Welcome Marvel Legacy to the mobile gaming adventure!

Don a suit of armor as Punisher. Soar the skies with Falcon’s new wings. Incinerate your foes in style with Satana. Witness true power with the Savior of Worlds, Adam Warlock. Marvel Legacy has arrived in “Marvel Future Fight” as of today!

To get the full rundown on all things Marvel Legacy brings to “Marvel Future Fight” this month, we grabbed a few minutes with Netmarble Monster’s lead game designer Minkyun Kim, content designer Hyunseok Kim, skill designer Jongho Park, and system designer Youjung Kim.

Marvel.com: Can you tell us about the latest Marvel Legacy update? What can fans expect?

Minkyun Kim: For the first update of 2018, we wanted to continue with what makes “Marvel Future Fight” great, while making things feel fresh. Marvel Legacy, the current event that is reenergizing Marvel’s comic book line with new costumes and stories, seemed to correspond well with the direction that we wanted to take. Existing characters return with new directions and new costumes as well. We hope that players will enjoy these new characters and the brand-new event stage we’ve cooked up for this update.

Marvel.com: Will our heroes sport new uniforms?

Hyunseok Kim: We selected heroes from the Marvel Legacy event whose looks change drastically and impactfully. Falcon is one of the key characters, because he has re-embraced his classic identity as he now fights alongside the Avengers. We decided to release his new uniform first. The same goes for the Punisher. You can find the all-new War Machine armor clad Punisher in this update! Don’t forget to thank Nick Fury while you’re at it since he helped spruce the Punisher up a bit. Lastly, you can also find a striking uniform for Satana, featuring her new look from the SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE series.

Marvel.com: X-23 and Adam Warlock finally make their debut in ‘Marvel Future Fight.’ What role will they play?

Jongho Park: X-23 and Adam Warlock are characters that the Dev team have been itching to add to the world of Future Fight. For X-23, we thought a lot about how to best portray her in a similar way to Wolverine while keeping her unique. In Adam Warlock’s case, we thought long and hard about how to express his powerful energy attacks. As these two characters are very important, we cut down the number of new characters in the update and we spent a lot of time and effort to create them. You’ll be able to meet these characters and glimpse their powerful and showy skills.

Marvel.com: Can you share any fun moments or something you were proud of while preparing for this Marvel Legacy event?

Jongho Park: What comes to mind are the things we talked about while developing the character of Adam Warlock. Inspired by his “battle mage” era from the Guardians of the Galaxy comic book series, we talked a lot of about what kind of magical energy attacks we would create for him, as well as what color his bursts should take on. In the process of discussion, we even talked about the shape of his fingers! The hand and fingers take on a variety of shapes when someone uses magic. As we talked very seriously about which stance looked stronger and better suited to a wizard, we realized that everyone was standing with their hands and fingers in different positions.

Marvel.com: What improvements have been made for the players?

Youjung Kim: We improved the elements that prevented players from playing with ease. We made sure to improve the way to check if Comic Cards are registered in a collection, and added a function where you can check the current Rank of all the characters a player possesses. We’ve also added a refresh function that makes it possible for you to check for newly-created Dimension Rifts.

Marvel.com: What can players look forward to and expect?

Minkyun Kim: We are always striving to have differently themed updates to give players a fresh experience. Since this update is themed in celebration of the newest event from Marvel’s comic books, MARVEL LEGACY, we hope that players will enjoy the refreshed characters. This year, a lot of updates will focus around not only the comics, but the new movies as well. Stay tuned!

Marvel Future Fight is available worldwide on the App Store® and Google Play™. For all the latest on “Marvel Future Fight,” stay tuned to Marvel.com and @MarvelGames on Twitter!

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Warlock returns in Guardians of the Galaxy #150!

Coming up inside GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #150, Adam Warlock makes his return to the Marvel Universe in a Marvel Legacy special event as the search for the Infinity Stones continues! Written by Gerry Duggan with art by Marcus To, Gamora and company seek the Soul Stone—but what will the reappearance of their once ally and former holder of said bauble mean for their quest?

First introduced in the 1967 pages of FANTASTIC FOUR #66, Warlock evolved over the years to become a cosmic warrior and key figure in the saga of the Infinity Stones. A mercurial figure, and a one-time Guardian himself, Adam could tip the scales in favor—or against—the current squad.

Why has Warlock come back? And from where? The mystery remains. Does he seek the Infinity Stones for himself? Find out in “The Return of Adam Warlock, Part 1”!

Stay tuned to Marvel.com/nycc2017 for more news from New York Comic Con! And check out our social channels all weekend with #MarvelNYCC.

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Carlos Pacheco provides a look back at a classic Kirby character intro!

1917 to 2017: 100 years of Kirby.

Join us this month to celebrate Jack “King” Kirby’s 100th birthday by learning about the characters and stories he created that changed comics forever. To commemorate Jack’s centennial, we’ve sat down with the modern-day creators he influenced—and the decades of work he gifted us all.

When it came to tackling big ideas, Jack Kirby never shied away. He created comics that dealt with everything from Nazis and racism to the origins of reality and how the divine interact with man. CABLE artist Carlos Pacheco has always appreciated the way “The King” explored these concepts.

“For my favorite Marvel Kirby issues, I’m afraid that I won’t be very original saying that the issues that go from FANTASTIC FOUR #44 [to] #67 contain what Marvel comics always was: a creative explosion,” shares Pacheco. “Inhumans, Black Panther, Galactus, Silver Surfer and Doctor Doom, the Negative Zone, Him, and the Hive. What [writer] Stan [Lee] and Jack did in those is impossible to repeat. Anyway I’m very fond of the last two issues, #66 and #67”

In FANTASTIC FOUR #66 and #67, from 1967, Alicia Masters disappears and her boyfriend, the ever-loving, blue-eyed Thing, wants to find her, while his teammates think she might have simply left without saying anything. In reality, she’d been taken to the Citadel of Science where the lab’s members had created a supposedly perfect human with the power to blind anyone who came near. They planned on sending Masters to their creation so she could sculpt “HIM” and give them an idea of what they’d made.

Fantastic Four (1961) #66

Fantastic Four (1961) #66

  • Published: September 10, 1967
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: November 13, 2007
  • Penciller: Jack Kirby
  • Cover Artist: Jack Kirby
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“Kirby mythology goes beyond men and supermen, he established a relationship between men and gods—and demons,” Pacheco explains. “Men play to be gods creating a superior form of life as it happens in those particular FANTASTIC FOUR issues; a being that cannot be understood by human perception and we need a blind woman to understand it, an intermediary between this god and the rest of humans—even the ones that create him—to perceive what is beyond our knowledge. To translate the 4th dimension to elements of the 3D one. I don’t remember the first time that such a secondary character gets so relevant role in a story.”

