Marvel Saga

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Marvel Saga
Marvel Saga 1 cover.jpg
First Issue Cover
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
FormatLimited series
Publication dateDec. 1985 - Dec. 1987
No. of issues25
Creative team
Written byPeter Sanderson
Editor(s)Danny Fingeroth
Collected editions
Volume 1ISBN 978-0-7851-2727-7
Volume 2ISBN 978-0-7851-2728-4

The Marvel Saga: The Official History of the Marvel Universe was a comic book series which attempted to condense the first 25 years of Marvel Universe events into a sequential, narrative story.

Publication history[edit]

The series was researched and written by Peter Sanderson and edited by Danny Fingeroth. It was published over 25 issues from December 1985 to December 1987.[1] The story follows Marvel continuity as closely as possible from the inception of the Marvel Universe, and it is stated in the first issue that there is nothing in the series that hasn't already been printed in previous Marvel comics. The illustration of the comics was mostly made up from excerpts from the original comics in which the events being described took place, with the addition of some new artwork to describe some of the events mentioned.

The series was meant to be a cohesive and quick way for newcomers to catch up on the entirety of the Marvel Universe at once, featuring the stories of the biggest and most important events in the Universe, including origins of most of the major Marvel characters. It also allows readers to see how stories from many different series are related and how they fit together in chronological order. The series concluded with the introduction of Galactus and the Silver Surfer.

In order to tie in with the wedding of Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson, Marvel Saga #22 broke from the chronological approach of the series to provide a complete history of Peter and Mary Jane's relationship, and was written by Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man writer Peter David instead of Sanderson. David commented, "How could I not do it? I'm an old romantic. Having been happily married for ten years, I'm a fan of 'And they got married and lived happily ever after.' I think Peter deserves some happiness, although considering the Parker luck, he probably won't live happily ever after." [emphases in original][2]


Subsequent releases from Marvel have followed the Marvel Saga format. Wolverine Saga, a four-part mini-series published from September 1989 to December 1989,[3] detailed the history of Wolverine up to that time. Spider-Man Saga, another four issue series, was released from November 1991 to February 1992[4] and did the same thing for Spider-Man.

Beginning in 2006, Marvel released several Marvel Saga-style one-shots for their titles. The list of these books are:

* Online only

In January 2012, Marvel published a one-shot comic titled History of the Marvel Universe, which provided an overview of the past 50 years of Marvel history in the Marvel Saga format.

Collected editions[edit]

The series has been collected into two trade paperbacks:


  1. ^ Brevoort, Tom; DeFalco, Tom; Manning, Matthew K.; Sanderson, Peter; Wiacek, Win (2017). Marvel Year By Year: A Visual History. DK Publishing. p. 223. ISBN 978-1465455505.
  2. ^ Fisch, Sholly (September 1987). "Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson Star in Marvel Saga". Marvel Age. No. 54. Marvel Comics. pp. 22–23.
  3. ^ "GCD :: Series :: The Wolverine Saga".
  4. ^ "GCD :: Series :: Spider-Man Saga".

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