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Bell, Blake: Fire & Water. Bill Everett, the Sub-Mariner and the Birth of Marvel Comics. Seattle: Fantagraphics, 2010. (192 S.)
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ID no. (ISBN etc.): 978-1-60699-166-4
BibTeX citation key: Bell2010
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Keywords: "The Sub-Mariner", Bildband, Everett. Bill, Marvel, USA
Publisher: Fantagraphics (Seattle)
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In 1939, decades before it would become the powerhouse behind such famous super-heroes as Spider-Man, The X-Men, and Iron Man, Marvel Comics launched its comics line with a four-color magazine starring a daring new antihero: The Sub-Mariner.
As created and rendered by the great Bill Everett, the Sub-Mariner was an angry half-breed (half-man, half sea-creature) who loathed and fought against all mankind — until he joined the Allied Forces to defeat the Nazis during World War II. Seventy years later, Everett’s aquatic creation remains one of the pinnacles of the Marvel super-hero universe (as attested to by the character’s recent option for a major motion picture).
The Sub-Mariner alone, and his status as the original Marvel (anti-)hero, would have insured any cartoonist’s place in comics history. But Everett was a master of many kinds of comics: romance, crime, humor, and the often brutal horror comics genre (before it was defanged by the Comics Code Authority in the 1950s), for which he produced work of such stylish and horrific beauty that he ranks with the artists who kept the legendary EC comics line awash in blood and guts.