(September 1997)

Marvel, 1997 Series
Published in English (United States) United States
 
Price
24.99 USD; 35.00 CAD
Pages
260
On-sale date
1997
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
?
Brand
Marvel Comics
ISBN
?
Barcode
?
Editing
?
Color
color
Dimensions
standard Modern Age US
Paper Stock
cardstock cover
Binding
squarebound; trade paperback
Publishing Format
collected edition

Issue Notes

Originally published in 1974 with different content.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Origins of Marvel Comics / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Claudio Castellini (signed)
Inks
Claudio Castellini (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Spider-Man [Peter Parker]; Hulk [Bruce Banner]; Thor [Donald Blake; Thor Odinson]; Doctor Strange [Stephen Strange]; Fantastic Four [Mr. Fantastic [Reed Richards]; Thing [Ben Grimm]; Invisible Woman [Susan Storm]]
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Prologue (Table of Contents: 1)

foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 1 page (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Letters
typeset

If One Is Good, Four Will Be Better (Table of Contents: 2)

Fantastic Four / foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Letters
typeset

Genre
superhero

[Fantastic Four #1] (Table of Contents: 3)

Fantastic Four / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
George Klein
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Fantastic Four: Invisible Girl [Susan Storm]; Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Thing [Ben Grimm]; Mr. Fantastic [Reed Richards]; monster from Monster Isle
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Indexer Notes

Credits from original publication.

The Fantastic Four (Table of Contents: 4)

Fantastic Four / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
George Klein; Sol Brodsky ? (alterations)
Colors
?
Letters
Artie Simek
Editing
Stan Lee (original editor)

Genre
superhero
Characters
Fantastic Four [Mr. Fantastic [Reed Richards]; Thing [Ben Grimm]; Invisible Girl [Susan Storm]; Human Torch [Johnny Storm]]; the Mayor of Central City
Synopsis
Dr. Reed Richards takes his friends on a rocket trip that changes their lives forever.
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The Fantastic Four Meet the Mole Man (Table of Contents: 5)

Fantastic Four / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
George Klein; Sol Brodsky ? (alterations)
Colors
?
Letters
Artie Simek
Editing
Stan Lee (original editor)

Genre
superhero
Characters
Moleman [Mole Man; Harvey Elder] (intro and origin); Fantastic Four [Mr. Fantastic [Reed Richards]; Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Invisible Girl [Susan Storm]; Thing [Ben Grimm]]; Monsters of Monster Isle
Synopsis
Atomic plants disappear all around the world. Reed Richards pinpoints a place which is at the same distance from them all: Monster Isle.
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The Moleman's Secret! (Table of Contents: 6)

Fantastic Four / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
George Klein; Sol Brodsky ? (alterations)
Colors
?
Letters
Artie Simek
Editing
Stan Lee (original editor)

Genre
superhero
Characters
Fantastic Four [Mr. Fantastic [Reed Richards]; Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Invisible Girl [Sue Storm]; the Thing [Ben Grimm]]; Mole Man [Moleman; Harvey Elder] (origin); Monsters of Monster Isle
Synopsis
Having captured the Fantastic Four, Moleman recounts how he discovered his underground kingdom.
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[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 7)

Fantastic Four / foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 1 page (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Letters
typeset

Genre
superhero

[Fantastic Four #243] (Table of Contents: 8)

Fantastic Four / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
John Byrne (signed)
Inks
John Byrne (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Rick Parker ?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Galactus; Fantastic Four [Mr. Fantastic [Reed Richards]; Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; the Thing [Ben Grimm]]; the Avengers [Captain America [Steve Rogers]; Thor [Thor Odinson]; Iron Man [Tony Stark]; Wasp [Janet Van Dyne]]; Doctor Strange [Stephen Strange]
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Shall Earth Endure? (Table of Contents: 9)

Fantastic Four / comic story / 22 pages (report information)

Script
John Byrne
Pencils
John Byrne
Inks
John Byrne
Colors
Glynis Wein
Letters
Jim Novak
Editing
Jim Salicrup (original editor)

