Marvel Value Stamps Listed by Number

These pages list Series A stamps in order by stamp number. For a list that contains every issue published during the Marvel Value Stamps, Series A era, see our Series A issues checklist. [We also have separate Series B and 2006 Series pages.]

Note: An asterisk (*) after an issue indicates that the Editor personally confirmed this information, using a copy of the issue. If "affects story" appears after an entry, it means removal of the stamp would cut a hole in a story page on the other side.

Series A Stamps

1 -- Spider-Man
Issues Containing this Stamp:
Captain Marvel #35, November 1974.
Power Man #20, August 1974, p.19.*
Thor #221, March 1974.

Stamp Artwork From:
Marvelmania Catalog #2, Super-Hero Portfolio
Artist: John Romita, Sr.
Stamp #1, Spider-Man, artwork by John Romita, Sr., was apparently part of a Super-Hero Portfolio, offered for sale on page 5 of the Marvelmania Catalog #2 (1969-1970).

Interestingly, both the Spider-Man (used on the stamp) and the Doc Ock shown above, were used in a later Webshooters advertisement. The webshooters ad shown was taken from Marvel Chillers #3.

This Marvelmania Catalog artwork was another amazing find by Lex (aka "Batroc") who also sent along the Marvelmania pages.



2 -- Hulk
Issues Containing this Stamp:
Amazing Spider-Man #130, March 1974.
Captain Marvel #41, November 1975, p.19.*
Giant-Size Fantastic Four #4, February 1975.
Iron Man #70, September 1974, p.19.

Stamp Artwork From:
Cover of Incredible Hulk #152.
Artist: Herb Trimpe


3 -- Conan the Barbarian
Issues Containing this Stamp:
Amazing Spider-Man #134, July 1974.
Power Man #18, April 1974.
Power Man #23, February 1975, p.32.(affects story)

Stamp Artwork From:
Interior Page: Conan #32, p.1.
Artist: John Buscema / Ernie Chua


4 -- Thing
Issues Containing this Stamp:
Amazing Spider-Man #135, August 1974.
Avengers #123, May 1974, p.19.*
Incredible Hulk #183, January 1975, p.19.

Stamp Artwork From:
Cover of Fantastic Four #116.
Artist: John Buscema


5 -- Dracula
Issues Containing this Stamp:
Doctor Strange #2, August 1974.
Marvel Spotlight #14, March 1974, p.19.*
War is Hell #11, February 1975.

Stamp Artwork From:
Cover of Tomb of Dracula #2.
Artist: John Severin


6 -- Thor
Issues Containing this Stamp:
Amazing Spider-Man #132, May 1974, p.19.*
Captain Marvel #33, July 1974, p.19.*
Marvel Premiere #19, November 1974, p.19.
Marvel Premiere #25, October 1975, p.19.*

Stamp Artwork From:
Interior Page: Thor #219, p.14.
Artists: John Buscema / Mike Esposito


7 -- Werewolf
Issues Containing this Stamp:
Daredevil #114, October 1974.
Tomb of Dracula #18, March 1974.

Stamp Artwork From:
Interior Page: Werewolf by Night #12, p.30.
Artist: Gil Kane


8 -- Captain America
Issues Containing this Stamp:
Conan the Barbarian #37, April 1974, p.19.*
Defenders #15, September 1974, p.19.
Frankenstein #16, May 1975, p.19.*
Werewolf by Night #24, December 1974, p.19.

Stamp Artwork From:
Cover of Avengers #58.
Artist: John Buscema
Avengers #58 is one of the few covers that supplies the artwork for two different stamps.

9 -- Captain Marvel
Issues Containing this Stamp:
Fantastic Four #145, April 1974, p.19.*
Jungle Action #12, November 1974.
Ka-Zar #4, July 1974, p.19.
Werewolf by Night #27, March 1975, p.18. (affects story)

Stamp Artwork From:
Cover of Captain Marvel #29.
Artist: Jim Starlin / John Romita, Sr.
Stamp #9 is lifted directly from the cover of Captain Marvel #29 -- a classic piece of Starlin artwork which made a great stamp (and a great 7-Eleven slurpee cup circa 1974). Note: We've been told that Captain Marvel's face on this cover was reportedly redrawn by John Romita, Sr.

10 -- Power Man
Issues Containing this Stamp:
Conan the Barbarian #36, March 1974.
Strange Tales #175, August 1974, p.32.*

Stamp Artwork From:
Cover of (Luke Cage,) Hero for Hire #1.
Artist: John Romita, Sr.


11 -- Deathlok
Issues Containing this Stamp:
Incredible Hulk #186, April 1975, p.18.(affects story)
Marvel Team-Up #29, January 1975, p.19.*
Master of Kung Fu #19, August 1974, p.19.*

Stamp Artwork From:
Interior Page: Astonishing Tales #25, p.1.
Artist: Rich Buckler
This issue was the first appearance of Deathlok. Note that this "head shot" of Deathlok also graced the Marvel Bullpen Bulletins pages which hyped Astonishing Tales #25, in issues cover dated August 1974.

12 -- Daredevil
Issues Containing this Stamp:
Frankenstein #11, July 1974, p.32.(affects story)*
Thor #223, May 1974, p.19.
Tomb of Dracula #37, October 1975, p.32.(affects story)*

Stamp Artwork From:
Cover of Daredevil #13.
Artist: Jack Kirby


13 -- Dr. Strange
Issues Containing this Stamp:
Amazing Adventures #23, Mar. 1974, p.32.(affects story)*
Avengers #127, September 1974, p.19.
Son of Satan #1, December 1975, p.19.

Stamp Artwork From:
Interior Page: Strange Tales #127
Artist: Steve Ditko
The foundation for the Dr. Strange stamp comes from an interior page of Strange Tales #127, with artwork by Steve Ditko. This story also appears in Stan Lee's book, Bring on the Bad Guys, published in 1976. Similar artwork was also used in a Marvel T-shirt.

In terms of locating the original stamp artwork, this was one of the hardest to find, and required significant sleuthing by a number of folks, including Lex (aka "Batroc"), who actually contacted Marie Severin.

Lex reports that he corresponded with Marie, who did much of the production work on the stamps, and (quoting Lex): "she stated very firmly that the Dr. Strange stamp was Steve Ditko art." However, the artwork shown above was significantly retouched.

