The definitive issue-by-issue collecting guide and trade reading order for Namor, The Sub-Mariner in omnibus, hardcover, and trade paperback collections. Find every issue and appearance! Part of Crushing Krisis’s Crushing Comics. Last updated August 2016 with titles scheduled for release through April 2017.
Namor. The Sub-Mariner. The King of Atlantis. He was Marvel’s first superhero, their first anti-hero, and their first mutant.
Namor has been around longer than the majority of people who will read this guide, and those seventy-odd years of life have seen him inhabit as many ongoing series as Wolverine!
He’s been a villain, an Avenger, an Invader, a Defender, and an X-Man. If you enjoy his regal bearing there are hundreds of other comics to delve into – many of which have been collected into graphic novels.
This guide outlines all of his ongoing and limited series, as well as significant runs in other ongoing titles.
- The Golden Age (1939 -1945) – Namor appears throughout this era
- The Invaders (1975) – Told entirely in the period of WWII
- Atlas-Era Sub-Mariner (1953 – 1955) – Namor appears in several titles
- Return of the Sub-Mariner! (1962 – 1965) – Guest appearances
- Tales To Astonish (1959) – Namor co-stars in this title.
- The Sub-Mariner (1968)
- The Defenders (1972) – Namor appears
- Super-Villain Team-Up (1975) – Namor co-stars
- Adrift (1977 – 1984) – Guest appearances
- Prince Namor, The Sub-Mariner (1984) – Limites series
- Adrift Again (1984 – 1990) – Guest appearances
- Saga of the Sub-Mariner (1988) – A recap series
- Namor, The Sub-Mariner (1990)
- The Invaders (1993)
- Marvel Universe (1998) – An anthology containing an Invaders story
- The Defenders & The Order (2001 – 2002)
- Namor (2003) – A young Namor
- New Invaders (2004)
- Defenders (2005)
- New Avengers: Illuminati (2007) – Namor is a key member
- Sub-Mariner (2007)
- Avengers/Invaders (2008) – Golden-age Namor appears
- Sub-Mariner: The Depths (2008) – A retelling of Namor’s origin
- Uncanny X-Men (1963) – Namor stars from #513
- Namor: The First Mutant (2010)
- Invaders Now! (2010)
- Avengers, Vol. 4 (2010) – Namor appears in one arc
- The Defenders (2011 – 2012)
- Uncanny X-Men, Vol. 2 & Avengers vs. X-Men (2011 – 2012) – Namor is a critical character
- Marvel Now: New Avengers & Secret Wars (2012 – 2015) – Namor is a key character
- Marvel Now: All-New Invaders (2013 – 2015) – Namor is a team member
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Namor appeared regularly in the first 20 issues of this series, which originally debuted under the title Marvel Comics for a single issue. He appears sporadically from #21 forward as he primarily moves into his own title.
#1: Marvel Masterworks: The Submariner, Vol. 1 Hardcover
Oddly, this is not the Golden Age edition of his MMW title – it’s Silver Age, containing Daredevil #7 and Tales to Astonish #70-87. Since some readers would skip the Golden Age collections, Marvel included Sub-Mariner’s introduction here as well. Available as TPB.
#1: The Golden Age of Marvel Comics, Vol. 1 TPB
Collects All-Winners Comics (1941) #12, Captain America Comics (1941) #7 & 22, Marvel Comics (1939) #1, and Young Men (1950) #24.
#1-12: Golden Age Marvel Comics Omnibus Hardcover
#1-4: Marvel Masterworks: Golden Age Marvel Comics, Vol. 1 Hardcover (out of print)
Also available in paperback.
#5-8: Marvel Masterworks: Golden Age Marvel Comics, Vol. 2 Hardcover (out of print)
#9-12: Marvel Masterworks: Golden Age Marvel Comics, Vol. 3 Hardcover (out of print)
#13-16: Marvel Masterworks: Golden Age Marvel Comics, Vol. 4 Hardcover
#17-20: Marvel Masterworks: Golden Age Marvel Comics, Vol. 5 Hardcover
#21-24: Marvel Masterworks: Golden Age Marvel Comics, Vol. 6 Hardcover
#25-28: Marvel Masterworks: Golden Age Marvel Comics, Vol. 7 Hardcover (ISBN 0785150269)
#29-92: Not collected. Namor continues to appear through issue #91.
Human Torch (1940 – 1954)
Numbering begins with #2, continuing from Red Robin Comics #1. Namor appeared in back-up stories during the first 12 issues of this series. A helpful reader has confirmed that these volumes do include the Namor back-up stories (thanks Sandra!).
