1964 saw the debut of Daredevil, the return of Captain America and Stan Lee's continued promotion of the Marvel Universe.
Both on the covers and in the letters pages and announcements section, Lee would take every opportunity to promote Marvel's comics as the comics to be excited by and the ones to collect.
Lee's slogans, like "Face Front, True Believer" and "Make Mine Marvel" were repeated by readers in their letters and in this way reader loyalty grew and saw sales of the titles grow also.
While Super Heroes were now the main selling point there were still a number of romance/humour, western and war titles offering variety.
Captain America Is Back!
Captain America's entrance into the new Marvel Age of Comics completed the return of the big three Timely Super Heroes.
After the success of the forties the Super Heroes declined in popularity after the end of the war and there was just a small return to the news stands in the fifties before the era of the Super Heroes ended until the Fantastic Four appeared.
Captain America had appeared in late 1963, but the character was an imposter using the name, a ploy to test reader's reactions to the potential return of the real Cap.
The discovery of Cap frozen in ice by the Avengers ignores the fifties stories, creating a new storyline where Bucky dies in WWII and Cap is lost, presumed dead.
Later in the year Captain America will be given his own series in Tales of Suspense (059) and this story will also be the first appearance of Jarvis, the long-time butler for the Avengers.
The Man Without Fear
Matt Murdock is blinded as a child and after years of training appears to the world as Daredevil, a character epitomising the new Marvel style of great power and equally great weakness.
The first issue is drawn by long-time Sub-Mariner artist Bill Everett, but subsequent issues would be drawn by the acclaimed artist Wally Wood.
The first issue also introduces the main two characters in Murdock's private life - Foggy Nelson, Murdock's college roommate, and Karen Page, his long-time love.
Daredevil's first costume is yellow and red, the all-red costume was to follow later.
The Black Widow
Natasha Romanova first appears in 1964, the first character to be called the Black Widow.
Her first appearances are in street clothes, the all-black figure hugging costume would follow later.
The Black Widow first goes up against Iron Man, but later she will have romantic involvement with both Hawkeye and Daredevil.
The Enchantress is the Norse version of the Roman Goddess of love, Venus. She appears for the first time, along with the Executioner, in Journey into Mystery 103.
Her greatest desire is to marry Thor and rule Asgard.
Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver
Pietro and Wanda Maximoff, aka Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, appear for the first time in X-Men 004, as part of Magneto's Brotherhood of Evil Mutants.
But as time moves on it becomes clear that rather than villains they are really heroes.
Eventually they join the Avengers and later will discover that Magneto is their father.
Wanda's power develops to such an effect that she is responsible for the creation of the House of M and the near-destruction of the Marvel Universe.
Electro, another classic Spider-Man villain makes his debut in Amazing Spider-Man 009.
Another classic villain, in the mold of the Yellow Claw, is the Mandarin. He first appears in Tales of Suspense 050 and is as powerful and intelligent as Iron Man.
Using ten rings he has access to enormous power. Later stories would reveal the origins of the extraterrestrial rings.
Also Appearing for the First Time
The Blob - a mutant who could not be moved.
Baron Von Strucker - one of Sgt Fury's greatest foes, even returning in the sixties as the head of Hydra fighting SHIELD.
The Enforcers - thugs who later went on to work for the Green Goblin.
Details of Marvel Titles For 1964
154 issues were published in 1964
All issues have been scanned.
