Miracle – The golden age of comics: How it all began with Marvel.


Marvel Comics used to be Timely Comics

Schpfer and founder of the company Timely Comics is Martin Goodman, who laid the foundation stone for today’s label under the name Marvel Comics in 1934. The Pulp magazine publisher was already active in this trade in 1931 with his colleagues John Goldwater and Maurice Coyne and saw the perfect time to set up his own business. In the following years, impressive characters such as Superman (1938) and Ka-Zar (1936) gradually appeared on the screen and impressively proved that superheroes could be used to make money. Goodman recognized this trend and began to publish the first superhero comics under Timely, which were then published under the label Timely Comics.

Already the first issue of October 1939 collected a considerable number of short stories around different characters, which all had the same Bernat-like powers. Still today of certain fame there are Namor/The Sub-Mariner and The Human Torch. The content of these comics was strongly based on the time in which they were created.

Nevertheless, they were not a simple conglomeration of arbitrary stories, but a kind of political instrument of the World War II era, which created a mood among young and old alike. Characters like Human Torch did not fight against auerrestrial titans like Thanos, but went to war against ordinary people in the form of armies. Of course, it was purely coincidental that in most cases they were bse Nazis who wanted to subjugate the freedom of the country.

The highlight of this political charade was the introduction of a figure whose outfit was already based on the American flag and stood for all the values that made up this country – of course we are talking about Captain America. A patriotic figurehead who, of course, did not shy away from direct contact with Adolf Hitler and always emerged victorious. Timely Comics was undoubtedly a political extra, in which people were always accused of the good (America) always winning against the Bse (the Germans). The whole thing began, mind you, at a time when America was not even an active participant in the Second World War.



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Mette Frederiksen is a The Washington Newsday correspondent. With her coverage of general science, NASA and the interface between technology and society, Frederiksen has been in the Science Desk's Technology Beat since joining Washington Newsday in 2018.

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