Since 1967, Marvel has licensed over 100 prose (as opposed to graphic) novels detailing the adventures of their heroes. As a general rule, these books have been licensed to other publishers but the copyrights remain with Marvel, and so it is possible for the stories and characters to be included or referenced in Marvel's comics. However, until and unless these books are specifically referenced in comics or handbooks, they're generally not considered to be in continuity for Earth-616. The novels compiled here are primarily original works; movie adaptations and similar works are not included.
The 1960s saw Marvel's first novel, Otto Binder's 1967 The Avengers Battle the Earth-Wrecker, from Bantam Books. One more novel followed the next year, but presumably they did not sell well, as with the exception of a pair of children's "Big Little Books" from Western Publishing's Whitman line, there were no more novels until 1978. A third "Big Little Book" would appear a few years after, in 1980.
The Avengers Battle the Earth-Wrecker. Otto Binder. 1967. 122
pp. When the time-traveling alien Karzz lands atop the Himalayas and
announces his plans to conquer Earth, the Avengers battle him to
defend the planet.
Featured: Avengers (Captain America, Goliath/Pym, Hawkeye, Iron Man, Wasp), Karzz the Conqueror
Captain America: The Great Gold Steal. Ted White. 1968. 118 pp. A plot
to empty the Vaults of the Federal Reserve pits Captain America against
his oldest enemy.
Featured: Captain America, Red Skull Supporting: John B Gaughan
The Fantastic Four in the House of Horrors. William Johnston. 1968.
249 pp. Issued a challenge, the Fantastic Four investigate the House
of Horrors and its mysterious master, Dr. Weird. A "Big Little Book."
Featured: Dr. Weird, Fantastic Four (Human Torch, Invisible Girl, Mr. Fantastic, Thing)
Spider-Man Zaps Mr. Zodiac. George S Elrick. 1976. 249 pp. Peter
Parker's friendship with new Daily Bugle horoscope writer Jane Virgo is
threatened by her unusual actions and the villainous Mr. Zodiac. A "Big
Featured: Mr. Zodiac (Jane Virgo), Spider-Man
Supporting: Daily Bugle (Betty Brant, J Jonah Jameson), May Parker
The Incredible Hulk: Lost In Time. Don Glut. 1980. 249 pp. Thrown
back in time by the villainous Tymok, the Hulk defends early humans from
displaced dinosaurs and Tymok himself. A "Big Little Book."
Featured: Hulk, Tymok Supporting: Chief Guron, Tanna
In 1978, Marvel entered a partnership with Simon and Schuster's Pocket Books which soon saw a series of black-and-white paperback reprints of early Marvel comics, a Hulk photonovel, and 11 original prose novels, the last of which was printed in 1979. These prose books were fairly short, and tended to be written by Marvel creators such as David Michelinie, Jim Shooter, Len Wein, and Marv Wolfman, though several were authored by non-Marvel writers.
Mayhem in Manhattan (Marvel Novel Series #1). Len Wein & Marv
Wolfman. 1978. 176 pp. A suspicious suicide and the blackmailing of the
world's largest oil companies lead Spider-Man to the mastermind behind
it all: Dr. Octopus.
Featured: Dr. Octopus, Spider-Man
Supporting: Daily Bugle (Glory Grant, Jameson, Robbie Robertson), Roxxon (Madison Bell), Cindy Sayers, Mary Jane Watson
Stalker From the Stars (Marvel Novel Series #2). Len Wein, Marv
Wolfman, & Joseph Silva. 1978. 174 pp. In North Dakota, Rick Jones
stumbles into a town full of oddly behaving citizens; his call for help brings
the Hulk up against an alien looking to conquer Earth.
Featured: Hulk, Rick Jones, Sh'mballah
Supporting: Clay Quartermain, "Thunderbolt" Ross
Cry of the Beast (Marvel Novel Series #3). Richard S Meyers. 1979.
191 pp. The disappearance of a scientist whose help Bruce Banner
seeks soon places him in the midst of an African plot to "Hulk" an entire
Supporting: Bradford Curtiss, the General, Dr. Maxwell Wittenborn, Rosanne Wittenborn
Holocaust for Hire (Marvel Novel Series #4). Joseph Silva. 1979. 191
pp. The disappearance of a noted sonic scientist and his family, and a
series of artificial earthquakes lead Captain America and SHIELD into
uncovering the Red Skull's latest scheme.
Featured: Captain America, Red Skull
Supporting: Caroline Crandell, Dr. Gregory Crandell, Nick Fury, Baron Graff, Jupiter, Klise, Jake Sheridan, Amanda Twain
Doomsday (Marvel Novel Series #5). Marv Wolfman. 1979. 191 pp.
Doom's surprise appearance at a college reunion, and his announcement
that he's opening his Latverian laboratories to the public, leads the
Fantastic Four into investigating what they suspect to be a trap.
Featured: Dr. Doom, Fantastic Four (Human Torch, Invisible Girl, Mr. Fantastic, Thing)
Supporting: Boris, Dean Collins, Alicia Masters, O'Hoolihan, Frankie Raye
And Call My Killer… MODOK! (Marvel Novel Series #6). William Rotsler.
1979. 189 pp. An increasingly desperate AIM launches a series of thefts
at Stark International, targeting schematics of the Iron Man armor, forcing
Stark, as Iron Man, to retaliate.
Featured: AIM, Iron Man, MODOK
Supporting: Nick Fury, Happy Hogan, Pepper Potts, Jasper Sitwell
Nightmare (Marvel Novel Series #7). William Rotsler. 1979. 188 pp.
Manipulating televangelist Billie Joe Jacks, Nightmare attempts to make
himself more real within Earth's reality than he is in his own universe,
and Dr. Strange and Clea oppose him.
Featured: Clea, Dr. Strange, Nightmare
Crime Campaign (Marvel Novel Series #8). Paul Kupperberg. 1979. 192
pp. A mayoral campaign involving J Jonah Jameson and venerated news
anchor Ian Forester leads to a behind-the-scenes gang war.
Featured: Kingpin, Silvermane, Spider-Man
Supporting: Daily Bugle (Grant, Jameson, Robertson), Vanessa Fisk, Ian Forester, Cindy Sayers
The Marvel Superheroes (Marvel Novel Series #9). Len Wein & Marv
Wolfman, eds. 1979. 208 pp. Anthology of four stories. The Avengers story
was later adapted as Avengers #202, while the Hulk story was adapted
from a story previously published in Hulk #197-198.
The Avengers in This Evil Undying. James Shooter. 53 pp.
Daredevil in Blind Justice. Kyle Christopher. 57 pp.
The X-Men in Children of the Atom. Mary Jo Duffy. 48 pp.
The Incredible Hulk in Museum Piece. Len Wein. 44 pp.
Featured: Avengers (Captain America, Hawkeye, Iron Man, Scarlet Witch, Thor, Vision, Wasp), Daredevil, Hulk, X-Men (Banshee, Colossus, Cyclops, Nightcrawler, Storm, Wolverine, Xavier)
Supporting: Collector, Edwin Jarvis, Carole Lehrman, Magneto, Man-Thing, Miss Meyerson, Foggy Nelson, Owl, Captain Skragg, Ultron
The Man Who Stole Tomorrow (Marvel Novel Series #10). David
Michelinie. 1979. 192 pp. An Eskimo shaman attacks the Avengers in
New York and reclaims his "god of the ice," Captain America, and the
Avengers' efforts to recover their teammate soon put them up against
the timelord Kang.
Featured: Avengers (Beast, Captain America, Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, Thor, Vision), Kang, Aningan Kenojuak
Supporting: Jarvis, Sub-Mariner
Murder Moon (Marvel Novel Series #11). Paul Kupperberg. 1979. 208
pp. After the Hulk finds himself under the control of a group of high-tech
thieves, their theft of NASA equipment leads Spider-Man into a plot
intending to take control of the world's satellite equipment.
Featured: Hulk, Spider-Man
Supporting: Daily Bugle (Tim Coswell, Grant, Jameson, Robertson), Daniel Irvine, Mr. Pendergast, Cindy Sayers, Abraham Warner, Leslie Winters
After 1980 there were no original Marvel novels published until 1994. However, TSR Inc., which published a Marvel role-playing game in the 1980s, released a series of "gamebooks" between 1986 and 1988 that were essentially prose novels of the "choose your own path" genre. In addition to the eight listed below, they also published two "one-on-one gamebooks" (Fantastic Four vs. Doctor Doom: The Doomsday Device, and Daredevil vs. Kingpin: The King Takes a Dare), which were published as a set of two books used to let readers "play" against an opponent (similar to the 1998-1999 Marvel Battlebooks). As those two were less strictly in a "prose novel" format, they're not included here.
