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.


Deadpool #8 Review: Well-Rounded Characterization for Deadpool

Deadpool #8 Review: Well-Rounded Characterization for Deadpool

Deadpool #8 continues writer Kelly Thompson's run that has crowned Wade Wilson as King of Staten Island, which is now populated by monsters. This eighth issue is penciled by Gerardo Sandoval, inked by Sandoval and Victor Nava, colored by Chris Sotomayor, and lettered by VC's Joe Sabino. The last issue left Deadpool, Jeff the Land Shark, and Elsa Bloodstone in […]

Chris Claremont Explains Difference Between Cyclops and Wolverine

Chris Claremont Explains Difference Between Cyclops and Wolverine

Legendary comic book writer Chris Claremont recently appeared on Reddit's /r/comicbooks community for an AMA. He answered questions from X-Men fans and, in doing so, inadvertently provided Bleeding Cool with essentially our entire Thanksgiving weekend's worth of comic book clickbait. To be honest, we're not sure why we love Chris Claremont more: because he created […]

X Of Swords: Destruction and X-Men Tops Bleeding Cool Bestseller List

X Of Swords: Destruction and X-Men Tops Bleeding Cool Bestseller List

This is the Top Ten Bleeding Cool Bestseller List, as compiled by a number of comic stores from their sales on Wednesday and Thursday. It measures what are known as the "Wednesday Warriors", those who can't wait till the weekend to get this week's comics. Though thanks to DC, Tuesday Titans too.  If any other […]

Bill Sienkiewicz Shows Off New New Mutants Artwork

Bill Sienkiewicz Shows Off New New Mutants Artwork

Brett Booth and Bill Sienkiewicz are both working on the Chris Claremont X-Men Anniversary Special for Christmas week from Marvel Comics. And Bill Sienkiewicz on social media has shared "a few teaser snippets from an upcoming New Mutants story w Chris Claremont and a slew of other artists. I completed the 8 page intro/outro/ bracketing […]

Will Donny Cates Take Out X-Writer Jealousy on X-Men in King in Black

Will Donny Cates Take Out X-Writer Jealousy on X-Men in King in Black?

Global entertainment superstar and self-proclaimed Bad Boy of Comics, Donny Cates, took to Twitter recently to express jealousy over Wolverine and X-Force writer Benjamin Percy receiving a cheap plastic sword pen from Marvel following the conclusion of the X of Swords crossover event. But will this jealousy build into a seething rage that sees Cates […]

Obscure Comics: Wolverine #102.5 Trading Cards Or Comic Part 2

Obscure Comics: Wolverine #102.5, Trading Cards Or Comic Part 2

There are comic book series almost every comic fan knows, there are comic book characters that most everyone knows, there are specific comic books most every comic reader knows, and then there are the more obscure issues that slip through the cracks. What makes obscure comics so interesting and vital is discovering those books that […]

Obscure Comics: X-Men Ultra Woverine Trading Cards or Comic Part 1

Obscure Comics: X-Men Ultra Woverine, Trading Cards or Comic Part 1

There are comic book series almost every comic fan knows, there are comic book characters that most everyone knows, there are specific comic books most every comic reader knows, and then there are the more obscure issues that slip through the cracks. What makes obscure comics so interesting and vital is discovering those books that […]

Chris Claremonts Advice to Aspiring Writers: Get a Day Job

Chris Claremont's Advice to Aspiring Writers: Get a Day Job

Legendary comic book writer Chris Claremont recently appeared on Reddit's /r/comicbooks community for an AMA. He answered questions from X-Men fans and, in doing so, inadvertently provided Bleeding Cool with essentially our entire Thanksgiving weekend's worth of comic book clickbait. To be honest, we're not sure why we love Chris Claremont more: because he created […]

Adi Granov On Swiping His Own Iron Man For Boba Fett

Adi Granov On Swiping His Own Iron Man For Boba Fett

Today, Ilkley-based comic book artist Adi Granov, posted the following image and commentary on a Forbidden Planet Star Wars #1 variant cover from several years ago. A signed CGC version of which just sold for $200. with a raw B&W variant selling for $100. On Facebook today, Granov reminisced about its creation. Exactly 6 years […]

Angel And Monet Finally Giving Us X-Corp In X-Mens Reign Of X

Angel And Monet Finally Giving Us X-Corp In X-Men's Reign Of X?

