The many faces of Peter Parker's allies and foes.

For over 50 years, Spider-Man has been a sensational standout in the Marvel Universe, and this summer, the web-slinger swings onto the silver screen once more in “Spider-Man: Homecoming”! In celebration of this stories history, we present Spidey’s spectacular step-by-step story!

After teaming with the Thing in MARVEL TEAM-UP #6 to put down a joint plane between the Puppet Master and the Mad Thinker, Spider-Man swung into a political quagmire in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #116 involving a popular yet controversial candidate called Richard Raleigh. Things heated up when a new villain named the Disruptor tried to kill Raleigh in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #117, and Spidey got quite a shock in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #118 when he learned the baddie’s real identity: Raleigh himself.

The webslinger aided Thor in MARVEL TEAM-UP #7 versus Kryllk the Cruel, and the Cat in MARVEL TEAM-UP #8 against the Man-Killer. Later, as Peter Parker he jetted off to Montreal to investigate a mysterious telegram sent to his aunt in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #119, but stumbled into a battle with the Hulk that spilled over into AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #120. With little to no rest after that, our hero became embroiled in a war between the Tomorrow Man and Kang the Conqueror in MARVEL TEAM-UP #9 that also involved the Human Torch in MARVEL TEAM-UP #10 and the Inhumans in MARVEL TEAM-UP #11

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #119

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #119

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Peter’s friend and roommate Harry Osborn fell deeper into his addiction to drugs in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #121, a situation made even worse by his father Norman Osborn’s relapse into his criminal role as the Green Goblin. The wallcrawler swung to the rescue when the Goblin kidnapped Gwen Stacy to hurt Peter, and witnessed the worst moment of his life when the young woman died from a fall off the Brooklyn Bridge during the fight.  

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #121

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #121

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An inconsolable Spider-Man desired nothing less than full revenge on Norman Osborn in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #122, and their subsequent ultimate showdown ended in the Goblin’s death from being impaled on his own glider. Later, Mary Jane Watson comforted Peter over his loss of Gwen. J. Jonah Jameson hired Luke Cage to hunt down and capture Spidey in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #123, but the young hero convinced Cage to doubt Jameson’s dubious high-moral reasons for doing so.

Running from his sorrows in San Francisco, Spidey helped the Werewolf triumph over Moondark in MARVEL TEAM-UP #12, and back in New York in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #124 fought another lycanthrope, John Jameson as the Man-Wolf. After diving the solution to Jameson’s hairy problem in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #125, he joined with Captain America against the Grey Gargoyle in MARVEL TEAM-UP #13, with Namor the Sub-Mariner versus Tiger Shark in MARVEL TEAM-UP #14, and with Ghost Rider against the Orb in MARVEL TEAM-UP #15.

The Kangaroo bounced back into the webslinger’s troubled life in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #126, and a new super villain named the Basilisk created chaos for Peter and Captain Marvel in MARVEL TEAM-UP #16. When Mary Jane became the target of the Vulture for witnessing a crime in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #127, the bird-brained baddie swooped in to snag Spidey and drop him from a very, very high height…

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Jack Kirby, Roy Thomas and Neal Adams guide the Inhumans' exploits in the pages of AMAZING ADVENTURE

Bred by an alien race to be a warrior caste and possessing alien DNA, the Inhumans exist as humans possessed of incredible and otherworldly powers when exposed to the substance known as Terrigen. Living secretly, for the most part, among their fellow man, the Inhumans forge their own destiny as a separate society. Dig into the history of the Inhumans with these Marvel Unlimited comics in preparation for “Marvel’s Inhumans” heading to IMAX and ABC this fall!

The Inhumans continued to make their presence felt almost immediately after first debuting FANTASTIC FOUR #4548. Black Bolt, Medusa, Karnak, Gorgon, Crystal and Triton appeared in that book on a semi-regular basis as well as in THOR back-ups running from #146-152. However, they scored their first starring role in the pages of AMAZING ADVENTURES which also featured Black Widow solo stories.  

Jack Kirby wrote and drew the first three issues of the series which took place at a time when Crystal had left Attilan in favor of hanging out with Johnny Storm and the Fantastic Four. Black Bolt had also exiled Maximus which lead to the main thrust of this story as Maximus tried to frame the Fantastic Four for attempting to blow the Great Refuge up with a missile.

