‘Marvel: July 1963’ Omnibus Continues the Story of the Birth of Marvel Comics

The Marvel Universe continued to take shape in July of 1963 with the first appearances of the Uncanny X-Men and the Avengers 60 years ago, both of which are included in the third volume in the classic “Marvel Month and Year” Omnibus series.

The Marvel: July 1963 Omnibus contains the aforementioned The Avengers and The Uncanny X-Men #1, as well as early issues of the other heroes who made them famous with The Amazing Spider-Man #5, Fantastic Four #19, Fantastic Four Annual #1 (which was also their first attempt at an annual issue), The Mighty Thor’s Journey Into Mystery #96, The Human Torch’s solo adventure in Strange Tales #113, Iron Man’s Tales of Suspense #46, Ant-Man and the Wasp’s Tales to Astonish #48, and Sgt. Fury #3. The anthology titles also include prime examples of Marvel’s science fiction stories that sustained their previous incarnation as Atlas Comics in the 1950s.

July 1963 also saw the continued publication of Marvel’s romance and teen line with Modeling with Millie #25, Millie the Model #117, Patsy and Hedy #90, Patsy and Hedy Annual #1, Patsy Walker #109, and Kathy #25, as well as Marvel’s teen western heroes in Rawhide Kid #36, Kid Colt Outlaw #113, and Two-Gun Kid #66.

All of the stories published in July of 1963 are written by Stan Lee, Robert Bernstein, Larry Lieber, Jerry Siegel (as Joe Carter), and Ernie Hart (as H. E. Huntley), with art by a pantheon of fellow stars such as Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Joe Sinnott, Stan Goldberg, Al Hartley, Don Heck, Dick Ayers, Jack Keller, Larry Lieber, Paul Reinman, Sol Brodsky, Christopher Rule, George Klein, Matt Fox, George Roussos, and Gene Colan.

Previous Omnibus volumes, Marvel: August 1961 and Marvel: June 1962, featured the debuts of the Fantastic Four (1961) and Spider-Man, Ant-Man, and Thor (1962).

The Marvel: July 1963 Omnibus consists of 656 pages for a suggested retail price of $100.00.

Javier Rodriguez continues his covers for the series, which also comes in a Kirby Avengers and Uncanny X-Men edition.

Check out all three covers below and stay tuned to Conskipper for all of your classic comic news.

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