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(Includes Star imprint)

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What is known today as Marvel Comics first started as Timely Publications, way back in 1939.  Martin Goodman founded the company.  Timely's very first comic book was "Marvel Comics" #1, and featured one of the earliest superheroes, Namor, the Sub-Mariner.  It also featured the very first appearance of the original Human Torch superhero.

In November, 1951, Martin Goodman changed the company's name from Timely Publications to Atlas Comics.  Atlas was the name of a newsstand-distribution company Goodman owned.  After WWII, superhero comics dropped severely in popularity.  Comic book superheroes up until that time were mostly just propaganda characters for us, with enemies being, primarily, the Axis powers.  The comics had to change, and a lot of other themes surfaced to replace superheroes.  It was decided that the name of the company should reflect that.  So we got Atlas.

The first comic said to be published under the Marvel Comics name was "Amazing Adventures" #3 in August of 1961 (cover date).  As Marvel, the company took the currently popular science-fiction genre that hit so huge in the late 1950s, and started making hero characters from that.  More than ever before, superhero characters were inspired by science-fiction elements.  Fantastic Four, Hulk, Spider-Man, X-Men...all these and countless others were based on science-fiction ideas.

It is with the Marvel Comics name that the company has enjoyed its greatest success.  Oddly enough, it is now a subsidiary of a much larger company called Marvel Entertainment, Inc. that is comprised of many companies and is involved with many forms of media including, most popularly, films.

What the heck are Amalgam Comics?

In 1996, Marvel and DC teamed up to create a highly-publicized mini-series called "Marvel vs. DC" or "DC vs. Marvel".  Each of the four issues was published by both companies.  If Marvel published it, their name was first in the title.  If DC published it, their name was first in the title.

To ride on the popularity of this event, Marvel and DC jointly created a fictitious publisher called Amalgam Comics.  Marvel published half of the titles, and DC published half of the titles.  No matter who published what, all the comics featured new superheroes created by combining various superheroes from both publishers.  One instance is the title, "Super Soldier", a combination between Marvel's Captain America and DC's Superman.  That particular title was published by DC.

Why did I include comics from the Marvel UK imprint in this listing?

Comics created by the Marvel UK imprint follow the "Marvel Universe" continuity and really show no separation from regular Marvel.  The only true differences are the facts that the characters are typically grittier and the artwork is more crude.  Many times, popular Marvel characters appeared in the Marvel UK titles to boost sales.  The imprint was started in 1972.  They abruptly ceased publishing new comics for the US market in 1994.  They still do a handful of reprint titles for the UK market, but are considered mostly defunct.

Why did I include comics from the Star imprint in this listing?

Star is kind of like an imprint that never was.  Most of the Star titles were based on cute characters from toys, TV, and movies aimed at younger readers.  They did not follow the superhero "Marvel Universe" continuity.  Many series started out as being published by Marvel, then allegedly switched to the Star imprint, before that was abandoned and returned to Marvel.  Star has always been something of a gray area, but purely a product of 1980s marketing.  It's hard to differentiate what was Marvel and what was Star, so I included them in the primary list on this page.  Many times in comic book guides, Star titles are simply listed under Marvel.

Why did I include New Universe titles in this listing?

New Universe is another imprint that never was.  It was Marvel's attempt at creating another universe of characters outside of mainstream Marvel continuity.  The heroes were meant to be more realistic, often without costumes or disguises.  This never truly was its own imprint, although some sources incorrectly call it as such.  It was simply an experimental line of comics that, ultimately, did not work.  Some titles were great, others were boring.  Towards the end of the New Universe run, the New Universe name was even dropped from the covers of its remaining titles.  New Universe titles ran from 1986 to 1989.  Where did the idea come from?  In 1986, Marvel was celebrating its 25th anniversary (as the Marvel name).  Editor-in-chief Jim Shooter was the "father" of this concept, although many top talents helped out, like Archie Goodwin, Mark Gruenwald, Tom DeFalco, and others.  The line was heavily marketed from the start, and it would have worked, but Marvel's corporate owners unexpectedly cut the budget short.  Due to this, Jim Shooter could not get all the top talent he wanted, and had to settle for newbies.  Although not all bad, many of them lacked the creative focus and most of the line faltered fast.  Within the first year, "Kickers, Inc.", "Mark Hazzard: Merc", "Nightmask", and "Spitfire & the Troubleshooters" were cancelled.  This was half of the line's titles!  Shooter, himself, became involved with complex politics at Marvel, which ultimately led to his resignation.  Once Jim Shooter left, it WAS the death of the New Universe line, but it kicked around for a little bit longer until it totally dried up.  This is a sad deal.  Certain titles were really great, like "D.P.7" and "Mark Hazzard: Merc".  "Star Brand" had its moments, but really spiraled out of control.  It's interesting to think how big this line could have been if Mr. Shooter was given the chance and the resources to do it right.

