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8: Marvel Comics #1 [C Story]

" The Sub-Mariner "
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Marvel Comics #1c
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Editor-in-Chief: Martin Goodman
Cover Artists: Frank R. Paul
Writers: Bill Everett
Pencilers: Bill Everett
Inkers: Bill Everett
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Editors: Martin Goodman
Cover Date: October 1939
Release Date: August 1939
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Pages: 12
Cover Price: $0.10
Times Read: 236                 Times Rated: 139
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Deep below the foaming, roiling waves in the stygian depths of the great seas lives Prince Namor, the Sub-Mariner, bent on vengeance for the wrongs of the surface men.
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Main Characters
  The Sub-Mariner
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by The Sub-Mariner in the mainstream continuity. The Sub-Mariner next appears in Marvel Mystery Comics #2c.
     
Supporting Characters
  Leonard McKenzie
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Leonard McKenzie in the mainstream continuity. Leonard McKenzie next appears in Sub-Mariner Comics #32a. This is flashback behind the scenes appearance.
     
  Dorma
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Dorma in the mainstream continuity. Dorma next appears in Marvel Mystery Comics #10c.
     
  Thakorr
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Thakorr in the mainstream continuity. Thakorr next appears in Marvel Mystery Comics #4c.
     
  Princess Fen
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Princess Fen in the mainstream continuity. Princess Fen next appears in Marvel Mystery Comics #12b.
     
 
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Atlanteans
This is the first appearance by Atlanteans in the mainstream continuity. Atlanteans next appears in Marvel Mystery Comics #4c.
   
     
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  Alex Daily Says:    
  2014-05-25 09:15:57  
  This, of course, is the first known instance of self-propelled flight as part of a superhero's powerset, instead of leaps and jumps or jetpacks.  
 
 

  vanhornluke Says:    
  2014-05-26 21:53:13  
  Everett's artwork is of much higher quality than the other stories in this issue.  
 
 

  sputnix Says:    
  2014-06-02 20:07:57  
  So Dorma is Namor's cousin ...... ew  
 
 

  jfw1980 Says:    
  2014-06-12 02:16:39  
  One of my favorite reads in marvel comics #1  
 
 

  rook420 Says:    
  2014-07-18 01:22:20  
  I've never been a big Namor fan so I was quite surprised to discover that I really liked this! It was pretty dark and I found Namor to be much more frightening and unpredictable than the Sue-infatuated oaf I've been reading of lately in the Main 616 run. I'm actually quite eager to find out what happens next. It's amazing how a comic written in the 30's is more aware of scientific concepts, like decompression, than the silver-age ones where anything goes. I can't wait to get to the Human Torch/ Namor crossover! Again, I'm really impressed.  
 
 

  chademe Says:    
  2016-04-14 13:11:03  
  Surprised how much I liked the art of this story. I also think it's interesting how similar the original Namor is to the Namor of more recent memory. This was my favorite story of this issue.  
 
 

  Schabenc Says:    
  2016-04-18 14:57:34  
  Namor is brutal! Cuts the oxygen lines on the divers' suits and crushes one of their heads in?! Damn!  
 
 

  Locust75 Says:    
  2016-06-05 18:49:02  
  5 stars for the 1st app of Namor the Sub-Mariner! Imperius Rex!!!

Davy Jones' Locker - Such a huge setup for the crew of the Recovery only for Namor to kill them all...

No Prize - The Narrator Box says Namor has Superwoman strength!!!

Peepers - So, Namor's mom is Bette Davis!!

Get Whitey - Great even Atlanteans blame white people...

'Nuff Said - "Come on, Rod-let's get inside-"-Carley talking to Little Rod
 
 
 

  Zirilian Says:    
  2016-08-28 14:21:17  
  The art in this one was pretty neat. A lot different then everything else. Also cool seeing Namor and Dorma, even though it was weird to see her without the Blue skin the atlanteans have in the silver age  
 
 

  Peter Jason Quill Says:    
  2017-03-12 10:34:30  
  not all surface men are white. Is every golden age comic racist
 
 
 

  jemsmck Says:    
  2017-03-23 10:12:09  
  I was really impressed with the artwork here. This is the first time I have read this issue and the artwork completely stands out from everything else during that time period.  
 
 

  Adamanto Says:    
  2017-05-03 13:16:53  
  This is definitely a unique story and one that's rather hard to place in a strict genre. Namor is definitely super powered, but while he's not presented as outright villainous, he's absolutely not a hero. Whereas the Torch spent most of his story as a threat, he was aware of the fact and tried his best to minimize it while fighting clear villains that tried using him for evil means. Namor on the other hand, while he may have spent the first half of the story not realizing he was killing actual humans, goes on to spend the second half actively fighting "earth-men" in general for the actions of a few scientists the story is very blatantly saying had no idea they were causing any kind of harm in the first place. Namor may not be presented as wholly unsympathetic, but the reader is not meant to agree with his actions or cheer him on. Instead, Everett just wants you to be intrigued by the character and want to read more about him, rather than see him take on people that deserve it. It doesn't sound that unique today, but at the time, this was extremely rarely seen.

The Sub-Mariner was originally created for Motion Picture Funnies Weekly, Funnies Inc.'s failed attempt at a weekly freebie magazine for movie theaters to give out in order to attract more customers. The first 8 pages here were made for the first issue of that magazine, while the remaining 4 dealing with Dorma and the lighthouse are new, and it shows - these two parts of the story have little to do with each other. And you have to wonder why Dorma is even there; apart from being someone Namor can explain his plans to, she serves no real purpose in the story and is written back out at the end. That little oddity aside, though, this is definitely intriguing stuff. It's all setup, but it's good setup and it's hard to imagine someone reading this and not wanting to see what happens once Namor starts his attack for real next month.
 
 
 

 
 
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