Marvel Graphic Novels and Related Publications

An Annotated Guide to Comics, Prose Novels, Children’s Books, Articles, Criticism and Reference Works, 1965–2005

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About the Book

This work provides an extensive guide for students, fans, and collectors of Marvel Comics. Focusing on Marvel’s mainstream comics, the author provides a detailed description of each comic along with a bibliographic citation listing the publication’s title, writers/artists, publisher, ISBN (if available), and a plot synopsis. One appendix provides a comprehensive alphabetical index of Marvel and Marvel–related publications to 2005, while two other appendices provide selected lists of Marvel–related game books and unpublished Marvel titles.

About the Author(s)

Robert G. Weiner is associate humanities librarian at Texas Tech University. His work has been published in the Journal of Popular Culture, Public Library Quarterly, Journal of American Culture, International Journal of Comic Art and Popular Music and Society.

Bibliographic Details

Robert G. Weiner
Format: hardcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 399
Bibliographic Info: appendices, bibliography, indexes
Copyright Date: 2008
pISBN: 978-0-7864-2500-6
eISBN: 978-0-7864-5115-9
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      ix

Foreword by John Rhett Thomas      1

Preface      3

Section I. Background Highlights

1. Graphic Novels and Literature, Then and Now      5

2. Marvel Comics, Then and Now      11

Section II. Marvel’s Superheroes

3. Major Characters, Teams, and Team-Ups

Avengers, Black Panther/Black Widow, Hawkeye, Hercules, Thunderbolts, and Ultimates      19

Captain America, Fury, Human Torch, Namor, and Golden-Age Characters      27

Conan/Kull      34

Cosmic Heroes and Supernaturals/Blade, Captain Marvel, Dr. Strange, Dracula, Ghost Rider, Silver Surfer, Thanos, et al.      37

Daredevil and Elektra      44

Fantastic Four/Dr. Doom and Inhumans      50

Hulk and She-Hulk      55

Iron Man and War Machine      60

Punisher, Shadowmasters, and The ’Nam      62

Spider-Man, Spider-Woman, Spider-Girl, Venom, and Carnage      67

Thor      86

Transformers, G.I. Joe, and Death’s Head      90

Wolverine, Deadpool, Sabretooth, and Weapon X      96

X-Men/Mutants and Related      104

4. Minor Characters and Minor Character Combos

Minor Characters      131

Minor Character Combos      143

Section III. Special Volumes and Series

5. Special Hardbacks and Marvel Masterworks

Special Hardbacks      151

Marvel Masterworks      168

6. Marvel’s Essential Series

Avengers, Ant-Man, Captain America, Iron Man, and Thor      180

Daredevil      184

Fantastic Four, Dr. Doom, Human Torch, and Inhumans      185

Hulk      187

Spider-Man      187

Wolverine      189

X-Men      191

Essential Monsters      193

Other Essentials      194

7. Epic Comics Graphic Novels      197

8. Marvel and Marvel-Related Paperbacks      215

Section IV. Selected Marvel Publications

9. Marvel/DC Crossovers      227

10. Children’s Books      232

11. Movies and Television      245

12. Classical, Esoteric, Historical, Music-Related, and Religious Works      252

Section V. Selected Marvel-Related Publications

13. Prose Novels

Avengers      257

Blade      257

Captain America      258

Daredevil and Elektra      258

Fantastic Four      259

Hulk      260

Iron Man      262

Spider-Man      262

X-Men/Wolverine and Related      268

Team-Ups      276

Other Characters and Novels      279

14. Articles, Books, Guides, and Indexes

Articles and Books      282

Guides and Indexes      298

15. Children’s Books      305

16. Scholarly Publications      311

Appendix 1. Marvel and Marvel-Related Publications, 2005      325

Appendix 2. Selected Marvel-Related Game Books      332

Appendix 3. Unpublished Books      335

Title Index      337

Artist and Author Index      354

Subject Index      364

Book Reviews & Awards

“Robert Weiner… should be applauded…highly valuable”—ARBA; “amazingly ambitious”—International Journal of Comic Art; “most valuable…well-researched”—Journal of Popular Culture.