Marvel silver age reading order

Part 2: City of Heroes

The Avengers #7 Cover

The Avengers #7 Cover

Part 2.1: Darkest Hour

Thor strives to prove that human Jane Foster is worthy of his love while Tony Stark grapples with the fact that his injury could kill him at any moment. These struggles and others lead to cracks in The Avengers, including Iron Man's suspension from the team. 

Reading Order:

  • Journey Into Mystery #98-104

  • Tales of Suspense #54-56

  • The Avengers #7

  • Tales of Suspense #57

  • Strange Tales #116-124

  • Fantastic Four #27-28


Daredevil #1 Cover

Daredevil #1 Cover

Part 2.2: Without Fear

Marvel’s lineup of street-level heroes expands with the introduction of Daredevil, the man without fear. While this blind lawyer copes with his extrasensory powers, Spider-Man grapples with threats new and old including Mysterio, Kraven, Green Goblin, and even Daredevil himself!

Reading Order:

  • The Amazing Spider-Man #13-14

  • Daredevil #1-6

  • Tales to Astonish #58-59

  • Journey Into Mystery #105-108

  • The Amazing Spider-Man #15-16

  • Tales of Suspense #58

  • The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1

  • The Amazing Spider-Man #17-18

  • Strange Tales #125-127

  • The Amazing Spider-Man #19-22

Fantastic Four Annual #2 Cover

Fantastic Four Annual #2 Cover

Part 2.3: Return of Doom

While the Fantastic Four are confronted with the return of their greatest foe, we finally learn the startling origin of Dr. Doom. Beyond Doom, the team is tested in new ways when they meet their rivals—The Frightful Four! In another corner of the Marvel Universe, the Avengers are facing some of their own greatest threats in the form of Kang and Immortus, but could even these new and strange villains have a connection to the all-powerful Doom?

Reading Order:

  • Fantastic Four #29-32

  • Fantastic Four Annual #2

  • Strange Tales #128

  • The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #2

  • Journey Into Mystery #109-113

  • The X-Men #6-9

  • Tales of Suspense #59-60

  • The Avengers #8-10

  • Fantastic Four #33-37

The Avengers #16 Cover

The Avengers #16 Cover

Part 2.4: Avengers Assemble…Again!

The Avengers face a turning point after a momentous battle with the Masters of Evil. With Iron Man retiring from the team, Thor called away to Asgard, and Giant-Man and the Wasp considering giving up the superhero gig altogether, only Captain America is left to carry on the team. So when it comes time to find new members why is he recruiting villains like Hawkeye, Quicksilver, and Scarlet Witch? The ongoing adventures of the X-Men might provide at least some of the answers!

Reading Order:

  • Tales to Astonish #60-64

  • Tales of Suspense #61-62

  • The Avengers #11

  • Tales of Suspense #63-64

  • The Avengers #12-14

  • The X-Men #10-18

  • Tales to Astonish #65-66

  • The Avengers #15-16