Origins of Marvel Comics

Simon and Schuster

United States

Published
1974
Page count
264
Cover price
5.95 USD
Colour
Colour
Format
Comic series
GCD
www.comics.org/issue/27016

Credits

Editing
Stan Lee

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Show/hide Cover Untitled (Fantastic Four; Spider-Man; Doctor Strange; Thor; Sub-Mariner; Hulk) Cover, 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Fantastic Four; Spider-Man; Doctor Strange; Thor; Sub-Mariner; Hulk
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Fantastic Four [Human Torch; Thing]; Spider-Man; Doctor Strange; Thor; Sub-Mariner; Hulk; Stan Lee (hands at typewriter)

Credits

Editing
Stan Lee
Show/hide 1. Origins of Marvel Comics Foreword, introduction, preface, afterword, 1 page

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Letters
typeset

Notes

Title page.

Show/hide 2. Prologue Foreword, introduction, preface, afterword, 1 page

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Script
Stan Lee
Letters
typeset
Show/hide 3. Part One: If One Is Good, Four Will Be Better Text article, 8 pages

Credits

Author
Stan Lee
Letters
Typeset

Notes

Stan describes his early career and his creation, with Jack Kirby, of the Fantastic Four.

Show/hide 4. Untitled (Fantastic Four) Cover reprint (on interior page), 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Fantastic Four
Genre
Superhero

Credits

Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
George Klein?
Christopher Rule?

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From GCD
from Fantastic Four (Marvel, 1961 series) #1
Show/hide 5. The Fantastic Four! (Fantastic Four) Comic story, 13 pages

Featuring

Feature
Fantastic Four
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Fantastic Four [Mr. Fantastic [Reed Richards]; Thing [Ben Grimm]; Invisible Girl [Susan Storm]; Human Torch [Johnny Storm]]

Credits

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
George Klein
Christopher Rule (assist)?

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From GCD
from Fantastic Four (Marvel, 1961 series) #1

Synopsis

Dr. Reed Richards takes his friends on a rocket trip that changes their lives forever.

Show/hide 6. The Fantastic Four Meet the Mole Man! (Fantastic Four) Comic story, 6 pages

Featuring

Feature
Fantastic Four
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Moleman [a.k.a. Mole Man] (intro and origin); Fantastic Four [Mr. Fantastic; Human Torch; Invisible Girl; Thing]

Credits

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
George Klein
Christopher Rule (assist)?

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From GCD
from Fantastic Four (Marvel, 1961 series) #1
Show/hide 7. The Moleman's Secret! (Fantastic Four) Comic story, 6 pages

Featuring

Feature
Fantastic Four
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Moleman [a.k.a. Mole Man] (intro and origin); Fantastic Four [Mr. Fantastic; Human Torch; Invisible Girl; Thing]

Credits

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
George Klein
Christopher Rule (assist)?

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From GCD
from Fantastic Four (Marvel, 1961 series) #1
Show/hide 8. Introduction to Fantastic Four #55 (Fantastic Four) Text article, 1 page

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Feature
Fantastic Four
Genre
Superhero

Credits

Author
Stan Lee
Letters
typeset
Show/hide 9. Untitled (Fantastic Four) Cover reprint (on interior page), 1 page

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Feature
Fantastic Four
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Thing; Silver Surfer

Credits

Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Joe Sinnott

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From GCD
from Fantastic Four (Marvel, 1961 series) #55
Show/hide 10. When Strikes the Silver Surfer! (Fantastic Four) Comic story, 20 pages

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Feature
Fantastic Four
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Fantastic Four [Mr. Fantastic; Invisible Girl; Thing; Human Torch]; Silver Surfer; Wyatt Wingfoot; Lockjaw

Credits

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Joe Sinnott
Letters
Sam Rosen

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From GCD
from Fantastic Four (Marvel, 1961 series) #55
Show/hide 11. Part Two: There Shall Come a Jolly Green Giant (Hulk) Text article, 9 pages

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Feature
Hulk
Genre
Superhero

Credits

Author
Stan Lee
Letters
typeset

Notes

Stan discusses the creation of The Hulk and his inspirations.

