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.


Marvel Comics 2020 Calendars Giveaways to Promote "Incoming"

Marvel Comics 2020 Calendars Giveaways to Promote “Incoming”

Marvel’s Incoming #1 will be their big comic book the day after Christmas, this year. And they will be doing a big Boxing Day launch party promotion for the anthology that will feature The Masked Raider and a murder mystery, a Kree/Skrull union, a return to Krakoa, Iron Man 2020 and more. There’#s no minimum […]

Pepe Larraz’s Cover for the House Of X/Powers Of X Hardcover

Here’s a look at Pepe Larraz‘s new cover for the House Of X/Powers Of X hardcover, hitting comic book stores on December 11th, and bookstores on December 24th. A two week lead for the direct market, handy in the run-up to Christmas. That’s the standard cover, while the Direct Market-only version not available to bookstores […]

Atlantis Attacks... Again at Marvel in 2020 from Greg Pak and Ario Anindito

Atlantis Attacks… Again at Marvel in January from Greg Pak and Ario Anindito

Marvel just brought back Acts of Vengeance as Acts of Evil, so it’s no surprise the House of Slightly Used Ideas is looking to revive another classic Summer Annual crossover event. This time, however, it will be a Winter five-issue limited series as Atlantis Attacks #1 is coming in January from Greg Pak and Ario […]

Cyclops, Wolverine and Jean Grey - Marvel Comics' First Throuple?

Cyclops, Wolverine and Jean Grey – Marvel Comics’ First Throuple?

Yesterday, looking at the new X-Men #1 out this week by Jonathan Hickman and Leinil Francis Yu, we noted what appeared to be… convenient living quarters for Scott Summers – Cyclops and his wife Jean Grey – Marvel Girl. And adjacent to them, Logan – Wolverine. Whose interest in Jean Grey – and hers of […]

When Alan Davis Draws You as a Scoundrel Rat For Savage Sword Of Conan #10

As first revealed by Bleeding Cool, Roy Thomas returned to Marvel Comics to tell a two-part Conan comic book story with Alan Davis and Cam Smith, starting in Savage Sword Of Conan #10, published yesterday. It also features the first appearance of Simino, a new character based upon Roy Thomas’ manager and friend of Bleeding […]





Hold Your Horses on

Hold Your Horses on Carmen Carnero’s X-Corp

Earlier this morning, Bleeding Cool reported that Captain Marvel artist Carmen Nunez Carnero would be starting a new comic book called X-Corp in February as part of the Dawn of X line. Possibly with Leah Williams or Vita Ayala as writer. This followed the word of a new Wolverine title as part of the second wave […]




Could New Overlord Kevin Feige "Kill" the Marvel Universe?

Could New Comics Overlord Kevin Feige Kill the Marvel Universe?

With today’s shocking news that Kevin Feige has taken over creative direction of Marvel Comics as Chief Creative Officer of all of Marvel, the obvious question must be asked: what does this mean for the future of the Marvel Universe as a fictional entity? It’s far too early for details of Feige’s plans, but it’s […]


Kevin Feige Throws Shades at Fox "Fantastic Four", Promises to Elevate Them to "the Platform They Deserve"

Marvel Shocker: Kevin Feige Takes Over Comics as New Chief Creative Officer

In a shocking move that could represent the biggest regime change at Marvel Comics in recent memory, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige has been promoted to Chief Creative Officer for Marvel, overseeing not only movies, television, and other media, but publishing as well. Joe Quesada previously held the role of Chief Creative Officer, and both […]




Let's All Read Excalibur #31 in the Light Of HOXPOX

“House of X”: Jonathan Hickman Writes about Fascism Again – He Always Did

Jonathan Hickman’s House of X and Powers of X created the most buzz in Marvel comics for ages. He turned the X-Men into a powerful separatist nation state with real political and economic. They have a secretive government with secret plans and agendas to manipulate and change the world. It’s all very Machiavellian. You could […]