Everyone loves a superhero. Their daring adventures and fights for justice and against the forces of evil inspire us. We often wish we had their superpowers and their cool gadgets. It’s not a surprise that comic books and graphic novels are still so popular. But these sorts of comics are often designed and marketed for adults and contain scenes that parents might not think suitable for children. Marvel Heroes Magazine fills that gap in the market with a fun magazine full of great stories, puzzles, quizzes and activities aimed at children ages 6-12.
History of Comics
Comics have existed in America since 1842 when The Adventure of Mr. Obadiah Oldbuck was printed. This book told its story via a series of sequential pictures with captions and was essentially a comic book. However, comic books did not become popular in the USA and UK until the 1930s. The first “true” comic book was Famous Funnies, a publication which combined and reprinted a large variety of comic strips from newspapers.
In 1938 the first Superman comic was published, at which point the genre took off as not merely a source of humor, as in the “comic” strips published in newspapers, but a medium for epic storytelling. Comic books rapidly became a major industry, and during what is known as “The Golden Age of Comics” the genre developed, and ideas such as the archetype of the superhero became fixed.
The enemies of the comic book heroes have varied over time depending on current global events: Captain America and Wonder Woman originally fought against the Nazis. Over time, comics were also used to help to ease the minds of young readers about nuclear war, and educate them about atomic power and other scientific developments going on in the world.
History of Marvel Comics
Marvel is now a household name, but like its comic book heroes, it has undergone several transformations since its creation. When Marvel started out as a company in 1939 it was known as Timely Productions. In the early 1950s, it became Atlas Comics. It was only in 1961 that the comic books were branded with the Marvel name. This was also the year that the company launched the adventures of The Fantastic Four and many other well-known superheroes.
Marvel’s adventures operate in a single alternate reality known as the Marvel Universe, where locations are very much like they are in real life. Additionally, many of the major characters, both heroes and villains are based in New York City.
Marvel has some of the most well-known superheroes with Iron Man, Captain America, Spiderman, Thor, Doctor Strange, the Hulk, Daredevil, Black Widow, Wonder Woman, Ant-Man, Black Panther and many more. Equally well-known, perhaps, are the famous Marvel villains like Magneto, Loki, Thanos, Doctor Octopus, Ultron, Doctor Doom, Green Goblin, Venom, and Red Skull. Marvel also boasts some famous collaborations between its characters, with teams such as the Avengers, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, the Defenders and the Guardians of the Galaxy, as well as antagonist groups such as Magneto’s Brotherhood of Mutants, the Sinister Six, and the Hellfire Club.
Marvel Heroes Magazine is a comic and activity book for fans of all ages of the Marvel universe but is especially aimed at those aged 6 to 12. Every issue brings the reader a selection of adventures from the top Marvel superheroes: Iron Man, Captain America, Wonder Woman, Thor, the Hulk, and more. The magazine is designed to engage the imaginations of its young readers and to help them to develop a wide range of academic and personal skills.
Why Buy Marvel Heroes Magazine?
Follow the excitement with the top Marvel heroes as they battle their archenemies. Readers will love the stories from their favorite comic book heroes as they fight for victory against the famous villains in action-packed and suspenseful adventures. Parents will love that the stories have been specially tailored to be suitable for younger children, meaning that they won’t have to worry about what their child is reading.
Marvel Heroes isn't just a superhero comic book, but an interactive magazine full of all sorts of interesting and engaging extra features that are fun for the whole family.
Special fact files on featured superheroes give readers extra information about all their favorite superheroes. Facts and lists providing in-depth information on the Marvel heroes, their skills, backgrounds and technical details on their weaponry and armor, and other special equipment. The fact sheets are sometimes presented side by side, allowing a more comprehensive answer to questions like “Who would win in a fight between Captain America and Thor?”
POSTERS AND COLLECTIBLES
As well as great artwork in the stories, Marvel Heroes Magazine includes pull out posters that you can stick up on your wall.
GAMES AND PUZZLES
From word-searches to maze puzzles, to code-breaking, the magazine provides a wide range of amusements. The puzzles are aimed to improve cognitive development and strategy as well as being fun.
Marvel Heroes Magazine gives kids a chance to unleash their creativity, with opportunities to design their own gadgets, gizmos, and super-suits. Whether they like comics for the stories, the technology, or the artwork, Marvel Heroes Magazine will help support and develop their creativity in these areas.
Marvel Heroes magazine is designed to enhance learning and help children to develop key skills. The activities and facts are aimed to help support and enhance children’s learning in the following areas
Readers who love Marvel characters and comics would love a subscription to Marvel heroes magazine. A subscription would be an ideal gift for your son or daughter, grandkids, nephews or nieces, with a year of comics (6 issues) being available for only around $30.
How a Great Comic Book is Made
There are many factors that work together to make a successful comic book. The story, words, and pictures must all work together to produce one seamless product. To that end, comics are put together by a team of experts who usually specialize in doing just one of the jobs that need to be done.
The writer writes the story and the dialogues. The scripter breaks down the story into scenes and decides which scenes and words will be seen in each panel of each page of the comic. After that, the penciler works on the first drawings of the scenes, before passing their work over to the inker. The inker goes over the drawings with ink, bringing out the best parts of what the penciler has done, and adding in more detail.
The colorist adds color to the images, and the letterer fills in all the text, using different fonts and styles to bring out the voices of the characters on the page. A different artist works on the cover of the comic, giving it an iconic image to grab the reader’s attention.
Let's introduce you to some of the comic book specialists who contribute to Marvel Heroes Magazine. All the various contributors bring different skills and artistic styles to the table, meaning that their collaboration on Marvel Heroes Magazine will result in the highest standard of artwork and story-writing.
Joe Caramagna is a letterer, one of the people who draw the text in comic books. Though the lettering seems like an insignificant part of a book where so much is about the pictures, the style of the text actually has a significant impact on the way that the reader experiences the story in the comic. Joe Caramagna has lettered several Marvel comics, including Spiderman, The Avengers, Iron Man, and X-Men. He also writes and inks (makes the final drawings in the comics) for other comic books.
Ron Lim is a comic book artist and cover artist who has worked for both Marvel and DC Comics. He is an Infinity War cover artist. Ron Lim is also the writer of Avengers Next series, a comic book series featuring the Next Avengers who are the sons and daughters of the original Avengers. His vivid and imaginative style brings a touch of magic to the Marvel Heroes Magazine.
David Finch is a Canadian comic book artist who has done a lot of work for Marvel Comics with the well-known writer Brian Michael Bendis. They worked together first on Ultimate X-Men, and then the Avengers, which they relaunched as New Avengers following a major plot twist. He also has experience working as a cover artist.
Stephen "Steve" Epting is an American comics artist who has worked on The Avengers and Captain America for Marvel Comics, as well as Marvel’s flagship title, The Fantastic Four.
Frank Cho is a comic strip and comic book writer and illustrator. He has written and illustrated for the comic such as Mighty Avengers, Hulk, Wolverine, and X-Men. He is well-know for the way in which he draws figures and his precise line style.
This French comic book artist has worked on Thor, The Legion of Superheroes, and the House of M (a series focusing on the X-Men).
If you know anyone, particularly someone aged 6-12, who loves comic books or loves the Marvel characters they’ve seen on-screen, then why not get them a subscription to Marvel heroes magazine. Not only will they enjoy the stories, but they will learn more about the characters and strengthen their minds with reading, puzzling, and imagination.