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.


Black Panthers Okoye &#8211 Replacing Danny Rand As Marvels Iron Fist

Black Panther's Okoye – Replacing Danny Rand As Marvel's Iron Fist?

Time to join some dots together. Back in January, Bleeding Cool ran some informed speculation that the new Iron Fist series, Heart Of The Dragon would see a new holder of the power of the dragon chi take over from Danny Rand. And that at the end of the series, the Marvel Universe would have […]

Somnus A Mutant Resurrected From The Past For Marvels Voices: Pride

Somnus, A Mutant Resurrected From The Past For Marvel's Voices: Pride

We told you a while ago that Marvel's Voices: Pride would feature a new hero, designed by Luciano Vecchio. Then we learned he was Somnus – and got a look at the fellow. Now Marvel has announced the full details, he is a mutant from some time ago, who died, and has now been resurrected […]

Yet Another Origin Story in Heroes Reborn Peter Parker #1 [Preview]

Yet Another Origin Story in Heroes Reborn Peter Parker #1 [Preview]

Marvel retells the origin of Spider-Man for the millionth time in this preview of Heroes Reborn Peter Parker Amazing Shutterbug #1… but this time with a twist! This time, Flash Thompson prevents Peter Parker from being bitten by a radioactive spider. Check out the preview below. HEROES REBORN PETER PARKER AMAZING SHUTTERBUG #1 MARVEL COMICS […]

The Trial Of Magneto Is Indeed For Murder

The Trial Of Magneto Is, Indeed, For Murder

This morning, Bleeding Cool looked at the upcoming Trial Of Magneto series, and what may have been foreshadowing it in recent issues of SWORD, drawn by Valerio Schiti who was initially going to be drawing this, but is now just doing the cover and Lucas Werneck will be drawing the book. And we suggested that […]

JJJ Gets What He Deserves in Spider-Man Spiders Shadow #2 [Preview]

JJJ Gets What He Deserves in Spider-Man Spider's Shadow #2 [Preview]

For decades, fake news purveyor J. Jonah Jameson has been spreading lies about Spider-Man. So when Spidey turns evil in the alternate universe tale Spider-Man Spider's Shadow, he finally gives J. Jonah Jameson what he wants. In this preview, we see Spider-Man finally snap and go after Jameson. Will Jameson finally get what he deserves? […]

Did SWORD #5 Foreshadow The Trial Of Magneto

Did SWORD #5 Foreshadow The Trial Of Magneto?

We know now that there is a Trial Of Magneto coming in August from Marvel. by Leah Williams and Valerio Schiti. But might some of this have been set up in the recent SWORD #5? Which was written by Al Ewing but also drawn by Valerio Schiti. Let's take a peek. We had Fabian Cortez, newly revived […]

J Scott Campbell Fixes His Critics Over Mary Jane Image

J Scott Campbell "Fixes" His Critics Over Mary Jane Image

Late last year, a Tumblr user posted a comic book "fix". Part of a critical trend in recent decades against what some see as lazy sexist comic book artwork, that probably peaked with The Hawkeye Initiative, they redrew an old Spider-Man image by J Scott Campbell from 2009, focusing on the posing and anatomy of […]

America Chavez: Made In The USA #3 Review: Disappointing

America Chavez: Made In The USA #3 Review: Disappointing

America Chavez has been astonished by her otherworldly origins, her overwhelming power, her brusque manner, and her striking style. What if, however, everything you knew was a lie? Would that not be an enormous loss for the iconic new character, swiping at her feet of clay and bringing her down to a more mundane origin? […]

Time for a Freaky Friday in Guardians of the Galaxy #14 [Preview]

Time for a Freaky Friday in Guardians of the Galaxy #14 [Preview]

Guardians of the Galaxy #14 is in stores from Marvel Comics this week, and this preview of the issue shows we can expect a classic tale to play out in its pages. Yes, instead of getting ready for his wedding, Doctor Doom is out in space trying to steal a sword from Hulkling. Typical Doom […]

Take a Trip Down Memory Lane in X-Factor #9 [Preview]

Take a Trip Down Memory Lane in X-Factor #9 [Preview]

X-Factor is on a quest to save Siryn from The Morrigan, and there's only one way to do it… by shrinking down into tiny-sized X-Men and entering her brain. To do that, they use Rachel's powers of chronoskimming, using her telepathy to explore Siryn's memories. Rachel doesn't normally bring the entire X-Factor team along, but […]