"When this was 'touched'," Lex wrote, "they added a new head to Dr. Strange. Who knows who drew that! The stamp also makes a mark through the old amulet Strange is wearing in this panel. A fold in the cloak seems to resemble the 'Eye of Agamotto'....The T-Shirt...makers made the touches to this interior art, which included drawing a line through the old image of his amulet. (Look very closely.)....The stamp was [also] touched to include Dr. Strange's uniquely shaped Cloak of Levitation." These changes show a great attention to detail, since Dr. Strange did not receive the Eye of Agamotto or the Cloak of Levitation until the end of the issue containing this artwork.

Thanks, Lex, for getting the inside scoop on this one!

14 -- The Living Mummy
Issues Containing this Stamp:
Doctor Strange #3, September 1974.
Marvel Spotlight #19, December 1974, p.19.*

Stamp Artwork From:
Cover of Supernatural Thrillers #7.
Artists: Ron Wilson ?; John Romita ?


15 -- Iron Man
Issues Containing this Stamp:
Captain America #176, August 1974, p.19.
Creatures on the Loose #28, March 1974, p.14.*
Master of Kung Fu #24, January 1975, p.19.*

Stamp Artwork From:
Cover of Avengers #58.
Artist: John Buscema
Avengers #58 is one of the few covers that supplies the artwork for two different stamps.

16 -- Shang-Chi, Master of Kung-Fu
Issues Containing this Stamp:
Fantastic Four #155, February 1975, p.19.
Incredible Hulk #179, September 1974, p.19.*
Stamp Artwork From:
Cover of Giant-Size Master of Kung Fu #1.
Artist: Ron Wilson


17 -- Black Bolt
Issues Containing this Stamp:
Ka-Zar #6, November 1974, p.19.*
Man-Thing #4, April 1974, p.19.
Thor #225, July 1974, p.19.*

Stamp Artwork From:
Cover of Fantastic Four #59.
Artist: Jack Kirby


18 -- Volstagg
Issues Containing this Stamp:
Amazing Spider-Man #144, May 1975.
Astonishing Tales #24, June 1974, p. 19.*
Ka-Zar #5, September 1974.*
Thor #237, July 1975, p.19.

Stamp Artwork From:
Unpublished cover artwork for: Thor #170.
Artists: Jack Kirby / John Romita, Sr.
Stamp #18 was a tough one to locate because it came from unpublished artwork that was originally slated to be the cover to Thor #170. This scan is from the original artwork, scanned by and posted with the permission of the person who owned it. The Volstagg artwork also appeared as "clip art" in the 1975 Mighty Marvel Calendar.



19 -- Hogun, Balder, Fandral
Issues Containing this Stamp:
Captain Marvel #32, May 1974.
Man-Thing #7, July 1974, p.19.*

Stamp Artwork From:
Interior Page: Thor #169, p. 30.
Artists: Jack Kirby / George Klein


20 -- Brother Voodoo
Issues Containing this Stamp:
Defenders #17, November 1974, p.32.(affects story)*
Ghost Rider #7, August 1974.
Sub-Mariner #69, March 1974, p.19.*

Stamp Artwork From:
Interior Page: Strange Tales #169, p.1.
Artists: Gene Colan / Dan Adkins


21 -- Kull
Issues Containing this Stamp:
Fantastic Four #151, October 1974, p.19.
Marvel Spotlight #15, May 1974, p.19.*

Stamp Artwork From:
Interior Page: Kull the Destroyer #11, p.1.
Artist: Mike Ploog


22 -- Man-Thing
Issues Containing this Stamp:
Amazing Adventures #27, November 1974, p.19.
Astonishing Tales #27, December 1974, p.19.*
Daredevil #108, March 1974.
Iron Man #69, August 1974, p.19.

Stamp Artwork From:
Interior Page: (Adventure into) Fear #12, p. 19.
Artist: Jim Starlin / Rich Buckler

This artwork was also used in promo art for Man-Thing #1.


23 -- Sgt. Fury
Issues Containing this Stamp:
Doctor Strange #1, June 1974.
Fantastic Four #152, November 1974, p.19.
Thor #235, May 1975, p.19.
Tomb of Dracula #30, March 1975, p.19.*
War is Hell #13, June 1975, p.19.*

Stamp Artwork From:
Cover of Sgt. Fury (and his Howling Commandos) #67.
Artist: John Severin


24 -- The Falcon
Issues Containing this Stamp:
Conan the Barbarian #42, September 1974, p.19.*
Creatures on the Loose #33, January 1975, p.19.
Ghost Rider #5, April 1974.

Stamp Artwork From:
Interior page: Captain America #170, p.31.
Artist: Sal Buscema / Vince Colletta
Stamp #24, the Falcon, appeared on the next to the last page of Captain America #170. This shot introduces the Falcon's new "glider-wings."

25 -- The Torch
Issues Containing this Stamp:
Captain Marvel #34, September 1974.
Captain Marvel #36, January 1975.
Marvel Team-Up #20, April 1974, p.19.

Stamp Artwork From:
Interior page: Fantastic Four #134, p. 1.
Artist: John Buscema / Joe Sinnott


26 -- Mephisto
Issues Containing this Stamp:
Captain America #177, Sept. 1974, p. 32.(affects story)*
Iron Man #71, November 1974, p.19.
Marvel Spotlight #20, February 1975, p.19.*
Tomb of Dracula #19, April 1974, p.19.*

Stamp Artwork From:
Interior page: Silver Surfer #17, p.2.
Artist: John Buscema


27 -- The Black Widow
Issues Containing this Stamp:
Fantastic Four #150, September 1974, p.19.
Marvel Premiere #23, August 1975, p.19.*
Power Man #24, April 1975, p.18.(affects story)*
Tomb of Dracula #22, July 1974, p.19.

Stamp Artwork From:
Cover of Daredevil #99.
Artist: John Romita, Sr.
John Romita, Sr.'s art on Daredevil #99 had to be tilted around to create the Black Widow stamp. This issue was published during the time period when "and the Black Widow" appeared as part of the cover title.

