Marvel Comics was started by pulp publisher Martin Goodman in 1939 with the anthology comic book title Marvel Comics (which was changed to Marvel Mystery Comics with issue #2). During the golden age of comics, the publisher developed a popular core of characters including Captain America, Bucky, Human Torch, Submariner, Miss America, Golden Girl, Red Skull, and many others by creators such as Jack Kirby, Joe Simon, Bill Everett, Stan Lee, and others.
Goodman used a number of corporate brands for Marvel throughout his tenure, including Timely Publications, Atlas Comics.
During the years following World War II, like many comic book publishers, the company transitioned to horror, crime, romance, and western titles among others. Marvel titles from this era include Journey into Mystery, Marvel Tales, Strange Tales, Venus, and countless others.
But the 1961 debut of The Fantastic Four signalled the start of the Marvel Universe we’re familiar with today. Characters and teams such as Hulk, Ant Man, Wasp, Avengers, X-Men and more by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, John Romita, and others became the foundational characters which Marvel has expanded upon since that time.
In 1968, a company called Perfect Film and Chemical Corporation acquired Marvel from founder Martin Goodman. Marvel was acquired by film and media company New World Entertainment in 1986. New World sold the publisher to Ronald Perelman in 1989, who took the company public.
After riding high on a booming comics market and trading cards and other merchandise through the next few years, but its fortunes quickly turned with a slumping industry and other factors, and Marvel filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy in December 1996.
Every week your Local Comic Book shop gets in the weekly assortment of comics, trades, posters, action figures, and other goodies from Diamond. Now some of these goodies sell our fast from your LCBS, so Tuesday and Wednesday LCBS retailers get on the phone (more often the computer) and let Diamond know they need more. […]
A press release on Marvel.com has revealed the creative team for Ironheart 2020: Vita Ayala and Danny Lore writing and art by David Messina. Ironheart 2020 is a two-issue tie-in to the Iron Man 2020 super-mega-crossover event. The book’s title was first revealed last October in a checklist of Iron Man 2020 tie-ins but with no […]
While today’s Dawn Of X X-Men titles have a lot to say – or play with – about death, Marauders #6 also sees the L’il Hellfire Club launch a new assault on Krakoa by crossing over an Impossible Mission with Big Brother and implant a camera crew into Pyro. And reporting back with one of […]
Today sees the release of Guardians Of The Galaxy #1 from Al Ewing, Juann Cabal and Federico Blee. And with Al Ewing having been the lead writer on Incoming and also co-writing the upcoming Empyre, it is natural that we may look to see what may be set up for April today. And with a […]
There’s quite the divide in media today, the old dinosaurs of radio, TV and print, versus the up and coming buzzwords of online news. Today’s Amazing Spider-Man drops J Jonah Jameson right in the middle of this, but in doing so, writer Nick Spencer sees it as one continuum and uses the comic to teach […]
Today’s Amazing Spider-Man understands the clickbaity appeal of Krakoa to the Marvel audience right now. As well as Mephisto and Skrulls… And after last week’s Dawn Of X drought, we have Marauders and Excalibur, both tackling the issue of death in the new Krakoan reality where mutants can and will be resurrected as part of […]
Marvel has announced the subjects and creative teams for April’s issues of Marvels: Snapshots, the anthology series curated by Kurt Busiek that launches in March. Mark Russell and Ramón Pérez will be the team behind Captain America: Marvels Snapshot, while Jay Edidin and Tom Reilly will create a Cyclops-focused story for X-Men: Marvels Snapshot. For […]
Following up on October’s Marvel Zombies: Resurrection one-shot, Marvel has announced (as planned) a Marvel Zombies: Resurrection four-issue mini-series by Phillip Kennedy Johnson and Leonard Kirk, kicking off in April. The series will see the zombie plague reach the planet Earth as our heroes do their best to stop it, a press release from Marvel.com […]
Here’s a look at the new Batman character Punchline, potentially a new partner for The Joker, and to be seen in The Joker War, designed by Jorge Jimenez, and revealed by James Tynion IV. And here’s a reminder of Sara Pichelli‘s designs for Faye Ito, the future Black Cat, as seen in Spider-Man from JJ […]
Marvel’s Lilith is used to giving birth to demons, but it’s something even more evil that she will be birthing next month: an extraneous tie-in one-shot for a series that just launched a few months ago. Sure, you might have thought, deciding to pick up the new Ghost Rider series which explicitly purported to be […]
Livio Ramondelli just launched his first creator owned series, The Kill Lock, published by IDW last month. In the first part of Bleeding Cool’s interview with him we talked about the first issue and what is to come, in part two we’ll be talking about how Livio got started and his past work. Bleeding Cool: […]
Taboo of The Black Eyed Peas will be reviving Marvel Comics’ Werewolf By Night, co-written with Benjamin Jackendoff and drawn by Scott Eaton. And bringing us a brand-new Werewolf by Night character, a young man named Jake who will be dealing with the effects of a family curse while trying to protect his people in […]
Well, I suppose there is a film coming out. Looks like I have another book to add to Marvel’s Frankensteined April 2020 solicitations. A new Black Widow comic book series launching from Kelly Thompson and Elena Casagrand in April. Beyond San Francisco’s Golden Gate, Natasha’s entire world will be upended as she finds herself up […]
The previous issue of Fantastic Four revealed a shocking fact about the Fantastic Four’s origin. And in this preview of Fantastic Four #18, by Dan Slott and Paco “Funky Cold” Medina, the man behind it all confesses. First, a recap of all we’ve learned in Point of Origin so far. Reed lays out the accusation… and […]
For years, Spider-Man has been living a lie. Everyone believes Spidey is a hero, but have we been wrong all this time? This preview of Amazing Spider-Man #38, by Nick Spencer and Iban Coello, contains shocking revelations… …but first, a recap. And here is your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, engaged in… bank robbery?! It’s J. Jonah […]
Black Panther has a problem. He’s the king of Wakanda, and that’s cool. But it turns out there’s a whole Intergalactic Empire of Wakanda, and that’s not very cool at all. What do do? Perhaps this preview of Black Panther #20, by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Ryan Bodenheim, and Daniel Acuna can shed some light on it. […]
Conan: Serpent War is coming to a close next week, ending the Conan crossover event that everybody was asking for. Well, we assume they were asking for it. Why the hell else does Marvel publish so many damn Conan comics? In any case, we’ve got a preview of Conan: Serpent War #4 below. We’ve always […]
Captain Marvel #14 is in stores from Marvel Comics next week, by Kelly Thompson and Lee Garbett. And for once, Marvel’s extreme levels of decompression may be working in one of its heroes’ favor! Captain Marvel has been tasked with killing all of the core Avengers by Vox Supreme. But she doesn’t want to do […]
Ruins of Ravencroft: Dracula #1 is in stores from Marvel Comics next week, by Frank Tieri, Stefano Landini, and Angel Unzueta, and it’s the perfect execution of all of Marvel’s most crucial publishing strategy. This comic continues the Ruins of Ravencroft event that serves as a bridge between the Absolute Carnage and Ravencroft events, exemplifying […]
We spend a lot of time here at Bleeding Cool talking about the effects of Marvel’s nonstop super-mega-crossover events and number one issue reboots on readers. But what about the people most affected: the denizens of the Marvel Universe itself?! That’s what we get into in this preview of Guardians of the Galaxy #1, by […]