What If…? (Vol. 2)

    (Marvel, 1989-1998)
Marvel

Ah, “What If…?” This second series of the popular comic follows up on many of the variations on that popular theme. How would life be different if this had not happened, or had happened differently?

For instance, if Frank Castle had stopped a few steps shorter in retrieving his child’s lost kite in Central Park, the gang there might never have seen him—and as a result never killed his family. If so, would we have had a Punisher today? And if not, how would the world be different?

And what changes might have occurred if the Avengers had won the Evolutionary War? Would the High Evolutionary have succeeded in affecting the evolution of mankind? And if so, what effect would such a massive change have had on the universe?

Find out the answers for yourself, in What If…?

From the Comics Buyer’s Guide:

The creators of these interesting alternate-universe tales from a simpler time could barely keep the rules straight!

No cosmic law requires that Peter Parker be Spider-Man. From what event did the Marvel Bullpen as FF diverge? The 1950s Avengers are ostensibly an “untold tale.”

Still, they’re fun to read and they’re placed in context by the letters pages. Some suggestions from readers actually became stories, including “What If Rick Jones Had Become The Hulk?” and “What If Gwen Stacy Hadn’t Died?” Other suggestions, such as “What If The Avengers and The Fantastic Four Merged into One Big Super-Team?” showed that the readers also didn’t quite get the ground rules. And we’re left to ponder, “What If a Human Being Fell into Howard the Duck’s world?”

Most telling is what’s not in here: Conan. Following reprints of #7, #9, #10, #11, and #12, readers are teased with the promise of a long-delayed Conan story. Finally appearing in #13, it didn’t make the cut for this volume, so you know exactly how fans felt in 1977.

— Jack Abramowitz

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#-1

  7/1/1997
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Flashback; BishopBen RaabAriel Olivetti

#1

  7/1/1989
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AvengersRoy ThomasRon Wilson

#2

  8/1/1989
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DaredevilDanny FingerothGreg Capullo

#3

  9/1/1989
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Captain AmericaJim Valentino, Sholly Fisch, John RozumDave Simons, Rodney Ramos, Vince Mielcarek

#4

  10/1/1989
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Spider-ManDanny FingerothMark Bagley

#4 - 2nd printing

 
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JCPenney reprint; UPC has Spider-Man swinging; ca. 1993  

#5

  11/1/1989
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AvengersJim Valentino, John RozumJim Valentino, Vince Mielcarek

#6

  11/1/1989
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X-MenDanny FingerothRon Lim

#7

  12/1/1989
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WolverineJim Valentino, John RozumRob Liefeld, Jim Valentino

#8

  12/1/1989
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Iron ManDanny FingerothGreg Capullo

#9

  1/1/1990
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X-MenRoy Thomas, John Lewandowski, Gary FieldsRich Buckler, Vince Mielcarek, Gary Fields

#10

  2/1/1990
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 Doug Murray, Gary FieldsRik Levins, Rodney Ramos

#11

  3/1/1990
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Fantastic FourJim ValentinoJim Valentino

#12

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X-MenJim ValentinoJim Valentino

#13

  5/1/1990
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X-MenKurt BusiekVince Mielcarek

#14

  6/1/1990
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Captain MarvelSteve Ringgenberg, Matthew JorgensenMatthew Jorgensen

#15

  7/1/1990
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Fantastic Four, GalactusRoy Thomas, R.J.M. Lofficier, Jean-Marc LofficierGreg Capullo

#16

  8/1/1990
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Wolverine; ConanGlenn Herdling, John RozumGary Kwapisz, Armando Gil

#17

  9/1/1990
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Death of Spider-ManRichard Howell, Gary Fields, Harry CandelarioRichard Howell, Gary Fields, Rodney Ramos

#18

  10/1/1990
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Fantastic Four, Doctor DoomDwayne McDuffie, Barry Dutter, Rob TokarLuke McDonnell, Ron Ramos

#19

  11/1/1990
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AvengersRoy Thomas, R.J.M. Lofficier, Jean-Marc LofficierRon Wilson