The Amazing Spider-Man: City in Darkness (Marvel Super Heroes
Adventure Gamebook #1). Jeff Grubb. 1986. 188 pp. When someone
begins sending robotic simulacra of his greatest foes after him, and
frees Electro from Project: PEGASUS, Spider-Man has to determine
the identity of his secret foe and defeat him.
Featured: Dr. Octopus, Electro, Spider-Man
Supporting: Daily Bugle (Kate Cushing, Jameson, Robertson), Kingpin, Mr. Fantastic, Ovoids
Captain America: Rocket's Red Glare (Marvel Super Heroes Adventure
Gamebook #2). Kate Novak. 1986. 190 pp. The Constrictor clues Captain
America in to the Viper's latest plot: the sale of 600 high-powered US
military missiles to revolutionaries willing to wield them against the
Featured: Blacklash, Captain America, Nitro, Viper
Supporting: Constrictor, Hydra, SHIELD (Laura Bronder, Nick Fury, Ken Hoffman), Sub-Mariner, Wasp
Wolverine: Night of the Wolverine (Marvel Super Heroes Adventure
Gamebook #3). Jerry Epperson & James M Ward. 1986. 190 pp. Heather
Hudson is kidnapped by Fenris in order to draw Wolverine into a weapons
deal involving the Freedom Force.
Featured: Fenris, Freedom Force (Avalanche, Blob, Mystique, Pyro), Wolverine
Supporting: Cypher, Heather Hudson, Magneto
Doctor Strange: Through Six Dimensions (Marvel Super Heroes
Adventure Gamebook #4). Allen Varney. 1987. 188 pp. A war between
the forces of the Dimension of Blindness (Landark) and the Twelve
Dominions extends into Earth's dominion, and Dr. Strange is forced to
confront each faction's leaders to protect the planet.
Featured: Bel Auric, Dr. Strange, Kallesh Ghann
The Thing: One Thing After Another (Marvel Super Heroes Adventure
Gamebook #5). Warren Spector. 1987. 191 pp. After the Red Ghost
poisons the Fantastic Four, the Thing is forced to travel to the Blue Area,
the Negative Zone, and a series of alternate universes, all to gather
the elements necessary to cure his teammates.
Featured: The Thing
Supporting: Annihilus, Bruce Banner, Fantastic Four (Human Torch, Invisible Woman, Mr. Fantastic), Inhumans (Black Bolt, Gorgon, Gorvath, Medusa), Red Ghost, Watcher
The Uncanny X-Men: An X-cellent Death (Marvel Super Heroes
Adventure Gamebook #6). Kate Novak. 1987. 192 pp. The X-Men
investigate the government's Obar Island research facility, where a
Sentinel has taken control of experimental new robotics and turned
them against mutants.
Featured: Henry Gyrich, Nightcrawler, Rogue, Sentinels, Storm, Wolverine
Supporting: Colossus, Magneto, New Mutants (Cannonball, Mirage, Sunspot, Wolfsbane), Kitty Pryde
The Amazing Spider-Man: As the World Burns (Marvel Super Heroes
Adventure Gamebook #7). Peter David. 1987. 191 pp. After Baron Mordo
steals pieces of the Caputo amulet, Dr. Strange sends Spider-Man on
quests to the corner of the Earth to retrieve it and save the planet.
Featured: Baron Mordo, Clea, Dr. Strange, Spider-Man
Supporting: Kate Cushing
Daredevil: Guilt by Association (Marvel Super Heroes Adventure
Gamebook #8). Matthew J Costello. 1988. 189 pp. Amidst a fractious
mayoral campaign, old foes Boomerang and Kingpin frame Daredevil for
various crimes in an attempt to make the streets "safe" for criminals again.
Featured: Daredevil, Kingpin, Karen Page, Alex Wiley
Supporting: The Association, Black Widow (Romanoff), Boomerang, Foggy Nelson, Turk, Miss Whitby
In 1994, Marvel's novel series returned with a bang, as Berkley Publishing's Boulevard Books line began publishing novels, clearly written for the adult reader. Under the common editorship of Keith R A DeCandido, these books were notable for their internal consistency, as characters appearing in one author's novel would later appear in other authors' work. Notable examples were reporter Vreni Byrne, NYPD officers Stephen Drew, Vance Hawkins, and Frank Esteban, the villainous Candy-Man, and the law enforcement agency SAFE (Strategic Action For Emergencies), led by Sean Morgan and a team of loyal officers. Several sets of these novels were published as trilogies; for ease of location many of these are listed below as sets rather than as individual novels (note: where individual novels in a trilogy were released in different years, the entire trilogy is listed at the end of the year of first publication). The novels also made an effort to stay very true to Marvel's continuity, even going so far as to publish a "Chronology to the Marvel Novels and Anthologies" at the back of the later works. Also published in this time period were a number of anthologies; despite the naming of many of these as "Ultimate," they had nothing to do with Marvel's Ultimate Universe. From 1996 to 1997, Pocket Books (a subsidiary of the same company) also published a juvenile line of novels (some labeled as "Super Thrillers"), including two "choose your own path" novels. Towards the end of the decade Berkley entered into a partnership with BP Books, and novels from 1999-2002 were published jointly or later solely by BP.
Spider-Man: The Venom Factor. Diane Duane. 1994. 343 pp. An attempt
by the Hobgoblin to hold New York to nuclear ransom, combined with a
mysterious radiation-devouring creature beneath the city's streets, lead
Spider-Man and Venom into an uncomfortable alliance.
Featured: Hobgoblin (Macendale), Spider-Man, Venom (Brock), May Jane Watson- Parker
Supporting: Consolidated Chemical Research Company (CCRC), Daily Bugle (Cushing, Jameson, Robertson, Urich)
Fantastic Four: To Free Atlantis. Nancy A Collins. 1995. 305 pp. A
coalition led by Prince Byrrah poisons Prince Namor, who flees for his life,
and assumes control of Atlantis. While politics seethe in Atlantis, Namor
seeks help from the Fantastic Four, and Byrrah finds himself leading an
invasion of New York City so as to maintain his new throne.
Featured: Byrrah, Fantastic Four (Human Torch, Invisible Woman, Mr. Fantastic, Thing), Sub-Mariner
Supporting: Dr. Doom, Hiordis, Kreeg, Seth, Tethys, Tydeus, Vashti
The Incredible Hulk: What Savage Beast. Peter David. 1995. 305 pp.
Betty Banner's pregnancy and a cure for the Hulk both have unexpected
complications, none of which is helped by the Maestro's plan to steal the
Featured: Betty Banner, Brett Banner, Hulk, Maestro
Supporting: Doc Samson, Dr. Strange, Major William Talbot, Dr. Amos Trotter
Iron Man: The Armor Trap. Greg Cox. 1995. 339 pp. Tony Stark is
kidnapped and forced to build an Iron Man suit for his AIM captors, while
at the same time they're blackmailing his company into stealing a powerful
energy chip from AIM for them; with Iron Man "missing," War Machine
steps in to help out.
Featured: Iron Man, War Machine
Supporting: AIM, Felix Alvarez, Bambi Arbogast, Bethany Cabe, Happy Hogan, HOMER, Hydra, Madame Masque, Maggia, Erica Sondheim, Baron Strucker, Anastasia Swift, WorldWatch, Abraham Zimmer
Spider-Man: Carnage in New York. David Michelinie & Dean Wesley
Smith. 1995. 245 pp. A secret project which created a drug turning people
into crazed killers unfortunately interferes with a plan to kill Carnage,
and the latter ends up free on the streets of New York, with the new
Featured: Carnage, Spider-Man
Supporting: Dr. Eric Catrall, Daily Bugle (Grant, Jameson, Mercado, Urich), Guardsmen, Lifestream Technologies, Mr. Fantastic, May Parker, Mary Jane Watson-Parker
Spider-Man: The Lizard Sanction. Diane Duane. 1995. 294 pp. Lizard
sightings and attacks on NASA bring Spider-Man to Florida, while
Venom comes to the state following illegal radioactive waste disposals,
and the three foes soon find themselves facing off in a triangle of enmity.
