My Marvelous Year – The 1970s

Marvel comics in the 1970s! 

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1970

Hero of the Year: Spider-Man

Villain of the Year: Mephisto

Issue of the Year: Amazing Spider-Man #90

1971

Hero of the Year: The Avengers

Villain of the Year: Morbius

Issue of the Year: Amazing Spider-Man #100

1972

Hero of the Year: The Avengers

Villain of the Year: The Sentinels

Issue of the Year: Avengers #104

1973

Hero of the Year: Captain Marvel

Villain of the Year: Green Goblin

Issue of the Year: Amazing Spider-Man #121

1974

Hero of the Year: Captain Marvel

Villain of the Year: Thanos

Issue of the Year: Captain Marvel #33

1975

Hero of the Year: Adam Warlock

Villain of the Year: Thanos

Issue of the Year: Giant-Size X-Men #1

1976

Hero of the Year: X-Men

Villain of the Year: Bullseye

Issue of the Year: Uncanny X-Men #101

1977

Hero of the Year: X-Men

Villain of the Year: Thanos

Issue of the Year: Marvel Preview #11

1978

Hero of the Year: The Avengers

Villain of the Year: Korvac

Issue of the Year: Fantastic Four #200

1979

Hero of the Year: X-Men

Villain of the Year: Proteus

Issue of the Year: Iron Man #128

6 Replies to “My Marvelous Year – The 1970s”

  1. just FYI – i think comments are disabled on the 1970 reading list page. either that, or everyone else is just as far behind as i am!

  2. Here is a topic for discussion: at what point in the 1970s do we hit the end of the Silver Age?

    I think most comic historians agree that the Silver Age started with the revival of The Flash in Showcase #4. And that prompted Marvel to get back into the superhero biz.

    We’ve been reading books by the stars of the Silver Age including writer Stan Lee and artists Jack Kirby, Gil Kane, Steve Ditko, Gene Colan, John Buscema, and John Romita, Sr. But now we are moving into the era dominated by the next generation of creators: Denny O’Neil and Neal Adams, Gerry Conway, Barry Smith and Jim Starlin.

    So I wonder at what point do we demarcate between the Silver and Bronze?

    Is it the advent of Social Relevance? (as we see in the Drug issues of Spider-Man)

    The change in art style? (with the more realistic art due to highly influential Neil Adams)

    The start of having a Darker Tone? (as exemplified by the Death of Capt. Stacy or another major character)

    Or perhaps the rise of number of alternative story types like sword and sorcery, supernatural or horror-oriented titles? (Conan, Dracula, Shanna the She-Devil)

    Thoughts?

    1. This is a great question. I think everything you mention certainly plays a role in transitioning from Silver to Bronze Age.

      An additional Marvel-focused lens: Jack Kirby’s final issue on Fantastic Four (September 1970). It marks the end of the era to me, and coincides with the darker tone and social issues that become increasingly prominent from that point forward.

      1. Good point. I forgot to put that on the list. It all seems to coincide: creative changes, market changes, stylistic changes. I used to try to pin it on one moment, ala Showcase #4, in this case ASM 121. But maybe there is no one moment. Perhaps it was the combination of all teh factors that leads the change or eras with ASM 121 just being a “climax” that helps mark the pivot point….

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