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.
Global entertainment superstar and fashion icon Donny Cates has expanded his sphere of influence, moving beyond his kingdom of Twitter to expand to the vast, unconquered territory of Reddit. The Bad Boy of comics took to Twitter to respond to a screencap complaining about Cates’ upcoming and highly anticipated Thor run with artist Nic Klein and […]
After I was able to work out why Morbius The Living Vampire Omnibus saw its rating jump from to T to Parental Advisory, I was asked to continue my investigations into why two other books made a similar jump. Conan Chronicles Epic Collection TPB: The Battle of Shamla Pass, now having a rating of Mature, […]
The word is out. Marvel Comics is closing its New York office. Bleeding Cool scotched the rumours that Marvel Comics would be moving to the West Coast earlier this year, but suggested they may find other offices in New York. And that is just what’s happening. Marvel Comics is closing its offices for two days […]
They’ve been teasing it all week with a serious of silhouettes. But now they have let it all hang out for the latest Dawn of X title starting in March, from Zeb Wells and Stephen Segovia, Hellions. When the X-Men invited all mutants to Krakoa, they meant ALL mutants, even forgiving the past sins of […]
In October’s Diamond marketshare figures, the numbers were pretty much level pegging for September when it came to Marvel marketshare, with Marvel on 39.51% dollar share and 45.2% unit share. DC upped their numbers with a 31.67% dollar share and a 32.02% unit share, gaining from Image Comics which dropped to a 7.59% dollar share […]
We’re used to the likes of Shazam, Doomsday Clock, Captain America, Batman Vs Ra’s Al Ghul, Tony Stark: Iron Man and Fantastic Four being late. But Deadpool is a bit of a new one. Nevertheless that is what we have now, with Deadpool #4 by Kelly Thompson and Chris Bachalo, solicited for the 19th of […]
Marvel has revealed a first look at interior art from the upcoming Star #1, the solo mini-series spinning out of Captain Marvel and starring one of eBay’s favorite new characters, Ripley Ryan. Final Order Cutoff is next Monday, so Marvel is hoping these pages will entice retailers to order more copies, or entice readers to […]
I’m going to have to guess that they have other plans for the material in this planned omnibus. Something that would tie in further with the Birds Of Prey And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn movie coming to a cinema near you in 2020. But for now, DC Comics has let retailers know […]
Sorry, Squirrel Girl fans (and people who wish Marvel would stop retconning characters to not be mutants anymore), it looks like that wasn’t Doreen with Tippy Toe on her shoulder in the teaser for Marvel’s new X-book that purports to feature the most dysfunctional X-Men team ever. Marvel revealed the next two characters in the […]
The Associated Press has the word about a new Marvel magical comic book in March 2020, set in New Orleans, a very American Harry Potter for the Marvel Universe. Strange Academy, by Skottie Young and Humberto Ramos, as a supernatural coming-of-age saga, set at a New Orleans school for teenagers from across the universe who […]
Marvel Comics has released another teaser for a new comic book series, set to launch in March 2020, with a single image posted on Twitter. The image features a seal with the Eye of Agamotto and the phrase “ELECTI CARENT ELECTIONE.” A caption on the image reads: “Applications due: March 2020.” Applications Due: March 2020 […]
Later today, Marvel Comics will be telling retailers that they are sending three recent Dawn Of X titles back to the printing mill for second printings, out on the 15th of January, 2020. That’s Fallen Angels #2, New Mutants #2 and X-Force #2, from last week. And they’ll be joined by another comic that was […]
Here is the list of all titles being published for Thursday, December 26th. It’s a small list. There are no ongoing DC Comics titles. But there is the East Of West finale. The Fight Club 3 finale. The Incoming Marvel one-shot. And the launch of Venom Island, Kill Lock and Doctor Strange: Surgeon Supreme. Oh […]
As scheduled, Marvel has revealed another pair of blacked-out mystery characters on it’s new X-book teaser for what the House of Ideas purports will feature the most dysfunctional team of X-Men ever. Marvel revealed Havok and Psylocke as team members yesterday, and today they’ve revealed Nanny and Orphan-Maker. All mutants are welcome on Krakoa. Even […]
Back in 2003, Esad Ribic created a cover for Wolverine #6 that somehow slipped past the censors at Marvel despite being a pretty clear porn homage. Bleeding Cool wrote about the cover a few years ago after writer Greg Rucka confirmed its (obvious) intent on his Tumblr. Rucka was responding to a post which said: […]
Courtney Ross was a character created by Chris Claremont, Herbe Trimpe and Fred Kida for Captain Britain Weekly #3 back in 1976 as a love interest for Brian Braddock, Captain Britain. A well to do young woman, she was attending the fictitious Thames University when she met and started to date Brian Braddock, not knowing […]
In today’s Doctor Doom #3 by Christopher Cantwell and Salvador Larroca, we get to see the population of Earth being asked to vote for Doom. Sorry, sorry, that’s Justice League #37, different story. But man, everyone seems to be wondering about voting for Doom these days. Something must be in the air. Doctor Doom #3 […]
In House Of X, we learned that mutants, when brought back to life by The Five of Krakoa, are naked. And seem to remain naked when paraded in front of the rest of the population of Krakoa while everyone screams out that they are mutants. Rather than that they are naked. Does Krakoa need someone […]
The NYPD is denying rumors that it has arrested Marvel Comics superhero Wolverine, according to a tweet by the NYPD’s official verified Twitter account. Officers from the department’s 52nd precinct responded to a domestic violence call and confiscated what appears to be a large jar of marijuana, several 100 dollar bills, a machete, a pistol, […]
Doctor Doom #3 is in stores from Marvel Comics this week, by Christopher Cantwell and Salvador Larroca, and we’ve got a preview below. Things aren’t going so well for ol’ Doomie lately. And in his own book, too! And now, the icing on the cake: Doom is in hell! Again! But it looks like he […]