Bridging the Golden Age of Timely Comics in the 1940’s and the explosion of the Marvel Universe in the 1950’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
9. THE STONE MEN
7. HUMAN ROBOT
First Appearance: MEN’S ADVENTURES #26
Why He’s #4: “Ken Hale was the sort of adventurer-scholar who was up for anything; and increasingly so as the average challenges of life began to bore him. He was a man with a thirst for death defying thrills who, deep down, feared death. Only one solution presented itself: head to Africa in search of the fabled Gorilla-Man, best him in combat, and become immortal. So Hale did just that, not realizing the path to immortality including becoming the Gorilla-Man himself. His new form filled him with shame and he sought to live, free of human eyes, in the jungle forever. The world, however, could not lose such a hero and time again, be it via the Agents of Atlas, the X-Men, or S.H.I.E.L.D., Earth came calling for his help. Now more comfortable than ever, Hale willingly lives amongst his fellow man while endlessly repelling people looking to slay him for their own shot at immortality.” – Tim Stevens
Digital Comics Spotlight: GORILLA-MAN #1
First Appearance: JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #62
Why He’s #3: “Alien. Criminal. Scientist. Children's television presenter? Xemnu the Titan—formerly Xemnu the Hulk—will stop at nothing in his unquenchable thirst for power. He'll use his strength; he'll use his genius; he'll use his ability to control men's minds; and he'll even use the fact that he looks like a fluffy white teddy bear in a dainty metal cap if he thinks it will help him get his way. Sure, Xemnu seems pretty cuddly as monsters go, but don't be fooled. He's a dangerous inter-galactic menace! An adorable dangerous inter-galactic menace.” – Andrew Wheeler
Digital Comics Spotlight: MARVEL PREMIERE #3
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