28 -- Hawkeye
Issues Containing this Stamp:
Daredevil #118, February 1975, p.19.*
Ka-Zar #2, March 1974, p.19.
Man-Thing #11, November 1974, p.19.*
Marvel Team-Up #23, July 1974.
Werewolf by Night #26, Feb. 1975, p.19.*

Stamp Artwork From:
Cover of Avengers #45.
Artist: John Buscema
This stamp has at least two color variants. The stamp with the powder blue background appears to have suffered a coloring mishap during production, mis-coloring Clint's arm in all the issues we've seen.

29 -- Baron Mordo
Issues Containing this Stamp:
Iron Man #68, June 1974, p.19.
Supernatural Thrillers #9, October 1974, p.19.*

Stamp Artwork From:
Interior page: Marvel Premiere #13, p. 16.
Artists: Frank Brunner / Crusty Bunkers


30 -- The Grey Gargoyle
Issues Containing this Stamp:
Conan the Barbarian #38, May 1974, p.19.*
Creatures on the Loose #31, September 1974, p.19.*

Stamp Artwork From:
Cover of Journey into Mystery #113.
Artist: Jack Kirby


31 -- MODOK
Issues Containing this Stamp:
Conan the Barbarian #40, July 1974, p.32.(affects story)*
Defenders #20, February 1975.
Jungle Action #9, May 1974.

Stamp Artwork From:
Interior page: Incredible Hulk #169, p.27.
Artist: Herb Trimpe


32 -- The Red Skull
Issues Containing this Stamp:
Fantastic Four #160, July 1975, p.19.*
Marvel Premiere #17, Sept. 1974, p.19.*
Worlds Unknown #7, June 1974, p.19.*

Stamp Artwork From:
Cover of Marvel Super-Action #2 // Captain America 101.
Stamp #32 wins the prize for either "most altered from the original artwork" or "most confusing situation." First, compare Jack Kirby's artwork on Captain America #101 with the stamp. Clearly, there's numerous differences, but the rather distinctive shadow in the middle of the Skull's head, as well as the tilt of the shoulders and the lines around the shirt neck seem to match.

But now compare the stamp to the cover of Marvel Super Action #2. (The interior reprints Captain America #101.) The eye, brow, teeth, lower jaw, and some of the shading on the head (including that distinctive shadow) make it seem like this version was the one used, right? The problem is that this issue was printed in July 1977, about 3 years after the stamps were created.

We received an email from a site visitor, Big Tony, who had a good theory on this. Big Tony wrote, "The original Captain America cover looks to me like one of those all too frequent cases of Kirby's art being altered before it went to press. I imagine in this case it may have been because the Red Skull's face was too scary to pass the comics code at that time. In the early 60's, they were still cracking down on horror images and they may have felt the need to tone it down a bit. Then, by the time they reprinted the issue in the 70's, the code had loosened up quite a bit and they decided to run the unaltered (and far superior IMHO) cover. That's my theory anyway."

A number of visitors to the site have also mentioned that the unretouched cover is the one that appears in a recent Captain America "Essentials" trade paperback, and that seems to support Big Tony's theory.


33 -- Sue Richards, Invisible Girl
Issues Containing this Stamp:
Doctor Strange #4, October 1974, p.18.(affects story)
Jungle Action #13, January 1975.
Marvel Team-Up #21, May 1974, p.19.

Stamp Artwork From:
Cover of Fantastic Four #56.
Artist: Jack Kirby


34 -- Mr. Fantastic
Issues Containing this Stamp:
Amazing Spider-Man #131, April 1974.
Creatures on the Loose #32, November 1974, p.19.
Giant-Size Creatures (Werewolf) #1, July 1974.

Stamp Artwork From:
Cover of Fantastic Four #59.
Artist: Jack Kirby


35 -- Killraven
Issues Containing this Stamp:
Amazing Spider-Man #141, February 1975.
Daredevil #115, November 1974.
Worlds Unknown #6, April 1974, p.19.*

Stamp Artwork From:
Interior page: Amazing Adventures #20, p. 11.
Artist: Herb Trimpe / Frank Giacoia


36 -- Ancient One
Issues Containing this Stamp:
Captain America #182, February 1975, p.19.*
Giant-Size Man-Thing #4, May 1975, p.42.*
Supernatural Thrillers #8, August 1974, p.19.*

Stamp Artwork From:
Interior page: Strange Tales #115.
Artist: Steve Ditko
The scan below is actually from a reprinting of this tale in Stan Lee's book, Origins of Marvel Comics, published in 1974.


37 -- The Watcher
Issues Containing this Stamp:
Creatures on the Loose #29, May 1974, p.19.
Doctor Strange #6, February 1975.
Invaders #1, August 1975, p.32.(affects story)
Man-Thing #8, August 1974, p.19.

Stamp Artwork From:
Cover of Fantastic Four #113.
Artist: John Buscema


38 -- Red Sonja
Issues Containing this Stamp:
(Adventure into) Fear #24, October 1974, p.19.
Jungle Action #10, July 1974, p.19.*
Ka-Zar #8, March 1975, p.19.*
(Note: Stamp spells the character's name as "Red Sonia.")

Stamp Artwork From:
Cover of Conan the Barbarian #24.
Artist: Barry Windsor Smith
Stamp #38, Red Sonja, is lifted from Conan the Barbarian #24's epic battle cover by Barry Windsor Smith. On the stamp shown, Red Sonja's name is apparently misspelled. This issue is also the first comic book cover appearance of Red Sonja. (Her first story appearance was in the preceding issue, #23.)

39 -- Iron Fist
Issues Containing this Stamp:
Fantastic Four #144, March 1974, p.19.*
Incredible Hulk #177, July 1974, p.19.

Stamp Artwork From:
Bullpen Bulletin promo artwork, April 1974.
The artwork on the Iron Fist stamp apparently made its first appearance as promo art on the April 1974 Marvel Bullpen Bulletins page. We have been unable to locate the artwork on the covers or interior of any isssues. Perhaps this artwork was a preliminary character sketch, or done specifically for promotional purposes.

40 -- Loki
Issues Containing this Stamp:
Kull the Destroyer #14, June 1974, p.19.*
Thor #228, October 1974, p.19.

