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.
In this preview of Marauders #26, Fin Fang Foom is out on a bender and decides to drop by the Marauder's ship for some whiskey.
School board meetings are getting crazy these days, and it looks like The Wizard is joining the fun in this preview of Fantastic Four #38.
Death of Doctor Strange: White Fox #1 shows no setting on Earth is safe from being sucked into the tie-orbit of a super-mega-crossover event!
Darkhawk #4 is in stores from Marvel Comics on Wednesday, and in this preview we find the titular Darkhawk revealing all the key details of his secret identity to a person he just met!
Daredevil's prison sentence is finally over in this preview of Daredevil #36, but too late for him to enjoy it since his series is ending this issue!
Carol Danvers learns from her predecessor to break free of a prison in this preview of Captain Marvel #34, in stores Wednesday from Marvel.
Avengers #750 lined up with Avengers #50, robbing Marvel of a chance for a second oversized milestone issue. Check out a preview here.
Ben Reilly forgets his own name in Amazing Spider-Man #80, proving there are definitely too many Spider-people to keep track of.
The Disney+ Hawkeye show is out, two episodes worth, and it seems to have gone down rather well. But who are those listed in the Special Thanks section?
Be thankful you can escape your horrible family for a few moments and read this Avengers #750 sketchbook for free on Marvel Unlimited.
One of the earliest comic book retailers and comic historian Bob Beerbohm (author of Comic Book Store Wars) set up the first comic book store chain store,
Gunslinger Spawn was a priest born two hundred years ago in the Old West who has come to the present day as a Spawn, a demonic entitity of hell. Ish. When
Lucky the Pizza Dog stars in an Infinity Comic one-shot by Jason Loo, available now on Marvel Unlimited as Hawkeye streams on Disney+.
Originally solicited for October, then delayed to December, Luke Cage: City On Fire by Ho Che Anderson and Farid Karami has been cancelled, for now, by
Okay, this is a bit of a weird one, when reading two separate comics, Amazing Spider-Man #79 & Superman '78 #4, from two separate companies, Marvel