Fireside HCs/TPBs (1974-79)

The Fireside books were co-printed by Simon & Schuster and Marvel Comics. These were my favorite books while growing up. I remember checking out Origins of Marvel Comics from the library and reading the stories over and over. Since many of them ended in cliff-hangers, I was left wondering "Did Thor defeat the Enchanters?" or "How did Dr. Strange escape from Umar?"

You can still find copies around on Ebay though the hardbacks are much rarer. Fortunately they used good paper for these books; I've seen beat-up paperbacks whose insides still look great.

After Marvel ended their relationship with Simon & Schuster, they started printing their own TPBs. The first ones are similar in style to the Fireside paperbacks.

In the late 1990s, Marvel also released some updated versions of Origins, Sons of Origins, Bring on the Bad Guys, and the Silver Surfer. They kept the origins but changed the second stories.

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updated 27 Feb 2013


Amazing Spider-Man (1979)
ISBN: 0671248847 (HC), 0671248138 (TPB)
Reprints: Amazing Spider-Man #42-43, 82, 96-98 (No covers reprinted)

Bring on the Bad Guys (1976)
ISBN: 0671223542 (HC), 0671223550 (TPB)
Reprints: 
	Fantastic Four #5 (1st Dr. Doom)
	Fantastic Four Annual #2 (1st story) (Dr. Doom origin)
	Strange Tales #126-127 (Dr. Strange vs. Dormammu)
	Journey Into Mystery #112-113, 115 (Tales of Asgard) (Loki origin)
	Journey Into Mystery #115 (Thor vs. Loki/Absorbing Man)
	Tales of Suspense #66-68 (Captain America vs. Red Skull)
	Amazing Spider-Man #40 (Green Goblin)
	Tales to Astonish #90-91 (Hulk vs. Abomination)
	Silver Surfer #3 (Mephisto)
(No covers reprinted.  1 pg pin-ups separate each section.)

Captain America: Sentinel Of Liberty (1979)
ISBN: 0671252313 (HC), 0671252321 (TPB)
Reprints: Avengers #4, Tales of Suspense #59, 63, 79-81, Captain America #110, 122

Doctor Strange: Master of the Mystic Arts (1979)
ISBN: 0671252062 (HC), 0671248146 (TPB)
Reprints: Strange Tales #111, 116, 119, 120, 123, 131-133, Amazing Spider-Man Annual #2, 
Marvel Premiere #3

The Fantastic Four (1979)
ISBN: 067124955X (HC), 067124812X (TPB)
Reprints: Fantastic Four #4, 48-50, 87 (w/ cover of FF 86)

The Incredible Hulk (1978)
ISBN: 0671242695 (HC), 0671242245 (TPB)
Reprints: Incredible Hulk #3, Fantastic Four #12, Avengers #3, Tales to Astonish #60-74, 88

Marvel's Greatest Superhero Battles (1978)
ISBN: 0671245449 (HC), 0671243918 (TPB)
Reprints: 
	Fantastic Four #25-26 (Hulk vs. Thing)
	Daredevil #7 (Daredevil vs. Sub-Mariner)
	X-Men #3 (X-Men vs. Blob)
	Silver Surfer #4 (Silver Surfer vs. Thor)
	Tales of Suspense #79-80, Tales to Astonish #82 (Iron Man vs. Sub-Mariner)
	Strange Tales #139-141 (Dr. Strange vs. Dormammu)
	Amazing Spider-Man #69 (Spider-Man vs. Kingpin)

Origins of Marvel Comics (1974)
ISBN: 0671218646 (HC), 0671218638 (TPB)
Reprints: 
	Fantastic Four #1 (origin, vs. Mole Man)
	Fantastic Four #55 (Thing vs. Silver Surfer)
	Incredible Hulk #1 (origin, vs. Gargoyle)
	Incredible Hulk #118 (vs. Sub-Mariner)
	Amazing Fantasy #15 (Spider-Man origin)
	Amazing Spider-Man #72 (vs. Shocker)
	Journey Into Mystery #83 (origin, vs. Stone Men of Saturn)
	Thor #143 (vs. Enchanters)
	Strange Tales #110 (Dr. Strange debut, vs. Nightmare)
	Strange Tales #115 (Dr. Strange origin)
	Strange Tales #155 (Dr. Strange vs. Umar)
(Covers to Dr. Strange stories not reprinted.)