Featured: Lizard, Spider-Man, Venom (Brock)
Supporting: CCRC, Daily Bugle (Vreni Byrne, Cushing), Mary Jane Watson-Parker
The Ultimate Silver Surfer. Stan Lee, ed. 1995. 332 pp. Anthology of 15
stories, covering the Silver Surfer's lifespan from his time as Norrin Radd
to present day.
The Silver Surfer. Tom DeFalco. 40 pp.
To See Heaven in a Wild Flower. Ann Tonsor Zeddies. 30 pp.
Point of View. Len Wein. 14 pp.
Improper Procedure. Keith R A DeCandido. 28 pp.
Do You Dream in Silver? James Dawson. 16 pp.
Incident on a Skyscraper. Dave Smeds. 20 pp.
On the Beach. John J Ordover. 8 pp.
Disturb Not Her Dream. Steve Rasnic Tem. 16 pp.
The Broken Land. Pierce Askegren. 12 pp.
What's Yer Poison? Christopher Golden & José R Nieto. 16 pp.
Godhood's End. Sharman DiVono. 26 pp.
Sambatyon. David M Honigsberg. 20 pp.
The Love of Death or The Death of Love. Craig Shaw Gardner. 18 pp.
The Tarnished Soul. Katherine Lawrence. 16 pp.
A Game of the Apocalypse. Dan Persons. 40 pp.
Featured: Silver Surfer
Supporting: Jennifer Ambrose, Shalla Bal, Lt. Vincent Billinghurst, Fates, Galactus, Enoch Matthews, Mephisto, Mr. Fantastic, Morg, Red Giant, Starfox, Thanos, Candace Weldon
Daredevil: Predator's Smile. Christopher Golden. 1996. 382 pp. A slew
of arsons and the kidnapping of Melvin Potter's wife send Daredevil in
the path of a would-be gang war, which only intensifies when Bullseye is
hired by one side.
Featured: Bullseye, Daredevil (Murdock), Karen Page, Melvin Potter (Gladiator)
Supporting: Black Widow (Romanoff), Lt. Garth Bryce, Grotto, Josie, Kingpin, Sister Maggie, Foggy Nelson, Betsy Beatty Potter, Turk, Gary Wiezak, Yukio
Deadly Cure (Spider-Man Super Thriller). Bill McCay. 1996. 129 pp.
When Dr. Aron Esterhazy's Super-Soldier Serum goes awry, Spider-Man
and Daredevil are forced to ally in a hunt to keep the Serum out of the
wrong hands. Juvenile novel.
Featured: Daredevil, Dr. Aron Esterhazy, Hobgoblin (Macendale), Kingpin, Spider-Man
Supporting: Vanessa Fisk, Grotto, Turk
Global War (Spider-Man Super Thriller). Martin Delrio. 1996. 135 pp.
A Manhattan car chase leads Spider-Man to the theft of a powerful
weapons system, and to his teaming with Captain America to foil the thief.
Featured: Captain America, Dr. Octopus, Spider-Man
Supporting: Professor Guzman, Robbie Robertson
Iron Man: Operation AIM. Greg Cox. 1996. 291 pp. AIM activities lead
Iron Man to recruit War Machine and Captain America to help him follow
up on an energy chip War Machine had stolen from them (in Iron Man: The
Armor Trap). Amidst a sea of Adaptoids mimicking friends and foes alike,
Iron Man eventually confronts AIM's leader, MODOK.
Featured: AIM, Black Panther, Captain America, Iron Man, War Machine
Supporting: Adaptoids (Cold Warrior, Deathlok, King Cobra, Mandarin, Mr. Hyde, Spymaster), Christine Bright, HOMER, MODOK, Mt. Wundagore
Midnight Justice (Spider-Man Super Thriller). Martin Delrio. 1996.
140 pp. As a "blizzard of the century" is about to strike New York City,
Venom witnesses both Peter Parker and Spider-Man receiving honors
from the Mayor and decides to discredit and destroy both. Juvenile
Featured: Human Torch (Storm), Spider-Man, Venom (Brock)
Supporting: Daily Bugle (Cushing, Jameson, Urich)
Spider-Man: Goblin's Revenge. Dean Wesley Smith. 1996. 212 pp. In
this direct sequel, the serum from Carnage in New York is stolen by the
Green Goblin, and other factors free Carnage from the Vault in the hopes
he'll retrieve it for them.
Featured: Chameleon, Green Goblin (Norman Osborn), Spider-Man
Supporting: Liz Osborn, Carnage, Daily Bugle (Jameson), Guardsmen, Lifestream Technologies (Bogal) , Mr. Fantastic, Flash Thompson, Mary Jane Watson-Parker, Mendel Stromm
Spider-Man: The Octopus Agenda. Diane Duane. 1996. 260 pp.
Culminating threads started in The Venom Factor and The Lizard
Sanction, Spider-Man uncovers Octopus' plans to nuke New York City
through a plot involving Russian mafia and stolen cell phones.
Featured: Dr. Octopus, Spider-Man, Venom (Brock), Mary Jane Watson-Parker
Supporting: CCRC, Daily Bugle (Mel Ahrens, Kate Cushing), Russian mafia
Steel Terror (Iron Man Super Thriller). Dean Wesley Smith. 1996. 140 pp.
The theft of Adamantium from a Roxxon facility by the robotic Tess-One
leads the Avengers in pursuit of Tess-One's master: Ultron. Juvenile
Featured: Avengers (Black Widow (Romanoff), Captain America, Crystal, Hercules, Iron Man (Stark), Henry Pym, Quicksilver, Wasp), Ultron
Supporting: Edwin Jarvis, Roxxon, Tess-One
The Ultimate Spider-Man. Stan Lee, ed. 1996. 307 pp. Anthology of 12
stories, covering Spider-Man's life from an alternate universal origin story
through to the present.
Spider-Man. Stan Lee & Peter David. 96 pp.
Suits. Tom De Haven & Dean Wesley Smith. 20 pp.
Cool. Lawrence Watt-Evans. 16 pp.
Blindspot. Ann Nocenti. 20 pp.
Kraven the Hunter Is Dead, Alas. Craig Shaw Gardner. 22 pp.
Radically Both. Christopher Golden. 20 pp.
Scoop! David Michelinie. 22 pp.
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Courier. Robert L Washington III. 12 pp.
Thunder on the Mountain. Richard Lee Byers. 24 pp.
Cold Blood. Greg Cox. 18 pp.
An Evening in the Bronx with Venom. John Gregory Betancourt & Keith R A DeCandido. 32 pp.
Five Minutes. Peter David. 20 pp.
Supporting: Liz Allen, Black Bee, Chance, Daily Bugle (Cushing, Jameson, Robertson), Dr. Octopus, Sgt. Stephen Drew, Cpt. Frank Esteban, Sgt. Vance Hawkins, Lizard, Stuart Miller, Morbius, Mysterio, Ben & May Parker, Rhino, Flash Thompson, Venom, Vulture (Toomes), Mary Jane Watson-Parker
The Ultimate Super-Villains. Stan Lee, ed. 1996. 341 pp.
Anthology of 17 stories, each featuring a different super-villain as its
To the Victor. Richard Lee Byers. 26 pp.
Connect the Dots. Adam-Troy Castro. 26 pp.
Firetrap. Michael Jan Friedman. 10 pp.
If Wishes Were Horses. Tony Isabella & Bob Ingersoll. 20 pp.
Doom2. Joey Cavalieri. 12 pp.
Child's Play. Robert L Washington III. 20 pp.
Private Exhibition. Pierce Askegren. 10 pp.
All Creatures Great and Skrull. Greg Cox. 24 pp.
The Deviant Ones. Glenn Greenberg. 28 pp.
Sins of the Flesh. Steve Lyons. 18 pp.
Jason's Nightmare. Steve Rasnic Tem. 16 pp.
Ripples. José R Nieto. 32 pp.
Mayhem Party. Robert Sheckley. 16 pp.
The Night I Almost Saved Silver Sable. Tom DeFalco. 12 pp.
Who Do You Want Me To Be? Ann Nocenti. 20 pp.
Traps. Ken Grobe. 20 pp.
One For the Road. James Dawson. 6 pp.
Featured: Absorbing Man, Carnage, Dr. Doom, D'Spayre, Kang, Loki, Magneto, Mephisto, Nightmare, Painter of a Thousand Perils, Ringmaster, Sandman, Super-Skrull, Trapster, Typhoid Mary, Ultron, Venom
Supporting: Avengers (Crystal, Deathcry, Hercules, Iron Man, Henry Pym, Quicksilver, Thor, Vision), Circus of Crime (Clown, Princess Python), Dr. Strange, Ghost Rider, Dr. Mark Grace, Guardsmen, Laurita & Maria Hildebrand, Persa, Silver Sable, USAgent, Wizard, Charles Xavier
The Ultimate X-Men. Stan Lee, ed. 1996. 307 pp.
