Complete Guide To The Best Marvel Comics of All Time

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Complete Guide To The Best Marvel Comics of All Time
Guardians of the Galaxy by Marvel Comics. Art by Paul Pelletier, Rick Magyar, and Nathan Fairbairn.

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Guardians of The Galaxy

The Guardians of the Galaxy are a group of heroes who opposed the Phalanx conquest of the Kree system, and banded together in an attempt to prevent any further catastrophes from ever occurring.

Best Guardians of The Galaxy Comics
Guardians of the Galaxy Issue 150

On the recommendation of ally Nova, the group established a base of operations at the space station Knowhere, which conveniently possessed a teleportation system with near-universal range.

The team first appeared in the partial reprint title Marvel Super-Heroes with issue #18 (Jan. 1969), written by Arnold Drake and penciled by Gene Colan. The Guardians were finally given their own series, Marvel Presents, starting with issue #3 (Feb. 1976).

Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning formed the 2008 team from existing and previously unrelated characters created by a variety of writers and artists, with an initial roster of Star-Lord, Rocket Raccoon, Groot, Phyla-Vell, Gamora, Drax the Destroyer, and Adam Warlock.

The MCU movie Guardians of The Galaxy released in 2014 was based on the 2008 team.

Brian Michael Bendis and Valerio Schiti formed the new 2015 version of the team with an initial roster of Rocket Raccoon, Kitty Pryde, Thing, Drax the Destroyer, Agent Venom and Groot. However, Star-Lord and Gamora eventually re-joined the team, and so did Angela. This Guardians team first appeared in “Guardians of the Galaxy” Vol. 4 #1 2015.


Thanos

Thanos was one of the last sons of A’Lars, progenitor of the second colony of Eternals on Titan, and Sui-San, the last survivor of the original settlement of Eternals on Titan.

Best Thanos Comics
The Infinity Gauntlet Issue 6

Born with grey, hide-like skin and a massive body due to being born with the Deviant Syndrome, Thanos was a morose child who became obsessed with the concept of death.

Through bionic implementation and long hours of meditation, Thanos augmented his Eternal strengths and powers so that his abilities surpassed those of all other Titanian Eternals.

Thanos’ first appearance was in The Invincible Iron Man #55 (1973), featuring a story by Jim Starlin that was co-scripted by Mike Friedrich. The storyline from that issue continued through Captain Marvel #25–33 (1973), Marvel Feature #12 (1973), Daredevil #107 (1974), and Avengers #125 (1974).

Thanos is a mutant member of the race of superhumans known as the Titanian Eternals. The character possesses abilities common to the Eternals, but amplified to a higher degree through a combination of his mutant–Eternal heritage, bionic amplification, mysticism, and power bestowed by the abstract entity, Death.

Demonstrating enormous superhuman strength, speed, stamina, immortality and invulnerability among other qualities, Thanos can absorb and project vast quantities of cosmic energy, and is capable of telekinesis and telepathy.

He can manipulate matter and live indefinitely without food, air or water, cannot die of old age, is immune to all terrestrial diseases, and has high resistance to psychic assaults. Thanos is also an accomplished hand-to-hand combatant, having been trained in the art of war on Titan.[citation needed]

Thanos has proven himself capable of briefly holding his own in battle against Odin, and of blasting Galactus off his feet.

Thanos is a supergenius in virtually all known fields of advanced science and has created technology far exceeding that which is found on contemporary Earth. He often employs a transportation chair capable of space flight, force field projection, teleportation, time travel, and movement through alternate universes.


Iron Man

Genius billionaire inventor, industrialist and CEO of Stark Industries Tony Stark was fatally wounded in a war zone in Afghanistan shortly before being kidnapped by terrorists.

Best Iron Man Comics
Iron Man Issue 200

Genius billionaire inventor, industrialist and CEO of Stark Industries Tony Stark was fatally wounded in a war zone in Afghanistan shortly before being kidnapped by terrorists.

Stark built an armoured suit to escape captivity, which doubled as a device to keep his heart beating keeping him alive. Once he returned to the United States, Stark reinvented himself as the armour-clad superhero Iron Man.

Throughout most of the character’s publication history, Iron Man has been a founding member of the superhero team the Avengers and has been featured in several incarnations of his own various comic book series. Iron Man has been adapted for several animated TV shows and films.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe character was portrayed by Robert Downey Jr. in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films Iron Man (2008), The Incredible Hulk (2008) in a cameo, Iron Man 2 (2010), Iron Man 3 (2013), The Avengers (2012), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Captain America: Civil War (2016), Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), and Avengers: Endgame (2019).

The original Iron Man title explored Cold War themes, as did other Stan Lee projects in the early years of Marvel Comics. Where The Fantastic Four and The Incredible Hulk respectively focused on American domestic and government responses to the Communist threat, Iron Man explored industry’s role in the struggle.

Tony Stark’s real-life model, Howard Hughes, was a significant defence contractor who developed new weapons technologies. Hughes was an icon both of American individualism and of the burdens of fame.

Tony Stark specifically presents an idealised portrait of the American inventor.

Iron Man possesses powered armour that gives him superhuman strength and durability, flight, and an array of weapons. The armour is invented and worn by Stark.

Other people who have assumed the Iron Man identity include Stark’s long-time partner and best friend James Rhodes; close associates Harold “Happy” Hogan; Eddie March; (briefly) Michael O’Brien and Riri Williams.

The weapons systems of the suit have changed over the years, but Iron Man’s standard offensive weapons have always been the repulsor rays that are fired from the palms of his gauntlets.

After being critically injured during a battle with the Extremis-enhanced Mallen, Stark injects his nervous system with modified techno-organic virus-like body restructuring machines (the Extremis process).

By rewriting his own biology, Stark is able to save his life, gain an enhanced healing factor, and partially merge with the Iron Man armour, superseding the need for bulky, AI-controlled armours in favour of lighter designs, technopathically controlled by his own brain.