Early Post War (1945-61)

  • 1949: The android Human Torch is entombed in the desert by gangsters for 4 years.  Awakened by atom bomb testing, he later deactivates until he is revived by the Mad Thinker (Avengers 134, FF Annual 4).  
  • Black Bolt moves Attilan from the North Atlantic to the Himalayas (What If 30).
  • 1953: Arthur Douglas is killed by Thanos, but Kronos & Mentor remake him into Drax the Destroyer (Captain Marvel 32).  His daughter Heather is raised on Titan at the Shao-Lom monastery (by the Kree Priests of Pama) to become the perfect human (and candidate Celestial Madonna), but later becomes Moondragon (DD 105, AV 135).  In Vietnam, Mantis' father is blinded (later to become Libra) and she is also raised by the Priests of Pama (on Earth) to be a candidate Celestial Madonna  (AV 123, GS AV 4).
  • Odin tires of Thor's rash and headstrong ways and exiles him to Earth, recreating him as the lame medical student "Donald Blake" in order to teach him humility (Thor 159).
  • While in the army in Korea (Korean War?), Charles Xavier and his step-brother Cain Marko discover the lost temple of Cyttorak.  A strange ruby turns Cain into a "Juggernaut" but he is buried alive (Uncanny X-Men 12). 
  • In Cairo after the war, Xavier meets (and defeats) his first “evil mutant”, the psychic (possibly astral being) Amahl Farouk, later called the Shadow-King.  He also first encounters Ororo Munroe as a beggar thief (Uncanny X-Men 117).
  • The 3-D Man is created when Skrulls attempt to capture test pilot Chuck Chandler (Marvel Premiere 35).
  • Atlantis is attacked and destroyed by “Destiny” (Paul Destine) using the Helmet of Power (actually the Lemurian Serpent Crown).  The majority of Atlanteans abandon destroyed Atlantis, but Emperor Thakorr and Princess Fen perish in the attack. Destiny causes Namor to lose his memory and condemns him to wander homeless on the Bowery (Sub-Mariner 1).
  • In Eastern Europe, Magda flees from her unstable husband Magnus (Erik Lensherr, later Magneto) with their unborn children to Wundagore Mountain, home of the High Evolutionary.  The Elder God Chthon emerges to battle the Knights of Wundagore but is repelled and reimprisoned.  On the same night, Wanda and Pietro are born and their mutant genes are affected by energy from Chthon. The Whizzer plans to adopt them, but when his wife, Miss America dies, he abandons them.  Eventually they are adopted and raised by the gypsy Maximoffs (Av. 185-187).
  • In China, a half Mongolian-half English man loses his landowner wealth due to the Communist Revolution.  In the Valley of Spirits, he stumbles upon a crashed alien ship.  The fossilized alien pilot (Axonn-Karr) is a member of Fin Fang Foom’s race from Maklu-4.  Using the technology of the alien ship and the 10 “rings of power” he finds, he eventually carves his own empire out of Communist China and names himself the Mandarin (Tales of Suspense 62).
  • Nick Fury joins the CIA.
  • AIM (Advanced Idea Mechanics) and the Secret Empire split off from the terror organization Hydra (Capt America 175).
  • The parents of Scott Summers (Cyclops) and Alex Summers (Havok) are captured by the Shi-ar.  Their father later leads the Starjammers as the space pirate Corsair.  Alex is adopted and separated from Scott.
  • In 1962, Charles Xavier meets Magnus (Magneto) in Israel.  Baron Von Strucker's HYDRA forces capture Xavier's girlfriend Gabrielle, but is defeated with the help of Magneto.  Magneto flees with captured Nazi gold to fund his later war against humans (X-Men 161). Gabrielle secretly gives birth to David (Legion), Xavier's son. 
  • In Tibet, Xavier loses the ability to walk when defeated by the alien Quist, "Lucifer" (X-Men 20).
  • In NY, Xavier begins tutoring Jean Grey informally and puts psychic dampers on her latent power.
  • Former surgeon Stephen Strange begins studies with the Ancient One in the Himalayas.  He meets Baron Mordo who secretly plots against the Ancient One with the aid of the Dread Dormammu (Strange Tales 115).
  • Victor Von Doom leaves Tibet and returns to Latveria to becomes its ruler (FF Annual 2).  He creates a time machine as well as robot doubles.
  • Logan/Wolverine has his bones laced with adamantium as part of the Weapon X program (Marvel Comics Presents #72-84, time approx.). After escaping, he is found by James MacDonald Hudson in Canada. He eventually joins Hudson's Department H (Uncanny X-Men 140).
  • Henry Pym's wife is killed by Communists in Hungary (Tales to Astonish 44, Avengers 227).
  • Ben Grimm becomes an US Air Force test pilot.
  • Natasha Romanov marries the Red Guardian, Russia’s answer to Captain America.  Upon hearing of his (false) death, the KGB recruit Natasha and create the Black Widow (Avengers 44).  
  • Dracula's daughter Lilith is killed by Quincy Harker and she becomes a spirit in search of a host (Tomb of Dracula Magazine 5).
  • 1950s: The Inhumans move the Great Refuge from the North Atlantic to the Himalayan mountains. They are aided by the Eternals (What If 29, 30).
  • 1952: The Asgardian spouses of Odin, Loki and others depart to watch over the Young Gods until the Celestials return (Thor 301).
  • 1955: Vietnam War begins.
  • 1956: Dr. Strange defeats Baron Mordo for the first time and Mordo is banished from the home of the Ancient One.
  • Galactus makes Norrin Radd into the Silver Surfer, his herald - and spares planet Zenn-La (Silver Surfer 1).
  • Matt Murdock is exposed to radioactive cannisters while saving an old blind man and loses his sight, but gains a superhuman radar sense (Daredevil 1).  He meets and trains with Stick, who with his group the Chaste/Seven,  fight against the evil ninja clan the Hand and its leader the Beast.  At Columbia University Matt first meets the Greek woman Elektra and falls on love with her, tho due to the death of her father during a kidnapping attempt they part.  Elektra goes on to train with Stick, who rejects her.  She then joins the Hand, but later fights against them as well.  Eventually she becomes an independent mercenary assassin.
  • While traveling through Kenya at the age of 12, Ororo (later Storm) meets T'challa (later the Black Panther) as they fight the South African mercenary Andreas de Ruyter.  They travel together for a time (Marvel Team-Up 100).
  • 1958: Reed Richards' father, Nathaniel Richards, leaves Earth in his time platform (Fantastic Four 271).
  • Reed Richards begins developing an interplanetary "star-drive" rocket in Central City, CA, but before his first flight, he and Sue encounter the hostile alien, Gormuu and defeat him (FF 271).


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