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.
Spinning out of events in the current Amazing Spider-Man comic book, Marvel Comics are launching a new Daily Bugle series from Mat Johnson, better known for DC Vertigo work such as Hellblazer Special: Papa Midnite, Incognegro and Loving Day. He is joined on the series by Mack Chater of Black Panther And The Crew and co-creator […]
There may be some doubt expressed about the validity of the Bar Sinister gossip sheet that appeared in Powers Of X #4. But as Marauders gets the latest line-up of rumours and tittle-tattle direct from The Red Diamond, we get to have another go… remember zero lies… SINISTER SECRET #11 Whispers on the wind that […]
Marvel Comics has announced changes to the solicitations for X-Men #4 and New Mutants #4 This is how X-Men #4 originally looked, solicited alongside #3 for December. X-MEN #3 & #4 JONATHAN HICKMAN (W) • LEINIL FRANCIS YU (A/C) ISSUE# 3 – MARVELS 20TH VARIANT COVER BY ALEX ROSS ISSUE #3 – VENOM ISLAND VARIANT […]
In previous Immortal Hulk we have seen the end of time. The end of the eighth iteration of the universe and, rather than Franklin surviving until the end of it all, as seen in History of The Marvel Universe, to become the equivalent of Galactus for the ninth iteration, just as Galen was for the […]
Spider-Man: Velocity #3 is in stores from Marvel Comics this week, continuing Marvel’s foray into the Gamerverse, the comics universe based on the video game universe based on the comics universe, like a snake eating its own tail. This one is by Dennis Hopeless “Hallum,” Emilio Laiso, Rachelle Rosenberg, and Travis Lanham. We’ve got a […]
Ghost-Spider #3 is in stores from Marvel Comics this week, by Seanan McGuire, Takeshi Miyazawa, Rosi Kampe, Ian Herring, and Clayton Cowles. We’ve got a preview below. The recap pages tells us that Gwen has been encountering more problems than the usual student debt while attending college in the 616, as she’s become the focus […]
Fearless #4, the final issue of the anthology series that has been a better Marvel Comics Presents revival than Marvel Comics Presents, hits stores this week from Marvel Comics, by Seanan McGuire, Claire Roe, Rachelle Rosenberg, Tini Howard, Rosi Kampe, Munsa Vicente, Trina Robbins, Marguerite Sauvage, and Cardinal Rae. We’ve got a preview below. This […]
Amazing Spider-Man: Full Circle #1 is in stores this week from Marvel Comics, bringing together a veritable cavalcade of creators for one Spider-Man tale. Jonathan Hickman, Gerry Duggan, Nick Spencer, Kelly Thompson, Al Ewing, Chip Zdarsky, Jason Aaron, Chris Bachalo, Greg Smallwood, Michael Allred, Valerio Schiti, Chris Sprouse, Rachel Stott, Cameron Stewart, Mark Bagley, Tim […]
We previously heard about Cyclops, Jean Grey, and Wolverine’s very progressive living conditions in X-Men #1, with the three sharing interconnected bedrooms, presumably to make that love triangle into a devil’s triangle. But over in the pages of Tony Stark Iron Man, Dan Slott is not about to let Jonathan Hickman outdo him. And thus, […]
Marvel Comics is to publish a collection of the first six issues of all of the new Dawn of X books, the X-Men comics showrun by Jonathan Hickman. Priced at $4.99 each, the collection to be published in February will cost $24.99. So that’s, basically, buy five, get the sixth for free. The titles are […]
Matthew Roybal is the Managing editor at Foreign Comic Collector Magazine. He made a discovery the other day, which he was gracious to allow Bleeding Cool to share, regarding the first appearance of Spider-Man in Japanese comic books. He writes, What is this Japanese pornography cover doing in my feed you might ask? Well, let’s start […]
Well, this is a bargain and no mistake. It may not be Hallowe’en yet, let along Bonfire Night, but Christmas has already come to British stores. Packs of mince pies are out, shops are selling stocking fillers and the Advent Calendars are upon us. But the Walmart-owned ASDA chain has something no one else seems […]
Recently, Marvel Chair Ike Perlmutter received a demotion of sorts. One of Disney’s largest shareholders, and a key figure in moving Marvel Comics out of bankruptcy, into making its own movies and then selling to Disney for billions, he has remained a major hands on figure at Marvel Comics, with his personal intervention in securing […]
Iron Man 2020 begins with a new #1 in January 2020 from Marvel Comics, with Arno Stark in the titular costume. But in months to come there are more series tying in, making this the first comic book event of the year. February 2020 will see the launch of two mini-series to accompany Iron Man […]
Marvel Comics will announce their full January 2020 solicitations this week, but as ever, we just can’t wait, so have Frankensteined a few of them together, nice and early. This is what Marvel promised at the New York Comic Con Diamond Retailer Breakfast as covered exclusively by Bleeding Cool as every other reporter in town […]
HoXPoX is over and the Dawn of X is upon us… which means it’s time for the X-books to deliver on the promise of a bright new future. Did that happen in X-Men #1? Read on to find out. Sworn to sell comics for Marvel executives who feared and hated the fact that Fox owned […]
Created by Whilce Portacio and John Byrne for Uncanny X-Men #282, published in 1991, Bishop was a time-travelling mutant from the future with a mission. Yes, another one. And while he has been portrayed as a black character, he was originally intended by Portacio to be Filipino in ethnic origin. Well at the Supermanila comic […]
Luna Snow #1 in stores this week from Marvel Comics, part of the Marvel Future Fight Firsts series telling the origins of heroes who debuted in the mobile game, by Alyssa Wong, Gang Hyuk Lim, Joe Sabino, and more. And this story flashes back to Luna Snow’s first hit song… And you can stream it […]
Absolute Carnage: Lethal Protectors #3 is in stores from Marvel Comics this week, tying into the Absolute Carnage super-mega-crossover event, by Frank Tieri, Flaviano, Federico Blee, and Joe Caramagna. We’ve got a preview below. Misty Knight has gotten herself into a bit of trouble in this tie-in mini-series. And the best way to save the […]
Punisher Kill Krew #4 is in stores from Marvel Comics on Wednesday, by the Gerry Duggan of comics, Gerry Duggan, Juan Ferreyra, and Cory Petit. We’ve got a preview below. The titular Punisher has been gathering allies (of a sort) to get revenge on a Frost Giant for events from the War of the Realms. […]