Giant superheroes #1 featuring Spider-Man also offers not one but two Marvel spins on classic horror monsters. 1974 was Marvel’s horror peak overall, and that year alone included the likes of Chamber of Chills, Creatures Loose, Crypt of Shadows, Dead of Night, Dracula Lives, Fear, Frankenstein, Man-Thing, Haunt of Horror, Monsters on the Prowl, Monsters Unleashed Supernatural Thrillers, Tales of the Zombie, Tomb of Darkness, Tomb of Dracula, Strange Tales, Vault of Evil, Night Werewolf, and others. It’s no surprise that even the Spider-man franchise is getting into the horror boom with now-impending Sony movie headliner Morbius and rumored Sony movie star Man-Wolf. . Giant superheroes #1 has Spider-Man plus those two Marvel horror icons, and there’s a nice high-quality copy of Giant superheroes #1 (Marvel, 1974) CGC NM+ 9.6 White Pages auctioned in the March 27-28, 2022 Sunday and Monday Selective Comic Book Auction #122213 heritage auctions.
1974 was also the year that Marvel’s Giant-Size titles launched, and was apparently an early hit, as Roy Thomas the editorial of this issue explains that the initial idea of rotating the entities of a Giant Superstars the title had changed to split this concept into three quarterly Giant-Size titles. But the Giant-Size line would be extended far beyond even in the following months. Notably, in that same op-ed, Thomas also advertised a separate 100-page “Super-Giant” line at a price of 60 cents which never materialized. It looks like they’ve decided to expand the Giant-Size titles from 48 to 64 pages and drop the price from 35 cents to 50 cents in the process. giant superheroes would continue as Giant Size Spider-Man with number 2.
As has been the case throughout much of modern American comic book history, vintage-era square boundaries tend to be hard to come by. There are 61 entries for this one at CGC 9.6 right now, only 18 more, and there’s a nice high quality copy of Giant superheroes #1 (Marvel, 1974) CGC NM+ 9.6 White Pages auctioned in the March 27-28, 2022 Sunday and Monday Selective Comic Book Auction #122213 heritage auctions.
Giant-Size Super-Heroes #1 (Marvel, 1974) CGC NM+ 9.6 White Pages. Spider-Man battles Man-Wolf and Morbius the Living Vampire. Cover by John Romita Sr. Art by Gil Kane. Backup feature and pin-ups by Steve Ditko, both reprinted from Annual Amazing Spider-Man #1. Overstreet 2021 NM-9.2 value = $150. CGC 3/22 census: 61 in 9.6, 18 more.