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.

New Mutants #7 [Preview]

Fourth-Wall-Breaking Spoilers for New Mutants #7 [Preview]

New Mutants #7 is in stores from Marvel Comics this week, by Jonathan Hickman and Rod Reis, and we don’t have to wait until the issue hit stands to find out if everyone died in the cliffhanger ending of the last issue featuring this cosmic storyline… Because as it turns out, they all lived, as […]

Valkyrie #8 [Preview]

Marvel Superheroes vs. Darkseid in Valkyrie #8? [Preview]

A new story arc is kicking off this week in Jane Foster: Valkyrie #8, by Jason Aaron, Torunn Gronbekk, and CAFU, and according to the cover, it seems that Valkyrie will be facing off against something called… The Anti-Life? Does this have anything to do with the Anti-Life Equation, developed by Darkseid at Marvel’s Distinguished […]

Marvel's Ike Perlmutter Dined with Donald Trump for Half A Million Dollars Saturday

Marvel’s Ike Perlmutter Dined with Donald Trump for Half A Million Dollars Saturday

Marvel Chairman Ike Perlmutter, who according to Marvel is not retired despite his latest FEC filings listing his occupation as such, attended a Republican fundraiser last night that raised $10 million for the Trump Victory organization. According to a report from Politico, the required donation was $580,600 per couple to attend the event at the […]

Guardians of the Galaxy #2 [Preview]

The Impotence of Hercules in Guardians of the Galaxy #2 [Preview]

Guardians of the Galaxy #2 is in stores from Marvel Comics this week, continuing the latest relaunch of one of Marvel’s most-relaunched super-hero teams. By Al Ewing and Juann Cabal, we’ve got a preview below… The Guardians of the Galaxy, and the galaxy itself, are in big trouble. The gods of Olympus have returned, and […]

Deadpool #3

Is Elsa Bloodstone Falling for Deadpool? Deadpool #3 [Preview]

Deadpool #3 is in stores from Marvel Comics next week, by Kelly Thompson and Chris Bachalo, and when we last left our sort-of-hero, he was about to be killed by Kraven the Hunter… …but then he was killed by Elsa Bloodstone first? Or at least, shot by a gun that made him disappear. But is […]

Machine Man 2020 #1 [Preview]

Machine Man is a Very Clingy Boyfriend in Machine Man 2020 #1 [Preview]

Machine Man 2020 #1 hits stores from Marvel Comics next week, by Christos Gage, Tom DeFalco (yes, Tom DeFalco), Andy MacDonald, Mike Hawthorne, and more, as the Iron Man 2020 event spins off into yet another comic. There’s a war going on for the souls of robots everywhere, and of course there’s a Stark on […]

Marauders #8 [Preview]

The Corpse of Kate Pryde in Marauders #8 [Preview]

Marauders #8 is in stores from Marvel Comics next week, by the Gerry Duggan of comics, Gerry Duggan, and Stefano Caselli, and after giving us an entire issue to mull over the cliffhanger where Sebastian Shaw sent Kate Pryde sinking to a watery doom, we’re finally going to find out whether Kate really died… right […]

Daredevil #18 [Preview]

Time for Some Vigilante Justice in Daredevil #18 [Preview]

Daredevil #18 is in stores next week from Marvel Comics, by Chip Zdarsky and Jorge Fornes. We’ve got a preview below. If you haven’t been following the story, the gist is that Daredevil is a lecherous creep who became obsessed with a bookstore clerk because he kept smelling her, and now he’s embroiled in a […]

Atlantis Attacks #2 [Preview]

A Mini-Series Ends Early in Atlantis Attacks #2? [Preview]

Atlantis Attacks #2 is in stores from Marvel Comics next week, by Greg Pak and Ario Anindito.   What’s this series about? It’s all in the title. But if you want the details, the recap page explains how trusting corporate elitists put Amadeus Cho in a sticky situation.   This issue is a team-up between […]