August 1961 is a date synonymous with the debut of a newly rebranded Atlas Comic as Marvel Comics and the release of Fantastic Four #1, which essentially launched the Marvel Age of Comics.
What some fans may not realize is that Marvel released a host of other titles in that very same month back in 1961, with Fantastic Four being the only super hero title available from the company at the time.
Sixty years later, to commemorate the birth of what we now know as the Marvel Universe, Marvel will be releasing the Marvel: August 1961 Omnibus, a complete hardcover collection of every issue that was released along side the momentous debut of the Fantastic Four.
The omnibus will showcase all of the titles released in August 1961, with a healthy helping of a variety of genres, including science fiction, romance, western, and adventure. This historical omnibus will include:
- JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY (1952) #73-74
- KATHY #13; LIFE WITH MILLIE #13
- PATSY WALKER #97
- AMAZING ADVENTURES (1961) #6
- FANTASTIC FOUR (1961) #1
- KID COLT, OUTLAW #101
- LINDA CARTER, STUDENT NURSE #2
- MILLIE THE MODEL #105
- STRANGE TALES (1951) #90
- TALES OF SUSPENSE (1959) #23
- TALES TO ASTONISH (1959) #25
- GUNSMOKE WESTERN #67
- LOVE ROMANCES #96
- TEEN-AGE ROMANCE #84
- AMAZING ADULT FANTASY #7
- PATSY AND HEDY #79
- RAWHIDE KID (1960) #25
Not surprisingly, all of the titles are written by Stan Lee, with artwork by future superhero collaborators Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Don Heck, Dick Ayers, Stan Goldberg, Paul Reinman, Vince Colletta, as well as Al Hartley, Jack Keller, Bob Forgione, and others.
The Marvel: August 1961 Omnibus will come with two distinct covers, one by Javier Rodriguez, and the direct market version which will feature a reprint of Jack Kirby’s Fantastic Four #1. It will be released sixty years after the cover date on August 11 and will retail for $150.
Check out both covers below and keep coming back to Conskipper for all of you classic comic news.