Why did I NOT include the Epic imprint in this listing?

Epic truly was its own imprint.  It was almost like a different company.  It was Marvel-owned, but not by much.  The creators actually owned the rights to their own characters.  The comics did NOT follow the continuity of the "Marvel Universe".  As a matter of fact, most titles were aimed for mature readers.  And they were printed on a sturdier, glossier stock of paper than the standard newsprint.  Due to these reasons, the cover prices were higher than comics from regular Marvel.  Epic Comics went straight to specialty shops, rather than newsstands, which was a novelty back then (as of 2009, it's common practice).  Most Epic titles did not last because 1, the prices were higher, 2, they did NOT receive mainstream coverage, and 3, many people didn't approve of the edgy mood of the comics.  Some Epic comics were great, others were junk.  There was no consistency.  That's what killed the imprint.  But it was a melting pot of truly different ideas.



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Amalgam Comics
Epic Comics
Marvel UK
New Universe

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2099 A.D.
2099 Special: World of Doom
2099 Unlimited

A

Adventures of Captain America
Adventures of Kool-Aid Man
Air Raiders
ALF
Alpha Flight (Series 1)
Amazing Fantasy
Amazing Spider-Man
Archie Meets The Punisher
Avengers (Series 1)

B

Barbie Fashion
Beast
Beauty & the Beast
Beavis & Butt-Head
Biker Mice From Mars
Blaze

C

Cage
Camp Candy
Captain America (Series 1)
Captain America Collectors' Preview
Captain America Comics
Captain America Goes to War Against Drugs
Captain Marvel (Series 1)
Captain Marvel (Series 2)
Captain Marvel (Series 3)
Captain Marvel (Series 4)
Care Bears
Casper Movie Adaptation
Chili
Chuck Norris Karate Kommandos

Classic X-Men
later "X-Men Classic"

Cloak & Dagger
Conan the Barbarian
Conan the Barbarian Annual
Count Duckula

D

Daredevil
Daredevil/Deadpool Annual
Daredevil/Shi: Blind Faith
Daredevil: The Man Without Fear
Dazzler
Deathlok
Deathlok Annual
Defenders of the Faith
Dennis the Menace
Disney Afternoon
Doc Savage
Double Edge: Alpha
Double Edge: Omega
Doom 2099

E

Elektra
Elektra: The Hand
Eternals (Series 1)
Eternals (Series 2)
Eternals (Series 3)
Eternals (Series 4)
Evel Knievel: The Perilous Traps of Mr. Danger
Excalibur
Ewoks

F

Falcon (Series 1)
Fantastic Force
Fantastic Four
Fantastic Four Annual
Felicia Hardy: The Black Cat
Firestar
Flash Gordon
Flintstone Kids
Further Adventures of Indiana Jones
Fury

G

Galactic Guardians
Get Along Gang
Ghost Rider (Series 1)
Ghost Rider (Series 2)
Ghost Rider 2099
G.I. Joe
Godzilla
Guardians of the Galaxy

H

Hanna-Barbera's Laff-A-Lympics
Heathcliff
Heathcliff's Funhouse
Howard the Duck
Hugga Bunch
Hulk 2099
Human Fly

I

Incredible Hulk (Series 1) [1962-1963]
Incredible Hulk (Series 2) [1968-1999]
Incredible Hulk (Series 3)
Incredible Hulk Annual
Inhumans
Invaders
Iron Man (Series 1)
Iron Man (Series 2)
Iron Man (Series 3)
Iron Man (Series 4)

J

James Bond Jr.

