Cullen Bunn on what’s to come for Kid Kaiju, including Fin Fang Foom… times two!

With big monsters, comes big responsibility…for Kei Kawade, at least. When you can bring massive behemoths to life just by drawing them, people start to take notice. Kei, AKA Kid Kaiju, currently enjoys his own ongoing series-MONSTERS UNLEASHED, from writer Cullen Bunn and artist Andrea Broccardo-and soon, he gets to join the Marvel Legacy initiative too.

In MONSTERS UNLEASHED #7 (out this fall), Kei and his colossal compatriots find themselves in the Savage Land, the classic Marvel locale untouched by time and populated by unfriendly beasts. Talking to writer Cullen Bunn we learned that the first arc will focus on classic creatures like Fin Fang Foom while also setting up important new developments for the future of the Marvel Universe.

Marvel.com: Can you talk a little bit about how this issue will directly tie into the Marvel Legacy initiative? 

Cullen Bunn: MONSTERS UNLEASHED started off as a bit of a love letter to all the classic monsters in Marvel’s vast history. With the new series, we’ve been focused on our new monsters. In this arc, though, we’re putting the spotlight back on one of the classic monsters in a big way. In addition, this story focuses on the idea of a kid struggling with powers that are new and unusual and scary to him. That’s the kind of story that made me love Marvel when I was a kid.

Marvel.com: Going off that, what kind of throwbacks can we expect to Marvel’s legacy of monsters from the Kirby era and the like?

Cullen Bunn: We’re spotlighting one iconic monster–Fin Fang Foom–in this arc. He’s arguably the most popular of the classic Marvel beasts, and he’s definitely one of my favorites. Wait. Did I say we were spotlighting one monster? I meant two. But they are both Fin Fang Foom. What does that mean? It means that while we’re honoring the legacy of Marvel comics, we’re also looking toward some very important things coming in the future.

Marvel.com: What about the Savage Land makes it so well-suited for a MONSTERS UNLEASHED story? 

Cullen Bunn: Besides the fact that the Savage Land is one of Marvel’s most legendary locales, there is an important reason that this story takes place there. When we first arrive in the land of prehistoric beasts, it is because Kei has a big secret he wants to reveal, but for various reasons he wants to be far away from modern civilization.

Marvel.com: How will Kid Kaiju’s band of world-saving monsters get along with the ones we’ll meet in the Savage Land? 

Cullen Bunn: They will not get along at all.

Marvel.com: In terms of an antagonist, what kind of threat are we looking at here, both to this land untouched by time and the world at large? 

Cullen Bunn: The threat in this story is huge–and not just physically. This creature is a threat to Kei, a threat to the Savage Land, and–if Kei and Elsa Bloodstone don’t stop it–to the world as a whole. As I mentioned, as much as this story honors Marvel’s past, it also looks to the future. The villain in this issue is just part of something much, much bigger and more terrifying.

Marvel.com: How does Andrea Broccardo’s artwork on this correlate to the story you want to tell?

Cullen Bunn: Andrea draws some great monsters and dinosaurs! He also draws great action and adventure. Most importantly, though, Andrea never forgets to keep the artwork fun. We’re telling an important story, but MONSTERS UNLEASHED is still a book you’ll have a good time reading.

Marvel.com: Will this experience be enough to turn Kid Kaiju into Man Kaiju?

Cullen Bunn: This might be a harrowing enough experience to age Kid Kaiju. It’s definitely going to open his eyes to the enormity of his abilities a little more. But I think he’ll still be a kid when it’s all over–a kid with some big responsibilities.

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Discover the connection between an iconic Marvel monster and one of Iron Man’s archenemies!

With so many classic creatures on the loose in Monsters Unleashed, we turn to their earlier adventures thanks to Marvel Unlimited.

When you think of classic Marvel monsters, it probably doesn’t take long for Fin Fang Foom to pop into your head. The infamous green—and sometimes orange—dragon with an affinity for purple shorts burst forth in the days before most super heroes came on the scene, but went on to become fully integrated into the Marvel Universe!

In the original STRANGE TALES #89 story by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee, a young man named Chan Liuchow found the dragon’s cave and woke him up to help save his village from the forces of Communist China. Fin Fang Foom didn’t exactly volunteer his services, though, but Chan tricked the creature into following him into town and scaring away the bad guys, and then led him back to his cave where the clever young man used an herb to knock him back out.

