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.
Last month, Bleeding Cool broke the news that Marvel Comics was pulling its new Predator comic book launch, the variant cover promotional campaign and the
For months, the Black Cat has been working alongside her mentor to pull off the biggest heist ever: robbing the impossible-to-penetrate vault of the New
Heather Antos is joining IDW Publishing as Senior Editor on their Star Wars and Marvel Action lines After working as a comics editor on Unlawful Good: An
Looks like we don't need to wait for the Hellfire Gala after all. Marvel Comics has revealed the new members of the new X-Men team, to relaunch from Gerry
PrintWatch: Star Wars: The High Republic from Marvel Comics is going through another round of reprints. Issue 1 is getting a fifth printing, #2 is getting
Marvel was originally planning to launch W.E.B. Of Spider-Man, a new Spider-Man comic based on the Avengers Campus ride at Disney World. Then the pandemic
The new Amazing Spider-Man Omnibus rockets to the top of the Advance Reorders charts - possibly because they count these things by revenue raised rather
The X-Men: Evolution trade paperback published by Marvel in February has a misprinted page in which dialogue was duplicated erroneously.
X-Men By Jonathan Hickman Omnibus will be published on December the 21st, a great Christmas gift for anyone who wants to buy it for me. Or for me to buy
Last time we forgot Banshee. And it seems so did everyone else. Because now it's official, the result we all knew was coming, Polaris is the new member of
In Fantastic Four #28 by Dan Slott and RB Silva, in the story Nullified, Marvel Comics' first family were put through the wringer by The Griever, who
UPDATE: Okay, okay, I forgot about Banshee. Easily done. And that's it! Marvel has released the final tally and, as expected, Polaris has to be the winner
The Micronauts are coming to the big screen soon, and ComicConnect has the Marvel #1 up for auction. Get your bids in.
The latest to have lost the X-Men vote are Sunspot and Cannonball. With Sunspot even making a Richard Nixon reference on his way out. A couple of months
Today sees a bit of a relaunch for Guardians Of The Galaxy, a new status quo as the superheroes of the galaxy, not beholden to governments like the