Marvel Graphic Novel

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Marvel Graphic Novel (MGN) was a series of graphic novel trade paperbacks published from 1982 to 1993 by Marvel Comics.[1] The books were published in an oversized format, 8.5" x 11", similar to French albums. In response, DC Comics established a competitor line known as DC Graphic Novel.

The first story (the second Marvel graphic novel produced) was The Death of Captain Marvel by Jim Starlin.[2] Marvel numbered stories through 1985 up to number 20, but released many other stories in the same format that are considered unnumbered parts of the series according to the Official Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide. Overstreet continued counting beyond the original "official" numbering, following a Marvel-published list of graphic novels. When the list stopped being published, Overstreet stopped trying to number the issues, halting at issue 38, although they list 29 more issues published from 1983 through 1991, although the list is known not to include every graphic novel from this period.

Several characters were featured in an issue of Marvel Graphic Novel before receiving their own miniseries or ongoing series. The most successful of these was the New Mutants which ran for 100 issues.[3] Other series which were spun off from a Marvel Graphic Novel are Dreadstar, Void Indigo, Starstruck, and the Swords of the Swashbucklers. In addition, Star Slammers had a miniseries published by Malibu Comics and Futurians was a short lived title published by Lodestone Comics.

List of graphic novels in the Marvel Graphic Novel line[edit]

Number Title Year Writers Artists Notes
Officially-numbered titles
1 The Death of Captain Marvel 1982 Jim Starlin Jim Starlin
2 Elric: The Dreaming City 1982 Michael Moorcock
Roy Thomas
P. Craig Russell
3 Dreadstar 1982 Jim Starlin Jim Starlin
4 The New Mutants 1982 Chris Claremont Bob McLeod first appearance of the New Mutants
5 X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills 1982 Chris Claremont Brent Anderson elements of this story are used in the X2: X-Men United movie
6 Star Slammers 1983 Walt Simonson Walt Simonson
7 Killraven: Warrior of the Worlds 1983 Don McGregor P. Craig Russell
8 Super Boxers August 1983 Ron Wilson
John Byrne
Ron Wilson
9 The Futurians 1983 Dave Cockrum Dave Cockrum
10 Heartburst 1983 Rick Veitch Rick Veitch
11 Void Indigo 1983 Steve Gerber Val Mayerik
12 Dazzler: The Movie 1984 Jim Shooter Frank Springer
13 Starstruck: The Luckless, the Abandoned and Forsaked 1984 Elaine Lee Michael Kaluta collection of the Starstruck stories serialized in Heavy Metal
14 The Swords of the Swashbucklers October 1984 Bill Mantlo Jackson Guice
15 The Raven Banner (A Tale of Asgard) 1984 Alan Zelenetz Charles Vess
16 The Aladdin Effect 1985 David Michelinie Greg LaRocque features Storm, She-Hulk, Tigra, and the Wasp
17 Revenge of the Living Monolith[4] June 1985 David Michelinie Marc Silvestri
Geof Isherwood
18 The Sensational She-Hulk 1985 John Byrne John Byrne
Kim DeMulder
19 Conan the Barbarian: The Witch Queen of Acheron 1985 Don Kraar Gary Kwapisz
20 Greenberg the Vampire 1985 J. M. DeMatteis Mark Badger
Overstreet-numbered titles
21 Marada the She-Wolf 1985 Chris Claremont John Bolton collects material originally serialized in Epic Illustrated #10-12
22 Amazing Spider-Man: Hooky[5] 1986 Susan K. Putney Bernie Wrightson
23 Doctor Strange: Into Shamballa 1986 J. M. DeMatteis
Dan Green
Dan Green
24 Daredevil: Love and War 1986 Frank Miller Bill Sienkiewicz
25 Alien Legion: A Grey Day to Die 1986 Carl Potts
Alan Zelenetz
Frank Cirocco
26 Dracula: A Symphony in Moonlight & Nightmares 1986 Jon J Muth Jon J Muth
27 Emperor Doom 1987 David Michelinie Bob Hall features the Avengers
28 Conan the Reaver 1987 Don Kraar John Severin
29 The Incredible Hulk and the Thing: The Big Change 1987 Jim Starlin Bernie Wrightson
30 A Sailor's Story 1987 Sam Glanzman Sam Glanzman biographical story about Sam Glanzman's service aboard the USS Stevens (DD-479) during World War II
31 Wolfpack 1987 Larry Hama Ron Wilson
32 Death of Groo 1987 Mark Evanier Sergio Aragones
33 The Mighty Thor: I, Whom The Gods Would Destroy 1988 Jim Shooter
Jim Owsley
Paul Ryan
34 Cloak and Dagger: Predator and Prey 1988 Bill Mantlo Larry Stroman
35 The Shadow: Hitler's Astrologer 1988 Dennis O'Neil Michael Kaluta
Russ Heath
36 Willow: Movie Adaptation 1988 Mary Jo Duffy Bob Hall
Romeo Tanghal
37 Hercules Prince of Power: Full Circle 1988 Bob Layton Bob Layton
38 Silver Surfer: Judgment Day 1988 Stan Lee John Buscema
Unofficially-numbered titles
39 The Inhumans 1988 Ann Nocenti Bret Blevins