#20

  12/1/1990
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Spider-ManDanny Fingeroth, Darren Auck, John Lewandowski, Barry Dutter, Gary FieldsJim Valentino, Darren Auck, Armando Gil, Keith Wilson

#21

  1/1/1991
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Spider-ManDanny FingerothJim Valentino

#22

  2/1/1991
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Silver SurferRon MarzRon Lim

#23

  3/1/1991
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X-MenKurt BusiekRodney Ramos

#24

  4/1/1991
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Vampire WolverineRoy Thomas, R.J.M. Lofficier, Jean-Marc LofficierTom Morgan

#25

  5/1/1991
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Atlantis AttacksJim Valentino, Ed Lazellari, Renée WitterstaetterRik Levins, Ed Lazellari, Keith Wilson

#26

  6/1/1991
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PunisherKurt BusiekLuke McDonnell

#27

  7/1/1991
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Namor, Fantastic FourRon MarzGavin Curtis

#28

 
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Captain AmericaGeorge CaragonneRon Wilson

#29

  9/1/1991
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Captain America, AvengersGeorge CaragonneRon Wilson

#30

  10/1/1991
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Fantastic FourJim Valentino, Ron MarzDale Eaglesham, Rurik Tyler

#31

  11/1/1991
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Spider-Man with cosmic powersGlenn HerdlingScott McDaniel

#32

  12/1/1991
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PhoenixChris Claremont, George CaragonneRodney Ramos

#33

  1/1/1992
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PhoenixGeorge CaragonneRodney Ramos

#34

  2/1/1992
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Parody issueScott Gimple, Arthur Wyatt, David Cullen, John Rozum, Darren Auck, Barry Dutter, Ian AkinTom Morgan, David Cullen, Aaron Lopresti, Steve Buccellato, Darren Auck, Alexander, Jim Reddington, Jim Cardillo

#35

  3/1/1992
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Fantastic Four; Spider-Man; Doctor DoomRoy Thomas, R.J.M. Lofficier, Jean-Marc Lofficier, David CullenJoe Phillips, David Cullen

#36

  4/1/1992
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Avengers vs. Guardians of the GalaxyRoy Thomas, R.J.M. Lofficier, Jean-Marc LofficierDave Hoover

#37

  5/1/1992
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WolverineRoy Thomas, R.J.M. Lofficier, Jean-Marc LofficierMark Pacella

#38

  6/1/1992
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ThorRoy Thomas, R.J.M. Lofficier, Jean-Marc LofficierM.C. Wyman, Marshall Rogers

#39

  7/1/1992
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WatcherRoy Thomas, R.J.M. Lofficier, Jean-Marc Lofficier, David CullenGavin Curtis, David Cullen

#40

  8/1/1992
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X-MenAnn NocentiDeryl Skelton, Steve Carr

#41

  9/1/1992
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Avengers vs. GalactusJim Valentino, Dave CullenJim Valentino, Dave Cullen

#42

  10/1/1992
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Spider-ManMichael GallagherKevin West

#43

  11/1/1992
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WolverineRon MarzScott Clark

#44

  12/1/1992
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Venom, PunisherKurt BusiekLuke McDonnell

#45

  1/1/1993
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Ghost RiderRon MarzDale Eaglesham

#46

  2/1/1993
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CableKurt BusiekTod Smith

#47

  3/1/1993
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MagnetoKurt BusiekTod Smith

#48

  4/1/1993
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DaredevilRon MarzKevin Kobasic

#49

  5/1/1993
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Silver SurferRon MarzScott Clark, Kevin West

#50

  6/1/1993
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Silver sculpted cover; Hulk, WolverineJohn ArcudiArmando Gil

#51

  7/1/1993
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Punisher, Captain AmericaSimon FurmanParis Cullins

#52

  8/1/1993
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Doctor DoomDan SlottManny Galán

#53

  9/1/1993
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Spider-Man, Hulk, Iron Man 2020Simon FurmanManny Galán, Dave Simons, Dave McCart

#54

  10/1/1993
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 Simon FurmanGeoff Senior