While most of the Royal Family tussled with the FF, Triton swam off to Maximus’ island and stopped the bad guy. He then signaled his compatriots to stop their attack on the World’s Greatest Heroes. After a Kirby-created battle with Mandarin in #3 and 4, Roy Thomas and Neal Adams took over until #10 which proved the last Inhumans entry in AMAZING ADVENTURES.

Thomas and Adams dove right into a melodramatic story that saw Gorgon and Karnak assuming that Black Bolt intended to kill Maximus because of a powerful cylindrical prison he placed his brother in. Worried that the king took the punishment too far, they freed him which once again lead into the mad one’s evil plans.

Meanwhile, Black Bolt had been flying around New York City when his cousins freed Maximus. The psychic backlash left the king with no memory of his past or the incredible power of his voice.

As Maximus took over Attilan, Black Bolt found himself in the middle of the Civil Rights Movement. His presence roused the attention of the Avengers who planned on intervening until Thor said that he would go alone. The battle brought the thunder and lightning and dispersed the crowd.

The Inhumans remained in the city for a time in AMAZING ADVENTURES #9 and 10 which took up the entire issue and also featured the creative talents of Gerry Conway and Mike Sekowsky. This time, the down-on-their-luck tangled with Magneto. This final Inhumans tale fully reunited Black Bolt with the rest of his family, setting them up to take over Atillan once more.  

That story took place in AVENGERS #95 by Roy Thomas and Neal Adams right in the middle of the Kree-Skrull War story. Triton literally came out of the water and bumbled his way into a fight between the World’s Greatest Heroes and a group of Mandroids. He explained the Inhumans’ recent problems and a faction of the team traveled with him to Attilan where they helped dethrone Maximus!  

THE INHUMAN CONDITION

Five years after their star turn in AMAZING ADVENTURES, the Royal Family took center stage in the first ever volume of INHUMANS. The series, not currently on Marvel Unlimited, featured the talents of Doug Moench, George Perez, Gil Kane, and Keith Pollard. The book continued to build on the mythology originally established by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby while also pitting the family against the likes of Blastaar, Maximus and even the Hulk! Quicksilver also appeared as he and Crystal married in the pages of 1974’s FANTASTIC FOUR #150.

Next time we jump ahead several years to see the Inhumans star in the Marvel Knights 12 issue series by Paul Jenkins and Jae Lee.

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The Champions and Avengers fight to take the lead against a new threat!

It’s the same old group with some not so same old problems. CHAMPIONS #13 sees our young heroes stepping up to bat with the likes of their childhood heroes, the Avengers, as writer Mark Waid and artist Humberto Ramos bring us up to speed on their life of heroics post SECRET EMPIRE.

“Following the events of SECRET EMPIRE, the kids are re-evaluating their mission statement – do they need to step up to bigger threats,” says Waid, This leads to both the Champions and Avengers responding to the same threat and while they manage to come together to subdue the initial threat, Waid says that’s when the real tension begins. “Some of the Avengers think that the Champions ought to guard the home front while they take on one of the biggest threats ever.” And as you can imagine that prompts a whole lot of, in the words of today’s youngins, ‘hells nah’ from the Champions.

“The teams have radically different ideas as to how to handle the first assault from the High Evolutionary,” notes Waid, “The biggest hurdle will be to get Vision and his daughter, Viv, to get on the same page.” But should that really surprise us? After all, it is very common for teenage synthezoids to rebel against their parents, #growingupsynthezoid, right?

Maybe that’s exactly what this team up needs, a little old school meets new school coming together to get the jobs done – ah -mixed school style. “You’ll see different combinations and pairings of the Champions and the Avengers than you’ve every imagined,” exclaims Waid, “Both teams are going to come out of this story with an altered view of the other – and I can’t promise that it’ll be a nice one.”

And if that isn’t enough to peak your interests, Waid did let slip he’s looking forward to a conversation between Ms. Marvel and Hercules. It’s flexibility meets brute force, I can only imagine what will come out of that chat. But whatever that may be, you can bet our young heroes come leave this battle with a new take on not just how to work as a team, but how to truly become the Champions today’s world needs.

Will the Champions become more like their older counterparts or stick to their new-age heroics? Find out in CHAMPIONS #13 written by Mark Waid with art by Humberto Ramos.

