82 Comics for 82 Years
Celebrate Marvel's birthday with these Marvel Unlimited picks through the ages!
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Eighty-two years of Marvel Comics! To celebrate our milestone birthday, we’re offering up eighty-two of our most influential issues spanning eight decades. All are available to read on Marvel Unlimited, our digital comics archive that gives you instant access to 28,000+ comics ranging from recent hits to Golden Age firsts.
1. MARVEL COMICS #1 (August, 1939)
The Marvel name is born. The four-color comic world is taken by storm in our inaugural issue containing the first appearance of the Sub-Mariner, lord of Atlantis!
2. MARVEL MYSTERY COMICS #8 (June, 1940)
Marvel’s first comic crossover! Behold! A two-headline collab with the Human Torch and the Sub-Mariner. Fire meets water in an elemental showdown!
3. CAPTAIN AMERICA COMICS #1 (March, 1941)
4. CAPTAIN AMERICA COMICS #3 (May, 1941)
Stan Lee’s first writing gig for Marvel! A career in comics begins!
5. FANTASTIC FOUR #1 (November, 1961)
6. TALES TO ASTONISH #27 (January, 1962)
7. STRANGE TALES #110 (July, 1963)
8. AMAZING FANTASY #15 (August, 1962)
Across eleven pages an introverted kid from Queens grows into the Amazing Spider-Man. By Ditko and Lee!
9. JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #83 (August, 1962)
True Believers, meet the God of Thunder! When Dr. Donald Blake struck his wooden cane on the ground, he transformed into Odin’s favored son for the very first time.
10. TALES OF SUSPENSE #39 (March, 1963)
11. AVENGERS #1 (September, 1963)
12. AVENGERS #4 (March, 1964)
The legend lives! Captain America stepped out of the ice and into the modern era, helping the Avengers against enemies alien and Atlantean.
13. DAREDEVIL #1 (April, 1964)
After a childhood accident left him with enhanced senses, Matt Murdock became the Man Without Fear, Defender of Hell’s Kitchen!
14. FANTASTIC FOUR #48 (March, 1966)
Often cited as one of Lee and Kirby’s greatest collaborations, “The Coming of Galactus” marked a major shift for the Fantastic Four. The team begins to unravel after the arrival of the Watcher, and Silver Surfer’s prophecy about Galactus, Devourer of Worlds.
15. FANTASTIC FOUR #52 (July, 1966)
In the technologically advanced nation of Wakanda, the Fantastic Four crossed paths with a noble ruler and righteous hero–King T’Challa, the Black Panther.
16. LUKE CAGE, HERO FOR HIRE #1 (June, 1972)
Learn how Luke Cage first gained his superhuman invulnerability in this debut issue!
17. THE INCREDIBLE HULK #181 (November, 1974)
Wolverine snarled onto the scene in this brutal dust-up with Wendigo and the Hulk!
18. GIANT-SIZE X-MEN #1 (July, 1975)
A seminal X-moment! Professor Charles Xavier established a global team of X-Men to rescue his original five students from Living Island Krakoa. The first appearance of Nightcrawler, Colossus, Storm, and Thunderbird.
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19. ETERNALS #1 (July, 1976)
Jack Kirby’s cosmic imagination was in full swing with ETERNALS, his original series about a godlike people locked in conflict with the Deviants and the otherworldly Celestials.
20. UNCANNY X-MEN #101 (October, 1976)
21. UNCANNY X-MEN #141 (January, 1981)
One of the most celebrated stories in X-Men history. Kitty Pryde, the X-Men’s youngest member, must prevent a catalyzing event in the team’s past to prevent a dark future. Read “Days of Future Past” here!
22. DAREDEVIL #181 (April, 1982)
23. THE NEW MUTANTS MARVEL GRAPHIC NOVEL (November, 1982)
24. THOR #337 (AUGUST, 1983)
25. DAREDEVIL #226 (January, 1986)
26. THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #300 (May, 1988)
The origin of Venom! The inheritor of Spider-Man’s black suit was disgraced journalist Eddie Brock, a one-track-minded anti-hero who blamed Spider-Man for his career going up in flames. Venom was unleashed, and the rest is history.