To that point, Alicia remained nearby when the cocoon containing HIM opened, releasing the wildly powerful individual onto the world. Before zapping the Citadel of Science away, HIM proclaimed, “This planet of humans is not for me—not yet—not till  another millennium has passed!” Eventually the being took on the name Adam Warlock and traveled the spaceways as a messianic figure, spreading his influence across the cosmos.

Stay tuned to Marvel.com for more throughout Kirby Month and beyond! And join the conversation on all of our social channels with the hashtag #Kirby100.

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So, you think you know the Guardians of the Galaxy?

With the incredibly epic “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” coming out in May, it’s time for you to brush up on the history of the Guardians.

Let’s start with the team’s heroic members…ALL of them. Don’t be surprised when you’re told by hard core fans that the first movie barely scratches the surface when it comes to the team’s lore. Did you know that there are two different teams? From two different universes? That’s right. The quirky, yet valiant, team of Peter Quill (aka Star Lord), Gamora, Groot, Rocket Raccoon, and Drax the Destroyer are only a small part of the group. The first formation of the group starts in the distant future of the 31st century, in alternate universe, where a couple of unlikely heroes emerged, including Yondu Udonta (yes, you read that right). For now, let’s begin with some familiar faces.

The Current Guardians

With their first appearance in 2008, these Guardians of the Galaxy formed as a group opposing the Phalanx conquest of the Kree system and stayed together in an attempt to prevent any further catastrophes from ever occurring. 

Guardians of the Galaxy (2008) #1

Guardians of the Galaxy (2008) #1

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Peter Quill

Peter Quill

Peter Quill was conceived from the love between the terran Meredith Quill and the Spartoi Emperor J’son. After being abducted by a pirate crew, captained by the fearsome Yondu, Quill would eventually escape and set out to become “Star-Lord,” a title his father once dawned. After the events of the Phalanx Invasion, Quill realized that the universe was in dire need of protecting. With the aid of Mantis telepathically urging his recruits, Quill formed the Guardians of the Galaxy.

Powers:

  • Spartoi Physiology: Peter is half-Human, half-Spartoi giving him peak human abilities such as human strength, durability, agility, stamina, and longevity
  • Link with Ship: He is psionically linked to his starship, “Ship,” a living entity

Weapons & Equipment:

  • Kree Heat-Dampening Espionage Battle Suit: Star-Lord was outfitted with a Kree-issued heat-dampening espionage battle suit, his hallmark look; a battle helmet; and a universal translator. His famous battle helmet analyzes strategy data, as well as improve vision and regulate oxygen while in space.
  • Star-Lord Armor: Quill wears a suit that grants augmented strength and durability, and the ability to travel through space with ease.
  • Mandalay Gem: Alien technological mineral of celestial making; the gem utilizes cosmic energies to provide its user with vast and versatile capability, both in combat and travel
  • Element Gun: A pistol capable of conjuring one of the four elements
  • Kree Sub-Machine Gun: Star-Lord’s chosen weapons are two Kree sub-machine guns with various types of ammunition, including explosives

First Appearance: Marvel Preview #4 (January, 1976)

Marvel Preview (1977) #4

Marvel Preview (1977) #4

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Drax the Destroyer

Drax the Destroyer

Originally a real estate agent, this unlucky soul bumped into Thanos, setting off a chain of events. Thanos’ grandfather, Kronos, fashioned a new body made from the Earth’s soil to give Arthur Douglas superhuman abilities, transforming him into the awesome Drax the Destroyer. After the events of Annihilation, Drax was recruited by the legendary Star-Lord to join the butt-kicking Guardians of the Galaxy.

Powers:

  • Enhanced Physiology: Due to his new body, Drax has a number of superhuman abilities including strength, stamina, durability, senses, and an accelerated healing factor
  • Cosmic Awareness: He possesses a low-level form of cosmic awareness that allows him to track Thanos

Weapons & Equipment:

  • Twin Knives: While Drax is more than proficient in combat, he is always carrying his handy twin Knives

First Appearance: Iron Man #55 (February, 1973) 

Iron Man (1968) #55

Iron Man (1968) #55

  • Published: February 10, 1973
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: November 05, 2008
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Cosmo

Cosmo

A former test animal of the Soviet Space Program, Cosmo launched into Earth’s orbit as part of an experiment. He drifted off into space during the 1960’s, arriving in “Knowhere.” Mysteriously mutated, this daring Golden Labrador Retriever mix came to serve as the station’s security chief. Currently, Cosmo acts as a liaison for the Guardians and assists them in plotting courses for areas of the universe in peril.

Powers:

  • Telekinesis: A wide range of telekinetic powers including telepathic cloak, illusions, mind control, mental paralysis, psionic blast, and mental detection
  • Extended Longevity: Cosmo is decades older than the normal life expectancy of other dogs

Weapons & Equipment:

  • Space suit: Cosmo’s original Soviet Space suit given to him during the space race of the 1960’s.

First appearance: Nova #8 (January, 2008)  

Nova (2007) #8

Nova (2007) #8

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Bug

Bug

Bug is a master thief from the Insectivorid homeworld “Kaliklak” based in the Microverse. A member of the Microns, Bug is an adept fighter who joined the Guardians after Rocket Raccoon asked him when the original group disbanded.

Powers:

  • Insectivorid Physiology: Bug’s native abilities are considered superhuman compared to other humanoids. His powers include great strength, speed, stamina, agility, durability, reflexes, recuperative powers, balance, coordination, and sense of equilibrium.
  • Wall-Crawling: Ability to cling to surfaces and scale them like any insect
  • Danger-Sense: Similar to Spider-Man, this ability, in the form of a tingling sensation at the base of his skull, alerts him to danger
  • Antennae: Ability to communicate with other antennae-beings over a limited amount of space

Weapons & Equipment:

  • Gilder-Pac: A telepathically-controlled glider-pac enabling flight
  • Rocket Lance: Bug’s weapon of choice, which can fire varying intensities of energy, and can return to his hand if thrown

First Appearance: Micronauts #1 (January, 1979)

Gamora

Gamora

Gamora is the sole survivor of an alien humanoid race called the Zen Whoberis, a peace-loving tribe whose population was wiped out by a zealous religious order seeking to establish a galaxy-wide empire. The mad Titan Thanos rescued Gamora and brought her to a time period at least two decades prior to her people’s deaths, travelling from Earth-7528 to Earth-616. Aboard his space station Sanctuary, Thanos raised Gamora and used advanced technology to endow her with enhanced humanoid abilities. Feeling lost after the Phalanx Invasion, Gamora joined the Guardians of the Galaxy to give new purpose to her life

Powers:

  • Zen Whoberis Physiology: Slight superhuman strength, durability, endurance and reflexes, as well as a healing factor
  • Enhanced Physiology: Raised to be a deadly assassin by Thanos, he enhanced her body with advanced technologies; because of this, Gamora is a master in martial arts, various weaponry and an expert marksman and tactician.