Anthology of 11 stories, each with some portion of the X-Men as the lead
It's a Wonderful Life. eluki bes shahar. 40 pp.
Gift of the Silver Fox. Ashley McConnell. 22 pp.
Stillborn in the Mist. Dean Wesley Smith. 24 pp.
X-presso. Ken Grobe. 24 pp.
Four Angry Mutants. Andy Lane & Rebecca Levene. 34 pp.
On the Air. Glenn Hauman. 28 pp.
Summer Breeze. Jenn Saint-John & Tammy Lynne Dunn. 26 pp.
Life is But a Dream. Stan Timmons. 20 pp.
Order From Chaos. Evan Skolnick. 34 pp.
Hostages. J. Steven York. 28 pp.
Out of Place. Dave Smeds. 22 pp.
Featured: X-Men (Archangel, Beast, Bishop, Cannonball, Cyclops, Gambit, Jean Grey, Iceman, Jubilee, Psylocke, Rogue, Storm, Wolverine, Xavier)
Supporting: Acolytes (Katu, Spoor), Black Team 51, Friends of Humanity, Meltdown, Rachel Mostel, Damian Sharpe, Snowman, Alia Taymur, Dr. Jerome Watkins, Wheel of Fortune, Zelda
You Are Spider-Man (Spider-Man Super Thriller). Richie Chevat.
1996. 144 pp. Individual members of the Sinister Six attack the set of
Fatal Action II, and Spider-Man comes to his actress wife's aid. Juvenile
choose-your-own-plot style novel.
Featured: Sinister Six (Chameleon, Dr. Octopus, Hobgoblin, Mysterio, Shocker, Vulture), Spider-Man, Mary Jane Watson-Parker
X-Men: Mutant Empire. Book 1: Siege. Christopher Golden. 1996.
X-Men: Mutant Empire. Book 2: Sanctuary. Christopher Golden. 1996. 345 pp.
X-Men: Mutant Empire. Book 3: Salvation. Christopher Golden. 1997. 276 pp. The X-Men have to face two simultaneous crises: the rescue of Corsair from the Kree world Hala, where the occupying Shi'ar ruler, Deathbird, has ordered his execution, and Magneto and his Acolytes theft of US government Sentinels. The situation escalates when Magneto uses the Sentinels to occupy Manhattan, putting the planet on the verge of a new world war.
Featured: Acolytes (Joanna Cargill, Exodus, Javitz, Kleinstock brothers, Milan, Scanner, Senyaka, Unuscione, Amelia Voght), Magneto, Sentinels, X-Men (Angel, Beast, Bishop, Cyclops, Gambit, Jean Grey, Iceman, Rogue, Storm, Wolverine, Xavier)
Supporting: Avalanche, Blob, Valerie Cooper, Deathbird, Henry Gyrich, Imperial Guard (Gladiator, Oracle, Starbolt, Titan, Warstar), Juggernaut, Senator Kelly, Marauders (Arclight, Blockbuster, Harpoon, Riptide, Scalphunter), Lilandra Neramani, Pyro, Police Commissioner Wilson Ramos, Starjammers (Ch'od, Corsair, Hepzibah, Raza), Trish Tilby, Toad
Spider-Man and the Incredible Hulk: Rampage (Doom's Day Book 1).
Danny Fingeroth & Eric Fein. 1996. 274 pp.
Spider-Man and Iron Man: Sabotage (Doom's Day Book 2). Pierce Askegren & Danny Fingeroth. 1997. 308 pp.
Spider-Man and Fantastic Four: Wreckage (Doom's Day Book 3). Eric Fein & Pierce Askegren. 1997. 249 pp. Rampage: Burton Hildebrandt, having miraculously survived Dr. Doom's displeasure, stole Doom's technology and began empowering people for an AIM-Hydra coalition with it. When the device malfunctioned and sent two dozen Hulks into Manhattan, Spider-Man and SAFE (Strategic Action For Emergencies) came to the rescue. Sabotage: The launching of Stark Enterprises Ad Astra space station and its revolutionary power source led directly to its hijacking by Hydra. After the theft of the controlling software from Odyssey Designs, Iron Man, Spider-Man, and a SAFE space shuttle head into space to rescue the station. Wreckage: After Dr. Doom uses a Hydra Dreadnought to have Dr. Octopus freed from Rykers, the two join forces as Doom combines Stark's Infinity Engine and his own stolen work to draw on the Negative Zone's power to enhance himself to cosmic levels and take control of New York City.
Featured: Dr. Doom, Fantastic Four (Human Torch, Invisible Woman, Mr. Fantastic, Thing), Hulk, Hydra (Burton Hildebrandt, Wolfgang von Strucker), Iron Man (Stark), Spider- Man
Supporting: AIM (Wanda Frants), Betty Banner, Black Cat, Bethany Cabe, The Coffee Bean, Daily Bugle (Cushing, Jameson, Robertson), Dr. Doom, Dr. Octopus, Dreadnought, HOMER, Kellye Nakahara, Odyssey Designs (Cosmo Haberman), SAFE (Joshua Ballard, Doug Deeley, Nefertiti Jones, Sean Morgan), Wolfgang von Strucker, Flash Thompson, Mary Jane Watson-Parker
Fantastic Four: Redemption of the Silver Surfer. Michael Jan
Friedman. 1997. 343 pp. Blastaar asks the Fantastic Four (who bring
the Silver Surfer along) to aid his Negative Zone subjects after a planetdestroying
giant begins menacing his worlds.
Featured: Fantastic Four (Human Torch, Invisible Woman, Mr. Fantastic, Thing), Prodigion, Silver Surfer
Supporting: Annihilus, Blastaar, Outriders (Tjellina)
Generation X. Scott Lobdell & Elliot S! Maggin. 1997. 274 pp. While
visions of deceased Hellions haunt Generation X's Massachusetts
school, a Legacy virus-infected new student tries to become part of the
Featured: Banshee, Generation X (Chamber, Husk, Jubilee, M, Penance, Skin, Synch), White Queen
Supporting: Beast, D'Spayre, Friends of Humanity, Hellions, Walter Nowland
Hulk: Abominations. Jason Henderson. 1997. 261 pp. Manipulated
by Soviet renegades, the Abomination begins a campaign of
mutilations on a religious theme, only to be opposed by the Hulk
Featured: Abomination, Hulk, SAFE (Jo Carlin, Morgan, Julius Timm)
Supporting: Betty Banner, Nadia Dornova, Rick & Marlo Jones, URSA (Karl & Sarah Josef)
Lizard's Rage (Spider-Man Super Thriller). Neal Barrett Jr. 1997. 139
pp. Spider-Man interrupts Morbius' pursuit of a female scientist, only to
see the victim kidnapped by the Lizard. Morbius and Spider-Man then
team up to save her, in the hopes she can cure Mobius. Juvenile novel.
Featured: Lizard, Morbius, Spider-Man
Supporting: Dr. Eileen McKay
Untold Tales of Spider-Man. Stan Lee & Kurt Busiek, eds. 1997. 343 pp.
Anthology of 15 stories dating from Spider-Man's earliest days to the
Side by Side With the Astonishing Ant-Man. Will Murray. 24 pp.
After the First Death... Tom DeFalco. 20 pp.
Celebrity. Christopher Golden & José R Nieto. 18 pp.
Better Looting Through Modern Chemistry. John Garcia & Pierce Askegren. 28 pp.
Identity Crisis. Michael Jan Friedman. 12 pp.
The Doctor's Dilemma. Danny Fingeroth. 22 pp.
Moving Day. John S Drew. 14 pp.
The Liar. Ann Nocenti. 14 pp.
Deadly Force. Richard Lee Byers. 18 pp.
The Ballad of Fancy Dan. Ken Grobe & Steven A Roman. 34 pp.
Poison in the Soul. Glenn Greenberg. 22 pp.
Livewires. Steve Lyons. 22 pp.
Arms and the Man. Keith R A DeCandido. 24 pp.
My Enemy, My Savior. Eric Fein. 20 pp.
The Stalking of John Doe. Adam-Troy Castro. 38 pp.