27. NEW MUTANTS #98 (February, 1991)
28. INFINITY GAUNTLET #1 (July, 1991)
29. X-MEN #1 (October, 1991)
Another seminal X-moment! The dynamic duo of Chris Claremont and Jim Lee divvied up the X-Men into two distinct squads following the X-TINCTION AGENDA event. The result? A game-changing issue #1 that still maintains its record as an industry best-seller.
30. ALPHA FLIGHT #106 (March, 1992)
31. BLACK PANTHER #1 (November, 1998)
For many, Christopher Priest’s BLACK PANTHER run is the definitive T’Challa, and has been collected across several volumes starting here. This series was also noteworthy for introducing the Dora Milaje, the all-female warrior force that are Wakanda’s guardians and soldiers.
32. ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #1 (September, 2000)
A staff and fan-favorite, this Spidey run can’t be missed. Peter gets a revamped origin in this resonant series, covering his first days as the radioactive Spider-Man.
33. RUNAWAYS #1 (July, 2003)
What would you do if you discovered your parents were Super Villains? For seven Los Angeles teens, the answer was simple: band together, and do extraordinary good with extraordinary power. Meet the Runaways in a debut by Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona.
34. CAPTAIN AMERICA #1 (November, 2004)
Superstars Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting begin one of the greatest Captain America runs of all-time! The Red Skull is back and possesses the one thing that could make him unstoppable—the Cosmic Cube. The story that gave us Winter Soldier: Bucky Barnes.
35. HULK #92 (February, 2006)
A barbaric alien world. A crash-landed warrior from an unknown place. A quest for freedom that becomes the legend of a king. Read PLANET HULK by Greg Pak, Carlo Pagulayan, Aaron Lopresti, Jason Keith, Chris Sotomayor, and more today!
36. CIVIL WAR #1 (May, 2006)
Captain America. Iron Man. Whose side are you on? In CIVIL WAR, hundreds were left dead in Stamford, Connecticut, casualties of a nuclear superhuman incident that left a chasm of grief and confusion in the Super Hero community.
37. SECRET INVASION #1 (April, 2008)
SECRET INVASION rewrote the rules of the Marvel Universe when Skrull imposters replaced key Avengers, bigtime heroes, and world leaders in a carefully staged attack. This insidious takeover left almost every super-team questioning: “Who Do You Trust?”
38. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #1 (May, 2008)
39. ADAM: LEGEND OF THE BLUE MARVEL #1 (November, 2008)
Who is the Blue Marvel? Adam Brashear is a scientific prodigy who became a human anti-matter reactor following an experiment. After serving with the U.S. Marine Corps, he would go on to become America’s most celebrated hero… until his secret was revealed.
40. ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #1 (September, 2011)
Miles Morales’ origin series! Follow the young Wall-Crawler’s learning curve toward becoming a hero.
41. SPIDER-MEN #1 (June, 2012)
A cross dimensional team-up (and the first meeting) of Peter Parker and Miles Morales! A limited series with sensational art by Sara Pichelli.
42. CAPTAIN MARVEL #1 (July, 2012)
If you’re a member of the Carol Corps, you’ll love this defining run written by Kelly Sue DeConnick.
43. HAWKEYE #1 (August, 2012)
44. THOR: GOD OF THUNDER #1 (November, 2012)
A thunderous intro to Jason Aaron’s THOR. The Odinson vs. Gorr, the God Butcher!
45. AVENGERS #1 (December, 2012)
Writer Jonathan Hickman sets an interplanetary stage in this series featuring one of our favorite Avengers’ rosters ever!
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46. YOUNG AVENGERS #1 (January, 2013)
47. MS. MARVEL #1 (February, 2014)
Meet the cultural phenomenon that is Kamala Khan, Jersey City’s Inhuman hero.
48. EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE #2 (September, 2014)
49. THOR #1 (October, 2014)
50. THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #1 (January, 2015)
51. STAR WARS #1 (January, 2015)
The greatest space opera of all time returned in the mighty Marvel manner in this excellent entry point run!
52. SECRET WARS #1 (May, 2015)
53. CAPTAIN AMERICA: SAM WILSON #1 (October, 2015)
Former Falcon Sam Wilson picked up the shield to defend a nation in his first run as Captain America.
