Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe


Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe

The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is an encyclopedic guide which details the fictional universe featured in Marvel Comics publications. The original 15-volume series was published in comic book format in 1982, followed by sporadic updates.

Contents

Origin

Jim Shooter, Marvel's then Editor in Chief, conceived of the idea,[1] envisioning a guide detailing statistics much in the manner of those found upon the backs of baseball cards.[2] This initial project was to be called The Marvel Super-Specifications Handbook (the eventual title incorporating the term "Marvel Universe" was appropriated from Al Milgrom, who had used it as a working title for Marvel Fanfare).[1] Shooter appointed Mark Gruenwald editor of the project, and Gruenwald developed the project to include all aspects of the Marvel Universe, although he noted it was not comprehensive.[citation needed] In addition to Gruenwald, contributing writers on the initial volume were Marvel editors Mike Carlin, Eliot R. Brown,[1] and Peter Sanderson.[2]

Critics of the Handbook have argued that the level of detail within the guide effectively limited the ability of writers to innovate, a charge Gruenwald dismissed, reputedly stating that the information presented was only the most recent data and was subject to change.[3] Sanderson, one of the writers of the original guide, noted that "Mark sought to make the Marvel characters' super-powers as firm a basis in real science as possible. After the first version of the Handbook, Mark decided that some of the explanations had grown too complicated, and asked me to simplify them."[citation needed]

The OHOTMU detailed the more significant characters, items and locations in the Marvel Universe, itemizing them into individual entries. Individual entries usually consisted of:

  • A frontal full-body view of the character.
  • Prose text describing the character's origin, powers, and other abilities and unique traits, as well as "statistics" such as place of birth, former aliases, height, weight, hair and eye color and so forth. The original edition opted only to describe the "Origins" of characters (how they acquired their powers), instead focusing heavily on detailed explanations for how those powers functioned. In the Book of the Dead supplement, however, the handbook provided entire "Histories" for the deceased characters, a trend which was then adopted for the main body of the Deluxe Edition, allowing the entire life and career of the characters to be covered. Major important pieces of equipment were also given technical illustrations with breakdowns of their functions and features.
  • Example images of the character in action, taken directly from the comics themselves.

In the original, characters were listed at one character to a page, although minor characters were sometimes listed at two to a page and major characters would occasionally receive more than one page. In the Deluxe Edition, however, every character received at least one page, with significant characters receiving up to 3-5 pages. Both editions had wraparound covers that could be linked together to form a giant poster. In the late 80's, a poster made up of the first twelve issues of the original Handbook was released. For the poster, several characters were added and others received up-to-date looks.

In the Master Edition (1990–1993) this changed and every character was allocated a double-sided loose leaf page. Later versions allocate characters different lengths of entry depending on their history and importance.

There have been several versions of the concept since first published in 1982:

  • 1982-1984: a 15-issue series. Issues 13-14 are titled the Book of the Dead and Inactive, featuring characters and groups who were, at the time, believed dead or inactive. Issue 15 is titled the 'Book of Weapons, Hardware, and Paraphernalia', featuring technical drawings of equipment such as the shield of Captain America and the web-shooters of Spider-Man. One issue of the series (#9) can be seen in the movie Explorers.
  • 1985-1988: a 20-issue Deluxe Edition is published; technical drawings of equipment are incorporated into individual characters' entries. Although numerous entries reference an Appendix, the Deluxe Edition Appendix is not published. The '85-'88 run (Deluxe Edition) was also been collected in trade paperback format, in a series of 10 128 page volumes. The trade edition also feature updates of many characters. Supplements for licensed properties are published, including Conan the Barbarian, G.I. Joe, and the Transformers.
  • 1989: an additional 8-issue supplement to the Deluxe Edition, denoted Update '89 on the cover, is published. This series covers primarily new characters and is notable for including numerous non-superhumans. This series also sported wraparound covers but unlike previous versions, these did not link together.
  • 1990-1993: A 36-issue Master Edition series is published, with each issue a shrink-wrapped pack of loose-leaf pages. A three-ring vinyl binder was also released for the pages to be inserted into.
  • 2004-2005: Themed one-shot supplements are published, such as Official Handbook to the Marvel Universe: X-Men 2004. Other entries in this themed, subtitled series include Spider-Man 2004; Avengers 2004; Hulk 2004; Daredevil 2004; Wolverine 2004; Golden Age 2004; Women of Marvel 2005 and Avengers 2005.
  • 2006: A new 12-issue series, the All-New OHOTMU A-Z, was published featuring new characters. A series of themed one-shot issues was also published in the same style as the 2004-2005 books, including Civil War Files which tied in with Marvel's Civil War crossover series. The original Handbook series, original 20-issue Deluxe Edition, and the Update '89 edition were also reprinted in five Essential volumes.
  • 2007: 4 A-Z Update issues, six themed issues (including World War Hulk: Gamma Files and X-Men: Messiah Complex - Mutant Files) and the first issue of the Marvel Atlas are published.
  • 2008: All material from 2004-2007 is updated and printed in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z Premiere HC set, divided into 12 volumes (each containing 240 pages). The second issue of the Marvel Atlas is published. Other publications included Ultimate Secrets, All-New Iron Manual, Secret Invasion: Skrulls!, and Amazing Spider-Man: Brand New Day Yearbook.
  • 2009: The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z Premiere HC set continued publication. A sister project to the Handbook, the Official Index to the Marvel Universe monthly series, began publication in January. Other forthcoming titles include Dark Reign Files and Wolverine: Weapon X Files.

