Marvel Super-Heroes (comics)
The first was the one-shot Marvel Super Heroes Special #1 (Oct. 1966) produced as a tie-in to The Marvel Super Heroes animated television program, reprinting Daredevil #1 (April 1964) and The Avengers #2 (Nov. 1963), plus two stories from the 1930s-1940s period fans and historians call Golden Age of comic books: "The Human Torch and the Sub-Mariner Meet" (Marvel Mystery Comics #8, June 1940), and the first Marvel story by future editor-in-chief Stan Lee, the two-page text piece "Captain America Foils the Traitor's Revenge" (Captain America Comics #3, May 1941).
This summer special was a 25¢ "giant", relative to the typical 12¢ comics of the times.
The first ongoing series of this name began as Fantasy Masterpieces, initially a standard-sized, 12¢ anthology reprinting "pre-superhero Marvel" monster and sci-fi/fantasy stories. With issue #3 (June 1966), the title was expanded to a 25-cent giant reprinting a mix of those stories and Golden Age superhero stories from Marvel's 1940s iteration as Timely Comics. Fantasy Masterpieces ran 11 issues (Feb. 1966 - Oct. 1967) before being renamed Marvel Super-Heroes with #12 (Dec. 1967).
While continuing with the same mix of reprint material, this first volume of Marvel Super-Heroes also began showcasing a try-out feature as each issue's lead. This encompassed solo stories of such supporting characters as Medusa of the Inhumans, as well as the debuts of Captain Marvel (#12), the Phantom Eagle (#16) and the Guardians of the Galaxy (#18). The Spider-Man story drawn by Ross Andru in issue #14 was originally planned as a fill-in issue of The Amazing Spider-Man but was used here when that title's regular artist, John Romita, Sr. recovered more quickly than anticipated from a wrist injury. Andru would become the regular artist on The Amazing Spider-Man several years later.
Under either name, this series' Golden Age reprints represented the newly emerging comic-book fandom's first exposure to some of the earliest work of such important creators as Jack Kirby, Bill Everett, and Carl Burgos, and to such long-unseen and unfamiliar characters as the Whizzer and the Destroyer. Fantasy Masterpieces #10 (Aug. 1967) reprinted the entirety of the full-length All-Winners Squad story from the (unhyphenated) All Winners Comics #19 (Fall 1946). Fantasy Masterpieces #11 (Oct. 1967) re-introduced the work of the late artist Joe Maneely, a star of 1950s comics who died young in a train accident.
|Issue (cover date)||Character/Story title||Writer(s)||Penciller(s)||Inker(s)|
|#12 (December 1967)||"The Coming of Captain Marvel"||Stan Lee||Gene Colan||Frank Giacoia|
|#13 (March 1968)||Captain Marvel in "Where Walks the Sentry"||Roy Thomas||Gene Colan||Paul Reinman|
|#14 (May 1968)||Spider-Man in "The Reprehensible Riddle of the Sorcerer"||Stan Lee||Ross Andru||Bill Everett|
|#15 (July 1968)||Medusa in "Let the Silence Shatter"||Archie Goodwin||Gene Colan||Vince Colletta|
|#16 (September 1968)||"The Phantom Eagle"||Gary Friedrich||Herb Trimpe||Herb Trimpe|
|#17 (November 1968)||"The Black Knight Reborn"||Roy Thomas||Howard Purcell||Dan Adkins|
|#18 (January 1969)||"Guardians of the Galaxy"||Arnold Drake||Gene Colan||Mike Esposito
(as "Mickey Demeo")
|#19 (March 1969)||Ka-Zar in "My Father, My Enemy"||Arnold Drake and
|George Tuska||Sid Greene|
|#20 (May 1969)||Doctor Doom in "This Man, This Demon"||Roy Thomas and Larry Lieber||Larry Lieber and Frank Giacoia||Vince Colletta|
Marvel Super-Heroes became an all-reprint magazine beginning with #21 (July 1969), and a regular-sized comic at the then-standard 20-cent price with #32 (Sept. 1972). This reprint series lasted through issue #105 (Jan. 1982).
A second series titled Fantasy Masterpieces ran from #1-14 (Dec. 1979 - Jan. 1981), reprinting truncated versions of the 1968 Silver Surfer series, and Adam Warlock stories from Strange Tales and Warlock.
The name itself reappeared, without a hyphen, as part of the title of a 12-issue, company-wide crossover miniseries Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars (May 1984 - April 1985). The 1985-86 sequel was titled simply Secret Wars II.
Next came the 15-issue Marvel Super-Heroes vol. 2 (May 1990 - Oct. 1993), published quarterly and which generally printed "inventory stories", those assigned to serve as emergency filler.
The final series of this title was the six-issue Marvel Super-Heroes Megazine (Oct. 1994 - March 1995), a 100-page book reprinting 1970s and 1980s Fantastic Four, Daredevil, Iron Man and Hulk stories in each issue.
- DeFalco, Tom; Gilbert, Laura, ed. (2008). "1960s". Marvel Chronicle A Year by Year History. Dorling Kindersley. p. 119. ISBN 978-0756641238.
To help support the new animated television show, Martin Goodman told Stan Lee to produce a comic called Marvel Super Heroes.
- Marvel Super Heroes #1 (October 1966) at the Grand Comics Database
- 'Marvel Super-Heroes' at the Grand Comics Database
- DeFalco "1960s" in Gilbert (2008), p. 125: "Captain Mar-Vell was a Kree warrior sent to spy on Earth, by Stan Lee and artist Gene Colan."
- DeFalco "1960s" in Gilbert (2008), p. 131: "Aviation buff Herb Trimpe, who flew his own biplane for many years, teamed up with writer Gary Friedrich to create flying ace the Phantom Eagle."
- DeFalco "1960s" in Gilbert (2008), p. 134: "The Guardians of the Galaxy were a science-fiction version of the group from the movie Dirty Dozen (1967) and were created by writer Arnold Drake and artist Gene Colan."
- Manning, Matthew K.; Gilbert, Laura, ed. (2012). "1960s". Spider-Man Chronicle Celebrating 50 Years of Web-Slinging. Dorling Kindersley. p. 43. ISBN 978-0756692360.
When John Romita sprained his wrist, Marvel hired artist Ross Andru to draw a fill-in issue of The Amazing Spider-Man to give Romita time to recover. However, never less than a consummate professional, Romita turned in his work on schedule as promised, leaving the company with an extra Stan Lee-scripted Spider-Man story on their hands.
- Saffel, Steve (2007). "An Exploding Icon The 1970s". Spider-Man the Icon: The Life and Times of a Pop Culture Phenomenon. Titan Books. p. 66. ISBN 978-1-84576-324-4.
Having done a special stand-alone Spider-Man story in Marvel Super-Heroes #14, May 1968, Andru came aboard as the ongoing artist with Amazing #125, October 1973.
- 'Marvel Superheroes (Marvel UK) at the Grand Comics Database
- 'Marvel Comic' at the Grand Comics Database
- 'Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars' at the Grand Comics Database
- 'Marvel Super-Heroes vol. 2 at the Grand Comics Database
- 'Marvel Super-Heroes Megazine' at the Grand Comics Database
- Marvel Super-Heroes at the Unofficial Handbook of Marvel Comics Creators