Weapons & Equipment:

  • Time Gem
  • The Godslayer

First Appearance: Strange Tales #180 (June, 1975)  

Strange Tales (1951) #180

Strange Tales (1951) #180

  • Published: June 10, 1975
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: October 30, 2012
  • Writer: Jim Starlin
  • Penciler: Jim Starlin
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Groot

Groot

Groot is a Flora colossus from Planet X, the capital of the branch worlds. During his adulthood, Groot wandered around Kree space exploring galaxies until he was captured and imprisoned. While in jail, he formed a rapport with Rocket Raccoon and was assigned to a covert ops team led by Star-Lord, which would eventually become the Guardians of the Galaxy.

Powers:

  • Cellular Regeneration: As a flora, Groot can regenerate any part of his body. He has almost died on three separate occasions, each time regenerating from a twig.
  • Growth: Apart of the cellular regeneration, Groot can grow and extend his body at extreme speeds
  • Plasticity: Ability to stretch his limbs for long distances and reshape them for a variety of tasks
  • Superhuman Strength: Groot’s tree-like form provides him great strength
  • Control Over Other Plants: Groot has the power to control other plants, especially his own physical form. He can turn his hands into blades, grow in size altogether, or even use that power to heal himself from fatal wounds.

Weapons & Equipment:

  • Groot’s Body: As mentioned before, Groot can manipulate his body in various ways as well as manipulate other plants, using them as weapons in place of more conventional ones

First Appearance: Tales to Astonish #13 (November, 1960)  

Tales to Astonish (1959) #13

Tales to Astonish (1959) #13

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Jack Flag

Jack Flag

Born Jack Harrison, he took on the alias Jack Flag to impress Captain America. During an undercover mission accident, Jack Flag was drenched in chemicals created by Mr. Hyde, giving him superhuman abilities. During a time in Prison 42, he crossed paths with Star-Lord who saved his life by bringing him back to his base. Grateful, Flag decided to stick around and join the Guardians of the Galaxy.

Powers:

  • Hyde Formula: Various superhuman attributes as a result of being doused with the chemicals that Calvin Zabo used to transform himself into Mr. Hyde. These attributes include superhuman strength, stamina, durability, and a regenerative healing factor.

Weapons & Equipment:

  • Weapon Technology: Various weapons and tech designed by his brother, Drake, including a boom box which contained rockets and fireworks

First Appearance: Captain America #434 (December, 1994)  

Captain America (1968) #434

Captain America (1968) #434

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Mantis

Mantis

As a child, Mantis trained with the alien Priests of Pama, a sect of the Kree, who believed that she might become the “Celestial Madonna.” Experiencing a vision during the time of the Annihilation Wave, she allowed herself to become imprisoned to wait for Star-Lord to aid in his quest. After a series of events saving and being saved by Star-Lord and his crew, she joined the ranks of the Guardians of the Galaxy.

Powers:

  • Telepathy: Repeatedly demonstrated telepathy as well as a variety of other mental powers
  • Astral Projection: Projects her astral form, allowing her to travel interplanetary distances. Recreating a body out of the destination planet’s local vegetation, her fighting skills remain intact and her emphatic abilities heightened to a superhuman degree and extended to the planet’s flora and biosphere.
  • Chlorokinesis: The ability to control the vegetation within her vicinity. Mantis was able to accelerate her teammate Groot’s cellular growth rate.
  • Pyrokinesis: Mantis burned her teammate Groot’s internal sap with her mental powers, immediately lighting him on fire from the inside
  • Precognition: The ability to foresee almost all the events that would occur during her mission with Star-Lord and their teammates
  • Enhanced Durability: Physically-enhanced durability as well as immunity to mental and metaphysical assaults
  • Self-Healing: The ability to will herself to heal

Weapons & Equipment: None

First Appearance: Avengers #112 (June, 1973)  

Avengers (1963) #112

Avengers (1963) #112

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Moondragon

Moondragon

Heather Douglas is the daughter of Arthur Douglas, whose reanimated corpse had transformed into Drax the Destroyer. After a car explosion killed her parents, Thanos’ father Mentor took Heather back to Titan. After unlocking her psychic powers, she came under the influence of a powerful entity known as the Dragon of the Moon. Escaping his clutches and filled with pride, she took the name Moondragon. Like many of the other members, Moondragon crossed paths with Star-Lord after the Annihilation Wave and joined the Guardians of the Galaxy where she continues to fight alongside them.

Powers:

  • Psionics: One of the most powerful human born telepaths ever; repeatedly demonstrating mental psionic energy usage far in advance of all human and human mutants, including that of the world-renowned telepaths Professor Charles Xavier, Emma Frost and Jean Grey. Some of the abilities with this power include telepathy and telekinesis.
  • Dragon Form: The ability to assume the form of a strong and durable dragon capable of faster-than-light speed travel and surviving in outer space without air

Weapons & Equipment:

  • Conventional and Unconventional Weapons: Guns, staffs, and plasma weapons

First Appearance: Iron Man #54 (January, 1973)  

Iron Man (1968) #54

Iron Man (1968) #54

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Phyla-Vell

Phyla-Vell

When a new universe was created (after the destruction from the insane Genis-Vell), Phyla-Vell emerged as one of the new alterations. She is the second artificially-created offspring of Captain Marvel. After the events of the Annihilation Wave, Phyla-Vell decided to join a group that would protect the universe, the Guardians of the Galaxy.

Powers:

  • Kree Heritage: Possesses superhuman strength, the ability to fly, and a fraction of her father’s cosmic awareness
  • Energy Absorption: Like a sponge, she can absorb most outside energy sources directed at her

Weapons & Equipment:

  • Nega Bands: These powerful bands give the wearer a wide array of powers and abilities including: increased physical strength, interstellar flight, the ability to absorb & manipulate various types of energy, increased invulnerability to physical attacks, survival in the vacuum of space, and no need for food, water, air or sleep

First Appearance: Captain Marvel Vol 5 #16 (January, 2004) 

Rocket Raccoon

Rocket Raccoon

Rocket Raccoon is the result of sentient robots who used genetic engineering to give intelligence and sentience to animals so they wouldn’t have to take care of crazy people, and instead, could start their own colony far away. Think that sounds crazy? Well, clearly you haven’t met Rocket Raccoon. A near diabolical genius and weapons expert with a love for violence, this raccoon has it all. During the events of the Phalanx Invasion, Rocket was paired with Star-Lord, Groot, and others to form a tactical team. Eventually they would form the Guardians of the Galaxy where Rocket would act as a second-in-command, sometimes acting as a de-facto leader.

Powers:

  • Raccoon Physiology: Rocket possesses the same enhanced abilities attributed to Earth raccoons, including an acute sense of smell and sharp eyesight
  • Enhanced Physiology: Enhancements from the robot stewards gave Rocket enhanced intelligence, which over time, allowed him to become an expert in marksmanship, martial arts, tactician, and strategist.

