Marvel Essentials
Marvel Essentials
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Marvel Essentials is a series of comic book reprints. Each black-and-white paperback reprints approximately 20-30 issues of a classic Marvel title (primarily focused on the Silver or Bronze Ages). Each book contains between 450 and 650 pages, printed on coarse, matte-quality paper. DC Comics has a similar range of black-and-white reprint paperbacks in their Showcase Presents line. (In the same way, the DC Archive Editions are DC’s equivalent of the Marvel Masterworks line.)

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Essential The Rampaging Hulk Vol. 2 + Essential The Rampaging Hulk Vol. 2
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The Hulk! 16-27 August 1979 – June 1981
Essential Man-Thing Vol. 2 + Essential Man-Thing Vol. 2
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Man-Thing (1974) 15-22; Man-Thing (1979) 1-11; Giant-Size Man-Thing 3-5; Marvel Team-Up 68; Marvel Two-in-One 43; Doctor Strange 41 March 1975 – July 1981
Essential Marvel Two-In-One Vol. 3 + Essential Marvel Two-In-One Vol. 3
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Marvel Two-In-One 53-77, Annual 4-5 July 1979 – July 1981
No Cover + Essential Moon Knight Vol. 1
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Werewolf By Night 32-33; Marvel Spotlight 28-29; Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man 22-23; Marvel Two-In-One 52; Hulk Magazine 11-15, 17-18, 20; Marvel Preview 21; Moon Knight 1-10; Marvel Team-Up Annual 4 August 1975 – August 1981
Essential Power Man And Iron Fist Vol. 1 + Essential Power Man And Iron Fist Vol. 1
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Power Man And Iron Fist 50-72, 74-75 April 1978 – November 1981
+ Essential Savage She-Hulk Vol. 1
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Savage She-Hulk 1-25 February 1980 – February 1982
Essential Ghost Rider Vol. 3 + Essential Ghost Rider Vol. 3
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Ghost Rider 51-65; Marvel Two-in-One 80; Marvel Super-Heroes 11; The Avengers 214 December 1980 – February 1982
Essential Defenders Vol. 5 + Essential Defenders Vol. 5
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The Defenders 92-106, Marvel Team-Up 101, 111, 116, And Captain America 268 February 1981 – April 1982
Essential X-Men Vol. 3 + Essential X-Men Vol. 3
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Uncanny X-Men 145-161; Uncanny X-Men Annual 3-5 May 1981 – September 1982
Essential Dazzler Vol. 1 + Essential Dazzler Vol. 1
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Dazzler 1-21; Uncanny X-Men 130-131; Amazing Spider-Man 203 February – November 1982
Essential Doctor Strange Vol. 4 + Essential Doctor Strange Vol. 4
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Doctor Strange 30-56; Chamber Of Chills 4; Man-Thing 4 August 1978 – December 1982
No Cover + Essential Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man Vol. 3
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Spectacular Spider-Man 54-74; Annual 3. May 1981 – January 1983
Essential Moon Knight Vol. 2 + Essential Moon Knight Vol. 2
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Moon Knight 11-30 September 1981 – April 1983
Essential Spider-Woman Vol. 2 + Essential Spider-Woman Vol. 2
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Spider-Woman 26-50; Marvel Team-Up 97; Uncanny X-Men 148 May 1980 – June 1983
Essential Killraven + Essential Killraven
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Amazing Adventures 18-39; Marvel Team-Up 45; Killraven Warrior Of The Worlds: Last Dreams Broken; Killraven 1 May 1973 – August 1983, February 2001
Essential Power Man And Iron Fist Vol. 2 + Essential Power Man And Iron Fist Vol. 2
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Power Man And Iron Fist 76-100, Daredevil 178 December 1981 – December 1983
Essential X-Men Vol. 4 + Essential X-Men Vol. 4
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Uncanny X-Men 162-179; Annual 6; X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills October 1982 – March 1984
Essential Official Handbook Of The Marvel Universe Vol. 1 + Essential Official Handbook Of The Marvel Universe Vol. 1
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Official Handbook Of The Marvel Universe 1-15 January 1983 – May 1984
Essential Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man Vol. 4 + Essential Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man Vol. 4
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Spectacular Spider-Man 75-96; Annual 4 February 1983 – November 1984
Essential Ghost Rider Vol. 4 + Essential Ghost Rider Vol. 4
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Ghost Rider 66-81; Amazing Spider-Man 274; New Defenders 145-146 March 1982 – August 1985
Essential X-Men Vol. 5 + Essential X-Men Vol. 5
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Uncanny X-Men 180-198; Annual 7-8; X-Men/Alpha Flight 1-2 April 1984 – January 1986
Essential Dazzler Vol. 2 + Essential Dazzler Vol. 2
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Dazzler 22-42; Marvel Graphic Novel 12; Beauty And The Beast 1-4; Secret Wars II 4 December 1982 – March 1986
Essential Punisher Vol. 1 + Essential Punisher Vol. 1
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The Amazing Spider-Man 129, 134-135, 162-163, 174-175, 201-202; Amazing Spider-Man Annual 15; Giant-Size Spider-Man 4; Marvel Preview 2; Marvel Super-Action 1; Captain America 241; Daredevil 182-184; Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man 81-83; Punisher: Circle Of Blood 1-5 February 1974 – May 1986