Bibliography of Official Handbook series

The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Vol. I

  • Original Series #1 - #15 (Marvel Comics, January 1983 - May 1984)
# Title Month of Publ. Pages Orig. Price
1 A from Abomination to Avengers Quinjet January 1983 34 $ 1.00
2 B - C from Baron Mordo to Collective Man February 1983 34 $ 1.00
3 C - D from Collector to Dracula March 1983 34 $ 1.00
4 D - G from Dragon Man to Gypsy Moth April 1983 34 $ 1.00
5 H - J from Hangman to Juggernaut May 1983 34 $ 1.00
6 K - M from Kang to Man-Bull June 1983 34 $ 1.00
7 M from Mandarin to Mystique July 1983 34 $ 1.00
8 N - P from Namorita to Pyro August 1983 34 $ 1.00
9 Q - S from Quasar to She-Hulk September 1983 34 $ 1.00
10 S from Shi'ar to Sub-Mariner October 1983 34 $ 1.00
11 S - U from Subterraneans to Ursa Major November 1983 34 $ 1.00
12 V - Z from Valkyrie to Zzzax December 1983 34 $ 1.00
13 Book of the Dead and Inactive I: Air-Walker to Man-Wolf February 1984 34 $ 1.00
14 Book of the Dead and Inactive II: Marvel Boy to Zuras March 1984 34 $ 1.00
15 Book of Weapons, Hardware, and Paraphernalia April 1984 34 $ 1.00


  • Essential OHOTMU (Trade Paperback) #1 (Marvel Comics, January 2006)

The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Vol. II (Deluxe Edition)

  • Original Series #1 - #20 (Marvel Comics, December 1985 - February 1988)
# Info Month of Publ. Pages Orig. Price
1 Abomination to Batroc's Brigade December 1985 64 $ 1.50
2 Beast to Clea January 1986 64 $ 1.50
3 Cloak to Doctor Octopus February 1986 64 $ 1.50
4 Doctor Strange to Galactus' Heralds March 1986 64 $ 1.50
5 Gardener to The Hulkbusters April 1986 64 $ 1.50
6 Human Torch to Ka-Zar May 1986 64 $ 1.50
7 Khoryphos to Magneto June 1986 64 $ 1.50
8 Magus to Mole Man July 1986 64 $ 1.50
9 Molecule Man to Owl August 1986 64 $ 1.50
10 Paladin to The Rhino September 1986 64 $ 1.50
11 Richard Rider to Sidewinder October 1986 64 $ 1.50
12 Sif to Sunspot November 1986 64 $ 1.50
13 Super-Adaptoid to Umar December 1986 64 $ 1.50
14 Unicorn to Wolverine January 1987 64 $ 1.50
15 Wonder Man to Zzzax plus Appendix: Alien Races March 1987 64 $ 1.50
16 Book of the Dead: Air-Walker to Death-Stalker June 1987 64 $ 1.50
17 Book of the Dead: Destiny to Hobgoblin August 1987 64 $ 1.50
18 Book of the Dead: Hyperion to Nighthawk October 1987 64 $ 1.50
19 Book of the Dead: Nuke to Obadiah Stane December 1987 64 $ 1.50
20 Book of the Dead: Stick to Zuras February 1988 64 $ 1.50


