Marvel Graphic Novel
Marvel Graphic Novel (MGN) was a series of graphic novel trade paperbacks published from 1982 to 1993 by Marvel Comics. 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. 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. 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
|1||The Death of Captain Marvel||1982||Jim Starlin||Jim Starlin|
|2||Elric: The Dreaming City||1982||Michael Moorcock
|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
|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||June 1985||David Michelinie||Marc Silvestri
|18||The Sensational She-Hulk||1985||John Byrne||John Byrne
|19||Conan the Barbarian: The Witch Queen of Acheron||1985||Don Kraar||Gary Kwapisz|
|20||Greenberg the Vampire||1985||J. M. DeMatteis||Mark Badger|
|21||Marada the She-Wolf||1985||Chris Claremont||John Bolton||collects material originally serialized in Epic Illustrated #10-12|
|22||Amazing Spider-Man: Hooky||1986||Susan K. Putney||Bernie Wrightson|
|23||Doctor Strange: Into Shamballa||1986||J. M. DeMatteis
|24||Daredevil: Love and War||1986||Frank Miller||Bill Sienkiewicz|
|25||Alien Legion: A Grey Day to Die||1986||Carl Potts
|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
|34||Cloak and Dagger: Predator and Prey||1988||Bill Mantlo||Larry Stroman|
|35||The Shadow: Hitler's Astrologer||1988||Dennis O'Neil||Michael Kaluta
|36||Willow: Movie Adaptation||1988||Mary Jo Duffy||Bob Hall
|37||Hercules Prince of Power: Full Circle||1988||Bob Layton||Bob Layton|
|38||Silver Surfer: Judgment Day||1988||Stan Lee||John Buscema|
|39||The Inhumans||1988||Ann Nocenti||Bret Blevins|
- 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
By late 2013, Marvel started a new line of graphic novels, called Marvel Original Graphic Novel, or Marvel OGN. The first of the line is titled Avengers: Endless Wartime, which was released on October 1, 2013. Written by Warren Ellis and Mike McKone, the graphic novel concerns Captain America and Thor in the present day of the Marvel Universe as they lead the Avengers against an ancient enemy from Thor's past.
The second graphic novel is titled Spider-Man: Family Business, and is to be released on April 2, 2014. Written by Mark Waid and James Robinson and fully painted by Gabriele Dell'otto, the story, which takes place before the events of The Superior Spider-Man, 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.
The next Marvel OGN is X-Men: No More Humans by Mike Carey, which features the aftermath of the Battle of the Atom event. Another one is Thanos: The Infinity Revelation by Jim Starlin, which features the return of Adam Warlock.
- Marvel Graphic Novel at the Grand Comics Database
- 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"
- 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."
- 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."
- 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."
- Truitt, Brian (June 17, 2013). "Spider-Man gets a sister in 2014's 'Family Business'". USA Today.
- The Definitive Graphic Novels List by Bob Rozakis (Note: Rozakis uses a different numbering from Overstreet on MGN #32-35.)