Supporting: Dr. Bromwell, Phillip Chang, Daily Bugle (Brant, Cushing, Jameson, Robertson), Dr. Octopus, Egghead, Electro, Fancy Dan, Green Goblin (Norman Osborn), Steve Hopkins, Human Torch (Storm), Impact, Marcy Kane, Kingpin, Kraven, Looter, Montana, Mysterio (Beck), Harry Osborn, Ox, May Parker, Henry Pym, Ripper, Sandman, Scorpion, Shocker, Alistair Smythe, Gwen Stacy, Flash Thompson, Vulture (Toomes), Mary Jane Watson, Debra Whitman
Warrior's Revenge (Spider-Man Super Thriller). Neal Barrett Jr. 1997.
133 pp. When science fiction writer Berkley Whitmore is targeted for
assassination by the Super-Skrull, Spider-Man and Hulk are forced to
defend him. Juvenile novel.
Featured: Hulk, Spider-Man, Super-Skrull (Kl'rt)
Supporting: Betty Banner, Kroton, SAFE (Elfman, Jones)
X-Men: Empire's End. Diane Duane. 1997. 345 pp. The X-Men go
into space to aid Lilandra's Shi'ar Empire against a star-devouring
creature, while Shi'ar political factions seek to destroy both them and her.
Featured: Lilandra, X-Men (Beast, Bishop, Cyclops, Gambit, Jean Grey, Iceman, Storm, Wolverine, Xavier)
Supporting: Gladiator & the Imperial Guard (Commando, Electron, Flashfire, Mentor, Nightside, Sibyl), Shi'ar government officials
X-Men: Smoke and Mirrors. eluki bes shahar. 1997. 341 pp. A shadowy
"cure" for mutations leads the X-Men to investigate both the mysterious
organization behind the cure and the kidnapping of several young mutants.
Featured: Black Team 51, Mr. Sinister, X-Men (Beast, Cyclops, Gambit, Jean Grey, Psylocke, Rogue, Storm, Wolverine, Xavier)
Supporting: CGI (Mr. Keithley), Senator Chisam, Crown Clarendon, Cleveland mutants (Charade, Pipedream, Red Rover, Rewind, Slapshot), Mantrap
X-Men: The Jewels of Cyttorak. Dean Wesley Smith. 1997. 285 pp.
When three fragments of a green emerald of Cyttorak are discovered,
the X-Men and Juggernaut have to ally to oppose the individual collecting
Featured: Juggernaut, X-Men (Beast, Bishop, Cyclops, Gambit, Jean Grey, Rogue, Storm, Wolverine, Xavier)
Supporting: Bella Donna
You Are Spider-Man vs. The Incredible Hulk (Spider-Man Super
Thriller). Richie Chevat. 1997. 150 pp. After Bruce Banner invents a new
radiation absorbing device, Dr. Doom quickly steals it. Spider-Man must
protect the device and the city from both Doom and the Hulk. Juvenile
choose-your-own-plot style novel.
Featured: Dr. Doom, Hulk, Spider-Man
Supporting: Walter Langkowski
Captain America: Liberty's Torch. Tony Isabella & Bob Ingersoll,
1998. 281 pp. The Liberty's Torch militia group conducted a series of
bombings before capturing Captain America and forcing him to stand
trial for his crimes against the country.
Featured: Captain America, Liberty's Torch
Supporting: Falcon, Marcus Gruenwald, Edwin Jarvis, Colin Maxwell
Fantastic Four: Countdown to Chaos. Pierce Askegren. 1998. 264 pp.
The Mad Thinker and Red Ghost begin replacing select humans with
android duplicates, in an attempt to create world chaos. The Red Ghost's
capture of an Inhuman healer and the Thinker's replacement of Mr.
Fantastic with an android soon draw both groups into the plots.
Featured: Fantastic Four (Human Torch, Invisible Woman, Mr. Fantastic, Thing), Red Ghost, Mad Thinker
Supporting: Warden Fingeroth, Inhumans (Black Bolt, Gorgon, Karnak, Lockjaw, Medusa, Paraclete, Pilose, Tavatar, Triton), Roxxon, SAFE (Deeley, Jones, Morgan), Super Apes
Generation X: Crossroads. J. Steven York. 1998. 251 pp. On a crosscountry
trip, Generation X faces the twin threats of the World Federalists
terrorist group and the bigoted host of a national radio talk show.
Featured: Banshee, Generation X (Chamber, Husk, Jubilee, M, Skin, Synch), White Queen
Supporting: Expatriate, Genogoths, Ivan, Mandroids, MONSTER (Chill, Dog Pound, Recall), Walt Norman, Razorback
Planet X. Michael Jan Friedman. 1998. 265 pp. Trapped in another
dimension, the X-Men aid the crew of Captain Picard's Enterprise in
bringing stability to a planet of mutants. This novel, published by Pocket
Books, is a direct follow-up to the 1996 Star Trek / X-Men: Second Contact
Featured (Marvel): X-Men (Archangel, Banshee, Colossus, Nightcrawler, Shadowcat, Storm, Wolverine)
Supporting (Marvel): Kang, Watcher
Spider-Man: Valley of the Lizard. John Vornholt. 1998. 255 pp. Curt
Connors stumbles across a hidden race in Mexico, and they and the
Lizard are soon cooperating against humanity. In hopes of ending their
threat, Spider-Man travels into the Mexican wilderness.
Featured: Lizard, Miranda Silva, Spider-Man
Supporting: Chupacabras, Daily Bugle (Jameson, Urich), Mary Jane Watson-Parker
Spider-Man: Venom's Wrath. Keith R.A. DeCandido & José R. Nieto.
1998. 325 pp. Puerto Rican separatists kidnap three important New
Yorkers, including Robbie Robertson and Venom's wife, forcing Spider-
Man to solve the crime before Venom can resolve it in a much deadlier
Featured: Sombra, Spider-Man, Venom
Supporting: Daily Bugle (Brant, Byrne, Ellis, Grant, Jameson, Robertson, Urich), NYPD (Drew, Esteban, Gilman, Lt. Romeo Golden, Hawkins, Liverakos, Commissioner Ramos), Ann Weying
Spider-Man: Wanted Dead or Alive. Craig Shaw Gardner. 1998. 297 pp.
An investigation into a shady mayoral candidate leads to Spider-Man's
being framed for murder, and to expose the culprits and clear his name he
has to stop both Electro and the Rhino.
Featured: Electro, Rhino, Spider- Man
Supporting: Code Blue, Daily Bugle (Brant, Jameson, Robertson, Urich), Fast Anthony Davis, Grotto, Tyler Stewart, Brian Timilty, DA Blake Tower, Turk, Mary Jane Watson-Parker
The Ultimate Hulk. Stan Lee & Peter David, eds. 1998. 382 pp.
Anthology of 16 Hulk stories spanning his history and his various
incarnations, running from Bruce Banner's conception to the far future.
This book's final story would be adapted into comics form a few years
later as Incredible Hulk: The End.
Sidekick. Denis Brabham. 10 pp.
In the Line of Banner. Danny Fingeroth. 22 pp.
Transformations. Will Murray. 34 pp.
Assault on Avengers Mansion. Richard C. White & Steven A. Roman. 20 pp.
Pitfall. Pierce Askegren. 28 pp.
Out of the Darkness. Glenn Greenberg. 36 pp.
Truck Stop. Jo Duffy. 18 pp.
Hiding. Nancy Holder & Christopher Golden. 18 pp.
Here There Be Dragons. Sholly Fisch. 20 pp.
A Quiet, Normal Life. Thomas Deja. 28 pp.
A Green Snake in Paradise. Steve Lyons. 20 pp.
The Beast with Nine Bands. James A. Wolf. 24 pp.
Leveling Las Vegas. Stan Timmons. 20 pp.
The Samson Journals. Ken Grobe. 34 pp.
Playing it SAFE. Keith R.A. DeCandido. 26 pp.
The Last Titan. Peter David. 12 pp.
Supporting: Avengers (Ant-Man (Pym), Iron Man, Thor, Wasp), Brian & Rebecca Banner, Mike Berengetti, Cosmic Cube, Defenders (Hellcat, Nighthawk, Silver Surfer, Valkyrie), Dr. Doom, Henry Gyrich, Dr. Christianne Hauer, Jarella, Rick Jones, Leader, Magneto, Marlo Chandler, Nebulon, Clay Quartermain, Rhino, Ringmaster, Betty Ross, "Thunderbolt" Ross, SAFE (Hayes, Jones, Morgan), Doc Samson, Dr. Wendell Scheer, Dr. Pearl Sin, Glenn Talbot, Caroline & Henry Thesiger, Triad (Glow, Goblin, Guardian), U-Foes
X-Men and Spider-Man. Time's Arrow Book 1: The Past. Tom DeFalco
& Jason Henderson. 1998. 295 pp.
