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Published October 21, 2019

This Week in Marvel History: October 18-October 24

See what happened at Marvel on these dates in its 80-year history!

Marvel's 80th Anniversary

With Marvel celebrating its 80th anniversary this year – and to scratch my own history and research itches – every week I’m digging through a whole host of important dates and details for a special segment of This Week in Marvel called… (wait for it) … This Week in Marvel History! Important comics, storylines, character appearances and moments, real world releases and special Marvel milestones—it’s all part of TWIMH! Here are just a few Marvel History notes for the week of October 18-October 24!

October 18

1950: TRUE SECRETS #4 was released, featuring—I believe—the first John Romita art for Marvel. John would go on to do Spider-Man and so much more, but he had a great legacy of work on romance comics. 

1977: The Korvac Saga began and the Guardians of the Galaxy teamed up with the Avengers in AVENGERS #167.

Avengers (1963) #167

Avengers (1963) #167

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2006: The first issue of Mayday Parker’s first solo series, AMAZING SPIDER-GIRL, was released. And STAN LEE MEETS DOCTOR DOOM #1 celebrated the 65th Anniversary of Lee’s employment at Marvel.

2017: Scott Lang AKA Ant-Man became the newest member of the Guardians of the Galaxy in ALL-NEW GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #12.


Ant-Man joins the Guardians of the Galaxy

October 19

1976: Wakanda forever! Jack Kirby’s BLACK PANTHER #1 launched on this day in Marvel history, the first ongoing series for T’Challa AKA Black Panther

Black Panther (1977) #1

Black Panther (1977) #1

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1982: Obadiah Stane’s first full appearance was in IRON MAN #166, released today. Also on this day, MARVEL NO-PRIZE BOOK #1 was released.

2005: Issue #1 of NICK FURY’S HOWLING COMMANDOS was released featuring Warwolf, the Living Mummy, Frankenstein, the Zombie, and Vampire by Night. 

2016: After a long search for her family, Cindy Moon was finally reunited with her dad in SILK #13

October 21

1980: In UNCANNY X-MEN #141, the “Days of Future Past” storyline was introduced. In this issue we also see Rachel Summers’ first appearance!

Uncanny X-Men (1963) #141

Uncanny X-Men (1963) #141

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2015: SECRET WARS: AGENTS OF ATLAS #1 was released, as well as ASTONISHING ANT-MAN #1, which took place after the Secret Wars

October 22

1985: Daredevil was “Born Again” with Frank Miller in DAREDEVIL #227. It's one of the most dramatic, devastating storylines for Matt Murdock and remains a classic to this day.

Daredevil Born Again
DAREDEVIL (1964) #227

October 23

1973: INCREDIBLE HULK #172 introduced Juggernaut, who teamed up with the Hulk

1984: After a long battle, Doctor Doom removed his mask at the end of SECRET WARS #10 and declared that the (original) Secret Wars were over.

Doom unmasked
SECRET WARS (1984) #10

October 24

1972: FANTASTIC FOUR #130 was released. In this issue, Sue broke up with Reed and walked out with their son, leaving the Fantastic Four. Also today, Marvel’s retelling of Mary Shelley’s classic FRANKENSTEIN #1 hit newsstands. 

1978: James “Rhodey” Rhodes made his debut in IRON MAN #118.

For more about these events and more Marvel news and history, tune in to This Week in Marvel every Friday wherever you get podcasts!

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