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.


Marvel Comics Prepares For Wanda Vision In December

Marvel Comics Prepares For Wanda Vision In December

WandaVision is an upcoming TV series created for Disney+ from Marvel by Jac Schaeffer, based on the Scarlet Witch and Vision characters and the Tom King and Gabriel Walta series. Set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Schaeffer serving as head writer and Matt Shakman directing, it stars Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany reprising their movie […]

Where In The World Is Moira Mactaggert?

Where In The World (Or Krakoa) Is Moira MacTaggert?

In Jonathan Hickman, Pepe Larraz and RB Silva's House Of X/Power Of X, Moira MacTaggert changed the face of the Marvel's Xbooks. Revealed as a mutant all this time, her power is to restart reality on her death, reverting it back to the moment of her birth. With Destiny telling her hat she will be […]

The Backorder List 5/27/2020: Venom #25, Venom #25, & Venom #25

The Back-Order List 5/27/2020: Venom #25 and Not Much Else

Every week your Local Comic Book shop, hopefully, gets in a weekly assortment of comics, trades, posters, action figures, and other goodies from Diamond.  Now some of these goodies sell out fast from your LCBS, so Tuesday and Wednesday LCBS retailers get on the phone (more often the computer) and let Diamond know they need […]

Could This Affordable Amazing Spider-Man #1 Copy Be Yours?

Spider-Man, Spider-Man, does whatever an old book can—looking for an affordable key in the Silver Age pool? Look no further than this Amazing Spider-Man #1 GCC Conserved label 7.0 with off-white to white pages on Heritage. This is a beautiful example of the first solo book in the Spider-Man series. This issue retells the story of Spider-Man's […]

Sean Hannity Wears Punisher Pin On Fox News

Sean Hannity Wears Punisher Pin On Fox News Talking About Protests

Sean Hannity is an American talk show host and conservative political commentator, host of The Sean Hannity Show, a US-syndicated talk radio show and the commentary program, Hannity, on Fox News. He has a reputation for promoting conspiracy theories, such as Birtherism, claims that the murder of Seth Rich was part of a conspiracy, and […]

Avengers #33 Review -- "The Fist Of Khonshu"

Avengers #33 Review: The Fist Of Khonshu Leaves Us Skeptical

Have you ever been watching one of those legal shows, and the unlikely, possibly disheveled defense attorney starts their closing argument, and it's wildly implausible, but somehow it starts working? The individual elements of their case might be anywhere between odd all the way to wildly stupid, but the attorney's charm and the meaningful pauses […]

What Does the Sin Eater Want With Kindred in Amazing Spider-Man?

What Does Kindred Want With the Sin Eater in Amazing Spider-Man?

So who is Kindred? Still up in the air. The horror show creature haunting Peter Parker and his life, getting involved with him, making plans, spying and hating him, in the Amazing Spider-Man series by Nick Spencer, Ryan Ottley and friends. But who is he, she or it? Money says it's something or someone to […]

Marvel's Empyre Event Has Been Officially Shrunk

Marvel's Empyre Event Has Been Officially Shrunk

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 […]

Marvel Entertainment and NetEase Announce New Collaboration

Marvel to Publish "Previously In Marvel Comics" Recap Guide

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 […]

Yellow Hulk Pushes IDW Avengers #10 to $46 on eBay

Yellow Hulk Pushes IDW Avengers #10 to $46 on eBay But What About #9?

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 […]

Peter Parker Gets a Major Life Change in Amazing Spider-Man

Peter Parker Gets a Major Life Change in Amazing Spider-Man #43

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 […]

Marauders #10 [XH]

The Secret to Emma Frost's Success in Marauders #10 [XH]

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 […]

Marvel Confirms Valkyrie, Scream, Cosmic Ghost Rider as Digital-Only

Marvel Confirms Valkyrie, Scream, Cosmic Ghost Rider as Digital-Only

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 […]

How Can Moon Knight Beat Thor? Avengers #33 Spoilers

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 […]

Emma Frost Has Her Own Weapons Of Mass Destruction in Marauders #10

Emma Frost Has Own Weapons Of Mass Destruction in Marauders #10

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 […]

Venom #25 Reprises The Past And Teases The Future

Venom #25 Reprises The Past And Teases The Future For Knull

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 […]

A female Black Widow (Latrodectus hesperus) spider on her sticky web in a dark corner of an Arizona garden. By Maria Jeffs

Children Bitten By Black Widow Spiders, Trying to Become Spider-Man

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 […]

Marvel Comics' Christian Cooper In Central Park Racial Confrontation

Marvel Comics' Christian Cooper In Central Park Racial Confrontation

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 […]

The cover to Hawkeye: Freefall #5, only available digitally due to coronavirus cost-cutting measures.

Matthew Rosenberg Confused by Clickbait Article About Own Comic

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 […]

Garcia and Mooneyham Replace Chris Sprouse for Daredevil One More Day

Garcia, Mooneyham Replace Chris Sprouse on Daredevil One More Day

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 […]