Marvel was also publishing a line of fantasy and monster comics at this time. One of them, Amazing Fantasy was about to be cancelled, so Lee put in a story that his publisher had hated, The Amazing Spider-Man. With a growing roster of heroes, it made sense for Marvel to follow DC's lead and band them all together in one comic. The Avengers didn't become great until Lee had the idea to revive and include the wartime hero Captain America. By 1966 Marvel Comics were a serious threat to DC's position at Number One. The Fantastic Four stories had become more and more imaginative, a trend that hit the jackpot with the first appearance of the Silver Surfer.
     
Amazing Fantasy 15 (1962)



The Spider-Man character was an instant hit and was tranferred into his own title immediately - roll your cursor over the above cover to see the first issue of The Amazing Spider-Man.

  Avengers 4 (1964)



The Avengers debuted with the line-up of Iron Man, The Hulk, Thor, Ant Man and the Wasp. It was plain that The Hulk really didn't fit, so he was replaced with a revived Captain America, a tortured soul who mourned the loss of his teenaged sidekick Bucky who'd died twenty years earlier
  Fantastic Four 48 (1966)



The Fantastic Four comic became a proving ground for many new and revived heroes, including The Human Torch, The Sub-Mariner, The Watcher, The Inhumans, The Black Panther and of course, The Silver Surfer.
 
     
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