Marvel Comics

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.

Toy Biz, headed by Avi Arad and Isaac Perlmutter, acquired Marvel the next year, ending the bankruptcy. In 2004, Marvel Studios’ acquired funding from Merrill Lynch to self-finance its own films, and with the 2008 debut of Iron Man, the company’s rise to prominence in both the American and global film industry began.  The Walt Disney Company acquired Marvel Entertainment on December 31, 2009, for $4 Billion.

Bad Boy of Comics Donny Cates Reveals Marvel Has Big Plans for Bats the Ghost Dog

Donny Cates Spoils Thor Run on Twitter: It Will Not Feature Knull

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 […]

What Pushed Amazing Spider-Man and Conan Into New Content Warning Ratings?

What Pushed Amazing Spider-Man and Conan Into Higher Content Warning Ratings?

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, […]

Marvel Comics Closes Its New York Office And Moves... East

Marvel Comics Closes Its New York Office And Moves… East

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 […]

LATE: Deadpool #4 Slips From February to March 2020

LATE: Deadpool #4 Slips From February to March 2020

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 […]

Ripley Takes a Punch from Titania in First Look at Star #1

Ripley Takes a Punch from Titania in First Look at Star #1

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 […]

Dysfunctional X-Team Adds Sinister, Scalphunter

Marvel’s Dysfunctional X-Team Adds Sinister, Scalphunter

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 […]

Is Marvel Planning Its Own Version of Harry Potter for March?

Is Marvel Planning Its Own Version of a Harry Potter Comic for March?

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 […]

Nanny and Orphan Maker Confirmed for New Mystery X-Team

Nanny and Orphan-Maker Confirmed for Mystery Dysfunctional X-Team

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 […]

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Could Courtney Ross Be Returning to Dawn Of X? (Excalibur #3 Spoilers)

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 […]

New York City Police Department Insists It Did Not Arrest Wolverine

New York City Police Department Insists It Did Not Arrest Wolverine

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, […]

Doom Goes to Hell and Gets a Jesus Complex in Doctor Doom #3 [Preview]

Doom Goes to Hell and Gets a Jesus Complex in Doctor Doom #3 [Preview]

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 […]