The forge of creativity & enterprise that was Marvel Comics was a synchronic chord sounded by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko and all the authors and artists and inkers and colorists who worked there. It all started through the early 1960’s when the Great Four and Spider-man and the X-males (The Uncanny X-Males) were formed from the imagination of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.
X-males was a box workplace smash final summer. I am sure you also recall the hugely thriving Hulk Tv show.
The earliest X-men consisted of Jean (Marvel Girl) Grey (who later became the really well-known Phoenix), Professor X (Xavier), Cyclops (Scott Summers), the intelligent Beast (Hank McCoy), and Iceman (Bobbie). Mutants born with particular “super-mutant” abilities.
Later came the New Mutants with younger characters possessing mutant powers that often seemed to possess them (the only sort of comic book story I don’t like).
These characters from X-males such as (Nightcrawler, Wolverine, Storm, Banshee, Kitty) evolved with the advent of the creativity of John Byrne (starting in problem #108 of X-guys) and Chris Claremont (Giant Sized X-men #1 and Uncanny X-guys #94 now valued at $500. up in “mint” situation. The most preferred character was the most important star in the X-males film–Wolverine. There is sure to be a sequel for this box office smash.
X-men Comics taught youngsters that prejudice is evil. Men and women who reside in fear and thus greed try to destroy that which they do not understand.
Fascinating that both the most current Star Wars film and X-guys film took a challenging look at politicians (Congress). If energy corrupts absolutely is it feasible our program is certainly corrupt? The Senator in the X-men film learned his lesson a tiny late.
Spider-man–the new Marvel film in the functions–is about a kid who with usual teenage angst (bullies beating him up, not receiving any babes, acne and so forth is mild stuff compared to today’s college experiences–such as not obtaining shot & killed although going to or attending school or being seduced by a deadly drug or infected by a killer disease) is merely bitten by a radioactive spider (radical stuff for the early 1960’s).
This provides Peter Parker super powers–insect powers–if amplified a man could lift a truck and carry it 20 miles as ants do. (Never get me started speaking about Henry Pym the Antman who became Giant Man in the Marvel’s Avengers ((Capt. America, Thor the Thunder God etc.))). Add to that Peter Parker was also a brilliant student who was in a position to invent a web shooter and other wonderful inventions. And Spider-man was born as a bi-product of the bi-item recognized as radioactive material (which Science still does not know how to get rid of). (Attempt telling that to the Bush administration). Every little thing is energy! Remember Tesla coils.
But Marvel was not the only place parading superpowered characters.
D.C. Comics (Time Warner), too, utilized mythology and stories of Biblical proportions to entrain, energize and excite generations of teenagers, little ones and adults from the 1940’s to present.
Some characters such as Superman, Atom, Flash, Batman, Green Lantern, JLA and other people & even D.C.’s version of Capt. Marvel may have been inspired by spiritual literature which told of Hindu Gods and Goddesses and even Biblical personages who could stand in fire and so on.
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Super Heroes: originating by way of human imagination and from literature, mythology, religion.
Though almost certainly comic creators just made up their wondrous stories.
Once when I interviewed Gerry Conway for the Comics Journal he admitted to me that he had researched some of the comics he wrote. Conway’s pal companion Roy Thomas no doubt researched Conan and Thor and other material even though writer & editor at Marvel. They worked together on the terrific animated Fire and Ice film. (Ralph Bakshi/Frank Frazetta).
And initially Thomas got the Conan house more than to Marvel from Edgar Rice Burroughs in Tarzana, CA. (Tarzana–Tarzan…get it? Yep, it too is a comic.)
Older folk know and appreciate the numerous Films and Tv shows and serials featuring these and other favorite colorful characters: Buck Rogers, Flash Gordon, Commander Cody (which may have inspired the Rocketeer comic and film).
COMIC BOOKS — Born by the sheer exhurberance of the Universe itself through the car of the Human Becoming!
The Comic Sector is a metaphor for life. A cosmic drama unfolding. But not to place old wine into new bottles: A lot of instances in the previous Marvel and D.C. have teamed to do specials that benefits the play of creativity. I first met Stan Lee whilst I was the manager of a Comic Book Retailer in Studio City, California in the 1970’s.
Or, more accurately, I met him by way of his functions at Marvel Comics — his extraordinary scripts & wit in 1961.
Very clever interaction with the fans through clubs and letter columns in the good old days made one particular feel as although one was a element of a thing. With Merry Marvel “we belonged.”
Stan Lee’s stories contained genuine life character’s, total with dilemmas and the germ of good new suggestions and principles for living a fantastic life.
As when Spider-man didn’t cease a Burglar — the same Burglar who later killed his type Uncle–Peter Parker (Spider-man) got the message — serve mankind. With great power comes responsibility.
And responsibility is the ability to respond.
Thrilling fictional stories complete of adventure and excitement with morals. Illustrated profusely.
cartoonporn had been at initial looked on by society as bad guys. Even right after saving human butt thousands of times.
J. Jonah Jameson (low-priced Editor of the Daily Bugle newspaper) has hated Spider-man for over 30 years. Jameson actually attempted to destroy Spider-man by becoming a super villain.