In 1977, Marvel Comics published What If? – an imaginative anthology series which told alternate universe stories. The comics took existing characters and established milestones in the Marvel mythology (e.g. The Death of Uncle Ben) and turned them upside down to create stories such as What if Spider-Man’s Uncle Ben had lived?.

This initial volume of What If? comics (later dubbed ‘Volume 1’) ran for 47 issues before coming to an end in 1984 with the tale: What if Loki had found the hammer of Thor?. During its run, What If? Vol 1. covered a wealth of ideas and adventures, revolving around characters such as the X-Men, Daredevil, Nick Fury, and Conan the Barbarian, amongst others.

If you have never read a What If? comic, but are keen to know what stories were featured during the original run, then you will find this post very handy. This post contains a list of all the titles from What If? Vol 1., as well as the title of a one-off ‘special’ published in 1988.



A list of Marvel’s What If? Vol 1 comics (1977 – 1984)

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Below is a list of all 47 issues of What If? Vol 1 + one addition special, released in 1988.

  • 1) What if Spider-Man had joined the Fantastic Four?
  • 2) What if the Hulk had the brain of Bruce Banner?
  • 3) What if the Avengers had never been?
  • 4) What if the Invaders stayed together after World War II?
  • 5) What if Captain America had not vanished during World War II?
  • 6) What if the Fantastic Four had different super-powers?
  • 7) What if someone else besides Spider-Man had been bitten by the radioactive spider?
  • 8) What if the world knew Daredevil was blind?
  • 9) What if the Avengers fought evil in the 1950s?
  • 10) What if Jane Foster had found the hammer of Thor?
  • 11) What if the original Marvel Bullpen had become the Fantastic Four?
  • 12) What if Rick Jones had become the Hulk?
  • 13) What if Conan the Barbarian walked the Earth today?
  • 14) What if Sgt. Fury had fought World War II in outer space?
  • 15) What if Nova had been four other people?
  • 16) What if Shang-Chi, Master of Kung Fu, fought on the side of Fu Manchu?
  • 17) What if the Ghost Rider, Spider-Woman and Captain Marvel were villains?
  • 18) What if Dr. Strange were a disciple of Dormammu?
  • 19) What if Spider-Man had never become a crimefighter?
  • 20) What if the Avengers fought the Kree-Skrull War without Rick Jones?
  • 21) What if the Invisible Girl of the Fantastic Four had married the Sub-Mariner?
  • 22) What if Doctor Doom had become a hero?
  • 23) What if the Hulk had become a barbarian?
  • 24) What if Gwen Stacy had lived?
  • 25) What if Thor and the Avengers fought the gods?
  • 26) What if Captain America had been elected president?
  • 27) What if Phoenix had not died?
  • 28) What if Daredevil became an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.?
  • 29) What if the Avengers defeated everybody?
  • 30) What if Spider-Man’s clone had lived?
  • 31) What if Wolverine had killed the Hulk?
  • 32) What if the Avengers had become pawns of Korvac?
  • 33) What if the Dazzler had become the herald of Galactus? / What if Iron Man was trapped in the time of King Arthur?
  • 34) What if? (Humour issue)
  • 35) What if Elektra had lived?
  • 36) What if the Fantastic Four had not gained their super-powers?
  • 37) What if the Thing and the Beast continued to mutate?
  • 38) What if… featuring Daredevil and Captain America
  • 39) What if Thor battled Conan the Barbarian?
  • 40) What if Dr. Strange had not become Master of the Mystic Arts?
  • 41) What if the Sub-Mariner had saved Atlantis from its…Destiny?
  • 42) What if the Invisible Girl had died in childbirth?
  • 43) What if Conan the Barbarian was stranded in the 20th century?
  • 44) What if Captain America were revived today?
  • 45) What if the Hulk went berserk?
  • 46) What if Spider-Man’s Uncle Ben had lived?
  • 47) What if Loki had found the hammer of Thor?
  • Special: What If Iron Man had been a traitor? (1988)

If you have yet to experience What If?, but you enjoy classic Marvel tales, these are fun books to dive into.



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