Stuff to read on Marvel Unlimited
current location: Detroit, for Detcon1
current mood: comical
Marvel Unlimited is Marvel's subscription-based digital comics service. It has an astonishing range of back issues available (as well as more recent issues) in an all-you-can-eat format.
What are the indispensable runs at Marvel? In rough order of importance, here are my top 10:
- Ditko/Lee: Amazing Spider-Man #1-38, Annual #1
- Kirby/Lee: Fantastic Four #1-51, Annual #1-2
- Claremont/Cockrum/Byrne: X-Men, Giant-Sized #1, #94-150.
- Gerber/Brunner/Colan: Howard the Duck #1-27, #29, Annual #1, and the 2 short stories from Giant-Sized Man-Thing #4 and #5
- Simonson (w/Buscema): Thor #337-372
- Starlin's Warlock: Strange Tales #178-181, Warlock #9-15, Avengers Annual #7, Marvel Two-in-One Annual #2
- Englehart/Brown et al.: Avengers #105-141, Giant-Size Avengers #2-4
- Miller (w/Jansen) Daredevil #168-191
- Steranko's Nick Fury: Strange Tales #151-168, Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D #1-5,
- Priest/various artists, Black Panther #1-62
(I'm trying not to repeat characters or creators or else easy inclusions would be Ditko/Lee's Doctor Strange in Strange Tales; Gerber's Defenders and Man-Thing; Stern/Romita's Amazing Spider-Man; or Lee/Romita's Amazing Spider-Man. I'm also very partial to Peter Gillis's run on Doctor Strange, which spanned the final issues of the first Dr. Strange series, the 1980s Strange Tales split-book, and the first few issues of the second Dr Strange series. The Moench/Gulacy/Day/et al. Master of Kung Fu absolutely should be in the list, but it's not available through Marvel Unlimited.)