Marvel Comics Archives
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.
Bleeding Cool has a first look at Jason Aaron and Mahmud Asrar's King Conan #1, with an unlettered preview I bet Jude Terror is bursting at the seams to
Teslelephant time! In 1903, Topsy the elephant died of electrocution on Coney Island. Topsy had killed a man, and after being proved to be unmanageable,
Way of X and X-Men Onslaught Revelations artist Bob Quinn shared unused costume designs from the Hellfire Gala for Pixie, Loa, and Nightcrawler.
Star Wars time! Last week, Bleeding Cool scooped the news that Marvel Comics has pulled the IDW license for all-ages Marvel Comics, known as Marvel
The X-Men are none-too-pleased to see the High Evolutionary arrive on Krakoa in this preview of X-Men #3, in stores on Wednesday from Marvel.
The Guilt Hulk as created by Peter David and Dale Keown first appeared in The Incredible Hulk Vol. 2, #377 in 1991, as a malevolent representation of
Captain America: The Ghost Army is an upcoming Young Adult graphic novel to be published by Scholastic Books with Marvel Comics. The book is written by
In April, Bleeding Cool broke the news that Marvel Comics was pulling its newly planned Predator comic book launch for July 2021 from Ed Brisson and Kev
Larry Hama writes a team-up between Wolverine and Jubilee with art by Billy Tan in X-Men Legends #7, in stores Wednesday from Marvel Comics.
With a breadth of overwrought melodrama and an unfortunate and exhausting ending, X-Men: The Trial of Magneto #2 does nothing to honor its title or its
Diamond Comics may have cancelled this year's Halloween ComicFest, for being too close to Free Comic Book Day this year. But Marvel Comics is going ahead
Steve Rogers learns what a voicemail is in this preview of United States of Captain America #4, but he still doesn't know how to check MySpace.
In Marvel Comics, the name "M’baku" got a lot of derisive snorts and scoffing before an actor named Winston Duke came along. Now, in The Last
Aging millennials rejoice and relive your youth with this Wednesday when Marvel publishes X-Men Onslaught Revelation #1. Read a preview here.
Check out a preview of X-Corp #5, hitting stores on Wednesday from Marvel Comics.