Weapons & Equipment:

  • Rocket-Powered Jet Boots: Also known as his “rocket skates,” not only do they propel him around but the exhaust is powerful enough to be used as a short ranged weapon
  • Dual Laser Pistols: One of Rocket’s go-to weapons are his dual laser pistols as well as other assorted heavy weapons

First Appearance: Marvel Preview #7 (June 1976)  

Marvel Preview (1977) #7

Marvel Preview (1977) #7

  • Published: July 10, 1976
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: November 28, 2016
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Adam Warlock

Adam Warlock

Created by a group of researches known as “The Enclave,” Adam Warlock is the pinnacle of future human evolution. Adam Warlock commands the mighty Soul Gem, given to him by the High Evolutionary. Due to disastrous events after the Annihilation Wave, he was given newfound powers and became an active force in the Guardians of the Galaxy.

Powers:

  • Enhanced Biology: Possesses a number of superhuman properties and powers derived from his artificially-altered genetic structure including strength, speed, stamina, durability, and agility
  • Immortality: While Warlock can be killed, he never truly dies due to the fact his soul is so strong, even Death herself cannot claim his soul
  • Matter Manipulation: Ability to convert energy into matter and the ability to have absolute control over the process
  • Cosmic Awareness: Ability to detect or produce wormholes and other irregularities in space on a cosmic scale

Weapons & Equipment:

  • Soul Gem (Formerly): At one point Warlock possessed the Soul Gem, one of the legendary Infinity Gems, giving him the power to drain and control the life essences (or spirits) of living (or dead) organisms. This gem possessed a consciousness of its own, and displayed a vampiric hunger for the life-essences of living beings. Warlock was so accomplished at the gem’s usage that he could use its energies to project energy blasts, protective shields, and blasts of mystic energies capable of disrupting the karmic centers of living beings.
  • Karmic Staff: An extension of Warlock’s own life-essence, and its properties make it seemingly unbreakable. He can focus mystic energies through this staff with greater accuracy than he could by other means.

First Appearance: Fantastic Four #66 (September 1967)  

Fantastic Four (1961) #66

Fantastic Four (1961) #66

  • Published: September 10, 1967
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: November 13, 2007
  • Penciller: Jack Kirby
  • Cover Artist: Jack Kirby
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Guardians of the Galaxy (3000)

Guardians of the Galaxy (3000)

The original group under this galactic moniker, first appeared in the January 1969 publication of Marvel Super-Heroes! Forming in the year 3007, after the Badoon held each member captive and invading their solar system, the team escaped to kick major butt and continued to fight for peace and prosperity throughout the galaxy.

Charlie-27

Charlie-27

Genetically engineered to live in Jupiter’s gravity, Charlie-27 is a soldier and space pilot, once captain in the United Lands Earth Space Militia. In 3007 A.D., the alien Badoon invaded the solar system, performing various acts of genocide. Charlie was the only survivor of his world due to being on a long-term space mission. He joined forces with Martinex, Yondu, and Vance Astro to form the Guardians of the Galaxy, a band of freedom fighters.

Powers:

  • Jovian Ancestry: His Jovian ancestry makes him 11 times stronger and 11 times denser than a normal human being, giving him superhuman strength, stamina, and durability

Weapons & Equipment:

  • Guardian Communicator/ Teleporter Star: Allows the Guardians to access their ships’ teleportation system
  • Yondu’s Yaka Dagger: Given as a gift from Yondu, Charlie is never seen without it

First Appearance: Marvel Super-Heroes #18 (January, 1969)  

Marvel Super-Heroes (1967) #18

Marvel Super-Heroes (1967) #18

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Martinex T’Naga

Martinex T’Naga

Pluvian scientist Martinex’s body is completely covered by facets that were crystalline in appearance, allowing Pluvians to withstand the extreme temperatures of their world. When the Badoon attempted to exterminate all the Pluvians, Martinex escaped the Badoon and teamed with Vance Astro, Charlie-27, and Yondu to fight the Badoon as the Guardians of the Galaxy.

Powers:

  • Pluvian Physiology: Descended from the original human colonists of Pluto who were genetically-engineered to survive on that world. As a result, Martinex is a silicone-based lifeform with strength, durability, enhanced vision, ability to survive in a vacuum, and temperature resistance. He can withstand a greater range of hot or cold temperatures than humans
  • Thermokinesis: Martinex’s physiology can further improve his resistance to temperature extremes by siphoning excess heat out of the environment to warm up, or venting his own body heat to cool down. Martinex can also focus this effect offensively to project thermal beams of heat or cold.

Weapons & Equipment: None

First Appearance: Marvel Super-Heroes #18 (January, 1969)

Nikki Gold

Nikki Gold

Born on the Planet Mercury in the 31st Century, Nicholette “Nikki” Gold joined the Guardians of the Galaxy when she escaped the clutches of the Badoon invasion that killed her parents right before her eyes. Discovered on an abandoned spacecraft by the Guardians, she joined their ranks seeking excitement and adventures after years of solitude.

Powers:

  • Mercurian Physiology: A member of the genetically-engineered offshoot of humanity whose traits were designed for survival in the harsh conditions of the planet Mercury. As such, she possesses the ability to see in intense light, has a built-up resistance to heat and most types of radiation. Nikki’s hair is made of fire and she can potentially burn people with just a touch of her hand, due to an incredibly high body temperature.
  • Combat Skills: Extensive proficiency in hand-to-hand combat and proficiency in gymnastics and sharp-shooting

Weapons & Equipment:

  • Wrist Blasters: Twin wrist blasters with a range of settings from stun to kill

First Appearance: Marvel Presents #4 (April, 1976)

Starhawk

Starhawk

Stakar Ogord is the adoptive son of Ogord the Reaver. Growing up, he was raised alongside Ogord’s true daughter Aleta. The two found a statue of the Hawk God, which merged their beings together. Stakar emerged as the dominant being causing him to take on the mantle of Starhawk. At some point, his adult mind was sent back in time to his infant body to repeat his life, with the cycle repeating over and over again. He adopts the title “The One Who Knows,” predicting things that would happen in people’s lives. Starhawk would go on to nudge events in the right direction to allow for the creation of the Guardians of the Galaxy. He joins their ranks and convinces them to lead a life as space explorers and protect the universe.

Powers:

  • Hawk God: The true extent of these powers are unknown. However, his inherited powers include superhuman strength, speed, stamina, durability, agility, reflexes, and enhanced senses
  • Immortality: No longer ages and is immune to disease and infection
  • Light Manipulation: He can manipulate light to create concussive force blasts of photonic energy, heat, and solid-light constructs
  • Flight: Surrounding himself with intermingled photons and anti-gravitons, Starhawk can fly at great speeds

Weapons & Equipment:

  • Starhawk’s Suit: Made of alien materials, including a retracting transparent face-mask, life support system, and retractable solar wind collector wings, which can harness light waves and photonic particles from solar winds, producing easier and faster flight

First Appearance: Defenders #27 (September, 1975)  

Defenders (1972) #27

Defenders (1972) #27

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Talon

Talon

A member of the Inhumans in the 31st century, Talon is a beastly-looking creature with a heart of gold. Working under the tutelage of Soccer Supreme Krugarr, Talon saved Major Victory after battling a gang of thugs.

