Marvel Comic characters are some of the most notable and recognizable fictional characters in entertainment today. Recently there has been a large surge in superhero movies and the main characters that are being chosen are Marvel characters, such as Iron Man, the Hulk, and the rest of the Avengers. Most people don’t realize it, but there is a story behind these characters, a fairly long one at that.
It’s important to note that Marvel hasn’t always been Marvel Comics; at one point the company was known as Timely Comics, which published it’s first comic in October, 1939. This issue was about a sub-mariner named Namor and a robot who was known as the Human Torch (not the human torch of the Fantastic Four). It’s pretty interesting to note that this first issue of Marvel Comics is valued at $330,000 today, WOW! If that’s not a sign that these comics are valuable and that they are important in the comic-book culture then I don’t know what is.
Martin Goodman founded the company in 1939 and in 1941, Stanley Lieber was brought on as the interim editor. Most people won’t recognize his name, but they will recognize his pseudonym, Stan Lee, a prominent force behind Marvel who has created some of the most popular Marvel characters.
After World War 2, sales declined because superheroes were going out of style and they weren’t as popular. This prompted Marvel Comics to change gears and focus on different story-lines, such as horror, romance, and comedy. This changed during the 1960s when there was a massive revival in superhero popularity, prompted by DC’s Justice League of America. Marvel Comics had it’s own version of the Justice League, which was equally as popular, known as the Fantastic Four.
After this there was a revival in Marvel Comic characters, many that you may know today, such as Spider-Man, Iron Man, Daredevil, and the X-Men. There was quite a bit of competition at the time, but with those characters and more, Marvel declared itself as a company to be reckoned with and as one of the largest comic book companies in the world, which still stands true today.
What made Marvel Comics so different is that they put in a lot of time and effort in creating their characters. Many people are able to easily see flaws in comic book characters, but not in Marvel characters and this is because they were created so well and were so though out.
The process of telling stories via comic books has caused Marvel Comics to influence and revolutionize the industry and make people enjoy and believe in superheroes once again. They way Marvel Comics has done this is truly inspiring.