A Look Back at the Beginning of Marvel Comics

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.

The Beginning of Marvel Comics

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.

MarvelMystery12Martin 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.