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Mark Waid and Jesus Saiz tell us what’s in store when the Avengers and Champions clash!

Following the events of GENERATIONS comes a confrontation that’s been in the making since CIVIL WAR II — the Avengers vs. the Champions! Throw in the High Evolutionary, and you’ve got a recipe for excitement as Marvel’s premier super team and the heroes of tomorrow finally have it out.

We caught up with the AVENGERS creative team of Mark Waid and Jesus Saiz to find out what to expect when these two teams come together to tear it apart.

Marvel.com: Mark, as part of Marvel Legacy it sounds like we’re getting the confrontation we’ve all been waiting for, as the older Avengers finally face the younger Champions — many of whom are former Avengers themselves. How’s it feel to finally get to tell this tale you’ve been building to?

Mark Waid: I’ve been waiting to tell this story ever since Avengers #1, for more than a year. It’s the first really big story the Champions have been involved in, and they’re really gonna be put through their paces.

Marvel.com: We saw this confrontation first start to percolate when the younger heroes left the Avengers in the wake of Civil War II, but in the post-Secret Empire world, what’s the relationship like between these two generations of heroes?

Mark Waid: Better…but not great. The Champions probably aren’t getting enough credit from the Avengers over what they were able to accomplish during Secret Empire, and that doesn’t go down well.

Marvel.com: What role does the High Evolutionary play in the story?

Mark Waid: He’s the villain, the prime mover–and when I say “mover,” I mean something’s causing Counter-Earth (on the other side of our sun) to begin approaching our Earth at cataclysmic speed towards a shattering collision–unless the heroes can stop it.

Marvel.com: Jesus, you’re coming on board following a stint with Nick Spencer on Captain America. What was the draw for you to work on Avengers? And how’s it been making a transition to a team book and getting to draw all these characters?

Jesus Saiz: Well, after working on Cap, I guess the only way up is working on Avengers! You can’t get a much higher character profile than that!
Although Captain America was a solo book, the truth is the scope of the story was huge; it already has a ton of characters, so I hope drawing a team book won’t be so different, I don’t think things could get much bigger. Of course, Mark could probably prove me completely wrong!

Marvel.com: What’s been your approach to characters, visually, both on the Avengers side and the Champions side?

Jesus Saiz: What I find more exciting in these groups visually is the variety; each character is completely different from the rest. All of them are very unique in terms of, not only physicality, but personality and demeanor. I think this will be the biggest challenge, to give each one a particular posture, movement and “acting.”

Marvel.com: What’s it been like for the two of you, working on the book together?

Mark Waid: I’m a big fan of Jesus’s work and I can’t wait to see what he does!

Jesus Saiz: Working with one of the best, most respected and beloved writers of the Industry? Yeah, I think I can live with that.

Marvel.com: Finally, we can’t talk about the Avengers without talking about the roster. Mark, are there any changes to it you can tell us about, as this new story starts? Jesus, are there any characters you’d love to see added to the story, just to get a chance to draw them?

Mark Waid: No roster changes in the FIRST part of the story–but I can promise you that all the Champions you see at the beginning of the story won’t necessarily make it to the end.

Jesus Saiz: Since my arrival at Marvel, there’s a guy who has been avoiding me that I would love to draw: Odinson, especially in Asgard. Probably I will have to wait a little longer, I don’t think this is the time.

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Death means very little to the Conqueror.

Since the early days of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, Kang the Conqueror has agitated the Avengers and then some with his mastery of multiple eras and desire to add the Marvel Universe to his empire. On November 14, the time tyrant takes on a new role as central antagonist in the “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2,” creating a campaign that crisscrosses all reality and space.

Before you play the game, discover the story behind this agent of chronological chaos with the History of Kang!

When you’re a time-tripping chrono-despot like Kang the Conqueror, death means very little when somewhere out there in the time-stream there’s another you just waiting to take your place and prove their worth. When we last left Kang, he’d been fried crispy by his own overloaded armor, but as the next phase of his history—which may or may not be accurate in your reality—illustrates, you just can’t keep a good—or bad—Kang down.

Imagine the surprise on the part of the Avengers who took part in the Beyonder’s first great “Secret Wars” when they witnessed their old buddy the Conqueror seemingly hale and hearty and on the side of the villains on Battleworld. Doctor Doom himself described Kang as a future version of himself, but when push came to shove, Doom acted on his own behalf, despite any supposed family ties.