Of the 154 scanned issues, 152 are c2c (non-c2c are Millie the Model Annual v1 002, Patsy Walker v1 118)
Amazing Spider-Man Annual v1 001
Monsters to Laugh With 001
Daredevil v1 001 (Apl)
Marvel Tales v1 001
Kathy v1 027 (Feb)
+ Amazing Spider-Man Annual v1 001 c2cO
* Marvel Tales Annual 001 c2c
* Millie the Model Annual v1 003 74pgs (missing ibc,bc) scanned by TeamMal
* Monsters to Laugh With 001 c2c
* Monsters to Laugh With 002 c2c
+ Amazing Spider-Man v1 011 c2cO
= Daredevil v1 001 c2c scanned by Flattermann
+ Fantastic Four v1 025 c2cO
= Journey into Mystery v1 103 c2c
* Modeling with Millie v1 030 c2c scanned by Gambit
* Patsy and Hedy v1 093 c2c scanned by Gambit
* Patsy Walker v1 114 c2c
* Rawhide Kid v1 039 c2c scanned by Brigus
= Strange Tales v1 119 c2c
+ Tales of Suspense v1 052 c2cO
= Tales to Astonish v1 054 c2c
+ Amazing Spider-Man v1 012 c2cO
+ Avengers v1 005 c2cO
+ Fantastic Four v1 026 c2cO
= Journey into Mystery v1 104 c2c
* Kid Colt Outlaw v1 116 c2c
* Millie the Model Comics v1 120 c2c scanned by Gambit
+ Sgt Fury v1 007 c2c scanned by BluePeter
= Strange Tales v1 120 c2c
+ Tales of Suspense v1 053 c2cO
+ Tales to Astonish v1 055 c2c
* Two-Gun Kid v1 069 c2c scanned by Brigus
+ X-Men v1 005 c2cO
+ Amazing Spider-Man v1 013 c2cO
= Daredevil v1 002 c2c scanned by Flattermann
+ Fantastic Four v1 027 c2cO
= Journey into Mystery v1 105 c2c
* Modeling with Millie v1 031 c2c scanned by Gambit
* Patsy and Hedy v1 094 c2c
* Patsy Walker v1 115 c2c
* Rawhide Kid v1 040 c2c scanned by Punkrat
= Strange Tales v1 121 c2c scanned by BluePeter
+ Tales of Suspense v1 054 c2cO
= Tales to Astonish v1 056 c2c
About the Complete Marvel Chronology
The Complete Marvel Chronology (CMC) is version 2.0 of the Marvel Chronology (MC).
The MC was created by cyager69 aka Chuck, who uploaded Marvel comics beginning with Fantastic Four 001 (Nov 61) through to the issues published in Jun 1997.
When Chuck was unable to continue the uploads I took over the MC and uploaded the remainder of the issues through to December 2008. Additional uploads added various titles not cover-dated with a specific month (the 'Decades' uploads) and seven Fill packs added new scans for issues missing when the original uploads were done for the 70's through to the 90's.
With none of Chuck's original uploads online, the decision was to either upload the original version of 1961-1996 or go with a brand new, full version incorporating the missing genres, such as romance, western and humour, and including the imprints which Chuck intended to upload following the completion of the MC.
The CMC will cover Marvel's entire seventy year history. At present I am uploading the years beginning with 1960 and these uploads will continue right through to December 1996. After that I have not finalised what will follow, but the likelihood will be that I go back to upload the 39-59 period, and then upload the 97-09 period again. When I do upload version 2.0 of 97-09 there will be many additions and many new scans.
News and Notes
The sixties roll on with the first of two uploads covering the year 1964. The first covers January to June and also the titles with no cover date.
Part two, covering July to December will follow on Sunday.
The copy of Tales of Suspense 041 (196305) is faulty with two pages missing and two pages duplicated (the missing pages are the first two pages of the second story). Thanks to Erwin who reported that one.
The version which was originally used in the Chronology will be used to replace it.
Which brings me on to the Sixties Fill Pack. This will appear after the 1969 upload and will feature any issues which are faulty, issues which have been scanned where the issue was missing when the torrent was originally uploaded and any issues where a c2c replacement has been found for a non-c2c version.
To date there are three issues which have been scanned since the sixties uploads began, the faulty issue of Tales of Suspense 041 and a c2c copy of Strange Tales 103.
Enjoy today's comics, please keep seeding and I'll be back on Sunday with part 2 of 1964.
Books used as research material in completing the CMC include -
Marvel Chronicle - Tom DeFalco
Marvel Vault - Roy Thomas and Pete Sanderson
Tales of the Implosion - Tom Lammers
Standard Catalogue of Comics 5th Edition
Thanks to all the scanners, editors and uploaders who make the scans available.
Thanks for the support of all those who seed the CMC.