Stamp Artwork From:
Cover of Thor #207.
Artist: Gil Kane


41 -- The Gladiator
Issues Containing this Stamp:
Amazing Spider-Man #138, November 1974.
Giant-Size Avengers #3, February 1975, p.42.*
Master of Kung Fu #25, February 1975, p.19.*
Thor #222, April 1974, p.19.
Stamp Artwork From:
Interior page: Daredevil #18, p.10.
Artist: John Romita, Sr. / Frank Giacoia


42 -- Man-Wolf
Issues Containing this Stamp:
Amazing Spider-Man #139, December 1974.
Amazing Spider-Man #147, August 1975.
Kull the Destroyer #15, August 1974, p.19.

Stamp Artwork From:
Interior page: Giant-Size Super-Heroes #1, p.20.
Artists: Gil Kane / Mike Esposito


43 -- The Enchantress
Issues Containing this Stamp:
Captain America #172, April 1974.
Jungle Action #11, September 1974, p.19.*
Marvel Team-Up #28, December 1974, p.19.*

Stamp Artwork From:
Cover of Avengers #7.
Artist: Jack Kirby


44 -- The Absorbing Man
Issues Containing this Stamp:
Defenders #16, October 1974, p.19.*
Strange Tales #174, June 1974.*

Stamp Artwork From:
Cover of Journey into Mystery #121.
Artist: Jack Kirby


45 -- Mantis
Issues Containing this Stamp:
Marvel Spotlight #17, September 1974, p.19.*
Marvel Two-in-One #7, January 1975, p.19.
Marvel Two-in-One #12, November 1975, p.19.
Strange Tales #173, April 1974, p.32.(affects story)
Tomb of Dracula #31, April 1975, p.19.*

Stamp Artwork From:
Cover of Avengers #114.
Artist: Rich Buckler
The dramatic cover of Avengers #114, another by Rich Buckler, supplies the artwork for Stamp #45. Our copy also has a green 15 cent sticker permanently attached to the cover. After decades, the glue on this sticker is still as effective as the day it was attached. You just don't see workmanship in sticker glue like that anymore. (ugh!) An added bonus is that the sticker serves as a constant reminder of about how much this particular issue will always be worth (thanks to the sticker itself).

46 -- Mysterio
Issues Containing this Stamp:
Avengers #126, August 1974, p.19.*
Captain America #181, January 1975, p.19.
Ka-Zar #3, May 1974, p.32.(affects story)*

Stamp Artwork From:
Cover of Amazing Spider-Man #13.
Artist: Steve Ditko
Amazing Spider-Man #13 sports a Ditko cover featuring the first appearance of Mysterio.

47 -- The Green Goblin
Issues Containing this Stamp:
Incredible Hulk #174, April 1974.
Marvel Two-in-One #6, November 1974, p.19.*

Stamp Artwork From:
Cover of Amazing Spider-Man #98.
Artists: Frank Giacoia / Gil Kane
On this stamp, someone added a flaming pumpkin to fill out the empty space.

48 -- Kraven
Issues Containing this Stamp:
Captain America #174, June 1974.
Ghost Rider #8, October 1974, p.19.*
Giant-Size Defenders #3, January 1975, p.42.*

Stamp Artwork From:
Interior pin-up page: Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1.
Artist: Steve Ditko
This pin-up page was reprinted in Marvel Masterworks: Amazing Spider-Man Volume 2, from which the scan above is taken.

49 -- Odin
Issues Containing this Stamp:
(Adventure into) Fear #22, June 1974.
Supernatural Thrillers #12, April 1975, p.19.*
Tomb of Dracula #25, October 1974, p.19.*

Stamp Artwork From:
Cover of Thor #147.
Artist: Jack Kirby


50 -- Black Panther
Issues Containing this Stamp:
Captain America #171, March 1974.
Tomb of Dracula #23, August 1974, p.19.*

Stamp Artwork From:
Cover of Jungle Action #8.
Artists: Rich Buckler / Frank Giacoia


51 -- Bucky Barnes
Issues Containing this Stamp:
Daredevil #110, June 1974.
Werewolf by Night #22, October 1974, p.19.

Stamp Artwork From:
Cover of Tales of Suspense #65.
Artist: Jack Kirby


52 -- Quicksilver
Issues Containing this Stamp:
Amazing Adventures #33, November 1975, p.19.*
Captain America #179, November 1974, p.19.*
Daredevil #109, May 1974.
Sub-Mariner #71, July 1974, p.19.

Stamp Artwork From:
Cover of Avengers #75.
Artist: John Buscema
If memory serves, this artwork was also used on a 7-Eleven Slurpee cup circa 1974.

53 -- The Grim Reaper
Issues Containing this Stamp:
Man-Thing #9, September 1974, p.32.(affects story)*
Master of Kung Fu #17, April 1974, p.19.

Stamp Artwork From:
Cover of Avengers #102.
Artist: Rich Buckler


54 -- Shanna the She-Devil
Issues Containing this Stamp:
Astonishing Tales #23, April 1974, p.31.*
Incredible Hulk #181, November 1974.
Man-Thing #13, January 1975, p.19.*

Stamp Artwork From:
Interior page: Shanna the She-Devil #3, p.5.
Artists: Ross Andru / Vince Colletta


55 -- Medusa
Issues Containing this Stamp:
Conan the Barbarian #43, October 1974, p.19.*
Giant-Size Dracula #5, June 1975.
Man-Thing #6, June 1974, p.19.(yellow wall)*

Stamp Artwork From:
Interior page: Fantastic Four #144, p.3.
Artist: Rich Buckler


56 -- The Rawhide Kid
Issues Containing this Stamp:
Captain America #192, December 1975.
Incredible Hulk #175, May 1974, p.19.
Marvel Team-Up #26, October 1974, p.19.*

Stamp Artwork From:
Cover of Western Team-Up #1.
Artist: Larry Lieber; John Romita, Sr.


57 -- The Vulture
Issues Containing this Stamp:
Tomb of Dracula #24, September 1974, p.19.*
Tomb of Dracula #28, January 1975, p.19.*

Stamp Artwork From:
Interior page: Amazing Spider-Man #128, p.31.
Artist: Ross Andru


58 -- The Mandarin
Issues Containing this Stamp:
Amazing Adventures #24, May 1974, p.19.*
Incredible Hulk #184, February 1975, p.19.
Thor #226, August 1974, p.19.