The Silver Surfer (1978)
ISBN: 0671228218 (HC), 0671242253 (TPB) 
NEW: Silver Surfer & Galactus story by Lee/Kirby

Son of Origins of Marvel Comics (1975)
ISBN: 0671221701 (HC), 0671221663 (TPB)
Reprints: 
	X-Men #1 (origin, vs. Magneto)
	Tales of Suspense #39 (Iron Man origin)
	Tales of Suspense #97 (Iron Man vs. Whiplash)
	Avengers #1 (origin, vs. Loki)
	Daredevil #1 (origin)
	Daredevil #47 ("Brother Take My Hand!")
	Strange Tales #135 (Nick Fury/SHIELD origin)
	Silver Surfer #1 (Both Surfer & Watcher origins)

The Superhero Women (1977)
ISBN: 0671227661 (HC), 0671229281 (TPB)
Reprints: 
	Amazing Spider-Man #62 (Medusa)
	Marvel Feature V2 #4 (Red Sonja)
	Fantastic Four #22 (Invisible Girl)
	Ms. Marvel #1 (vs. Scorpion)
	Thor #188, 189 (-3 pgs: 17-19) (Hela)
	The Cat #1 (origin, Greer Garson later becomes Tigra)
	Tales to Astonish #44 (Wasp origin)
	Shanna, the She-Devil #2 (vs. El Montano)
	Savage Tales #1 (Lyra of the Femizons, b&w mag)
	Amazing Spider-Man #86 (-2 pgs: 18-19) (Black Widow's new costume)
(No covers reprinted.  1 pg pin-ups separate each section.)


Marvel TPBs (1980s)

These were the first TPBs released by Marvel. They are similar to the Fireside books, ie. they are wider and taller than current TPBs. The Iron Man and X-Men books have been reprinted many times.


The Power of Iron Man (1984, 1989)
ISBN: 0939766973 (1984)
Reprints: Iron Man #120-128 w/ no covers
(The 1st edition has a circled 3 in the upper left corner.
The painted cover is by Bill Sienkiewicz.)

Mighty Marvel Team-Up Thrillers (1983)
ISBN: 0939766604 (TPB)
Reprints: 
	Silver Surfer #4 (Silver Surfer vs. Thor)
	Tales of Suspense #58 (Iron Man vs. Captain America)
	Marvel Team-Up #79 (Spider-Man & Red Sonja)
	X-Men #9 (X-Men vs. Avengers)
	Marvel Feature #11 (Thing vs. Hulk)
	Amazing Spider-Man #16 (Spider-Man vs. Daredevil)
(No covers reprinted.  1st page of SS #4 comes from FM V2 #4.  
1st page of ASM #16 reprint comes from Marvel Tales #154?
There is a circled #1 in the upper left corner)

The Uncanny X-Men (1984, 1990)
ISBN: 0939766965 (1990)
Reprints: Uncanny X-Men #129-137 w/ no cover
(The 1st edition has a circled 2 in the upper left corner.
The painted cover is by Bill Sienkiewicz.  Later editions added
"The Dark Phoenix Saga" to the title.)


Fireside TPBs 2nd Edition (1997-98)

Here are the updated versions. They also released two new books: Bring Back the Bad Guys and Grandsons of Origins.


Bring Back the Bad Guys (5/1998)
ISBN: 0785105913
Reprints: 
	X-Men #4 & Uncanny X-Men #161 (Magneto)
	Amazing Spider-Man #50 & Daredevil #172 (Kingpin)
	Avengers #8 & Giant-Size Avengers #2 (Kang)
	Strange Tales #89 (Fing Fang Foom)
	Tales of Suspense #50 & Iron Man #275 (Mandarin)
	The Origin of Galactus #1 & Fantastic Four #341 (Galactus)

Bring on the Bad Guys (1/1998)
ISBN: 0785105972
Reprints: 
	Fantastic Four #5 & Fantastic Four #278-279 (Dr. Doom)
	Strange Tales #126-127 (Dormammu)
	Journey Into Mystery #112-113, 115 (Loki, Tales of Asgard)
	Tales of Suspense #66-68 (Red Skull)
	Amazing Spider-Man #40 (Green Goblin)
	Tales to Astonish #90-91 (Abomination)
	Silver Surfer #3 (Mephisto)

Grandson of Origins (3/1998)
ISBN: 078510593X
Reprints: 
	Fantastic Four #4 & Namor the Sub-Mariner #1
	Uncanny X-Men #117 & 309 (Professor X)
	Captain America #255 & 350
	Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. #5 & Marvel Spotlight #31
	Ka-Zar the Savage #1 & Ka-Zar #1

Origins of Marvel Comics (9/1997)
ISBN: 0785105794
Reprints: 
	Fantastic Four #1 & 243
	Incredible Hulk #1 & 372
	Amazing Fantasy #15 & Amazing Spider-Man #1
	Journey Into Mystery #83 & Thor #380
	Strange Tales #110, 115, Doctor Strange #56 (-1 pg)

The Silver Surfer (1997)
ISBN: 0785106529
Reprints: The Silver Surfer Fireside Paperback 

Son of Origins of Marvel Comics (11/1997)
ISBN: 078510559X
Reprints: 
	X-Men #1 & X-Men V2 #3
	Tales of Suspense #39 & Iron Man #231
	Avengers #1 & 347
	Daredevil #1 & 232
	Silver Surfer #1 (Surfer origin only)


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