All year long on Marvel.com, we’re celebrating Marvel’s 75th anniversary, and to fully appreciate the scope of that history, you need to go back to where it all began.
In 1939, Timely Comics entered the Golden Age of comics with MARVEL COMICS #1, debuting the Sub-Mariner and original Human Torch among other soon-to-be-stars and others who would be quickly forgotten. Over the next decade-plus, what would later become the Marvel Universe expanded with dozens of characters making their mark or falling by the wayside.
This week, we count down our top 10 Marvel characters to debut during the Golden Age. Have your own thoughts? Let us know on Twitter using the hash tag #Marvel75!
Read part one
First Appearance: MYSTIC COMICS #4
Why She’s #8: “The first ever costumed female comic book character with her own super powers, Claire Voyant beat Natasha Romanova to the Black Widow mantel by over two decades. The original Widow possesses an off-the-wall origin even for the Golden Age as she kills a family while possessed by Satan then dies herself before being resurrected by the evil one as his agent on Earth to accelerate the delivery of dark souls to hell. Punishing the wicked for morally ambiguous reasons to say the least, Black Widow would have her morality even further complicated after being brought into the modern day as part of the Twelve.” – Ben Morse
Digital Comics Spotlight: THE TWELVE #8
First Appearance: CAPTAIN AMERICA COMICS #1
Why He’s #7: “After befriending the seemingly clumsy Steve Rogers at Virginia's Camp Lehigh, James ‘Bucky’ Barnes stumbled upon the biggest secret of World War II—Captain America's secret identity—just by walking into his pal’s tent unannounced. With his double life potentially in jeopardy, Cap enlisted the lad to fight alongside him and to inspire American teens to get involved in the war effort. A skilled hand-to-hand combatant despite his youth, Bucky proved to be a more than capable companion in the fight against Hitler's forces. He even followed in Cap's take-charge footsteps by leading his own group of patriotic youths, the Young Allies.” – Brett White
Digital Comics Spotlight: CAPTAIN AMERICA AND BUCKY #620
Come back tomorrow to see two more entries on the list, share your thoughts on Twitter with the hash tag #Marvel75 and keep up on Marvel’s 75th anniversary celebration at marvel.com/75