Stamp Artwork From:
Cover of Marvel Super-Heroes #61.
Artist: Marie Severin

The Mandarin stamp is a match with the cover of Marvel Super-Heroes #61. This issue reprints the story from Incredible Hulk #107, the cover of which was done by Marie Severin. Studying the details of the Mandarin's upraised hand and cape/cowl show a match with the "reprint" version.

Similar to the Red Skull stamp, though, the problem is that Marvel Super-Heroes #61 was published several years after the stamps were produced.

Like the Red Skull stamp, it appears that the original artwork was altered prior to its publication on the Incredible Hulk #107 cover. But when the issue was reprinted in Marvel Super-Heroes #61, the original artwork was used.

Several people have contacted us saying that the unaltered version of the cover was also published in one of the Incredible Hulk "Essentials" trade paperbacks, lending further support to this theory.


59 -- The Golem
Issues Containing this Stamp:
Frankenstein #12, September 1974, p.19.
Incredible Hulk #182, December 1974.

Stamp Artwork From:
Character cover logo on Strange Tales #174.
Artists: Kane and Giordano / Character Logo Art: ?
The Golem stamp apparently first appeared as a character cover logo on Strange Tales #174. Although the cover is by Gil Kane and Dick Giordano, we're not certain who did the logo -- or if the character logo was interior or promo art that originally appeared elsewhere.



60 -- Ka-Zar
Issues Containing this Stamp:
Frankenstein #13, November 1974, p.19.*
Man-Thing #3, March 1974.

Stamp Artwork From:
Cover of Ka-Zar #1.
Artist: John Buscema


61 -- The Red Ghost
Issues Containing this Stamp:
Captain America #173, May 1974.
Captain America #180, December 1974.
Werewolf by Night #19, July 1974, p.19.

Stamp Artwork From:
Interior pin-up page: Fantastic Four #13.
Reprinted pin-up page: Giant-Size Fantastic Four #4, p.59.
Artist: Jack Kirby


62 -- The Plunderer
Issues Containing this Stamp:
Fantastic Four #153, December 1974, p.19.
Master of Kung Fu #18, June 1974, p.19.
Master of Kung Fu #21, October 1974, p.19.*

Stamp Artwork From:
Cover of Tales to Astonish #96.
Artist: Dan Adkins


63 -- The Sub-Mariner
Issues Containing this Stamp:
Daredevil #112, August 1974, p.19.*
Iron Fist #1, November 1975, p.19.*
Marvel Two-in-One #2, March 1974, p.19.
Werewolf by Night #25, January 1975, p.19.

Stamp Artwork From:
Cover of Sub-Mariner #67.
Artist: John Romita, Sr.


64 -- Sif
Issues Containing this Stamp:
Man-Thing #14, February 1975, p.19.*
Power Man #19, June 1974.

Stamp Artwork From:
Cover of Thor #156.
Artists: Jack Kirby / Vince Colletta


65 -- Iceman
Issues Containing this Stamp:
Creatures on the Loose #30, July 1974, p.19.
Werewolf by Night #16, April 1974, p.19.

Stamp Artwork From:
Cover of Amazing Spider-Man #92.
Artist: John Romita, Sr.


66 -- General Ross
Issues Containing this Stamp:
Amazing Spider-Man #133, June 1974.
Astonishing Tales #26, October 1974.
Ghost Rider #11, April 1975, p.18.

Stamp Artwork From:
Interior page: Incredible Hulk #174, p.16.
Artists: Herb Trimpe / Jack Abel


67 -- Cyclops
Issues Containing this Stamp:
Amazing Spider-Man #146, July 1975.
Incredible Hulk #176, June 1974, p.19.*
Incredible Hulk #180, October 1974.

Stamp Artwork From:
Cover of X-Men #39.
Artist: George Tuska


68 -- Son of Satan
Issues Containing this Stamp:
Astonishing Tales #25, August 1974, p.32.(affects story)*
Frankenstein #9, March 1974, p.32.(affects story)*
Marvel Team-Up #27, November 1974, p.19.

Stamp Artwork From:
Cover of Marvel Spotlight #13.
Artist: John Romita, Sr.


69 -- Marvel Girl
Issues Containing this Stamp:
Avengers #125, July 1974, p.19.
Frankenstein #10, May 1974, p.32.(affects story)*
Tomb of Dracula #27, December 1974, p.19.*

Stamp Artwork From:
Cover of X-Men #39.

Artist: George Tuska


70 -- Super Skrull
Issues Containing this Stamp:
Avengers #128, October 1974.
Avengers #131, January 1975, p.19.*
Daredevil #111, July 1974.

Stamp Artwork From:
Interior page: Thor #142, p.8.
Artist: Jack Kirby


71 -- The Vision
Issues Containing this Stamp:
Avengers #122, April 1974, p. 19.*
Conan the Barbarian #44, November 1974, p.19.
Giant-Size Master of Kung Fu #3, March 1975.
Marvel Premiere #16, July 1974.

Stamp Artwork From:
Cover of Avengers #57.
Artist: John Buscema


72 -- The Lizard
Issues Containing this Stamp:
Conan the Barbarian #39, June 1974, p.19.*
Ka-Zar #10, August 1975, p.19.
Werewolf by Night #21, Sept. 1974, p.19.

Stamp Artwork From:
Cover of Amazing Spider-Man #44.
Artist: John Romita, Sr.
For the stamp, the Lizard's tail had to be shortened and the webbing removed from his hands.

73 -- Kingpin
Issues Containing this Stamp:
Creatures on the Loose #36, July 1975, p.19.
Kull #13, April 1974, p.32.(affects story)*
Marvel Premiere #20, January 1975, p.19.
Power Man #21, October 1974, p.19.*

Stamp Artwork From:
Cover of Amazing Spider-Man #51.
Artist: John Romita, Sr.
Amazing Spider-Man #51 is the first cover appearance of the Kingpin. (Amazing Spider-Man #50 is his first appearance in a story.) This is another stamp featuring art by John Romita, Sr., one of the three people given the task of selecting art for the stamps.

