Marvel has been an amazing journey for all of us, with a huge fan base all over the world, right from marvel comics to marvel cinematic universe and marvel studios. It gave us some most exciting superheroes of all time. It has amazed the entire globe by its top-grossing and record-breaking movies. We all know who started the avengers and how did banner turn into a huge green beast, but do you know who created “Marvel” and how it all started?
Marvel comics was found in 1939 by pulp magazine publisher Martin Goodman Under the name timely publications. Timely’s first comic book was Marvel Comics no. 1, which featured several superhero characters, most notably the Human Torch and the Sub-Mariner. Human torch (character name- Jim Hammond) was the first-ever marvel superhero character followed by Thomas Halloway The Angel and Namor McKenzie the Sub-Mariner. The creators of every character were different. Timely Comics introduced many superhero characters in the 1940s, the “Golden age” of comics, most importantly Captain America, who first appeared in Captain America Comics no. 1 (March 1941). The characters in the comics were often shown to be fighting against the Nazis and the Japanese even before the United States entered World War II. Captain America was the most famous character during the wartime. he was one of the first patriotically themed superhero created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby. Before introducing Captain America, in 1940 there was another character named black widow(Claire voyant) created by George Kapitan, Harry gahle in mystic comics#4. This character is a Satan’s ambassador who is sent back on earth with
superpowers to avenge her death and also kills sinners to deliver their souls to her master. There were several other notable characters many of which continue to appear in modern-day retcon appearances and flashbacks—include the Whizzer, Miss America, the Destroyer, the original Vision, and the Angel.
As the 1940s came to an end, superheroes fell out of trend with comic book readers, and Timely cancelled the last of its comic books in 1950. In 1951 Goodman formed his own distribution company, and Timely Comics became Atlas Magazines and expanded into a wider variety of genres featuring horror, humour, funny animal, men's adventure-drama, giant monster, crime, and war comics, and later adding jungle books, romance titles, espionage, and even medieval adventure, Bible stories, and sports. In 1956 rival company DC Comics success in reviving superheroes in the late 1950s and early 1960s, specifically with the Flash, Green Lantern, Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Arrow, and other members of the Justice League team of America, Marvel followed suit. For several decades Marvel and DC were the highest competing companies within the industry. within the early 1960s, Atlas changed its name to Marvel Comics. The first modern comic books under the Marvel Comics brand were the science-fiction anthology “Journey into Mystery” and the teen-humour title Patsy Walker (both cover-dated 1961).
In 1961, everyone’s cherished writer-editor Stan Lee entered the business and revolutionized the whole superhero comics era by introducing superheroes designed to appeal older readers this time than just the child audience, thus ushering what Marvel later called the Marvel Age of Comics.
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