Top 10 Most Influential Marvel Comic Books of All TimeMarvel is mainly known today as the box-office sweeping movie series which has shattered all sorts of records, but before the release of Iron Man in 2008, the Marvel Universe was most known for its comics, and without these comics, famous movies like Avengers: Endgame wouldn't have existed. So, let's look at the Top 10 Most Influential Marvel Comics of All Time, the ones that revolutionized the comic-book and superhero industry, whether they introduced a new character, concept, or laid the groundwork for future world-famous movies. Enjoy!
While certainly not the greatest Marvel Comic ever, it was one of the most pivotal points in the entire comic-book industry, and without it, none of these other comics would have existed. Featuring the Human Torch and the Sub-Mariner, two relatively well-known but not exactly famous characters, this was the first ever Marvel Comic, back when comic books had just started becoming a huge moneymaker and everyone was clamoring to create the next big thing for comics. While Marvel didn't become a huge thing until at least a couple years later, when the first big hit for Marvel was introduced with Captain America, it certainly sparked some interest and did enough for fans to want more, and more they certainly got.
Imagine buying the first Marvel comic ever and not realizing that it would soon be the most famous superhero brand ever.
At first, the people at Marvel were pretty skeptical of what would eventually arguably become the most famous superhero of all time, but they decided that it was fine to feature Spidey in a low-selling series like Amazing Fantasy. However, not only did the new superhero in the comic become such a huge character, the storyline in the comic, featuring the death of Uncle Ben and the famous words "with great power comes great responsibility" (though this was actually spoken by the narrator, not his uncle), became one of the most well known, if not the most well known Marvel storyline ever. It showed the comic-book industry that even if a superhero's powers are unusual, that doesn't mean that fans won't love it, and after that a ton of famous superheroes with different kinds of powers were introduced.
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At the point when the Marvel Comics industry was most thriving, the early 60s, they stayed in the spotlight by introducing another game-changer, The Avengers. Pretty much everybody now knows of the most famous superhero team, and the infamous 2012 movie where they all came together is almost completely based on this comic, where Marvel introduced the team, though it was much different then, consisting of Thor, Iron Man, Hulk, Ant-Man and the Wasp trying to stop Loki, so no Captain America, Black Widow or Hawkeye then. This comic instantly became one of the biggest successes ever and issue after issue featuring the Avengers were released, eventually leading to the highest-grossing movie chain ever revolving around them.
After a couple decades of introducing new superheroes, and with fans buying every issue, Marvel decided to try something new out that had never been done before in their universe. Jack Kirby and Stan Lee, two of the most famous comic book creators ever, made a comic book featuring not just a superhero, but a superhero team! It turned out that fans absolutely loved seeing superheroes team up to face a villain, and this comic really marked a turning point for the comic industry, from an era of somewhat small-scale comics usually featuring just one superhero to an era with multiple superheroes in almost every issue working together or against each other. While the Avengers and X-Men are both more well-known than the Fantastic Four, if it weren't for the Fantastic Four, both the Avengers and the X-Men may have not existed.
While Captain America wasn't the first Marvel superhero ever, the credit for which goes to the Human Torch, he was definitely the first gigantic hit. In the first ever Captain America Comic, debuting in 1941 and featuring his origin story relating to the second world war - which was actually going on at the time. The famous movie "Captain America: The First Avenger" is based mainly on this comic. The way that this influenced the comic-book industry is in two big ways. Firstly, it showed how people loved when you tied superheroes to real-world events, such as the second world war, since people love relating to superheroes, which inspired many other superheroes to be as relatable or familiar as possible. It also showed them that you really have to make a superhero as memorable as possible for it to be a success. Other heroes at the time were cool, but didn't have a very unique name or costume, which was partly why they didn't hit off as well as Captain America did.
While at the time this was released, this wasn't an extremely revolutionary breakthrough, the record-breaking movies Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, featuring what's possibly the most well-known Marvel story, were based on this comic. The comic itself was different than the movie versions, starting off with the snap after Thanos acquired the six infinity stones, and the rest of the lengthy comic features the survivors of the many superhero teams coming together to stop him. This comic ended up being one of the most famous and popular comics in the entire Marvel Universe, and today it's known by many to have inspired the biggest superhero movies ever.
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One of the few famous Marvel comics of the 21st century was Civil War #1, which came out in 2006 and consisted of the famous Captain America vs Iron Man storyline, although, just like most comics which inspired movies, the events in this were much different than the movie version, though somewhat similar. It starts off with a disaster killing many people due to superheroes, which turns the public against superhumans and sparks the "Superhuman Registration Act", which is pretty similar to the Sokovia Accords. Then Captain America, who disagrees with this, ends up fighting, with other superheroes of the same belief, against Iron Man and his team. This comic pitting entire teams of superheroes against each other inspired other comic industries to do similar things, and to this day Captain America: Civil War is still one of the most famous superhero movies out there.
In the exact same month that the Avengers were born, another one of their most famous teams was created: The X-Men! Marvel was doing the best they could possibly do in the early sixties, and the famous Stan Lee decided that he wanted to make a team, but he wanted to do something different this time. Instead of bothering to present a bunch of new origin stories, he decided to just do something that so many other superhero writers now do, make it so the heroes were born with their powers! The way that the X-Men were treated like outcasts for their powers made almost everybody relate, and after that the X-Men became one of the most successful comic strips of all time.
A very interesting Marvel comic was Journey Into Mystery #83, where they introduced Thor, the God of thunder. Back then very few people knew him, those being the ones who know Norse mythology, but nowadays pretty much everybody knows him, though more as Chris Hemsworth's amazing rendition of the comic book character, not from the legends. It was a pretty bold move by Marvel to introduce a God from a religion (though, admittedly, the religion had pretty much died out by then), but it really paid off, and from then on pretty much every comic industry sent out the occasional comic with heroes or villains based on mythology, or otherwise storylines based on legends, because fans really loved that sort of thing.
Right before the time of the release of Thor, the X-Men, and the first Avengers comic, Marvel released a comic book that they really weren't sure about, worrying that the "hero" would be controversial, but it ended up being another one of their most famous superheroes ever. The Incredible Hulk #1 featured Bruce Banner's first transformation into the Hulk, and then both fighting against the US Army and a villain called the Gargoyle, and from the release of the comic, the comic creators realized that people love heroes that aren't perfect, ones with a dark side, too, and many superheroes released after that were much more complex than the perfect early heroes like Captain America.
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The first appearance of Iron Man, who not only became a popular character in the comics but was the one who really kicked off the Marvel movie phenomenon.