Even by today’s standards, these reprints are exceptional and can be found rather cheaply in back issues bins. In most cases, these Special Editions included new wrap-around covers as well as pins by some of the best 1980s talents.
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
1983 – Marvel Special Editions
In 1983, Marvel launched a series of prints using the then high-quality Baxter paper under the label of "Special Editions".
I fondly recall picking up the X-Men Classics and re-reading those wonderful Neal Adams issues featuring the Sentinels, Sauron, and the
. Savage Land
In some cases, these reprints weren’t complete and some new material was inserted to bridge the story. See the following list for complete details: http://www.freewebs.com/marvelreprints/mv_edition.txt.
Doctor Strange/Silver Dagger Special Edition #1
- Reprinting Doctor Strange #1-2, 4-5
Warlock Special Edition #1-6
- Reprinting Strange Tales #178-181 and Warlock #9-15, Marvel Team-Up #55, Avengers Annual #7, and Marvel Two-In-One Annual #2.
X-Men Classics #1-3
- Reprinting #57-63 by Roy Thomas and Neal Adams.
X-Men Special Edition #1
- Reprinting: Giant-Size X-Men #1 by Chris Claremont and Dave Cockrum and featuring an original 10 page Kitty/Illyana story.
Starlord Special Edition #1
Reprinting Marvel Preview #11 by Chris Claremont, John Byrne, and Terry Austin.
Moon Knight Special Edition #1-3
- Reprinting Backup features in The Rampaging Hulk! #13-15,17-18,20, by Doug Moench and Bill Sienkiewicz.
Conan the Barbarian #1
- Reprinting Savage Tales #2,3 by Roy Thomas and Barry Smith
Special Edition #1-3 America
- Reprinting Captain
#110-113 featuring art from the legendary Steranko. America
Doctor Strange Classics #1-4
- Reprinting Strange Tales #130-141, featuring art from Steve Ditko and outstanding wrap-around covers by John Byrne.
Elektra Saga #1-4
- Reprinting Daredevil #168,174-181,190 (Bizarre Adventures #28), by Frank Miller and Klaus Janson.
Fantastic Four Special Edition #1
- Reprinting Fantastic Four Annual #1 by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee.
Kree-Skrull War Special Edition #1-2
- Reprinting Avengers #93-97 by Roy Thomas, Neal Adams, and John Buscema.
Micronauts Special Edition #1-5
Reprint: Micronauts #1-12 by Bill Mantlo and Michael Golden
Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD #1-2
Reprinting Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD #1-5, by Steranko.
- Reprinting The Uncanny X-Men #137 by John Byrne and Chris Claremont with unpublished alternate ending.
Spider-Man and Daredevil Special Edition #1
- Reprinting Peter Parker the Spectacular Spider-Man #26-28 by Frank Miller.
Life of Captain Marvel #1-5
- Reprinting Iron Man #55 and Captain Marvel #25-34 by Jim Starlin.