Marvel Monday: Journey Through the Marvel Characters

#MarvelMonday is here, and that means our journey through the amazing Marvel Characters has officially begun.

Today we will discuss the very first character ever to grace the cover of a Marvel Comic, and it’s not who you think it is.

October 1939 Marvel Comics #1 hit the shelves and on it’s cover was their first hero – The Human Torch. Now, I know what you’re going to say – Johnny Storm wasn’t the first Marvel Character, that can’t be, and you’re right but what you may not know is that there was a Human Torch long before Johnny Storm was ever a twinkle in Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s eyes.

The first Human Torch was actually an android named Jim Hammond. Created by writer-artist Carl Burgos, Jim Hammond aka the Human Torch was quite the interesting character.

In the comic the “Human” Torch was an android who was created by scientist Phineas Horton. Not only does he have the ability to surround himself with fire and control the flames, he also is an accomplished street fighter, skilled as an unarmed combatant, and the ability to survive without oxygen for long time periods.

When he was first introduced he was shown as a science fiction monstrosity but as he became a hero he adapted a secret identity as an officer in the NYPD.

His first appearance in the comics was also the first appearance of Namor the Sub-Mariner, but we will talk more about him in a few weeks!

Sadly, like many of the superheros Marvel first came out with, Jim Hammond as the Human torch became obsolete by the 1950s. However, unlike Marvel heroes like Captain America and the Sub-Mariner, the original Human Torch had only a small presence in post-1950s Marvel comic books, and is associated with the Golden Age of Marvel.

In 2012, IGN created a list of “The Top 50 Avengers” and Jim Hammond found himself franked at #28.

Was the Human Torch your pick for Marvel’s very first superhero? If no, who did you think was the first superhero that Marvel came out with? Do you have a favorite Marvel Character? Who are they and why?

Let me know in the comments and we will see how long it takes us to get to your favorite Marvel superhero.