X-Men and Spider-Man. Time's Arrow Book 2: The Present. Tom DeFalco & Adam-Troy Castro. 1998. 283 pp.
X-Men and Spider-Man. Time's Arrow Book 3: The Future. Tom DeFalco & eluki bes shahar. 1998. 286 pp. Spider-Man discovers a photograph of himself and Bishop in the Old West, and comes to the X-Men to investigate. Kang has placed a number of alternate reality destroying devices throughout Earth's past, future, and present, and the team must stop his plans.
Featured: Kang, Lireeb, Spider-Man, X-Men (Beast, Bishop, Cable, Cyclops, Gambit, Jean Grey, Iceman, Storm, Wolverine, Xavier)
Supporting: Aliya, Black Knight (Percy), Blaquesmith, Devil Dinosaur & Moonboy, Electro, Growing Men, Guardians of the Galaxy (Charlie-27, Major Victory, Martinex, Nikki, Yondu), Human Torch (Hammond) & Toro, Hydro-Man, Immortus, Iron Man (Arno Stark), Midnight Wreckers (Brain, Hassle, Machine Man, Slick, Swift), Ravonna, Rhino, Two-Gun Kid, Volcana, Mary Jane Watson-Parker, Wrecking Crew, X-Men of 2099 AD (Bloodhawk, Lunatica, Meanstreak, Skullfire)
X-Men: Codename Wolverine. Christopher Golden. 1998. 318 pp. Told
in two timeframes, Wolverine's Team X's Cold War mission to Eastern
Europe goes horribly awry, and in the present day the ramifications of
that play out as someone seeks vengeance on all involved.
Featured: Banshee, Black Widow (Romanoff), Mystique, Team X (Maverick, Sabretooth, Silver Fox, Wolverine, John Wraith)
X-Men: Law of the Jungle. Dave Smeds. 1998. 281 pp. When Sauron
begins harvesting the people of the Savage Land's United Tribes, Ka-Zar
and Shanna call on the X-Men to assist them in resisting him.
Featured: Ka-Zar, Sauron, Shanna, X-Men (Archangel, Beast, Bishop, Cannonball, Iceman, Psylocke, Storm, Wolverine)
Supporting: The Fall People (Tongah, Zira), Matthew Plunder, Savage Land Mutates (Amphibius, Barbarus, Brainchild, Gaza, Lupo), Zabu
X-Men: Prisoner X. Ann Nocenti. 1998. 284 pp. A "fictional" prison
show, "Live from Death Row" turns out to be a reality show broadcast
from the orbital prison UltraMax, and Spiral is using the VR videogame
Warstar to pull violence-prone people there to participate. The X-Men
Featured: Longshot, Mojo, Spiral, X-Men (Beast, Gambit, Jean Grey, Rogue, Storm, Wolverine)
Supporting: DJ Bone, Major Domo, Ricochet Rita
The Avengers and the Thunderbolts. Pierce Askegren. 1999. 2489 pp.
A series of assaults and thefts orchestrated by the uneasy alliance of
Zemo and von Strucker in an effort to re-create the process that had once
created Wonder Man and Power Man (now Atlas) attract the attention of
the Avengers and Thunderbolts.
Featured: Avengers (Captain America, Firestar, Iron Man, Justice, Scarlet Witch, Thor, Vision, Wonder Man), Thunderbolts (Atlas, Hawkeye, Jolt, MACH-I, Moonstone, Songbird), Wolfgang von Strucker, Baron (Helmut) Zemo
Supporting: Black Panther, Dreadnoughts, Hydra, Edwin Jarvis, SAFE (Ballard, Deeley, Morgan), Jasper Sitwell, Techno
Daredevil: The Cutting Edge. Madeleine .E Robins. 1999. 249 pp. When
Matt Murdock takes on a case defending a group of homeless from the
RenanTech bioengineering corporation, he finds himself drawn into the
mystery of the serial killing Cutter.
Featured: Cutter, Daredevil, Belinda Quayle
Supporting: Louis Bastuto, Foggy Nelson, Karen Page, Siobhan Sealy, Rosalind Sharpe
Spider-Man: Goblin Moon. Kurt Busiek & Nathan Archer. 1999. 293 pp.
As Norman Osborn positions himself for a mayoral post, a new Rat Pack
begins a string of dangerous thefts in New York.
Featured: Green Goblin (Norman Osborn), Spider-Man
Supporting: Boomerang, Daily Bugle (Brant, Jameson, Robertson, Snow, Urich), Rat Pack, Flash Thompson, Mary Jane Watson-Parker
X-Men: Soul Killer. Richard Lee Byers. 1999. 296 pp. When Belasco
captures several X-Men as part of a plot to return the N'Garai to Earth,
the other X-Men rush to their aid, while Dracula drafts Excalibur to oppose
Featured: Belasco, Dracula, Excalibur (Colossus, Nightcrawler, Amanda Sefton, Shadowcat), X-Men (Cyclops, Jean Grey, Rogue, Storm, Wolverine)
Supporting: N'Garai, SAFE (Jones)
Avengers/X-Men Gamma Quest. Book 1: Lost and Found. Greg Cox.
1999. 263 pp.
Avengers/X-Men Gamma Quest. Book 2: Search and Rescue. Greg Cox. 1999. 263 pp.
Avengers/X-Men Gamma Quest. Book 3: Friend or Foe? Greg Cox. 2000. 261 pp. After Rogue and the Scarlet Witch are kidnapped, their respective teams detect traces of gamma radiation, leading them towards the Hulk. X-Men duplicates steal gamma-powered Sentinels from SHIELD, and mysterious UFOs are sighted, after which the two teams come to blows before calling a truce and allying to track their missing teammates.
Featured: Avengers (Captain America, Iron Man, Scarlet Witch, Vision), Hulk, Leader, Super-Skrull, X-Men (Beast, Cyclops, Iceman, Nightcrawler, Rogue, Storm, Wolverine)
Supporting: Edwin Jarvis, Moira MacTaggert, Mandroids, Omnibus, Puppet Master, Riot Squad (Hotshot, Jailbait, Ogress, Rock), SHIELD (de Fontaine, Fury), Skrulls
Spider-Man: Gathering of the Sinister Six. Adam-Troy Castro.
1999. 309 pp.
Spider-Man: Revenge of the Sinister Six. Adam-Troy Castro. 2001. 448 pp.
Spider-Man: Secret of the Sinister Six. Adam-Troy Castro. 2002. 448 pp. Due to an old debt of vengeance owed to Peter Parker's parents, the shadowy Gentleman recruits the Chameleon to recreate the Sinister Six against Spider-Man. However, their newest member, Pity, may or may not have her own ties to the Parker family. The second and third books of this trilogy were reprinted as Spider-Man: The Sinister Six Combo.
Featured: Gentleman, Sinister Six (Chameleon, Dr. Octopus, Electro, Mysterio, Pity, Vulture), Spider-Man
Supporting: Daily Bugle (Brant, Jameson, Robertson, Arnold Sibert, Urich, Angela Yin), Red Skull (Malik), Mary & Richard Parker, SAFE (Ballard, Deeley, Morgan, Troy Saberstein), Mary Jane Watson-Parker, Commissioner Ramos, Razorback, Flash Thompson, Wolverine
Generation X: Genogoths. J. Steven York. 2000. 267 pp. With several of
their mutant friends kidnapped for experimentation by a secret organization,
Generation X attempts a rescue only to be pursued by the Genegoths,
a pro-mutant group afraid that Generation X's absence will raise public
Featured: Generation X (Chamber, Husk, Jubilee, M, Skin, Synch), MONSTER (Chill, Dog Pound, Recall)
Supporting: Artie Maddicks, Banshee, Catfish, Gateway, Genogoths (Ashe, Black, Espeth, Leather, Styx), Leech, Macauley Sharpe, White Queen, Wolverine
Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD: Empyre. Will Murray. 2000. 279 pp. A
series of mysterious crashes lead Fury and Special Powers Director
Spacek into an investigation of a new Mid-Eastern terrorist organization,
one looking to use jetliners as weapons of war against the world.
