Look Inside the First Marvel Comic Ever
See how 1939's 'Marvel Comics' #1 kickstarted the House of Ideas!
One of the most important comics in history came out 80 years ago: MARVEL COMICS #1! Not only did this title eventually became the new name for the company, but it also saw the debut of more than one (now) fan-favorite character; this 10-cent adventure promised to introduce readers to the Human Torch, the Angel, Submariner, Masked Raider, and Ka-Zar!
Inside, Carl Burgos welcomed the Human Torch to existence alongside his creator, Phineas T. Horton, in a 16-page barnburner! The tale began with Horton telling the press he made a mistake in creating a synthetic man that would burst into flames when exposed to air! Eventually loosed upon the world, the Human Torch struggled with his own flammable nature, unable to put himself out.
After jumping into a pool, the Torch was captured by a racketeer named Sardo who used his fiery find to force "insurance" money out of business owners. The Torch sought revenge against Sardo, leading to the man to his untimely demise. During the conflagration, the character figured out how to control his powers and turned himself over to the police. He explained his situation, though, and the synthetic man was released into Dr. Horton's custody. However, when Horton revealed his desire to make money off of the Torch, he flew off to live his own life.
From there, Paul Gustavson debuted the Angel, an international avenger who set his sites on a group of extortionists called the Six Big Men. The costumed crime fighter spent the eight-page story tracking them down...before realizing he'd actually been doing the big boss's dirty work all along! After catching on, he took care of them as well.
After that, Bill Everett then presented the first Namor story in a 12-pager that kicked off with salvagers puzzled over a missing treasure from a sunken ship. Upon diving back down, they saw a figure swimming around at a depth that would kill a normal human. And as it happened, the swimmer was just as puzzled by them!
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