Updated on 16 October, 2021
In 1939, Marvel Comics published First Marvel Comic Issue No. One, written by Bill Finger and illustrated by Stan Lee, set the stage for what would become an incredible comic book empire. In this issue, " superhuman powers were not human." It introduced the Fantastic Four, The Avengers, The X-Men, The Spider-Man franchise, and, of course, The Fantastic Four. This is also where the concept of comic-book superheroes was born.
The comic has evolved over time, from a magazine to a blockbait, to continuing adventures. In fact, it did not take long for readers to identify the Fantastic Four with their comic-book heroes. In modern comics, Spider-Man is often times presented as the ultimate hero, with the other comic book heroes usually presenting minor roles or supporting cast members. In early issues of First Marvel Comic, however, each of these heroes had a starring role. These first comics also introduced characters like the Fantastic Four, The Hulk, The Black Cat, The Phantom, and The Fantastic Four (with The X-Men later).
The origins of the Fantastic Four can be traced back in earliest issues of Amazing Spider-Man. Peter Parker, now known as Spider-Man, was bitten by a spiders web while visiting his Uncle Ben's laboratory. While in the laboratory, a scientist injected spider-man with a serum that made him immune to the webs effect. In Amazing Spider-Man, this serum was called spider venom.
Spider-Man's comic books have featured many memorable villains. He faces them throughout many comics over the years. The Green Goblin was one of the first major villains. He was a villain to be reckoned with, as he had a high level of intellect and, as a result, a powerful weapon. He often attempted to takeover the city of New York. The Green Goblin was one of many characters introduced in the early Amazing Spider-Man comic books.
The Black Cat is one of many villains that made their debut in the very first comic book. She was a jewel thief who tried to steal the royal jewel from Kingpin. However, she was defeated by Spider-Man. In various different versions of her history, the Black Cat was also married to several different superheroes. In fact, she was married to Spider-Man in the Electro Series, though they were divorced in the final installment of the series.
One of the most tragic characters introduced to the world of comics was none other than Wolverine, better known as Logan. Though he was made out to be something bad in the beginning, his life during the early parts of his comic book career portrayed him to be an excellent, strong, and heroic hero. Wolverine has gone through many changes throughout his comic book career. He was once bitten by a radioactive spider, which left him with a scar on his chest. He was later turned into Wolverine by a chemical that left him with some similarities to Green Wolverine, though he was much younger when he became a mutant.
Another member of the incredible web-swinging quartet of Marvel's greatest heroes was the Fantastic Four's Reed Wilson. Wilson was a young boy when he was bitten by a genetically altered spider-creature. He was transformed into the immensely powerful, super-fast, and psionically gifted Reed. His greatest power was his ability to control various forms of electricity, including plasma, electricity, kinetic energy, and even time itself. This granted him the ability to easily switch between various forms of super-speed, and he used this skill to battle against the Green Monster, an immensely powerful villain that was one of the more ruthless villains in the Marvel Universe, and also a childhood friend of Cyclops, Jean Grey, and Spider-Man.
While these four characters are some of the most popular superheroes of all time, they represent a portion of comic book history that is often overlooked. Many comic book fans are familiar with some or all of these fantastic characters, but there are many more that have only been introduced recently. In fact, many comic book readers have only seen a fraction of the characters and stories that can be found in the Marvel Universe and their Amazing Spider-Man and X-Men series alone. The characters that have been featured in these comics, and by adapting them to the big screen, have made them incredibly popular and have established them as some of the most beloved superheroes in the modern era of comics.