Fist #50
584 0-7851-1546-3 2004-10-01
Iron Man 1 1963–1965 Tales of Suspense #39-72 512 0-7851-1860-8 2000-09-01
2 1966–1968 Tales of Suspense #73-99;
Tales to Astonish #82;
Iron Man and the Sub-Mariner #1;
Iron Man #1-11
608 0-7851-1487-4 2004-11-24
3 1969–1971 Iron Man #12-38;
Daredevil #73
592 978-0785127642 2008-04-16
4 1971–1973 Iron Man #39-61 488 978-0785142546 2010-04-14
5 1973–1976 Iron Man #62-75 & #77-87, #76 (cover only),
Iron Man Annual #3
520 978-0785167334 2013-04-23
Killraven 1 1973–1976,
1983, 2001
Amazing Adventures vol. 2 #18-39;
Marvel Team-Up #45;
Marvel Graphic Novel #7;
Killraven #1 (Marvel Knights)
504 0-7851-1777-6 2005-07-20
Luke Cage, Power Man 1 1972–1975 Luke Cage, Hero For Hire #1-16;
Luke Cage, Power Man #17-27
544 0-7851-1685-0 2005-03-02
2 1975–1978 Luke Cage, Power Man #28-49, Annual #1 424 0-7851-2147-1 2006-08-30
Man-Thing 1 1971–1975 Savage Tales #1;
Astonishing Tales #12-13;
Adventure into Fear #10-19;
The Man-Thing #1-14;
Giant-Size Man-Thing #1-2;
Monsters Unleashed #5, #8-9
544 0-7851-2135-8 2006-12-13
2 1975–1981 The Man-Thing #15-22;
The Man-Thing vol. 2 #1-11;
Giant-Size Man-Thing #3-5;
Marvel Team-Up #68;
Marvel Two-in-One #43;
Doctor Strange vol. 2 #41
536 0-7851-3066-7 2008-08-20
Marvel Horror 1 1973–1977,
1979
Son of Satan stories from:
  • Ghost Rider #1-2
  • Marvel Spotlight #12-24
  • Son of Satan #1-8
  • Marvel Two-in-One #14
  • Marvel Team-Up #32

Satana stories from:

  • Vampire Tales #2-3
  • Haunt of Horror #2, #4-5
  • Marvel Premiere #27
  • Marvel Preview #7
  • Marvel Team-Up #80-81
608 0-7851-2196-X 2006-11-01
2 1973–1977 N'Kantu the Living Mummy stories from:
  • Supernatural Thrillers #5, #7-15

Gabriel the Devil Hunter stories from:

  • Haunt of Horror #2-5
  • Monsters Unleashed #11

Brother Voodoo stories from:

  • Strange Tales #169-173
  • Tales of the Zombie #6, #10
  • Marvel Team-Up #24

Golem stories from:

  • Strange Tales #174, #176-177
  • Marvel Two-in-One #11

Scarecrow stories from:

  • Dead of Night #11
  • Marvel Spotlight #26
  • Marvel Two-in-One #18

Modred the Mystic stories from:

  • Marvel Chillers #1-2
  • Marvel Two-in-One #33
616 978-0-7851-3067-3 2008-11-26
Marvel Saga 1 1985–1986 Marvel Saga #1-12 448 978-0785127277 2008-01-16
2 1986–1987 Marvel Saga #13-25 480 978-0785127284 2008-12-24
Marvel Team-Up 1 1972–1974 Marvel Team-Up #1-24 496 0-7851-2373-3 2002-04-10
2 1974–1976 Marvel Team-Up #25-51;
Marvel Two-in-One #17
528 0-7851-2163-3 2006-08-02
3 1976–1978 Marvel Team-Up #52-73, #75, Annual #1[4] 584 978-0785130680 2009-08-19
4 1978-1980 Marvel Team-Up #76-78, 80-98, Annual #2-3[5] 480 978-0785167341 2013-02-26
Marvel Two-in-One 1 1973–1977 Marvel Feature #11-12;
Marvel Two-in-One #1-20, #22-25, Annual #1;[6]
Marvel Team-Up #47;
The Fantastic Four Annual #11
576 0-7851-1729-6 2005-11-02
2 1977–1979 Marvel Two-in-One #26-52, Annual #2-3 568 978-0785126980 2007-06-27
3 1979–1981 Marvel Two-in-One #53-77, Annual #4-5 592 978-0785130697 2009-07-29
4 1981–1983 Marvel Two-in-One #78-98, 100, Annual #6-7[7] 608 978-0785162841 2012-01-25
Monster of Frankenstein 1 1972–1975 The Monster of Frankenstein #1-5;
The Frankenstein Monster #6-18;
Giant-Size Werewolf #2;
Monsters Unleashed #2, #4-10;
Legion of Monsters #1
496 0-7851-1634-6 2004-10-20
Moon Knight 1 1975–1976,
1978–1981
Werewolf by Night #32-33;
Marvel Spotlight #28-29;
Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #22-23,
Marvel Two-in-One #52;
The Hulk! #11-15, #17-18, #20;
Marvel Preview #21;
Moon Knight #1-10;
Marvel Team-Up Annual #4
560 0-7851-2092-0 2006-03-01
2 1981–1983 Moon Knight #11-30 608 978-0785127291 2007-10-17
3 1983–1989 Moon Knight #31-38;
Moon Knight: Fist of Khonshu #1-6;
Marvel Fanfare #30, #38-39;
Solo Avengers #3;
Marvel Super-Heroes #1
528 978-0785130703 2009-12-02
Ms. Marvel 1 1977–1979,
1981, 1992
Ms. Marvel #1-23;
Marvel Super-Heroes Magazine #10-11;
Avengers Annual #10
512 978-0785124993 2007-02-21
Nova 1 1976–1979 Nova #1-25;
Marvel Two-in-One Annual #3;
The Amazing Spider-Man #171
512 0-7851-2093-9 2006-03-29
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe 1 1983–1984 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe #1-15 544 0-7851-1933-7 2006-01-18
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe
Deluxe Edition
1 1985–1986 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition #1-7 480 0-7851-1934-5 2006-03-15
2 1986–1987 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition #8-14 480 0-7851-1935-3 2006-06-14
3 1987–1988 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition #15-20 424 0-7851-1936-1 2006-07-19
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe
Update '89
1 1989 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Update '89 #1-8 496 0-7851-1937-X 2006-12-27
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe
Master Edition
1 1990–1993 "A-G" entries from Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Master Edition #1-36 592 978-0785127307 2008-04-23
2 1990–1993 "H-N" entries from Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Master Edition #1-36 592 978-0785127314 2008-05-14
3 1990–1993 "O-Z" entries from Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Master Edition #1-36 576 978-0785127321 2008-10-15
Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man 1 1976–1979 Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #1-31 568 0-7851-1682-6 2005-02-02
2 1979–1981 Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #32-53, Annual #1-2;
The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #13;
The Fantastic Four #218
592 0-7851-2042-4 2006-02-15
3 1981–1983 Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #54-74, Annual #3 536 978-0785125013 2007-03-14
4 1983–1985 Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #75-96, Annual #4 576 978-0785130710 2009-08-26
5 1985–1986 Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #97-114, Annual #5 576 978-0785157557 2011-07-12
