X-Men Epic Collection #4 - It's Always Darkest Before the Dawn
([July] 2019)

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Volume
4
Price
39.99 USD; 52.00 CAD
Pages
516
On-sale Date
2019-07-17
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Rated T
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Marvel Worldwide, Inc.
Brand
Marvel [white on red]
ISBN
978-1-302-91603-9 Search at WorldCat
Barcode
9781302916039 53999
Editing
Cory Sedlmeier

Issue Notes

Collects The Amazing Spider-Man (Marvel, 1963 Series) #92; The Incredible Hulk (Marvel, 1968 Series) #150, 161, 172 and 180-182; Amazing Adventures (Marvel, 1970 Series) #11-17; Marvel Team-Up (Marvel, 1972 Series) #4 and 23; The Avengers (Marvel, 1963 Series) #110-111; Captain America (Marvel, 1968 Series) #172-175; The Defenders (Marvel, 1972 Series) #15-16; Giant-Size Fantastic Four (Marvel, 1974 Series) #4 and the covers from X-Men (Marvel, 1963 series) #67-93 and X-Men Annual (Marvel, 1970 series) #1-2.

It's Always Darkest Before the Dawn (Table of Contents)

X-Men / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Jim Starlin
Inks
Frank Giacoia
Colors
Paul Mounts
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Beast [Hank McCoy]; Juggernaut [Cain Marko]
Reprints

Epic Collection (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

promo (ad from the publisher) / 2 pages (report information)

X-Men: It's Always Darkest Before the Dawn (Table of Contents: 2)

credits, title page / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Jim Starlin
Inks
Frank Giacoia
Letters
typeset

Characters
Beast [Hank McCoy]; Juggernaut [Cain Marko]

Indexer Notes

Title page of the book. Includes a detail from the cover of Amazing Adventures #16.

[Credits and Indicia] (Table of Contents: 3)

credits, title page / 2 pages (report information)

Pencils
Gil Kane
Inks
Jim Mooney
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Characters
Beast [Hank McCoy]

Indexer Notes

Credits and indicia of the book. Includes a detail of the figure of the Beast from the cover of Amazing Adventures #14.

Contents (Table of Contents: 4)

table of contents / 2 pages (report information)

Letters
typeset

Enter... The Mighty Avengers! (Table of Contents: 5)

X-Men / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Chic Stone
Colors
?
Letters
Sam Rosen

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Stop the X-Men -- for the sake of the World!
Genre
superhero
Characters
The X-Men [Cyclops [Scott Summers]; Beast [Hank McCoy]; Angel [Warren Worthington III]; Iceman [Bobby Drake]; Marvel Girl [Jean Grey]; Professor X [Charles Xavier]] The Avengers [Giant-Man [Hank Pym]; Thor; Captain America [Steve Rogers]; Iron Man [Tony Stark]]; Lucifer
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Sources for letters credit are The Marvel Comics Index (Olshevsky 1981), The Official Marvel Index to the X-Men (Olshevsky 1987), The Official Marvel Index to the X-Men (Ward 1994), and Official Index to the Marvel Universe (Vandal et al. 2009).

The Juggernaut Attacks! (Table of Contents: 6)

X-Men / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Marie Severin
Inks
Joe Sinnott
Colors
Marie Severin ?
Letters
Morrie Kuramoto; Sam Rosen

First Line of Dialogue or Text
And that takes care of the Human Torch!
Genre
superhero
Characters
The X-Men [Cyclops [Scott Summers]; Beast [Hank McCoy]; Angel [Warren Worthington III]; Iceman [Bobby Drake]; Marvel Girl [Jean Grey]; Professor X [Charles Xavier]]; Human Torch [Johnnt Storm]; Juggernaut [Cain Marko]
Reprints

Indexer Notes

After an eight month gap the X-Men title is revived in reprint form.

Sam Rosen lettering per Nick Caputo. The Official Marvel Index to the X-Men (Olshevsky 1987), The Official Marvel Index to the X-Men (Ward 1994), and Official Index to the Marvel Universe (Vandal et al. 2009) credit Danny Crespi.