Over two decades later, in ASTONISHING TALES #23 and #24, Dr. Vault woke Fin Fang Foom up to battle another classic Marvel monster: It, the Living Colossus! In the two-issue 1991 series THE LEGION OF NIGHT, a demon named Aan Taanu took over Fin’s body and attacked a now grown Chan Liuchow and his group of supernatural investigators known as the Legion of Night.

Around that same time, Fin Fang Foom made his presence felt in IRON MAN. Around issue #260, The Mandarin started amassing his power once again, which included an alliance with none other than the dragon himself. As explained in #264, Foom actually belonged to an alien race called the Kakaranathara that came to Earth centuries ago.

Strange Tales (1951) #89

Strange Tales (1951) #89

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Landing in China, Fin’s companions used their shape-changing abilities to integrate into society while he went into stasis watching the ship. Later, the man who became The Mandarin snuck aboard the vessel and stole the infamous 10 rings. Back in the then-present, Mandarin woke Fin Fang Foom to help him take over a chunk of China. The alien dragon had plans of his own to summon his fellows and conquer all of Earth, but Iron Man, War Machine, and ultimately Mandarin stepped in to stop them.

Foom’s so popular that his visage pops up even when he himself does not. Don’t be fooled by the supposed appearance in the pages of THOR #379 by the legendary Walt Simonson. As that story progressed the sage-like Fin Fang Foom turned out to be none other than Jormungand, the world serpent. Nightmare used a similar idea in HULK #39 when he took a Mindless One and made it look like the large dragon.

Over the years, creators have used Fin Fang Foom for comedic purposes—like in the first few issues of NEXTWAVE—as a serious menace as in IRON MAN or as an unexpected hero in the pages of MONSTERS UNLEASHED!

Up next, Monstrom struggles to get help fixing his ship and instead runs into a group of torch-bearing humans!

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See the Children of the Atom combat all manner of monstrous behemoths!

The X-Men clash with giant monsters in ALL-NEW X-MEN #1.MU, out February 1, but not for the first time. The merry mutants’ history’s littered with instances of colossal creatures crashing their parties, but this latest threat might prove the most challenging.

Take a look at a few of our favorite instances of the X-Men squaring off against monstrous opponents.

Uncanny X-Men (1963) #10

Uncanny X-Men (1963) #10

  • Published: March 10, 1965
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: April 08, 2009
  • Rating: T+
  • Penciller: Jack Kirby
  • Cover Artist: Jack Kirby
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UNCANNY X-MEN #10
When the young mutants traveled to the Savage Land, a tropical throwback in the middle of Antarctica, they encountered the world’s original giant monsters: dinosaurs! Cyclops and the gang avoided a phalanx of pterodactyls to rush right into the arms of the not-so-friendly Swamp Men, who in turn introduced them to a hungry tyrannosaurus. Needless to say, the X-Men made their escape to return more than once to the prehistoric playground.

Giant Size X-Men (1975) #1

Giant Size X-Men (1975) #1

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GIANT SIZE X-MEN #1
When the original team disappeared, a new group of X-Men banded together to investigate. That search led them to a strange encounter with Krakoa, a literal living island mutated by atomic energy and able to walk like a man. Up against incredible odds, the new crew won the day with guts and gusto, a great beginning for a historical collection of heroes.

Uncanny X-Men (1963) #96

Uncanny X-Men (1963) #96

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UNCANNY X-MEN #96
Cyclops’ heavy guilt over the death of teammate Thunderbird dredged up a horrifically large demon named Kierrok. The X-Men opposed the creature’s advance, but soon began to succumb to its immense powers until Professor X got wise and directed Storm to the demon’s point of origin, which she destroyed.

Uncanny X-Men (1963) #181

Uncanny X-Men (1963) #181

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UNCANNY X-MEN #181
A gigantic dragon returned with the X-Men from the first so-called Secret Wars and immediately began to lay waste to Tokyo. The team tried their best to contain the creature, but when the damage and destruction grew too great, it fell to Kitty Pryde’s dragon companion Lockheed to sway the towering serpent away from its lethal path.

Astonishing X-Men (2004) #39

Astonishing X-Men (2004) #39

  • Published: June 01, 2011
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: May 16, 2012
  • Rating: T
  • Writer: Daniel Way
  • Penciller: Jason Pearson
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ASTONISHING X-MEN #39
Years later, Wolverine and Cyclops battled another dragon in and around Tokyo—a legendary one by the name of Fin Fang Foom! They learned the great beast operated under the tight mental control of the villainous Mentallo, a situation which eventually led them to Monster Island and into the waiting jaws of, yep, you guessed it: more giant monsters.