#55

  11/1/1993
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AvengersLen KaminskiCraig Brasfield

#56

  12/1/1993
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AvengersLen KaminskiJohn Czop, Darren Auck, Dave Simons, Craig Brasfield

#57

  1/1/1994
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PunisherChuck DixonMike Harris

#58

  2/1/1994
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Punisher, Spider-ManChuck DixonGordon Purcell

#59

  3/1/1994
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Wolverine/Alpha FlightSimon FurmanBryan Hitch

#60

  4/1/1994
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X-Men weddingKurt BusiekRon Randall

#61

  5/1/1994
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Spider-ManKurt BusiekAndrew Wildman, Derek Yaniger, Jim Amash, Kirk Jarvinen

#62

  6/1/1994
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WolverineKurt BusiekRon Randall

#63

  7/1/1994
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War MachineDan SlottManny Galán

#64

  8/1/1994
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Iron Man  

#65

  9/1/1994
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ArchangelSimon FurmanJohn Higgins

#66

  10/1/1994
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RogueSimon FurmanJohn Royle

#67

  11/1/1994
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Captain AmericaChuck DixonDario Carrasco

#68

  12/1/1994
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Captain AmericaChuck DixonDario Carrasco

#69

  1/1/1995
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X-MenMariano NiciezaJ. R. Justiniano

#70

  2/1/1995
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Silver SurferChuck DixonJoe Barney, Don Hudson

#71

  3/1/1995
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HulkIan EdgintonLarry Stroman

#72

  4/1/1995
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Spider-ManSimon FurmanCraig Brasfield

#73

  5/1/1995
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DaredevilDaniel G. ChichesterTom Grindberg

#74

  6/1/1995
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Mr. Sinister forms The X-MenSimon FurmanNathaniel Palant

#75

  7/1/1995
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Generation XStefan PetruchaGreg Luzniak

#76

  8/1/1995
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Flash Thompson as Spider-Man; Last WatcherTerry AustinStuart Immonen

#77

  9/1/1995
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LegionBenny Powell, Warren EllisHector Gomez

#78

  10/1/1995
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New Fantastic Four remains a team; No Credits for bookChuck Dixon 

#79

  11/1/1995
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Storm becomes PhoenixSarah E. ByamFranchesco

#80

  12/1/1995
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Hulk becomes The MaestroJames FelderKerry Gammill, Ed Benés

#81

  1/1/1996
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Age of Apocalypse didn’t endMariano NiciezaKev Hopgood

#82

  2/1/1996
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J. Jonah Jameson adopts Peter ParkerWilliam Messner-LoebsAnthony Williams

#83

  3/1/1996
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 Ian Edginton, Mike BaronRafael Kayanan

#84

  4/1/1996
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Shard lived instead of BishopGerard JonesMark Pacella

#85

  5/1/1996
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Magneto ruled all mutantsDavid MichelinieArnie Jorgensen

#86

  6/1/1996
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Scarlet Spider kills Spider-ManTerry KavanaghDoug Braithwaite

#87

  7/1/1996
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SabretoothDan Abnett, Andy LanningFrank Teran

#88

  8/1/1996
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Spider-ManBen RaabAriel Olivetti

#89

  9/1/1996
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Fantastic FourBen RaabMike S. Miller

#90

  10/1/1996
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Cyclops and HavokTodd DeZagoJames Daly

#91

  11/1/1996
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HulkJoe KellyNelson

#92

  12/1/1996
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Joshua Guthrie and a Sentinel; Cannonball’s Little Brother Josh and His Pet SentinelJoe KellyJames Daly

#93

  1/1/1997
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WolverineMarc McLaurinDietrich Smith

#94

  2/1/1997
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JuggernautJorge GonzálezJim Calafiore

#95

  3/1/1997
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Ghost RiderIvan Velez Jr.Eric Battle

#96

  4/1/1997
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QuicksilverChris WozniakChris Wozniak

#97

  5/1/1997
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Black KnightJames FelderLeonardo Manco

#98

  6/1/1997
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Rogue, NightcrawlerBill RosemannLeonardo Manco
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