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Marvel 75th Anniversary

Find Out the 75 Greatest Marvel Comics of All-Time

As selected by you, these Marvel classics will be part of our 75th anniversary celebration!

UPDATED with the full list plus the Omnibus cover!

Earlier this year on Marvel.com and through our social media channels, we put out the call asking you to help us select the 75 greatest comics in the history of the House of Ideas, and you came through—big time. With thousands of responses, narrowing down 75 years of the greatest characters and most talented creators did not prove an easy task, but with your assistance, we believe we came up with a representation uniquely Marvel.

See the comics that you selected, as well as the cover to the MARVEL 75TH ANNIVERSARY OMNIBUS, available this November and collecting these classic stories!

Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E. (2006) #1

Cover: Nextwave (2006) #1

75. THE DEATH OF SPIDER-MAN
74. NEXTWAVE: AGENTS OF H.A.T.E.
73. NEW MUTANTS #98
72. MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE ANNUAL #7
71. FANTASTIC FOUR #262

70. DAREDEVIL: THE MAN WITHOUT FEAR
69. AVENGERS (1963) #4
68. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #21
67. X-FACTOR #87
66. THOR #362

Web of Spider-Man (1985) #117

The Clone Saga

65. SPIDER-MAN: THE CLONE SAGA
64. THE PUNISHER: WELCOME BACK, FRANK
63. NEW MUTANTS BY CHRIS CLAREMONT
62. MARVEL COMICS #1
61. SILVER SURFER: PARABLE

60. MARVEL ZOMBIES
59. IRON MAN: ARMOR WARS
58. AVENGERS: THE KANG DYNASTY
57. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #129
56. ALPHA FLIGHT (1983) #12

Thor: God of Thunder (2012) #1

Thor: God of Thunder 2012 Cover #1

55. WORLD WAR HULK
54. WOLVERINE BY CHRIS CLAREMONT & FRANK MILLER
53. AVENGERS DISASSEMBLED
52. THOR: GOD OF THUNDER BY JASON AARON & ESAD RIBIC
51. DEADPOOL KILLS

50. AVENGERS (1963) #57
49. HAWKEYE BY MATT FRACTION & DAVID AJA
48. GIANT-SIZE X-MEN #1
47. AVENGERS: THE KORVAC SAGA
46. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #700

45. ASTONISHING X-MEN BY JOSS WHEDON & JOHN CASSADAY
44. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (1999) #36
43. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (1963) #50
42. THE ULTIMATES #1
41. PLANET HULK

40. FANTASTIC FOUR #285
39. CAPTAIN AMERICA (2004) #25
38. AVENGERS: THE KREE/SKRULL WAR
37. THUNDERBOLTS (1997) #1
36. NICK FURY: AGENT OF S.H.I.E.L.D. BY STERANKO

35. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (1963) #31-33
34. AVENGERS: ULTRON UNLIMITED
33. AVENGERS VS. X-MEN
32. X-MEN: FATAL ATTRACTIONS
31. THOR #337

30. INCREDIBLE HULK #181
29. IRON MAN: EXTREMIS
28. SPIDER-MAN: BLUE
27. SPIDER-MAN: MAXIMUM CARNAGE
26. HOUSE OF M

Strange Tales (1973) #178

Strange Tales (1973) #178 Cover

25. THE DEATH OF CAPTAIN MARVEL
24. WARLOCK BY JIM STARLIN
23. FANTASTIC FOUR: THE GALACTUS TRILOGY
22. X-MEN: AGE OF APOCALYPSE
21. X-MEN: GOD LOVES, MAN KILLS

20. SECRET INVASION
19. DAREDEVIL #181
18. AVENGERS: UNDER SIEGE
17. THE KID WHO COLLECTED SPIDER-MAN
16. ANNIHILATION

15. HULK (1962) #1
14. FANTASTIC FOUR (1961) #1
13. CAPTAIN AMERICA COMICS #1
12. AVENGERS (1963) #1
11. SECRET WARS

10. AMAZING FANTASY #15
9. CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER
8. MARVELS #1
7. THE INFINITY GAUNTLET
6. X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #121

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #121
5. X-MEN: THE DARK PHOENIX SAGA
4. DAREDEVIL: BORN AGAIN
3. SPIDER-MAN: KRAVEN'S LAST HUNT
2. CIVIL WAR
1. SPIDER-MAN: THE DEATH OF GWEN STACY
      Look for the MARVEL 75TH ANNIVERSARY OMNIBUS this November and visit marvel.com/75 to continue the celebration!