Join up with the mutant heroes as they dive into Monsters Unleashed in ALL-NEW X-MEN #1.MU on February 1!

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See the biggest and baddest villains faced by the Hulks in Season 1 and check out the season premiere October 12 on Disney XD

Hulk and the other Agents of S.M.A.S.H. are huge, hulking heroes and they’re ready to bust out of your TVs! “Marvel’s Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.” returns to Disney XD for its second season on October 12 at 8:00 a.m. ET and they’ll be returning with more enourmous adventures and even badder enemies! They’ve already faced some pretty tough baddies, so get ready for Season 2 by taking a look at some of the largest villains that the Hulks have already faced.

Episode 105 – “All About Ego”
Villain – Ego the Living Planet
The Hulks travel to outer space to battle an entire planet. No, not a planet’s worth of villains, but a villain the size of a planet! Luckily, they brought with them the next biggest ego: Red Hulk’s!

Galactus in Marvel's Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.

Galactus in Marvel’s Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.

Episode 108 – “Galactus Goes Green”
Villain – Galactus
You’d hope that with an episode title like that, Galactus would turn over a new leaf and focus his energy on saving planets instead of consuming them. Unfortunately, that couldn’t be further from the truth! Instead, Galactus seeks out a new herald and finds a worthy candidate in the under-appreciated She-Hulk!

Episode 109 – “Hulks on Ice”
Villains – Laufey
Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. team up with someone who’s no stranger to massive bouts: Thor! The Hulks team up with Thor to stop Laufey, King of the Frost Giants. Luckily, the Hulks have a well “thawed” out plan!

Fin Fang Foom in Marvel's Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.

Fin Fang Foom in Marvel’s Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.

Episode 118 – “Mission Impossible Man”
Villain – Fin Fang Foom
The Hulks meet their biggest “fan” in the form of Impossible Man! Great news to have an ally, right? Well, unfortunately, Sauron gets involved and summons the legendary dragon Fin Fang Foom to take on the Hulks and put their “fan” to the test.

Episode 120 – “Stranger in a Strange Land”
Villain – Dormammu
A-Bomb desperately wants to be a magician, and luckily he has friends with good connections. Hulk gets Sorcerer Supreme Doctor Strange to take A-Bomb in under his magical wing. When Dormammu shows up to abduct Doctor Strange, it’s up to A-Bomb to put his new skills to the test to rescue his teacher!

Leader in Marvel's Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.

Leader in Marvel’s Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.

Honorable Mention
Episode 107 – “Incredible Shrinking Hulks”
Villain – Leader
The Leader certainly isn’t the largest in stature when it comes to Hulk’s villains, but in this very special episode, there’s no threat bigger! When the Hulks think they’re going to enjoy a game of miniature golf, it’s the Hulks who become miniaturized by the Leader’s shrink ray. When you’re only an inch tall, every obstacle proves challenging, especially one as big as the Leader.

Tune in to the season premiere of “Marvel’s Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.” this Sunday at 8:00 a.m. ET on Disney XD to see the Hulks face bigger and badder enemies! And make sure to keep your eyes on Marvel.com for all the latest on all the Hulks.

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Spider-Man joins the Avengers in the third season premiere, airing this Sunday, August 31, at 9:00 a.m. on Disney XD!

Spider-Man’s dream of joining the Avengers comes true in the two-part season premiere event of “Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors.” We’ve got two clips from the two-part event that airs this Sunday, August 31 at 9:00 a.m. ET on Disney XD!

Spider-Man is going to have to prove he can work well with the Avengers in the clip above as we see how he handles the big baddies in the season premiere. Luckily, Captain America is there to give him some helpful advice! In the second episode, Spider-Man gets some help from Iron Man to take down Doc Ock, as you’ll see in the clip below!

The third season premiere is available for free on iTunes until its debut on Disney XD this Sunday, August 31 at 9:00 a.m. ET. Tune in this Sunday and every other Sunday at 9:00 a.m. ET on Disney XD to see Webhead’s weekly adventures in “Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors”! Make sure to keep your eyes on Marvel.com for all the latest on your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man!

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The Disney dragon becomes the latest in a long line of comic book fire breathers this June!

Look out, Lockheed, because there’s a new dragon flying into town!

