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Comic books in 'Contest of Champions'

  • Issue #1
    Marvel Super Hero Contest of Champions (1982) 1

    "Chapter 1: A Gathering of Heroes!" Guest-starring every super hero in the Marvel Universe. Story by Mark Gruenwald, Bill Mantlo, and Steven Grant. Art by John Romita, Jr. and Pablo Marcos. Cover by John Romita, Jr. and Bob Layton. The world's super heroes mysteriously disappear from Earth and then reappear in a giant arena in outer space. The Grandmaster and Death herself have decided to use the Earth's super heroes as pawns in a game they are playing against one another. If the Grandmaster wins the game, his brother, the Collector, will be restored to life. Both the Grandmaster and Death select 12 heroes to fight for their side and find the four pieces of the golden globe of life. Whichever team finds the most pieces wins! (Notes: Contest of Champions was the first Marvel Limited Series. The last two pages of this issue begin an index listing and description of each Marvel super hero.) 32 pages Cover price $0.60.

  • Issue #2
    Marvel Super Hero Contest of Champions (1982) 2
    • This is a consignment item. A 3% buyer's premium ($16.47) will be charged at checkout.
    • CGC Signature Series
    • Paper: White
    • Signed by Stan Lee on 08/09/2013.
    • Label #1176981022

    "Chapter 2: Frenzy in the Frozen North!" Story by Mark Gruenwald, Bill Mantlo, and Steven Grant. Art by John Romita, Jr. and Pablo Marcos. Cover by John Romita, Jr. and Bob Layton. The first battle of the contest of champions takes place at the North Pole and pits the Invisible Girl, Iron Fist, and Sunfire against Daredevil, Darkstar, and Talisman. Daredevil captures the first piece of the golden globe and wins round one for the Grandmaster! "Chapter 3: Ghost Town Showdown" The second battle is set in an old west ghost town. Iron Man, Sabra, and the Arabian Knight fight Captain Britain, Defensor, and the She-Hulk for the golden globe. This time one of Death's champions, the Arabian Knight, finds the globe. After two rounds the score is tied. (Note: The last two pages continue the index listing of each Marvel super hero.) 32 pages. Cover price $0.60.

  • Issue #3
    Marvel Super Hero Contest of Champions (1982) 3

    "Chapter 4: Siege in the City of the Dead!" Story by Mark Gruenwald, Bill Mantlo, and Steven Grant. Art by John Romita, Jr. and Pablo Marcos. Cover by Ed Hannigan and Al Milgrom. The third battle of the contest of champions features Le Peregrine, Wolverine, and the Thing vs. the Angel, the Black Panther, and Vanguard. The Thing breaks up the fight between Wolverine and the Black Panther, and discovers the third piece of the globe! "Chapter 5: Struggle in the Jungle!" The fourth battle occurs in South America with Captain America, Sasquatch, and Blitzkrieg fighting Shamrock, Storm, and the Collective Man. Shamrock finds the globe right before Captain America does, and wins the final round for her team. "Chapter 6: Winner Takes None!" The heroes and all four pieces of the golden globe return to the giant arena; and it looks like the Grandmaster has won...or has he? (Notes: The story contains an apparent editorial error with respect to the actual final score of the contest. The last two pages conclude the index listing of each Marvel super hero.) NOTE: The story does not end here. The Grandmaster and Death's game continues in Avengers (Vol. 1) Annual #16 and West Coast Avengers Annual #2. 32 pages Cover price $0.60.

  • Issue #2
    Avengers West Coast (1986) Annual 2

    "Death and Texas!" Guest-starring the Silver Surfer.

    Story by Steve Englehart. Art by Al Milgrom.

    The East Coast and West Coast teams have gathered for their annual softball game. Suddenly the Silver Surfer (fresh off the events in Silver Surfer #2) arrives with the warning that one of the Elders of the Universe plans to murder the Avengers. What follows is a contest of Champions.

    It's the East Coast Avengers, Captain America, Thor, Wasp, She Hulk, Dr. Druid, Captain Marvel, and Black Knight, vs. the West Coast Avengers, Hawkeye, Iron Man, Wonder Man, Tigra, Moon Knight, Mockingbird, and Hank Pym, and the heroes' very souls are the prize.