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      106 comments
      jbb10499
      jbb10499

      Avengers #1 sucks why is it on here

      son_number2
      son_number2

      Mark Waid's 1st issue on Fantastic Four (60/489) should have made this list, as should something from Hickman's run (604 would be my pick).

      Shockwaved13
      Shockwaved13 member

      So glad Spider Man Blue is on here! It's one of my favorite if not my favorite story.


      hulk_smash_your_face
      hulk_smash_your_face

      the Kid who Collected Spider-Man. Seriously an amazing issue that nearly brought this 25 year old man to tears. Amazing!

      Of course i too would disagree with the order of some of theses comics, but regardless I'm stoked to get this omnibus and devour it!

      Make Mine Marvel!

      Marvelrocks98
      Marvelrocks98

      Civil War was great but I don't think it deserve that place and the Avengers: kree/skrull war deserved a better place...

      dantekada
      dantekada

      Greatest Marvel comic ever: Marvel Team Up # 137

      TippyToe_Zombie
      TippyToe_Zombie

      This is now the perfect place to start with Marvel Comics. Unless DC does something like this I'm gonna just start with 52.

      rj155500
      rj155500 member

      If there are no rules as to whether or not multiple issue "arcs" are allowed to go up against single issues . . . . then what's the point? www.marvelfanforums.com

      TippyToe_Zombie
      TippyToe_Zombie

      This has suddenly dwarfed my excitement for the new Super Smash Bros. Game.


      I am the TippyToe Zombie

      I like to Limbo

      Often I fall on people's heads

      braddaks7
      braddaks7 member

      Where's Spider-Girl???!?

      oneasian
      oneasian

      One thing I wonder about is the choice to include full story arcs instead of single issues and vice versa. In the top 10, from what I can tell, 8 are multiple issues story arcs while the two single issues are Marvels #1 and Amazing Fantasy #15. #11 is Secret Wars which comes in at over 10 issues.

      rj155500
      rj155500 member

      @oneasian I said basically the exact same thing a few days ago.  I'm with you oneasian.   www.marvelfanforums.com

      TorstenAdair
      TorstenAdair

      I'm tired of these "first appearances" making the list...  it's done... it's boring.

      Instead of Hulk 181, how about Hulk #340, by David and McFarlane?


      Where's "Squadron Supreme" by Gruenwald?

      Why not the complete mini-series of "Marvels"?

      "Howard the Duck"?

      Fantastic Four #352?


      What I want to see:

      "The Best [blank] Stories"

      Do a volume for each character.

      Just good, solid stories.  None of this "key issue" crap.

      braddaks7
      braddaks7 member

      @TorstenAdair I'm sorry that's the way you feel, but these "first appearances" ARE great stories. They're not boring at all.

      TorstenAdair
      TorstenAdair

      AAARRRGHHH!

      #17

      "The Kid Who Collects Spider-Man"

      PRESENT TENSE!

      hornacek
      hornacek

      Having Maximum Carnage on the list invalidates the entire list.

      hornacek
      hornacek

      @GregoryWatson I can't agree with that.  The clone sage included ASM#400, one of the best Spidey issues ever.  Plus Lost Years was awesome.  And Dan Jurgens' Sensational run was great.  There was good stuff in there.  But there was also bad stuff.  And bland stuff.  And god-awful stuff.

      MrFla329
      MrFla329

      marvel pls no howard the duck movie  maybe cameo but no major film ppl are taking your material seriously.


      JmanLink
      JmanLink

      People must not like Gwen Stacy that much!

