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In 1939 a new voice hit the newsstands and changed the comic-book world forever: Marvel Comics #1, with its blazing Human Torch cover, and the first appearance of The Sub-Mariner inside, had arrived! And this 64-page pulp package wasn't your typical assortment of super-powered, straight-laced, do-gooders--this was something completely new. They're flanked by more eclectic heroes: The Angel, Electro, The Ferret, Masked Rider, Ka-Zar...plus three Subby/Torch battle issues, #8-10, Alex Schomberg's first covers, and a classic Angel cover by Jack Kirby on #12.
It doesn't get much wilder than this, the first dozen issues of Marvel (Timely's) flagship title! Issue #1 starts at $40,000 in the guide. Issue #2 is considered not just scarce, but rare; #3 has the first television in comics; #4 boasts the first-ever Subby cover by Schomberg and the second swastika ever on a comic (Feb, 1940); #5 has Schomberg's first-ever Human Torch cover and is considered scarce.
Bill Everett is kicking it on The Sub-Mariner, and Carl Burgos does his thing on his creation, The (android) Human Torch. the great Paul Gustavson is drawing his character, The Angel.
The amazing android creation of Dr. Phineas Horton, the Human Torch was neither man nor hero--he was a blazing force of nature that shocked and unsettled mankind. Prince Namor, the Sub-Mariner, the half-human/half-Atlantean, ventures from his undersea kingdom into the world of man--not with a mind set on peace, but on vengeance!
These two characters would form the foundation for the style of conflicted hero that defines Marvel to this day, and you'll see them evolve across twelve full issues from their raw forms into the battling fire and water mega-hits of the Golden Age!
Besides the costumed crime fighter, The Angel, these issues feature the wild and incomparable robot invention, Electro; the hard-edged detective, the Ferret; Terry Vance, the boy adventurer; the Western Masked Raider; and the ongoing jungle adventures of Ka-Zar, the Great, who of course re-entered the Marvel universe in the 1960s.
Noted historian Will Murray makes this all the better with an extensive, 15-page, profusely illustrated essay on Marvel's pulp magazine pre-history, on publisher Martin Goodman (Stan Lee's father-in-law), and the birth of Marvel Comics and its first comic titles (written in 2009)! Roy Thomas also adds a separate introduction, written in 2009, "A New Phenomenon."
And all this is topped off with special bonus features including original artwork and items not seen since 1939. This collection forms the cornerstone of Marvel history essential for every comic book fan, collector and historian!
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Item Code GOLM01H Publisher Marvel Publish Date 2019 ISBN 9781302918972 Binding Hard Cover Dimensions 7x11 # Pages 848pg Color Full Color
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