Collected editions[edit]

  • Essential Killraven includes Marvel Graphic Novel #7: "Killraven: Warrior of the Worlds", 504 pages, July 2005, ISBN 978-0785117773
  • Essential Dazzler Vol. 2 includes Marvel Graphic Novel #12: "Dazzler: The Movie", 688 pages, April 2009, ISBN 978-0785137306
  • Women of Marvel: Celebrating Seven Decades includes Marvel Graphic Novel #12: "Dazzler: The Movie", #16 "The Aladdin Effect", and #18 "The Sensational She-Hulk", 1,160 pages, January 2011, ISBN 978-0785143260
  • Spider-Man: The Graphic Novels collects Marvel Graphic Novel #22: "The Amazing Spider-Man: Hooky", The Amazing Spider-Man: Parallel Lives, The Amazing Spider-Man: Spirits of the Earth, and Spider-Man: Fear Itself, 280 pages, June 2012, ISBN 978-0785160656

Marvel Original Graphic Novel[edit]

By late 2013, Marvel started a new line of graphic novels, called Marvel Original Graphic Novel, or Marvel OGN.

Title Year Writers Artists ISBN Notes
Avengers:
Endless Wartime
2013 Warren Ellis Mike McKone ISBN 978-0785184676 Features the Avengers against an ancient enemy from Thor's past.[6]
Amazing Spider-Man:
Family Business
2014 Mark Waid
James Robinson
Gabriele Dell'Otto
Werther Dell'Edera
ISBN 978-0785184409 Revolves around Peter Parker, not Spider-Man, getting targeted by a vengeful Kingpin; as he combats the threat, however, he ends up getting helped by a woman who claims to be Peter's long-lost sister, Teresa.[7]
X-Men:
No More Humans
2014 Mike Carey Salvador Larroca ISBN 978-0785154020 Features the aftermath of the Battle of the Atom event.
Thanos:
The Infinity Revelation
2014 Jim Starlin ISBN 978-0785184706 Features the return of Adam Warlock.
Revenge:
The Secret Origin of Emily Thorne
2014 Ted Sullivan
Erica Schultz
Vincenzo Balzano ISBN 978-0785190394 Inspired by ABC’s television series "Revenge."
Avengers:
Rage of Ultron
2015 Rick Remender Jerome Opena Explores the early relationship between Hank Pym and Ultron.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Marvel Graphic Novel at the Grand Comics Database
  2. ^ DeFalco, Tom; Gilbert, Laura, ed. (2008). "1980s". Marvel Chronicle A Year by Year History. Dorling Kindersley. p. 207. ISBN 978-0756641238. "This title by Jim Starlin was the first of a new series of Marvel Graphic Novels. Running between forty-eight and ninety-six pages, these paperback books were an attempt to compete with the European-style graphic albums" 
  3. ^ DeFalco "1980s" in Gilbert (2008), p. 209: "Since the first three Marvel Graphic Novels had sold so well, Marvel decided to launch the new series The New Mutants in the same format."
  4. ^ Manning, Matthew K.; Gilbert, Laura, ed. (2012). "1980s". Spider-Man Chronicle Celebrating 50 Years of Web-Slinging. Dorling Kindersley. p. 150. ISBN 978-0756692360. "In this story written by David Michelinie and drawn by Marc Silvestri, Spider-Man was recruited by Captain America into battle with a giant living monolith of Egyptian origins to prevent the creature from destroying the entire city." 
  5. ^ Manning "1980s" in Gilbert (2012), p. 156: "Writer Susan K. Putney and artist Bernie Wrightson delivered a memorable graphic novel that removed Spider-Man from his usual urban setting and placed him in a fantasy world of magic and mysticism."
  6. ^ http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=46027
  7. ^ Truitt, Brian (June 17, 2013). "Spider-Man gets a sister in 2014's 'Family Business'". USA Today. 
  8. ^ http://marvel.com/news/comics/2014/7/25/22953/sdcc_2014_avengers_rage_of_ultron
  9. ^ http://marvel.com/news/comics/2014/2/18/21966/discover_secrets_in_the_revenge_original_graphic_novel

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