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.
Just before the Empyre event was meant to begin, Marvel published The Road To Empyre, detailing Skrull, Kree, Cotati and human history together, that culminated in Incoming last year and was set to break out in April. Then something else broke out instead and everything got delayed. And now it seems that some of it […]
On July 8th. comic book retailers will be receiving bundles of a free title, Previously in Marvel Comics. This recap guide will provide readers with a bit of a catch-up/review, before new printed comics begin hitting stores on July 15th. Those titles published that day are currently the following (though of course there may be […]
Marvel Action Avengers #10 was originally solicited to come out back in October last year, but even before the current global situation, it was a very late comic book. It was first out of the gates when IDW returned to Diamond Comic Distributors last week, and also looks like the first comic book to really […]
The last Spider-Man comic from Marvel before the shutdown, Amazing Spider-Man #42 by Nick Spencer and Ryan Ottley, was a rather wonderful one. A 'very special issue of The Amazing Spider-Man', it looked at the character of Gog, one of Spider-Man's rogue galleries and a character poorly served by those who exploited him, from the […]
With Marauders #10, the first X-Men comic in stores since the pandemic started in America, it looks like the comics industry is finally "back." They've got t-shirts and everything, even if Steve Geppi totally ripped off the slogan from The Situation of Jersey Shore fame. For me, and for many people I think, the industry […]
Bleeding Cool has been following plans by Marvel Comics to make certain titles digital-only. We reported the announcement that Ant-Man, Star, Iron Heart, Ravencroft, Avengers Of The Wasteland, Hawkeye Freefall, Ghost-Spider and The Black Cat Strikes digital-only, wither for minj-series or for ongoing series that would no longer be ongoing, just wrapping up their story […]
Moon Knight was created by Doug Moench and Don Perlin, for Werewolf by Night #32 in 1975, as a supervillain-turned-superhero, who develops a mystical past and a number of mental challenges, including multiple-personality disorder. Mostly portrayed as a street-fighting superhero, his origin is that of Egyptian gods making him the avatar of the moon of […]
Today sees the publication of Marauders #10, a comic that would have otherwise have been published for April 1st and, indeed, was printed back then and held in storage by Diamond Comic Distributors until this week. As a result, it is the first of the Dawn Of X titles to be published in two months […]
As the Absolute Carnage event concluded, we learned that this wasn't the end of even the beginning of the end but maybe the end of the beginning. Basically, the good guys lost, the bad guys won, and the great god Knull of the Symbiotes was freed and sent on his way to Earth. We pointed […]
According to Telemundo. three young children are in hospital after getting a black widow spider to bite them, believing it would turn them into Spider-Man, The three brothers from Bolivia are aged eight, ten and twelve and found the spider while herding goats in Chayanta. They then prodded the black widow spider until it bit […]
Christian Cooper is a writer, and editor based in New York City. He has worked for Marvel Comics as a writer and an editor, writing Marvel comics Presents Stories, the Darkhold series for over a year, a run on Excalibur and edited a number of X-Men collections. In Star Trek fandom he is also notable […]
Matthew Rosenberg is the writer of Hawkeye: Freefall for Marvel with artist Otto Schmidt, which you would think would make him qualified to decipher to desperate clickbait of comic book news websites struggling to come up with content during the coronavirus pandemic. However, even Rosenberg has trouble figuring out what the heck CBR is talking […]
The Daredevil Annual was solicited by Marvel Comics before the lockdown for May, then delayed and now rescheduled along the way. It was announced as something a bit special. Written by ongoing Daredevil writer Chip Zdarsky, who also drew the cover, it was to be drawn by Tom Strong co-creator Chris Sprouse and titled "One […]
Marvel Comics has had a history of bumping up their sales with variant cover programmes, running themed variant covers across their line, in an attempt to increase interest and encourage collectability. Some, like the Venomized or the Deadpool covers have become major valuable collector editions in their own right. Most have not, but it all […]
Leinil Yu has been the lead artist on the main ongoing X-Men series written by Jonathan Hickman that span out of House Of X and Powers Of X. He has had a couple of fill-ins along the way, one issue by R.B. Silva, one by Matteo Buffagni and one by Mahmud Asrar, where he replaced […]
When the mayor is the not-so-reformed former Kingpin of Crime and a supernaturally-empowered crime lord called The Hood goes too far, for some reason, the hearing impaired archer Clint Barton decides he has to fix things, on his own. On the way, he says he will "bribe, bother, borrow, burn, bully and beat" his way […]
The Amazon listing for the X Of Swords collection used to list all the titles that it would collect. Marvel has previewed the event by announcing X Of Swords: Creation #1 by Jonathan Hickman, Tini Howard and Pepe Larraz and there is more to follow. "Threatened by powerful forces from the unknown, ten mutants will […]
All those comic book fans who say they want a married Spider-Man again, well Dave Sim and friends are looking to give you just that with the latest Cerebus In Hell one-shit (this one you have to pay for) coming in August 2020. The Amicable Spider-Vark Annual One-Shot. Though given Dave Sim's opinions about both […]
The May/June edition of Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly Previews catalogue arrives in comic shops and digitally on Wednesday, May 27th after a brief hiatus and features comic books, graphic novels, toys, and other pop culture merchandise scheduled to go on sale from the beginning of August 2020. It begins, oddly, with X Of Swords. The […]
The X-Men have had such an amazing history ever since their creation and debut in 1963. The idea of a new evolutionary group of humans with special powers has since captivated fans. There are so many iconic comics from the series but one major comic and one that is on many fans wishlists is Giant-Sized […]