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.
It's amazing the difference a decade-and-a-half makes. In 2006 and 2007, Marvel Comics published Women Of Marvel trade paperbacks, collecting stories starring female characters. The first included a couple of writers/artists, the second had none. In 2010 they published another two issues with new material, which had a handful of women creators amongst the men, […]
This week's Avengers #41 by Jason Aaron and Javi Garron gave all manner of possibilities as to the new host for The Phoenix in Marvel Comics. Our favourite had to be Howard The Phoenix. But it seems that Marvel Comics have chickened out an in April, the Phoenix will have a new permanent host. And […]
The new Marvel Comics April 2021 solicitations have one rather notable absence. X-Men. A rather sizeable gap in the solicitations for an issue of one of Marvel's best-selling titles. March's X-Men #19 is scheduled for March 31st, but for April… nothing. Maybe X-Men #20 will be back for June 5th and just needed five weeks […]
No more Frankensteining necessary – here are the full Marvel Comics April 2021 solicitations, as Avengers crosses over with the remnants of The King In Black – yes, it's still going, with two issues out in April. It also spins off a new Mighty Valkyries, plural now. Oh and note while there is no Heroes […]
Is this Heroes Reborn time? Marvel Comics have just tweeted out the following image, declaring "Heroes Reborn: Whatever happened to Earth's Mightiest Heroes?" The reference is clearly a return to the nineties' comic book event Heroes Reborn that saw Jim Lee, Rob Liefeld, Jim Valentino, Jeph Loeb and others relaunch many Marvel comic books heroes […]
In an interview with AIPT Comics, Scott Snyder was asked about a potential sequel to Death Metal – or a threequel to Metal – with Greg Capullo. He replied "I'm not lying when I say it has not crossed my mind about doing a third one. Just because Greg and I have a creator-owned we're […]
Today sees the publication of who lined X-Men titles, Cable #7 and X-Force #16, both part of the ongoing Krakoan Experiment in the Marvel X-Men books. As Cable and Rachel Summers hunt down the mutant child thieves from previous issues. Hey on that point, if Rachel is the first born child of Scott Summers and […]
Today sees the publication of Iron Fist: Heart Of A Dragon #1 by Larry Hama and Dave Wachter, with Danny Rand and Luke Cage dealing with a new reality that can see the Iron Fist visit all manner of realities… But I am told that while the first issue is more of a preamble to […]
There's plenty of presidential politics at play in today's Avengers #41, including a former candidate gaining greater power than any have ever wielded. But we also learn what politics Nighthawk has been playing at, in an attempt to take down King T'Challa of Wakanda, The Black Panther, in his own battle to claim the Phoenix […]
Since the Wraith: Web Of Venom one-shot, we have known there was a God Of Light, an opposite to Knull, who might be able to take him down. But who could it be? But who could it be? There were many candidates. The Sentry was a top choice, especially with the Knull and Void wordplay. […]
Today's Avengers #41 by Jason Aaron and Javi Garron sees Marvel character pitted against Marvel character over the right, responsibility of duty of being a host of the Phoenix force. Which brings out all sorts of people across the Marvel Universe. Including once such match between Red Widow and Howard The Duck. Who must, from […]
Donny Cates has confirmed on Twitter that, yes, his final ever issue of Venom from Marvel Comics will be #200. He tweeted "Seen a lot of confusion about this so I just wanted to clarify. Yes. Venom #200 will be my last issue writing Venom. Ever. Thank you all for supporting us. This has been […]
Chip Zdarsky tweeted "This is something we've been working on for a while: a chance to reinvent the WHAT IF brand, telling longer stories with the best artists. We think you'll like it." Well, there is a What If TV show from Marvel in the air. This April, Chip Zdarsky, Pasqual Ferry and Matt Hollingsworth are […]
Bleeding Cool has been covering the effects of Donald Trump on the comic book world and industry. On his final day in the role of President Of The United States, we take a look back at both the lead-up to the election, his Presidency, the cultural reflection and refraction, the actions of Marvel chair, personal […]
Scott Williams is best known as the inker of Jim Lee's pencils, and has fulfilled that role at Marvel, WildStorm and DC Comics for over thirty years. Recently he shared some news involving his work with a different co-founder of Image Comics, Rob Liefeld. And a cover for New Mutants #90 that he inked from […]
Marvel Comics has announced two August 2021 Omnibuses, one by press release, the other by The Uncanny Omar's YouTube channel, Kull The Destroyer Omnibus and Aliens: The Original Years Omnibus Volume 2… covers and content details below. Kull The Destroyer Omnibus will follow Kull: Savage Sword The Original Marvel Years Omnibus out in May. The […]
Often I look at the auction pages getting big numbers. But there are some insanely lowe priced for certain comic book pages that cost less than buying their most recent comic books at the current 2021 January 17-18 Sunday & Monday Comics, Animation, Video Games & Art Weekly Online Auction #122103, Take this splash page from Warrior […]
Hero Collector, like last month, is early off the blocks for April 2021 solicitations through Diamond Comic Distributors. With a bunch of DC Comics hardcover graphic novels and Marvel Movie figurines. #145 – Aquaman: Time and Tide RRP: €16.99/£11.99 (not US available) SKU: DCGUK145, Barcode: 977205437358445 Format: Hardcover; Print Spec: 175 x 260mm Author(s): Peter David […]
DC Comics has issues details of the comic books that will be made available for retailer exclusive covers for April 2020. To get an exclusive retailer cover from Marvel or DC, shops, shows or creators have to order a minimum of 3000 copies, with subsequent variants of the variant at 1500 and 1000. They pay […]
After the insane success of The Amazing Spider-Man #55 cover by Patrick Gleason – which has led to a second printing that far outstripped orders for the first printing – he will be doing a similarly-styled cover for the new anthology series Carnage: Red, White, & Blood #1 for March. And now we know the […]