Monday, 31 August 2009

70 Years Of Marvel - 1939

So, apparently, Marvel Comics is 70. Which is odd, because in 1986, it was 25. Mind you, Marvel's idea of the passage of time has always been fluid, whether it be the sliding 10-15 year timescale of the Marvel Universe, or confusion over what came first, 1954 or 1961 (just ask Alan Moore). Anyway, in tribute to this alleged anniversary, and in order to fill up some space on the internet, here's the first in a hopefully daily look at Marvel through the years, beginning with...

Where it all began - Marvel Comics #1 - which saw the first appearances of, among others, Namor the Sub-Mariner and the Human Torch, as well as the creative talents of such luminaries as Paul Gustavson, Carl Burgos, and of course, Bill Everett. It may not look like much now, but it blazed a trail which successive generations of writers and artists have been following ever since.

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