That Kang, or maybe another one, later ended up in front of a trio of Kangs who displayed acute unhappiness over their “brother’s” reckless behavior throughout the time-stream. One of them, known as Kang-Prime, executed a campaign to rid the universe of all other versions of himself, which of course brought him into conflict with the Avengers. Turns out that Immortus—yet another Kang of sorts—pulled the strings on Prime’s actions and after driving the guy mad, Immortus walked away, full of himself and his cleverness.

Still yet another Kang—we think—tumbled into an entire arena filled with thousands and thousands of Kangs who called themselves the Council of Kross-Time Kangs and wanted their wayward brethren to join their ranks. That Conqueror ended up in a scrap with a female version known as Nebula-Kang who sought a powerful weapon and, well, it didn’t go well. Not for Kang or anyone else.

Remember that whole Celestial Madonna thing? Kang did and wanted revenge on Mantis—the Madonna—for fouling things up for him at that time. The Fantastic Four got involved and the whole thing devolved into a fight with a being called Necrodamus and a battle between Kang and the Silver Surfer. Later, the Human Torch caught up with that Kang and while under the influence of Nebula, fried the despot in his own armor.

Then, returning things full circle, Kang—well, it looked like Kang!—allied himself with his ancestor Doctor Doom yet again during that whole Infinity War brouhaha. You can bet that turned out as well as that Secret Wars thing for Kang.

Around that time, Kang decided he needed to knuckle down and show everybody once again why he ranked as one of the great villains of all time. And he did…

Check OutSECRET WARS #1-6. AVENGERS (1963) #267269, #291297. FANTASTIC FOUR #323325, #337341. INFINITY WAR #1-6.

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The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Composer visits Marvel HQ to talk about the show and more!

Bear McCreary, Composer for “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” visits Marvel HQ to talk about his process working on the show, the new documentary ‘Score’ and much more!

Download episode #295.5 of This Week in Marvel from Marvel.com, check out Marvel Podcast Central, grab the TWiM RSS feed and subscribe to This Week in Marvel on iTunes or Soundcloud! Head over now to our new hub to listen to the full run of This Week in Marvel including our latest episode!

This Week in Marvel focuses on delivering all the Marvel info on news and new releases–from comics to video games to toys to TV to film and beyond! New episodes will be released every Tuesday and Thursday (or so) and TWiM is co-hosted by Marvel VP Executive Editor of Digital Media Ryan “Agent M” Penagos and Editorial Director of Marvel Digital Media Ben Morse with Manager, Video & Content Production: Blake Garris, Editor Marc Strom, and Assistant Editor Christine Dinh. We also want your feedback, as well as questions for us to answer on future episodes! Tweet your questions, comments and thoughts about TWiM to @AgentM, @BenJMorse, @blakegarris or @Marvel with the hashtag #ThisWeekinMarvel!

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Ryan North teases Doreen's Dino-filled trip to the Savage Land.

Life finds a way. Just like how Doreen Green finds a way to punch a Tyrannosaurus Rex square in the face in the upcoming UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #23 from Ryan North and Erica Henderson! Our favorite acorn-loving hero finds herself in the Savage Land, surrounded by dinosaurs and not all of them are so friendly.

Oh, and did we mention there’s a pretty nasty villain on the loose as well, a baddie who’s given the Avengers a run for their money? To give us more insight into the prehistoric possibilities of this issue, writer Ryan North provided a rundown of why he spared no expense when it came to giving readers a reptilian good time.

Marvel.com: Just for some context, what brings Doreen to the Savage Land?

Ryan North: She wins a programming contest whose prize is an all-expenses-paid trip to the Savage Land, but when she arrives she finds out the contest organizers may have had some…ulterior motives.

Marvel.com: You have had experience dealing with dinos, particularly creating Dinosaur ComicsWhat was your approach to putting them side-by-side with Squirrel Girl?

Ryan North: Erica and I had a big chat about what we wanted to do with the dinosaurs, and came up with an entirely logical reason why these dinosaurs don’t have feathers (they’re usually drawn as the classic 60s lumbering dinosaurs, which makes sense because that’s when they were conceived). So apparently our major rule for visiting the Savage Land was we had to explain why these dinosaurs were scientifically accurate after all. It shows up in one panel when they first arrive, but we’re all extremely satisfied with that panel, I assure you. My main goal was to capture how amazing dinosaurs are, which is to say: extremely.