Featured: Nadir Al-Bazinda, Empyre, Hydra, Nick Fury, Starla B Spacek
Supporting: SHIELD (Dugan, Arthur Skindarian)
Spider-Man: Emerald Mystery. Dean Wesley Smith. 2000. 206 pp.
Empowered by one of the jewels from X-Men: The Jewels of Cyttorak,
a criminal gains mind control powers as the Jewel. Spider-Man finds
himself trying to track down a hidden foe whose myriad puppets have no
memory of the crimes they commit.
Featured: The Jewel, Spider-Man
Supporting: Daily Bugle (Robertson), Sgt. Drew, Sgt. Hawkins, Barb Lightner, Mary Jane Watson-Parker
X-Men: Legends. Stan Lee, ed. 2000. 253 pp. Anthology of 13 stories
spanning the full history of the X-Men.
Every Time a Bell Rings. Brian K. Vaughan. 18 pp.
Diary of a False Man. Keith R.A. DeCandido. 22 pp.
Welcome to the X-Men, Madrox. Steve Lyons. 22 pp.
Peace Offering. Michael Stewart. 16 pp.
The Worst Prison of All. C.J. Henderson. 12 pp.
Chasing Hairy. Glenn Hauman. 8 pp.
One Night Only. Sholly Fisch. 20 pp.
A Fine Line. Dori Koogler. 30 pp.
Steel Dogs and Englishmen. Thomas Deja. 24 pp.
The Stranger Inside. Jennifer Heddle. 14 pp.
Once a Thief. Ashley McConnell. 12 pp.
Ice Prince. K.A .Kindya. 26 pp.
Such Stuff as Dreams are Made Of. Robin Wayne Bailey. 22 pp.
Featured: X-Men (Angel, Banshee, Beast, Changeling, Colossus, Cyclops, Gambit, Jean Grey, Havok, Iceman, Jubilee, Madrox, Nightcrawler, Polaris, Kitty Pryde, Rogue, Wolverine, Xavier)
Supporting: Blob, Callisto, Carol Danvers, Gol-shenthu, Justin Hammer, Misty Knight, Moira MacTaggert, Sentinels, Jane & Martha Somerset, Super-Adaptoid, Unus, WHO (Wisdom), Benny Yorkes
X-Men: Shadows of the Past. Michael Jan Friedman. 2000. 328 pp.
Trapped extradimensionally, the alien Lucifer replaces Charles Xavier
with a doppelganger and sets the original five X-Men on a series of
tasks designed to free him and trap Xavier permanently.
Featured: Lucifer, X-Men (Archangel, Beast, Cyclops, Jean Grey, Iceman, Xavier)
Supporting: Jeffrey & Jeremiah Saunders
X-Men: Dr. Doom. Steven A. Roman. 2001. 384 pp.
X-Men: Magneto. Steven A. Roman. 2002. 320 pp.
X-Men: Red Skull. Steven A. Roman. 2003. 304 pp. Dr. Doom creates a new, if slightly flawed Cosmic Cube, and rewrites Earth-616's reality. The X-Men, having been outside of that reality at the time, are tasked to restore their universe before the flawed Cube can destroy the Omniverse, but Magneto and the Red Skull both succeed in acquiring the Cube first. Reprinted in a combined volume in 2004 as X-Men: The Chaos Engine Trilogy.
Featured: Dr. Doom, Magneto, Red Skull, X-Men (Archangel, Cyclops, Gambit, Jean Grey, Nightcrawler, Psylocke, Storm, Wolverine, Xavier)
Supporting: Captain UK, Cosmic Cube, Leonard Jackson, Roma, Saturnyne, Sat-yr-nin
Five Decades of the X-Men. Stan Lee, ed. 2002. 261 pp. Anthology of
five stories, each written into the continuity of each decade the X-Men
have been published in to date.
Baptism of Fire, Baptism of Ice. John J. Ordover & Susan Wright. 39 pp.
Firm Commitments. Sholly Fisch. 51 pp.
Up the Hill Backwards. Tom Deja. 42 pp.
The Cause. Glenn Greenberg. 45 pp.
Gifts. Madeleine Robins. 47 pp.
Featured: X-Men (Angel, Banshee, Beast, Cyclops, Dazzler, Jean Grey, Havok, Iceman, Longshot, Nightcrawler, Psylocke, Rogue, Storm, Wolverine, Xavier)
Supporting: Black Air (Scratch, Wisdom), Callisto, Marita Citrin, Cheryl Fenn, Genetech (Martin Willis), Nicky Iacona, Amy Langel, Moira MacTaggert, Magneto, N'Garai, Purifiers (Annette Butler, Gabriel Merritt, Bill North), Pyro, Jay Sanford, Saviors of Humanity, Secret Empire, William Stryker, WHO (O'Brien, Alistair Stuart)
X-Men: Legacy Quest Book 1. Steve Lyons. 2002. 368 pp.
X-Men: Legacy Quest Book 2. Steve Lyons. 2002. 262 pp.
X-Men: Legacy Quest Book 3. Steve Lyons. 2002. 272 pp. Sebastian Shaw kidnaps Moira MacTaggert to help him finish a cure for the Legacy virus. While some of the X-Men want to help, some fear his plans for the cure. Neither side is happy to see Selene steal the cure before transporting both Shaw and the X-Men into a future where she wields the cure as a weapon in her rule of New York City. Reprinted in a combined volume in 2004 as X-Men: The Legacy Quest Trilogy.
Featured: Magneto, Sebastian Shaw, Selene, X-Men (Beast, Cyclops, Jean Grey, Iceman, Nightcrawler, Rogue, Storm, Wolverine)
Supporting: Rory Campbell, Genosha, Hellfire Club (Blackheart, Trevor Fitzroy, Emma Frost, Daimon Hellstrom, Mountjoy, Madelyne Pryor, Scribe, Tessa), Holocaust, Moira MacTaggert
With the Berkley/BP book line's cessation, it wouldn't be until 2005 that other publishers would again release Marvel novels. However, Marvel itself published two young adult novels in-house, intended for the younger female audience. The first novels set in the Ultimate Universe, these dealt with a young Mary Jane Watson, her life, and her budding relationship with Peter Parker.
Mary Jane. Judith O'Brien. 2003. 215 pp. Set in the Ultimate Universe,
this Young Adult novel tells the story of Mary Jane Watson's childhood, the
romance she begins with newly confident Peter Parker, and the effects of
the drug Oz on their school.
Featured: Peter Parker, Mary Jane Watson
Supporting: Wendy Gonzales, Harry Osborn, Norman Osborn, Ben & May Parker, Madeline Watson
Mary Jane 2. Judith O'Brien. 2004. 219 pp. Mary Jane and Peter's
romance continues, while she struggles with serious money problems
and the realization that she has a rival for Peter, who seems to be
keeping a secret from her.
Featured: Peter Parker, Gwen Stacy, Mary Jane Watson
Supporting: Wendy Gonzales, Harry Osborn, May Parker, George Stacy, Madeline Watson
In 2005, Marvel prose novels returned to coming out on a regular basis, as Simon & Schuster returned to publishing Marvel novels with their Pocket Star Books line.
Fantastic Four: War Zone. Greg Cox. 2005. 275 pp. In the Negative
Zone, Annihilus and Blastaar combine forces to give their scientists the
knowledge needed to breach the Negative Zone and invade Earth. The
Fantastic Four soon retaliate, with half the team defending Earth while the
others entered the Negative Zone.
Featured: Annihilus, Blastaar, Fantastic Four (Human Torch, Invisible Woman, Mr. Fantastic, Thing)
Supporting: Alicia Masters, HERBIE, Samra Qury, Franklin & Valeria Richards
Spider-Man: Down These Mean Streets. Keith R.A. DeCandido. 2005.
263 pp. When a new drug has the population "hulking out," Spider-
Man works with the New York police to find the responsible individuals.
Featured: Dr. Octopus, Spider-Man, Mary Jane Watson-Parker
Supporting: Daily Bugle (Brant, Jameson), Blackie Gaxton, Midtown High School students & staff, NYPD 24th Precinct (Fry, O'Leary, Petrocelli, Shanahan, Shapiro, Wheeler), May Parker, Carolyn Trainer
Wolverine: Weapon X. Marc Cerasini. 2005. 379 pp. Logan's
capture and transformation into Weapon X is retold in greater
detail, transposed against some of his earlier experiences as a
Featured: Dr. Abraham B Cornelius, the Professor (Thorton), Wolverine
Supporting: Langram, Miko, Sabretooth, Weapon X program (Cutler, Dr. Chang, Major Deavers, Dooley, Erdman, Franks, Dr. Hendry, Carol Hines, Dr. MacKenzie)
Spider-Man: The Darkest Hours. Jim Butcher. 2006. 307 pp. Three
ancient and powerful beings hunt Spider-Man, and fellow totemic
superhumans the Black Cat and the Rhino are quickly drawn into the
conflict as well.
