From the very first issue of pulp
impresario Martin Goodman’s Marvel Comics
in 1939, the comic book
creators of Marvel’s Golden Age flipped the traditional fantasy script by placing the inhuman and the invincible into the real world. With the likes of the fiery android Human Torch, vengeful sea prince Sub-Mariner, and pip-squeak-turned-paragon Captain America, Marvel
created a mythological universe grounded in a world that readers recognize as close to their own, brimming with humor and heartache.