Marvel.com: Did you go into writing this arc with particular species of dinosaurs in mind? If so, which ones are your favorites?

Ryan North: I mean, I obviously have a soft spot for Tyrannosaurs, Utahraptors, and Dromiceiomimus – they’re all from Dinosaur Comics! But we did have a very particular T. Rex in mind for this story: it’s one nobody has seen before, but it has a familiar face…

Marvel.com: Are we getting a mix of different era-dinos (i.e. Jurassic, Cretaceous, etc.)?

Ryan North: We are! The Savage Land was made by aliens (In the book. In real life, the Savage Land SADLY does not exist) so I assume that they grabbed them from all sorts of different time periods. The Savage Land’s got all the hits!!

Marvel.com: The promo synopsis teases some squirrel-on-giant lizard fighting action. What else can you tell us about this amazing turn of events and what might cause Doreen to punch a T. Rex in the face?

Ryan North: She punches a T. Rex in the face for really justified reasons, I assure you. I don’t want to spoil the story, but I’ll say the Savage Land is facing a threat on a scale it’s never before encountered, and the only thing that can save the entire area is some computer science students, and also a woman who has squirrel powers. Those two things ONLY.

Marvel.com: Speaking of, is Doreen as big of a fan of dinosaurs as you guys are?

Ryan North: Doreen, like all right-minded people, is a huge fan of dinosaurs. Is there anyone who isn’t? I mean it sincerely. I have never met someone who said, “Giant animals who ruled the earth for longer than humans, have even been evolved from, and whose amazing skeletons we can find in the ground after they’ve turned into rock. SNOOZE. NO THANKS.” That’s literally a sentence nobody has ever said before. Dinosaurs are awesome, they definitely belong in our squirrel comic, the end.

Marvel.com: A super villain is also being teased. Who are they and what kind of trouble are they creating for Doreen and these majestic prehistoric creatures?

Ryan North: If I tell you who they are, that gives it away! But they’re a bad guy who can barely be stopped, doesn’t particularly care who gets hurt, and who has brought the entire team of Avengers to the brink of defeat multiple times. I’m sure Doreen Green alone in the savage wilderness will do fine! What could possibly go wrong, right??

Marvel.com: How should readers prepare for such a massive issue? Should they figuratively pack anything in particular for this trip?

Ryan North: They should be prepared to see a Squirrel Girl punch a dinosaur. I’m not sure how I can sell it better than that. “Squirrel Girl Fights Dinosaurs: The Comic” would’ve been an amazing title for this series. Also, there will be some feelings too, but peppered around dinosaur fights!! I promise.

Pick up UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL monthly from Ryan North and Erica Henderson!

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Al Williamson and Archie Goodwin present their version of "The Empire Strikes Back" in comic form!

Each week Star Wars Spotlight combs through the digital archives of Marvel Unlimited to showcase one classic story from that distant galaxy filled with Jedi, Sith, princesses, scoundrels and droids.

After waiting three long years, fans finally got to see the next installment of Star Wars on the big screen! “The Empire Strikes Back” debuted on June 20, 1980 followed a few days later by Al Williamson and Archie Goodwin’s serialized adaptation on comic stands a few days later (a slightly different paperback version bowed even before that).

Now, we’ve all seen the movie more times than we can count and could recite it to varying degrees of success, but back then, one of the best ways to re-live the action, adventure and drama seen on the big screen came in the form of comic adaptations which offered slightly different takes, usually because of the huge lead time needed for comics (see below for a few examples).

The first two issues focused on the Rebels’ adventures on Hoth, starting with Luke’s fateful meeting with the Wampa and Han Solo saving him from hypothermia. The action then ramped up when the Empire discovered the base and attacked with the might of AT-ATs. 

Star Wars (1977) #40

Star Wars (1977) #40

  • Published: July 22, 1980
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: April 15, 2015
  • Rating: All Ages
  • Writer: Archie Goodwin
  • Cover Artist: Al Williamson
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Luke and company fought long enough to get most of their people off planet and then, in the third issue, he and Artoo split off as Han, Leia, Chewbacca and C-3PO flew off in the Millennium Falcon. 

