Bridging the Golden Age of Timely Comics in the 1940’s and the explosion of the Marvel Universe in the 1960’s, Atlas Comics veered away from super heroes and branched out into other genres like romance, crime, Westerns and humor.
And monsters—oh did they have monsters.
You can read more about the Atlas Age of comics, but all this week we’ll be counting down the 10 most memorable and menacing monsters that appeared in JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY, TALES OF SUSPENSE, TALES TO ASTONISH and elsewhere before the likes of Thor and Iron Man made the scene.
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10. THE COLOSSUS
First Appearance: TALES OF SUSPENSE #14
Why He’s #10: “A towering mix of Soviet propaganda and alien intervention, the Colossus lumbered to life in 1961's TALES OF SUSPENSE #14. When possession by an other-worldly visitor gave life to a stone statue raised in honor of the USSR, the Colossus taught the Russians a frightening lesson in hubris. But before long, he had also come to America's shores to terrorize the United States. And even after a certain other Russian character called Colossus made his debut, the original didn't fade into obscurity. The massive stone creature also known as ‘It, the Living Colossus’ has stormed through the Marvel Universe a number of times in the decades following his first appearance, facing the likes of Ka-Zar, Beast, Wonder Man and Deadpool. So it's only a matter of time before the giant becomes animated once again.” – Kiel Phegley
Digital Comics Spotlight: TALES OF SUSPENSE #20
9. THE STONE MEN
First Appearance: TALES TO ASTONISH #6
Why They’re #9: “From the depths of the Earth, the Stone Men invaded the surface world in the fall of 1959, terrifying onlookers and proving unstoppable for conventional protectors of mankind. Leveling buildings and decimating the ground beneath them, these grey behemoths betrayed no expression as they brought their sledgehammer-like fists to bear against all that stood in their way. Their sullen faces serve as a prototype for later work by their creator Jack Kirby, with a smidge of the Thing peeking out from behind the sunken eyes, while their instruments of annihilation bear a striking resemblance to the Awesome Android. Indeed, these Stone Men would serve at least in spirit as the predecessors to the creatures Thor battled in his debut, not to mention future subterranean menaces like the Mole Man.” – Ben Morse
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