As we continue to celebrate Marvel’s 75th anniversary all year long on Marvel.com, we move into the 1970’s, and an “Age of Expansion,” where every avenue from mystical cities rooted in the martial arts and the farthest reaches of the cosmos became fertile breeding ground for heroes.
This week, we count down our top 10 Marvel heroes to debut during the 1970’s. Have your own thoughts? Let us know on Twitter using the hash tag #Marvel75!
First Appearance: WEREWOLF BY NIGHT #32
Why He’s #9: “Marc Spector, Moon Knight, was a professional mercenary chosen by the Egyptian moon god Khonshu to be his avenging fist—or at least that's what he believes. Moon Knight's relationship with reality has often been tenuous at times, and the worlds he occupies—the dark corners of Marvel's occult universe and the colorful demimonde of its criminal underworld—haven't exactly kept him on an even keel. On more than one occasion he's been troubled by false personalities, but the mask he always comes back to is Moon Knight, avatar of justice. Or revenge, depending on his mood.” – Andrew Wheeler
Digital Comics Spotlight: MOON KNIGHT (2006) #20
First Appearance: INCREDIBLE HULK #180
Why He’s Also #9: “The Wolverine first appeared as little more than a cameo within INCREDIBLE HULK #180. The Hulk was frustrated, per usual, with puny humans, and thus hopped himself up to Canada. The government there dispatched the then mysterious Weapon X to deal with the emerald brute whilst he fought with the Wendigo. In the following issue, #181, the five foot five inch dervish matches prowess against both monsters, portending his import within the Marvel Universe. Though the coming decades would eventually reveal much about this new figure, you know there's something special about a hero when Stan Lee says of all the Marvel characters he didn't create, Wolverine is the one he wishes he had. The Wolverine, aka Logan, aka James Howlett, has been a stalwart and enigmatic fixture within many facets of the Marvel Universe, as an X-Man, Avenger, a solo adventurer, and always ‘the best at what he does.’” – Ryan Haupt
Digital Comics Spotlight: UNCANNY X-MEN #109
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