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Marvel Comics 1961-1971

So a little over a year ago, I decided to go back and read Marvel comics. I kept hearing about these great stories and how the movies took inspiration from them. I kept coming up with theories for the upcoming movies and shows based on stories I'd never read. So, I decided to go back to what is known as the Silver Age of comics and read all the Marvel comics from then til today. Fun fact, Marvel hasn't stopped making new comics. I had previously thought that they had stopped like a decade ago, but nope they're still going strong with new stories about Spider-Man, Thor, Iron Man, Captain America, Black Panther, and more all in the same continuity. So, the first comic I read was the one that really made Marvel what it is today and ushered Marvel into the Silver Age of comics (that's the age of comics from the mid 1950s to mid 1970s when comic storytelling became popular again) was the first issue of Fantastic Four. And damn, was it not a good comic. No offense to anyone who loves it, but it really isn't. Back then, it was probably great, but now it's full of stereotypes and dated ideas. Still, it was fun so I kept going. Now, I have officially read every Marvel comic published from 1961 when Fantastic Four No. 1 was released to 1971. A full decade of comics. Except for the Westerns, cause I don't really care about them, and Millie the Model, cause I just didn't want to. And damn were people right. There are seriously good stories there. After hearing all this and that about Stan Lee being the father of storytelling whose imagination knew no bounds, I finally see it. His writing may have fluctuated but his ideas were, well, fantastic. He created all these amazing characters and storylines that have lasted to this day. Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, Thor, Iron Man, Black Panther, Captain America, Daredevil, Ant-Man, and so many more. He created them all. And, I'm going to talk about them. Over the next few posts I am going to go over the different Marvel comics lines and discuss my favorite stories. And to all those people who have ever considered reading Marvel comics, I would suggest not going with my approach. Cause while there are plenty of good comics, there are also plenty of bad ones. My recommendation is just to focus on one single character or group and just read their exploits and branch out if you want to. To help me with the reading order, I used this site that tells you which comics to read in whatever order you want. Enjoy!

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