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Marvel Masterworks and Classics

March 30, 2015

[updated June 11, 2017]

Here is what I’ve read so far in the Marvel Masterworks Library.  I didn’t start out reading them chronologically, but I’m trying to do that, more or less, now, which is why I haven’t started reading The Uncanny X-Men (the closer the end years match, the better I’m doing). By the 1970s, many are not technically in the Masterworks series, but I am adding them in, too. I am adding only complete sequences. A more complete list of Marvel Comics I have read (in alphabetical rather than chronological order) is in the “Comic Book Reading Sequences” tab.

Still trying to get through interlibrary loan:

*Volume 80: The Mighty Thor vol. 6
*Volume 143: Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos vol. 3
*Volume 149: Golden Age Marvel Comics vol. 5

This has kind of held me up. I made an exception for The Amazing Spider-Man vol. 8 because it is owned by Brooklyn Public Library and did not require an interlibrary loan.

Golden Age

Marvel Comics vols. 1-4 (October 1939-January 1941)
The Human Torch (October 1939-January 1941)
The Sub-Mariner (October 1939-January 1941)
The Angel (October 1939-January 1941)
The Masked Raider (October 1939-October 1940) [final]
Professor John Roberts (October 1939) [final]
The Adventures of Ka-Zar the Great (October 1939-January 1941)
American Ace (December 1939-January 1940) [final]
Electro, the Marvel of the Age (February 1940-January 1941)
Ferret, Mystery Detective (February 1940-July 1940) [final]
Terry Vance, The School Boy Sleuth (August 1940-January 1941)
The Vision (November 1940-January 1941)

Daring Mystery Comics vol. 1-2 (January-June 1940, September 1940, April 1941, January 1942) [final]
The Fiery Mask (January 1940; June 1940; September 1940)
John Steele, Soldier of Fortune (January 1940) [final]
The Texas Kid (January 1940) [final]
Monako, Prince of Magic (January 1940; May 1940-September 1940) [final]
Flash Foster at Midwestern (January 1940) [final]
Doyl Denton, Phantom of the Underworld (January 1940) [final]
Barney Mullen – Sea Rover (January 1940) [final]
Zephyr Jones and His Rocket Ship (February 1940)
The Phantom Bullet, Scourge of the Underworld (February 1940) [final]
Trojak, the Tiger-Man (February 1940-June 1940) [final]
K-4 and His Sky Devils (February 1940-June 1940) [final]
Mr. E. (February 1940) [final]
The Laughing Mask/The Purple Mask (February 1940-May 1940) [final]
Dale of the FBI (April 1940) [final]
Breeze Barton (April 1940-June 1940) [final]
The Phantom Reporter (April 1940) [final]
Marvex the Super Robot (April 1940-June 1940) [final]
Captain Strong of the Foreign Legion (April 1940) [final]
Whirlwind Carter of the Interplanetary Secret Service (May 1940-June 1940) [final]
G-Man Don Gorman (May 1940) [final]
Little Hercules (June 1940) [final]
The Falcon (June 1940-September 1940) [final]
Marvel Boy (September 1940) [final]
Stuporman (September 1940)
The Flying Flame (September 1940)
Dynaman (September 1940) [final]
Tigerman (September 1940) [final]
The Thunderer (April 1941; January 1942) [final; revamped as Black Avenger]
The Fin (April 1941; January 1942)
Blue Diamond (April 1941; January 1942) [final]
Officer O’Krime (April 1941; January 1942)
The Silver Scorpion (April 1941; January 1942)
The Challenger (April 1941)
Mr. Million (April 1941) [final]
Captain Daring (April 1941; January 1942) [final; revamped as Captain Dash]
Citizen V (January 1942)
The Li’l Professor and the Robot (January 1942)
Tubby an’ Tack (January 1942)

