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: MARVEL SPOTLIGHT (1971) #5
Why He’s #6: “Hear that noise? That rumble? Welcome to 1972 and the scorching debut of the Spirit of Vengeance, Ghost Rider! A terrifying figure—tall, draped in leather, topped with a flaming skull, and astride a growling beast of a motorcycle—he defied convention by being a hero, not a villain. Possessed by a demon, Johnny Blaze not only punished the wicked but bent the fiend’s powers to help the innocent as well. Whether teaming up with the Champions, repeatedly clashing with supernatural forces, or battling the Orb, Ghost Rider stood as a living example of ‘Don’t judge a book by its cover’ and a sign of the evolving super hero ideal of the 70’s.” – Tim Stevens
Digital Comics Spotlight: GHOST RIDER (1973) #27
First Appearance: GIANT-SIZE X-MEN #1
Why He’s #5: “Kurt Wagner is a handsome devil—and within that phrase lies the contradiction that defines his character. When we first met Nightcrawler in GIANT-SIZE X-MEN #1, he was being hounded by an angry mob because of his devilish appearance: his tail, his fangs, his indigo skin. Kurt was one of the unlucky mutants, cursed to stand out in the world as a ‘freak.’ Yet it's hard to see Nightcrawler's appearance as a hindrance today, because of the character's swashbuckling charm and selflessly heroic nature have turned his demonic looks into an asset. Kurt Wagner will never be ‘normal,’ so he's made being Nightcrawler the very best thing it could be.” – Andrew Wheeler
Digital Comics Spotlight: UNCANNY X-MEN #94
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