74 -- The Stranger
Issues Containing this Stamp:
Ghost Rider #6, June 1974, p.19.
Marvel Premiere #18, October 1974, p.19.
Marvel Premiere #24, September 1975, p.19.*
Tomb of Dracula #35, August 1975, p.19.*

Stamp Artwork From:
Cover of Tales to Astonish #89.
Artist: Gil Kane
This stamp artwork might have been physically lifted from the reprinted cover, Marvel Super-Heroes #44, based on the tilt of The Stranger, and the cover date of July 1974 (meaning the artwork was probably in production somewhere around the office at the time stamps were being selected).

75 -- Morbius
Issues Containing this Stamp:
(Adventure into) Fear #26, February 1975, p.19.*
(Adventure into) Fear #31, December 1975.*
Amazing Spider-Man #140, January 1975.
Werewolf by Night #15, March 1974, p.19.
Worlds Unknown #8, August 1974, p.19.*

Stamp Artwork From:
Interior Page: Vampire Tales #1, p.6.
Artists: Pablo Marcos
The headshot of Morbius on Stamp #75 comes from a dramatic splash page from the black and white magazine Vampire Tales #1, with pencils and inks by Pablo Marcos. This artwork also appeared as part of a house ad, promoting Vampire Tales #3, which made use of the hands from this same page.

76 -- Dormammu
Issues Containing this Stamp:
Doctor Strange #5, December 1974, p.19.
Thor #227, September 1974, p.19.*

Stamp Artwork From:
Interior page: Strange Tales #127.
Artist: Steve Ditko
The scan below is actually from a reprinting of this tale in Stan Lee's book, Bring on the Bad Guys, published in 1976.


77 -- The Swordsman
Issues Containing this Stamp:
(Adventure into) Fear #21, April 1974, p.32.(affects story)*
Captain America #175, July 1974, p.19.
Giant-Size Man-Thing #3, February 1975, p.42.*
Tomb of Dracula #39, December 1975, p.19.

Stamp Artwork From:
Cover of Avengers #65.
Artist: Gene Colan


78 -- The Owl
Issues Containing this Stamp:
Avengers #132, February 1975, p.19.
Defenders #23, May 1975, p.19.*
Fantastic Four #149, August 1974, p.19.

Stamp Artwork From:
Interior page: Daredevil King-Size Special #1, pin-up section.



79 -- Kang
Issues Containing this Stamp:
Giant-Size Man-Thing #5, August 1975, p.42.*
Master of Kung Fu #22, November 1974, p.19.
Sgt. Fury #119, May 1974.

Stamp Artwork From:
Interior page: Avengers #23, story page 19.
Artist: Don Heck / John Romita Sr.
The page above is reproduced from the Essential Avengers, Volume 1. The image appears on the 19th story page (which should be a later page in the original comic, once advertisements are accounted for).

80 -- The Ghost Rider
Issues Containing this Stamp:
Conan the Barbarian #49, April 1975, p.18.(affects story)
Daredevil #127, Nov. 1975.
Iron Man #67, April 1974, p.19.
Thor #229, November 1974, p.19.
Tomb of Dracula #26, Nov. 1974, p.19.*
Tomb of Dracula #29, Feb. 1975, p.19.*

Stamp Artwork From:
Interior page: Ghost Rider #3, p.11.
Artist: Jim Mooney


81 -- Rhino
Issues Containing this Stamp:
Avengers #124, June 1974, p.19.
Ghost Rider #9, December 1974.
Marvel Spotlight #18, October 1974, p.19.*

Stamp Artwork From:
Interior page: Incredible Hulk #171, p.11.
Artist: Herb Trimpe


82 -- Mary Jane Watson
Issues Containing this Stamp:
Fantastic Four #147, June 1974.
Man-Thing #10, October 1974, p.19.*

Stamp Artwork From:
Interior page: Amazing Spider-Man #42, last page.
Artist: John Romita, Sr.
The last page of Amazing Spider-Man #42 by John Romita, Sr. presents a classic moment in Spidey's history, and served as the artwork for the Mary Jane Watson stamp.

83 -- Dragon Man
Issues Containing this Stamp:
Man-Thing #5, May 1974.
Marvel Spotlight #16, July 1974, p.19.*
Thor #231, January 1975, p.19.*

Stamp Artwork From:
Cover of Fantastic Four #44.
Artist: Jack Kirby


84 -- Dr. Doom
Issues Containing this Stamp:
Astonishing Tales #28, Feb. 1975, p.32 (ad on other side)*
Avengers #121, March 1974, p.19.*
Fantastic Four #159, June 1975, p.19.*
Marvel Team-Up #33, May 1975, p.19.

Stamp Artwork From:
Interior page: Fantastic Four #142, p.32.
Artist: Rich Buckler


85 -- Lilith, Dracula's Daughter
Issues Containing this Stamp:
Daredevil #113, September 1974, p.19.*
Master of Kung Fu #31, August 1975, p.19.*
Thor #232, February 1975, p.19.*

Stamp Artwork From:
Bullpen Bulletin promo artwork, June 1974.
Stamp #85, Lilith, is recycled from Bullpen Bulletin promotional artwork used in comics cover-dated June 1974. The Bullpen Bulletin artwork promoted Giant-Size Chillers #1, featuring Dracula, but as you can see, the same artwork was not used on that cover.

86 -- Zemo
Issues Containing this Stamp:
(Adventure into) Fear #23, Aug. 1974, p.32.(affects story)*
Defenders #13, May 1974, p.19.*
Supernatural Thrillers #11, February 1975, p.19.

Stamp Artwork From:
Interior page: Tales of Suspense #99, p.8 (Cap story)
Reprinted in: Marvel Double Feature #21, p.26.
Artist: Jack Kirby


87 -- J. Jonah Jameson
Issues Containing this Stamp:
Marvel Team-Up #25, September 1974, p.19.
Marvel Team-Up #39, November 1975, p.19.
Thor #224, June 1974, p.32.(affects story)
Tomb of Dracula #34, July 1975, p.19.*

Stamp Artwork From:
Interior Page: Amazing Spider-Man #61, p.13.
Artist: John Romita, Sr.
The scan above is actually taken from Marvel Tales #44, but the story originally appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #61. In Marvel Tales, this is story page 13.

88 -- The Leader
Issues Containing this Stamp:
Avengers #129, November 1974, p.19.
Daredevil #117, January 1975, p.19.*
Marvel Two-in-One #4, July 1974, p.32.(affects story)*
Tomb of Dracula #20, May 1974.

