When it comes to comics, a first appearance is often the equivalent to a rookie card in sports cards. 1966 Donruss Marvel Super Heroes is seen as the first set of trading cards featuring Spider-Man, Captain America and other marquee names in the Marvel Universe.
1966 Donruss Marvel Super Heroes is a 66-card set. The checklist is broken down into six 11-card sections, each showcasing a different hero. Captain America kicks off the set with the first 11 cards. He's followed by Iron Man (#12-22), Daredevil (#23-33), Spider-Man (#34-44), the Hulk (#45-55) and Thor (#56-66).
Card fronts are done to look like a comic panel. The full-color artwork features the work of era greats like Steve Ditko. Rather than taking a serious tone, the cards opt for gags and corny jokes. This trend would continue in other early sets of Marvel trading cards. Fourteen cards have no caption other than encouraging collectors to "Write Your Own." As a result, a good chunk of these succumbed to being scribbled on and personalized.
The bottom of each card breaks down the set nicely, stating the 66-card set and the section each particular card belongs to. This makes it a little easier for those looking to just collect the cards of their favorite character.
Card backs fit together to form a large labeled puzzle of all the featured heroes.
1966 Donruss Marvel Super Heroes packs come with five cards and a piece of gum. They originally cost five cents each. Full boxes have 24 packs.
Seeing as how Marvel trading cards have taken off, particularly since the early-1990s, 1966 Donruss Marvel Super Heroes is a very significant set. Singles are relatively inexpensive in raw condition. Professionally graded copies can cost much more. Centering is an issue for many of the cards.
1966 Donruss Marvel Super Heroes Checklist
2 But Lady, the Subscription Only Costs $3.98!
3 Write Your Own
4 You're Going to Love Our Steam Room!
5 I Told You to Keep Those Pigeons Out of My Yard!
6 These Class Parties Give Me a Headache!
7 Write Your Own
8 You and Your Fire Sales!
9 Don't Go to Pieces Over Crab Grass!
10 Write Your Own
11 I Got It for 362 Books of Stamps!
12 Get the Lead Out!
13 I Hate These Toy Kits!
14 Do You Have Iron Deficiency Anema!
15 Write Your Own
16 To Get Your Atom Smashers, Send in 5 Box Tops and $1,000,000!
17 And You Said Add a Little More Lighter Fluid!
18 Write Your Own
19 Please, I'd Rather Do It Myself
20 Write Your Own
21 That Chick Really Puts Me in Orbit!
22 When Did You Notice Those Stomach Pains?
23 But Halloween is Next Week!
24 Let Hurts Put You in the Drivers' Seat!
25 Write Your Own
26 I'm Sorry I'm Tied Up This Evening
27 With These Trading Stamps...You Can Get Anything!
28 He Still Thinks He's in the Circus!
29 Wail 'Till I Turn the Antenna!
30 Write Your Own
31 I Didn't Know You Had a Game Room!
32 How's This for a Finish?
33 Write Your Own
35 Next Time You Change the Tire!
36 Write Your Own
37 Just What I Needed, a Bug Bomb!
38 What 'Ya Mean 50¢ Extra for Gift Wrapping!
39 I Made a Before and After Commercial!
40 The Fly Paper is Rough on the Hair!
41 Just Fixing a Little!
42 I Meant Hang Up the Phone!
43 Those Kids & Those Build-It-Yourself A-Bomb Kits!
44 Write Your Own
45 Write Your Own
46 These PTA Meetings Drive Me Crazy
47 OK, So You're the Green Giant!
48 When I Was a 82 LB. Weakling.
49 Come Out and Play!
50 But I Wanted an A-Bomb for Christmas!
51 Let's Go Swimming Buddy!
52 From Now On Take Your Coffee Breaks with the Rest of the Guests.
53 This Will Really Curl Your Hair!
54 Watch the First Step!
55 I Don't Believe I've Met You Guys.
56 She's Always Hiding the Soap
57 I'd Rather Fight...But I Don't Smoke.
58 The Peasants Are Always Throwing Rocks!
59 I Don't Care If You Have "We Tried Harder Buttons!"
60 Just Who Does Your Hair?
61 I Get 8 Shaves from Each Blade Koo-Coo!
62 I Think the Trouble is in the Fuel Pump!
63 So, I Don't Want Any Scout Cookies!
64 We Try Harder...We're Only No. Two
65 Write Your Own
66 Write Your Own