    Story continues in Avengers (1963-96) Annual #16.

    NOTE: This story is also a continuation of the classic Marvel Super-Heroes Contest of Champions mini series. 48 pages.

    Cover price $1.25.

  • Issue #16
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) Annual 16

    "The Day Death Died!" Part 2 of 2. Guest-starring the Silver Surfer.

    Script by Tom DeFalco. Chapter 1: Art by Bob Hall (breakdowns) and Tom Palmer (finishes). Chapter 2: Art by John Romita, Jr. (breakdowns) and Bill Sienkiewicz (finishes). Chapter 3: Art by Keith Pollard (breakdowns) and Al Williamson (finishes). Chapter 4: Art by Marshall Rogers (breakdowns) and Bob Layton (finishes). Chapter 5: Art by Jackson Guice (breakdowns) and Kevin Nowlan (finishes). Chapter 6: Art by Ron Frenz (breakdowns) and Bob Wiacek (finishes). Cover by Bob Layton.

    Story continues from West Coast Avengers Annual 2.

    The Grandmaster stands revealed as the master manipulator of the Avengers! The ancient elder of the universe has captured Death! And now forces Earth's Mightiest Heroes to play a most dangerous game! Five bombs have been scattered across the cosmos with the power to destroy the universe! The Avengers have to find the bombs and disarm them before they explode! But the Grandmaster has stacked the deck in his favor by reviving deceased heroes and villains from days gone by! When the fifteen avengers arrive at the bombs' various locations…so do the Grandmaster's long departed warriors!

    All-time classic battles erupt: the Silver Surfer vs. Korvac, She-Hulk vs. Drax the Destroyer, Hawkeye vs. the Swordsman, Captain Marvel vs. Captain Marvel, Moon Knight vs. the Green Goblin, and Iron Man vs. Terrax the Tamer! Wow! When the epic confrontations are over, only two avengers are left standing: Hawkeye and Captain America! Do the star-spangled avenger and the ace archer have a puncher's chance against the awesome Grandmaster?

    Perhaps, but only if everything comes down to a simple game of chance!

    Flashback cameos by the Collector, Korvac, Black Panther, Thing, Vanguard, and Wolverine to recap the events of Avengers #174 and the Contest of Champions Limited Series.

    Avengers Lineup: Black Knight, Captain America, Captain Marvel, Doctor Druid, Hercules, Hawkeye, Iron Man, Mockingbird, Moon Knight, She-Hulk, Tigra, Thor, Wonder Man, Henry Pym, and the Wasp.

    NOTE: The Grandmaster returns in Silver Surfer (2nd series) #4.

    48 pages

    Cover price $1.25.

  • Issue #1
    Contest of Champions II (1999) 1

    cover by oscar jimenez & eduardo alpuente chris claremont/oscar jimenez/eduardo alpuente ? THE SCOOP: The greatest heroes of the Marvel Universe go to war?with each other? in this all-new super slugfest! ? THE STORY: From deep space comes the Coiterie, a group of intergalactic samaritans who come to Earth seeking its most powerful champion?through all-out combat! But what could possibly make our heroes compete against one another? How about this: the victor receives a miraculous wish of their choice! In other words, the winner could once and for all save mankind! But as Wolverine, Spider-Man, the Thing, Rogue, Thor, Hulk and a legion of heroes are culled from the Avengers, Fantastic Four and the X-Men, the participants begin to wonder: could their alien hosts really have a more sinister agenda?! They better figure it out soon?before they take each other out! Plus: This series will bring two new heroes to the Marvel Universe (hint: check out FANTASTIC FOUR #17 & #18)! ? THE CREATORS: These brutal bouts are brought to you by writer Chris Claremont (FANTASTIC FOUR), penciler Oscar Jimenez (WOLVERINE: BLACK RIO) and inker Eduardo Alpuente. ? THE FORMAT: Five-issue biweekly limited series. ? THE SUPPORT: In addition to house and industry advertisements, CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS II will be spotlighted in Choose Your Champion! a special site at www.marvel.com/champions through which readers can vote for the winners of key match-ups! FC$2.50" Cover price $2.50.

