The name Marvel is on the lips of everyone today, initially the marvel comics were read by children only. However after the introduction of Hollywood movies the trend has changed. Especially in the 21st century the technology which we have is also mind blowing. The use of this technology has helped in the production of some of the best marvel movies such as Spiderman and Blade etc. of course these movies also created a market in the grownups as well. In this article we would not be going into the marvel cartoons and movies. Rather we will stay in the domain of Marvel comic books.
Marvel Comic Books: A Brief History
The Marvel comic books are home to some of the best fictional characters that have ever been developed. The concept behind each character is fantastic. Whether you look into superman who is born in another plant or you look into Spiderman who originated after a radioactive bite from a spider.
In the year 1939 Marvel Comics1 was published by the timely comics. The Issue became an instant hit as it contained the character of Namor and Human Torch. Nowadays if you try to find this issue, then it will cost you around $330,000.
In the year 1941 Martin Goodman (Founder of Marvel) hired Stanley Lieber has the interim editor of Marvel. Stanley Lieber was also the relative of Goodman. You must have heard about Stan lee. He is considered as the main brain behind Marvel. Well that Stan Lee’s real name is Stanley Lieber. Some of the best marvel characters have been developed by Stanley Lieber.
However Marvel was soon hit by sales decline after the conclusion of World War 2. Though there may be many reasons behind this sales decline, however the experts were of the opinion that the main cause was lack of innovation. There was too much superhero stuff and people were fed up of it. Hence to get back in the market, Marvel came out with comic books more related to comedy, action, romance, adventure and horror.
During the era of 1960’s Marvel got a huge boost through the launch of Justice League of America which itself was launched by DC comics. The justice league of America brought the super hero fashion back in the market. This huge opportunity was catered well by Marvel as they also produced the Fantastic Four. Following with Fantastic Four Marvel also introduced super hit heroes like Hulk, Daredevil, Iron Man, X-Men and Spiderman. These super heroes are even popular today.
What’s Special about Marvel?
There was a lot of effort being put in the development of super heroes and characters. The story lines created by Marvel were also excellent which further made reading of the comics interesting. The super heroes themselves were highly appreciated by the audience. These super heroes are admired even today and there are a lot of Hollywood movies been made over them as well.