Marvel Comics has announced new editions of their long-running Marvel Masterworks series, this time aimed at a younger audience. The Mighty Marvel Masterworks series of collections will represent the previous Masterworks collections of the earliest adventures for Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four, and the X-Men, in a smaller 6″ by 9″ trim-size, and with new cover art. The first volumes of the Mighty Marvel Masterworks will feature cover art by acclaimed artist Michael Cho, as well as a direct market variant featuring classic cover art.
Marvel has been recollecting and reissuing younger reader-friendly stories in a smaller trim size for quite some time. Titles like Spider-Gwen, Ms. Marvel, Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur, and the Kate Bishop-starring Hawkeye series have received the treatment, and a slew of Spider-Man-related books were released in the format back when Into the Spider-Verse came out.
If trim size and cover art are the only things that have been keeping younger readers from checking out Marvel’s earliest stories, these new editions should solve that problem (though some of those earliest X-Men stories are kind of rough, and hopefully the lack of Wolverine won’t turn kids off to them before they even read them). Check out the DM variant for the first Amazing Spider-Man Mighty Marvel Masterworks edition, as well as the full text of Marvel’s announcement of the series, below.
New York, NY— January 29, 2021 — An exciting new line of Marvel graphic novels will debut this June! The MIGHTY MARVEL MASTERWORKS will collect the very beginning of Marvel’s most iconic heroes: the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, the X-Men, and more. The stories that kicked off the sagas of these beloved franchises will now be available in an accessible new 6 x 9 format that the whole family can enjoy!
These timeless stories were crafted by none other than industry legends Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and Steve Ditko who revolutionized the comic book genre with their bold new approach to super hero adventures. Now, the MIGHTY MARVEL MASTERWORKS will serve as a perfect gateway to the expansive Marvel Universe and allow a brand-new generation to witness the historic beginnings behind these pop culture phenomena.
Collecting AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (1963) #1-10 and material from AMAZING FANTASY (1962) #15, MIGHTY MARVEL MASTERWORKS: THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN – WITH GREAT POWER will feature Peter Parker’s web-slinging adventures from the very beginning — including the tragic origin that started it all; the first appearances of the Daily Bugle, J. Jonah Jameson, Doctor Octopus, the Sandman, the Vulture and Electro; and guest-star nods from the Fantastic Four and Human Torch!
Collecting FANTASTIC FOUR (1951) #1-10, MIGHTY MARVEL MASTERWORKS: THE FANTASTIC FOUR VOL. 1 will feature the fateful cosmic voyage of scientist Reed Richards, pilot Ben Grimm and siblings Sue and Johnny Storm, who became known to the world as Mr. Fantastic, the Thing, the Invisible Girl and the Human Torch —the Fantastic Four. See the first of their many extraordinary adventures including their first battles with legendary villains such as the Mole Man, the Skrulls, the Puppet Master, the Sub-Mariner, and the diabolical Doctor Doom.
Collecting UNCANNY X-MEN (1963) #1-10, MIGHTY MARVEL MASTERWORKS: THE X-MEN – THE STRANGEST SUPER HEROES OF ALL will feature Professor X’s original teen team as they set off on a mission to forge peace between man and mutantkind. Meet Cyclops, Angel, Beast, Iceman and Marvel Girl and thrill to their first encounter with the Master of Magnetism, Magneto, and his Brotherhood of Evil Mutants.
Own the very foundation of the Marvel Universe in new must-have collections! Check out Michael Cho’s cover for MIGHTY MARVEL MASTERWORKS: THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN – WITH GREAT POWER as well as the Exclusive Comic Book Shop Cover by Steve Ditko and pick up the MIGHTY MARVEL MASTERWORKS when they hit stores this summer!