Powers:

  • Inhuman Superpower: As a member of the Inhumans, he possesses superhuman strength, speed, stamina, durability, agility, and reflexes
  • Beastly Physique: As a literal beast, Talon possesses razor sharp claws on his hands and feet. Aside from being razor sharp and used in the conventional sense, Talon has the unique ability to fire these claws as projectile weapons, re-growing new ones almost instantly. These claw projectiles could be as deadly as high caliber bullets.

Weapons & Equipment: None

First Appearance: Guardians of the Galaxy #18 (November, 1991)  

Guardians of the Galaxy (1990) #18

Guardians of the Galaxy (1990) #18

  • Published: November 01, 1991
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: March 21, 2016
  • Rating: All Ages
  • Writer: Jim Valentino
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Yondu Udonta

Yondu Udonta

Yondu Udonta started his life as a game hunter from the primitive Zatoan tribe native to Centauri-IV. After being captured by the vicious Badoon, he encountered Vance Astro, Charlie-27, and Martinex T’naga, where they banded together to fight the Badoon and become the incredibly impressive Guardians of the Galaxy.

Powers:

  • Zatoan Intuition: While Yondu displays no superhuman physical powers, he is a natural mystic like his entire tribe. He possesses an intuitive sixth sense that permits him limited emphatic relationships with other lifeforms. The higher the lifeform, the more limited his emphatic potential

Weapons & Equipment:

  • Yaka Arrow: Yondu always carries a 5-foot single curve bow and a quiver of arrows composed of Yaka, a special sound-sensitive metal found only on Centauri IV. A Yaka Arrow can change its direction (but not speed) in response to certain high-octave whistle sounds some Centaurians produce.

First Appearance: Marvel Super-Heroes #18 (January, 1969)  

Marvel Super-Heroes (1967) #18

Marvel Super-Heroes (1967) #18

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Major Victory

Major Victory

Last, but certainly not least, U.S. Air Force pilot turned astronaut, Vance Astro, took on a special mission to colonize a distant planet. After escaping the clutches of an evil organization and realizing he had been in suspended animation for centuries, Astro would go on to lead a group of fellow adventurers called the Guardians of the Galaxy.

Powers:

  • Psychokinesis: Vance Astro possesses the psionic ability to affect matter with his mind

Weapons & Equipment:

  • Passport armbands: Allows him to use Knowhere’s teleporters to teleport instantly
  • Captain America’s Shield: During the time when he carried Cap’s shield in combat, he would use his power to propel the shield and manipulate its flight path, simulating Cap’s use of the shield as a throwing weapon

First appearance: Marvel Super-Heroes #18 (January, 1969)  

Marvel Super-Heroes (1967) #18

Marvel Super-Heroes (1967) #18

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Jim Starlin welcomes Alan Davis to a legendary creative team to chronicle the penultimate chapter in his Thanos saga!

These days it looks like even when Adam Warlock catches a break it turns out to be anything but; case in point, his turn in the spotlight in the upcoming limited series INFINITY ENTITY from writer Jim Starlin and artist Alan Davis.

“He’s deranged, as usual,” Starlin reports regarding Warlock’s state of mind. “For those who have read the first two graphic novels [Thanos: The Infinity Relativity, Thanos: The Infinity Revelation], you know that Adam has gone through a rather dramatic, if subtle, transformation as the story’s progressed. This tale explores those changes.”

Those changes became the catalyst for Starlin to write ENTITY as a separate volume leading into the culmination of his larger tale in next year’s THANOS: THE INFINITY FINALE original graphic novel, in fact.

“I felt the changes in Adam in this storyline just couldn’t be squeezed into the space available and decided to augment,” he reveals. “This series is a part of the ongoing Thanos epic I’ve been working on in the trio of graphic novels. Just as THANOS VS. HULK bridged the first novel with the second, INFINITY ENTITY connects the second with the third.”

Starlin not handling artistic duties here further denotes the connected but different nature of the project. The writer, however, assures fans that Davis could not be a better choice for the book.

“Alan draws the way I’d like to be able to,” confesses Starlin. “I’ve long admired his work so when the opportunity arose to work with him on this project, I jumped at it. It’s been awfully fun. Every few weeks or so, pages arrive via the e-mail and I marvel, no pun intended.”

As for details, while preview art has revealed some interesting details—such as the presence of the classic Avengers—Starlin remains cagey. He offers hints but leaves most to the readers’ anticipation and imagination.

“This tale is about time, space and omnipotence, so anything is possible,” Starlin asserts. “Thanos, The In-Betweener, the Guardians of the Galaxy, and other cosmic and space oriented characters make an appearance. There’s a big reveal toward the end of the story arc, but we can’t say anything about that or it’ll ruin the ride.

“It may seem, at first that this series isn’t connected to the main on-going story, but appearances can be deceiving.”

INFINITY ENTITY and THANOS: THE INFINITY FINALE both head your way in 2016!

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The legendary creator prepares to wrap his latest Infinity trilogy in an original graphic novel with artist Ron Lim!

For over four decades, the legendary Jim Starlin and his most famous creation, Thanos, have been entangled in an ever-twisting saga of epic scope, but that story reaches its conclusion next year.

In 2016, following THANOS: THE INFINITY REVELATION and THANOS: THE INFINITY RELATIVITY, Starlin re-teams with frequent collaborator Ron Lim for THANOS: THE INFINITY FINALE, a new original graphic novel bringing this latest trilogy to a close and making his definitive statement on the Mad Titan. We spoke to the writer about the cosmic adventure in store…

Marvel.com: Catching up, where do Thanos, Adam Warlock, Annihilus, Pip the Troll, and the Marvel Universe stand coming out of INFINITY RELATIVITY and heading into INFINITY FINALE?

Jim Starlin: Well, Thanos committed suicide at the end of INFINITY RELATIVITY, when he couldn’t escape the teleportational limbo Annihilus trapped him in. Warlock is a captive of Annihilus and having his newly acquired infinite power being drained and utilized by the Bug King. Annihilus is wreaking havoc on the Posiverse, unaware that the end of all time and space is heading his way. Pip is stranded in the Negative Zone, trying to rescue his pal Warlock. 

Yeah, basically I left everyone jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire at the end of INFINITY RELATIVITY. Sorry about that.

Marvel.com: Why did you choose Annihilus as the counterforce to Thanos and the villain of this trilogy?

