Created by current co publisher of Marvel, Stan Lee.
In 1939 Martin Goodman was persuaded by Frank Torpey, the sales manager of Funnies Inc. to start publishing comics. This was the start of Timely Comics Publications, which would later produce its first comic; Marvel Comics #1.
- Introduction of Ka-Zar in a pulp fiction magazine published by Manvis owned by Martin Goodman prior to founding Timely Comics. Ka-Zar was created by Bob Byrd who was the author of Ka-Zar #1. Ka-Zar's pulp fiction story would later be adapted in Marvel Comics #1.
- The December 7 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor sends several Timely members into armed services.
- Introduction of Citizen V.
- Introduction of Miss Fury.
- Vince Fago becomes Editor while Stan Lee is off at war.
- The end of World War 2 brought the decline of “Super Heroes” sales.
- Introduction of Millie the Model who spawned 207 issues.
- Introduction of Patsy Walker.
- Marvel reaches out to a young female audience.
- Stan Lee returns to his chair as Editor-in-Chief after the war.
- Introduction of The Blonde Phantom.
- Introduction of Mighty Mouse.
- Young Allies Comics was canceled.
- All Winners Squad #21 was the last issue for the team.
- Harvey Kurtzman starts doing freelance work for Timely comics. He would later become the original editor of MAD magazine.
- Gene Colan is hired as an artist for Timely.
- Introduction to Namora.
- As Super Hero comic stayed in a slump, Crime, Romance and Westerns gain in popularity.
- Comic Crime-fighters and Lawbreakers Always Lose! debut to increase the popularity of the crime comics.
- Introduction of Two-Gun Kid.
- Introduction of Sun Girl.
- Introduction of Kid Colt.
- Introduction of Venus
- The Super Rabbit series is canceled.
- John Buscema answers an ad to become one of the best know artists in Marvel’s history.
- As Super Hero comics stayed in a slump, Crime, Romance and Westerns gain in popularity.
- Timely goes through an identity change. From Timely to Atlas Comics to eventually Marvel.
- As super hero comics make a re-emergence Marvel comes out with it's new heroes. These heroes have more personal and emotional back stories
- 1961 sees the creation of The Fantastic Four.
- In the following years (following the successful relaunch of DC's heroes ) Marvel launches the Hulk, X-Men, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Daredevil, Avengers, The return of the Golden Age Captain America and many more.
The comic-book arm of the company started in 1939 as Timely Publications, and by the 1950s was generally known as Atlas Comics. Marvel's modern incarnation dates from 1961, with the launching of Fantastic Four and other superhero titles created by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, and others. Marvel has since become the largest American comic book publisher over long time competitor DC Comics.
Events in the Marvel Universe
- The Infinity Gauntlet (1991) - Collected In Trade
- Operation: Galactic Storm (1992) - Collected In 2 Trades (1, 2)
- Infinity War (1992) - Collected In Trade
- X-Cutioner's Song (1992-1993) - Collected In Trade
- Infinity Crusade (1993) - Collected In 2 Trades (1, 2)
- Maximum Carnage (1993) - Collected In Trade
- Fatal Attractions (1993) - Collected In Trade
- Phalanx Covenant (1994) - Collected In Trade
- Clone Saga (1994-1996) - Collected In 5 Trades (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
- Age of Apocalypse (1995) - Collected In 4 Trades (1, 2, 3, 4)
- Onslaught Saga (1996-1997) - Collected In 4 Trades (1, 2, 3, 4)
- Operation: Zero Tolerance (1997) - Collected In Trade
- Heroes Reborn (1996-1997) No Main Trade For Event
- Contest of Champions II - (1999) - Collected In Trade
Marvel Movies (Cinematic Releases)
- Howard the Duck (August 1, 1986)
- The Punisher (October 5, 1989)
- Captain America (December 14, 1990 [UK])
- Blade (August 21, 1998)
- X-Men (July 14, 2000)
- Blade II (March 22, 2002)
- Spider-Man (May 3, 2002)
- Daredevil (February 14, 2003)
- X2: X-Men United (May 2, 2003)
- Hulk (June 20, 2003)
- The Punisher (April 16, 2004)
- Spider-Man 2 (June 30, 2004)
- Blade: Trinity (December 8, 2004)
- Elektra (January 14, 2005)
- Man Thing (April 30, 2005)
- Fantastic Four (July 8, 2005)
- X-Men: The Last Stand (May 26, 2006)
- Ghost Rider (February 16, 2007)
- Spider-Man 3 (May 4, 2007)
- Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (June 15, 2007)
- Iron Man (May 2, 2008)
- The Incredible Hulk (June 13, 2008)
- Punisher: War Zone (December 5, 2008)
- X-Men Origins: Wolverine(May 1, 2009)
- Iron Man 2 (May 7, 2010)
- Thor (May 6, 2011)
- X-Men: First Class (June 3, 2011)
- Captain America: The First Avenger (July 22, 2011)
- Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (February 17, 2012)
- The Avengers (May 4, 2012)
- The Amazing Spider-Man (July 3, 2012)
- Iron Man 3 (May 3, 2013)
- The Wolverine (July 26, 2013)
- Thor: The Dark World (November 8, 2013)
- Captain America: The Winter Soldier (April 4, 2014)
- The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (April 10, 2014)
- X-Men: Days of Future Past (May 23, 2014)
- Guardians of the Galaxy (August 1, 2014)
- Avengers: Age of Ultron (May 1, 2015)
- Ant-Man (July 17, 2015)
- Fantastic Four (August 7, 2015)
- Deadpool (February 12, 2016)
- Captain America: Civil War (May 6, 2016)
- X-Men: Apocalypse (May 27, 2016)
- Doctor Strange (November 4, 2016)
- Logan (March 3, 2017)
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (March 5, 2017)
- Spider-Man: Homecoming (July 7, 2017)
- Thor: Ragnarok (November 3, 2017)
- Black Panther (February 16, 2018)
- Avengers: Infinity War (April 27, 2018)
- Ant-Man and the Wasp (planned release July 6, 2018)
- Captain Marvel (planned release March 8, 2019)
Located in New York City, Marvel has been successively headquartered in the McGraw-Hill Building (where it originated as Timely Comics in 1939); in suite 1401 of the Empire State Building; at 635 Madison Avenue (the actual location, though the comic books' indicia listed the parent publishing-company's address of 625 Madison Ave.); 575 Madison Avenue; 387 Park Avenue South; 10 East 40th Street; and 417 Fifth Avenue.
Marvel has had 25 television series, 34 live-action films and 72 video games based on the Marvel Universe. There are also several theme park rides based on the characters of the Marvel Universe, too.