Marvel 75th Anniversary

Find Out Who Made Marvel.com's Top Ten Golden Age Characters List Pt. 5

See what heroes from the earliest age of Marvel made the cut!

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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!

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10. NAMORA
9. THE BLAZING SKULL
8. BLACK WIDOW

7. BUCKY
6. THE WHIZZER

5. THE DESTROYER
4. THE BLONDE PHANTOM

3. THE HUMAN TORCH

      2. CAPTAIN AMERICA
      First Appearance:
      CAPTAIN AMERICA COMICS #1
      Why He’s #2:
      “This legendary leader made his debut in spring 1941 on a cover depicting the star-spangled super hero knocking Hitler out cold. With that patriotic punch, Captain America took charge of the fight against the Nazis and their global menace. Beneath the blue chainmail, however beat the heart of a man once deemed unfit for service. Uncle Sam's best brains used science to strengthen Steve Rogers' body to match the stalwart champion that resided within his frail frame. Alongside his sidekick, Bucky, and his super powered allies, the Sub-Mariner and the Human Torch, this Sentinel of Liberty fought for freedom all across the world.” – Brett White
      Digital Comics Spotlight:
      CAPTAIN AMERICA 65TH ANNIVERSARY #1

          1. NAMOR THE SUB-MARINER
          First Appearance:
          MARVEL COMICS #1
          Why He’s #1:
          “In every way, Namor the Sub-Mariner qualifies as a true original. He existed before the X-Men, the Avengers, the Fantastic Four and Captain America. He emerged as one of comics' first superhumans, one of the first anti-heroes, and the very first character to boast the classic super-power trifecta of strength, speed and flight, even before that distinguished character in the cape. 

          “Namor made his first published appearance in MARVEL COMICS #1 in a story by writer-artist Bill Everett. The same issue introduced the world to the original Human Torch, but Sub-Mariner's story had also appeared in a giveaway comic that never got distributed, so technically he's Marvel's oldest hero. 

          “In what we might now call the Mighty Marvel Manner, Namor has never been a typical hero. The half-human, half-Atlantean ‘Avenging Son’ remains arrogant, belligerent, and about as likely to team up with Doctor Doom as to fight alongside the FF. From the 30’s and through every decade since he's fought in every corner of the Marvel Universe as Avenger, a Defender, an Invader, an X-Man, and as part of both the secretive Illuminati and the manipulative Cabal. You could say the Marvel Universe was built on his broad shoulders.” – Andrew Wheeler
          Digital Comics Spotlight:
          SUB-MARINER: THE DEPTHS #1

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          9 comments
          Rheged
          Rheged

          This is a list of GOLDEN AGE characters, that's why those younger Silver Age characters aren't on this list.  And heck yes!  Namora was awesome, especially in Agents of Atlas!

          legohulkthorsmash
          legohulkthorsmash

          Also shouldn't Hulk of Thor have at least made the list? What about a person from the X-Men of Fantastic Four?

          legohulkthorsmash
          legohulkthorsmash

          Well, of course Namor. He was one of the first characters! But really? Namora? She was also a first but not many people know or don't care much. Or am I mistaken?

          Iconsdp
          Iconsdp

          The first one of these lists they have produced that I agree with Namor has always been an awesome charater I just with they would find a proper way to use them he has gone from going one on one with the Hulk & Hercules and taking on the entire FF to being beated by the thing under water getting decked by Spider man and and some how the black panther is on his level now

          Rheged
          Rheged

          Wow, I can't believe Marvel got it right and made Namor #1 over Cap.  And this times a 1000!  " You could say the Marvel Universe was built on his broad shoulders."  EXCELLENT and entirely accurate write up for Marvel's first superhero Andrew Wheeler!

          Gheta
          Gheta

          The android Human Torch was the real first Marvel superhero ever. But at least one of either Human Torch or Namor got 1st!

          tetraktys1974
          tetraktys1974

          There's only one "Golden Age" Human Torch. Jim Hammond, sooooo...yeah