Featured: Ancients (Malos, Mortia, Thanis), Black Cat, Rhino, Spider-Man
Supporting: Lamont, Morlun, Dr. Strange, Mary Jane Watson-Parker, Wong
The Ultimates: Tomorrow Men. Michael Jan Friedman. 2006. 319
pp. When people claiming to be from the future show up seeking the
Ultimates' help, the skeptical team investigates their claims and what
they're asking for while considering their own futures.
Featured: Nick Fury, Tomorrow Men, Ultimates (Black Widow, Captain America, Hawkeye, Iron Man, Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, Thor, Wasp)
Supporting: Bruce Banner, Happy Hogan, Jarvis, Henry Pym, Betty Ross, Jasper Sitwell
Wolverine: Road of Bones. David Alan Mack. 2006. 387 pp. An old
family friend asks Wolverine's aid in recovering a stolen healing serum,
which criminals are planning to use to force portions of the world into
Featured: Alexei Pritikin, Wai Ying Tse, Wolverine
Supporting: Silver Samurai, Slake & Surge, Miyoko Takagi, Setsuko Tanaka, Charles Xavier, Yukio, Alexander Zivojinovich
X-Men: Dark Mirror. Marjorie M. Liu. 2006. 309 pp. Five X-Men wake up
trapped in an asylum in other people's bodies. Lacking powers, they must
escape, make their way home cross-country, and stop whomever now
possesses their bodies and powers.
Featured: X-Men (Cyclops, Gambit, Jean Grey, Jubilee, Nightcrawler, Rogue, Storm, Wolverine)
Supporting: Dr. Jonas Maguire
X-Men: The Return. Chris Roberson. 2006. 306 pp. The Kh'thon
race comes to Earth, claiming to be the planet's original masters, and
intending to take it back. As they unleash their Exemplar soldiers on
Earth, the X-Men and mankind stand against them.
Featured: X-Men (Beast, Colossus, Cyclops, Nightcrawler, Psylocke, Rogue, Shadowcat, Wolverine)
Supporting: Peter Corbeau, Cypher, Lee Forrester, Sentinels, Starcore One, Alysande Stuart
X-Men: Watchers on the Walls. Christopher L Bennett. 2006. 351 pp.
When the Shi'ar and Diascar races come to Earth in search of hidden
groups of Chlorites, the X-Men defend the latter. However, when it is
discovered that the Chlorites' biology will eventually poison Earth's
atmosphere, the government steps in and the X-Men begin to fragment.
Featured: X-Men (Cyclops, Jean Grey, Lockheed, Nightcrawler, Rogue, Shadowcat, Wolverine, Xavier)
Supporting: Imperial Guard (Astra, Blackthorn, Flashfire, Magique, Manta, Nightside, N'rill'iree, Smasher), Valerie Cooper, Henry Gyrich, Quicksilver, Sentinels
Fantastic Four: The Baxter Effect. Dave Stern. 2007. 310 pp. Reality
begins to fall apart around the Thing, as his life seems to be inexplicably
altered. In a changed team, Ben has to determine what's gone wrong
with the universe, and repair it.
Featured: Fantastic Four (Human Torch, Invisible Woman, Mr. Fantastic, Thing), Mad Thinker
Supporting: Diablo, Dr. Doom, Alicia Masters, O'Hoolihan, General Ross, Jasper Sitwell
Fantastic Four: What Lies Between. Peter David. 2007. 361 pp. When
the prospective interdimensional tourism corporation known as Fantastic
Forays fails to convince Reed Richards to work with them, their lead
scientists reject his advice and opens her own gateway to another world.
Allied with Psycho-Man, the demonic Dormammu uses this gateway to
begin forcing entrance to Earth.
Featured: Dormammu, Fantastic Four (Human Torch, Invisible Woman, Mr. Fantastic, Thing), Dr. Rachel Hunt, Psycho-Man
Supporting: Mandy O'Hare, Dr. Magnus Keller, Franklin Richards, Dr. Omar Vass
The Ultimates: Against All Enemies. Alex Irvine. 2007. 340 pp. The
Chitauri's invasion of Earth plays the Ultimates against themselves,
and against elements of the US government.
Featured: Chitauri, Nick Fury, Ultimates (Captain America, Hawkeye, Iron Man, Thor, Wasp)
Supporting: Bruce Banner, Bucky & Gail Barnes, Adm. Esteban Garza, Jarvis, Loki, Henry Pym
Wolverine: Lifeblood. Hugh Matthews. 2007. 374 pp. An amnesiac
Logan retraces his time in Italy and Poland during World War II, bringing
himself to the attention of an old enemy from those days.
Featured: Al Borak, Baron Wolfgang Freiherr von Strucker, Wolverine
Supporting: Karl-Heinz Baumann, Giovanni & Lucia Gambrelli, Rob Roy MacLeish
Wolverine: Violent Tendencies. Marc Cerasini. 2007. 338 pp. This
sequel to Wolverine: Weapon X finds a feral Logan in the Canadian
wilderness, slowly trying to recover his humanity while Department K
works to recapture him.
Featured: The Director, Thomas Swimming Horse, Megan Vigil, Wolverine
Supporting: Frank Benteen, MacKenzie, START (Blake, Drum, Le Quont, Trent, Von Trakker), Weapon Null program (Bipolar, Blowtorch, Matron, Slammer, Thorne)
Fantastic Four: Doomgate. Jeffrey Lang. 2008. 309 pp. ESU student
Stanislaw Klemp finds a journal belonging to Dr. Doom's lab assistant.
Recreating the experiment which scarred Doom, Klemp releases an
extradimensional Hellspawn into Manhattan.
Featured: Dr. Doom, Fantastic Four (Human Torch, Invisible Woman, Mr. Fantastic, Thing), Hellspawn, Stanislaw Klemp
Supporting: Walter Brannigan, Chemistro, Electro, HERBIE, Hydro-Man, Franklin & Valeria Richards, Julio Rodriguez, Tony Stark, Rachel Tyson, Vapor
Spider-Man: Drowned in Thunder. Christopher L Bennett. 2008. 285 pp.
After a robotic rampage injures innocent bystanders, Spider-Man and J.
Jonah Jameson's feud escalates, and Spider-Man faces the possibility
that Jameson has unleashed another super-powered threat against
Featured: Electro, J Jonah Jameson, Spider-Man, Mendel Stromm
Supporting: Liz Allen, Daily Bugle (Brant, Robertson, Urich), May Parker, Jill Stacy, Flash Thompson, Tinkerer, Mary Jane Watson-Parker
Spider-Man: Requiem. Jeff Mariotte. 2008. 308 pp. When a copy of the
Darkhold falls into SHIELD custody, the Cabal of Scrier frees Carrion to
help them retrieve it, and Spider-Man has to protect the Darkhold from
them, and them from the Darkhold's master.
Featured: Cabal of Scrier, Carrion, Spider-Man
Supporting: Emory Carter, Chthon, Darkhold, May Parker, Mary Jane Watson-Parker
Wolverine: Election Day. Peter David. 2008. 374 pp. Days before a
national election, terrorists capture a young boy, announcing they'll kill
him if the president is reelected. While Wolverine investigates the mutant
plot behind it, political reverberations threaten to tear the country apart.
Featured: Corporal Tony Westlake, Dragon Corps (Brawn, Haze, Kaz, Quince), Wolverine
Supporting: Ellen Hayes, Matthew Hayes, Senator Winston Mazone, Steve Sanders, the US president
Wolverine: Nature of the Beast. Dave Stern. 2008. 341 pp. Having lost
his Adamantium at Magneto's hands, Wolverine struggles to come to
grips with himself while seeking a hidden foe capable both of evolving
animals to sentience and of potentially "curing" mutantkind.
Featured: Frederick Siaow, Wolverine
Supporting: Brinklow, Veronique Campion, Nick Fury, Osborne, Jean-Claude Perrault
In late 2009, Del Rey released Iron Man: Femmes Fatales, Robert Greenberger's 308 pp. novel pitting Iron Man, his support staff, and SHIELD against Madame Hydra and Madame Masque.
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