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The one that started it all, featuring the first appearances of both the the android Human Torch and the Sub-Mariner!


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The one that started it all, featuring the first appearances of both the the android Human Torch and the Sub-Mariner!

30 review for Marvel Comics

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tiag⊗

    The first comic book published by Marvel, five stars for its significance. I found the Human Torch and Namor stories oddly entertaining, the others are very dated, Angel is such cheap rip-off of Superman, with a moustache, lol.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ethan

    Strange, out-dated, and oddly morbid, but the stories have a charm to them.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Victor

    Great historical value. I like the drawing strokes in the original version. They felt natural, with a personal touch that the reedited version lacks.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Anastasia

    I needed to read the first one of all. The one who started it all. For being from 1939 it wasn't bad at all. I'm still surprised by the detail from the characters. Still, it was a little weird for me the 'different stories' in one shot. Still, nothing to get worried about. I really enjoyed it. Now I am curious in how people from this time enjoyed this without knowing what it was coming... I needed to read the first one of all. The one who started it all. For being from 1939 it wasn't bad at all. I'm still surprised by the detail from the characters. Still, it was a little weird for me the 'different stories' in one shot. Still, nothing to get worried about. I really enjoyed it. Now I am curious in how people from this time enjoyed this without knowing what it was coming...

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    Some of these comics were really fun to read, but others fell flat. Overall it was enjoyable, and I'm keen to read more about The Human Torch Some of these comics were really fun to read, but others fell flat. Overall it was enjoyable, and I'm keen to read more about The Human Torch

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kitsune

    Came here after reading the Marvel miniseries. Compared to a lot of early comics, these seem surprisingly ahead of their time, with decent plots and relatively complex characters. The Sub-Mariner was written as much more of an anti-hero than the usual protagonists, and even the Human Torch seems to have Frankensteinian vibes. Not too much to say about Ka-Zar, other than it feels like Yet Another Tarzan Story. The artwork on the edition I read looks to be the original, not a rematering.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    This was kind of adorable. Storytelling was pretty clunky but it gets points for its historicity. Plus, bonus points for Namor totally wanting to end the "White man's race." Clearly a hero ahead of his time. This was kind of adorable. Storytelling was pretty clunky but it gets points for its historicity. Plus, bonus points for Namor totally wanting to end the "White man's race." Clearly a hero ahead of his time.

  8. 5 out of 5

    PD Parsons

    More than worth the price This is an excellent example of a golden age comic book. It tells the origins of two major characters but also the origins of two minor characters, a prose story and a two others stories. It is well worth the price!!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sofia

    I want more of Dr. Sendach. My guy legit created Vampires.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Elisabeth (Enthralled by the Written Word)

    Seriously enjoyed this, the comic that started them all. It was an odd little mix of stories, and I loved seeing the beginning of The Human Torch and Namor the Sub-Mariner.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Hannahmale

    The human torch and Namor were decent, but the others were either boring or racist.

  12. 5 out of 5

    K G

    Would be better without the racism, colonialism, and fatphobia

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ben van Keulen

    Dated, but oddly charming. Some very abrupt transitions and endings which I found a bit jarring, but overall a fun and fascinating place to start my Marvel Comics journey.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lser

    Very cool comic. The golden age human torch is very different than the silver age one but he is still cool. I think i like the silver age version more. The angel looks pretty similar to superman, i liked his signal. Masked raider was pretty cool. Ka-zar was interesting. The other story was ok too.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Noah White

    In short, Namor and the Human Torch had good stories, Kazar not so much. Because of how this book is formatted, in that there are 3 ongoing storylines that are separate, I will review each one separately. NAMOR THE SUBMARINER clearly has the beginning of an ongoing arc that will play out nicely. I like the visual contrast between underwater and above water; the blue filter of everything underwater contrasts with the bright white daylight of the land. It visualizes the differences between these ci In short, Namor and the Human Torch had good stories, Kazar not so much. Because of how this book is formatted, in that there are 3 ongoing storylines that are separate, I will review each one separately. NAMOR THE SUBMARINER clearly has the beginning of an ongoing arc that will play out nicely. I like the visual contrast between underwater and above water; the blue filter of everything underwater contrasts with the bright white daylight of the land. It visualizes the differences between these civilizations, ideologically and structurally - fitting, since warring cultures and races against oppression/revolution seems to be the primary thematic idea of this story. THE HUMAN TORCH story here is good, it just doesn't seem designed with longevity. It doesn't seem to have a uniform structure like Namor, but it has an overall thematic arc that works visually on a scene to scene basis. One scene contributes to the whole, the next one building where the last one ended, etc. It's not a uniform visual metaphor like Namor, but it is an arc. The arc just seems to end as his story in this issue ends, with the ultimate metaphor for contrasting forms of greed wanting to commoditize power playing out to its natural conclusion. I wonder if that could hurt it down the road, since that doesn't leave it a blueprint to build off any further. KAZAR is terrible. This whole story is just racist shlock. Even if it weren't racist, it'd still be schlock. There is no artistic effort put into its visuals for some larger meaning, the characters are unrealistically frankensteined into situations for plot convenience, and it just doesn't work. Across the board with all three stories is that the dialogue doesn't necissarily integrate well with the visuals. Really, its just a thing of comics from this period, writing them and drawing the panels at the same time. Beautiful panels are littered with so much text in some of these stories that I never even end up looking at them. Namor at least characterizes its dialogue to him, but in the other two its somewhat stilted. Read this magazine for the NAMOR THE SUBMARINER stories. Skip the rest. Plain and simple.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kurtis Burkhardt

    This is a pretty good Marvel series, mostly just love and enjoy the Human torch and Kazar comics😄😻👍

  17. 4 out of 5

    Michael P.