  • Issue #2
    Contest of Champions II (1999) 2

    cover by oscar jimenez & eduardo alpuente chris claremont/oscar jimenez/eduardo alpuente ? THE SCOOP: The greatest heroes of the Marvel Universe go to war?with each other? in this all-new super slugfest! ? THE STORY: From deep space comes the Coiterie, a group of intergalactic samaritans who come to Earth seeking its most powerful champion?through all-out combat! But what could possibly make our heroes compete against one another? How about this: the victor receives a miraculous wish of their choice! In other words, the winner could once and for all save mankind! But as Wolverine, Spider-Man, the Thing, Rogue, Thor, Hulk and a legion of heroes are culled from the Avengers, Fantastic Four and the X-Men, the participants begin to wonder: could their alien hosts really have a more sinister agenda?! They better figure it out soon?before they take each other out! Plus: This series will bring two new heroes to the Marvel Universe (hint: check out FANTASTIC FOUR #17 & #18)! ? THE CREATORS: These brutal bouts are brought to you by writer Chris Claremont (FANTASTIC FOUR), penciler Oscar Jimenez (WOLVERINE: BLACK RIO) and inker Eduardo Alpuente. ? THE FORMAT: Five-issue biweekly limited series. ? THE SUPPORT: In addition to house and industry advertisements, CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS II will be spotlighted in Choose Your Champion! a special site at www.marvel.com/champions through which readers can vote for the winners of key match-ups! FC$2.50" Cover price $2.50.

  • Issue #3
    Contest of Champions II (1999) 3

    Culling the Hero, script by Chris Claremont, pencils by Oscar Jimenez, inks by Eduardo Alpuente; The Scarlet Witch's hex brings Lockdown and Rosetta Stone into the fray; Psylocke learns the Brood are the threat, and that the winners will be hosts for royal Brood embryos; Scarlet Witch defeats Cable; New Warriors defeat Slingers; Thor defeats Storm. 36 pgs. $2.50. Cover price $2.50.

  • Issue #4
    Contest of Champions II (1999) 4

    Chris Claremont/Oscar Jimenez/Eduardo Alpuente The super hero slugfest rages on! Heroes win and heroes lose?but the ultimate victory seems destined for the mysterious sponsors of this contest! They may call themselves the Coterie, but their origin and purpose is far more sinister! Meanwhile, Iron Man and Psylocke wage a far more desperate struggle to learn the truth of this event and somehow prevent the destruction of the worlds greatest heroes. And if that task sounds tough, imagine how difficult it will be in a prison where their super-powers dont work! Plus: You met them in the pages of FANTASTIC FOUR, now Lockdown and his sidekick Rosetta Stone leap from the Negative Zone into the Marvel Universe! They may be strangers in the strangest of lands, but they may also hold the ultimate key to Earths survival! Cover by Oscar Jimenez & Eduardo Alpuente. FC (3 of 5)" Cover price $2.50.

  • Issue #5
    Contest of Champions II (1999) 5

    cover by oscar jimenez & eduardo alpuente chris claremont/oscar jimenez/eduardo alpuente The very best of Earth's heroes have been selected, and their reward is... death! Who is ultimately behind the Contest? What are their true plans for our heroes... and for Earth? Find out as the final battle erupts, determining both the fate of the world and the shape of the future?with ramifications not just for the aliens but for the Avengers, the Fantastic Four and the rest of the heroes who stand against them! "Multi-character crossovers are often impersonal, plot-driven and dry. CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS II is a great exception. This is a character-driven, introspective story full of mystery and strategy... This is a surprisingly good crossover event. Grade: A-" -Comics Buyer's Guide " Cover price $2.50.