Power Man and Iron Fist 1 1978–1980 Power Man and Iron Fist #50-72, #74-75[8] 520 978-0785127260 2008-01-09
2 1980–1982 Power Man and Iron Fist #76-100;
Daredevil #178
616 978-0785130727 2009-04-08
The Punisher 1 1974–1986 The Amazing Spider-Man #129, #134-135, #161-162, #174-175, #201-202;
The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #15;
Giant-Size Spider-Man #4;
Marvel Preview #2;
Marvel Super Action #1;
Captain America #241;
Daredevil #182-184;
Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #81-83;
The Punisher #1-5
568 0-7851-2375-X 2004-03-01
2 1987–1989 The Punisher vol. 2 #1-20, Annual #1;
Daredevil #257
536 978-0785127345 2007-09-26
3 1989–1990 The Punisher vol. 2 #21-40, Annual #2-3 584 978-0785130734 2009-02-04
4 1990–1992 The Punisher vol. 2 #41-59, Annual #4-5 568 978-0785163510 2012-09-26
The Rampaging Hulk 1 1977–1978 The Rampaging Hulk #1-9;
The Hulk! #10-15
584 978-0785126997 2008-05-28
2 1978–1981 The Hulk! #16-27 544 978-0785142553 2010-03-31
Rawhide Kid 1 1960-1963 The Rawhide Kid #17-35 496 978-0785163947 2011-12-28
Savage She-Hulk 1 1979–1981 The Savage She-Hulk #1-25 552 0-7851-2335-0 2006-07-05
Sgt. Fury 1 1963-1965 Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos #1-23, Annual #1 544 978-0785163954 2011-11-23
Silver Surfer 1 1968–1970 Silver Surfer #1-18;
The Fantastic Four Annual #5
528 0-7851-2008-4 1998-03-11
2 1982,
1987–1988
Silver Surfer vol. 2 #1;
Silver Surfer vol. 3 #1-18, Annual #1;
Marvel Fanfare #51
600 978-0785127000 2007-06-20
Spider-Woman 1 1977–1979 Marvel Spotlight #32;
Marvel Two-in-One #29-33;
Spider-Woman #1-25
576 0-7851-1793-8 2005-12-21
2 1980–1983 Spider-Woman #26-50;
Marvel Team-Up #97;
Uncanny X-Men #148
608 978-0785127017 2007-08-08
Sub-Mariner 1 1965–1968 Daredevil #7;
Tales to Astonish #70-101;
Tales of Suspense #80;
Iron Man and the Sub-Mariner #1;
The Sub-Mariner #1
504 978-0-7851-3075-8 2009-09-30
Super-Villain Team-Up 1 1970–1971,
1975–1980
Astonishing Tales #1-8;
Giant-Size Super-Villain Team-Up #1-2;
Super-Villain Team-Up #1-14, #16-17;
The Avengers #154-156;
The Champions #16
552 0-7851-1545-5 2004-09-22
Tales of the Zombie 1 1973–1974 Tales of the Zombie #1-10;
Dracula Lives! #1-2
592 0-7851-1916-7 2006-10-04
Thor 1 1962–1964 Journey into Mystery #83-112 536 0-7851-1866-7 2001-02-28
2 1965–1966 Journey into Mystery #113-124;
The Mighty Thor #125-136, Annual #1-2
584 0-7851-1591-9 2005-06-08
3 1967–1969 The Mighty Thor #137-166 616 0-7851-2149-8 2006-10-04
4 1969–1972 The Mighty Thor #167-195 600 0-7851-3076-4 2009-07-08
5 1972–1974 The Mighty Thor #196-220 528 0-7851-5093-5 2011-05-04
6 1974–1976 The Mighty Thor #221-247 520 978-0785163299 2012-10-11
7 1976–1978 Thor #248-271, Annual #5-6 504 978-0785166832 2013-10-29
The Tomb of Dracula 1 1972–1974 The Tomb of Dracula #1-25;
Werewolf by Night #15;
Giant-Size Chillers #1
560 0-7851-0920-X 2003-12-01
2 1974–1976 The Tomb of Dracula #26-49;
Doctor Strange #14;
Giant-Size Dracula #2-5
592 0-7851-1461-0 2004-04-21
3 1976–1979 The Tomb of Dracula #50-70;
The Tomb of Dracula magazine #1-4
584 0-7851-1558-7 2004-11-03
4 1973–1975,
1980
The Tomb of Dracula magazine #2-6;
Dracula Lives! #1-13;
The Frankenstein Monster #7-9
576 0-7851-1709-1 2005-04-13
Warlock 1 1972-1977 Marvel Premiere #1-2, Warlock #1-15, The Incredible Hulk #176-178,
Strange Tales #178-181, Marvel Team-Up #55,
The Avengers Annual #7, Marvel Two-in-One Annual #2
576 0-7851-6331-X 2012-08-15
Web of Spider-Man 1 1985-1986 Web of Spider-Man #1-18, Annual #1-2,
The Amazing Spider-Man #268
528 0-7851-5756-5 2011-09-14
2 1986-1987 Web of Spider-Man #19-32, Annual #3,
Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #131-132,
The Amazing Spider-Man #293-294
480 0-7851-6332-8 2012-07-11
Werewolf by Night 1 1972–1974 Marvel Spotlight #2-4;
Werewolf by Night #1-21;
Marvel Team-Up #12;
Giant-Size Creatures #1;
The Tomb of Dracula #18
576 0-7851-1839-X 2005-10-26