The iconic Disney parks character Figment will make his printed page debut as part of Marvel’s new Disney Kingdoms line of comics when DISNEY KINGDOMS: FIGMENT #1 hits stores on June 4. The comic, written by Jim Zubkavich with art by Filipe Andrade, adapts the dragon into a new medium – a medium that has a history of creating fan-favorite dragons.

To welcome Figment to the comic book realm, we’ve assembled a list of five of the Marvel Universe’s most prominent dragons, presented here in no particular order. Seriously, would you want to rank dragons and risk getting on any of their bad sides?

1. FIN FANG FOOM

Iron Man (1968) #271

Iron Man (1968) #271

  • Published: August 10, 1991
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: November 05, 2008
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After making his debut way back in Marvel’s monster-filled pre-FANTASTIC FOUR era, the alliteratively named Fin Fang Foom finally made the jump into continuity in 1991’s LEGION OF NIGHT limited series. The biggest and baddest dragon around then immediately began giving Tony Stark trouble as a minion of the Mandarin in IRON MAN #261. But Fin Fang Foom could not be played for a fool; no, the dragon revealed himself to be an alien from the planet Kakaranathara, one with super smarts and plans of his own.

2. DRAGON MAN

Fantastic Four (1961) #35

Fantastic Four (1961) #35

  • Published: February 10, 1965
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: November 13, 2007
  • Penciller: Jack Kirby
  • Cover Artist: Jack Kirby
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While he may look like a dragon, the misleadingly named Dragon Man actually began his life as an android built by an Empire State professor. Dragon Man only came to life after being subjected to the evil Diablo’s alchemy powers. Initially a dim-witted enforcer, a number of super villains used Dragon Man’s exceptional strength for their own criminal gain until Valeria Richards, daughter of Mr. Fantasic and Invisible Woman, upgraded his intelligence significantly in FANTASTIC FOUR #579. Now Dragon Man serves as a mentor for the students at the Fantastic Four’s Future Foundation.

3. FAFNIR

Thor (1966) #341

Thor (1966) #341

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Of course Thor has a dragon in his rogues gallery! The Norse dragon Fafnir has been annoying the God of Thunder and the Warriors Three ever since his debut way back in 1966, even overcoming death on a number of occasions. Like pretty much every beast on this list, there’s more to this dragon than meets the eye. No he’s not an alien or an android; he’s a normal man that transformed into a dragon after drinking from a cursed pool of water.

4. LOCKHEED

Uncanny X-Men (1963) #168

Uncanny X-Men (1963) #168

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Like Fin Fang Foom, Kitty Pryde’s pet dragon Lockheed also has extraterrestrial origins, as she first encountered him during the X-Men’s battle against the Brood. Lockheed snuck back to Earth and immediately saved Kitty’s life from a group of alien Sidri hunters that had taken over the X-Mansion’s subbasement. From then on, the pair has been nearly inseparable; Lockheed’s fought alongside most every team that Kitty has, including the Excalibur, and the astonishing X-Men. He’s even gone on adventures without Kitty, appearing in the LOCKJAW AND THE PET AVENGERS limited series.

5. PUFF

Uncanny X-Men (1963) #181

Uncanny X-Men (1963) #181

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The Beyonder transported a number of Marvel heroes and villains to the alien Battleworld, forcing them to fight for his own amusement. Lockheed, trapped on Battleworld alongside the X-Men, met and fell in love with an indigenous dragon. The X-Men nicknamed the dragon Puff and brought the strange creature back to Earth at the end of the secret war. But Earth’s atmosphere had a strange effect on Puff, and the tiny dragon grew to massive proportions. The change proved to be too much for Lockheed and Puff to bear, proving that even super hero pets can’t catch a break when it comes to love.

DISNEY KINGDOMS: FIGMENT #1 lands in our realm on June 4!

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We give our rankings of the greatest menaces from Marvel's forgotten age!

Bridging the Golden Age of Timely Comics in the 1940’s and the explosion of the Marvel Universe in the 1950’s, Atlas Comics veered away from super heroes and branched out into other genres like romance, crime, Westerns and humor.

And monsters—oh did they have monsters.

You can read more about the Atlas Age of comics, but all this week we’ll be counting down the 10 most memorable and menacing monsters that appeared in JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY, TALES OF SUSPENSE, TALES TO ASTONISH and elsewhere before the likes of Thor and Iron Man made the scene.

