Marvel Treasury #1 - 1974

The first Marvel treasury! This is one of a limited signed edition by Stan Lee and John Romita. Marvel knew how to kick things off with style.

Stories include a great 2-page "Daily Bugle Extra", "The Grotesque Adventure of Green Goblin", "The Secrets of Spider-Man", "Spider-Man Tackles the Torch", "The Birth of a Superhero" (featuring that classic last panel--"Face it, Tiger--You just hit the jackpot!"), "The Reprehensible Riddle of the Sorcerer", "And Death Shall Come", plus a famous covers gallery! Oh, and a pin-up of Spidey benchpressing other stars of the Marvel stable.

Art by Ditko, Romita, Jack Kirby, Ross Andru, and Gil Kane. The dynamic layouts and draftsmanship of these guys really worked in this larger format. Could not be a better start to Marvel's line of treasury comics.

100 pages.

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Marvel Treasury #2 - 1974

Classic, right-over-the-plate FF cover shot by what looks like John Romita and Joe Sinnott. Man, Sue has some guns on her!

Stories include "Captive of the Deadly Duo" (FF#6), ""The Impossible Man", "A Visit with the Fantastic Four", (both FF#11), "The Coming of Galactus" (FF#48), "If This Be Doomsday" (FF#49), "The Startling Saga of the Silver Surfer" (FF#50), a two-page FF family pin-up, plus "Inside the Baxter Building"!

100 pages.

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Marvel Treasury #3 - 1974

Another great, iconic Marvel character cover shot. This also looks like it was by Romita and Sinnott.

Stories are: "When Meet the Immortals", "Whom the Gods Would Destroy", "The Hammer and the Holocaust", "The Power of Pluto", "The Verdict of Zeus", and "Thunder in the Netherworld", from Journey Into Mystery #125 and The Mighty Thor #s 126-130. Also has a great two-page Thor pin-up by John Buscema.

100 pages.

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Marvel Treasury #4 - 1975

By crom!

Proving just how popular Conan was at that time, everybody's favorite barbarian got his own treasury edition before Captain America, The X-Men, Ironman, Daredevil, or even the Hulk!

Features "Rogues in the House", the great multi-part "Red Nails" saga, a map of the Hyborian Age, and a history of the comic by Roy Thomas. Interior art and cover by Barry Smith.

100 pages.

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Marvel Treasury #5 - 1975

Hulk finally get treasury comic. Comic barely big enough to contain Hulk's adventures.

Hulk adventures have funny names, like "Origin of The Hulk", "The Titan and the Torment", "Let There Be Battle" (that story with stupid Mr.Spock fish man), "Many Foes has the Hulk" (that so true!), "His Name is Samson", "Cry Monster" (that story have my fight with stupid rock man), plus cool pin-up of Hulk and all the people that bother Hulk.

Some art by Herb Trimpe--that Hulk's favorite. Also has cool Hulk pin-up page by lots of other drawers.

Only 100 puny human pages? Hulk need more room than that!

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Marvel Treasury #6 - 1975

By the hoary hosts of hoggarth! This is one beautiful treasury edition, with a (as you can see) stunning cover by Frank Brunner. Really, did Stephen Strange ever look any cooler than this?

Stories include "The End at Last", "The Origin of the Ancient One", and, fittingly, "The End of the Ancient One", "To Dream--Perchance to Die!", "Face to Face with the Magic of Baron Mordo", "The Cult and the Curse", "Finally, Shuma-Gorath!" and an awesome pin-up, again by Brunner.

Reprints Strange Tales #s146, 148, Dr.Strange #s 170, 177, and Marvel Premiere #10. Art by Ditko, Colan, Marie Severin, Dan Adkins, and Brunner.

100 pages.

With all the Marvel movies being made now, where's Dr.Strange's?

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Check out Frank Brunner's original art for the Dr.Strange pin-up that ran in this book, courtesy Treasury Hunter Alex Johnson!
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Marvel Treasury #7 - 1975

Avengers Assemble!

Marvel's premiere superteam got the treasury treatment with this issue. Stories include "Death Calls for the Arch-Heroes!", the classic "Behold the Vision!", "Til Death Do us Part", "Come On In...the Revolution's Fine!", plus a pin-up by John Buscema. Front and back cover by King Kirby.

Reprints Avengers #s 52, 57, 60, and 83. Marvel's treasuries went from 100 to 84 pages with this issue.

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Marvel Treasury #8 - 1975

This was one of the things I always thought Marvel did well, better than DC. While DC had its Christmas comics, with their characters participating in the festivties, they always seemed a little stiff to me. Marvel thought nothing of dressing up a terrfying monster like the Hulk as Santa, and dropping a kid on his lap. "Kid no like Hulk-Santa's present?!? Hulk smash!" Just the idea that he, Spidey, Dr.Strange, Nick Fury, and Luke Cage would all party together makes me smile.

