Since publishing its first issue in 1939, Marvel Comics has given birth to characters including Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, Captain America and Iron Man. Now, on its 75th anniversary, a new volume celebrating Marvel’s history has been published by Taschen
A 700-page volume, 75 Years of Marvel Comics: From the Golden Age to the Silver Screen is packed with nearly 2,000 images, a huge fold-out timeline, and biographies of more than 300 artists, writers, editors, and famous fans who helped shaped Marvel’s history.
Here, we bring you some of the highlights (captions provided by Taschen)…
Martin Goodman, 1941, holding in his hands a proof of Al Avison’s cover to Captain America Comics No. 11. The young publisher, aged 33, seems to be contemplating the future of his comic book line, started just two years earlier. Photo courtesy Jason Goodman/Courtesy TASCHEN
In Terror’s Icy Grip. Photograph, 1954. TIME magazine’s 3 May 1954 issue noted that “of the 80 million comic books sold in the U.S. and Canada every month, about a quarter are what the trade calls ‘horror comics.’ . . . They deserve the title.” Here, a young boy is scared witless reading a copy of the same month’s issue of Menace, No. 11, with its horrific cover by Harry Anderson.Courtesy Ivan Briggs/TASCHEN
Bill Everett, 1939. A freelance artist for Centaur Comics, where he co-created Amazing Man, Everett joined art director Lloyd Jacquet when he defected to start his own comics packaging company, Funnies, Inc. Later that year, the Sub-Mariner was born. Courtesy Wendy Everett/Courtesy TASCHEN