  • Issue #1
    Marvel Super Hero Contest of Champions Collection (2015 Marvel) 1

    Reprint One Shot. The Grandmaster enters a cosmic wager with Death herself, using Earth's mightiest heroes as his chess pieces! His goal? To return his fellow Elder of the Universe, the Collector, to life! The stakes? Nothing less than the fate of the Earth itself! Now, heroes from around the globe must battle it out in a contest like none ever seen before. Marvel's historic first miniseries is re-released in a single volume, packed with extras! Guest-starring... everyone! (Everyone circa 1982, that is.) Collects MARVEL SUPER HERO CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS #1-3. 88 pages, full color. Rated T Cover price $7.99.

  • Issue #1-1ST
    Avengers The Contest HC (2010 Marvel) 1-1ST

    1st printing. Collects Marvel Super Hero Contest of Champions (1982) #1-3, Avengers West Coast Annual #2 and Avengers Annual #16. Written by BILL MANTLO, MARK GRUENWALD, STEVEN GRANT, STEVE ENGLEHART and TOM DEFALCO. Art by JOHN ROMITA JR, AL MILGROM and BOB HALL. Covers by JOHN ROMITA JR. and AL MILGROM. To return his fellow Elder of the Universe, the Collector, to life, the Grandmaster enters a cosmic wager with Death herself, using Earth heroes as their chess pieces! Heroes from around the world, including several never-before-seen, battle it out for nothing less than the fate of Earth itself in the Contest of Champions! Featuring every Earth hero, circa 1982! Then, Grandmaster causes more problems for the Avengers when he plans to wipe out all life in the universe, and he pits the Avengers of both coasts against each other to claim his prize! Starring 15 Avengers and special guest star, the Silver Surfer! Hardcover, 168 pages, full color. NOTE: Without a doubt, this is one of my all time favorite Avengers stories. It begins in Contest of Champions and escalates into the Avengers Annuals that follow. The House of Ideas treats the readers to some of the best super hero showdowns in the history of comics. - Odinson, Lone Star Comics Archivist Cover price $24.99.

  • Issue #1-1ST
    Contest of Champions TPB (1999 Marvel) By Mark Gruenwald 1-1ST

    1st printing. Collects Marvel Super Hero Contest of Champions (1982) #1-3, Avengers Annual #16, and West Coast Avengers Annual #2. Written by Mark Gruenwald, Bill Mantlo, and Steven Grant. Art by John Romita, Jr. and Pablo Marcos. The Grandmaster and Death herself have decided to use the Earth's super heroes as pawns in a game they are playing against one another. If the Grandmaster wins the game, his brother, the Collector, will be restored to life. Both the Grandmaster and Death select 12 heroes to fight for their side and find the four pieces of the golden globe of life. Whichever team finds the most pieces wins! Softcover, 160 pages, full color. Cover price $17.95.

  • Issue #1-1ST
    Avengers The Contest TPB (2012 Marvel) 1-1ST

    1st printing. Collects Marvel Super Hero Contest of Champions (1982) #1-3, Avengers West Coast Annual #2 and Avengers Annual #16.

    Written by BILL MANTLO, MARK GRUENWALD, STEVEN GRANT, STEVE ENGLEHART and TOM DEFALCO. Art by JOHN ROMITA JR, AL MILGROM and BOB HALL. Cover by JOHN ROMITA JR.

    To return his fellow Elder of the Universe, the Collector, to life, the Grandmaster enters a cosmic wager with Death herself, using Earth heroes as their chess pieces! Heroes from around the world, including several never-before-seen, battle it out for nothing less than the fate of Earth itself in the Contest of Champions! Featuring every Earth hero, circa 1982! Then, Grandmaster causes more problems for the Avengers when he plans to wipe out all life in the universe, and he pits the Avengers of both coasts against each other to claim his prize!

    Starring 15 Avengers and special guest star, the Silver Surfer!

    Softcover, 168 pages, full color.

    Cover price $16.99.

  • Issue #1-1ST
    Contest of Champions II TPB (2001 Marvel) 1-1ST

    1st printing. Collects Contest of Champions II (1999) #1-5.

    Written by Chris Claremont. Art by Oscar Jimenez and Michael Ryan.

    The legendary Chris Claremont brings you the heroes of the Marvel Universe, as they battle each other in a winner-take-all tournament!

    Softcover, 128 pages, full color.

    Cover price $14.95.