There is a lot to love about Marvel Comics, but what is it exactly that we just can’t get enough of? I think it’s probably the heart that goes into creating the characters. They feel like real people that we are connected to. They inspire us to be real life heroes and change the world to the best of our abilities. Marvel Comics has created more than just picture books, they have created characters that feel real and inspirational to us and I think that’s why they are so important and influential to us.
Marvel Comics began in 1939, founded by Martin Goodman. At the time, graphic novels were becoming very popular so these comic books took an upward spiral and launched Marvel Comics into a profitable and very important period in the company. Goodman knew this so he hired an editor, managing editor as well as a business manager, then moved into an office in New York City.
The first publication that came out starred the Human Torch as the superhero and Namor the Sub-Mariner as the first villain. The first real hit of Marvel Comics came in 1941 when Captain America was revealed to the world. That comic book sold over 1 million copies at the time, a huge feat for any publishing company.
The majority of popular superheroes came out during the 1960s when Stan Lee took over the creative direction of Marvel Comics. You will probably recognize some of the most popular Marvel characters that came out at about that time. These include Thor, the X-Men, Spiderman, Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk, and the Silver Surfer. After this period, Marvel tried to diversify their comics to account for a larger and more diverse audience, especially the more mature audience.
Recently, Marvel Comics have started making changes to keep up with current times. After 9/11 they focused on civil liberties, where their characters were forced to register their secret identities with the government, much like the Patriot Act that was forced upon U.S. citizens.
Marvel Comics has gone on to create a massive and very loyal fan base. If you haven’t already checked out Marvel Comics, which is difficult because they have created some of the most popular characters, then you should definitely hop on the bandwagon because you are missing out.