  • Reprints (Trade Paperback) #1 - #10 (Marvel Comics, 1986–1987)
# Info ISBN Month of Publ. Pages Orig. Price
1 Abomination to Circus of Crime ISBN 0-87135-208-7 ? 128 $ 6.95
2 Clea to Gaea ISBN 0-87135-209-5 ? 128 $ 6.95
3 Galactus to Kang ISBN 0-87135-210-9 ? 128 $ 6.95
4 Karkas to Mister Fantastic ISBN 0-87135-211-7 ? 128 $ 6.95
5 Mister Fear to Quicksilver ISBN 0-87135-212-5 ? 128 $ 6.95
6 Radioactive Man to Stilt-Man ISBN 0-87135-213-3 ? 128 $ 6.95
7 Stingray to Wendigo ISBN 0-87135-214-1 ? 128 $ 6.95
8 Werewolf to Zzzax
Book of the Dead: Air-Walker to Dorcas, Dr. Lemuel
ISBN 0-87135-215-X ? 128 $ 6.95
9 Book of the Dead: Dorma to Patriot ISBN 0-87135-353-9 ? 128 $ 6.95
10 Book of the Dead: Phantom Eagle to Zuras ISBN 0-87135-366-0 ? 128 $ 6.95


  • Essential OHOTMU - Deluxe Edition (Trade Paperback) #1 - #3 (Marvel Comics, March 2006 - July 2006)
# Info Month of Publ. Pages Orig. Price
1 Adversary to Chameleon July 1989 48 $ 1.50
2 Champion of the Universe to Ecstasy August 1989 48 $ 1.50
3 Eon to Hulk September 1989 48 $ 1.50
4 Human Torch to Manikin October 1989 48 $ 1.50
5 Marauders to Power Princess November 1989 48 $ 1.50
6 Prowler to Serpent Society Late November 1989 48 $ 1.50
7 Set to Tyrak December 1989 48 $ 1.50
8 U-Man to Madelyne Pryor Late December 1989 48 $ 1.50


  • Essential OHOTMU - Update '89 (Trade Paperback) #1 (Marvel Comics, December 2006)

The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Vol. III (Master Edition)

