Marvel Comics is the common name and primary imprint of Marvel Worldwide Inc., formerly Marvel Publishing, Inc. and Marvel Comics Group, a publisher of American comic books and related media. Founded 79 years ago as Timely comics and 71 years ago as Magazine Management and 57 years ago as Marvel Comics by Martin Goodman (Founder).
The Marvel branding began in 1961, the year that the company launched The Fantastic Four and other superhero titles created by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, and many others.
Marvel has characters such as Ironman, Captain American, Thor, Spider-Man, Hulk, Daredevil, Ghost Rider, Doctor Strange, Punisher, and such teams as the Avengers, the X-Men and the Fantastic Four, And negative characters include Doctor Doom, the Red Skull, Loki, Thanos, Ultron, Doctor Octopus, Magneto, Venom, the Green Goblin and I could go on for weeks!.
In 1961, writer-editor Stan Lee revolutionized superhero comics by introducing superheroes designed to appeal to older readers than the predominantly child audiences of the medium. In 1968, while selling 50 million comic books a year, company founder Goodman revised the constraining distribution arrangement with Independent News he had reached under duress during the Atlas years, allowing him now to release as many titles as demand warranted. Late that year, he sold Marvel Comics and its parent company, Magazine Management, to the Perfect Film and Chemical Corporation, with Goodman remaining as publisher. In 1969, Goodman finally ended his distribution deal with Independent by signing with Curtis Circulation Company.
Most of Marvel&apos’s fictional characters operate in a single reality known as the Marvel Universe, with most locations mirroring real-life places; many major characters are based in New York City.