Genre
superhero
Characters
Fantastic Four [Mr. Fantastic [Reed Richards]; Invisible Girl [Susan Storm]; Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; the Thing [Ben Grimm]]; Frankie Raye [Nova]; the Avengers [Captain America [Steve Rogers]; Wasp [Janet Van Dyne]; Thor [Thor Odinson]; Iron Man [Tony Stark]]; Doctor Strange [Stephen Strange]; Spider-Man [Peter Parker]; Daredevil [Matt Murdock]; Edwin Jarvis; Terrax (villain); Galactus (villain); J. Jonah Jameson (cameo); Robbie Robertson [Joe Robertson] (cameo)
Synopsis
Terrax has pulled the island of Manhattan into space and threatens to crash it into Galactus' spaceship unless the FF agrees to destroy the world eater. Galactus and Terrax battle and the big G takes his herald powers away. Fatigued from the battle, Galactus prepares to eat earth but the FF and their allies battle him and take him down.
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There Shall Come a Jolly Green Giant (Table of Contents: 10)

Hulk / foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Letters
typeset

Genre
superhero

[The Incredible Hulk #1] (Table of Contents: 11)

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

Script
?
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Jack Kirby ?
Colors
?
Letters
Artie Simek
Editing
Stan Lee (original editor)

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Hulk; Bruce Banner; General Thunderbolt Ross; Betty Ross
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The Hulk (Table of Contents: 12)

Hulk / comic story / 24 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Paul Reinman
Colors
?
Letters
Artie Simek
Editing
Stan Lee (original editor)

Genre
superhero
Characters
Hulk [Bruce Banner] (introduction, origin); Rick Jones (introduction); Betty Ross (introduction); Thunderbolt Ross [Thaddeus E. Ross] (introduction); Igor (introduction)
Synopsis
Scientist Bruce Banner saves a young boy, Rick Jones, from being killed by a nuclear blast but absorbs deadly amounts of gamma radiation which transforms him into a monster dubbed the Hulk. Bruce Banner is scientist by day, but transforms into the Hulk once the sun goes down.
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[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 13)

Hulk / foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 1 page (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Letters
typeset

Genre
superhero

[The Incredible Hulk #372] (Table of Contents: 14)

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

Pencils
Dale Keown
Inks
Joe Rubinstein
Colors
?
Letters
?
Editing
Bobbie Chase

Genre
superhero
Characters
Green Hulk; Grey Hulk; Bruce Banner
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He's Back (Table of Contents: 15)

Hulk / comic story / 22 pages (report information)

Script
Peter David
Pencils
Dale Keown
Inks
Bob McLeod
Colors
Glynis Oliver
Letters
Joe Rosen
Editing
Bobbie Chase (original editor)

Genre
superhero
Characters
Hulk [Bruce Banner] (Grey and Green, also in flashback); Prometheus; Betty Ross Banner (also in flashback); General Thunderbolt Ross [Thaddeus E. Ross] (cameo flashback)
Synopsis
Bruce sneaks into the nunnery to contact Betty but, after accidentally hearing her confession, realizes her life is better without the Hulk. Betty decides to leave the order and Bruce tries to follow her. The Green Hulk rips out of Banner (literally) when he is attacked by Prometheus, keeping him away from his wife. Against all odds, Bruce and Betty are re-united.
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The World's Best-Selling Swinger (Table of Contents: 16)

Spider-Man / foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 9 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Letters
typeset

Genre
superhero

[Amazing Fantasy #15] (Table of Contents: 17)

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

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Steve Ditko
Colors
?
Letters
Artie Simek
Editing
Stan Lee

Genre
superhero
Characters
Spider-Man [Peter Parker]; the Burglar
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[Spider-Man!] (Table of Contents: 18)

Spider-Man / comic story / 11 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Steve Ditko
Inks
Steve Ditko
Colors
?
Letters
Artie Simek
Editing
Stan Lee (original editor)

Genre
superhero
Characters
Spider-Man [Peter Parker] (introduction, origin); Ben Parker (introduction); Crusher Hogan; Flash Thompson (introduction); Liz Allan (introduction); May Parker (introduction); the Burglar
Synopsis
Peter Parker is bitten by a radioactive spider and gains the abilities of a spider. When he fails to stop a burglar who runs past him, his uncle Ben is later killed as a result. He therefore swears never to shirk his responsibility again.
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[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 19)