# Info [1] Month of Publ. Sheets Orig. Price
1 Model Sheets: Anaconda, Blue Shield, Corsair, Counterweight, Dormammu, Foxfire, Gorgon, Agatha Harkness, Juggernaut, Llyra, Midnight Sun, MODAM, Moonboy, Nebulon, Oneg the Prober, Puck, Ronan the Accuser, Spider-Man, Starfox, Stranger, Trickshot, Typhoid, Watchdogs, Zuras December 1990 24 $ 3.95
2 Model Sheets: Awesome Android, Ulysses Bloodstone, Captain America, Destiny, Doctor Octopus, Eel, Forge, Grey Gargoyle, Howard the Duck, ISAAC, Kubik, Leader, Moonstone, Mother Night, Nitro, Orka, Plantman, Quicksilver, Rock Python, Scorpio, Sise-Neg, Triton, Volcana, Water Wizard January 1991 24 $ 3.95
3 Model Sheets: AIM, Baron Mordo, Big Bertha, Cable, Diamondback II, Electro, Firelord, Gargantua, Ghost Rider VI, Heimdall, Ka-Zar, Man-Ape, Mister Fantastic, Morgan le Fay, Naga, Porcupine, Razorback, Shocker, Sunder, Thunderbird, Venus, Whizzer, Wrecker, Zaran February 1991 24 $ 3.95
4 Model Sheets: Apocalypse, Baron Zemo II, Blastaar, Carrion, Devastator, Dr. Minerva, Executioner, Grim Reaper, Hammer, King Cobra, Living Mummy, Madame Web, Malekith the Accursed, Mister Jip, Nikki, Puppet Master, Red Raven, Shadowcat, Shape, Texas Twister, U-Man, Vector, Wolverine, Ziran the Tester March 1991 24 $ 3.95
5 Model Sheets: Abomination, Blizzard, Boomerang, Captain Marvel I, Crimson Dynamo V, Dagger, Doctor Malus, Eternity, Fandral the Dashing, Guardian II, In-Betweener, Knickknack, Magma, Man-Thing, Mesmero, Nighthawk I, Owl, Punisher, Quasimodo, Sleeper, Speed Demon, Titania II, Vulture, Wizard April 1991 24 $ 3.95
6 Model Sheets: Astronomer, Bullseye, Cannonball, Copperhead III, Darkoth, Fixer, Gatecrasher, Hela, Hobgoblin II-IV, Immortus, Leir, Mirage I, Mister Sinister, Mordred the Evil, Nomad III, One Above All, Professor Power, Rintrah, She-Hulk, Starlight, Thin Man, Ursa Major, Vertigo, Whirlwind May 1991 24 $ 3.95
7 Model Sheets: Armadillo, Barbarus, Black Knight III, Callisto, Cypher, Daredevil, Egghead, Firestar, Goldbug, Hangman, Jack Frost, Karnilla, Lizard, Magneto, Marvel Boy I, Mercurio, Nova II, Psycho-Man, Red Ronin, Shaper of Worlds, Slug, Stilt-Man, Ulik, Valkin June 1991 24 $ 3.95
8 Model Sheets: Attuma, Blacklash, Captain Ultra, Colossus, Devil Dinosaur, Dragon Man, Elektra, Gladiator II, Hulk, Jackal, Kang, Lamprey, Machete, Makkari, Manslaughter, Nighthawk II, Piledriver, Quicksand, Shang-Chi, Spider-Woman I, Supreme Intelligence, Tyrannus, Viper II, Woodgod 24 $ 3.95
9 Model Sheets: Air-Walker, Black Panther, Brother Tode, Chameleon, Doc Samson, Ego, Firebird, Gremlin II, Hyperion, Isis, Lightspeed, Machinesmith, Moon Knight, Over-Mind, Phantom Eagle, Rocket Raccoon, Scarlet Witch, Silver Dagger, Skids, Taskmaster, Vidar, Colleen Wing, Xemnu, Zarek 24 $ 3.95
10 Model Sheets: Ajak, Black Talon I & II, Blob, Captain Britain, Constrictor, Doctor Faustus, Grandmaster, Hercules, Jigsaw, Misty Knight, Llan the Sorcerer, Mad Thinker, Miss America, N'astirh, Odin, Poundcakes, Red Ghost, Seth, Siryn, Thanos, Umar, Venom, Wong, X-Ray 24 $ 3.95
11 Model Sheets: Ares, Balor, Cloak, Crucible, Death Adder, Gilgamesh, Hydro-Man, Impossible Man, Jocasta, Kronos, Lupo, Master Order, Multiple Man, Nezarr the Calculator, Oddball, Power Princess, Rocket Racer, Spider-Woman II, Storm, Tana Nile, Tinkerer, Vanguard, White Tiger, Yellow Claw 24 $ 3.95
12 Model Sheets: Aguila, Andromeda, Black Cat, Centurius, Crossbones, D'Spayre, Frenzy, Goliath III, Helio, Jack of Hearts, Karnak, Loki, Melter, Mister Hyde, Nightcrawler, Piper, Puff Adder, Runner, Satannish, Silver Surfer, Spitfire, Taurus, Uni-Mind, Whiplash II 24 $ 3.95
13 Model Sheets: Arabian Knight, Blood Brothers, Bullet, Contemplator, Diablo, Dreadknight, Fer-de-Lance, High Evolutionary, Iceman, Mad Dog, Master, Mysterio, Northstar, Phoenix I, Quasar, Ringmaster, Shroud, Surtur, Thundra, Tiger Shark, ULTIMATUM, Werewolf
