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!
9. THE BLAZING SKULL
8. BLACK WIDOW
6. THE WHIZZER
5. THE DESTROYER
THE BLONDE PHANTOM
First Appearance: ALL SELECT COMICS #11
Why She’s #4: “They don't make heroes like Louise Grant any more. A young secretary from Hoboken, New Jersey, Louise put on a red evening gown and a domino mask and ventured out into the night to solve crimes. The Blonde Phantom was an old school crime fighting masked detective who didn't have any powers; she just had moxie, martial arts, and a gun. Louise returned to the comics page in the 90’s as a friend and confidante of the sensational She-Hulk while her daughter Wanda followed in her footsteps as the new Blonde Phantom. Sadly neither lady has been seen in a while, but comics can always use a glamorous, gutsy dame like the Blonde Phantom.” – Andrew Wheeler
Digital Comics Spotlight: ALL SELECT COMICS 70TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL #1
THE HUMAN TORCH
First Appearance: MARVEL COMICS #1
Why He’s #3: “Though Professor Phineas Horton initially believed his creation to be a failure, the android later dubbed Jim Hammond burst into flames upon contact with air and learned to be a hero during a time of war. More human than the Axis agents he fought, the Human Torch gained mastery over his flame, joined with other champions to form America’s frontline team the Invaders, and took a young mutant named Toro under his wing. In modern times, Hammond has returned to the good fight on several occasions with the Avengers and new incarnations of the Invaders, proving that heroism takes on a life of its own, artificial or otherwise.” – Jim Beard
Digital Comics Spotlight: MARVELS #1
Come back tomorrow to see the last two 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