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.
As the Golden Age of the 1940’s and 50’s gave way to the 1960’s, so did what had been Timely and Atlas Comics evolve into something more. Under the guidance of creators like Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko and others, the Marvel Universe emerged, bringing with it an explosion of heroes, villains and other concepts the likes of which had never been seen in the medium!
This week, we count down our top 10 Marvel heroes to debut during the 1960’s. Have your own thoughts? Let us know on Twitter using the hash tag #Marvel75!
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10. THE BLACK PANTHER
9. IRON MAN
First Appearance: JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #83
Why He’s #8: “The conceit of Thor in August of 1962 was wonderfully simple: a Norse god, all bluster, muscle, and thunderous power, banished to Earth and trapped in the body of a man, Dr. Donald Blake, an intellect too injured to navigate the world without a cane. Living life as a mortal for years, the worst grounding in mythological history, Blake only awakened to his true self upon finding the great hammer Mjolnir, disguised as a walking stick. There the story truly begins, the story of a god who was forced to live as a man as punishment and ended up so in love with humanity he refused to return home—the story of a god becoming a true hero.” – Tim Stevens
Digital Comics Spotlight: THOR #126
7. DOCTOR STRANGE
First Appearance: STRANGE TALES #110
Why He’s #7: “Though his first appearance was only a five-page backup story, the DNA of Marvel's mystic master Doctor Strange was well established in STRANGE TALES #110. After having created the ultimate teen super hero in Spider-Man, Stan Lee and Steve Ditko brought a much more adult sensibility to Doctor Strange as his first story saw the good doctor unraveling a metaphysical mystery by entering the dreams of a haunted man. That dreamscape showed off Ditko's powerful design in the form of Nightmare, Doctor Strange's first great foe who was born out of bizarre inky lines. And by the end of Lee's revenge-tinged story, it was clear that readers had entered a magical new era for the Marvel Universe.” – Kiel Phegley
Digital Comics Spotlight: STRANGE TALES #115
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