Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Amazing Atlas website!

Just another short blog entry today to plug a website that is well worth a visit. Over at the webmaster has embarked on an attempt to catalogue all the Marvel (Timely / Atlas) comics from 1939 to 1960.

He's done an incredible job so far, (aided by numerous contributors) and the site features tons of information on the artists and stories, with over 4,000 cover scans. Some of the scans are "supersized", much larger than original size and at 300dpi to display every detail.

Marvel published a variety of comics back then: horror, romance, Western, humour, and of course superheroes. Some of the covers featured bizarre imagery (such as those above) compelling the reader to investigate the contents. (A far cry from today's fad of single character poses.) The standout titles of the 1950s though were the horror comics, and this site features plenty of them in their dark and disturbing glory. (Some interior pages are also featured!)

The website is well designed, and easy to browse. Well worth a visit for anyone with a genuine interest in comics history.


Peter Gray said...

Hi Lew

Why do comics seem better in the past...we should learn from the past and improve...those covers are so much more scary and strange.

Where is the creativiness...the story...etc....

another great website I enjoy is
showing all the covers of DC...

Hope you get better soon...

Anonymous said...

I have to say that I'm totally freaked out by that crab hands stuff.

Keep up the good work, Lew.

Definitely one of the better logs on the 'net.

Matthew Badham

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