Stamp Artwork From:
Cover of Incredible Hulk #115.
Artists: Dan Adkins / Herb Trimpe


89 -- Hammerhead

Issues Containing this Stamp:
Captain America #178, October 1974, p.18.(affects story)
Marvel Team-Up #30, February 1975, p.19.*
Marvel Two-in-One #3, May 1974, p.19.

Stamp Artwork From:
Cover of Amazing Spider-Man #114.
Artist: John Romita, Sr.
Amazing Spider-Man #114 is the first cover appearance of Hammerhead. (His first appearance in a story is Amazing Spider-Man #113). As with some other stamps, the character's orientation has been changed, so he's not firing straight down anymore. Touch-up had to be done to remove Doc Ock's mechanical arm, among other minor changes.

90 -- Hercules
Issues Containing this Stamp:
Frankenstein #14, January 1975, p.19.
Marvel Team-Up #19, March 1974, p.19.
Marvel Team-Up #24, August 1974.

Stamp Artwork From:
Buscema Unpublished Model Sheet.
Artist: John Buscema
The original artwork for Stamp #90, Hercules, was impossible to find -- until the November 2004 issue of Alter Ego (#42) printed a never-before-published model sheet that was drawn by John Buscema around the time he took over the Avengers from Don Heck.

This Hercules art also appeared as clip art in the 1975 Mighty Marvel Calendar, and as a Marvelmania decal.



91 -- Hela, The Goddess of Death
Issues Containing this Stamp:
(Adventure into) Fear #25, Dec. 1974, p.32. (affects story)*
Conan #41, August 1974, p.19.
Fantastic Four #146, May 1974, p.32.(affects story)

Stamp Artwork From:
Cover of Thor #186.
Artist: John Buscema


92 -- Byrrah
Issues Containing this Stamp:
Marvel Team-Up #22, June 1974, p.19.*

Stamp Artwork From:
Cover of Tales to Astonish #90.
Artist: Jack Kirby


93 -- Silver Surfer
Issues Containing this Stamp:
Marvel Two-in-One #5, September 1974, p.19.*
Sgt. Fury #118, March 1974, p.19.*
Werewolf by Night #23, November 1974, p.19.*

Stamp Artwork From:
Interior page: Silver Surfer #16, p.1.
Artist: John Buscema


94 -- Electro
Issues Containing this Stamp:
Captain America #184, April 1975.
Marvel Premiere #15, May 1974, p.19.*
Strange Tales #176, October 1974, p.32.(affects story)
Thor #238, August 1975, p.19.

Stamp Artwork From:
Interior pin-up page: Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1.
Artist: Steve Ditko
This pin-up page was reprinted in Marvel Masterworks: Amazing Spider-Man Volume 2, from which the scan above is taken.

95 -- Mole Man
Issues Containing this Stamp:
Amazing Spider-Man #136, September 1974.(affects story)
Daredevil #116, December 1974, p.19.*
Ka-Zar #12, November 1975, p.19.*

Stamp Artwork From:
Interior page: Marvel Team-Up #17, p.17.
Artist: Gil Kane


96 -- Dr. Octopus
Issues Containing this Stamp:
Amazing Adventures #26, September 1974, p.19.*
Avengers #130, December 1974, p.19.
Tomb of Dracula #21, June 1974, p.19.*

Stamp Artwork From:
Interior pin-up page: Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1.
Reprinted pin-up page: Giant-Size Super-Heroes #1, p.43.
Artist: Steve Ditko
This pin-up page was later reprinted in Giant-Size Super-Heroes #1, from which the scan above is taken. It appears that two of the arms had to be re-drawn for this stamp.

97 -- Black Knight
Issues Containing this Stamp:
Invaders #3, November 1975, p.32.(affects story)
Master of Kung Fu #23, December 1974, p.19.
Werewolf by Night #20, August 1974, p.19*

Stamp Artwork From:
Cover of Marvel Super-Heroes #17.
Artists: Howard Purcell; John Romita, Sr.


98 -- The Puppet Master
Issues Containing this Stamp:
Defenders #19, January 1975, p.19.*
Sgt. Fury #120, July 1974, p.19.*
Sub-Mariner #70, May 1974, p.19.*

Stamp Artwork From:
Interior pin-up page: Fantastic Four #8.
Reprinted pin-up page: Giant-Size Super-Stars #1.
Artist: Jack Kirby


99 -- Sandman
Issues Containing this Stamp:
Amazing Spider-Man #137, October 1974.
Daredevil #120, April 1975.
Werewolf by Night #17, May 1974, p.11.

Stamp Artwork From:
Interior pin-up page: Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1.
Reprinted pin-up page: Giant-Size Super-Heroes #1, p.44.
Artist: Steve Ditko
This artwork originally appeared as a pin-up page in Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1. The pin-up page was then later reprinted in Giant-Size Super-Heroes #1, from which the scan above is taken.

100 -- Galactus
Issues Containing this Stamp:
Amazing Spider-Man #145, June 1975, p.19.
Fantastic Four #154, January 1975, p.19.
Sub-Mariner #72, September 1974, p.19.*

Stamp Artwork From:
Cover of Fantastic Four #49.
Artist: Jack Kirby


Miscellaneous Stamps

"100" -- The Mystery Stamp
Issues Containing this Stamp:
This pseudo-stamp appeared on the Bullpen Bonus Page in issues with a cover month/date of April 1974. It was used to "tease" the appearance of the real Stamp #100.



101 -- Forbush Man
Issues Containing this Stamp:
Marvel Legacy: The 1970s Handbook #1, May 2006, p.66 (inside back cover)

Stamp Artwork From:
Cover of Not Brand Echh #5.
Artist: Marie Severin
We first heard about Stamp #101 in an email from "Mojo" Mark O'English, one of the writers of the May 2006 Marvel Legacy: 1970s Handbook #1, a contributor to this site in the past, and the keeper of the great Marvel Two-in-One website, The Ever-Lovin' Blue-Eyed Home Page.

Shortly thereafter, we heard from "Mellow" Mike Fichera, another of the writers of the Handbook -- and none other than the creator of the mysterious Stamp #101. Here's the inside scoop from Mike, himself:

"When we started working on the Marvel Legacy: 1970s Handbook, we were looking for things that captured the essence of '70s Marvel - the return of horror, some cheesy villains, there was glam, there was angst, there was F.O.O.M., there were the little boxes with the floating heads in the top left corner of the covers, and there were Marvel Value Stamps. Personally, I never was a page-snipper, but I certainly remember those little colorful squares. We also discussed using the little blurbs at the bottom left of each page that solicited some other Marvel comic, but that concept was dropped.

