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Stuff to read on Marvel Unlimited

July 17th, 2014 (11:54 pm)
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.)


Posted by: Kalimac (kalimac)
Posted at: July 18th, 2014 04:45 am (UTC)

I'm telling B. about this, you bet.

Posted by: David Goldfarb (davidgoldfarb)
Posted at: July 18th, 2014 06:23 am (UTC)

This made me interested in finding out more aobut Marvel Unlimited. So I went to their website. And found it literally unreadable. Sheesh.

Posted by: Smofbabe (smofbabe)
Posted at: July 18th, 2014 06:24 am (UTC)

Hope you have a fabulous time in Detroit and enjoy your well-deserved honor!

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: July 18th, 2014 11:40 am (UTC)

Thanks this is super useful

Posted by: sturgeonslawyer (sturgeonslawyer)
Posted at: July 18th, 2014 02:44 pm (UTC)

Walt Simonson's run on THOR.

Posted by: sturgeonslawyer (sturgeonslawyer)
Posted at: July 18th, 2014 02:44 pm (UTC)

Oh. Duh. You already had that.

Posted by: Kevin J. Maroney (womzilla)
Posted at: July 18th, 2014 02:57 pm (UTC)

I found myself wondering why I didn't include Gillis's Doctor Strange, and finally realized it felt off to list it without listing the Ditko/Lee run. So, really, consider them both listed.

Also, I haven't checked whether these are available, but the Gruenwald/Ryan DP 7 and the Gillis/Anderson Strikeforce Morituri were probably Marvel's best books of the late 1980s.

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