#1-4: Marvel Masterworks: Golden Age Human Torch, Vol. 1 Hardcover (out of print)
#5-8: Marvel Masterworks: Golden Age Human Torch Vol. 2 Hardcover (out of print)
#9-12: Marvel Masterworks: Golden Age Human Torch Vol. 3 Hardcover (out of print)
#13-37: Not collected. Namor appears sporadically. Issue #38 was a reprint issue.
All-Winners Comics (1941 – 1946)
Here Namor was part of a team of the earliest Marvel heroes, including Captain America and pre-FF Human Torch.
#1: The Golden Age of Marvel Comics, Vol. 2 TPB (out of print)
Collects All-Winners Comics (1941) #1, Captain America Comics (1941) #1, Marvel Comics (1939) #1, Red Raven Comics (1940) #1, and USA Comics (1941) #1.
#1-4: Marvel Masterworks: Golden Age All-Winners, Vol. 1 Hardcover (out-of-print)
The 1975 Invaders series fits here.
#5-8: Marvel Masterworks: Golden Age All-Winners, Vol. 2 Hardcover (out-of-print)
#9-14: Marvel Masterworks: Golden Age All-Winners, Vol. 3 Hardcover (out-of-print)
#15-19, 21: Marvel Masterworks: Golden Age All-Winners, Vol. 4 Hardcover
Also collects Vol. 2, #1.
Sub-Mariner Comics (1941 – 1955)
#1-4: Marvel Masterworks: Golden Age Sub-Mariner, Vol. 1 Hardcover (ISBN 0785116176)
The 1975 Invaders series fits here.
#5-8: Marvel Masterworks: Golden Age Sub-Mariner, Vol. 2 Hardcover (ISBN 0785122478)
#9- 12: Marvel Masterworks: Golden Age Sub-Mariner, Vol. 3 Hardcover (ISBN 0785133518)
#13-32: Not collected
#33-42: Continues below in the Atlas Era
Daring Comics (1944 – 1945)
Continued from Daring Mystery Comics #1-8, which did not feature Sub-Mariner.
#9-12: Not presently collected, but this is among the next volumes in line for collection in Masterworks, since #1-8 have recently been collected.
This 1970s series was set in World War II, continuing the Timely Comics team-up of Namor, Captain American, and the original Human Torch.
#1-22: Invaders Classic: The Complete Collection, Vol. 1
Also collects Giant-Size Invaders #1, Marvel Premiere #29-30, Annual 1, and Avengers #71
#1-9: The Invaders Classic, Vol. 1 (ISBN 0785127062)
Also collects Giant-Size Invaders #1 and Marvel Premiere #29-30.
#10-21: The Invaders Classic, Vol. 2 (ISBN 0785131205)
Also collects Annual #1.
#22-24: The Invaders Classic, Vol. 3 (ISBN 0785137207)
#35-41: Invaders Classic, Vol. 4 (ISBN 0785145516)
Also collects Invaders (2003) #1-4.
Marvel Masterworks, Atlas Era Heroes, Vol. 1
Collects Collecting Marvel Boy #1-2, Astonishing #3-6, and Young Men #24-28 (starring Namor!).
Marvel Masterworks, Atlas Era Heroes, Vol. 2
Men’s Adventures #27-28, Captain America #76-78, Human Torch #36-38 (with Namor backups), and Marvel Super-Heroes #16.
Marvel Masterworks, Atlas Era Heroes, Vol. 3
Collects Sub-Mariner #33-42!
The Fantastic Four debuted in 1962 with a new incarnation of Marvel original hero, The Human Torch. It turned out that his longtime uneasy ally wouldn’t be far behind. Namor returned to the Marvel Universe in Fantastic Four #4 and continued to make guest appearances for three years before landing his own title in Tales to Astonish.
- Fantastic Four #4, 6, & 9
- Strange Tales #107
- Fantastic Four #14 & Annual 1
- Avengers #3-4
- Fantastic Four #27
- X-Men #6
- Strange Tales #125
- Fantastic Four #33. (Also, Namor appears in the 1997 and 1998 annuals of flashback series Untold Tales of Spider-Man on either side of FF #33.)
- Avengers #16
- Daredevil #7: This is collected along with Sub-Mariner issues, below.
An anthology title that collects multiple stories per issues. Namor begins appearing monthly starting in issue #70 through the series end in #101, at which point it continued as The Incredible Hulk.
Though some Hulk collections include issues from #60 forward, they contain only the Hulk stories – not the Namor adventures.
