Saturday, 12 September 2009

70 Years of Marvel - 1951

Millie the Model was one of the big successes of Marvel-Timely, lasting from 1946 right through the Timely and Atlas era, until 1973, by which time anyone not wearing a spandex costume could forget about having their own title. She still shows up every so often, when Marvel are looking for a little Golden Age nostalgia kick, but I think one can safely say her best days are behind him. Still, that doesn't stop Sub-Mariner staging a comeback every few weeks, so who knows?

Meanwhile, in 1951, in the world of media, Search for Tomorrow, America's first television soap opera, was debuting, as was The Archers on BBC radio. Sit-com fans could enjoy the first episode of I Love Lucy, and Dragnet made the transition from radio to television. In comics, Dennis the Menace (both of them) was making his dirst appearance, whilst The Catcher In The Rye was hitting the bookshelves. Disney was releasing Alice In Wonderland, Ronald Reagan was starring with a chimpanzee in Bedtime for Bonzo. The Thing From Another World was terrorising America. Oh, and the phrase "Klaatu barada nikto" was born.

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