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.

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Saturnyne Returns in Excalibur #9 – What About Courtney Ross?

Last month, we asked if Courtney Ross was coming back to the Marvel Universe, after seeing this note in Excalibur. Courtney Ross was a character created by Chris Claremont, Herb Trimpe and Fred Kida for Captain Britain Weekly #3 back in 1976 as a love interest for Brian Braddock, Captain Britain. A well to do young woman, she […]

Star Wars Action Figure Variants Collected in $10 One-Shot in April

Marvel Finally Publishes a Comic That’s Nothing But Variant Covers

Well, they’ve finally done it. Marvel has finally come to the inevitable conclusion that if you give a comic enough variant covers, it doesn’t really matter what’s inside. And so, in April, Marvel will publish a comic that consists of nothing but variant covers. Over a hundred of them, in fact. It’s a glorious moment […]

Marvel to Publish a Comic by Robert Kirkman and Mark Millar in April

What are Robert Kirkman and Mark Millar Doing in Marvel’s April Solicitations?!

April sees the launch of a new Marvel Zombies mini-series, Marvel Zombies Resurrection, not to be confused with Marvel Zombies Resurrection, the one-shot that came out last year. Try to follow along here. But that’s not the only Marvel Zombies comic hitting stores in April. Yes, the upcoming super-mega-crossover event Empyre with a Y may […]

The Age of Khonshu Begins as Moon Knight Takes on the Avengers in April

Age of Khonshu Begins, Avengers Fall as Moon Knight Comes to Avengers in April

A lot of Marvel readers have been getting tired of all the cliche heroes vs. villains stuff that permeates comic books these days. Remember back in the good old days when heroes fought other heroes like god intended? Civil War. Avengers vs. X-Men. X-Men vs. Inhumans. Civil War 2. Outlawed. Oh, wait that one hasn’t […]

Carol Danvers to Lose Shirt in Poker Game with Wolverine in April’s Captain Marvel #17

Carol Danvers to Lose Her Shirt in Poker Game with Wolverine in April’s Captain Marvel #17

Captain Marvel #17 hits stores in April, and as Marvel’s April solicitations reveal, Carol Danvers will apparently play poker with an all-star guest lineup featuring Wolverine, Monica Rambeau, Spider-Woman, Hazmat, Jessica Jones, and Ms. Marvel. The solicitation claims that Carol will “lose her shirt” in the game, but we’re going to assume that’s a metaphor […]

Empyre with a Y So Big it Requires It’s Own Handbook

A4: Empyre with a Y, a Super-Mega-Crossover Event So Big it Needs It’s Own Handbook

When it comes to super-mega-crossover events, bigger is always better. If a super-mega-crossover event doesn’t rock the Marvel Universe to its foundations leaving nothing ever the same again, what good is it, really? Likewise, everybody knows that any super-mega-crossover event worth its salt will have dozens of tie-ins and spinoff mini-series and feature an enormous […]

Venom Celebrates 25th-issue Anniversary with $6 Price Tag, Variant Bonanza

Venom Celebrates 25th-issue Anniversary with $6 Price Tag, Variant Bonanza

If you’ve ever been in a relationship, you know that anniversaries are a big deal. And Marvel Comics is sort of in a relationship with their readers. A co-dependent, possibly abusive relationship, sure, but a relationship nonetheless. So when one of their comics hits a big milestone anniversary issue (which, in the days of constant […]

No Dawn of X Comics Will Double-Ship in April

Marvel Will Ship 15 X-Men Comics in April, But None of Them Twice

It looks like, despite Jonathan Hickman’s protestations, Marvel has heard the grumblings that they may possibly be putting out more monthly X-Men comics than any fan can reasonably afford. Yes, there will still be fourteen X-Men books out in April (fifteen if you count Deadpool, which we do), but in a remarkable show of restraint, […]

5 Interior Pages from A4: Empire with a Y #1

5 Pages from April’s A4: Empire with a Y #1 [Preview]

Along with their full April solicitations, Marvel has released a preview of the first issue of Empyre with a Y, the latest super-mega-crossover event that will shake the Marvel Universe to its foundations, leaving nothing ever the same again (until the next super-mega-crossover event, which will presumably happen a few months later). There’s two issues […]

Y is for Empyre in Marvel Comics’ Full April Solicitations

Y is for Empyre in Marvel Comics’ Full April Solicitations

Marvel Comics have released their full solicitations for April, featuring a lot of new series we knew about (and previously Frankensteined), and some stuff we didn’t know about as well. Empyre with a Y is front and center, of course, along with new X-books, a new Marvel Zombies series, a new artist for Miles Morales: […]

Tons of Interior Art Revealed in New Wolverine #1 Trailer

Veritable Buttload of Wolverine #1 Art Revealed in New Trailer

Marvel has released a new trailer for Wolverine #1, the upcoming comic by Benjamin Percy, Adam Kubert, and Viktor Bogdanovic. The comic will bring Wolverine back to the forefront of X-Men comics, according to the trailer, and also crush the hairy little runt’s dreams now that he’s living contently on Krakoa, having sex with Scott […]

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 […]