#70-101: Essential Sub-Mariner (b&w)
Collects Daredevil #7, Tales to Astonish #70-101, Tales of Suspense #80, Iron Man & Sub Mariner #1, and Sub-Mariner #1
After #78: Avengers #26
After #81: Tales of Suspense #79-80
#88-101: Marvel Masterworks: The Sub-Mariner, Vol. 2 hardcover (out of print)
Collects Tales to Astonish (1959) #88-101, The Sub-Mariner #1, and Iron Man and Sub-Mariner #1.
After #91: Avengers #40
The first 14 issues of this series were reprinted in single issue form in Tales to Astonish (1979-1981)
Marvel Masterworks: The Sub-Mariner, Vol. 1 hardcover
This volume does not collect any issues of this series, but starts with Namor’s run in Tales To Astonish. Collects Marvel Comics #1, Daredevil #7, and Tales To Astonish (1959) #70-87. Also available in paperback.
#1: Essential Sub-Mariner (b&w)
Collects Daredevil #7, Tales to Astonish #70-101, Tales of Suspense #80, Iron Man & Sub Mariner #1, and Sub-Mariner #1
#1: Marvel Masterworks: The Sub-Mariner, Vol. 2 hardcover
Also collects Tales to Astonish (1959) #88-101 and Iron Man and Sub-Mariner #1.
#2-13: Marvel Masterworks: The Sub-Mariner, Vol. 3 hardcover
After #4: Captain Marvel #4
#14-25: Marvel Masterworks: The Sub-Mariner, Vol. 4 hardcover
After #16: Hulk #118
After #25: Namor appears throughout the flashback series Fantastic Four: The World’s Greatest Comic Magazine
After #30: Fantastic Four #32-34
#39-49: Marvel Masterworks: The Sub-Mariner, Vol. 6 hardcover
Also collects Daredevil #77
After #39: Daredevil #77
#50-60: Marvel Masterworks: The Sub-Mariner, Vol. 7 hardcover
#61-72: Not collected
- After #59: Marvel Feature #2-3, then continues to Defenders #1, below, and Iron Man #54.
- After #63: Avengers/Defenders War crossover, as collected below, then Marvel Team-Up #14
- After #69: Marvel Two-in-One #2 and then continues to Super-Villain Team-Up, below
- After #71: Fantastic Four #147-149
- After #72: Giant-Size Defenders #3 and Captain America #181
Originally an Avengers B-team anchored by Dr. Strange and The Hulk. Namor appeared monthly in issues #1-14, as well as #52-56, 78-85, and 92-125. Starting with issue #123 this title starred Angel, Beast, and Iceman before they moved on to X-Factor. See Defenders for collection information.
Begins after the end of Namor’s solo series and Defenders #14. Namor appears through #13.
Super-Villains Unite: The Complete Super-Villain Team-Up
Collects Giant-Size Super-Villain Team-Up #1-2; Super-Villain Team-Up 1-14 & 16-17; Avengers #154-156; Champions #16. (Issue #15 was a reprint)
#1-17: Essential Super-Villain Team-Up (b&w)
Featuring Dr. Doom and Namor. Also collects Astonishing Tales (1970) #1-8, The Avengers (1963) #154-156, The Champions (1975) #16, and Giant-Size Super-Villain Team-Up (1975) #1-2
- After SVTU #4: Marvel Spotlight #27
- After SVTU #5: Daredevil Annual 4
- After SVTU #9: Crossover to Avengers #155-156
- After: SVTU #12: Marvel Two-in-One #28
- After SVTU #13: Returns to Defenders for #52-56
Without a regular series to call his own, Namor continued as an occasional Defender and Avenger, making other guest appearances along the way.
- Fantastic Four #194-195
- Dr. Strange #31-32
- Iron Man #120-122
- Defenders #74 & 78-85
- Fantastic Four #219
- Hulk #250
- Amazing Spider-Man #211
- Defenders #92-93
- Amazing Spider-Man #214-215
- Defenders #99-101
- Marvel Team-Up #111
- Marvel Graphic Novel #1
- Marvel Two-in-One #81
- ROM #34-36
- Defenders #107-116
- Contest of Champions #1-3: Namor is only prominent in the first issue.
- Hulk #277 & 279
- Marvel Two-in-One Annual 7 & #96
- Defenders #122-125
- Fantastic Four #260
- Alpha Flight #3-4
- Fantastic Four #261
- Alpha Flight #12 & 14-15
Tales to Astonish (1979 – 1981)
#1-14: This was a straight reprint of the first fourteen issues of the 1968 Sub-Mariner series.
#1-4: Not collected. Four-issue mini-series.