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10. THE COLOSSUS
9. THE STONE MEN
8. SPRAGG

7. HUMAN ROBOT
6. GOOM

5. GOOGAM
4. GORILLA-MAN

3. XEMNU

Groot

Groot

2. GROOT
First Appearance:
TALES TO ASTONISH #13
Why He’s #2:
“Though he’d likely never say so himself—primarily because he can’t—Groot overshadows most other monsters in the Marvel Universe. Strong as a willow and resilient as a thistle, he’s done battle with the Badoon and the Cancerverse, cheating death on numerous occasions by regenerating from a tiny sprig. His exploits with Rocket Raccoon and the Guardians of the Galaxy solidified his star status, but his earliest roots may surprise a Johnny-come-lately. Back in 1960, Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Dick Ayers envisioned him as the cruel antagonist of TALES TO ASTONISH #13. Then an alien invader bent on harvesting test subject from the human race, Groot eventually succumbed to a termite colony. Another villainous duplicate did battle with the Hulk years later. The noble protagonist we now know first surfaced in the wake of the Annihilation crossover event, the last champion of a proud family tree. A largely silent sidekick to a wise-cracking space pirate, the modern Groot shrugged off his malice in favor of adventure. He’s no less intimidating, of course. His mighty, oaken clothesline can condemn any opponent to a sudden arboreal stop. He is the Sequoia of Marvel monsters. He is a bona fide movie star. He is Groot.” – Paul Montgomery
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ANNIHILATION: CONQUEST – STAR-LORD #4

Fin Fang Foom

Fin Fang Foom

1. FIN FANG FOOM

First Appearance: STRANGE TALES #89
Why He’s #1:
“Was there ever any doubt about who would claim the title of Marvel’s top monster? Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in STRANGE TALES #89 back in October 1961, Foom is one of Marvel’s most enduring—and versatile—monsters! In his first appearance the giant dragon was manipulated by a plucky teen into fighting Communism. He has since been pitted against occultists, fellow monsters like It, the Living Colossus, and—of course—super heroes. 

“Foom has faced all the big names, from Hulk to the Fantastic Four to Iron Man. Through the years this awesome purple-pants-ed scaly dragon has seen it all. He’s not really a dragon, of course; he’s an alien from the same star system as the Mandarin’s 10 power rings. But in his time he’s played the part of alien overlord, vengeful dragon, sinister demon, and even chef in a Chinese restaurant. His style is so distinctive that he’s been aped by diverse talents like the Midgard Serpent and the Beyond Corporation; and though he’s been knocked down and taken out more than once, you can never keep a great monster like this one down. Fin Fang Foom is an icon and an inspiration. He’s the monster to eat them all.” – Andrew Wheeler

Digital Comics Spotlight: IRON MAN #274

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Explore the bridge between the Golden Age of Timely and the explosion of the Marvel Universe!

After its golden 1940’s as Timely Comics, but before its silvery 1960’s debut as Marvel, Atlas Comics forged a path through the 1950’s with a diverse output of experimentation and exciting concepts. In this way, the company and its creators proved their staying power at a time when super heroes took a back seat to a multitude of other themes.


The Atlas Comics logo

The Atlas Comics logo

The Power of a Name

Timely founder Martin Goodman adopted the name Atlas late in 1951 for the creation of his own distribution company to conquer the comic book field. The Atlas logo began to appear on Timely covers and the name, while never official for the books, stuck. One year later, Atlas sat at the top of the heap with nearly 400 publications.

Virtually no topic remained off-limits to Goodman. Atlas offered horror, romance, crime, Western, humor, science fiction, jungle, war, and even sports comics, and if a title underperformed, it made way for another and another, until perfected.

Outstanding in Their Field

Several legendary artists made names for themselves at Atlas in the 1950’s, including John Romita, Steve Ditko, John Severin, and one of the great workhorses of the industry, Joe Maneely. Maneely soon illustrated his worth to the company as an all-around artist, drawing thrilling issues of SUSPENSE, the medieval saga of THE BLACK KNIGHT, and shoot-em-ups in TWO-GUN KID.

Tales of Suspense (1959) #4

Tales of Suspense (1959) #4

  • Published: July 01, 1959
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: November 13, 2004
  • Cover Artist: Jack Kirby
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Jack Kirby, who co-created Captain America at Timely in 1940, returned to the fold in 1956. Atlas editor Stan Lee wisely placed Kirby on such titles as YELLOW CLAW, where the artist’s ideas flowed freely and presaged his later grandiose concepts of the 1960s. Kirby would also excel on Atlas’ entry into the giant monster field on such books as JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY and TALES OF SUSPENSE. Together, Lee and Kirby would also inaugurate the so-called “Marvel method” of plotting and drawing stories at this time.

