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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
If you’re a Marvel Comics readers who has been thinking to yourself lately, “boy, it seems like Marvel only publishes a dozen or so Spider-People books since 2099 ended last month and I wish they would add more and charge at least an dollar extra for one of them,” boy are you in luck, true […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
In April, Punisher Max villain (and not the Heart song that is definitely about a vibrator) Barracuda will make a Marvel Universe proper debut in a new mini-series by Canadian Hero Ed Brisson and Art-Cred-Man Declan Shalvey aptly titled Punisher vs. Barracuda. The five-issue prestige series (prestige being a term which here means “with at […]
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, […]
We still haven’t heard anything about that new X-Corp title since Marvel announced it for February and then promptly delayed it a few months ago, but it looks like we could be waiting even longer because Carmen Carnero, who was supposed to handle art for the series, has landed a new gig as the artist of […]
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 […]
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: […]
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 […]
Every week your Local Comic Book shop gets in the weekly assortment of comics, trades, posters, action figures, and other goodies from Diamond. Now some of these goodies sell our fast from your LCBS, so Tuesday and Wednesday LCBS retailers get on the phone (more often the computer) and let Diamond know they need more. […]
A press release on Marvel.com 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 […]
While today’s Dawn Of X X-Men titles have a lot to say – or play with – about death, Marauders #6 also sees the L’il Hellfire Club launch a new assault on Krakoa by crossing over an Impossible Mission with Big Brother and implant a camera crew into Pyro. And reporting back with one of […]
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 […]
There’s quite the divide in media today, the old dinosaurs of radio, TV and print, versus the up and coming buzzwords of online news. Today’s Amazing Spider-Man drops J Jonah Jameson right in the middle of this, but in doing so, writer Nick Spencer sees it as one continuum and uses the comic to teach […]
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 […]