EXPLOREMY LIBRARY
Culture & Literature
TIME The World of Marvel

TIME The World of Marvel

TIME The World of Marvel

From the panels that gave rise to heroes including the Fantastic Four and Spider-Man to the billion-dollar modern box office phenomena The X-men and The Avengers, Marvel has transcended comic books and superheroes and now sits firmly astride pop culture. Now in a new TIME special edition, Earth’s mightiest heroes have assembled in celebration and triumph of their enduring legacy. This special edition covers the history of the superhuman powerhouse, a trip through the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the evolution of televised heroes, and the lasting impact of fictional heroes becoming real-life icons. The gorgeous art and rich storytelling delve into the emotional connection that fans form with these characters and why they worship them. The issue also looks at the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Plus an original quiz: Do you know your Marvel?

Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Meredith Corporation
Frequency:
One-off
Read More
BUY ISSUE
$22.30(Incl. tax)

in this issue

4 min.
life after the endgame

IN THE HAVOC AND RESTRUCTURING FOLLOWING the Avengers’ final fight with Thanos, several beloved characters met their ends. One of them, former Russian spy Natasha Romanoff, a.k.a. Black Widow, hurtled herself off a cliff on the planet Vormir to preserve the Soul Stone. She was, without equivocation, dead. But dead, in this case, doesn’t mean we have seen the last of her. Marvel is setting the stage for the fourth phase of its cinematic universe, which includes Black Widow, a prequel taking place well before the events leading to her demise. But why, after seemingly closing Romanoff’s story with an irreversible sacrifice, are we stepping backward to fill in the gaps in her backstory? From the time fans first met Romanoff 10 years ago, in Iron Man 2, until her death,…

7 min.
why we worship these heroes

THREE OF THE TOP FIVE HIGHEST-GROSSING films of 2019 featured characters that originated on the pages of Marvel Comics. That’s a remarkable legacy for a company that first began publishing more than 80 years ago. Back in 1939, Timely Comics (as it was then known) quietly churned out a variety of titles that were considered throwaway, lowbrow entertainment. It would be a few decades until Marvel, the so-called House of Ideas, revolutionized the comic-book genre, and another few decades before it did the same for pop culture as a whole. “AND SO WAS born the Fantastic Four!!” read a panel in the first issue of a comic book that made its debut in the summer of 1961. “And from that moment on, the world would never again be the born the…

14 min.
the origin of a superhero powerhouse

IN THE LATE 1950S, THE OFFICES OF MARVEL COMics looked nothing like those of rival DC. The suited and glitzy DC brass had been owned by larger corporations for much of the company’s life. Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman all made the Lexington Avenue–based publisher the industry leader. Marvel, then called Atlas Comics, with its single-room office down the hall from a porno mag, among other low-budget pulp titles, was trying and failing to imitate DC’s success, until its visionary editor and his artists flipped the script. “I was in several meetings with Mort [Weisinger, Superman editor in the 1950s and ’60s] and a few people,” Jim Shooter, Marvel’s former editor in chief, who worked at DC in the 1960s, told Reed Tucker, author of Slugfest: Inside the Epic, 50-Year Battle…

3 min.
giving credit to marvel’s unsung artistic heroes

Although Stan Lee is lauded as the father of Marvel Comics, the impact of two artists, Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, who worked with Lee in the 1960s to develop some of the publisher’s most iconic characters, cannot be understated. Born Jacob Kurtzberg in 1917, Kirby (right) grew up in crowded tenements in New York City. He got his start in the comics industry in the 1930s, eventually teaming up with fellow artist Joe Simon, who would be his partner for 15 years. Together they created Captain America, who made his Timely Comics debut in 1940 by delivering a punch to Adolf Hitler on the cover. After serving in World War II, Kirby worked for numerous publishers before returning to work for Martin Goodman at Atlas Comics (as Timely was by…

10 min.
spidey saves the day

THE 1962 DEBUT OF SPIDER-MAN IN AMAZING FANTASY No. 15 happened because Stan Lee took a calculated risk. He trusted his instincts, honed over decades of working in the chaotic comic-book industry, which often seemed to run on trial and error more than logic. On the long path from idea to the newsstands, sales determined what each publisher offered. Fickle comic-book fans frequently switched interests, leaving editors like Lee scratching their heads and trying to predict the next fad. Rolling the dice on a new character also meant potentially wasting precious hours writing, penciling and inking a title that might not sell when that same time could be used on more profitable books. In an industry driven by talent and always against the clock, there were never enough good artists and…

1 min.
all hail stan lee, the king of cameos

Nobody loved the spotlight more than Stan Lee, who reveled in his opportunities to make cameo appearances in Marvel films (including 2019 posthumous appearances in Captain Marvel and Avengers: Endgame). Thanks to his celebrity status, he was also an in-demand guest star on a variety of non-Marvel movies and TV shows.…