Spider-Man / foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 1 page (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Letters
typeset

Genre
superhero

[Spider-Man #1, August 1990] (Table of Contents: 20)

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

Pencils
Todd McFarlane (signed)
Inks
Todd McFarlane (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?
Editing
Jim Salicrup

Genre
superhero
Characters
Spider-Man [Peter Parker]
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Torment Part 1 (Table of Contents: 21)

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

Script
Todd McFarlane
Pencils
Todd McFarlane
Inks
Todd McFarlane
Colors
Bob Sharen
Letters
Rick Parker
Editing
Jim Salicrup (original editor )

Genre
superhero
Characters
Spider-Man [Peter Parker]; Mary Jane Watson-Parker; Lizard (villain); Kraven (cameo); Calypso (cameo)
Synopsis
Lizard goes on a rampage and Spidey investigates with the help of his advantageous web-lines.
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Indexer Notes

Original issue has 23 pages of story indexed. This reprint only has 19 pages of story.

Meanwhile, Back in Asgard (Table of Contents: 22)

Thor / foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Letters
typeset

Genre
superhero

Introducing... the Mighty Thor! [Journey into Mystery #83] (Table of Contents: 23)

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

Script
?
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Joe Sinnott
Colors
?
Letters
Artie Simek
Editing
Stan Lee (original editor)

Genre
superhero
Characters
Thor [Doctor Donald Blake; Thor Odinson]; Kronans
Reprints

Thor the Mighty, and "The Stone Men from Saturn!" (Table of Contents: 24)

Thor / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee (Plot); Larry Lieber (Script)
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Joe Sinnott
Colors
?
Letters
Art Simek
Editing
Stan Lee (original editor)

Job Number
V-786
Genre
superhero
Characters
Thor [Doctor Donald Blake; Thor Odinson] (introduction, origin); Gorr; Kronans; Korg
Synopsis
A lame doctor vacationing in Norway runs across an alien invasion. While hiding from the aliens in a cave he finds an old cane that transforms him into the god Thor. Thor drives back the alien invasion.
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Indexer Notes

First appearance of Thor, Don Blake and Gorr, origin of Thor.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 25)

Thor / foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 1 page (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Letters
typeset

Genre
superhero

[Thor #380] (Table of Contents: 26)

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

Pencils
Walt Simonson (signed)
Inks
Walt Simonson (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
fantasy-supernatural; superhero
Characters
Thor [Thor Odinson]; Midgard Serpent
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Mjolnir's Song (Table of Contents: 27)

Thor / comic story / 24 pages (report information)

Script
Walt Simonson
Pencils
Walt Simonson
Inks
Sal Buscema
Colors
Christie Scheele [as Max Scheele]
Letters
John Workman
Editing
Ralph Macchio (original editor)

Genre
fantasy-supernatural; superhero
Characters
Thor [Thor Odinson]; Midgard Serpent (death)
Synopsis
It is a battle of mythic proportions between Thor and the Midgard Serpent with the fate of the world in the balance.
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Indexer Notes

Story is told in nothing but one page splash pages.

Mainly About a Master of the Mystic Arts (Table of Contents: 28)

Doctor Strange / foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Letters
typeset

Genre
superhero

Dr. Strange Master of Black Magic! (Table of Contents: 29)

Doctor Strange / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Steve Ditko (plot); Stan Lee (dialogue)
Pencils
Steve Ditko
Inks
Steve Ditko
Colors
?
Letters
Terry Szenics
Editing
Stan Lee (original editor)

Genre
fantasy-supernatural; superhero
Characters
Doctor Strange [Stephen Strange] (introduction); Wong (introduction, unnamed); Ancient One [Yao] (introduction, called "the Master"); Nightmare (introduction)
Synopsis
Doctor Strange is called on by a man having bad dreams, and confronts Nightmare. The man’s dreams reveal that he is guilty of fraud and Strange makes him confess.
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The Origin of Dr. Strange (Table of Contents: 30)

Doctor Strange / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Steve Ditko
Inks
Steve Ditko
Colors
?
Letters
Sam Rosen
Editing
Stan Lee (original editor)