K

Kazar

M

Madballs
Mad-Dog
Magick
Mandrake the Magician
Man-Thing
Marvel Action Hour Featuring Iron Man
Marvel Action Universe
Marvel Comics Presents
Marvel Fanfare
Marvel Feature
Marvel Masterpieces 2
Marvel Saga
Marvel Spotlight
Marvel Super-Heroes
Marvel Super-Heroes Secret Wars
Marvel Super-Heroes Special
Marvel Tales
Marvel Team-Up
Marvel Two-In-One
Marvel Universe
Marvel Vs. DC
Master of Kung-Fu
Masters of the Universe
Mighty Thor (Series 1)
Mighty Thor (Series 2)
Mighty Thor Annual
Mission: Impossible
Moon Knight
Morbius
Ms. Marvel (Series 1)
Muppet Babies

N

Namor, the Sub-Mariner
New Warriors
Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD (Series 2)
Nightmare
Nightstalkers
Nightwatch
Nomad
Nova

O

Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe (Series 1)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe (Series 2)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe TPB
Over the Edge

P

Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man
later The Spectacular Spider-Man

Peter Porker: The Spectacular Spider-Ham
Police Academy
Punisher (Series 1)
Punisher (Series 2)
Punisher (Series 3)
Punisher 2099
Punisher Annual
Punisher/Batman: Deadly Knights
Punisher Holiday Special
Punisher War Journal
Punisher War Zone

R

Ravage 2099
Rawhide Kid
Real Heroes
Red Sonja (Series 1)
Red Sonja (Series 2)
Red Sonja (Series 3)
Ren & Stimpy Show
Richie Rich Movie Adaptation
Robert E. Howard's Conan The Barbarian: Red Nails
Robocop
Rocket Raccoon

S

Sabretooth Classic
Savage Return of Dracula
Savage She-Hulk
Secret Defenders
Secret Wars II
Sensational She-Hulk
Sergio Aragones' Groo the Wanderer
Sgt. Fury & His Howling Commandos
Shanna the She-Devil (Series 1)
Shanna the She-Devil (Series 2)
Sheena Movie Adaptation
Shroud
Silver Sable
Silver Surfer (Series 1)
Silver Surfer (Series 2)
Silver Surfer (Series 3)
Sleepwalker
Son of Satan
Soviet Super Soldiers
Spider-Man
Spider-Man 2099
Spider-Man Adventures
Spider-Man & His Amazing Friends
Spider-Man/Gen 13 TPB
Spider-Man Saga
Spider-Man, Storm & Power-Man
Spider-Man Unlimited
Spider-Man vs. Wolverine
Spider-Woman (Series 1)
Spider-Woman (Series 2)

Squadron Supreme
Star Wars
Super-Heroes Puzzles & Games

T

Tarzan
Thundercats
Timely Comics Presents The Human Torch
Toxic Avenger
Transformers (Series 1)

U

Ultimate Elektra
Untold Tales of Spider-Man

V

Valkyrie
Venom: Funeral Pyre
Venom: Lethal Protector
Vision & Scarlet Witch

W

Web of Spider-Man

West Coast Avengers
later, "Avengers West Coast"

What If? (Series 1)
What If? (Series 2)
What If? Special
Willow Movie Adaptation
Witchblade/Elektra
Wolfpack
Wolverine (Series 1)
Wolverine (Series 2)
Wolverine Battles The Incredible Hulk
Wonder Man

X

X-Factor

X-Men (Series 1)
later, "The Uncanny X-Men"

X-Men (Series 2)
X-Men Collector's Edition
X-Men Creators' Choice
X-Men Movie Prequel: Magneto
X-Men Movie Prequel: Rogue
X-Men Movie Prequel: Wolverine
X-Men Movie Special Premiere Prequel Edition

Z

Zorro

Amalgam Titles (Marvel/DC Collaborations):
Bruce Wayne, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Bullets & Bracelets
Challengers of the Fantastic
Exciting X-Patrol
Iron Lantern
Magnetic Men Featuring Magneto
Magneto & his Magnetic Men
Speed Demon
Spider-Boy
Spider-Boy Team-Up
Thorion of the New Asgods
X-Patrol

Marvel UK Imprint:

Death 3
Death Metal
Death Wreck
Death's Head II (Series 1)
Death's Head II (Series 2)
Genetix
Incomplete Death's Head
MyS-Tech Wars
Plasmer
Super Soldiers

New Universe Titles:
D.P.7
Justice
Kickers, Inc.
Mark Hazzard: Merc
Nightmask
Psi-Force
Spitfire and the Troubleshooters
Star Brand