Jim Starlin: I always thought him a great and bizarre villain and wanted to up his game and the stakes he played for to a level that would make him a worthy adversary for the Mad Titan. Plus with him getting the ultimate power source, it gave me a chance to play with some concepts I’ve longed to toy with.

Marvel.com: Adam Warlock has always been a character centered on transformation, specifically in your hands; what alterations have these stories brought about in him and what’s still to come in INFINITY FINALE?

Jim Starlin: He’s basically become God.  Even before INFINITY FINALE, there will be INFINIY ENTITY, a four-part series I’m doing with Alan Davis. In this we explore what it is like for Warlock suddenly finding himself the wielder of omnipotent might. Naturally it doesn’t go as well as one would expect. Holding off the end of all time and space is no easy task.

Marvel.com: Who does Thanos rally to his side in order to oppose Annihilus and how willing—or unwilling—are they to work with him?

Jim Starlin: Quite a few of Marvel’s more cosmic characters will be quite unwillingly showing up in this story, including but by no means limited to the Silver Surfer, Galactus, Gladiator, Thor, the Hulk, Black Bolt, Doctor Doom, etc. There’s also a very special and unexpected guest star stepping onto the stage near the end of our tale.

Marvel.com: As you’ve crafted this new Infinity trilogy, what larger themes have you seized on and explored?

Jim Starlin: Infinite realities, omni-reality perception, the instability of actuality, the limits of omnipotence; just to name a few.

Marvel.com: What have you learned about these characters and the Marvel Universe returning to them after some time away?

Jim Starlin: As I’ve said before, returning to writing and drawing Thanos and the rest of the Marvel Universe has been like visiting old friends. It’s been great fun catching up with them and what they’ve been up to. Even more fun extending out some of their personal stories.

Marvel.com: You’re reuniting with frequent collaborator Ron Lin on INFINITY FINALE; what makes this pairing easy and how does Ron know how to interpret your work so well?

Jim Starlin: Ron and I have always been on the same page when it comes to storytelling. We don’t see each other all that often but that aspect of our relationship has remained strong through both time and space.  Maybe we’re cosmic twins? Besides, Ron started off with me on this tale, way back in the THANOS ANNUAL. It’s only fitting we leave the dance together.

Marvel.com: Why after decades of stories with Thanos, do you still feel like you have more to say about him?  

Jim Starlin: Thanos was the first character I ever created professionally. He’s always been the baby I return to whenever I work with Marvel. But INFINITY FINALE just might be my swan song with these characters.

Marvel.com: To sum it up, what should people look for in THANOS: THE INFINITY FINALE?

Jim Starlin: A fun-filled mind-blowing ride on the cosmic rollercoaster.

Look for THANOS: THE INFINITY FINALE original graphic novel by Jim Starlin and Ron Lim in 2016!

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Check out Starlin's greatest hits before picking up the new Thanos original graphic novel!

Few creators have made as big of an impact on the cosmic corner of Marvel Comics as Jim Starlin has. As the creator of characters like Gamora and Drax, as well as one of the brains behind Captain Marvel and Adam Warlock’s biggest adventures, his contribution to the current state of Marvel’s cosmic line of comics can only be measured with the word “immeasurable.” We haven’t even touched on Starlin’s biggest and baddest creation in his four decades of work—Thanos!

The writer/artist returns to one of his earliest creations this week in THANOS: THE INFINITY REVELATION. But before you crack open the all-new 100 page epic, featuring appearances by everyone from the Guardians of the Galaxy to the Annihilators, check out these highlights from Starlin’s long history with the Mad Titan!

Iron Man (1968) #55

Iron Man (1968) #55

  • Published: February 10, 1973
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: November 05, 2008
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Thanos debuts alongside Drax in this unlikely adventure from Starlin’s brief run on IRON MAN. The armored Avenger travels to Titan, one of Saturn’s moons that just so happens to be home to an entire race of technologically advanced beings—including a vengeful, prune-chinned bad guy named Thanos! The feud between Drax and Thanos kicks off here, and continues for the next few decades.

Captain Marvel (1968) #28

Captain Marvel (1968) #28

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The creator’s work with Thanos continued when he soared over to CAPTAIN MARVEL. The Kree hero first clashed with the Mad Titan not long after Starlin took over the book. Thanos’ mad mission: to steal the reality-altering Cosmic Cube and thus gain total power over the universe!

Warlock (1972) #10

Warlock (1972) #10

  • Published: December 10, 1975
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: September 19, 2012
  • Writer: Jim Starlin
  • Cover Artist: Jim Starlin
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Thanos next began to torment Adam Warlock when he began his career as a headlining hero. This time around, the Titan brought his adopted daughter Gamora with him, pitting the deadliest woman in the galaxy against Warlock’s strange abilities—until the trio had to become unlikely allies against the might of Magus!

Avengers Annual (1967) #7

Avengers Annual (1967) #7

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Starlin’s original Thanos story reached its cataclysmic conclusion in the pages of AVENGERS ANNUAL #7, wherein the purple one sought to rejoin his ladylove Death by using the Infinity Stones to destroy himself—along with a few billion other beings. The combined might of the Avengers and Starlin’s previous leading men—Captain Marvel and Adam Warlock—proved enough to prevent the end of the universe.

Silver Surfer (1987) #35

Silver Surfer (1987) #35

  • Published: March 10, 1990
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: October 09, 2009
  • Writer: Jim Starlin
  • Penciller: Ron Lim
  • Cover Artist: Ron Lim
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Thanos returned to prominence again in SILVER SURFER #34, and had his first interaction with the title hero in the following issue. The 22-page pep talk laid out Thanos’ new plan for universal destruction, and gave the Surfer a new mission: stop the villain at all costs.

Thanos Quest (1990) #1

Thanos Quest (1990) #1

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The appropriately named THANOS QUEST limited series depicted the Mad Titan’s, well, quest to claim all six Infinity Stones for himself once more. Of course, the stones already belonged to other beings that regretted ever ending up in Thanos’ crosshairs.  

Infinity Gauntlet (1991) #1

Infinity Gauntlet (1991) #1

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Starlin once again elevated Thanos to a cosmic-level threat in this milestone limited series. Every hero on Earth had to band together to stop Thanos from doing the one thing he believed would impress Death—killing everything.

Jim Starlin reunites with the Mad Titan once more in THANOS: THE INFINITY REVELATION, on sale today!

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Pretty much every Marvel hero crashes Adam Warlock and the Infinity Watch's party!

It’s time to face facts, true believers – the ’90s were awesome. The pouches were plentiful, the costumes were impractical, and Marvel Universe dentists made a fortune correcting damages caused by perpetually gritted teeth. Thanks to the power of nostalgia, though, what would once be considered extremely embarrassing can now be called extremely awesome!

With that in mind, we’ve pulled a Marvel comic from the not-so-modern era and broken it down, one radical fact at a time! This week we’re singling out WARLOCK AND THE INFINITY WATCH #8 by Jim Starlin and Tom Raney. Here’s “Interlude” by the numbers!