Mystic Comics vol. 1 (March 1940-August 1940) [latest volume reprinted]
Flexo the Rubber-Man (March 1940-August 1940) [final]
The Blue Blaze (March 1940-August 1940) [final]
Zephyr Jones and His Rocket Ship (March 1940) [final]
The 3 X’s (March 1940) [final]
Dakor the Magician (March 1940-June 1940) [final]
The Dynamic Man (March 1940-August 1940) [final]
The Master Mind Excello (April 1940-June 1940) [final]
Space Rangers (April 1940-June 1940) [final]
Taxi Taylor and His Flying Machine (April 1940) [final]
The Invisible Man Known as Dr. Gade (April 1940-August 1940) [final]
Zara of the Jungle (April 1940-June 1940) [final]
Hercules David (June 1940) [final]
Thin Man (August 1940) [final]
The Black Widow (August 1940)
Merzah the Mystic (August 1940) [final]

All-Winners Comics vol. 1 (Summer 1941-Spring 1942)
The Human Torch (Summer 1941-Spring 1942)
The Black Marvel (Summer 1941) [final in this series]
Captain America (Summer 1941-Spring 1942)
The Sub-Mariner (Summer 1941-Spring 1942)
The Angel (Summer 1941) [final in this series]
The Destroyer (Fall 1941-Spring 1942)
The Whizzer (Fall 1941-Spring 1942)

Atlas Era

Venus vol. 1 (August 1948-May 1950) [latest volume reprinted]

Strange Tales vol. 1 (June 1951-September 1952) [anthology; have not read in order or in entirety (own)]

Battlefield vol. 1 (April 1952-May 1953) [latest volume reprinted]

Journey Into Mystery vols. 1-2 (June 1952-December 1954) [anthology; have not read vol. 2 in entirety (own)]

Black Knight/Yellow Claw vol. 1 (May 1955-April 1956 [final])/(October 1956-April 1957 [final])

Marvel Age

Rawhide Kid vol. 1 (August 1960-December 1961)

The Fantastic Four vols. 1-8 (November 1961-December 1968)

Ant-Man/Giant Man vol. 1-2 (January 1962; September 1962-July 1965 [final: replaced with The Sub-Mariner])

The Incredible Hulk vols. 1-3 (May 1962-March 1963; September 1964-April 1968)

The Mighty Thor vols. 1-5 (August 1962-May 1967)

The Amazing Spider-Man vols. 1-8 (August/September 1962-October 1969)

The Human Torch vols. 1-2 (October 1962-July 1965 [final: replaced with Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.])

Iron Man vols. 1-4 (March 1963-March 1968)

Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos vol. 1-2 (May 1963-October 1965)

Doctor Strange vols. 1-3 (July 1963-April 1969)

The Avengers vols. 1-6; Kree/Skrull War (September 1963-November 1968; June 1971-March 1972)

The X-Men vols. 1-6 (September 1963-March 1970)

Daredevil vols. 1-4 (April 1964-June 1968; February 1973-January 1975)

Captain America vols. 1-2 (November 1964-April 1968)

The Sub-Mariner vols. 1-2 (October 1939; April 1965-May 1968; February 1973-July 1974)

Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. vols. 1-2 (August 1965-August 1968)

Captain Marvel vol. 1 (December 1967-January 1969)

The Silver Surfer vol. 1 (August 1968-June 1969)

Guardians of the Galaxy (January 1969; July 1974-September 1974; February 1976-August 1977) [final]

Tower of Shadows (September 1969-January 1971) [final]

The Man-Thing (May 1971-February 1978) [final]

Mockingbird: Bobbi Morse, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. (June 1971-October 1973; January 1976; July 1980; September 1983-December 1983 [everything in the trade except Ka-Zar 3-5 (May 1974-September 1974) and Savage Tales #8 (January 1975)]) [final]

Warlock vol. 1 (April 1972-August 1974)

The Tomb of Dracula vol. 1 (April 1972-September 1973) [I own volume 2, but it is being stored at the house of a friend who is out of town most of the time]

