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!
First Appearance: MARVEL MYSTERY COMICS #82
Why She’s #10: “The cousin of the Sub-Mariner as well as a human-Atlantean hybrid, Namora fought at Namor’s side during World War II after losing her father to unscrupulous surface-dwellers. Thought to be killed during an encounter with the Lemurian criminal Llyra, she found new life after being revived by the Agents of Atlas and continued her career as a champion of justice with that team of intrepid do-gooders. Namora’s power and agility rivaled that of her cousin, and her unearthly beauty charmed both mortals and demi-gods alike.” – Jim Beard
Digital Comics Spotlight: NAMORA #1
THE BLAZING SKULL
First Appearance: MYSTIC COMICS #5
Why He’s #9: “Before he had any super powers, Mark Todd, the future Blazing Skull, already had a knack for throwing himself into action for the greater good as—at various points in his life—a district attorney, a criminal profiles, and a journalist. In the course of doing the latter, Todd encountered his destiny and gained training by the ‘Skull Men’ to be a hero. Upon returning to society, he assumed the Blazing Skull mantel without hesitation, opposing the Nazis alongside the Invaders. As the decades passed, left unaffected by the ravages of time thanks to his healing factor, Todd has worked, mostly quietly and out of sight, to champion freedom far and wide. With or without powers, Mark Todd has repeatedly proven himself a crusader for justice for over 70 years.” – Tim Stevens
Digital Comics Spotlight: NEW INVADERS #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