This book reminded me of what buying an album in the 80s was like; two or three great songs, and a whole bunch of stuff you never wanted.
I have the Marvel Firsts, 1960s, which I think is an excellent survey of early Marvel, and I expected to enjoy this one more than I did because the 80s Marvel is what I grew up reading. it has the New Mutants GN story (very cool) and Wolverine miniseries #1 (not as cool, been reprinted several times), Falcon miniseries #1, Contest of Champions #1 (which made me want to get #2 and #3 again), Ka-Zar #11 (11? why not #1), Dazzler #1, and then ... Crystar #1. A toy tie-in and promotional vehicle. Is that what made Marvel great in the 80s? If Marvel wanted to include a toy tie-in, it should have been GI Joe #1. It has some filler pages of first covers (and many covers were shown more than once on several different filler pages), but overall not too bad.
Maybe volume 2 will have more sensible and better stories (Web of Spider-Man #1, Punisher miniseries #1, The Nam #1, The Thing #1, Obnoxio #1, X-Factor #1, Moon Knight #1).