This page was published days, if not hours, before Nazi Germany invaded Poland and World War II was set into motion.
It couldn’t be more unassuming, could it? A fairly primitive drawing of three middle-aged men, sitting at a boardroom, cigarette smoke hovering above ashtrays. They’re slightly curious, leaning in to hear a story, but there’s hardly a sense of mystery. They didn’t even close the curtains all the way.
And thus the Marvel Universe quietly begins…this is the first panel in the first story of Marvel Comics #1, 1939.
Professor Horton’s “difficult problem,” of course, is that the “synthetic man” he’s created bursts into flame upon contact with oxygen. His figure becomes a wall of fire, becomes something like…a human torch.