- ROM #65-66
- Marvel Fanfare #20
- Marvel Graphic Novel #27
- Avengers #262
- Vision & Scarlet Witch, Vol. 2 #6
- Avengers #263-264
- Hulk #316
- Secret Wars II: Namor appear in #8-9, alternating with Avengers #265-266
- Vision & Scarlet Witch, Vol. 2 #7
- New Mutants #40
- Avengers #267-270
- Eternals, Vol. 2 #8
- Hulk #320-323
- Captain America #318
- Avengers #270 & Alpha Flight #36
- Alpha Flight #36-38
- Avengers #271
- Avengers #272 & Alpha Flight #39
- Alpha Flight #40
- Avengers #273
- Avengers #282-290
- Thor #390
- West Coast Avengers #31
- Alpha Flight #61
- Avengers #291-293
The story in Saga of the Sub-Mariner was released here, although it is entirely a flashback.
- Marvel Comics Presents #7
- Solo Avengers #17
- New Mutants #76
- Marvel Fanfare #43
- Avengers #305-310
- Avengers West Coast #50
- Atlantis Attacks: Namor appears in Iron Man Annual 10, Avengers Annual 18, Web of Spider-Man Annual 5, and Fantastic Four Annual 22
- Marvel Comics Presents #33
- Captain America #365-367
- Punisher, Vol. 2 #29
- Avengers Annual 19
- Marvel Comics Presents 46, #57-59, 73, & 77
- Namor #1 – See below
- Hulk #370-371
#1-12: Sub-Mariner & The Original Human Torch
A twelve-issue limited series reviewing the highlights of Namor’s career, paired with a similar 4-issue version for The Original Human Torch.
John Byrne wrote and penciled issues #1-25 of this series, after which Byrne continued to write for another arc penciled by Jae Lee, who continued through #38. Future X-editor Bob Harras took over scripting duties for issues #33-40.
#1-9: Namor Visionaries: John Byrne, Vol. 1 (ISBN 0785153047)
#10- 18: Namor Visionaries: John Byrne, Vol. 2 (ISBN 0785160434)
#19-59: Not collected
#60-62: Fantastic Four / Inhumans: Atlantis Rising
Collects Namor the Sub-Mariner #60-62, Fantastic Four: Atlantis Rising #1-2, Fantastic Force (1994) #8-9, Fantastic Four (1961) #401-402, and Fantastic Four Unlimited #11
#1-4: Invaders Classic, Vol. 4, collects this limited series alongside Invaders (1975) #35-41.
Fantastic Four: Atlantis Rising (1995)
Emerging directly from the end of Namor’s 1995 series, this would be one of Namor’s last major appearances for half a decade. Namor also starred in Fantastic Four around this time (from #385-392 and #400-413) – see Fantastic Four for collection information.
#1-2: See “Altantis Rising,” above.
A 12-issue series from the superstar combo of Erik Larson and Kurt Busiek. It continues directly into The Order. See Defenders for collection information.
#1-12: Not collected. A young Namor story that was part of the Marvel Tsunami line, which also featured Emma Frost and Mystique.
A five-issue limited series, generally comedic in tone and not well-received by fans. See Defenders for collection information.
#1-6: Written by Brian Bendis, this series ret-cons Namor as a player in the entire history of major conflict in the Marvel Universe, along with Iron Man, Mr. Fantastic, Professor Xavier, and Dr. Strange. Collected as New Avengers: Illuminati and variously along with New Avengers.
This Namor ongoing sprang up at the same time as X-Men, Vol. 3, but couldn’t generate enough sales to stay alive past issue #11.
Namor stars prominently in the second arc of this title. See Avengers (2010) for collection information.
A short-lived Defenders relaunch out of the Fear Itself event. See Defenders for collection information.
Namor continues as one of the core members of Cyclops’s X-Men for the duration of Uncanny X-Men, Vol. 2, penned by Kieron Gillen.
From there, he was one of the major characters in this linewide event, resulting in his greatest displays of power but also his greatest sins. See Marvel Universe Events: Avengers vs. X-Men for more information.
The former Illuminati are the focus of this relaunched Jonathan Hickman Avengers title with Namor playing a critical role. See New Avengers (2012) for collection information.
Subsequently, Namor appears throughout Secret Wars – see Marvel Universe Events for more information.
Namor joins Captain America, Winter Soldier, and the original Human Torch for a new Invaders title with an intergalactic bent. This title begins after Infinity and New Avengers #15, crosses through the Original Sin event, and ends just after the finale of Axis.
Namor continues to appear in New Avengers throughout this series; his next significant appearances afterwards are a part of the “Time Runs Out” eight-month leap forward in Avengers and New Avengers.
#1-5: Vol. 1: Gods and Soldiers
Also collects material from All-New Marvel Now Point One.
#6-10: Vol. 2: Original Sin
#11-15: Vol. 3: The Martians Are Coming
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