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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.
No new Star Wars Marvel launches in April 2022, but more Crimson Reign, more Han Solo & Chewbacca, more Halcyon Legacy and everything else that makes
It's a busy day for Entertainment Weekly today, announcing the death of the Justice League and the face - or faces - of Captain America going forward. It
Hulk #1 by Donny Cates and Ryan Ottley began by asking a question of the Hulk and Bruce Banner. And asking what if Bruce Banner wasn't controlling the
This is weird. There are as many original X-Men comic books launched this week on Marvel Unlimited as there are published in print. And the print titles
Without letting comic book retailers know, Marvel Comics has decided to "special release" X Lives Of Wolverine #1 by Benjamin Percy, Joshua Cassara and
Earlier this week, Bleeding Cool reported on Penguin Random House having to apologise for their retailer ordering platform ".Biz" going down on Sunday,
Marvel's Defenders are a team of superheroes, that are often seen as the B-Listers, characters who wouldn't find a home in any other team but are forced
Catwoman #39 isn't the only comic whose 1:25 variant cover is selling for $180, so is the Simone Bianchi 1:25 variant cover for Thor #20 that came out
A while ago, Bleeding Cool learned that Jonathan Hickman was working on... something, again with Chris Bachelo for Marvel Comics. We didn't know what.
Yesterday, when much of the USA has a national holiday, the Penguin Random House website for comic book stores decided they wanted a slice of that action
The Silver Surfer returns for a retro tale with a modern price tag in Silver Surfer: Rebirth #1, in stores Wednesday from Marvel Comics.
There are a lot of memory wipes going on in Marvel Comics. And it may be all the fault of Spider-Man: No Way Home, in which Doctor Strange casts a spell
A CGC Milestone Edition of Amazing Fantasy #15 is taking bids at Heritage Auctions right now, and it is pretty cool.
The big debut of Omega Red is taking bids at Heritage Auctions today. Do you think he is used enough in comics?
Jonathan Hickman was talking to the Xplain The X-Men podcast on the occasional of their 150th podcast, and the publication of his final X-Men comic book