Show/hide 12. Untitled (Hulk) Cover reprint (on interior page), 1 page

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Feature
Hulk
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Hulk; Bruce Banner; Thunderbolt Ross; Betty Ross

Credits

Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
George Roussos

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From GCD
from Incredible Hulk, The (Marvel, 1962 series) #1
Show/hide 13. Part 1: The Coming of the Hulk (Hulk) Comic story, 6 pages

Featuring

Feature
Hulk
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Hulk [Bruce Banner]; Rick Jones; Thunderbolt Ross; Betty Ross; Igor; Gargoyle

Credits

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Paul Reinman

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First print
United States
The Incredible Hulk (Marvel, 1962 series) #1 (May 1962)
The Coming of the Hulk, Part 1
Also printed
United States
Marvel Tales Annual (Marvel, 1964 series) #1 (1964)
The Coming of the Hulk
 
Australia
Origins of Great Marvel Comics Heroes (Newton, 1975 series) ([1975])
 
Australia
Origins of Great Marvel Comics Heroes (Newton, 1975 series) ([1975])
The Coming of the Hulk
 
Australia
The Incredible Hulk (Yaffa/Page, 1981? series) #1 ([October 1977])
The Coming of The Hulk
 
United States
The Incredible Hulk (Pocket, 1978 series) #81446-X (April 1978)
The Coming of the Hulk (Part 1)
 
United States
Marvel Masterworks (Marvel, 1987 series) #8 (1989)
The Coming of the Hulk

Synopsis

Scientist Bruce Banner saves a young boy from being killed by a nuclear blast but absorbs deadly amounts of gamma radiation which transforms him into a monster dubbed the Hulk.

Show/hide 14. Part 2: The Hulk Strikes! (Hulk) Comic story, 5 pages
Show/hide 15. Part 3: The Search for the Hulk (Hulk) Comic story, 3 pages

Featuring

Feature
Hulk
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Hulk; Rick Jones; Betty Ross

Credits

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Paul Reinman

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First print
United States
The Incredible Hulk (Marvel, 1962 series) #1 (May 1962)
[The Coming of the Hulk] Part 3: The Search for the Hulk
Also printed
Australia
The Incredible Hulk (Yaffa/Page, 1981? series) #1 ([October 1977])
The Search for the Hulk
 
United States
The Incredible Hulk (Pocket, 1978 series) #81446-X (April 1978)
The Search for the Hulk (Part 3)

Synopsis

Rick helps cover for Banner and explains to the scientist what happened.

Show/hide 16. Part 4: Enter...the Gargoyle (Hulk) Comic story, 5 pages

Featuring

Feature
Hulk
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Hulk; Rick Jones; Betty Ross; General Thunderbolt Ross; Gargoyle

Credits

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Paul Reinman

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First print
United States
The Incredible Hulk (Marvel, 1962 series) #1 (May 1962)
[The Coming of the Hulk] Part 4: Enter...the Gargoyle!
Also printed
Australia
The Incredible Hulk (Yaffa/Page, 1981? series) #1 ([October 1977])
Enter the Gargoyle
 
United States
The Incredible Hulk (Pocket, 1978 series) #81446-X (April 1978)
Enter ... The Gargoyle (Part 4)

Synopsis

The Gargoyle hears about The Hulk and heads out to find and capture him.

Show/hide 17. Part 5: The Hulk Triumphant! (Hulk) Comic story, 5 pages

Featuring

Feature
Hulk
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Hulk; Rick Jones; Betty Ross; General Thunderbolt Ross; Gargoyle

Credits

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Paul Reinman

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First print
United States
The Incredible Hulk (Marvel, 1962 series) #1 (May 1962)
[The Coming of the Hulk] Part 5: The Hulk Triumphant!
Also printed
Australia
The Incredible Hulk (Yaffa/Page, 1981? series) #1 ([October 1977])
Triumphant!
 
United States
The Incredible Hulk (Pocket, 1978 series) #81446-X (April 1978)
Triumphant! (Part 5)

Synopsis

Banner helps restore the Gargoyle, who turns against his masters.

Show/hide 18. Introduction to The Incredible Hulk #118 (Hulk) Text article, 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Hulk
Genre
Superhero

Credits

Author
Stan Lee
Letters
typeset
Show/hide 19. Untitled (Hulk) Cover reprint (on interior page), 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Hulk
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Hulk; Namor, the Sub-Mariner; Dorma

Credits

Art
Herb Trimpe

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From GCD
from Incredible Hulk, The (Marvel, 1968 series) #118
Show/hide 20. A Clash of Titans (Hulk) Comic story, 20 pages

Featuring

Feature
Hulk
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Hulk; Namor, the Sub-Mariner; Lord Vashti; Lady Dorma; Fara

Credits

Script
Stan Lee
Art
Herb Trimpe [as Herbie Trimpe]
Letters
Artie Simek

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From GCD
from Incredible Hulk, The (Marvel, 1968 series) #118

Synopsis

Dorma finds Bruce Banner floating in the ocean and brings him down to Atlantis where, inevitably, the Hulk and the Sub-Mariner battle.

Show/hide 21. Part Three: The World's Best-Selling Swinger (Spider-Man) Text article, 10 pages

Featuring

Feature
Spider-Man
Genre
Superhero

Credits

Author
Stan Lee
Letters
typeset

Notes

Stan describes the improbable creation of Spider-Man.

