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.
As the Golden Age of the 1940’s and 50’s gave way to the 1960’s, so did what had been Timely and Atlas Comics evolve into something more. Under the guidance of creators like Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko and others, the Marvel Universe emerged, bringing with it an explosion of heroes, villains and other concepts the likes of which had never been seen in the medium!
This week, we count down our top 10 Marvel heroes to debut during the 1960’s. Have your own thoughts? Let us know on Twitter using the hash tag #Marvel75!
6. THE SILVER SURFER
First Appearance: FANTASTIC FOUR (1961) #48
Why He’s #6: “‘I'm tired of drawing spaceships.’ That's the reason Jack Kirby gave for placing the noble Herald of Galactus on a surfboard, and so another typically quirky Marvel icon was born! Silver Surfer debuted in FANTASTIC FOUR #48 in 1966, in a story that saw him rebel against his planet-devouring master. Confined to Earth—the planet he saved—the Surfer joined the ranks of the world's heroes, but he also stood apart; a scholar, a philosopher, and a permanent outsider. Putting him on that flying surfboard, like a sentinel above the crowd, was an inspired design idea. There was never a hero like the Surfer before—and there's never been another like him since.” – Andrew Wheeler
Digital Comics Spotlight: SILVER SURFER (1968) #1
5. THE HULK
First Appearance: INCREDIBLE HULK (1962) #1
Why He’s #5: “In May of 1962, the “Strongest There Is” burst on to the scene with a scream of rage. The Hulk, a monstrous man mountain of muscle—initially grey, but quickly green—was a warning of the dangers of repressed anger and nuclear mutation rolled into one, a perfect misunderstood hero for the tumultuous 60’s. Unfortunately, it seemed fans, at first, disagreed and INCREDIBLE HULK was cancelled by issue #6. However, Bruce Banner and his alter ego would not be denied. Less than year later, following appearances in FANTASTIC FOUR and AVENGERS, Hulk would return in TALES TO ASTONISH, which would become the second volume of INCREDIBLE HULK, a title that lasted 31 years. Today, Hulk is one of Marvel’s most beloved and well known icons, a bit of irony for a ‘monster’ who just wanted to be left alone.” – Tim Stevens
Digital Comics Spotlight: FANTASTIC FOUR (1961) #12
Come back next week 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