1960’s - Stan Lee & The Rise of Marvel Comics
In 1961 Stan Lee & Jack Kirby created the Fantastic Four, and on the wave of meteoric success went on to create even more of comics most beloved characters such as Thor, Hulk, Iron Man, and more.
"The Marvel of the 1960s was in its own way the counterpart of the French New Wave… Marvel was pioneering new methods of comics storytelling and characterization, addressing more serious themes, and in the process keeping and attracting readers in their teens and beyond. Moreover, among this new generation of readers were people who wanted to write or draw comics themselves, within the new style that Marvel had pioneered, and push the creative envelope still further."
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Hmm… well this is a tall order. You can literally just buy compendiums of comic book knowledge, but if you really want to experience EVERYTHING you better have a lot of time on your hands, and the “best place” to start is pretty subjective.
IMHO, if you went through all the original FF by Lee & Kirby, you would be off to a good start.
Anyone else got a good rec for mooseintheheadlights here?
Witness the bizarre first appearance of the planet-hungry Galactus in Kirby & Lee’s Fantastic Four #48.
Seriously… how weird is that 2nd page? The mixed-media?
Also check out Galactus’s sweet christmas themed duds, keepin cool with those short sleeves. The outfit was immediately updated by the next issue, but the short sleeves stuck around for a little while.
If you want more of classic Galactus, plus the first appearances of Black Bolt & The Inhumans, and the first superhero wedding issue starring Reed Richards and Sue Storm, you should check out Fantastic Four Masterworks vol. 5 to get it all in one place.
comiXolgy Unbound's Weekend #comicbinge
This weekend (through 6/15) you can get the first 53 issues of Lee & Kirby’s The Fantastic Four for just $49.99 with our web-only bundle, or get individual issues for just 99¢!
(Also, issue #1 has one of my favorite covers and some great onomatopoeia: RAK TAC TAC TAC TAC!)
Experience the tales of the world’s most-famous super heroes from the very beginning! While testing an experimental spacecraft Reed Richards, Ben Grimm, and Sue and Johnny Storm were exposed to a bombardment of mysterious cosmic rays. Upon their return to Earth, they found that they had gained wondrous abilities, the likes of which had never been seen before. That voyage was the first of many extraordinary adventures for these friends, who became known to the world as: Mr. Fantastic, The Thing, The Human Torch, and The Invisible Girl - The Fantastic Four! Marvel at their greatest adventures taking on the likes of Dr. Doom, The Frightful Four, Namor and the awe-inspiring story of the arrival of Galactus and his herald the Silver Surfer!
#comicbinge comes to you every Friday at the end of the work day suggesting series runs you can binge on over the weekend!
Marvel Monday - X-Men by Stan Lee & Jack Kirby Sale!
See where it all began! Today only you can get the first 66 issues of the original X-Men for $59.99 with our bundle, available exclusively on comiXology.com, or get single issues for just 99¢ each!
We’ve got an awesome INHUMANS SALE going on right now to get everyone ready for Matt Fraction’s Inhumanity cross-over event!
The sale includes Fantastic Four #45 which has the first appearance Black Bolt and the Inhumans!
Circa 1966: Fantastic Four #48
The coming of Galactus! The first appearance of Norrin Radd! Uatu looking really buff! And Black Bolt being a total BAMF! This classic comic by the legendary team of Lee & Kirby is finally available on comiXology.
(Also, can we talk about how fabulous Uatu’s shoe’s look on the cover?)