FROM THE BEGINNING TO NOWADAYS
How it all started
On the 31st August 1939, “Marvel Comics #1”, the first comic of the publishing house Timely Comics, appeared among the shelves of the USA newsstands.
The creator of this magazine was Martin Goodman who, following the vogue of comic books, especially those starring superheroes, decided to create characters like Human Torch and Sub-Mariner.
But the real success of his comics started in 1940s, with the introduction of Captain America, a superhero who fought against Nazis even before the USA entrance in the World War II.
During the 1950s the superheroes’ trend was fading away, nobody was into this genre anymore so Timely Comics, that changed in Atlas Magazines, started to write horror, westerns and science fiction stories.
This genre seems to be disappearing, indeed the production of DC Comics ushered in the so-called “Silver Age” of comics. So in the early 1960s Atlas Magazines, the rival company of DC, changed its name to Marvel Comics, as we know it today and returned to write about superheroes.
The great revolution of the Marvels comics started with the writer Stan Lee and the artist Jack Kirby, who created the Fantastic Four.
Readers were fascinated by the setting in the real world, where the characters, human and fallible, interact with each other.
Starting from the 2000s this great production of comics was turned into a string of successful movies, like ”X-Men”, “Daredevil” or “Hulk”, who is also one of the Avengers.
In 2004 the film “Iron Man” was released. It is the first movie of a string that involves many superheroes that fight together to protect their country and later on they will protect the whole universe from Villains.
“Black Panther” was the first film produced by Marvel Studios to win three Oscar awards: best production design, best costumes and best original soundtrack.
But the film that made the whole world run to the cinema is “Avengers: Endgame”, which cashed 2.7902 billion dollars.
The scenes that fans anticipated the most at every cinematic release were the cameos of Stan Lee. He is considered the father of Marvel’s superheroes and to pay homage to him scenes were shot in which he appeared just for a few seconds. These cameos managed to make the films unforgettable and the audience smile.
Today when we hear the word “Marvel”, we all think about the incredible superheros made famous by the fantastic actors of the film company like Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson and Chadwick Boseman.
These cinema stars highlight the results of years and years of work, which have transformed a simple magazine into a great and famous company.