Essential Marvel Saga Vol. 1 + Essential Marvel Saga Vol. 1
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Marvel Saga 1-12 December 1985 – November 1986
Essential X-Men Vol. 6 + Essential X-Men Vol. 6
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Uncanny X-Men 199-213, New Mutants Special Edition 1, X-Men Annual 9, X-Factor 9-11, New Mutants 46, Thor 373-374, Power Pack 27 November 1985 – January 1987
Essential X-Factor Vol. 1 + Essential X-Factor Vol. 1
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The Avengers 262, The Fantastic Four 286, X-Factor 1-16, Annual 1, The Mighty Thor 373-374, Power Pack 27 December 1985 – May 1987
+ Essential Marvel Saga Vol. 2
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Marvel Saga 13-25 December 1986 – December 1987
Essential Official Handbook Of The Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition Vol. 1 + Essential Official Handbook Of The Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition Vol. 1
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Official Handbook Of The Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition 1-7 December 1985 – June 1986
Essential Official Handbook Of The Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition Vol. 2 + Essential Official Handbook Of The Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition Vol. 2
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Official Handbook Of The Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition 8-14 July 1986 – January 1987
Essential Official Handbook Of The Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition Vol. 3 + Essential Official Handbook Of The Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition Vol. 3
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Official Handbook Of The Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition 15-20 March 1987 – February 1988
Essential X-Men Vol. 7 + Essential X-Men Vol. 7
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Uncanny X-Men 214-228, Annual 10-11, Fantastic Four vs. The X-Men 1-4 February 1987 – April 1988
Essential Silver Surfer Vol. 2 + Essential Silver Surfer Vol. 2
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Silver Surfer (1982) 1; Silver Surfer (1987) 1-18; Annual 1; Marvel Fanfare 51 1982 – December 1988
Essential X-Factor Vol. 2 + Essential X-Factor Vol. 2
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X-Factor 17-35, Annual 2, The Mighty Thor 378 April 1987- December 1988
Essential X-Men Vol. 8 + Essential X-Men Vol. 8
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Uncanny X-Men 229-243, Annual 12, X-Factor 36-39 May 1988 – April 1989
Essential Punisher Vol. 2 + Essential Punisher Vol. 2
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The Punisher 1-20, Annual 1, Daredevil 257 July 1987 – June 1989
Essential Official Handbook Of The Marvel Universe Update '89 Vol. 1 + Essential Official Handbook Of The Marvel Universe Update ’89 Vol. 1
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Official Handbook Of The Marvel Universe Update ’89 1-8 July – December 1989
Essential X-Factor Vol. 3 + Essential X-Factor Vol. 3
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X-Factor 36-50, X-Factor Annual 3, Uncanny X-Men 242-243 January 1989 – January 1990
Essential Wolverine Vol. 1 + Essential Wolverine Vol. 1
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Wolverine 1-23 November 1988 – April 1990
Essential Moon Knight Vol. 3 + Essential Moon Knight Vol. 3
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Moon Knight 31-38; Moon Knight (Vol. 2) 1-6; Marvel Fanfare 30, 38-39; Solo Avengers 3; Marvel Super-Heroes 1; Marc Spector: Moon Knight 1-2 May 1983 – May 1990
Essential X-Men Vol. 9 + Essential X-Men Vol. 9
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Uncanny X-Men 244-264, Annual 13 May 1989 – July 1990
Essential Punisher Vol. 3 + Essential Punisher Vol. 3
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The Punisher 21-40, Annual 2-3 July 1989 – October 1990
Essential Wolverine Vol. 2 + Essential Wolverine Vol. 2
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Wolverine 24-47 May 1990 – October 1991
Essential Wolverine Vol. 3 + Essential Wolverine Vol. 3
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Wolverine 48-69 November 1991 – May 1993
Essential Official Handbook Of The Marvel Universe Master Edition Vol. 1 + Essential Official Handbook Of The Marvel Universe Master Edition Vol. 1
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A-G Entries from Official Handbook Of The Marvel Universe-Master Edition 1-36 December 1990 – November 1993
Essential Official Handbook Of The Marvel Universe Master Edition Vol. 2 + Essential Official Handbook Of The Marvel Universe Master Edition Vol. 2
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H-N Entries from Official Handbook Of The Marvel Universe-Master Edition 1-36 December 1990 – November 1993
No Cover + Essential Official Handbook Of The Marvel Universe Master Edition Vol. 3
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O-Z Entries from Official Handbook Of The Marvel Universe-Master Edition 1-36 December 1990 – November 1993
Essential Wolverine Vol. 4 + Essential Wolverine Vol. 4
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Wolverine 70-90 June 1993 – February 1995
Essential Wolverine Vol. 5 + Essential Wolverine Vol. 5
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Wolverine 91-110; 1996 Annual; Uncanny X-Men 332 July 1995 – February 1997