7) VENUS

Mostly remembered for the phenomenal art of Bill Everett, Venus’ solo series came as part of a wave of comics about women in the late 40s/early 50s.  In those stories, she was the actual Roman goddess of love, who lived ON the planet that bore her name and traveled to Earth to fight crime and work for a magazine in New York City.  When the character was revived in ‘Agents Of Atlas’, along with several other 50s Marvel headliners, her real story was revealed: She was a mythical siren who first posed as, then believed she was the real deal…

The fact that the real goddess actually exists in the Marvel Universe is admittedly a problem, but seeing the second planet hosting a human population in Earth-like conditions is just a yard too far, so I’m glad that Venus got a new history.

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