(Click on the picture on the left to get to the three titles.) In 1939, Timely Comics publisher Martin Goodman created the first Marvel (then called Timely) Comic: The adventures of the Human Torch and the Sub-Mariner. World War Two was in the happening, and the Timely characters were created to provide a source of hope and faith in the surpressed people of the world. Captain America was developed, and plotted against the Red Skull, a Nazi. After the war, the Atomic Age of Comics (1946-1955) changed Timely's focus to westerns, romance, horror, and humor comics. Another name change occurred, as Timely switched to Atlas. Atlas was not financially doing so well, and Goodman approached DC Comics and Stan Lee (plotting and scripting) to create a super-combination of superheroes. The Justice League of America was created, bringing together Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Flash, Martian Manhunter, Aquaman and Wonder Woman. The Fantastic Four was created, and helped bring Atlas back onto its feet. By 1963, Atlas had been renamed again, this time to MARVEL, and was at the top of the comic industry. Other groups such as the X-MEN, Strange Tales, The Amazing Spiderman and The Avengers became four of the more famous groups in th Marvel world.