Values of classic Atlas Comics
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Founded in 1951, Atlas Comics was a comic book publishing company which was formerly known as Timely Comics, and would eventually become Marvel.
Timely Comics came to prominence during the war years, having great success with its lines of superheroes such as the Human Torch, Sub-Mariner and most notably, Captain America.
However the end of the 1940s saw a decline in interest when it came to superhero anthologies, and this prompted a rebranding into Atlas Comics which would focus more heavily on the genres of suspense, horror and science-fiction.
During this era, there was a decline in comic sales overall which was partially due to the advent of television. Films and television programming of the time had a major focus on Westerns, war dramas and mystery thrillers. Atlas Founder, Martin Goodman was quick to notice the trend and steer his company in that direction.
Operating out of the Empire State Building from the 14th floor, Atlas began releasing titles such as Marvel Tales in 1949 as part of their new horror focus.
The head writers of Atlas were Stan Lee, Hank Chapman, Paul S. Newman, Don Rico and Carl Wessler, among others. Atlas also launched a line of Western series, notably Ringo Kid, Outlaw Kid and the anthology Gunsmoke Western, also featuring the character Kid Colt.
Many of the Western publications fell out of favor in the 1970s following Atlas’s transition into Marvel and explosive success of superheroes in the 1960s.
Atlas suspense, horror and science-fiction genres found success with series like Strange Tales, World of Fantasy, Tales to Astonish, Amazing Adventures and Tales of Suspense. These stories dealt with the surreal, the supernatural and drive-in theatre style monsters.
Atlas Comics existed until 1957 before being rebranded to the name it is known by today, Marvel Comics. Read more at Wikipedia.
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