Originally posted by mferrell:
Alright, I'm drawing a complete blank today.
Back in the eighties, there were a series of Marvel books that were essentially a guide to every character in the Marvel universe.
I'm sure someone knows what they were called, but I can't remember for the life of me.
I think what you're looking for is "Official Handbook to the Marvel Universe". This was in alphabetical order of the characters to Marvel Univ. There were about 3 volumes I think, one of them in binder format
There was also "Official Index to...", and this covered certain series: Amazing Spider-Man, Avengers (2 volumes), X-Men (2 volumes), Marvel Team-Up, Fantastic Four. I highly recommend these if you want detailed synopsis of the first issues of that series.