Action Sheet: Spider-Man / Team Action Sheet: Fantastic Four
24 $ 4.50
14 Model Sheets: Annihilus, Beast, Black Knight II, Champion of the Universe, Darkstar, Eon, Gargoyle II, Jetstream, Kurse, Mentor, Modred the Mystic, Mongoose, Namorita, Prowler, Rhino, Sidewinder, Sphinx I, Super Sabre, Thor, Tombstone, Wendigo
Action Sheets: Captain America, Spider-Man (Web-Shooters) / Team Action Sheet: Fantastic Four (Replacements)
24 $ 4.50
15 Model Sheets: Ant-Man II, Brothers Grimm II, Bushwacker, Charlie-27, Crystal, Deathurge, Frankenstein's Monster, Garokk the Petrified Man, Guardsman, Hate-Monger I, Iron Man, Killer Shrike, Mangog, Moonglow, Omega, Princess Python, Rogue, Sandman, Saturnyne, Space Phantom, Tyr, Adam Warlock
Action Sheet: Ghost Rider / Team Action Sheet: Avengers (First Line-Up)
24 $ 4.50
16 Model Sheets: Absorbing Man, Baron Strucker, Cyclops, Darkhawk, Force, Graviton, Hawkeye, Jemiah the Analyzer, Kofi, Lava Men, Martinex, Midas I, Mole Man, Pluto, Sabretooth, Spymaster, Stallior, Tatterdemalion, Vamp, Yellowjacket II, Zzzax
Action Sheet: Wolverine / Team Action Sheet: Avengers (Second Line-Up)
23 $ 4.50
17 Model Sheets: 3-D Man, Ancient One, Black Queen, Brother Voodoo, Count Nefaria, Death-Stalker, Eson the Searcher, Glob, Havok, Kingpin, Lady Deathstrike, Maelstrom, MODOK, Namor, Paladin, Red Guardian II & V, Sasquatch, Scorpion, Thunderball, Vishanti, Worm
Action Sheet: Punisher / Team Action Sheet: Avengers (Third Line-Up)
23 $ 4.50
18 Model Sheets: Arishem the Judge, Beetle, Bulldozer, Clea, Demolition-Man, Fang, Ghaur, Hogun the Grim, Ironclad, Kangaroo, Lucifer, Madcap, Moondragon, Nebula, Professor X, Razor-Fist, Nicholas Scratch, Spirit of '76, Thing, Wolfsbane, Zaladane
Action Sheet: She-Hulk / Team Action Sheet: Avengers (Fourth Line-Up)
23 $ 4.50
19 Model Sheets: Apollo, Battle Star, Ch'od, Dr. Demonicus, Earth-Lord, Gamora, Iron Monger, Rick Jones, Major Victory, Mandarin, Marrina, Nova I, Oracle, Ringer, Satana, Shatterstar II, Tom Thumb, Ultimus, White Bishop, Zodiac I, Zodiac II
Action Sheet: Daredevil / Team Action Sheet: Avengers (Fifth Line-Up)
23 $ 4.50
20 Model Sheets: Archangel, Baron Blood I, Black Knight I, Captain Atlas, Controller, Doctor Doom, Enchantress, Flag-Smasher, Ghost, Korvac, Lilandra, Maha Yogi, Maximus, Nuke, Quantum, Redstone, Sabra, Silvermane, Unicorn I, Wasp, Wolverine (original costume), Zarrko the Tomorrow Man
Team Action Sheet: Avengers (Sixth Line-Up)
23 $ 4.50
21 Model Sheets: Aquarian, Banshee, Bi-Beast, Crossfire, Dakimh the Enchanter, Dominic Fortune, Gambit, Haywire, Invisible Woman, Jester, Karkas, Living Laser, Mantis, Master Man, Occult, Power Broker, Red Wolf III, Speedball, Swordsman I, Thena, Thor, Uatu the Watcher, Will o' the Wisp 23 $ 4.50
22 Model Sheets: Arcade, Black Bolt, Bushmaster, Crimson Commando, Diamond Lil, Doctor Nightshade, Nick Fury, Gammenon the Gatherer, Hermes, Kismet, Madame Masque, Merlin, Phantom Rider IV, Screaming Mimi, Silver Sable, Slither, Starbolt, Terrax, Ultron, Volstagg, Whizzer II, Yondu
Team Action Sheet: Avengers (Seventh Line-Up)
23 $ 4.50
23 Model Sheets: Arkon, Batroc the Leaper, Blonde Phantom, Cage, Chthon, Collector, Dr. Spectrum, Falcon, Glorian, Hammerhead, It the Living Colossus, Krang, Left-Winger, Mockingbird, Psylocke, Radioactive Man, Sauron, Silhouette, Supremor, Tarantula I & II, Unus, Vermin
Team Action Sheet: X-Men (First Line-Up)
23 $ 4.50
24 Model Sheets: Ape-Man, John Blaze, Byrrah, Chemistro I-III, Cyclone, Deathbird, Drax the Destroyer, Gladiator I, Horus, Human Torch II, Iron Fist, Jubilee, Klaw, Machine Man, Medusa, Phoenix III, Prester John, Red Skull, Stingray, Terminatrix, Trump, Zeus
Team Action Sheet: X-Men (Second Line-Up)
