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Comic Book Questions Answered: What is this “Marvel Universe” Title?

Comic Book Questions Answered – where I answer whatever questions you folks might have about comic books (feel free to e-mail questions to me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com). Here is a link to an archive of all the past questions that have been answered so far.

Reader Erik sent in the following question:

I recently purchased a copy of Citizen V and the V-Battalion #1. At least, that’s what the indicia says. The story is that of Citizen V #1, as is the cover, with one minor detail….the cover shows the TITLE as Marvel Universe, and the number as #3. Any explanation you might have for this?

Sure thing, Erik!

As most folks know, there are two types of comic sales – Direct Market and NewsStand. NewsStand comics are returnable, while Direct Market are not. For the most part, limited series are a product of the Direct Market, as it really is not worth the effort to gauge the sales of a book when the book is going to be finished by the time the sales of the first issue are calculated.

Therefore, as a way to sort of get around this, around Bill Jemas’ tenure at Marvel, Marvel developed a new title for newsstands called Marvel Universe, which would be an ongoing series that would consist of other titles, like mini-series such as Citizen V mini-series, or other Marvel titles not then offered on the Direct Market.

I do not know if Marvel still produces this title.

Thanks for the question, Erik!

As always, if you have a comic book question you’d like an answer for, drop me a line!


I’m betting they don’t produce it anymore, because do any newsstands anywhere still carry Marvel comics?

Borders and Barnes & Noble still stock comics near the magazine racks. I’d be surprised if Marvel Universe is still published, though.

A few of the gas stations and convenience stores up by my parents cabin still have spinner racks of comics, which I was pleasantly surprised by. They really need to get comics out in places other than comic shops.

I went to a convenience store last night that’s sold comics in the past and they still carried a handful of series. Bought a copy of Marvel Comics Presents I probably wouldn’t have gotten otherwise there. Still, a Walmart that carried a few of the X-titles as of last December didn’t have any comics when I was in there the other day.

Have a good day.
John Cage

Each issue of Marvel Knights also had a “Marvel Universe” variant.

The last Marvel Universe of which we have record is “Startling Stories: Banner” #3 Nov. 2001.

The last sequentially numbered Marvel Universe of which we know is Marvel Universe #5: Citizen V and the V-Battalion #3B

Any time I’m in a “real” bookstore that carries actual comics (as opposed to trades) I make it a point to buy a comic book in addition to whatever else I’m getting, just to contribute a little bit to the perpetuation of comics in book stores.

They do still do this… just not in the U.S. In other countries they combine mini-series into other titles for the reasons you explained above.

The Hasting’s bookstore chain still carries comics.

They don’t carry them at Borders anymore.


The title has now been repurposed as the umbrella brand for cartoon tie-in comics.

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