Friday, 11 September 2009

70 Years of Marvel - 1950

I can't help but observe that that appears to be the woman from yesterday's entry, about to be eaten by the Shaggy Man. Anyway, by 1950, superhero comics had had their day (although Timely's Distinguished Competition were still producing a few superhero books), and Captain America had suffered the indignity of being turfed out of his own book. Which, as readers of Captain America since 2007 be able to testify, would not be the last time that would happen to him. Horror comics, exemplified by EC Comics, were the next big thing, and Timely wanted some of those comics dollars. After all, nothing could be more wholesome than horror comics, right?

In the real world, 1950 saw the start of the Korean War, as well as the Chinese invasion of Tibet. It also saw the first publication of the Eagle, the introduction of the Peanuts newspaper strip, and the publication of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, all of which are more fondly remembered these days.

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