23 $ 4.50
25 Model Sheets: Black Widow II, Bucky I & II, Cottonmouth, Deadpool, Fin Fang Foom, Guardian I, Hepzibah, Infinity, Hannibal King, Mirage II, Mister Fear, Night Thrasher, Osiris, Peregrine, Quagmire, Rama-Tut, Silver Samurai, Stellaris, Strong Guy, Terminus, Vibro, Wind Warrior
Team Action Sheet: X-Men (Third Line-Up)
23 $ 4.50
26 Model Sheets: Aginar, Belasco, Boomer, Caber, Chondu the Mystic, Doctor Druid, Foreigner, Jean Grey, Halflife I, Ikaris, Jarella, Lockjaw, Molten Man, Mystique, Neptune, Orb, Psyklop, Rattler, Stryfe, Super-Skrull, Titan, Windshear
Team Action Sheet: X-Men (Fourth Line-Up)
23 $ 4.50
27 Model Sheets: Anvil, Asp II, Bengal, Beta Ray Bill, Cat-Man, Deathlok I, Devos the Devastator, Electron, Foolkiller, Giant-Man II, Green Goblin, HYDRA, Jack O'Lantern II, Korath the Pursuer, Marauders, Master Pandemonium, Needle, Pip the Troll, Raza, Snowbird, Toad, Wyatt Wingfoot
Team Action Sheet: X-Men (Fifth Line-Up)
23 $ 4.50
28 Model Sheets: Aron the Rogue Watcher, Black Crow, Blade, Changeling, Cutthroat, Domino II, Dream Queen, Elysius, Galactus, Hellfire Club, Kaluu, Living Lightning, Man-Beast, Meggan, Possessor, Ramrod, Scarecrow, Squadron Supreme, Starhawk II, Terror, Inc., Valinor, Warstar
Team Action Sheet: X-Men (Sixth Line-Up)
23 $ 4.95
29 Model Sheets: Aurora, Balder, Blackout I, Carnage, Black Tom Cassidy, Chief Examiner, Dazzler, Dredmund Druid, Gardener, Justin Hammer, Lightmaster, Mastermind, Mentallo, Occulus, Puma, Reavers, Sabretooth, Sersi, Solo, Talon, U.S. Agent, Warwolves
Team Action Sheet: X-Men (Seventh Line-Up)
23 $ 4.95
30 Model Sheets: The Answer, Bishop, Blackout II, Chord, Crusader II, Dracula, Dreadnought, Griffin, Hera, Impala, Janus II, Longshot, Magik, Nobilus, Portal, Rage, Shalla Bal, Skrulls, Snowblind, Union Jack III, Yandroth, Wraith
Team Action Sheet: X-Men (Eighth Line-Up: Blue Team)
23 $ 4.95
31 Model Sheets: Agamemnon, Blue Eagle, Cardiac, Coldblood, Destroyer III, Feral, Gronk, Hussar, Killraven, Living Monolith, Mandrill, Micromax, Molecule Man, Nebula, Presence, Quill, Shockwave, Sleepwalker, Talisman II, Vision II, War Machine, Wildheart
Team Action Sheet: X-Men (Eighth Line-Up: Gold Team)
23 $ 4.95
32 Model Sheets: Analyzer, Bird-Man I & II, Captain Universe, Doughboy, The Enclave, Famine, Growing Man, Harriers, Ion, Kree, Lord Chaos, Maverick, Mephisto, Nefarius, Paibok the Power Skrull, Rampage, Señor Muerte, Shapeshifter, Trapster I & II, Union Jack I & II, Voice, Ymir
Team Action Sheet: Avengers West Coast (First Line-Up)
23 $ 4.95
33 Model Sheets: Avalanche, Black Archer, Centurious, Crippler, Deathwatch, Enforcers, Feron, Gideon, Hercules, Human Torch I, Inertia, Iron Man, Karma, Living Tribunal, Morg, Rancor, Reptyl, Scourge, Slapstick, Spider-Man 2099, Tyler Stone, Warpath
Team Action Sheet: Avengers West Coast (Second Line-Up)
23 $ 4.95
34 Model Sheets: Aragorn, Blackheart, Caliban, Captain Marvel II, Cyber, Demogoblin, Frank Drake, 8-Ball, Frog-Man, Grizzly II, Jack of Hearts, Lilith II, Multiple Man, Null the Living Darkness, Omega Red, Punisher 2099, Henry Pym, Replica, Rictor, Sunfire, Tigra, Wonder Man
Team Action Sheet: Avengers West Coast (Third Line-Up)
23 $ 4.95
35 Model Sheets: Beyonder, Bloodaxe, Crystal, Deathlok III, Dr. Strange, Doom 2099, Fearmaster, Hellstorm, Kala, Lyja the Lazerfist, Magus I, Polaris, Proteus, Tamara Rahn, Shotgun II, Specialist, Spirit of Vengeance, Starhawk I, Thunderstrike, Turbo I & II, Weapon X II, Zero
Team Action Sheet: Avengers West Coast (Fourth Line-Up)
23 $ 4.95
36 Model Sheets: Ajax, Binary, Blackwing, Cerise, Chance I, Evilhawk, Goddess, Grizzly I, Hardcore, Moonhunter, Morbius, Ms. Marvel II, Proctor, Pyro, Ravage 2099, Roma, Savage Steel, Siege, Sunspot, Ultimo, Vanisher, White Queen, Zarathos 23 $ 4.95


