Golden Age of Comic Books – June 15, 2009 – #61

The Golden Age of Comic Books Podcast is back with a celebration of the 70th Anniversary of Marvel Comics!

Marvel Comics (known as Timely Comics then) got its start with the publication of Marvel Comics #1 (October-November 1939) and quickly changed its name to Marvel Mystery Comics with issue #2.  This title introduced two of Marvel’s most popular Golden Age heroes, The Human Torch and the Sub-Mariner.  Marvel went on the publish these characters in their own magazines, Human Torch Comics and Submariner Comics.

One of Marvel’s greatest heroes, Captain America (by Simon and Kirby) got his start in Captain America Comics (March 1941), and was of their most popular Golden Age magazines.  Marvel also published such titles as All-Winners Comics, Young Allies Comics, Daring Mystery Comics, USA Comics and others.

As the superheroes lost popularity after World War II, Marvel ceased publications of these titles in 1949 and 1950 (except for a brief revival in 1954), and the world did not see their superheroes again until the 1960’s.  During the interim, Marvel (under the Atlas name) published a number of horror and “weird” themed comic books.

I hope you enjoy episode 61 of the Golden Age of Comic Books Podcast!

Marvel Mystery Comics #9 (July 1940)

Marvel Mystery Comics #9 (July 1940)

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4 Responses to Golden Age of Comic Books – June 15, 2009 – #61

  1. Pat Curley says:

    Ah, another half hour of Bill on the Golden Age! I cannot tell you how much I have enjoyed listening to these episodes over the years on my MP3 player.

    Marvel Comics #1 did introduce two memorable characters, but memorable like Aquaman and Green Arrow. The Torch was strong enough to hold down his own mag in the GA, but he had to be relieved in Strange Tales, and the Sub-Mariner didn’t make it through the 1970s IIRC. The interesting thing that I see more or less consistently throughout the Silver Age reincarnations is that where the character was significantly changed from the GA version, they tended to survive, but where they tried to retain that GA version they tended to fail. Which is why Marvel Comics #1 slipped behind Action #1 and Detective #27, because DC never had to reintroduce those characters to a new generation who’d never heard of them.

    This is also why I think Marvel’s attempt at bringing back their heroes in 1954 failed; they didn’t update them at all, unlike the Flash in Showcase #4 who suddenly wore a different costume and had a new identity.

  2. Good points, Pat, and I agree. It’s funny how the Golden Age characters have generated so much more interest in recent years. I guess there are some people out there like me who want to learn of the origins and history of these “old” characters.

    Thanks for your kind comments about the podcast. I just wish I had time to record more often!

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  4. Alexander Nevermind says:

    Just wanted to say that i love this website! keep up the good work and i will subscribe to the podcast

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