New Avengers Reunion in Giant-Size Amazing Spider-Man Kings Ransom

New Avengers Reunion in Giant-Size Amazing Spider-Man Kings Ransom

Does anyone else long for the days of "The Great One" Brian Bendis at Marvel? The New Avengers are getting back together for this special issue of Amazing Spider-Man. In this preview of Giant-Size Amazing Spider-Man Kings Ransom #1, in stores next week from Marvel Comics, we learn that the team has been having reunions […]

Marvel Rushes To Publish Lady Loki Mistress Of Mischief

Marvel Rushes To Publish Lady Loki, Mistress Of Mischief

With the Loki TV show about to drop on Disney+, Marvel Comics has been returning a number of Loki graphic novels to print, and throw in some new ones as well. They really don't want to be caught short as they were with WandaVision.But might their choices reveal some plot points? Marvel Comics have told […]

The War of the Bounty Hunters Continues in Star Wars #13 [Preview]

The War of the Bounty Hunters Continues in Star Wars #13 [Preview]

Some people just have no gratitutde. Lando Calrissian helped the Star Wars gang escape Cloud City in The Empire Strikes Back, but now that Han Solo's frozen body has been kidnapped by Boba Fett, all of a sudden nobody wants Lando's help in trying to rescue him. Sure, Lando may have invited Darth Vader to […]

Mutant Superiority on Display in X-Corp #1 [Preview]

Mutant Superiority on Display in X-Corp #1 [Preview]

Marvel Comics has released a preview of the long-awaited X-Corp #1, finally hitting stores next week. Dispense with the superhero action and jump into corporate drama this Wednesday. X-CORP #1 MARVEL COMICS MAR210546 MAR210549 – X-CORP #1 NAUCK HEADSHOT VAR – $4.99 MAR210550 – X-CORP #1 YOUNG VAR – $4.99 (W) Tini Howard (A) Alberto […]

No More Mutant Laser Crap &#8211 Heroes Reborn: Hyperion #1 [Preview]

No More Mutant Laser Crap – Heroes Reborn: Hyperion #1 [Preview]

It's the X-Men mutant space opera you know and love, but twisted to suit the needs of a modern super-mega-crossover event. What could be more appealing than that, true believer? Well, opinions may vary depending on whether you're a reader or a marketing executive, but nevertheless, enjoy this preview of Heroes Reborn Hyperion and the […]

Now Thats How You Kill Galactus &#8211 Heroes Reborn #2 [Preview]

Now That's How You Kill Galactus – Heroes Reborn #2 [Preview]

In a shocking retcon of The Coming of Galactus in this preview of the next issue of Marvel's latest super-mega-crossover event, Heroes Reborn #2, we get a glimpse of the history of the Heroes Reborn universe, where Galactus's first appearance on Earth ended a little bit differently than you might remember it. Check out the […]

Would You Buy a Doctor Doom Love Doll Fantastic Four #32 [Preview]

Would You Buy a Doctor Doom Love Doll? Fantastic Four #32 [Preview]

Somebody's getting married (again) in a new storyline in Fantastic Four, but in this preview of Fantastic Four #32, it looks like Victorious may want to consummate the marriage early… not with Doom himself, but with a statue that bears his likeness. Which gets us to thinking, maybe once Doom settles down, he can put […]

Star Wars Comics To Celebrate Pride Month With Special Variant Covers

Star Wars Comics To Celebrate Pride Month With Special Variant Covers

June is of course Pride Month, where the world celebrates the LGBTQ+ community and Marvel will be celebrating as well with some newly announced variant covers for their Star Wars comic book titles.  Initially unveiled on their website, these special covers all feature LGBTQ+ characters and are all created by some of comics' best LGBTQ+ […]

Marvel Comics To Publish The Trial Of Magneto In August

Marvel Comics To Publish The Trial Of Magneto In August

Earlier this year, Marvel Comics teased a number of upcoming X-Men-related titles. A new X-Men #1 from Gerry Duggan and Pepe Larraz. A new X-book from Jonathan Hickman and Artist TBA. And a new book unnamed series by Leah Williams and Valerio Schiti in that we guessed might be called The Trial.  It has been suggested to us […]

Star Wars: War Of The Bounty Hunters Alpha #1 Review: Challenges

Star Wars: War Of The Bounty Hunters Alpha #1 Review: Challenges

One of the most entertaining things we have seen about Mandalorians is that they've become the central theme of a new Star Wars meta-story from the Mouse House of Ideas. This story, set in-between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, talks about how many challenges can come up between Bespin and Tattooine. After […]