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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Forty years ago, Chris Claremont, John Byrne, Terry Austin, Glynis Wein, and Tom Orzechowski brought us the Dark Phoenix Saga in the pages of Uncanny X-Men. It was a storyline that so revolutionized comics that it is still rehashed over and over again to this day. In addition to being rehashed within the pages of […]
This is the Mike Del Mundo ‘Classified’ cover to today’s Absolute Carnage #4. I will say this, that this Anti0Symbiote costume does not appear in this comic. It does not even appear in Absolute Carnage Vs Deadpool #3 also out today where a) it would have fit the tone and b) could have come in […]
Jonathan Hickman has had a thing for deep cuts into mutant comic book lore for his recent HOXPOX and Dawn Of X comic books… but is this a cut too far? Devo is a member of the Shi’ar Death Commandos. Created by Chris Claremont and Chris Bachalo his first appearance was in Uncanny X-Men #467 […]
Remember those Bar Sinister rumours? SINISTER SECRET #5: He’s the best there is at what he does. She’s married with a kid. The husband knows exactly what’s going on, but who is he to point the finger? He’s up to much the same, and more. Maybe this is just the new normal on the mutant […]
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 […]
So Kevin Feige is the new Chief Creative Officer of Marvel Comics. Yesterday, I looked at what the effects may be, after talking to several sources, trying to stay away from the usual hot takes. But what of Marvel Editor-In-Chief C.B.Cebulski? His hiring was personally approved of by Marvel Chair, Ike Perlmutter, a man with […]
UPDATE: Looks like the title may be delayed. Check here for the latest. The original story runs below. We know we have a new Wolverine title as part of the second wave of Dawn Of X books from Marvel, showrun by Jonathan Hickman. We also know Moira MacTaggert is getting a book. And we know […]
I went to the theatre tonight. You can be guaranteed that once I’ve sat down in my seat, some comics industry-changing even will happen, and I will emerge blinking at dozens of messages asking what I think. Or telling me what I should think. But the journey home gives me a chance to sort the […]
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 […]
Today, we learned the shocking news that Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige has become the Chief Creative Officer of all of Marvel, including Marvel Comics. Former Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada will become EVP Creative Director and report to Marvel President Dan Buckley, who will now report directly to Feige on all creative matters, […]
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 […]
The rumour is that Shriek will appear in Venom 2, alongside Woody Harrelson as Carnage. Shriek was created by Tom DeFalco, Mike W. Barr, Terry Kavanagh, Ron Lim, Jerry Bingham, and Mark Bagley (quite a tally) as part of the Maximum Carnage crossover in Spider-Man Unlimited #1 from May 1993, recently revived for Absolute Carnage. […]
Today, Marvel released its special edition of The Pull List video, as well as mentioning NYCC reveals we got news of Tarot, an Avengers/Defenders comic book series written by Alan Davis and drawn by Paul Renaud. And a little something from Matthew Rosenberg and Otto Schmidt with a new take on Hawkeye in Hawkeye: Freefall. But […]
Today, Marvel released its special edition of The Pull List video, as well as mentioning NYCC reveals we got news of Tarot, an Avengers/Defenders comic book series written by Alan Davis and drawn by Paul Renaud. And a little something from Matthew Rosenberg and Otto Schmidt with a new take on Hawkeye in Hawkeye: Freefall. […]
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 […]