Show/hide 22. Untitled (Spider-Man) Cover reprint (on interior page), 1 page

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Feature
Spider-Man
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Spider-Man

Credits

Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Steve Ditko

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From GCD
from Amazing Fantasy (Marvel, 1962 series) #15
Show/hide 23. Spider-Man! (Spider-Man) Comic story, 11 pages

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Feature
Spider-Man
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Spider-Man; Aunt May; Uncle Ben; Flash Thompson

Credits

Script
Stan Lee
Art
Steve Ditko

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From GCD
from Amazing Fantasy (Marvel, 1962 series) #15

Synopsis

Peter Parker finds that with great power comes great responsibility.

Show/hide 24. Introduction to The Amazing Spider-Man #72 (Spider-Man) Text article, 1 page

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Feature
Spider-Man
Genre
Superhero

Credits

Author
Stan Lee
Letters
typeset
Show/hide 25. Untitled (Spider-Man) Cover reprint (on interior page), 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Spider-Man
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Shocker

Credits

Art
John Romita

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From GCD
from Amazing Spider-Man, The (Marvel, 1963 series) #72
Show/hide 26. Rocked by..the Shocker! (Spider-Man) Comic story, 20 pages

Featuring

Feature
Spider-Man
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Spider-Man; Shocker; Gwen Stacy; Captain George Stacy; Aunt May; J. Jonah Jameson; Lizard (flashback); Flash Thompson

Credits

Script
Stan Lee
John Buscema (plot)
Pencils
John Buscema (layouts)
John Romita (finishes)
Inks
Jim Mooney
Letters
Sam Rosen

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From GCD
from Amazing Spider-Man, The (Marvel, 1963 series) #72
Show/hide 27. Part Four: Meanwhile, Back in Asgard... (Thor) Text article, 9 pages

Featuring

Feature
Thor
Genre
Superhero

Credits

Author
Stan Lee
Letters
typeset

Notes

Stan describes the creation of Thor and the involvement of his brother Larry Lieber, along with Jack Kirby.

Show/hide 28. Introducing... the Mighty Thor! (Thor) Cover reprint (on interior page), 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Thor
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Thor

Credits

Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Joe Sinnott
Editing
Stan Lee (Original Editor)

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From GCD
from Journey Into Mystery (Marvel, 1952 series) #83 (August 1962)
Show/hide 29. "The Stone Men from Saturn!" (Thor) Comic story, 5 pages

Featuring

Feature
Thor
Genre
Superhero
Code
V-786
Characters
Thor (I)(O); Don Blake (I); Gorr (I)

Credits

Script
Stan Lee (Plot)
Larry Lieber (Script)
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Joe Sinnott
Letters
Art Simek

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From GCD
from Journey Into Mystery (Marvel, 1952 series) #83 (August 1962)

Synopsis

After witnessing the beginnings of an alien invasion, Don Blake discovers the hammer of Thor, and becomes the Norse god.

Notes

First appearance of Thor, Don Blake and Gorr, origin of Thor.

Show/hide 30. Part 2: The Power of Thor! (Thor) Comic story, 5 pages

Featuring

Feature
Thor
Genre
Superhero
Code
V-786
Characters
Thor; Don Blake; Gorr

Credits

Script
Stan Lee (Plot)
Larry Lieber (Script)
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Joe Sinnott
Letters
Art Simek

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From GCD
from Journey Into Mystery (Marvel, 1952 series) #83 (August 1962)

Synopsis

Don Blake explores his new abilities.

Show/hide 31. Part 3: Thor the Mighty Strikes Back! (Thor) Comic story, 3 pages

Featuring

Feature
Thor
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Thor; Gorr

Credits

Script
Stan Lee (Plot)
Larry Lieber (Script)
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Joe Sinnott
Letters
Art Simek

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From GCD
from Journey Into Mystery (Marvel, 1952 series) #83 (August 1962)

Synopsis

Thor repels the alien invasion.

Show/hide 32. [Introduction to Thor #143 (Thor) Text article, 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Thor
Genre
Superhero

Credits

Author
Stan Lee
Letters
typeset
Show/hide 33. Untitled (Thor) Cover reprint (on interior page), 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Thor
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Thor; Balder; Sif; Brona; Magnir

Credits

Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Vince Colletta
Editing
Stan Lee (Original Editor)

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From GCD
from Thor (Marvel, 1966 series) #143 (August 1967)
Show/hide 34. "--And, Soon Shall Come: the Enchanters!" (Thor) Comic story, 16 pages

Featuring

Feature
Thor
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Thor; Heimdall; Don Blake; Mr. Markham; Balder; Sif; Enchanters Three [Magnir; Forsung; Brona] (I); Living Talisman (I)

