Marvel 1985

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Marvel 1985
"Side-by-side" covers of Marvel 1985 #1.
Art by Jim Cheung.
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
Schedule Monthly
Format Limited series
Publication date July - December 2008
Number of issues 6
Creative team
Writer(s) Mark Millar
Artist(s) Tommy Lee Edwards
Letterer(s) John Workman
Colorist(s) Tommy Lee Edwards
Creator(s) Mark Millar
Tommy Lee Edwards
Editor(s) John Barber
Michael Horwitz
Joe Quesada
Collected editions
Hardcover ISBN 0-7851-2158-7

Marvel 1985 (written on the cover as simply 1985) is a six-issue American comic book limited series, published in 2008 by Marvel Comics. It was written by Mark Millar[1] and illustrated by Tommy Lee Edwards.[2]


Issue 1

A boy named Toby Goodman has recently started reading Secret Wars comics. His parents are divorced and he is ostracized by his classmates and doesn't have many friends. Toby is walking home with his dad when he thinks he sees the Red Skull in the window of a house. Toby is reluctant to tell anyone about his discovery, but then he sees the Vulture on the television one evening. Toby revisits the house where he saw the Red Skull and finds Doctor Doom and Mole Man talking about taking over our world. Dr. Doom hears Toby and orders his minions to chase after him. Toby runs away in the woods and trips over The Hulk, ending the first issue.[3]

Issue 2

The Hulk then tells Toby that his mind is currently that of Bruce Banner's, and that he was pulled into this world by an unknown force. Just then, the Juggernaut comes out of the woods, and attacks the Hulk, with the resulting devastation prompting Toby to run away. Meanwhile, Toby's dad goes to an assisted living home to see Clyde Wyncham, a catatonic man whose house is the one the Marvel villains were seen in, and who was Toby's father's friend in grade school. Toby then finds his father and tells him about the Hulk, which his father responds to by saying he shouldn't go near the Wyncham house again, and that he shouldn't tell anyone about what happened, because "People won't want to hear it ...Believe me." When Toby comes home, his mother and stepfather tell him that his stepfather is up for a job in England, and if he gets it, they will be moving there. Finally, the Stilt-Man is seen walking by Toby's dad's house, and the Sandman and Electro attack a couple at their home, one of whom was the nurse at Wyncham's nursing home.

Issue 3

After that, Toby and his father attempt to escape in his father's van which is attacked by The Lizard. Other characters like MODOK and Fin Fang Foom begin to appear throughout the city as the military begin to evacuate civilians while trying to fight Abomination, Blob, Mandarin, Molten Man, Morbius, the Living Vampire, and Sauron.[4]

Issue 4

Rather than leave, Toby runs back to the old Wyncham house, where he finds a portal to the Marvel Universe. The Trapster discovers him and Toby leaps through the portal, landing in the middle of New York City and shouting "Call the Avengers, there's an emergency."

Issue 5

The Trapster quickly pursues Toby, but is struck by a car just before shooting the boy. Toby meanwhile makes his way to the Avengers Mansion only to be patronized and sent on his way by Edwin Jarvis who states that parallel worlds fall under the Fantastic Four's jurisdiction. Taking Jarvis' advise he attempts to enlist the Fantastic Four in saving his world, only to be told to wait his turn as there is a line to see them. Finally, he visits the office of the Daily Bugle where he lures Peter Parker to the roof and proceeds to tell Parker that he knows his identity along with details of his personal life. Almost immediately, Toby loses his footing and is saved from a fatal fall by Spider-Man who asks him to tell his story. Meanwhile Toby's father attempts to rescue his ex-wife, who he narrowly saves from an encounter with Wendigo and as they escape in a van, Galactus is seen looking over the city declaring "I hunger". [5]

Issue 6

In this comic the earth is under attack by Galactus and several villains, but the Marvel heroes are up to rescue. Upon his ex-wife sighting Galactus, Jerry explains about the character. Just then, the car that the Goodmans are in is intercepted by Doctor Octopus and the villains with him. In the nick of time, Toby returns with the Marvel Superheroes who fight the bad guys. The Goodman family and suddenly Toby's dad Jerry knows what to do, he wants to "end" it.

It is solved that Clyde was the first mutant of the real world, so powerful he could control humans and even bring dead people back to life. His mom was so scared by her dead husband knocking on the door, that she took a candle holder and struck him dead. But Clyde didn't die, he was mentally damaged and lived in an asylum from that time on. He was the one who summoned the Marvel characters. Jerry Goodman steals a comic collection because that was it what the nurses stole from Clyde and which made him want to teach the people a lesson, but Clyde doesn't react fast enough as the Red Skull shoots Toby's father with a machine gun. Clyde is shocked and sends the villains back at the moment. Jerry's wife shouts at him to get him back alive, but he had promised his mom to never do that anymore.

Because the asylum was shut down and everything covered by the government, but nobody knew what to do with Clyde, Captain America offered to take him with him into the Marvel Universe. Toby then pleaded him to take his Dad, too, because that was his real home.

Toby is shown 20 years later to be an author, then his Dad is shown in a hospital in the Marvel Universe. There, he didn't die but fell into coma from a gunshot until "Dr. Blake" fixed him and nurse Jane Foster (whom he said was his first crush as a child) is highly hearted to drink a coffee with him. He goes to the window, because he remembers everything and thinks about how his son made everything perfect for him, so he has nothing else left to say than: "Excelsior".

Collected editions[edit]

The series has been collected into a single volume:


  1. ^ World Without Heroes: Millar Talks "Marvel 1985", Comic Book Resources, February 29, 2008
  2. ^ '80s ICON: Edwards talks "Marvel 1985", Comic Book Resources, April 9, 2008
  3. ^ Marvel 1985 #1
  4. ^ Marvel 1985 #2
  5. ^ Marvel 1985 #5

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