"We were down to the wire on our due date, focusing on our bios and bibliography data, when someone remembered the Marvel Value Stamp idea we discussed months before! Knowing the clock was ticking and it was too late to make a last minute request to the Bullpen artists, we figured the best way to help make this a reality was to draw it ourselves. So, I took the task to construct the new stamp.

"We knew we wanted a classic '70s character never previously profiled on a stamp. Handbook writer Michael Hoskin suggested we go with Stamp #101, and use Forbush Man. I went to mvstamps.com for a quick reference of the historical series, and decided we should extend Series A. With a nod of approval from our Handbook Chief, Jeff Christiansen, Mr. Hoskin directed me to the cover of Not Brand Ecch #5.

"I did three backgrounds. First I tried a "faded 1970s comic book black" but it looked a bit drab. Next was purple to retain the nighttime moonlit mood. Still I tried one more tweak with a dot-pattern to resemble the primitive printing processes of past publishers! (Take that alliteration, Stan Lee!) Handbook editor Jennifer Grunwald found a home for it on the "Where are they now?" page, and the rest is history! I'm really proud of that stamp, and I hope everyone bought two copies of the book - one to preserve and one to read under the sheets at night by flashlight...with a little square snipped out of the back cover!"


--Mike Fichera, Writer: Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe

Thanks, Mike, for keeping the MVS flame alive! A Forbush Man stamp was the perfect way to end a handbook on Marvel of the 1970s. And it was a tribute within a tribute, since the artwork from the cover was by Marie Severin, one of the key people involved in the original Series A promotion!

And Stamp #101 was later followed by a brand new Stamp #102! Verily, thou art a True Believer!



"101" -- Mirthful Marie Severin
Issues Containing this Stamp:
This gag stamp appeared in Comic Book Artist (Vol. 1), issue #2, and was reprinted in Comic Book Artist Collection, Volume 1, p. 107. Click on the link below for the story behind this unusual stamp!

Stamp Artwork From:
Interior page: Comic Book Artist Collection, Volume 1, p. 107
When we contacted Jon B. Cooke (Creator/Editor of Comic Book Artist) about this stamp, he told us that he created it himself as a little joke with Marie. Jon had in his possession a self-portrait caricature done by Marie, and decided to make up stamp #101 as a gag.

Considering Marie's legendary sense of humor, and the fact that she was cited as one of the people who had to dig up all the artwork for the original stamps, this was a fitting tribute indeed!

You can get more info on Comic Book Artist, now published by Top Shelf, or you can order the collected editions that featured this stamp (Comic Book Artist Collection Volume 1 and Comic Book Artist Collection Volume 3) at the TwoMorrows site: http://www.twomorrows.com/.

Volume 3 also contains an article on the Marvel Value Stamp program, written by the editor of this unofficial index -- and includes portions of an interview conducted with Marie, herself!



102 -- Willie Lumpkin
Issues Containing this Stamp:
Marvel Legacy: The 1960s - 1990s Handbook TPB

Stamp Artwork From:
???

The November 2007 Marvel Legacy: The 1960s - 1990s Handbook TPB contains yet another bonus for Marvel Value Stamp fans. In addition to republishing the earlier Stamp #101, The Legacy TPB contains an all-new Stamp #102!

According to "Mellow" Mike Fichera, one of the writers of the Legacy TPB, and the creator of Stamps #101 and #102 "...we figured we'd give the postman his own stamp."

Good call! And a truly classic choice...'Nuff said!



Unnumbered -- The Incredible Hulk
Issues Containing this Stamp:
This pseudo-stamp appeared on the Marvel Bullpen Bulletins Page in issues with a cover month/date of February 1974. It was used to "tease" the launch of the stamp program itself.

Stamp Artwork From:
Interior pin-up page: Fantastic Four #128, glossy color insert entitled "Friends or Foes."

The Hulk promotional/teaser stamp, which appeared both unnumbered and numbered (#5) on the Bullpen Bulletins and Bonus Pages, originated with a color insert in the center of Fantastic Four #128 called "Friends or Foes."

We believe this color insert is the one Roy Thomas was referring to during an interview with Stan Lee in Comic Book Artist Collection Volume 1, p.115, when he said:

ROY: Do you remember when we had problems during the Wage and Price Freeze during the Nixon administration, over the fact that we droppped down in size after one month of those giant-size 25-cent comic books? We had to put a slick, color, four-page insert in one issue of Fantastic Four; supposedly this was to make up for the fact that the Wage and Price Control Board had decided it was right on the cusp of whether we had, in a certain way, actually raised prices by charging 20-cents for 32 pages.
STAN: How the hell do you remember that?
ROY: Because I was the guy who had to write that insert! [laughs]


[Excerpt is copyright 2000 Jon B. Cooke/TwoMorrows]


"5" -- The Incredible Hulk
Issues Containing this Stamp:
This pseudo-stamp appeared on the Bullpen Bonus Page in issues with a cover month/date of March 1974. It continued "teasing" the launch of the program, but unlike the stamp directly above, it carried a number.

Stamp Artwork From:
Interior pin-up page: Fantastic Four #128, glossy color insert entitled "Friends or Foes."
See prior entry for additional info.


Independent "Non-Marvel" Stamps

"5" -- Crunchtime
Issues Containing this Stamp:
This gag stamp appeared in Troublemakers #8 (Valiant/Acclaim, November 1997).

Stamp Appeared on:
Letters page: Troublemakers #8


"9" -- Trenchmouth
Issues Containing this Stamp:
This gag stamp appeared in Trinity Angels #5 (Valiant/Acclaim, November 1997).

Stamp Appeared on:
Letters page: Trinity Angels #5
Artist: Kevin Maguire
Trinity Angels #5, published by Valiant / Acclaim in November 1997, contained a "gag" stamp on the letters page. The artwork is by Trinity Angels writer/artist Kevin Maguire, but who was responsible for getting the stamp in there? Perhaps Editor Fabian Nicieza?

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