When Iceman Attacks! (Table of Contents: 7)

Spider-Man / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
John Romita; Marie Severin
Inks
John Romita
Colors
?
Letters
Morrie Kuramoto

First Line of Dialogue or Text
This time you're facing a pro, webhead!
Genre
superhero
Characters
Iceman [Bobby Drake]; Gwen Stacy; Spider-Man [Peter Parker]
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Marie's cover preliminary can be found on http://themarvelageofcomics.tumblr.com/image/29717888917

When Iceman Attacks (Table of Contents: 8)

Spider-Man / comic story / 19 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Gil Kane
Inks
John Romita; Tony Mortellaro
Colors
?
Letters
Artie Simek

Job Number
471-Z
First Line of Dialogue or Text
Gwen--and Bullit--in Peter Parker's apartment!
Genre
superhero
Characters
Spider-Man [Peter Parker]; Gwen Stacy; Sam Bullit; Iceman [Bobby Drake]; J. Jonah Jameson; Robbie Robertson
Synopsis
Thinking Spidey is causing harm to Gwendy, Iceman intervenes and tries to defeat old Webhead. Later, once misunderstandings are resolved, the two team up to take down a crooked politician.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Tony Mortellaro backgrounds inks credit from The Official Marvel Index to The Amazing Spider-Man #4.

Stop the Stentinels! (Table of Contents: 9)

X-Men / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Jack Kirby (signed as Kirby)
Inks
Dick Ayers (signed as Ayers)
Colors
?
Letters
Sam Rosen

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Fight, my X-Men for the sake of the world --
Genre
superhero
Characters
The X-Men [Professor X [Charles Xavier]; Cyclops [Scott Summers]; Beast [Hank McCoy]; Angel [Warren Worthington III]; Iceman [Bobby Drake]; Marvel Girl [Jean Grey]]; Sentinels
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Cover taken from unaltered stat to X-Men # 15. Front cover art is signed by both Kirby + Ayers, just barely visible below the Beast's left heel.

Sources for letters credit are The Marvel Comics Index (Olshevsky 1981), The Official Marvel Index to the X-Men (Olshevsky 1987), The Official Marvel Index to the X-Men (Ward 1994), and Official Index to the Marvel Universe (Vandal et al. 2009).

Menace of the Mimic! (Table of Contents: 10)

X-Men / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Sal Buscema; Marie Severin
Inks
Sal Buscema
Colors
?
Letters
Morrie Kuramoto

First Line of Dialogue or Text
I'm as powerful as all the X-Men put together --
Genre
superhero
Characters
X-Men [Cyclops [Scott Summer]; Marvel Girl [Jean Grey]; Iceman [Bobby Drake]; Beast [Hank McCoy]; Angel [Warren Worthington III]]; Mimic [Ronald Rankin]
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Sources for letters credit are The Official Marvel Index to the X-Men (Olshevsky 1987), The Official Marvel Index to the X-Men (Ward 1994), and Official Index to the Marvel Universe (Vandal et al. 2009).

Cover sketch can be found on http://themarvelageofcomics.tumblr.com

...And None Shall Survive! (Table of Contents: 11)

X-Men / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Dick Ayers
Colors
?
Letters
Sam Rosen

Genre
superhero
Characters
X-Men [Professor X [Charles Xavier]; Cyclops [Scott Summers]; Marvel Girl [Jean Grey]; Angel [Warren Worthington III]; Beast [Hank McCoy]]; Magneto [Erik Lehnsherr]
Reprints

I, Lucifer! (Table of Contents: 12)

X-Men / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Werner Roth
Inks
Dick Ayers
Colors
?
Letters
Sam Rosen

Genre
superhero
Characters
X-Men [Cyclops [Scott Summers]; Angel [Warren Worthington III]; Iceman [Bobby Drake]; Marvel Girl [Jean Grey]; Beast [Hank McCoy]; Professor X [Charles Xavier]]; Lucifer; Blob [Fred J. Dukes] (in X-Man costume); Unus the Untouchable [Gunther Bain] (in X-Man costume)
Reprints

From Whence Comes... Dominus? (Table of Contents: 13)

X-Men / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Werner Roth
Inks
Dick Ayers
Colors
?
Letters
Sam Rosen

Genre
superhero
Characters
X-Men [Professor X [Charles Xavier]; Cyclops [Scott Summer]; Marvel Girl [Jean Grey]; Angel [Warren Worthington III]; Iceman [Bobby Drake]; Beast [Hank McCoy]]; Lucifer; Dominus
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Sources for letters credit are The Marvel Comics Index (Olshevsky 1981), The Official Marvel Index to the X-Men (Olshevsky 1987), The Official Marvel Index to the X-Men (Ward 1994), and Official Index to the Marvel Universe (Vandal et al. 2009).

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 14)

X-Men / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Marie Severin
Inks
John Romita
Colors
?
Letters
Sam Rosen; Gaspar Saladino (logo)

Genre
superhero
Characters
The X-Men [Angel [Warren Worthington III]; Beast [Hank McCoy]; Cyclops [Scott Summers]; Iceman [Bobby Drake]; Marvel Girl [Jean Grey]]; Eel; Plantman; Porcupine; Scarecrow; Unicorn
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Cover inker credit provided 2006 by Nick Caputo. Original indexer credited John Verpoorten.

