The Explosion of the Marvel Franchise

Maggie Leone '17, Sports Editor

Marvel Comics started out in 1939, known as Timely Comics.  The characters in these comics were largely superheroes, most of whom became quite popular in the United States.

A character created in the World War II era, named Captain America was a huge hit with Timely Comics.  He was a real-life hero at the time, battling against the real villains – the Nazis, as well as other bad guys.  As time went on and the war came to a close, interests began to shift.  This was when Timely Comics became known as Atlas Comics.  The theme was changed from wartime heroes to other themes, like horror, for example.  But that didn’t last long.  After some political disagreements, Atlas brought back the typical comic book characters, merely in modern versions.  New artwork was designed and the heroes now had a more developed personal history.

In the year 1961, Marvel Comics emerged and with it came the Fantastic Four.  This group became very popular.  Not long after, many of these heroes would make it into the movie industry as well, bringing the characters to life on the big screen.


Some of the popular heroes include:

  • Thor
  • Spider Man
  • Hulk
  • Thor
  • Iron Man
  • Black Widow
  • Captain America
  • Wolverine


Some of the villains include:

  • Loki
  • Red Skull
  • Ronan
  • Dr. Doom
  • Green Goblin
  • Black Cat