|Publication date||December 1967 – January 1982|
|No. of issues||94|
The first was the one-shot Marvel Super Heroes Special #1 (Oct. 1966) produced as a tie-in to The Marvel Super Heroes animated television program, reprinting Daredevil #1 (April 1964) and The Avengers #2 (Nov. 1963), plus two stories from the 1930s-1940s period fans and historians call Golden Age of comic books: "The Human Torch and the Sub-Mariner Meet" (Marvel Mystery Comics #8, June 1940), and the first Marvel story by future editor-in-chief Stan Lee, the two-page text piece "Captain America Foils the Traitor's Revenge" (Captain America Comics #3, May 1941).
This summer special was a 25¢ "giant", relative to the typical 12¢ comics of the times.
The first ongoing series of this name began as Fantasy Masterpieces, initially a standard-sized, 12¢ anthology reprinting "pre-superhero Marvel" monster and sci-fi/fantasy stories. With issue #3 (June 1966), the title was expanded to a 25-cent giant reprinting a mix of those stories and Golden Age superhero stories from Marvel's 1940s iteration as Timely Comics. Fantasy Masterpieces ran 11 issues (Feb. 1966–Oct. 1967) before being renamed Marvel Super-Heroes with #12 (Dec. 1967).
While continuing with the same mix of reprint material, this first volume of Marvel Super-Heroes also began showcasing a try-out feature as each issue's lead. This encompassed solo stories of such supporting characters as Medusa of the Inhumans, as well as the debuts of Captain Marvel (#12), the Phantom Eagle (#16) and the Guardians of the Galaxy (#18). The Spider-Man story drawn by Ross Andru in issue #14 was originally planned as a fill-in issue of The Amazing Spider-Man but was used here when that title's regular artist, John Romita Sr. recovered more quickly than anticipated from a wrist injury. Andru would become the regular artist on The Amazing Spider-Man several years later.
Under either name, this series' Golden Age reprints represented the newly emerging comic-book fandom's first exposure to some of the earliest work of such important creators as Jack Kirby, Bill Everett, and Carl Burgos, and to such long-unseen and unfamiliar characters as the Whizzer and the Destroyer. Fantasy Masterpieces #10 (Aug. 1967) reprinted the entirety of the full-length All-Winners Squad story from the (unhyphenated) All Winners Comics #19 (Fall 1946). Fantasy Masterpieces #11 (Oct. 1967) re-introduced the work of the late artist Joe Maneely, a star of 1950s comics who died young in a train accident.
|Issue (cover date)||Character/Story title||Writer(s)||Penciller(s)||Inker(s)||Collected in Marvel Masterworks|
|"The Coming of Captain Marvel"||Stan Lee||Gene Colan||Frank Giacoia||Captain Marvel Volume 1 978-0785111788|
|Captain Marvel in "Where Walks the Sentry"||Roy Thomas||Gene Colan||Paul Reinman|
|Spider-Man in "The Reprehensible Riddle of the Sorcerer"||Stan Lee||Ross Andru||Bill Everett||Spider-Man Volume 8 978-0785120742|
|Medusa in "Let the Silence Shatter"||Archie Goodwin||Gene Colan||Vince Colletta||The Inhumans Volume 1 978-0785141419|
|"The Phantom Eagle"||Gary Friedrich||Herb Trimpe||Herb Trimpe||The Incredible Hulk Volume 7 978-0785166689|
|"The Black Knight Reborn"||Roy Thomas||Howard Purcell||Dan Adkins||The Avengers Volume 7 978-0785126805|
|"Guardians of the Galaxy"||Arnold Drake||Gene Colan||Mike Esposito
(as "Mickey Demeo")
|The Defenders Volume 4 978-0785166276|
|Ka-Zar in "My Father, My Enemy"||Arnold Drake and
|George Tuska||Sid Greene||Ka-Zar Volume 1 978-0785159575|
|Doctor Doom in "This Man, This Demon"||Roy Thomas and Larry Lieber||Larry Lieber and Frank Giacoia||Vince Colletta||Marvel Rarities Volume 1 978-0785188094|
|"Tales of the Watcher: Melvin and the Martian "||Stan Lee||Tom Palmer||Tom Palmer|
Marvel Super-Heroes became an all-reprint magazine beginning with #21 (July 1969) (except for an original "Tales of the Watcher" story in #23), and a regular-sized comic at the then-standard 20-cent price with #32 (Sept. 1972). This reprint series lasted through issue #105 (Jan. 1982).
A second series titled Fantasy Masterpieces ran from #1-14 (Dec. 1979–Jan. 1981), reprinting truncated versions of the 1968 Silver Surfer series, and Adam Warlock stories from Strange Tales and Warlock.
The name itself reappeared, without a hyphen, as part of the title of a 12-issue, company-wide crossover miniseries Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars (May 1984–April 1985). The 1985-1986 sequel was titled simply Secret Wars II.
Next came the 15-issue Marvel Super-Heroes vol. 2 (May 1990–Oct. 1993), published quarterly and which generally printed "inventory stories", those assigned to serve as emergency filler. The first issue featured a Brother Voodoo story drawn by Fred Hembeck in a dramatic style rather than his usual "cartoony" art.
The final series of this title was the six-issue Marvel Super-Heroes Megazine (Oct. 1994–March 1995), a 100-page book reprinting 1970s and 1980s Fantastic Four, Daredevil, Iron Man and Hulk stories in each issue.
To help support the new animated television show, Martin Goodman told Stan Lee to produce a comic called Marvel Super Heroes.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
When John Romita sprained his wrist, Marvel hired artist Ross Andru to draw a fill-in issue of The Amazing Spider-Man to give Romita time to recover. However, never less than a consummate professional, Romita turned in his work on schedule as promised, leaving the company with an extra Stan Lee-scripted Spider-Man story on their hands.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
Having done a special stand-alone Spider-Man story in Marvel Super-Heroes #14, May 1968, Andru came aboard as the ongoing artist with Amazing #125, October 1973.
Marvel Super Heroes may refer to:
Marvel Super-Heroes (comics), several Marvel Comics publications
Marvel Super Heroes (video game), a 1995 arcade game
Marvel Super Heroes: War of the Gems, a 1996 platform game
Marvel Super Heroes (role-playing game), a 1984 role-playing game
Marvel Super Heroes Adventure Game, a 1998 role-playing game
The Marvel Super Heroes, a 1960s animated television series
Marvel Superheroes or The Mighty World of Marvel, a 1972 UK comics series
Lego Marvel Super Heroes, a 2013 video game based on the Lego franchise