Genre
fantasy-supernatural; superhero
Characters
Doctor Strange [Stephen Strange] (origin); Ancient One [Yao]; Baron Mordo [Karl Amadeus Mordo] (origin)
Synopsis
Doctor Stephen Strange, a top neurosurgeon, damages his hands in an accident and seeks out a mystic for help. He saves the seer from his treacherous student, becoming his pupil and finding a new purpose.
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[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 31)

Doctor Strange / foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 1 page (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Letters
typeset

Genre
superhero

[Doctor Strange #56] (Table of Contents: 32)

Doctor Strange / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Paul Smith [as PMS] (signed)
Inks
Paul Smith [as PMS] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
fantasy-supernatural; superhero
Characters
Doctor Strange [Stephen Strange]
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A Mystic Reborn! (Table of Contents: 33)

Doctor Strange / comic story / 21 pages (report information)

Script
Roger Stern
Pencils
Paul Smith
Inks
Terry Austin
Colors
Bob Sharen
Letters
Jim Novak
Editing
Al Milgrom (original editor)

Genre
fantasy-supernatural; superhero
Characters
Doctor Strange [Stephen Strange]; Morgana Blessings; Wong; Sara Wolfe; Adria [Sylvia Nettlebaum]; Kaecilius [Joe Crocker]; Demonicus [Tyrone Lewis]; Ancient One [Yao] (flashback); Baron Mordo [Karl Amadeus Mordo] (flashback); Loki (cameo); Dormammu (cameo); Silver Dagger (cameo); The Hulk (cameo); Princess Clea (cameo); Eternity (cameo)
Synopsis
Demonicus, Adria, and Kaecilius attempt to attack Doctor Strange in his mansion, but are captured by Adria's misuse of the Purple Dimension.
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Indexer Notes

A retelling of the origin of Doctor Strange.

Epilogue (Table of Contents: 34)

Origins of Marvel Comics / recap / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Letters
typeset

Genre
superhero
Editing
Related Scans
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Origins of Marvel Comics
  2. 1. Prologue
  3. 2. If One Is Good, Four Will Be Better
    Fantastic Four
  4. 3. [Fantastic Four #1]
    Fantastic Four
  5. 4. The Fantastic Four
    Fantastic Four
  6. 5. The Fantastic Four Meet the Mole Man
    Fantastic Four
  7. 6. The Moleman's Secret!
    Fantastic Four
  8. 7. [no title indexed]
    Fantastic Four
  9. 8. [Fantastic Four #243]
    Fantastic Four
  10. 9. Shall Earth Endure?
    Fantastic Four
  11. 10. There Shall Come a Jolly Green Giant
    Hulk
  12. 11. [The Incredible Hulk #1]
    Hulk
  13. 12. The Hulk
    Hulk
  14. 13. [no title indexed]
    Hulk
  15. 14. [The Incredible Hulk #372]
    Hulk
  16. 15. He's Back
    Hulk
  17. 16. The World's Best-Selling Swinger
    Spider-Man
  18. 17. [Amazing Fantasy #15]
    Spider-Man
  19. 18. [Spider-Man!]
    Spider-Man
  20. 19. [no title indexed]
    Spider-Man
  21. 20. [Spider-Man #1, August 1990]
    Spider-Man
  22. 21. Torment Part 1
    Spider-Man
  23. 22. Meanwhile, Back in Asgard
    Thor
  24. 23. Introducing... the Mighty Thor! [Journey into Mystery #83]
    Thor
  25. 24. Thor the Mighty, and "The Stone Men from Saturn!"
    Thor
  26. 25. [no title indexed]
    Thor
  27. 26. [Thor #380]
    Thor
  28. 27. Mjolnir's Song
    Thor
  29. 28. Mainly About a Master of the Mystic Arts
    Doctor Strange
  30. 29. Dr. Strange Master of Black Magic!
    Doctor Strange
  31. 30. The Origin of Dr. Strange
    Doctor Strange
  32. 31. [no title indexed]
    Doctor Strange
  33. 32. [Doctor Strange #56]
    Doctor Strange
  34. 33. A Mystic Reborn!
    Doctor Strange
  35. 34. Epilogue
    Origins of Marvel Comics
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