This time last year, Bleeding Cool reported that Captain Marvel artist Carmen Nunez Carnero would be starting a new comic book called X-Corp in February 2020 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 […]

X Of Swords: Destruction #1 Review: Totally Xed Out

X Of Swords: Destruction #1 Review: Totally X'ed Out

In the words of the philosopher Alvin Joiner, "so it all comes down to this …" This may as well be considered a review for X-Men #15 and Excalibur #15 as well because there is one long story woven through twenty-two twenty-page installments. That's not a compliment, especially given the meandering nature of this plot, the […]

Doctor Doom #9 Review: A Fatal Flaw

Doctor Doom #9 Review: A Fatal Flaw

Victor von Doom has a fatal flaw, one that's consistent in his character and has been exhibited as far back as the original Secret Wars, if not further back. An unhealthy obsession with his collegiate rival Reed Richards has forced him to self-sabotage almost everything he's ever done and clouds his work even here as he is […]

Chris Claremont on the Unique Language of Comic Books

Chris Claremont on the Unique Language of Comic Books

Legendary comic book writer Chris Claremont recently appeared on Reddit's /r/comicbooks community for an AMA. He answered questions from X-Men fans and, in doing so, inadvertently provided Bleeding Cool with essentially our entire Thanksgiving weekend's worth of comic book clickbait. To be honest, we're not sure why we love Chris Claremont more: because he created […]

A Problem With Franklin Richards Never Having Been A Mutant

A Problem With Franklin Richards Never Having Been A Mutant

Franklin Richards has been one of the Marvel Universe's most powerful mutants, since his birth to Susan Storm of the Fantastic Four. Approaching godhood with reality-bending powers, his abilities were suppressed by his father as a young child, though they began to leak out. He created universes as his playthings, and in Secret Wars, remade […]

Did the Crossover Stick the Landing X of Swords: Destruction #1 [XH]

Did the Crossover Stick the Landing? X of Swords: Destruction #1 [XH]

Welcome to the Thanksgiving edition of X-ual Healing. To give thanks for getting to take an actual day off from writing about nonsense like comics and pro wrestling, I saved up two weeks' worth of X-Men recaps to publish on Thanksgiving while I'm gorging myself on Turkey, mashed potatoes, candied yams, and multiple versions of […]

Chris Claremont Reveals the Secret to Writing Single-Issue Comics

Chris Claremont Reveals the Secret to Writing Single-Issue Comics

Legendary comic book writer Chris Claremont recently appeared on Reddit's /r/comicbooks community for an AMA. He answered questions from X-Men fans and, in doing so, inadvertently provided Bleeding Cool with essentially our entire Thanksgiving weekend's worth of comic book clickbait. To be honest, we're not sure why we love Chris Claremont more: because he created […]

The Final Battle of X of Swords Begins in Excalibur #15 [XH]

The Final Battle of X of Swords Begins in Excalibur #15 [XH]

Welcome to the Thanksgiving edition of X-ual Healing. To give thanks for getting to take an actual day off from writing about nonsense like comics and pro wrestling, I saved up two weeks' worth of X-Men recaps to publish on Thanksgiving while I'm gorging myself on Turkey, mashed potatoes, candied yams, and multiple versions of […]

The X-Men Moment Weve All Been Waiting For in X-Men #15 [XH]

The X-Men Moment We've All Been Waiting For in X-Men #15 [XH]

Welcome to the Thanksgiving edition of X-ual Healing. To give thanks to getting to take an actual day off from writing about nonsense like comics and pro wrestling, I saved up two weeks worth of X-Men recaps to publish on Thanksgiving while I'm gorging myself on Turkey, mashed potatoes, candied yams, and multiple versions of […]

Nate Gets His Butt Kicked Cries to Mommy and Daddy in Cable #6 [XH]

Nate Gets His Butt Kicked, Cries to Mommy and Daddy in Cable #6 [XH]

Welcome to the Thanksgiving edition of X-dual Healing. To give thanks for getting to take an actual day off from writing about nonsense like comics and pro wrestling, I saved up two weeks' worth of X-Men recaps to publish on Thanksgiving while I'm gorging myself on Turkey, mashed potatoes, candied yams, and multiple versions of […]

Mister Sinister the Ultimate Winner of X of Swords Hellions #6 [XH]

Mister Sinister the Ultimate Winner of X of Swords? Hellions #6 [XH]

Welcome to the Thanksgiving edition of X-ual Healing. To give thanks for getting to take an actual day off from writing about nonsense like comics and pro wrestling, I saved up two weeks' worth of X-Men recaps to publish on Thanksgiving while I'm gorging myself on Turkey, mashed potatoes, candied yams, and multiple versions of […]