2 1974–1976 Werewolf by Night #22-43;
Giant-Size Werewolf by Night #2-5;
Marvel Premiere #28
576 978-0785127253 2007-11-14
Wolverine 1 1988–1990 Wolverine vol. 2 #1-23 552 0-7851-1867-5 1996-10-23
2 1990–1991 Wolverine vol. 2 #24-47 528 0-7851-0550-6 1997-03-19
3 1991–1993 Wolverine vol. 2 #48-69 528 0-7851-0595-6 1998-06-17
4 1993–1995 Wolverine vol. 2 #70-90 544 0-7851-2059-9 2006-05-03
5 1995–1997 Wolverine vol. 2 #91-110, Annual 1996;
Uncanny X-Men #332
562 978-0785130772 2009-01-07
6 1997–1998 Wolverine vol. 2 #111-128, #-1, Annual 1997 512 978-0785163527 2012-12-06
7 1998–2000 Wolverine vol. 2 #129-148, Hulk vol. 1 #8 520 978-0785184089 2013-06-25
X-Factor 1 1986–1987 The Avengers #263; The Fantastic Four #286;
X-Factor #1-16, Annual #1;
The Mighty Thor #373-374;
Power Pack #27
568 0-7851-1886-1 2005-11-30
2 1987–1988 X-Factor #17-35, Annual #2;
The Mighty Thor #378
544 978-0785120995 2007-01-31
3 1988–1990 X-Factor #36-50, Annual #3;
Uncanny X-Men #242-243
520 978-0785130789 2009-12-30
4 1990 X-Factor #51-59, Annual #4-5;
X-Factor: Prisoner of Love; Marvel Fanfare #50;
material from The Fantastic Four Annual #23, New Mutants Annual #6
and X-Men Annual #14
520 978-0785162858 2012-02-22
5 1990-1991 X-Factor #60-70, Annual #6;
Uncanny X-Men #270-272, 280; material from Annual #15,
New Mutants #95-97, material from Annual #7
528 978-0785163534 2012-12-26
X-Men 1 1975–1979 Giant-Size X-Men #1;
X-Men #94-119
520 0-7851-2376-8 1996-10-09
2 1979–1981 X-Men #120-144;
Later editions add Annual #3-4
584 0-7851-2007-6 1997-10-15
3 1981–1982 X-Men #145-161, Annual #3-5;
Later editions switch Annual #3-4 for Annual #6 and The Avengers Annual #10
528 0-7851-0661-8 1998-08-05
4 1982–1984 X-Men #162-179, Annual #6;
Later editions switch Annual #6 for
Annual #7 and Marvel Graphic Novel #5: "God Loves, Man Kills"
568 0-7851-2295-8 2001-06-01
5 1984–1985 X-Men #180-198, Annual #7-8;
Later editions switch Annual #7 for X-Men/Alpha Flight #1-2
632 0-7851-2692-9 2004-07-01
6 1985–1987 X-Men #199-213, Annual #9;
New Mutants #46, Special Edition #1;
X-Factor #9-11; Thor #373-374;
Power Pack #27
656 0-7851-1727-X 2005-09-14
7 1987–1988 X-Men #214-228, Annual #10-11;
Fantastic Four vs. the X-Men #1-4
568 0-7851-2055-6 2006-04-19
8 1988–1989 X-Men #229-243, Annual #12;
X-Factor #36-39
544 978-0785127635 2007-12-12
9 1989–1990 X-Men #244-264, Annual #13 544 978-0785130796 2009-06-03
10 1990–1991 X-Men #265-272, Annual #14;
material from The Fantastic Four Annual #23;
New Mutants #95-97, material from Annual #6;
X-Factor #60-62, material from Annual #5
512 978-0785163244 2012-03-28
11 1991-1992 X-Men #273-280, Annual #15;
X-Factor #69-70; X-Men vol. 2 #1-3;
material from: New Warriors Annual #1, X-Factor Annual #6
and New Mutants Annual #7
544 978-0785166849 2013-01-22

See also

Notes and references

  1. ^ "Censored Essentials?" The Groovy Age of Horror, September 14, 2006
  2. ^ Giant-Size Spider-Man #3 was omitted from this volume because Marvel did not obtain permission to reprint the appearance of Doc Savage.
  3. ^ Essential Human Torch Volume 1 TPB: v. 1: Amazon.co.uk. Amazon.co.uk. ASIN 0785113096.
  4. ^ Marvel Team-Up #74 was omitted from this volume because Marvel did not obtain permission to reprint the appearances of the cast of Saturday Night Live.
  5. ^ Marvel Team-Up #79 was omitted from this volume because Marvel did not obtain permission to reprint the appearance of Red Sonja.
  6. ^ Marvel Two-in-One #21 was omitted from this volume because Marvel did not obtain permission to reprint the appearance of Doc Savage.
  7. ^ Marvel Two-in-One #99 was omitted from this volume because Marvel did not obtain permission to reprint the appearance by Rom.
  8. ^ Power Man and Iron Fist #73 was omitted from this volume because Marvel did not obtain permission to reprint the appearance by Rom.

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