Marvel Triple Action (1972): 1-47 & Giant-Size 1-2

Marvel Triple Action started reprinting the Fantastic Four, then switched to the Avengers after 4 issues. Near the end, an X-Men story was also reprinted since it was an Avengers crossover.

Issues 1-4 reprinted Fantastic Four (1961) #55 & 57-60. The 1st issue was giant-sized, but the rest were standard length. These reprints are complete. Other Fantastic Four reprint titles were Marvel Collectors' Item Classics and Marvel's Greatest Comics.

Issues 5-44, 46-47 reprinted Avengers (1963) #10, 12-30, 33-54. Avengers #11 was reprinted in Avengers Annual #5. Avengers #31-32 were reprinted in Giant-Size Marvel Triple Action #1-2. These issues also contained Daredevil and Dr. Strange stories.

The page cuts start in issue 25 which reprinted Avengers #33. Issues 27-28 have 1 page cut each. The rest have 2 pages cut. The early stories are drawn by Don Heck. Then John Buscema takes over, with a George Tuska thrown in here and there.

Issue 45 reprinted X-Men #45, which crossed over with Avengers #53. This reprint appears complete, though 3 new pages were added (the original story was 15 pages). The new pages summarized Avengers #52 and X-Men #44. This was one of my first comics and the cover is still dynamite.

I've always thought the title was odd since it only reprinted one story (though the giant-sizes did reprint three stories). But looking at the covers, I think Marvel was trying to emphasize the characters. For instance, the 1st issue featured Dr. Doom, the Thing, and the Silver Surfer. Later, it would become Thor, Captain America, and Iron Man, etc.

Before the Masterworks series caught up, these and the Marvel Treasury Editions were the only color reprints. The Avenger reprints continue in Marvel Super Action #14.

updated 15 Mar 2013


Marvel Triple Action #1 (2/1972)
	Reprint: Fantastic Four #55 & 57 w/ new cover
	
Marvel Triple Action #2 (5/1972)
	Reprint: Fantastic Four #58 w/ new cover

Marvel Triple Action #3 (6/1972)
	Reprint: Fantastic Four #59 w/ new cover

Marvel Triple Action #4 (8/1972)
	Reprint: Fantastic Four #60 w/ new cover

Marvel Triple Action #5 (9/1972)
	Reprint: Avengers #10 w/ new cover
	Reprint: Captain America Pin-up from Avengers #10

Marvel Triple Action #6 (10/1972)
	Reprint: Avengers #12 w/ new cover

Marvel Triple Action #7 (11/1972)
	Reprint: Avengers #13 w/ new cover

Marvel Triple Action #8 (12/1972)
	Reprint: Avengers #14 w/ new cover

Marvel Triple Action #9 (2/1973)
	Reprint: Avengers #15 w/ new cover

Marvel Triple Action #10 (4/1973)
	Reprint: Avengers #16 w/ new cover

Marvel Triple Action #11 (6/1973)
	Reprint: Avengers #17 

Marvel Triple Action #12 (8/1973)
	Reprint: Avengers #18

Marvel Triple Action #13 (9/1973)
	Reprint: Avengers #19

Marvel Triple Action #14 (10/1973)
	Reprint: Avengers #20

Marvel Triple Action #15 (11/1973)
	Reprint: Avengers #21

Marvel Triple Action #16 (1/1974)
	Reprint: Avengers #22

Marvel Triple Action #17 (3/1974)
	Reprint: Avengers #23 (mislabeled Avengers #17)

Marvel Triple Action #18 (5/1974)
	Reprint: Avengers #24

Marvel Triple Action #19 (7/1974)
	Reprint: Avengers #25

Marvel Triple Action #20 (9/1974)
	Reprint: Avengers #26

Marvel Triple Action #21 (10/1974)
	Reprint: Avengers #27

Marvel Triple Action #22 (11/1974)
	Reprint: Avengers #28

Marvel Triple Action #23 (1/1975)
	Reprint: Avengers #29

Marvel Triple Action #24 (3/1975)
	Reprint: Avengers #30

Giant-Size Marvel Triple Action #1 (5/1975)
        Reprint: Avengers #31
        Reprint: Daredevil #20 
        Reprint: Strange Tales #122 (Dr. Strange)

Giant-Size Marvel Triple Action #2 (7/1975)
        Reprint: Avengers #32
        Reprint: Daredevil #21
        Reprint: Strange Tales #123 (Dr. Strange)

Marvel Triple Action #25 (9/1975)
	Reprint: Avengers #33 (-2 pgs: 2, 15)

Marvel Triple Action #26 (11/1975)
	Reprint: Avengers #34 (-2 pgs: 2, panels 1-5 of 7, panel 1 of 8)

Marvel Triple Action #27 (1/1976)
	Reprint: Avengers #35 (-1 pg: 5)

Marvel Triple Action #28 (3/1976)
	Reprint: Avengers #36 (-1 pg: 6)

Marvel Triple Action #29 (5/1976)
	Reprint: Avengers #37
	(-2 pgs: panels 2-4 of 7, panels 2-3 of 8, 12; 
		 panel 1 of 7 expanded downward)

Marvel Triple Action #30 (7/1976)
	Reprint: Avengers #38 (-2 pgs: 3, 12; pgs 13-14 swapped with pgs 15-16)

Marvel Triple Action #31 (9/1976)
	Reprint: Avengers #39 (-2 pgs: 2, 7)

Marvel Triple Action #32 (11/1976)
	Reprint: Avengers #40
	(-2 pgs: panels 1, 3-5 of 2, panel 6 of 3, panels 1-2 of 4, 15;
		 panel 3 of 4 widened)

Marvel Triple Action #33 (1/1977)
	Reprint: Avengers #41 (-2 pgs: 3, 14)

Marvel Triple Action #34 (3/1977)
	Reprint: Avengers #42 (-2 pgs: 11-12)

Marvel Triple Action #35 (5/1977)
	Reprint: Avengers #43 (-2 pgs: 10, 16)

Marvel Triple Action #36 (7/1977)
	Reprint: Avengers #44 (-2 pgs: 13-14; pgs 5-6 and 16-17 are miscolored)

Marvel Triple Action #37 (9/1977)
	Reprint: Avengers #45 (-2 pgs: 4, panels 1, 3 of 5, panels 3-5 of 6)

Marvel Triple Action #38 (11/1977)
	Reprint: Avengers #46 (-2 pgs: 5, 11)

Marvel Triple Action #39 (1/1978)
	Reprint: Avengers #47 w/ new cover (-2 pgs: 2, 8)

Marvel Triple Action #40 (3/1978)
	Reprint: Avengers #48 (-2 pgs: 6-7)

Marvel Triple Action #41 (4/1978)
	Reprint: Avengers #49 (-2 pgs: 5, 10)

Marvel Triple Action #42 (6/1978)
	Reprint: Avengers #50 (-2 pgs: 12, 15)

Marvel Triple Action #43 (8/1978)
	Reprint: Avengers #51 (-2 pgs: 7, 13)

Marvel Triple Action #44 (10/1978)
	Reprint: Avengers #52 (-2 pgs: 2, 15)

Marvel Triple Action #45 (12/1978)
	Reprint: X-Men #45 (+3 new pgs recapping X-Men #44 & Avengers #52)

Marvel Triple Action #46 (2/1979)
	Reprint: Avengers #53 (-2 pgs: 9, 11)

Marvel Triple Action #47 (4/1979)
	Reprint: Avengers #54 w/ new cover
	(-2 pgs: panels 1-3 of 6-7, panels 4-6 of 17, panels 1-3 of 18)

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