Warlock and the Infinity Watch (1992) #8

Warlock and the Infinity Watch (1992) #8

  • Published: September 10, 1992
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: October 09, 2009
  • Writer: Jim Starlin
  • Penciler: Tom Raney
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95 visible buttons on Magus’ dashboard

Art from Warlock and the Infinity Watch #8

Art from Warlock and the Infinity Watch #8

 

30 guest stars crowding in on the Infinity Watch’s territory

Art from Warlock and the Infinity Watch #8

Art from Warlock and the Infinity Watch #8

 

7 energy blasts unleashed from Thanos’ hands and eyes

Art from Warlock and the Infinity Watch #8

Art from Warlock and the Infinity Watch #8

 

6 stones levitated by Moondragon

Art from Warlock and the Infinity Watch #8

Art from Warlock and the Infinity Watch #8

 

2 super punches delivered to 1 unsuspecting Drax

Art from Warlock and the Infinity Watch #8

Art from Warlock and the Infinity Watch #8

 

1 extreme throat jab

Art from Warlock and the Infinity Watch #8

Art from Warlock and the Infinity Watch #8

Check out an all-new cosmic adventure penned by Jim Starlin in this week’s THANOS ANNUAL #1!

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Before Original Sin formed some strange alliances, these duos had readers scratching their heads!

With the Watcher’s lookout station on the moon turned into a crime scene, the sharpest minds in the Marvel Universe have teamed up to find out exactly who is behind the heinous act in ORIGINAL SIN. Surprisingly, this inciting incident has forced many heroes that have never even fought on the same battlefield before into close working relationships. Doctor Strange and the Punisher have teamed-up, as have the unlikely trio of Moon Knight, Winter Soldier and Gamora. But as the Watcher knows, or knew, strange pairings have been an integral ingredient of Marvel’s magic since the very beginning. You might think that Emma Frost, Black Panther, and Ant-Man make for a head-turning trio, but just wait until you get a look at these quirky team-ups, presented here in chronological order.

1. Spider-Man and Warlock

Marvel Team-Up (1972) #55

Marvel Team-Up (1972) #55

  • Published: March 10, 1977
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: August 20, 2013
  • Writer: Bill Mantlo
  • Penciler: John Byrne
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The farther Spider-Man ventures from his New York City home, the odder the adventure. So when Spidey crash-landed on the moon in this issue of MARVEL TEAM-UP, readers knew to expect a doozy of an adventure. Enter: Adam Warlock, keeper of the Soul Gem and powerful cosmic being! Together, the mismatched pair fought off the Stranger, a power mad alien seeking the Soul Gem for himself.

2. Hulk and Rocket Raccoon

Incredible Hulk (1962) #271

Incredible Hulk (1962) #271

  • Published: May 10, 1982
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: August 26, 2013
  • Cover Artist: Al Milgrom
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Before he hooked up with the Guardians of the Galaxy, Rocket Raccoon spent his time as the sheriff of the Keystone Quadrant. After a battle left the Hulk stranded on Halfworld, Rocket enlisted the green behemoth’s abilities to help him stop a resistance movement from seizing control of the alien planet. It’s a good thing the two didn’t have the usual super hero misunderstanding, because a machine-gun toting raccoon might not be able to stop a rampaging Hulk.

3. Thor and the New Warriors

Thor (1966) #412

Thor (1966) #412

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With his Asgardian nobility and thunderous bravado, Thor’s about as far removed from ’90’s cool as a super hero can be. That didn’t stop the totally radical New Warriors from skateboarding onto the scene and helping the God of Thunder take on the Juggernaut. The tubular teens stepped up their game to go toe to toe with the unstoppable villain, prepping him for Thor’s finishing bolt of lightning. Thor thanked his new bodacious buds, giving the team his blessing to become the heroes of the ’90’s.

4. Deadpool and Iron Fist

Deadpool Team-Up (2009) #886

Deadpool Team-Up (2009) #886

  • Published: December 29, 2010
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: December 15, 2010
  • Rating: Parental Advisory
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Both Deadpool and Iron Fist may be martial arts masters, but they approach their craft in two drastically different ways. Iron Fist concentrates and focuses his energy into concise and powerful movements, while Deadpool does…none of that. The Merc with a Mouth and the Living Weapon teamed up to take out a mystical warlord named Gin Goh. The two fought side by side, and Iron Fist even discovered Deadpool’s number one pet peeve: being called “Spider-Man.”

5. Captain America and Jubilee

A+X (2012) #12

A+X (2012) #12

  • Published: September 25, 2013
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: March 24, 2014
  • Rating: Rated T
  • Writer: Christos Gage
  • Cover Artist: Mike Deodato
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One’s a super soldier from World War II and the other’s a perpetual teenage mallrat, meaning that Captain America and Jubilee have a big generational gap separating them. That didn’t stop the Avenger from inviting the X-Man along on a mission to a U-boat that sunk way back in Cap’s heyday. Turns out, Steve Rogers knew the submerged vessel contained a nest of Nazi vampires, and took the newly vamped up Jubilee along with him as an example to the undead Germans that they could still find something to live for.

Check out more odd pairings in ORIGINAL SIN #2, on sale this Wednesday!

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The longest-running FF editor of all-time picks classic tales from the seminal run by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby!

By Kiel Phegley

Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s groundbreaking run on Marvel’s FANTASTIC FOUR doesn’t  just stand among the most innovative comics of its time, but it also marks one of the longest collaboration in comics. That’s why it’s no surprise that our celebration of the original comic of the Marvel Age—as guided by SVP of Publishing and Executive Editor, and record-setting FF Editor Tom Brevoort—runs extra-long as we kick into the most famed FF issues!

Once the Marvel Universe had been well established in the mid 1960’s, Lee and Kirby tasked themselves with expanding the world with new characters, concepts and locales.

“There is definitely a paradigm shift that happens around then,” says Brevoort. “In 1965, Lee and Kirby came up with a bunch of new stuff that could be books. They came up with the Inhumans, the Black Panther and almost accidentally with the Silver Surfer. These were all meant to be their own books at one point, but as it turns out [Publisher] Martin Goodman couldn’t get their distributor to lift the restrictions—or lift them that much. They let them add Western books and comedy books and teen books, but they were very reticent to let them have anymore super hero space because at that point, they were a little afraid of the success Marvel was having.”

While it took years for some of their creations to finally land their own Marvel series, Lee and Kirby still delivered one jaw-dropping story after another. Read on as Brevoort explains the creative history of some of the biggest hits in comics history.

Fantastic Four (1961) #44

Fantastic Four (1961) #44

  • Published: November 10, 1965
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: November 13, 2007
  • Penciller: Jack Kirby
  • Cover Artist: Jack Kirby
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FANTASTIC FOUR #44

The high period of the FANTASTIC FOUR started with the introduction of the Inhumans, the secret race that lived on the edges of the Marvel Universe. But beyond introducing Black Bolt, Medusa and the rest of the royal family in the story that began in FANTASTIC FOUR #44, the issue stands as one of the most important for another key reason.

