As we continue to celebrate Marvel’s 75th anniversary all year long on Marvel.com, we move into the 1970’s, and an “Age of Expansion,” where every avenue from mystical cities rooted in the martial arts and the farthest reaches of the cosmos became fertile breeding ground for heroes.
This week, we count down our top 10 Marvel heroes to debut during the 1970’s. Have your own thoughts? Let us know on Twitter using the hash tag #Marvel75!
First Appearance: MS. MARVEL (1977) #1
Why She’s #4: “You wouldn't have guessed it from her unceremonious early appearances as a supporting character in the pages of the original CAPTAIN MARVEL series, but United States Air Force Colonel Carol Danvers would go on to blaze trails and punch holes in the sky in her own series starting in 1977. As Ms. Marvel, Danvers became the first unabashedly feminist Marvel hero—appropriate for the groundbreaking decade in which she made her super powered debut. In the initial MS. MARVEL series, she simultaneously slugged it out with super villains and battled against J. Jonah Jameson's regressive notions about women as the editor of the Daily Bugle's Woman Magazine.” – Brett White
Digital Comics Spotlight: AVENGERS #171
First Appearance: MARVEL PREMIERE #15
Why He’s #3: “Born of privilege, marked by tragedy, and reborn anew as a hero does not, perhaps, feel like the most unique origin. However, most such stories do not also include a secret hidden mystical city, a child being trained in martial arts for a decade, and an enormous, terrifying dinosaur. Iron Fist gladly went that extra mile in his 1974 debut. Emerging from the experience a green and yellow clad master of martial arts and focused chi, Danny Rand returned to the gritty, dangerous place that was the Big Apple of the 70’s, a man apart in his own country. Not satisfied there though, Rand’s encore killed, joining the nascent Heroes for Hire and forging one of the most distinctive friendships in comics with Power Man himself, Luke Cage.” – Tim Stevens
Digital Comics Spotlight: IMMORTAL IRON FIST: THE ORIGIN OF DANNY RAND #1
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