Marvel Super-Heroes
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Marvel Super-Heroes #12 (Dec. 1967), the character's debut. Cover art by Gene Colan and Frank Giacoia
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
Publication dateDec. 1967 – Jan. 1982
No. of issues94
Main character(s)
Creative team
Written by
  • Stan Goldberg
Editor(s)Stan Lee

Marvel Super-Heroes is the name of several comic book series and specials published by Marvel Comics.

Publication history


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,[1] 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.[2]

First series

Fantasy Masterpieces #10 (Aug. 1967), reprinting the cover of the Golden Age series All Winners Comics #19 (Fall 1946)
Fantasy Masterpieces #10 (Aug. 1967), reprinting the cover of the Golden Age series All Winners Comics #19 (Fall 1946)

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).[3]

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),[4] the Phantom Eagle (#16)[5] and the Guardians of the Galaxy (#18).[6] 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.[7] Andru would become the regular artist on The Amazing Spider-Man several years later.[8]

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 had died in a train accident.

Original features

Issue (cover date) Character(s)/Story title Writer(s) Penciller(s) Inker(s) Collected in Marvel Masterworks
(Dec. 1967)
"The Coming of Captain Marvel" Stan Lee Gene Colan Frank Giacoia Captain Marvel Volume 1 978-0785111788
(March 1968)
Captain Marvel in "Where Walks the Sentry" Roy Thomas Gene Colan Paul Reinman
(May 1968)
Spider-Man in "The Reprehensible Riddle of the Sorcerer" Stan Lee Ross Andru Bill Everett Spider-Man Volume 8 978-0785120742
(July 1968)
Medusa in "Let the Silence Shatter" Archie Goodwin Gene Colan Vince Colletta The Inhumans Volume 1 978-0785141419
(Sept. 1968)
"The Phantom Eagle" Gary Friedrich Herb Trimpe Herb Trimpe The Incredible Hulk Volume 7 978-0785166689
(Nov. 1968)
"The Black Knight Reborn" Roy Thomas Howard Purcell Dan Adkins The Avengers Volume 7 978-0785126805
(Jan. 1969)
"Guardians of the Galaxy" Arnold Drake Gene Colan Mike Esposito
(as "Mickey Demeo")
The Defenders Volume 4 978-0785166276
(March 1969)
Ka-Zar in "My Father, My Enemy" Arnold Drake and
Steve Parkhouse
George Tuska Sid Greene Ka-Zar Volume 1 978-0785159575
(May 1969)
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
(Nov. 1969)
"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).[3]

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.

Second Series

The 15-issue Marvel Super-Heroes (vol. 2) (May 1990–Oct. 1993)[9] was published quarterly and 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.[10]

Stories in Marvel Super-Heroes Vol 2

Issue # A Story B Story C Story D Story E Story F Story G Story
1 Moon Knight

Collected in Moon Knight Omnibus Vol. 2

Hercules Hellcat Brother Voodoo

Collected in Marvel Masterworks: Brother Voodoo


Collected in Speedball: The Masked Marvel

Magik/New Mutants Black Panther

Collected in Black Panther Epic Collection Volume 3: Panther's Prey

2 Iron Man Rogue/X-Men Daredevil Speedball

Collected in Speedball: The Masked Marvel

Tigra Red Wolf Falcon
3 Captain America Wasp Speedball Hulk Blue Shield Captain Marvel (Mar-Vell)

Collected in Marvel Masterworks Captain Marvel Vol 6

No G Story
4 Spider-Man and Nick Fury Daredevil Wonder Man

Collected in Wonder Man Omnibus Vol. 1

Spitfire Speedball Black Knight
5 Thor Thing Speedball

Collected in Speedball: The Masked Marvel

Dr. Strange She-Hulk No F Story
6 X-Men Power Pack

Collected in Power Pack Classic Omnibus Vol 2

Cloak & Dagger Sabra Speedball

Collected in Speedball: The Masked Marvel

7 Cloak & Dagger Shroud Marvel Boy No E Story
8 Iron Man and Squirrel Girl

Collected in The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, vol. 1: Squirrel Power and The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl & The Great Lakes Avengers

Sub-Mariner No D Story
9 Avengers West Coast Thor Iron Man
10 Vision and Scarlet Witch Sub-Mariner Ms. Marvel (Carol Danvers)

Collected in Ms. Marvel Epic Collection: The Woman Who Fell to Earth

11 Ghost Rider Giant-Man Ms. Marvel (Carol Danvers) and Rogue

Collected in Ms. Marvel Epic Collection: The Woman Who Fell to Earth

12 Dr. Strange Falcon Iron Man
13 Iron Man Iron Man Iron Man
14 Iron Man Dr. Strange Speedball
15 Iron Man Volstag

Collected in Thor: The Warriors Three: The Complete Collection

Thor Dr. Druid No E Story

Other iterations

In September 1979, the Marvel UK series The Mighty World of Marvel was retitled Marvel Superheroes[11] after a brief run under the title Marvel Comic.[12]

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).[13] The 1985-1986 sequel was titled simply Secret Wars II.

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.[14]


  1. ^ DeFalco, Tom; Gilbert, Laura, ed. (2008). "1960s". Marvel Chronicle A Year by Year History. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 119. ISBN 978-0756641238. To help support the new animated television show, Martin Goodman told Stan Lee to produce a comic called Marvel Super Heroes. ((cite book)): |first2= has generic name (help)
  2. ^ Marvel Super Heroes #1 at the Grand Comics Database.
  3. ^ a b Marvel Super-Heroes at the Grand Comics Database
  4. ^ DeFalco "1960s" in Gilbert (2008), p. 125: "Captain Mar-Vell was a Kree warrior sent to spy on Earth, by Stan Lee and artist Gene Colan."
  5. ^ DeFalco "1960s" in Gilbert (2008), p. 131: "Aviation buff Herb Trimpe, who flew his own biplane for many years, teamed up with writer Gary Friedrich to create flying ace the Phantom Eagle."
  6. ^ DeFalco "1960s" in Gilbert (2008), p. 134: "The Guardians of the Galaxy were a science-fiction version of the group from the movie Dirty Dozen (1967) and were created by writer Arnold Drake and artist Gene Colan."
  7. ^ Manning, Matthew K.; Gilbert, Laura, ed. (2012). "1960s". Spider-Man Chronicle Celebrating 50 Years of Web-Slinging. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 43. ISBN 978-0756692360. 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. ((cite book)): |first2= has generic name (help)
  8. ^ Saffel, Steve (2007). "An Exploding Icon The 1970s". Spider-Man the Icon: The Life and Times of a Pop Culture Phenomenon. London, United Kingdom: Titan Books. p. 66. ISBN 978-1-84576-324-4. 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.
  9. ^ Marvel Super-Heroes (Marvel, 1990 series) at the Grand Comics Database.
  10. ^ Hembeck, Fred (n.d.). "Secrets Revealed! Why I Goof on Brother Voodoo!!". Archived from the original on August 17, 2016.
  11. ^ Marvel Superheroes / Marvel Super-Heroes (Marvel UK) at the Grand Comics Database
  12. ^ Marvel Comic at the Grand Comics Database
  13. ^ Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars at the Grand Comics Database
  14. ^ Marvel Super-Heroes Megazine at the Grand Comics Database