      TaunTaun22
      TaunTaun22

      Yes!! My comment the other day called Dark Phoenix Saga (My personal favorite)!! So happy right now ^.^ After I posted it I thought Brubaker's  Winter Soldier run and Days of Future Past but it was too late to add :/


      cosmo1997
      cosmo1997

      WHAT! Why no Guardians of the Galaxy, Ghost Rider, or Howard the Duck? A list of Marvel's best cannot be complete without at least one appearance of Rocket Raccoon!

      tygadacat
      tygadacat

      Is number 75 the other or a different 'death' of spider man

      allfornot2
      allfornot2 member

      @tygadacat If I had to guess, it'd probably the the Death of Spider-man storyline from the Ultimate Universe.

      tygadacat
      tygadacat

      Kravens last hunt is my FAVORITE comic so I'm not too upset with this list but where's earth x?

      EvilJoe3
      EvilJoe3

      I'm so happy to see Kraven's Last Hunt at #3. Kraven has been one of my favorite villains since I read a reprint of ASM 15 when I was a kid. Years later, when I began collecting comics, I made it my mission to find all 6 parts of KLH. It's depiction of Peter Parker reminding himself of everything he has to live for to dig himself out of his own grave while Kraven succumbs to the depression that caused his mother to kill herself is heartbreaking. JM DeMatteis' writing is pitch perfect from beginning to end, and Mike Zeck's art, especially on the covers, is gorgeous. It's one of the few stories I will always have with me, no matter what.

      KiraHawk
      KiraHawk member

      I knew Avengers Under Siege would be in here.

      dantekada
      dantekada

      Missing from the list : 1602 ; The Sentry (1st mini series) ; Dark Avengers (Bendis with Norman Osborn) ; Origin (1st series) ; Warlock and the Infinity Watch #1 ; Iron-man 128 ; Daredevil 182 ; way too many omissions on this list...I really do not believe 'fans' voted on these selections. I'm on Marvel.com all the time and I never saw any voting. These are editors picks.

      Deadpond
      Deadpond

      Civil War, you have delusions of grandeur if you think you deserve that spot. Good to see Annihilation make the top 20 however.

      risq
      risq

      @Deadpond agreed...civil war started off great, but it had such a depressing finish

      aipom004
      aipom004

      @Deadpond gonna have to disagree with you guys on civil war, but I agree on Annihilation. Maybe even higher up would be cool.

      TippyToe_Zombie
      TippyToe_Zombie

      @aipom004 Nice to see someone expressing their opinion in a calm and reasonable fashion. I'm just looking forward to reading all of these when I get this.

      aipom004
      aipom004

      @TippyToe_Zombie why thank you. If we discuss ASM (movie) I'll be a bit more....intense...but comics, I've read relatively less,so I dont have as strong of a opinion,I guess. I have read a remarkably large portion of this list though.

      gravagna123
      gravagna123

      G.I. Joe #21?!?  Awesome story told without any dialogue???  Missed that one.

      rluck9277
      rluck9277 plus member

      I like the list, and am ashamed to admit I have never read the Death of Gwen Stacey. Looks like I know what I am reading tonight. Also, Civil War is probably one of my favorites as well.

      Leowyld
      Leowyld

      Rocket and Groot are in Paolo Rivera's cover art, but have no representation inside? That makes me quite disappointed.

      aipom004
      aipom004

      BOOYAH, Civil War is on here! And number 2! My personal favorite comic book ever is almost number 1! And I've already read at least half of this list, so good job me for priority comic picking..... All the top 5 deserve their spot here. But. Nextwave should be higher, like in the 20's.

      aipom004
      aipom004

      Although. I would've liked to see some Ultimate Spidey or X-Men and Captain America: Theater of War.

      Bengrappone
      Bengrappone member

      I feel like overall this is a good list, and I agree with most of the picks under 25, but I feel like many of these were chosen because introduced characters or changed the Marvel Universe instead of on their actual quality. 

      dantekada
      dantekada

      Civil War is one of the stupidest story arcs EVER!!!!!!!! Read Fantastic Four 335 by Walt Simonson for Reed Richards testimony on why registering mutants is unjust. But Civil War is terrible,,,I am sick of Marvel writers not having original plots and just sticking to having heroes fight one another.

      dantekada
      dantekada

      Now I look at the list again,it is strange how some are grouped as story arcs and others as single issues...why have Ultimates or Marvels as a single issue when they have to be read as an arc? Why give Thor : God of Thunder and Hawkeye ranking as a entire series ?  And where is Gaiman's 1602???????

      syckatic
      syckatic

      fan voted, you should have voted...