Journey Into Mystery (vol. 2) (October 1972-June 1973)

Night Nurse TPB (November 1972-May 1973; February 2006) [final]

Shanna the She-Devil [Seuling/Gerber] (December 1972-August 1973; May 1974-January 1975; June 1978; April 1991-October 1991) [final]

Avengers/Defenders War HC (September 1973-December 1973) [final]

Son of Satan (September 1973-February 1977) [final]

The Living Mummy (August 1973-October 1974)

Tales of the Zombie (August 1973-March 1975) [final]

It! The Living Colossus (December 1973-June 1974) [final]

Marvel Two-in-One (January 1974-May 1975)

Morbius, the Living Vampire (February 1974-December 1975) [final]

The Golem (June 1974-September 1975) [final]

Lilith, Daughter of Dracula (June 1974-October 1978) [final]

Man-Wolf (July 1974-February 1979) [final]

War Is Hell (October 1974-October 1975) [final]

The Defenders beginning with #20 (February 1975-November 1983)

Howard the Duck (April 1975-March 1981; January 1986; September 1986) [final]

The Scarecrow (August 1975-August 1976; July 1991-April 1992) [final]

Bloodstone (October 1975-April 1978) [final]

Weirdworld: Warriors of the Shadow Realm TPB (January 1976-November 1987) [final]

Omega the Unknown (March 1976-October 1977; September-November 1979) [final]

2001: A Space Odyssey (December 1976-September 1977) [final]

Logan’s Run (January 1977-July 1977) [final]

Kiss (September 1977)

Devil Dinosaur Complete Collection TPB (April 1978-December 1978) [final]

Machine Man (April 1978-July 1978)

The Man-Thing (vol. 2) (November 1979-July 1981) [final]

Hawkeye TPB (November 1979; September 1983-December 1983) [final]

The Savage She-Hulk (February 1980-February 1982) [final]

The Marvel No-Prize Book (January 1982) [final]

Marvel Super Hero Contest of Champions TPB (June 1982-August 1982) [final]

The New Mutants Classic Vol. 1 (December 1982-September 1983)

The Generic Comic (January 1984) [final]

Void Indigo (August 1984-March 1985) [final]

The Transformers (September 1984-July 1991) [final]

Starriors (November 1984-February 1985) [final]

Rocket Raccoon (May 1985-June 1985)

Nightcrawler (November 1985-February 1986) [final]

Robotix (February 1986) [final]

The Transformers: The Movie (December 1986-February 1987) [final]

Animax (December 1986-June 1987) [final]

Strikeforce: Morituri TPB vol. 1 (December 1986-December 1987)

G.I. Joe and The Transformers (January 1987-April 1987) [final]

Fallen Angels TPB (April 1987-November 1987) [final]

The Transformers: Headmasters (July 1987-January 1988) [final]

The Evolutionary War (1987 annuals) [final]

House II: The Second Story (October 1987) [final]

Atlantis Attacks (1988 annuals) [final]

X-Terminators (October 1988-January 1989) [final]

Inferno (all crossovers) (October 1988-November 1989) [final]

The Man-Thing: Elements of Terror (September 1988-February 1989) [final]

Fred Hembeck Destroys the Marvel Universe (July 1989) [final]

Power Pachyderms (September 1989) [final]

Freddy Krueger’s A Nightmare on Elm Street (October 1989-November 1989) [final]

Spider-Man (August 1990-November 1991)

Poison: Vandals of the Heart (October 1990-January 1991) [final]

Foolkiller (October 1990-October 1991) [final]

The Legion of Night (October 1991; May 1995) [final]

Suburban Jersey Ninja She-Devils (January 1992) [final]

Rise of the Midnight Sons (August 1992-November 1992) [final]

Morbius the Living Vampire (September 1992-August 1993)

X-Men: The X-Cutioner’s Song (November 1992-January 1993) [final]

Hellstorm: Prince of Lies (April 1993-June 1994)

