Marvel Presents

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Marvel Presents
Marvel Presents #3 (Feb. 1976).
Art by Al Milgrom and John Romita Sr.
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
Publication dateOctober 1975–August 1977
No. of issues12
Main character(s)Guardians of the Galaxy
Creative team
Written by
Editor(s)Archie Goodwin, Len Wein, Marv Wolfman

Marvel Presents was an American comic book anthology series published by Marvel Comics. Twelve issues were published from October 1975 to August 1977.

Publication history[edit]


Marvel Presents began publication with an October 1975 cover date.[1] The first two issues featured Ulysses Bloodstone, a character created by Len Wein, Marv Wolfman, and John Warner for the Where Monsters Dwell series.[2] Mike Vosburg was the artist assigned to the first installment, and then Pat Boyette was to draw the rest of the series. Where Monsters Dwell was cancelled and "Bloodstone" was moved to Marvel Presents. The first two chapters were finished and were printed in issue #1. Due to the publishing delays, Boyette was unavailable for the second issue, which was drawn by Sonny Trinidad instead.

Guardians of the Galaxy[edit]

Marvel Presents is notable for giving the original Guardians of the Galaxy their first regular series, from issues #3 to #12, by Steve Gerber and Al Milgrom[3] with Roger Stern replacing Gerber as writer as of issue #10.[4] Issue #7 (Nov. 1976) depicted an obvious sex act in a Comics Code-approved comic book, between Vance Astro and Nikki.[5] It presumably made it past the code because Nikki was outside her physical body and Vance was in the mind of the Topographical Man, a humanoid heavenly body. The series was cancelled with issue #12 (August 1977) due to low sales.[4]

The issues[edit]

Issue Date Title Writer Pencils Notes
#1 October 1975 Dweller From the Depths! John Warner Mike Vosburg
Pat Boyette
first appearance of Ulysses Bloodstone
#2 December 1975 Hellfire Helix Hex! Sonny Trinidad
#3 February 1976 Just Another Planet Story! Steve Gerber Al Milgrom text piece on the history of Earth-691
#4 April 1976 Into the Maw of Madness! text piece on the history of Earth-691; first appearance of Nikki
#5 June 1976 Planet of the Absurd! Al Milgrom
Howard Chaykin
#6 August 1976 The Topographical Man Al Milgrom
#7 November 1976 Embrace the Void!
#8 December 1976 Once Upon a Time... the Silver Surfer! Roger Stern flashback reprinted from Silver Surfer #2 (October 1968)
#9 February 1977 Breaking Up is Death to Do! Steve Gerber
Mary Skrenes
#10 April 1977 Death-Bird Rising! Roger Stern
#11 June 1977 At War With Arcturus!
#12 August 1977 The Shipyard of Deep Space!

Collected editions[edit]

  • Marvel Firsts: The 1970s Vol. 3 includes Marvel Presents #1 and #3, 380 pages, June 2012, ISBN 978-0785163824
  • Guardians of the Galaxy: The Power of Starhawk includes Marvel Presents #3–12, 192 pages, July 2009, ISBN 978-0785137887
  • Guardians of the Galaxy: Tomorrow's Avengers includes Marvel Presents #3–12, 368 pages, January 2013, ISBN 978-0785166870


  1. ^ Marvel Presents at the Grand Comics Database
  2. ^ "Of Helixes and Hexes," written by John Warner, published in the "Reader's Space" section of Marvel Presents #2 (December 1975).
  3. ^ Sanderson, Peter; Gilbert, Laura, ed. (2008). "1970s". Marvel Chronicle A Year by Year History. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 175. ISBN 978-0756641238. The Guardians of the Galaxy finally received their own ongoing series in Marvel Presents #3, written by Steve Gerber and penciled by Al Milgrom.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  4. ^ a b Buttery, Jarrod (July 2013). "Explore the Marvel Universe of the 31st Century With...The Guardians of the Galaxy". Back Issue!. Raleigh, North Carolina: TwoMorrows Publishing (65): 26–27.
  5. ^ Christiansen, Jeff (October 17, 2013). "Topographical Man". The Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe. Archived from the original on December 24, 2013.

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