Characters Wanted

Though much of Atlas’ line embraced anthologies with done-in-one stories, a few distinct individual characters rose above the rest to make their mark in the era. These included the Black Knight, the Rawhide Kid, the Two-Gun Kid, Patsy Walker, Millie the Model, the Yellow Claw, Fin Fang Foom, and Irving Forbush himself.

For a brief moment, the super heroes that dominated the previous decade tried to make a comeback in the Atlas Era.

Young Men (1953) #24

Young Men (1953) #24

  • Published: December 01, 1953
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: November 13, 2007
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The Human Torch led the charge in 1953 in a title called YOUNG MEN, and Goodman followed up his flight with revivals of both the Sub-Mariner and Captain America. Alas, their true triumphant return would not come until a few years later in the 1960’s.

The Code Cometh

In the middle of its reign over the comics industry, Atlas felt the pinch of the debut of the Comics Code Authority in 1955. After a scathing attack on the field by a noted psychologist, comic book companies banded together to adopt a self-policing code of standards, so as to assure parents that the books remained suitable for impressionable young minds.

Some thriving companies went under from the Code’s strictures, sending top talent to Atlas, much to Martin Goodman’s satisfaction. Overall, he toned down some of his titles’ more graphic content and emphasized mystery over horror and teenage antics over full-blown romance. Ultimately, Atlas continued at the top of its game despite the restrictions.

Rawhide Kid (1960) #17

Rawhide Kid (1960) #17

  • Published: August 01, 1960
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: November 13, 2007
  • Writer: Stan Lee
  • Penciler: Don Heck
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Dropping the Ball

With a new distributor in 1957, Atlas cut back on many of its books until only 16 remained by the end of that year. Stan Lee gathered his few remaining artists around him and continued to produce new material, but the writing on the wall spoke of the end of an era. By 1959, the recognizable globe symbol of Atlas disappeared and a different mind-set arose from the ashes of the old. As the 1960’s dawned, a marvelous new experience awaited both fans of Atlas and Timely and a fresh crop of young readers.

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The Hulks battle Fin Fang Foom while the Impossible Man watches along in a clip from Sunday's new episode!

“Marvel’s Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.” gets not one, but two special troublemakers in this weekend’s all-new episode as the Impossible Man and Fin Fang Foom crash the Hulks’ party!

We’ve got a special look at the new episode premiering this Sunday, February 9 at 8:00 a.m. ET inside Marvel Universe on Disney XD directly above, as the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.–including a composite Hulk and Red Hulk–face off against Fin Fang Foom, all while the Impossible Man watches along!

Get ready for all the action this weekend, and as always, stay tuned to Marvel.com for the latest on “Marvel’s Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.”!

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See preview art from Leonard Kirk and more as a new era begins!

Cosmic explorers – heroes forever united as family. The world’s greatest comic magazine begins anew as Marvel’s First Family bursts back into the spotlight in FANTASTIC FOUR #1, from Eisner Award winning writer James Robinson and critically acclaimed artist Leonard Kirk!

The brilliant Mr. Fantastic, the compassionate Invisible Woman, the hot-headed Human Torch, and the ever-lovin’ Thing return for a new ongoing series fraught with danger, excitement and intrigue. Only they won’t be met with new beginnings, but an untimely end!

“The team will be brought down,” said James Robinson in an interview with Marvel.com. “Despite the fact these characters are a family and have always stuck together, there are forces that push them into directions you never thought you’d see.”

“Some rifts will be so big the Fantastic Four may never be the same,” added editor Mark Paniccia, “We’re talking about a serious, hardcore attempt at destroying them…not just on a physical level but emotionally as well.”

As the family rushes headlong into their darkest hours, who could possibly be behind their downfall? And how does it involve one of the Fantastic Four’s greatest enemies, the sadistic dragon Fin Fang Foom! “The Fall of the Fantastic Four” begins this February in FANTASTIC FOUR #1!

FANTASTIC FOUR #1 (DEC130616)
Written by JAMES ROBINSON           
Art & Cover by LEONARD KIRK
75th Anniversary Variant by ALEX ROSS
Variant Covers by JEROME OPENA, SKOTTIE YOUNG & KATIE COOK
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