Star Wars (1977) #41

Star Wars (1977) #41

  • Published: September 02, 1980
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: April 15, 2015
  • Rating: All Ages
  • Writer: Archie Goodwin
  • Cover Artist: Al Williamson
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As most of you will remember, Luke and his astromech pal flew to Dagobah where the former trained with Yoda in the ways of the Jedi, increasing his power with each exercise. Meanwhile, the Falcon found itself flying through a series of challenges all its own from ship-eating asteroids to the ever-present Empire.

Han, Leia, Chewie and Threepio, of course, made their way to Cloud City, where they met Lando Calrissian, a friend of Solo’s from the old days. Though they seemed welcome guests at first, we all know what happened, which helmeted villains showed up and who got frozen in metal. 

Star Wars (1977) #43

Star Wars (1977) #43

  • Published: October 28, 1980
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: April 15, 2015
  • Rating: All Ages
  • Writer: Archie Goodwin
  • Cover Artist: Al Williamson
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Luke flew in in time to battle Darth Vader while his friends, now aided by Lando, figured out an escape route. They, in turn, fly the Falcon up to save Luke after Darth Vader revealed himself to be Skywalker’s father and he nearly fell out the bottom of Cloud City. 

Star Wars (1977) #44

Star Wars (1977) #44

  • Published: November 25, 1980
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: April 15, 2015
  • Rating: All Ages
  • Writer: Archie Goodwin
  • Cover Artist: Al Williamson
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Film-goers had to wait another three years to find out what happened with Han, but the adventures continued every month in the pages of STAR WARS!

From the Jedi Temple Archives

In the back of STAR WARS #41, the book’s longtime writer Archie Goodwin recounted how he got working on this adaptation. Living many a fan’s dream, he headed out to California to spend a full week with the Lucasfilm crew to get inside looks at “Empire.” Eventually he returned home with about 750 requested photos and a copy of the script written by Lawrence Kasdan and Leigh Brackett. If you picked up the magazine adaptation version, you might remember a very different looking version of Yoda. His scenes hadn’t been finished yet when they started working on the comic, so Williamson based his take on Ralph McQuarrie’s character designs. They were able to change those pages to more accurately reflect the film version by the time the story made its way into monthly comics.

If you spent part of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” wondering where ol’ Goldenrod got that red arm, find out next week in STAR WARS: C-3PO by James Robinson and Tony Harris!

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Stan Lee and Jack Kirby lay down the foundation of all things Inhuman in FANTASTIC FOUR.

Bred by an alien race to be a warrior caste and possessing alien DNA, the Inhumans exist as humans possessed of incredible and otherworldly powers when exposed to the substance known as Terrigen. Living secretly, for the most part, among their fellow man, the Inhumans forge their own destiny as a separate society. Dig into the history of the Inhumans with these Marvel Unlimited comics in preparation for “Marvel’s Inhumans” heading to IMAX and ABC this fall!

In 1965, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby introduced the world to a hidden, super-powered race that continues to spark the imagination to this day. With “Marvel’s Inhumans” making television history, with the first two episodes premiering exclusively in IMAX® theatres for a two-week window beginning September 1, then with the full series starting September 29 on ABC, we’re looking back through the group’s stories history, starting where it all began: FANTASTIC FOUR.

Though Medusa had been palling around with the Frightful Four making trouble for their Fantastic counterparts, we didn’t really know anything about her lineage until Gorgon showed up to track her down in FANTASTIC FOUR #44. To escape, she stowed away in Johnny Storm’s sports car which inadvertently woke Dragon Man up not long after. 

The beast attacked at the same time that Gorgon made his stomping presence felt with the rest of the team. As they battle, Gorgon mentioned that he and Medusa belong to a secret race of incredibly powerful individuals.

After the fracas broke up, Johnny went wandering around town and eventually stumbled upon – and instantly fell in love with – Crystal, another Inhuman. He implied that they both came from the same race and received a nice tour of the Inhumans’ hide-out in the city, plus an introduction to Lockjaw, Karnak and Triton.

The full fury of the Inhumans almost came loose in #45, but readers had to wait a full month to find out more about Black Bolt! This strong, silent type used the tuning fork-like apparatus on his head to channel power into himself, enough to go toe-to-toe with The Thing, earning comparisons to the Hulk in the process. 

