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Marvel Comics Presents
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
Schedule(vol. 1): Bi-weekly
(vol. 2): Monthly
FormatOngoing series
Publication date(vol. 1)
September 1988 – March 1995
(vol. 2)
September 2007 – August 2008
No. of issues(vol. 1): 175
(vol. 2): 12
(vol. 3): 9
Main character(s)(vol. 1)
Wolverine, Ghost Rider, Man-Thing, Weapon X, Shang-Chi, Cyclops
(vol. 2)
Vanguard, Weapon Omega
(vol. 3)
Wolverine, Namor, Captain America, Mr. Fantastic, Gorilla-Man, Spider-Man, Moon Knight, Nightcrawler, Venom, Deadpool, Ghost Rider, Iron Man, Winter Soldier, Spider-Woman, White Fox
Creative team
Written by(vol. 1)
Chris Claremont, Rob Liefeld, Fabian Nicieza, Barry Windsor-Smith
Artist(s)Rob Liefeld, Fabian Nicieza, Barry Windsor-Smith
Penciller(s)(vol. 1)
John Buscema, Tom Sutton, Tom Grindberg, Dave Cockrum, Al Milgrom, Ron Lim, Rick Leonardi, Rich Buckler, Paul Gulacy, Erik Larsen, Javier Saltares, Mark Texeira, Kelley Jones, Barry Windsor-Smith, Sam Kieth, Steve Lightle, Dwayne Turner
(vol. 2)
Dave Wilkins, Stuart Immonen, Clayton Henry, Khoi Pham, Mico Suayan, Andrea DiVito, Staz Johnson, Ed McGuinness, Lee Weeks, Marco Checchetto
Collected editions
Marvel Comics Presents Wolverine Vol. 1ISBN 0785118268
Marvel Comics Presents Wolverine Vol. 2ISBN 0785118837
Marvel Comics Presents Wolverine Vol. 3ISBN 0785120653
Marvel Comics Presents Wolverine Vol. 4ISBN 0785120661
Wolverine: Weapon XISBN 078512327X
Marvel Comics Presents Weapon OmegaISBN 0785134158

Marvel Comics Presents was an American comic book anthology series published by Marvel Comics originally from 1988 to 1995. It returned for a second volume in 2007–2008, and a third volume that started in 2019.[1]

Volume 1

The first volume was released on a bi-weekly basis and lasted for 175 issues. Each issue had four eight-page stories, of which generally two were episodes in ongoing serials and two were one-part stories. The one-part stories generally featured obscure or little-seen characters from the Marvel Universe, and often featured work by creators previously unpublished in the comics field, including Scott Lobdell (a later X-Men writer), who started work under the editorship of Tom DeFalco.[2]

The original plan was for the lead story to feature different members of the X-Men in solo adventures lasting between eight and ten episodes. The first ten issues featured Wolverine; others featured were Colossus, Cyclops, Havok, and Excalibur. From issues #38 through #142, Wolverine was the featured character of the series. Particularly notable during this run was "Weapon X" in issues #72–84, which revealed the origin of how Wolverine received his adamantium skeleton, with story and art by Barry Windsor-Smith. Wolverine returned for one more featured run in the series from issues #150 through #155.

Later, the Ghost Rider was added to the series as a "co-lead" feature, and the book adopted a "flip-book" format, thereby allowing each of the two characters cover billing. Over time, other characters, such as Man-Thing, Falcon, Black Panther, Lunatik, and the New Warriors received cover billing as well.

Several of the Wolverine storylines have since been collected and reprinted in trade paperback format. The first volume features Wolverine's first adventures in Madripoor, a fictional island that became Wolverine's second home during the late 1980s, as well as the "introduction" of Tyger Tiger.

Other notable highlights include the first appearance of Ramonda, mother to Shuri and step-mother to T'Challa (issue #14), the first appearance of Damage Control (issue #19), a wrestling match between the Hulk and a Hulk Hogan facsimile (issue #45), the first appearance of Siege (issue #62), the first appearance of Cyber (issue #85, by Peter David and Sam Kieth), and the first ever meeting of Wolverine and Venom (issue #117).

Volume 2

In 2007 the anthology series returned, also including work by creators previously unpublished in the comics field. The series' editors were Warren Simons, Nick Lowe, Andy Schmidt, and John Barber. The series hosted two 12-part stories (The Vanguard super-team and Weapon Omega) and a host of short one-part to five-part stories involving a variety of characters within the Marvel Universe. The series was cancelled with issue #12.

Volume 3

In 2019, the anthology series returned.[1]

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Collected editions

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