Marvels TPB (January 1994-August 1994) [final]

The Man-Thing: Behold the Man (October 1994-November 1994) [final]

Generation X (November 1994)

The Savage Hulk (January 1996) [final]

Valkyrie (January 1997) [final]

Howard the Duck Holiday Special (February 1997) [final]

Daydreamers (August 1997-October 1997) [final]

Man-Thing (vol. 3) (December 1997-October 1998) [final]

X-Men: The Hidden Years TPB vol. 1 (November 1999-November 2000)

Hellcat (September 2000-November 2000) [final]

Cyclops Odyssey (September 2001-December 2001) [final]

Wolverine: The Origin November 2001-July 2002) [final]

Iceman (vol. 2) (December 2001-March 2002) [final]

Nightcrawler (vol. 2) (February 2002 – May 2002) [final]

Howard the Duck (vol. 2) MAX (March 2002 – August 2002) [final]

Agent X Deadpool Classic vol. 9 (September 2002-February 2003)

Truth: Red, White & Black (January 2003-July 2003) [final]

Runaways TPBs vol. 1-11; Daken: Dark Wolverine TPB vol. 3 (July 2003-November 2009; December 2011-February 2012) [final]

Marvel 1602 TPB (November 2003-June 2004) [final]

NYX Wannabe HC (November 2003 – October 2005) [final]

Witches (August 2004-September 2004) [final]

Man-Thing (vol. 4) (September 2004-November 2004) [final]

Nightcrawler (vol. 3) (November 2004-January 2006) [final]

X-23 Innocence Lost TPB (March 2005-July 2005) [final]

Thor: Blood Oath TPB (November 2005-December 2006) [final]

New X-Men (January 2006-August 2006)

Civil War: Young Avengers & Runaways TPB (September 2006-December 2006) [final]

X-23: Target X TPB (February 2007-July 2007) [final]

The Loners (June 2007-January 2008) [final]

Howard the Duck (vol. 3) (December 2007-March 2008) [final]

Secret Invasion (June 2008-January 2009) [final]

Secret Invasion: Runaways/Young Avengers (August 2008-November 2008) [final]

Marvel Zombies 3 (December 2008-March 2009) [final]

Marvels: Eye of the Camera TPB (February 2009-April 2010) [final]

Marvel TV: Galactus – The Real Story (April 2009) [final]

Marvel Zombies 4 (June 2009-September 2009) [final]

S.W.O.R.D. TPB (January 2010-May 2010) [final]

Punisher: Franken-Castle (January 2010-August 2010)

Marvel Zombies 5 (June 2010-October 2010) [final]

Thunderbolts TPB 7-11 (July 2010-July 2012) [final]

Valkyrie (vol. 2) (November 2010) [final]

Fear Itself: Youth in Revolt (July 2011-August 2011)

Fear Itself: Fearsome Four (August 2011-November 2011) [final]

Fear Itself: The Monkey King (November 2011) [final]

Shame Itself (January 2012) [final]

Marvel Zombies Destroy! (July 2012-September 2012) [final]

Dark Avengers (vol. 2) (August 2012-February 2013)

Infernal Man-Thing (September 2012-October 2012) [final]

Morbius the Living Vampire (vol. 2) (March 2013-July 2013)

The Superior Spider-Man (March 2013-April 2013)

Ms. Marvel (vols. 3 & 4) TPBs vol. 1-6 (April 2014-December 2016)

Howard the Duck (vol. 4) (May 2015-October 2015) [final]

Weirdworld (August 2015-December 2015) [final]

Mrs. Deadpool and the Howling Commandos (August 2015-November 2015) [final]

Mockingbird: S.H.I.E.L.D. 50th Anniversary (November 2015) [final]

Howling Commandos of S.H.I.E.L.D. (December 2015-April 2016)

Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat! TPB vol. 1 (February 2016-July 2016)

Spider-Man/Deadpool (March 2016)