Stories in this book include "Twas the Night Before Christmas", "Spidey Goes Mad", "Jingle Bombs", "Heaven is a Very Small Place", and "Eternity! Eternity!"

Reprints Nick Fury #10, Luke Cage #7, Hulk #147, Dr.Strange #180, and, as Marvel says, Marvel Tales #19. Since that issue was reprinting an original issue of Spider-Man, why that is listed as the source is anyone's guess. Maybe someone in Marvel's production office couldn't find a stat of the original cover so they went with the one from Tales. Art by Ditko, Frank Springer, George Tuska, Gene Colan, and Herb Trimpe.

84 pages.

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Marvel Treasury #9 - 1976

A giant book of fun! I think only to comics fans does the phrase "team-up" mean something. And what a great cover! An old-fashioned Marvel-style donnybrook.

Stories include "In the Rage of Battle!" (Thing vs. Sub-Mariner, with a killer splash (no pun intended) by John Buscema), "In Combat with Captain America" (Daredevil vs...guess), the bluntly-titled "The Mighty Thor Battles the Incredible Hulk", and "The Surfer and the Spider." Also comes with a series of neat-o, trading card-esque half-page pin-ups (wow, lot of hypens).

I've read in interviews that "Big" John Buscema didn't like doing superhero comics, but when I re-read the Sub-Mariner story, I don't think you could tell he wasn't too into it. The art is so dynamic and solid, and makes this goofy, umpteenth hero-vs.-hero battle story really come alive.

Reprints from Sub-Mariner #8, Journey into Mystery #112, Daredevil #43, and Silver Surfer #14.

84 pages.

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Check out Gil Kane's original pencils for the covers for this book, as well as Romita's inked version of the back, courtesy our pal Ken Landgraf!

Marvel Treasury #10 - 1976

The Mighty Thor was pretty popular, apparently, since he is the first hero to get a second treasury comic. Look at this cover by King Kirby--how awesome is that? So solid, so colorful, it must have lept off the stands during dreary, post-Watergate America.

Stories include "To Wake the Mangog", "Now Ends the Universe" (where do you go after that?), "The Hammer and the Holocaust (oh--wait, didn't Marvel just reprint this?), and "Behind Him Ragnarok".

Reprinted from The Mighty Thor #s 154-157, all by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and Vince Colletta.

As you can see, Marvel began to dabble in what would later become a big part of comics publishing--collecting a series of connected issues under one cover. Nice job, Marvel. Drinks all around.

84 pages.

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Marvel Treasury #11 - 1976

Another FF treasury, this time around, containing some of the best of the Lee/Kirby FF issues.

Stories include "The Master Plan of Dr.Doom", "The Coming of the Sub-Mariner" (hmm, Sue must be involved in that), "The Return of the Frightful Four", and the all-time classic "This Man, This Monster."

Reprinted from Fantastic Four #s 4,23,51, and 94.

84 pages.

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Marvel Treasury #12 - 1976

As it says on the Hulk's ass on the back cover, "Get down, America!" Howard the Duck gets a treasury, again ahead of Captain America, Daredevil, the X-Men, or Ironman. Ouch.

Stories include the all-new "The Duck and the Defenders", plus "The Way It All Began", "Frog Death", "Hellcow!", "Howard the Barbarian", plus a two-page feature on Howard's run for prez in 1976. Features testimonials from some of Marvel's biggest stars!

Reprinted from Howard the Duck #1, plus Giant-Size Man-Thing (eww) #'s 4 & 5.

84 pages.

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From an interview with Steve Gerber in Back Issue #19, here's an explanation as to why Howard received his own treasury comic so early in his career!
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Marvel Treasury #13 - 1976

It's Christmas time again at Marvel!

Stories include "'Tis the Season", (an all-new segment featuring the FF vs the Avengers in a snowball fight!--"When Thrown Balls of Snow!") "As Those Who Will Not See!", "Even an Android Can Cry!", "He Who Strikes the Silver Surfer!", and "Once Upon a Time--The Ox!" (what a great title)

Reprinted from Marvel Team-Up #6, Avengers #58, Tales to Astonish #93, and Daredevil #86.

84 pages.

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Below is a shot of the Marvel Holiday Grab Bag-inspired drinking glass courtesy of the company Toon Tumblers. They make all kinds of fun stuff and any glass inspired by a treasury comic is a glass I want to drink out of!
Courtesy Treasury Hunter L.B. Jefferies comes Gil Kane's original cover rough for Giant Superhero Holiday Grab-Bag! Thanks L.B.!

 
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