Rosen letters per Nick Caputo. The Official Marvel Index to the X-Men (Olshevsky 1987), The Official Marvel Index to the X-Men (Ward 1994), and Official Index to the Marvel Universe (Vandal et al. 2009) credited Saladino with both the logo and caption.

The Power and the Pendant! (Table of Contents: 15)

X-Men / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Bill Everett
Inks
Bill Everett
Colors
Bill Everett ?
Letters
Sam Rosen

Genre
superhero
Characters
X-Men [Cyclops [Scott Summers]; Angel [Warren Worthington III]; Iceman [Bobby Drake]; Beast [Hank McCoy]]; El Tigre
Reprints

Cry Holocauts! (Table of Contents: 16)

X-Men / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Gil Kane
Inks
Frank Giacoia
Colors
?
Letters
Morrie Kuramoto; Sam Rosen

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Your eye-beams are no match for my amulet, Cyclops!
Genre
superhero
Characters
The X-Men [Cyclops [Scott Summers]; Marvel Girl [Jean Grey]; Angel [Warren Worthington III]; Beast [Hank McCoy]; Iceman [Bobby Drake]]; Kukulcan
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Sam Rosen and Morrie Kuramoto credit per Nick Caputo. Danny Crespi is credited in The Official Marvel Index to the X-Men (Olshevsky 1987), The Official Marvel Index to the X-Men (Ward 1994), and Official Index to the Marvel Universe (Vandal et al. 2009).

Cry Hulk! Cry Havok! (Table of Contents: 17)

The Hulk / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Herb Trimpe (signed as Trimpe)
Inks
John Severin (signed as Severin)
Colors
?
Letters
Sam Rosen; Sam Rosen

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Bug off, Greenie -- or the girl gets it!
Genre
superhero
Characters
Hulk [Bruce Banner]; Lorna Dane [Polaris]; Viking
Reprints
Keywords
motorcycle gangs

Cry Hulk, Cry Havok! (Table of Contents: 18)

The Hulk / comic story / 21 pages (report information)

Script
Archie Goodwin
Pencils
Herb Trimpe
Inks
John Severin
Colors
?
Letters
Sam Rosen

First Line of Dialogue or Text
For the Hulk, memory is a fleeting thing, a will o'the wisp sometimes grasped, often missed.
Genre
superhero
Characters
Hulk [Bruce Banner]; Lorna Dane [Polaris]; Havok; General Thunderbolt Ross; Glenn Talbot; Betty Ross; Iceman (flashback); Viking and his gang (villain, introduction for all); Senator Morton Clegstead (first appearance); Congressman Roger Dutton (first appearance)
Synopsis
Hulk escapes Project Greenskin and begins to hunt for Jarella. When he accidentally mistakes Lorna Dane and her green hair for his lost love, this puts him into conflict with her very powerful boyfriend, Havok, who handily beats him. Betty and Glenn find Bruce lying unconscious in the desert and, in a state of delirium, Bruce professes his love for Jarella to the woman he is supposed to be in love with.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

In the improper use of a character's abilities category: Havok uses his powers in this story to shoot a thin plasma beam at the Hulk's head and use the pain it causes to make the Hulk susceptible to suggestion and he also uses a plasma beam to lower Lorna from the top of a tall cliff to the ground.

Lo! A Beast Is Born! (Table of Contents: 19)

Beast / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Gil Kane (signed as G K)
Inks
Bill Everett (signed as BE)
Colors
?
Letters
Sam Rosen

Genre
superhero
Characters
Beast [Hank McCoy]; Professor Carl Maddicks
Reprints

The Beast! (Table of Contents: 20)

Beast / comic story / 21 pages (report information)

Script
Gerry Conway
Pencils
Tom Sutton
Inks
Syd Shores
Colors
?
Letters
Sam Rosen

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Night: And from the shadows, you watch...
Genre
superhero
Characters
Beast [Hank McCoy] (introduction in furry form); X-Men [Professor X [Charles Xavier]; Cyclops [Scott Summers]; Marvel Girl [Jean Grey]; Iceman [Bobby Drake]; Angel [Warren Worthington III]] (flashback); Mr. Grant (first appearance); Prof. Carl Maddicks (first appearance, death); Linda Donaldson [Agent 9] (first appearance); Brand Corporation (first appearance); Bennie (first appearance, death)
Synopsis
Beast leaves the X-Men to take a job at the Brand Corporation. While experimenting with his mutation, he is permanently changed into a furry monster.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

In terms of the Beast, the story continued from The X-Men (Marvel, 1963 series) #66.

