Marvel Comic books is the trademark name and primary imprint of Marvel Worldwide Inc., formerly Wonder Posting, Inc. and Wonder Comics Group, a publisher of American comics and relevant media. In 2009, The Walt Disney Company got Wonder Enjoyment, Wonder Worldwide’s parent business.
Wonder was started in 1939 by Martin Goodman under a number of firms and also imprints today referred to as Timely Comic books, and also by 1951 had generally come to be referred to as Atlas Comic books. The Wonder era started in 1961, the year that the company introduced The Fantastic Four and various other superhero titles produced by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko and lots of others. The Marvel brand, which had been used throughout the years, was strengthened as the firm’s key brand name.
Wonder counts among its characters such well-known superheroes as Spider-Man, Ant-Man, Iron Guy, Thor, the Hulk, Captain America, the Wasp, Wolverine, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Doctor Strange, Ghost Cyclist, Blade, Adventurer as well as the Punisher. Superhero groups exist such as the Avengers, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four and the Guardians of the Galaxy in addition to supervillains consisting of Medical professional Doom, Magneto, Thanos, Ultron, Eco-friendly Goblin, Doctor Octopus, Red Skull, Loki, Poison, Dormammu, Galactus, and also Kingpin. A lot of Wonder’s imaginary characters operate in a single reality referred to as the Wonder Cosmos, with the majority of locations mirroring real-life areas; numerous significant characters are based in New york city City. Furthermore, Marvel has actually published numerous licensed residential or commercial properties from various other business. This consists of Celebrity Wars comics two times from 1977 to 1986 as well as again considering that 2015.
Pulp-magazine author Martin Goodman developed the company later referred to as Wonder Comic books under the name Timely Publications in 1939. Goodman, who had actually begun with a Western pulp in 1933, was increasing into the emerging– as well as by then currently extremely popular– brand-new medium of comic books. Releasing his brand-new line from his existing business’s workplaces at 330 West 42nd Street, New York City City, he officially held the titles of editor, taking care of editor, and manager, with Abraham Goodman (Martin’s brother) formally detailed as author.
Timely’s initial publication, Marvel Comics (cover dated Oct. 1939), consisted of the first appearance of Carl Burgos’ android superhero the Human Torch, and also the opening nights of Bill Everett’s anti-hero Namor the Sub-Mariner, to name a few features. The issue was a great success; it and also a second printing the adhering to month marketed a consolidated virtually 900,000 duplicates. While its contents originated from an outdoors packager, Funnies, Inc., Timely had its very own personnel in position by the list below year. The business’s first real editor, writer-artist Joe Simon, teamed with artist Jack Kirby to create one of the initial patriotically themed superheroes, Captain America, in Captain America Comics # 1 (March 1941). It, too, confirmed a hit, with sales of virtually one million. Goodman developed Timely Comics, Inc., starting with comics cover-dated April 1941 or Springtime 1941.
While no other Timely character would certainly accomplish the success of these 3 personalities, some noteworthy heroes– many of which remain to show up in modern-day retcon appearances and also recalls– include the Whizzer, Beauty Queen, the Destroyer, the original Vision, as well as the Angel. Timely also published one of wit illustrator Basil Wolverton’s best-known functions, “Giant Pepper”, along with a line of kids’s funny-animal comics featuring personalities like Super Rabbit as well as the duo Ziggy Pig and also Foolish Seal.
Goodman hired his other half’s relative, Stanley Lieber, as a basic workplace aide in 1939. When editor Simon left the company in late 1941, Goodman made Lieber– by then writing pseudonymously as “Stan Lee”– acting editor of the comics line, a placement Lee maintained for years except for 3 years during his military solution in World War II. Lee composed thoroughly for Timely, contributing to a variety of different titles.
Goodman’s company strategy involved having his numerous magazines as well as comic books published by a variety of corporations all operating out of the very same workplace as well as with the exact same staff. One of these shell companies where Timely Comics was released was called Marvel Comic books by a minimum of Marvel Enigma Comics # 55 (Might 1944). Too, some comics’ covers, such as All Surprise Comic Books # 12 (Winter 1946– 47), were classified “A Marvel Magazine” years prior to Goodman would formally adopt the name in 1961