    This? In hardcover? Really? Many things deserve the permanence of being a hardback book, but this is not one of them. This book is just a reprint of the first super-hero comic book published by the company that later became Marvel comics with some short essays about the comic and the characters. It features the iconic, but only marginally popular characters, The (original) Human Torch, Sub-Mariner, and Ka-Zar. It also features two forgettable and forgotten characters, The Angel (a misconceived c This? In hardcover? Really? Many things deserve the permanence of being a hardback book, but this is not one of them. This book is just a reprint of the first super-hero comic book published by the company that later became Marvel comics with some short essays about the comic and the characters. It features the iconic, but only marginally popular characters, The (original) Human Torch, Sub-Mariner, and Ka-Zar. It also features two forgettable and forgotten characters, The Angel (a misconceived costumed hero), The Masked Raider (a Lone Ranger type), and the story “Jungle Terror” a juvenile and confusing jungle adventure. The Human Torch story has some historical interest, but the story is not very good. The Sub-Mariner also has historical interest, the art is the best in the book, and it is quite a decent story, and the derivative Ka-Zar story also has historical interest and isn’t bad. Sure, this is an historic comic book, but it is also mostly crap, frankly, and does not deserve the hardcover treatment and the contents REALLY do not deserve the hardcover price. A comic magazine reprint would be just fine.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Dredian

    Es el primer comic publicado por marvel. El numero 1. Año 1939. Tiene un dejo de ilógica dentro de sus historias banales, destacando la antorcha humana, el angel, submariner y kazan. El dibujo de submariner es el mejor de todo el issue, probablemente su guión también. Sin embargo se nota que a pesar de que esto es el inicio, está lleno de inconcistencias lógicas. Por muy fantástico que algo sea, tiene que tener sus reglas. Y por ejemplo submariner es un tipo acuático que vive en el agua y tiene Es el primer comic publicado por marvel. El numero 1. Año 1939. Tiene un dejo de ilógica dentro de sus historias banales, destacando la antorcha humana, el angel, submariner y kazan. El dibujo de submariner es el mejor de todo el issue, probablemente su guión también. Sin embargo se nota que a pesar de que esto es el inicio, está lleno de inconcistencias lógicas. Por muy fantástico que algo sea, tiene que tener sus reglas. Y por ejemplo submariner es un tipo acuático que vive en el agua y tiene una ciudad acuática y todo ok. Se entiende. Pero por qué diantres puede volar? No tiene absolutamente ningún sentido. O su deseo de exterminar la raza humana sin cuestionarse los motivos. Sobretodo cuando el es 50% humano! Cosas como esas destruyen todo lo que podría haber sido algo excelente. Algo antiguo no es sinónimo de algo malo. Y aquí el comic no es malo. Pero peca demasiado de licencias del autor. Como si perteneciera al catálogo del absurdo.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jason

    Comics from this era are always hard for me to read, the style that these are written in and the times makes it age kinda poorly for the most part. But how could I possibly not look at the first ever comic published by the company that would eventually become Marvel? There are six stories that are told in this, The most significant are the golden age Human torch, Ka-Zar and the debut of Namor The Sub-Mariner. Some jarring things in this are straight up murder of thugs/villains by some of the her Comics from this era are always hard for me to read, the style that these are written in and the times makes it age kinda poorly for the most part. But how could I possibly not look at the first ever comic published by the company that would eventually become Marvel? There are six stories that are told in this, The most significant are the golden age Human torch, Ka-Zar and the debut of Namor The Sub-Mariner. Some jarring things in this are straight up murder of thugs/villains by some of the heroes. The most interesting was Namor by a mile. I picked up a reprint of this and I had a hard time telling if some words were outright misspelled or i fit was intentional for certain characters slang. I feel like this is a most for passionate comic readers/Marvel fans though as it marks the beginning.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Matt Bromagin

    I had to read the one that started it all. It was pretty good. Obviously it was rather campy, coming from 1939. I always liked how the old books were able to tell so many different stories in one issue. Nothing was polished, but as a reference, it was great. I've always had a thing for the Jim Hammond Human Torch, so that was one of my favorite parts. The Sub-Mariner story was rather cool - it was the only one of these tales that had any kind of stand-out art. What really surprised me - my favori I had to read the one that started it all. It was pretty good. Obviously it was rather campy, coming from 1939. I always liked how the old books were able to tell so many different stories in one issue. Nothing was polished, but as a reference, it was great. I've always had a thing for the Jim Hammond Human Torch, so that was one of my favorite parts. The Sub-Mariner story was rather cool - it was the only one of these tales that had any kind of stand-out art. What really surprised me - my favorite tale in the book was the first Ka-Zar story. I've always overlooked the character. Never appealed to me before. I still have a feeling he's best in small doses and I'm not sure I plan on reading a full series.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Chris Shockey

    It's OK I thought I was buying the original scan of Marvel Comics #1, instead I found it was a recoloring of the original art. The stories were excellent, but the updated art was distracting and took away the feeling of reading a Golden Age comic. It's OK I thought I was buying the original scan of Marvel Comics #1, instead I found it was a recoloring of the original art. The stories were excellent, but the updated art was distracting and took away the feeling of reading a Golden Age comic.

  22. 4 out of 5

    AZM

  23. 4 out of 5

    Madeleine

  24. 4 out of 5

    Shriram

  25. 4 out of 5

    Marisa

  26. 4 out of 5

    Marvin

  27. 4 out of 5

    GeneralJet

  28. 5 out of 5

    James Clark

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jeremy Gill

  30. 5 out of 5

    Simran

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