Re-Enter: The Mimic! (Table of Contents: 21)

X-Men / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Gil Kane
Inks
John Romita
Colors
?
Letters
Sam Rosen

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Your precious mutants are finished, Professor X...
Genre
superhero
Characters
X-Men [Professor X [Charles Xavier]; Cyclops [Scott Summer]; Marvel Girl [Jean Grey]; Iceman [Bobby Drake]; Beast [Hank McCoy]]; Mimic [Ronald Rankin]
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Sam Rosen credit per Nick Caputo. The Official Marvel Index to the X-Men (Olshevsky 1987), The Official Marvel Index to the X-Men (Ward 1994), and Official Index to the Marvel Universe (Vandal et al. 2009) credit Danny Crespi.

One Avenger: Dead on Arrival! (Table of Contents: 22)

Beast / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Gil Kane
Inks
Joe Sinnott
Colors
Steve Englehart
Letters
Morrie Kuramoto

First Line of Dialogue or Text
I did it! I killed Iron Man!
Genre
superhero
Characters
Beast [Hank McCoy]; Iron Man [Tony Stark]
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Cover inks credit from Nick Caputo via the GCD Error List (16 January 2005); original indexer credited Gil Kane. Cover colors credit from Steve Englehart (http://www.steveenglehart.com/Comics/Amazing%20Adventures%2012-17.html) 22 April 2008

Iron Man: D.O.A. (Table of Contents: 23)

Beast / comic story / 21 pages (report information)

Script
Steve Englehart
Pencils
Tom Sutton
Inks
Mike Ploog
Colors
Steve Englehart
Letters
Artie Simek

First Line of Dialogue or Text
They won't catch me -- I'm safe!
Genre
superhero
Characters
Beast [Hank McCoy]; Iron Man [Tony Stark]; X-Men [Marvel Girl [Jean Grey] (also in flashback); Professor X [Charles Xavier] (also in flashback); Cyclops [Scott Summers] (flashback); Angel [Warren Worthington III] (flashback); Iceman [Bobby Drake] (flashback)]; Marianne Rodgers; Mr. Grant; The Brotherhood of Evil Mutants [Unus; Blob; Mastermind]; Linda Donaldson
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Pages 2,3 and 21 are not reprinted in The Avengers #136 reprint.

Colors credit from Steve Englehart (http://www.steveenglehart.com/Comics/Amazing%20Adventures%2012-17.html) 22 April 2008.

Bedlam Is the Banshee! (Table of Contents: 24)

X-Men / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Gil Kane
Inks
Frank Giacoia; Mike Esposito ?
Colors
?
Letters
Morrie Kuramoto

Genre
superhero
Characters
X-Men [Cyclops [Scott Summers]; Marvel Girl [Jean Grey]; Angel [Warren Worthington III]; Iceman [Bobby Drake]; Beast [Hank McCoy]]; Banshee [Sean Cassidy]
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Mike Esposito inks per Steve Whitaker. Giacoia inks per Nick Caputo, who notes the two often worked together on covers. Original indexer credited Joe Sinnott, whose personal records erroneously credited him as well.

Sources for letters credit are The Marvel Comics Index (Olshevsky 1981), The Official Marvel Index to the X-Men (Olshevsky 1987), The Official Marvel Index to the X-Men (Ward 1994), and Official Index to the Marvel Universe (Vandal et al. 2009).

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Table of Contents
  1. 0. It's Always Darkest Before the Dawn
    X-Men
  2. 1. Epic Collection
  3. 2. X-Men: It's Always Darkest Before the Dawn
  4. 3. [Credits and Indicia]
  5. 4. Contents
  6. 5. Enter... The Mighty Avengers!
    X-Men
  7. 6. The Juggernaut Attacks!
    X-Men
  8. 7. When Iceman Attacks!
    Spider-Man
  9. 8. When Iceman Attacks
    Spider-Man
  10. 9. Stop the Stentinels!
    X-Men
  11. 10. Menace of the Mimic!
    X-Men
  12. 11. ...And None Shall Survive!
    X-Men
  13. 12. I, Lucifer!
    X-Men
  14. 13. From Whence Comes... Dominus?
    X-Men
  15. 14. [no title indexed]
    X-Men
  16. 15. The Power and the Pendant!
    X-Men
  17. 16. Cry Holocauts!
    X-Men
  18. 17. Cry Hulk! Cry Havok!
    The Hulk
  19. 18. Cry Hulk, Cry Havok!
    The Hulk
  20. 19. Lo! A Beast Is Born!
    Beast
  21. 20. The Beast!
    Beast
  22. 21. Re-Enter: The Mimic!
    X-Men
  23. 22. One Avenger: Dead on Arrival!
    Beast
  24. 23. Iron Man: D.O.A.
    Beast
  25. 24. Bedlam Is the Banshee!
    X-Men
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