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Marvel–related publications to 2005, while two other appendices provide selected lists of Marvel–related game books and unpublished Marvel titles.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