  • Essential OHOTMU - Master Edition (Trade Paperback) #1 (Marvel Comics, April 2008)
  • Essential OHOTMU - Master Edition (Trade Paperback) #2 (Marvel Comics, June 2008)
  • Essential OHOTMU - Master Edition (Trade Paperback) #3 (Marvel Comics, September 2008)

The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Vol. IV

2004

Title Month of Publ. Pages Orig. Price
X-Men 2004 May 2004 48 $ 3.99
Spider-Man 2004 June 2004 48 $ 3.99
Avengers 2004 July 2004 48 $ 3.99
Hulk 2004 August 2004 48 $ 3.99
Daredevil 2004 September 2004 48 $ 3.99
Wolverine 2004 October 2004 48 $ 3.99
Book of the Dead 2004 November 2004 48 $ 3.99
Golden Age 2004 December 2004 48 $ 3.99


2005

Title Month of Publ. Pages Orig. Price
Women of Marvel 2005 January 2005 48 $ 3.99
Marvel Knights 2005 February 2005 48 $ 3.99
X-Men - Age of Apocalypse 2005 March 2005 48 $ 3.99
Spider-Man 2005 April 2005 48 $ 3.99
Teams 2005 May 2005 48 $ 3.99
Fantastic Four 2005 June 2005 48 $ 3.99
Avengers 2005 July 2005 48 $ 3.99
Ultimate Spider-Man & Ultimate Fantastic Four 2005 August 2005 48 $ 3.99
Alternate Universes 2005 September 2005 48 $ 3.99
Horror 2005 October 2005 48 $ 3.99
X-Men 2005 November 2005 48 $ 3.99
The Ultimates & Ultimate X-Men 2005 December 2005 48 $ 3.99


2006

  • 2006 Series (All-New OHOTMU A - Z) #1 - #12 (Marvel Comics, January - December 2006)
# Title Month of Publ. Pages Orig. Price
1 Abraxas to Batwing January 2006 64 $ 3.99
2 Benny Beckley to Crazy Eight February 2006 64 $ 3.99
3 Copperhead to Ethan Edwards March 2006 64 $ 3.99
4 Damon Dran to Goodman, Lieber, Kurtzberg & Holliway April 2006 64 $ 3.99
5 Gorgon to Jury May 2006 64 $ 3.99
6 Justice to Marvel June 2006 64 $ 3.99
7 Victor Mancha to Phantazia July 2006 64 $ 3.99
8 Nekra to Quoi August 2006 64 $ 3.99
9 Puppet Master to Shamrock September 2006 64 $ 3.99
10 Shadowoman to Tara October 2006 64 $ 3.99
11 Stranger to Ultimo November 2006 64 $ 3.99
12 Ultra Girl to Arnim Zola December 2006 64 $ 3.99


  • 2006 Series (Marvel Legacy: The 1960s–1990s Handbook) (Marvel Comics, February 2006 - February 2007)
Title Month of Publ. Pages Orig. Price
Marvel Legacy: The 1960s Handbook February 2006 64 $ 4.99
Marvel Legacy: The 1970s Handbook May 2006 64 $ 4.99
Marvel Legacy: The 1980s Handbook November 2006 64 $ 4.99
Marvel Legacy: The 1990s Handbook February 2007 64 $ 4.99


2007

  • 2007 Series (All-New OHOTMU A - Z: Update) #1 - #4 (Marvel Comics, January - October 2007)
# Title Month of Publ. Pages Orig. Price
1 Amatsu-Kami to Walker January 2007 64 $ 3.99
2 Adam II to Zodiak May 2007 64 $ 3.99
3 Acts of Vengeance to Zodiac Key July 2007 64 $ 3.99
4 Aqueduct to Zaran October 2007 64 $ 3.99


  • 2007 One-Shots (Marvel Comics, April - December 2007) (All numbered #1)
Title Month of Publ. Pages Orig. Price
Spider-Man: Back in Black Handbook April 2007 48 $ 3.99
Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter - Guilty Pleasures Handbook May 2007 48 $ 3.99
Mystic Arcana: The Book of Marvel Magic June 2007 64 $ 3.99
The Mighty Avengers: Most Wanted Files June 2007 48 $ 3.99
World War Hulk: Gamma Files August 2007 48 $ 3.99
Marvel Zombies: The Book of Angels, Demons, & Various Monstrosities September 2007 48 $ 3.99
Marvel Atlas #1 November 2007 64 $ 3.99
X-Men: Messiah Complex - Mutant Files December 2007 48 $ 3.99


2008

Title Month of Publ. Pages Orig. Price
Ultimate Secrets January 2008 48 $ 3.99
Marvel Atlas #2 March 2008 64 $ 3.99
All-New Iron Manual May 2008 64 $ 4.99
Secret Invasion: Skrulls! July 2008 64 $ 4.99
Amazing Spider-Man: Brand New Day Yearbook December 2008 64 $ 4.99


  • OHOTMU A - Z (Premiere Hardcover) #1 - #14 (Marvel Comics, February 2008 - May 2010)

