The MSH Advanced Set had one of the longer print runs I’ve seen in a TSR product. It was continuously in print – essentially unchanged – between 1986 and 1992.

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Marvel Super Heroes Advanced Set [BOX SET]
1986, 1992 … Jeff Grubb … TSR 6871 … ISBN 0880383682

MSH at our reference site

I’ve got some print run data for the Advanced Set there.

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Player’s Book. Cover art: Jeff Butler

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Updated Universal Table
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Judge’s Book
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Map, Side 1
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Map, Side 2

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Character Cards
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45 characters + 3 blanks
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80 fold-up figures. I just noticed that Invisible Woman has a blank third panel.

Edit 12/13/2019

Comparison of 1986 and 1992 sets

TSR gave the MSH Advanced set a slight facelift in 1992. Other than updating the TSR logo to its then-current “Gold Badge” style and a lasso around the title on the box lid, the company seemed mostly preoccupied with updating the copyright date throughout the set.

This is a bit strange, as TSR was typically indifferent about updating copyright and printing info through the years. I’m guessing that this new-found attention to detail had to do with maintaining their Marvel license in this case.

Following are some comparison photos.

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Edit Sept 8 2020

Stand-Up Figures & Character Cards Photo Reference

Character Cards

MSH - Advanced character cards

45 + 3 blanks (6 sheets) of the characters detailed in the Judge’s Book. Also included a ruler for use with the map.

Stand-Up Figures

MSH - Advanced stand-ups

 80 Card-stock counters (2+2 sheets) that when folded into a triangle could “stand-up” and be used with the encounter map.

Following are the sheets as single pages.

MSH - Advanced stand-ups page 1

MSH - Advanced stand-ups page 2

MSH - Advanced stand-ups page 3

MSH - Advanced stand-ups page 4


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See Also: Lands of Dr. Doom: Marvel Super Heroes Box Set

Webs: The Spider-Man Dossier (Marvel Super Heroes)

CARD REFERENCE: Marvel Super Heroes Adventure Game