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.
Spider-Man: Velocity #4 is in stores from Marvel Comics this week, by Dennis Hopeless “Hallum,” Emilio Laiso, Rachelle Rosenberg, and Travis Lanham. We’ve got a preview below. Taking place in the Marvel Gamerverse, a comic universe taken from the video game universe inspired by the original comics universe, this story sees a young Spider-Man and […]
Marvel Comics will announce their full February 2020 solicitations this week, but as ever, we just can’t wait, so have Frankensteined a few of them together, nice and early. Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments and we will add them: Force Works 2020 #1. Machine Man 2020 #1. Iron Man 2020 […]
Punisher Kill Krew #5 is in stores next week, the final issue of this mini-series that answered the question: what if the War of the Realms super-mega-crossover event could drag on for another few months after the war was over? In this issue, by the Gerry Duggan of Comics, Gerry Duggan, Juan Ferreyra, and Cory […]
Conan is dead. Shocking, we know, but if you looked at the title of the storyline that’s been running for the last ten issues, you might have had a clue this was coming. Conan the Barbarian #11 is in stores from Marvel Comics next week, by Jason Aaron, Mahmud Asrar, Matthew Wilson, and Travis Lanham. […]
Fantastic Four 2099 is in stores from Marvel Comics next week, by Karla Pacheco, Steven Cummings, Chris Sotomayor, and Travis Lanham. Tying into the 2099 super-mega-crossover event for very important reasons (so that Marvel can make more money), this one-shot introduces a new Fantastic Four 2099 team. The previous Fantastic Four 2099 team were copies […]
Hannah Blumenreich is the Ignatz award winner for Outstanding Online Comic, Full Court Crush, about a girl helping the basketball player she likes with her homework. She has also written and drawn for Regular Show from Boom, Spider-Gwen and Amazing Spider-Man from Marvel, She is also the author of IDW’s Big Hero 6 comic book, […]
Avengers #26 is in stores on Wednesday, by all but one of Jason Aaron, Dale Keown, Andrea Sorrentino, Joe Weems, Cam Smith, Craig Yeung, Jason Keith, Erick Arciniega, Jay David Ramos, Cory Petit, and Ted McGinley. We’ve got a preview below, in which we learn the secret origin of the original Starbrand. No, not that […]
Strikeforce #3 is in stores from Marvel Comics this week as Marvel has finally given fans the grim and gritty heroes team-up they haven’t seen since… well, there’s Savage Avengers too. Anyway, we’ve got a preview below of the new issue by Tini Howard, German Peralta, Marco Rudy, Guru-eFX, and presumably a letterer who didn’t […]
The Immortal Hulk #27 is in stores from Marvel Comics next week, by Al Ewing, Joe Bennett, and more. We’ve got a preview below. In which we follow a Roxxon corporate meeting, Bruce Banner’s latest revolutionary plans, and Roxxon’s elite B.E.R.S.E.R.K.E.R. Unit guards. Roxxon CEO Dario Agger, who has gone full Minotaur, is exploring Roxxon’s […]
Captain America #16 is in stores from Marvel Comics next week, by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Bob Quinn, Matt Milla, and Joe Caramagna. We’ve got a preview below. Steve and the Daughters of Liberty are hunting down the latest person to use the name Scourge, who has killed some NYC cops. Steve and Misty seem to […]
When she’s not murdering the Avengers in her solo series, Captain Marvel likes to tie-in with a good super-mega-crossover event, and with Absolute Carnage ending this week, it’s her last chance to tie into the current one (that is, until Absolute Carnage 2: This Time It’s The Carnagest comes out in a few years). And […]
Two comic books going to a second printing this weekend… Nick Cagnetti‘s Pink Lemonade #1 from It’s Alive Comics, out on the 18th of December and X-Men #2 by Jonathan Hickman and Leinil Francis Yu from Marvel Comics, out on January 8th. The second printing to X-Men #1 had Marvel get Giuseppe Camuncoli to redraw a […]
Captain Marvel #12 is in stores from Marvel Comics next week, kicking off The Last Avenger storyline in which Captain Marvel will apparently kill all the Avengers. Kelly Thompson, Lee Garbett, Tamra Bonvillain, and a letterer whose name we’ll never know are behind this one. Check out the preview below. If you’re going to kill […]
Gwenpool Strikes Back #4 is in stores next week from Marvel Comics, by Leah Williams, David Baldeon, Jesus Aburtov, Joe Caramagna, and with one page written by Christopher Hastings. What wacky hijinx will Gwenpool get up to this issue in her quest to remain relevant and stay in the Marvel Universe? We’ve got a preview […]
2099 Alpha #1 is in stores from Marvel Comics next week, and who doesn’t love a super-mega-crossover event Alpha issue? Don’t answer that. Nick Spencer, Viktor Bogdanovic, Marte Gracia, and some poor fool who lettered this thing for less than even the colorist makes and doesn’t even get their name on the cover because Marvel, […]
Look, we know Marvel likes to publish as many Spider-people books as possible. You’ve got what, like five or six ongoing Spider-Man comics starring some version of Peter Parker or another. One written by a famous guy’s kid starring Peter Parker’s kid. Miles Morales has his own book and stars in others on occasion. Ghost-Spider […]
Marauders #2 is in stores next week from Marvel Comics, as the second-best Dawn of X launch title goes head-to-head against the best (that’s Excalibur). The Gerry Duggan of Comics, Gerry Duggan, is behind this one, along with Matteo Lolli, Federico Blee, and a letterer whose name will never be known because they’re simply not […]
Annihilation Scourge Alpha #1 is in stores from Marvel Comics next week, as Matty Rosenberg is dutifully rewarded for writing a lame-duck Uncanny X-Men run that Hickman was already planning to undo before he started it by getting to kick off the latest super-mega-crossover event. Art here by Juanan Ramirez and Cian Tormey, colors by […]
Amazing Spider-Man #34 is in stores next week from Marvel Comics as we kick off the 2099 super-mega-crossover event. Nick Spencer, Patrick Gleason, Matthew Wilson, Dee Cunniffe, Chris O’Halloran, and Joe Caramagna put this thing together. It’s not that Marvel needs three colorists for this book. It’s just that one of them does the coloring […]
Deadpool #1 is in stores from Marvel Comics next week, once again relaunching the Merc with a Mouth’s solo series under a new creative team. This time, it’s Kelly Thompson and Chris Bachalo, along with some other folk whose last names only are listed on the cover while they’re not mentioned at all in the […]