All the while, an individual known as The Seeker sought out this particular batch of Inhumans to take them back home to The Great Refuge. Black Bolt and his crew arrived first and met King Maximus who allowed his wordless brother to take the crown off his head knowing he could still use the Atmo-Gun to destroy humanity on his own.

The FF showed up in time to see Maximus use the weapon to theoretically kill every human on Earth, but the device failed! However, in the ensuing madness, Maximus switched the settings and used the weapon to create an impenetrable dome around Attilan, keeping Johnny and Crystal apart for a time.

The Fantastic Four didn’t have much time to dwell on the Inhumans, though, as Galactus and Silver Surfer introduced themselves to Earth later that very same issue!

In addition to debuting this new race living on Earth, these issues also established Black Bolt as the leader of the Inhumans and brought he and Medusa together. We even heard a version of their origins from The Seeker. The Inhumans started as an advanced race while humans still dwelled in caves. They became genetic engineers who could bring about any power imaginable, but they hid in the Great Refuge after humans started attacking them out of fear and intolerance.

THE INHUMAN CONDITION

Medusa pre-dated her fellow Inhumans by several issues, debuting in a Wizard flashback in FANTASTIC FOUR #36 when he, Paste-Pot Pete and Sandman wondered about bringing in a woman for the Frightful Four. Once fully assembled the group invaded the Baxter Building, nearly defeating the FF in the process. Madam Medusa proved incredibly powerful not just because of her mentally controlled tresses, but also as a leader and warrior. What made the future queen of the Inhumans pull jobs with a guy named Paste-Pot Pete? During a fight with fellow Inhuman Trikon, he blasted her off a sky sled. The ensuing crash left her with amnesia. Not knowing who or what she truly was, she wandered Europe where The Wizard met her in the past and eventually called on her to join his group of hoodlums.

The Inhumans break out into their own escapades in the pages of AMAZING ADVENTURE #110 by Jack Kirby, Roy Thomas, Neal Adams, Gerry Conway, and Mike Sekowsky. 

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Discover how a nameless man in an alley became one of Miles Morales' biggest foes!

Every Friday we use the powers of Marvel Unlimited to look back at the very first appearance of a major character, place or object that made waves this week.

Some bad guys are just too dense to give up the life of crime. No one embodies that more than Hammerhead, a gangster originally working for the Maggia who continues to offer trouble for arachnid themed heroes in the pages of SPIDER-MAN.

The mobster still uses his thick skull and underworld connections to make life hard for Miles Morales along with some help from Black Cat. Originally created by Gerry Conway and John Romita, Hammerhead debuted in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #113 back in 1972. 

Dubbed “Mister H,” he first appeared in a darkened boardroom as one of his men called in to tell him he’d offed Doctor Octopus’ informant Bernie. At the time Hammerhead wanted revenge on the multi-armed menace for taking out one of their numbers running operations.

An exhausted Spider-Man had to build an exo-skeleton to take out Doc Ock. Standing victorious over his fallen foe, the Wall-Crawler turned around to find Hammerhead and his goons with guns aimed at him!

In the next issue, the hero fully faced the new villain, going so far as to punch him square in the dome, quickly learning why he called himself Hammerhead. Though the mobster refused to explain his unique ability, we saw a flashback showing the details.

A discredited Doctor Harrow found a nameless man in an alley and decided to perform one of his unconventional experiments that gave him a steel alloy head. While unconscious, the man dreamed of old gangster movies which helped shape his identity after he awoke.

Though Hammerhead tried to bring Spider-Man over to his side, that failed and our hero did his best to squash the bubbling mob war between the two super criminals. Smacked down, Hammerhead fled the country for a while, but eventually returned to New York City to plague the Big Apple.

Flash Forward

After Secret Wars, Miles Morales not only found himself living on Earth-616, but also dealing with some of Peter Parker’s enemies including Black Cat and Hammerhead. The former, not a gangster in her own right, approached the latter about working together to take out the new spider on the block. Though neither fully trusted the other, ‘Head got swayed by the Cat showing him respect for his long career as a crook. They actually succeeded in getting the drop on him in SPIDER-MAN #45, but Miles dug deep, powered up his Venom Blast to unprecedented levels and took out an entire room full of bad guys! Miles even beat Hammerhead down, but couldn’t find Black Cat when she mysteriously disappeared. Clearly, the two criminals hold a grudge though as they continue going after him!

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