Owned Volumes:

*Volume 2: The Fantastic Four vol. 1 (limited softcover)
*Volume 8: The Incredible Hulk vol. 1 (limited softcover)
*Volume 12: The Uncanny X-Men vol. 2 (limited softcover)
*Volume 16: The Amazing Spider-Man vol. 3 (limited softcover)
*Volume 20: Iron Man vol. 1 (limited softcover)
*Volume 31: The X-Men vol. 3 (limited softcover)
*Volume 72: Warlock vol. 1 (regular hardcover)
*Volume 85: Strange Tales vol. 1 (regular hardcover)
*Volume 106: Journey Into Mystery vol. 1 (regular hardcover)
*Volume 118: Journey Into Mystery vol. 2 (regular hardcover)

Most wanted to own:

  1. Volume 126: Atlas Era Menace vol. 1
  2. Volume 147: Atlas Era Journey Into Mystery vol. 3
  3. Volume 180: Atlas Era Journey Into Mystery vol. 4
  4. Volume 113: Atlas Era Strange Tales vol. 2
  5. Volume 140: Atlas Era Strange Tales vol. 3
  6. Volume 156: Atlas Era Strange Tales vol. 4
  7. Volume 168: Atlas Era Strange Tales vol. 5
  8. Volume 201: Atlas Era Strange Tales vol. 6
  9. Volume 68: Atlas Era Tales of Suspense vol. 1
  10. Volume 98: Atlas Era Tales of Suspense vol. 2
  11. Volume 144: Atlas Era Tales of Suspense vol. 3
  12. Volume 186: Atlas Era Tales of Suspense vol. 4
  13. Volume 57: Atlas Era Tales to Astonish vol. 1
  14. Volume 84: Atlas Era Tales to Astonish vol. 2
  15. Volume 135: Atlas Era Tales to Astonish vol. 3
  16. Volume 174: Atlas Era Tales to Astonish vol. 4
  17. Volume 164: Atlas Era Venus vol. 1
  18. Volume 100: The Defenders vol. 1
  19. Volume 61: The X-Men vol. 6
  20. Volume 1: The Amazing Spider-Man vol. 1
  21. Volume 5: The Amazing Spider-Man vol. 2
  22. Volume 17: Daredevil vol. 1
  23. Volume 75: Doctor Strange vol. 3
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5 Comments
  1. I didn’t read much comics as a kid. My parents sort of frowned upon them.. Is there a good library in NYC where you can real comics.

    • Not really. Queens seems not to lose them as much as NYPL. I get a lot of them through interlibrary loan. Jacksonville Public Library’s Central branch has a lot of DC Archive Editions. The copy NYPL got from me of The Golden Age Starman volume 1 came from there. Odd that I would get exactly the same copy I nearly checked out when I was down there.

    • Most of these have come from Hennepin County (Minneapolis), MN Library. A few have come from Rhode Island School of Art and Design and a few other places. I own the Atlas Era Strange Tales and Journey Into Mystery volumes, which makes the piecemeal approach feasible. I also own The Fantastic Four vol. 1, Warlock vol. 1, The Uncanny X-Men vol. 2 (this is out of print, so when I had the opportunity to purchase it, I snapped it up, although to read it now would be jumping sequence to around 1975), The Incredible Hulk vol. 1, The Amazing Spider-Man vol. 3, The X-Men vol. 3, and Iron Man vol. 1. Except for hardcovers of Strange Tales, Journey Into Mystery, and Warlock, the ones I own are all trade paperbacks with the limited edition cover.

      The Mighty Thor vol. 5 is waiting for me at the library. I have attempted to request Atlas Era Battlefield vol. 1 twice through ILL and have been denied both times. I’m on my second attempts at The Human Torch vol. 2, Ant-Man/Giant-Man vol. 2, and Daring Mystery Comics vol. 2, this time adding their OCLC numbers to my request (I usually use just the ISBN).

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