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.

Ironheart 2020 Gets a Creative Team, Launches One Month Early

Ironheart 2020 Gets a Creative Team: Vita Ayala, Danny Lore, and David Messina

A press release on 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 […]

Wednesday Comics

How Is Guardians Of The Galaxy #1 Setting Up Empyre? (Spoilers)

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 […]

Wednesday Comics

The Politics Of Death in Excalibur #6 and Marauders #6 (Spoilers)

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 […]

Fantastic Four #18 [Preview]

The Overseer Comes Clean in Fantastic Four #18 [Preview]

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 […]

Amazing Spider-Man #38 [Preview]

Spider-Man Goes Bad, Robs a Bank in Amazing Spider-Man #38 [Preview]

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 #20 [Preview]

Letting the Past Die, Killing It if You Have To in Black Panther #20 [Preview]

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 #4

Doing the Wyrm in Conan: Serpent War #4 [Preview]

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 […]

Guardians of the Galaxy #1 [Preview]

Nonstop Events Take a Toll on the Cosmos in Guardians of the Galaxy #1 [Preview]

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 […]