54. VISION #1 (November, 2015)
55. MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR #1 (November, 2015)
56. ULTIMATES #1 (November, 2015)
Black Panther. Captain Marvel. America Chavez. Spectrum. Blue Marvel. The ultimate super-team came together to find and fix problems beyond the limits of the infinite. From what waits on the outside of the omniverse—the impossible is where they start.
57. BLACK WIDOW #1 (March, 2016)
58. BLACK PANTHER #1 (April, 2016)
59. BLACK PANTHER: WORLD OF WAKANDA #1 (November, 2016)
This anthology further develops the mythos of Coates’ BLACK PANTHER (2016), offering an origin to the series’ featured characters. Written by Coates, Roxane Gay, Yona Harvey, Rembert Browne, with art by Alitha E. Martinez, and Afua Richardson.
60. THANOS #1 (November, 2016)
Ask Marvel’s most powerful beings how they fear the universe will end, and they will answer with two words: "Thanos wins.” The fallen Titan journeyed to the end of time and his moment of complete victory… and it still wasn’t enough.
61. STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA #1 (December, 2016)
The breakout star of 2015’s DARTH VADER! Following her time in the clutches of Vader, archaeologist/droid expert Doctor Chelli Lona Aphra escaped with her life to scavenge space.
62. JESSICA JONES #1 (October, 2016)
Jessica Jones returned to a solo book after a decade, back in the hands of ALIAS creators Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos. Discover the haunting secrets from Jessica’s past in this blistering series. Alias Investigations is open for business.
63. BLACK BOLT #1 (May, 2017)
64. DARTH VADER #1 (June, 2017)
65. DEFENDERS #1 (June, 2017)
66. RUNAWAYS #1 (September, 2017)
67. MASTER OF KUNG FU #126 (November, 2017)
68. AVENGERS #1 (May, 2018)
Steve Rogers. Tony Stark. Thor Odinson. The big three reunited for AVENGERS (2018)—and just in time to save the world from the 2,000-foot-tall space gods known as the Celestials! One of the Avengers’ most cosmically-epic arcs.
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69. VENOM #1 (May, 2018)
In the wake of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s collapse, an ancient evil was awakened beneath the streets of New York, and with it, something equally evil was awakened in Venom. The prelude to ABSOLUTE CARNAGE by Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman.
70. THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #800 (May, 2018)
Green Goblin + Carnage = the Red Goblin in one of the most exciting stories in all of Spidey lore. Peter Parker had a new purpose after this cataclysmic finale robbed him of a close friend. Start with issue #797.
71. IMMORTAL HULK #1 (June, 2018)
Zombie horror becomes Bruce Banner in this MU favorite that pits the Hulk against an immortal alter ego—one of several fragmented Hulks lobbying for freedom in Banner’s tortured psyche.
72. FANTASTIC FOUR #1 (August, 2018)
73. CAPTAIN MARVEL #1 (January, 2019)
74. HOUSE OF X #1 (July, 2019)
75. AGENTS OF ATLAS #1 (August, 2019)
Jimmy Woo. Silk. Brawn. Shang-Chi. Luna Snow. Crescent. Sword Master. Aero. Wave. White Fox. Mission commander Woo sent out this team to defend the cross-Asian portal city of Pan, a technological dreamworld as dangerous as it is visionary.
76. THE WEB OF BLACK WIDOW #1 (September, 2019)
Intrigue abounds in this noir-ish caper that sees Black Widow tie up loose threads from her soaked Red Room ledger.
77. DOCTOR STRANGE #19 (September, 2019)
Once, Doctor Strange lost the use of his hands in a car accident. Here, those abilities are restored, kicking off a new, powerful chapter for Earth’s Sorcerer Supreme.
78. X-MEN #1 (October, 2019)
The X-Men find themselves in a whole new world of possibility powered by the life-giving properties of Krakoa. The saga of Cyclops and his hand-picked squad of mutants.
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80. EMPYRE #1 (July, 2020)
81. IRON MAN #1 (September, 2020)
The original futurist hero gets a new partner—Patsy Walker, AKA Hellcat!
82. ETERNALS #1 (January, 2021)
For millions of years, one hundred Eternals have roamed the Earth, secret protectors of humanity. Without them, we'd be smears between the teeth of the demon-like Deviants. Their war has waged for all time, echoing in our myths and nightmares. But today, Eternals face something new: change. Start here for a new vision of the classic Marvel mythology!
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