Credits

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Bill Everett
Letters
Sam Rosen
Editing
Stan Lee (Original Editor)

Reprint history

Based on
United States
Thor (Marvel, 1966 series) #143 (August 1967)
"--And, Soon Shall Come: the Enchanters!"
Printed in
Australia
Super Giant (KG Murray, 1974 series) #8 ([March 1974?])
--And, Soon Shall Come: The Enchanters!
Also printed
United States
Marvel Spectacular (Marvel, 1973 series) #14 (March 1975)
"--And, Soon Shall Come: the Enchanters!"
From GCD
from Thor (Marvel, 1966 series) #143 (August 1967)

Synopsis

Sif and Balder face The Enchanters Three, possessors of the Living Talismen.

Notes

First appearances of the Enchanters Three (Magnir, Forsung and Brona), the Living Talisman and the land of Ringsfjord.

Show/hide 35. Part Five: Mainly about a Master of the Mystic Arts (Doctor Strange) Text article, 8 pages

Featuring

Feature
Doctor Strange
Genre
Superhero

Credits

Author
Stan Lee
Letters
typeset

Notes

Stan describes the genesis of Dr. Strange.

Show/hide 36. Dr. Strange Master of Black Magic! (Doctor Strange) Comic story, 5 pages
Show/hide 37. The Origin of Dr. Strange (Doctor Strange) Comic story, 8 pages

Featuring

Feature
Doctor Strange
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Doctor Strange; Ancient One; Baron Mordo

Credits

Script
Stan Lee
Art
Steve Ditko
Letters
Sam Rosen

Reprint history

First print
United States
Strange Tales (Marvel, 1951 series) #115 (December 1963)
The Origin of Dr. Strange
Also printed
United States
Marvel Tales Annual (Marvel, 1964 series) #2 (1965)
The Origin of Dr. Strange
 
United States
Marvel Premiere (Marvel, 1972 series) #11 (October 1973)
The Origin of Dr. Strange
 
Australia
The Avengers (Newton, 1975 series) #1 ([28 June 1975])
The Origin of Dr. Strange
 
Australia
Origins of Great Marvel Comics Heroes (Newton, 1975 series) ([1975])
 
Australia
Origins of Great Marvel Comics Heroes (Newton, 1975 series) ([1975])
The Origin of Dr. Strange
 
Australia
Marvel Tales (Yaffa/Page, 1977? series) #1 ([1977?])
The Origin of Dr. Strange
 
Australia
Marvel Tales (Yaffa/Page, 1977? series) #1 ([1977?])
The Origin of Dr. Strange
 
Australia
Marvel Tales (Yaffa/Page, 1977? series) #2 ([1979?])
The Origin of Dr. Strange
 
Australia
Marvel Tales (Yaffa/Page, 1977? series) #2 ([1979?])
The Origin of Dr. Strange
 
United States
Marvel Tales (Marvel, 1949 series) #137 (March 1982)
The Origin of Dr. Strange
 
United States
Marvel Masterworks (Marvel, 1987 series) #23 (1992)
The Origin of Dr. Strange
 
United States
Spider-Man Classics (Marvel, 1993 series) #1 (April 1993)
The Origin of Dr. Strange
 
United States
Origins of Marvel Comics Revised Edition (Marvel, 1997 series) (September 1997)
The Origin of Dr. Strange
 
United States
Essential Dr. Strange (Marvel, 2001 series) #1 (December 2001)
The Origin of Dr. Strange
From GCD
from Strange Tales (Marvel, 1951 series) #115

Synopsis

Seeking healing, Stephen Strange stumbles onto the Ancient One and studies with him.

Show/hide 38. Introduction to "--The Fearful Finish--!" (Doctor Strange) Text article, 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Doctor Strange
Genre
Superhero

Credits

Author
Stan Lee
Letters
typeset
Show/hide 39. The Fearful Finish..! (Doctor Strange) Comic story, 10 pages

Featuring

Feature
Doctor Strange
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Dr. Strange; Clea; Umar; Ancient One

Credits

Script
Marie Severin (co-plot)
Stan Lee (co-plot, dialogue)
Art
Marie Severin
Letters
Artie Simek

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From GCD
from Strange Tales (Marvel, 1951 series) #155

Synopsis

Dr. Strange saves Clea.

Show/hide 40. Epilogue (Origins of Marvel Comics) Text article, 2 pages

Featuring

Feature
Origins of Marvel Comics
Genre
Superhero

Credits

Author
Stan Lee
Letters
typeset

Notes

Stan talks about the current new wave of Marvel talent.


Status

AusReprints ID

  • 51401

Cover added

  • 23/08/2010

Index completed

  • 23/08/2010