*contains material from 2004 - 2009, plus updates and several all-new entries

# Title Month of Publ. Pages Orig. Price
1 1602 A.D. to Blackwing (Manfredi) February 2008 240 $ 24.99
2 Blackwulf to Crimson Dynamo April 2008 240 $ 24.99
3 Crimson Dynamo (Gavrilov) to Elements of Doom June 2008 240 $ 24.99
4 Elf with a Gun to Guardians of the Galaxy August 2008 240 $ 24.99
5 Guardsmen to Jackal October 2008 240 $ 24.99
6 Harald Jaekelsson to Maelstrom December 2008 240 $ 24.99
7 Maestro to Ms. Marvel March 2009 240 $ 24.99
8 Multiple Man to Phoenix Force May 2009 240 $ 24.99
9 Photon to Sage July 2009 240 $ 24.99
10 Salem's Seven to Speed September 2009 240 $ 24.99
11 Speed Demon to Terrible Trio November 2009 240 $ 24.99
12 Terror (Pevely) to Vision (Aarkus) January 2010 240 $ 24.99
13 Vision (Victor Shade) to Zaran April 2010 240 $ 24.99
14 Aboriginal Gods to Zzzax June 2010 240 $ 24.99


2009

Title Month of Publ. Pages Orig. Price
Dark Reign Files February 2009 64 $ 4.99
Wolverine: Weapon X Files April 2009 64 $ 4.99
Marvel Pets Handbook June 2009 48 $ 3.99
Thor & Hercules: Encyclopedia Mythologica July 2009 64 $ 4.99
Marvel Mystery Handbook: 70th Anniversary Special September 2009 64 $ 4.99


2010

  • 2010 Series (OHOTMU A - Z: Update) #1 - #5 (Marvel Comics, February - December 2010)
# Title Month of Publ. Pages Orig. Price
1 Marlene Alraune to Zuri February 2010 64 $ 3.99
2 Abyss (Sorcerer) to Xartans June 2010 64 $ 3.99
3 Aakon to Yondu August 2010 64 $ 3.99
4 Beetle (Davis) to Zodiac (gang with no name) October 2010 64 $ 3.99
5 Advisor to Witness December 2010 64 $ 3.99


Title Month of Publ. Pages Orig. Price
Deadpool Corps: Rank and Foul March 2010 64 $ 3.99
Iron Manual Mark 3 April 2010 64 $ 3.99
Avengers Assemble May 2010 64 $ 3.99
X-Men: Phoenix Force Handbook July 2010 64 $ 4.99


Title Month of Publ. Pages Orig. Price
Women of Marvel: Celebrating Seven Decades Handbook July 2010 240 $ 19.99


2011

Title Month of Publ. Pages Orig. Price
Blockbusters of the Marvel Universe January 2011 64 $ 4.99
Thor: Asgard's Avenger April 2011 64 $ 4.99
X-Men: Earth's Mutant Heroes May 2011 64 $ 4.99
Captain America: America's Avenger June 2011 64 $ 4.99
Fear Itself: Fellowship of Fear August 2011 32 $ 3.99
FF: 50 Fantastic Years September 2011 64 $ 4.99
Vampires: The Marvel Undead October 2011 64 $ 4.99
Defenders: Strange Heroes December 2011 64 $ 4.99


  • OHOTMU A - Z (Trade Paperback) #1 - TBA (Marvel Comics, September 2011 - TBA)

*collects material from 2008's OHOTMU A - Z with corrections, plus 16-page addendums entitled "Where are they now?"

Vol. Title Month of Publ. Pages Orig. Price
1 1602 to Blackwulf September 2011 256 $ 19.99
2 Blade to Crooked World December 2011 256 $ 19.99
3 - February 2012 256 $ 19.99
4 - April 2012 256 $ 19.99


The Marvel Encyclopedia

# Info ISBN Month of Publ. Pages Orig. Price
1 Marvel in general: Avengers, MAX, Ultimate Marvel ISBN 0-7851-0984-6 October 2002 240 $ 29.99
2 X-Men ISBN 0-7851-1199-9 April 2003 240 $ 29.99
3 Hulk ISBN 0-7851-1164-6 June 2003 208 $ 19.99
4 Spider-Man ISBN 0-7851-1304-5 November 2003 240 $ 24.99
5 Marvel Knights ISBN 0-7851-1385-1 April 2004 240 $ 29.99
6 Fantastic Four ISBN 0-7851-1480-7 November 2004 240 $ 29.99


Title ISBN Month of Publ. Pages Orig. Price
The Marvel Encyclopedia ISBN 0-7566-2358-8 October 2006 352 $ 40.00


Title ISBN Month of Publ. Pages Orig. Price
The Marvel Encyclopedia ISBN 0-7566-5530-7 October 2009 400 $ 40.00


Gamer's Handbook of the Marvel Universe

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c DeFalco, Tom. "Bullpen Bulletins Special," Marvel Comics cover-dated March 1984.
  2. ^ a b Peter Sanderson (2005-01-28). "Comics in Context #70: Elektra Lite: Superheroes A to Z."
  3. ^ Scott Tipton (2004-09-15). "Gone Too Soon: Remembering Da Gru."

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