“The artwork takes a quantum leap as Kirby’s able to spend more time on it, and he’s got an inker in Joe Sinnott who’s way better than the guys who had been there before,” Brevoort explains. “Look at [issue] #44, the first issue to introduce Gorgon of the Inhumans, and it’s like they come from different planets; how different and more sophisticated the art suddenly looks. That’s got everything to do with what Sinnott brought to the table.”

Fantastic Four (1961) #48

Fantastic Four (1961) #48

  • Published: March 10, 1966
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: November 13, 2007
  • Penciller: Jack Kirby
  • Cover Artist: Jack Kirby
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FANTASTIC FOUR #48

The hits kept coming as one titanic story arc gave way to another in FANTASTIC FOUR #48, the issue the introduced two of the most important characters in Marvel history.

“You start to see the guest appearances from other Marvel characters fall away and the book go more into the sort of big sci-fi ideas that Kirby was interested in; it really almost becomes a different book,” Brevoort says of the era where the Silver Surfer and Galactus were introduced.

“It’s the coming of Galactus,” Brevoort says of the issue’s main draw. “In seven pages, they wrap up the Inhuman story where Maximus fires off his Atmo-Gun which will destroy the atmosphere for normal human beings so only Inhumans can survive. It doesn’t work and so he suddenly he reverses the polarity and traps them all inside the shell of the Negative Zone, and the Fantastic Four just barely make it out in time, but Crystal is trapped within the dome. The Torch’s heart is broken, and he’s on a quest to break her free. But on their way back, rocks appear in the sky and everything is aflame. People start to riot, and they have to get involved in that. Then the Watcher appears to declare ‘Hey, big things are happening. Galactus is on his way here, and he’s going to eat the Earth!’ Everything builds up to the last page where the Silver Surfer shows up and Ben punches him across town. Then Galactus lands on the Baxter Building and is going to eat the earth.

“It’s the same two guys doing the book, and it’s just completely different. While it’s kind of got the same surface sheen, the fun and excitement of it is still there, but the stakes are a million times bigger. The concepts are greater and grander. The artwork is slicker and more pristine. It is the cutting edge. It’s at the forefront not just of super hero comics but of comics.”

Fantastic Four (1961) #51

Fantastic Four (1961) #51

  • Published: June 10, 1966
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: November 13, 2007
  • Penciller: Jack Kirby
  • Cover Artist: Jack Kirby
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FANTASTIC FOUR #51

Not to be outdone by their first major cosmic saga, Lee and Kirby followed Galactus with “This Man…This Monster,” perhaps their most personal exploration of Ben Grimm as a character.

“As a single issue that you can just pick up and read to get the sum and substance of what the series is about and how it works with both its scale and humanity, there’s probably not another book that does the job as well as #51,” Brevoort contends.

“Even with that, we all make a lot of suppositions about what each guy brought to the table and what their interests were. I’ve heard tell from people who were there and talked to both Stan and Jack back in the day, and when they’ve looked at the evidence, they say you’d be surprised at the stuff you’d think were clearly Stan ideas that came from Kirby or you’d clearly think were Kirby ideas that came from Stan. The credits started reflecting this around that time; they stop being ‘Stan Lee, Writer, and Jack Kirby, Artist’ and turn into ‘A Stan Lee/Jack Kirby Production.’ And I think that’s right. It’s hard to tell at that point where one guy stops and the other guy starts, but those books certainly wouldn’t be those books without both of them.”

Fantastic Four (1961) #62

Fantastic Four (1961) #62

  • Published: May 10, 1967
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: November 13, 2007
  • Penciller: Jack Kirby
  • Cover Artist: Jack Kirby
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FANTASTIC FOUR #62

While FANTASTIC FOUR around issue #50 fired on all cylinders, it would not be the only era of the book that brought brand new ideas to the table. Brevoort points to #62—the first appearance of Negative Zone heavy Blastaar—as a moment that kick started the second wave of innovation in the title.

“That run may not be as seminally remembered as Inhumans to Galactus to Surfer to ‘This Man…’ to Black Panther, but that’s a pretty great run that people have generated a lot of stories on; Blastaar alone is a character that there are probably 50 Marvel comics about,” he says. “Certainly up through #67 or #69, they were still introducing a lot of stuff. Probably the last big new character was Adam Warlock—or ‘Him’—in the two Beehive issues. But right before that was Ronan and right before that was the Kree Sentry, and right before that was Blastaar.”

Fantastic Four (1961) #74

Fantastic Four (1961) #74

  • Published: May 10, 1968
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: November 13, 2007
  • Penciller: Jack Kirby
  • Cover Artist: Jack Kirby
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FANTASTIC FOUR #74

The opening chapter of Lee and Kirby’s last great Silver Surfer/Galactus epic proved indicative of the brilliance of their later run, Brevoort explains, even when most people forget how deep the creators were able to take their core characters:

“People tend to remember the years of maximum innovation more than they remember the days of expansion and evolution. It’s not as exciting developing that stuff as it was creating it. But they do this big story with Galactus and the Silver Surfer that takes them into the Microverse and sets them up to be characters around the Marvel Universe. They do a story with Doctor Doom about what it’s like to live in Latveria that’s almost a riff on ‘The Prisoner’ television series where the Fantastic Four are trapped in a little city, but you also get to see things from Doom’s perspective for a while in #84. The same thing happens when Ben Grimm is captured by the Skrulls and taken off to gladiatorial games on a planet that looks like a 1920’s gangster movies in #92 and #93. That was expansionist but not really a new thing.”

Fantastic Four Annual (1963) #6

Fantastic Four Annual (1963) #6

  • Published: November 06, 1968
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: March 20, 2009
  • Penciller: Jack Kirby
  • Cover Artist: Jack Kirby
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FANTASTIC FOUR ANNUAL #6

Of course, everyone who knows FANTASTIC FOUR knows that it’s a story of family first, and the crowning achievement in that line of storytelling came with FANTASTIC FOUR ANNUAL #6, the culmination of Sue Storm’s pregnancy with son Franklin Richards.

“The stuff that tended to keep pushing forward was the character interpersonal stuff like the pregnancy,” says Brevoort. “The birth of Franklin and the naming of Franklin was stuff that had been done in newspaper strips, and television had done that. ‘I Love Lucy’ kind of broke those barriers on TV. But while there had been weddings before the Fantastic Four in comics—one or two—there really hadn’t been a child birth that was handled in this sort of manner. It underscored the notion that Lee and Kirby were treating the Fantastic Four as action adventure super heroes but also as a tight nit nuclear family who were moving forward in their lives. It was more about that than it was about the exciting new villain of the month, though you got some of those too.”

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