Marvel Comics, originally named Timley Productions, started in 1939, though it didn’t gain much recognition until the release of The Fantastic Four in 1961. Today, Marvel is known for introducing the world to great comics such as Spiderman, the X-Men, Iron Man, the Hulk, the Avengers, Captain America, and all of the evil nemesis of these household super heroes.
Martin Goodman founded and launched the company (then called Timley Comics) in New York City. He, along with Abraham Goodman, were the sole leaders of the company – Goodman being editor, managing editor, business manager, and Goodman being the publisher. The company’s first publication, entitled Marvel Comic #1, introduced the very first Marvel super hero – the Human Torch. Joe Simon became the first editor of the company and helped launch Marvel’s next house hold super hero – Captain America.
Marvel Comics gained popularity over many decades. Throughout the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s, Marvel broke barriers and introduced the world to famous heroes that still influence our lives. X-Men, Spiderman, and The Fantastic Four all became blockbuster hits, and even teamed up with Disney Pixar and CBS soap operas. Today, Marvel is owned by Disney and is still located in New York City.
If I had to choose one superhero to be my favorite, I think it would have to be Spiderman. I like the story of how he became super – he was a normal person like you or me, but by chance this special spider bit him. All of a sudden he has these crazy powers that allow his to shoot webs from a colorful costume and swing from buildings. Sometimes it’s a little hard to believe these crazy superheroes but when you imagine something like that happening to anybody, it definitely creates a kind of dream world where anything is possible. I think Marvel did a great job with Spiderman and it is no surprise why it is such a successful comic.
In conclusion, Marvel, though introduced many decades ago, lead the frontier for comics and is, to this day, breaking barriers and keeping their superheroes alive. They have made so many superheroes household names, and continue to reach out to readers of many generations and interests.
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