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!