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This article is written from the Real World perspective Stan Lee
This article is written from the Real World perspective Stan Lee
Marvel Comics
Current Name Marvel Comics
Role Comic Book Publisher
Predecessor(s) Timely Comics
Atlas Comics
Founded 1939
Key Figure(s) Stan Lee (Former EIC, Publisher)
Axel Alonso (EIC)
Dan Buckley (COO)
Parent Company The Walt Disney Company

Marvel Publishing, Inc., commonly referred to as Marvel Comics, is an American company that publishes comic books and related media. Marvel Entertainment, Inc., a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, owns Marvel Publishing and Marvel Animation.

The comic book arm of the company started in 1939 as Timely Publications, and by the early 1950s had generally become known as Atlas Comics. Marvel's modern incarnation dates from 1961, with the company later that year launching Fantastic Four and other superhero titles created by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, and others.

Marvel counts among its characters such well-known properties as Spider-Man, Iron Man, the X-Men, the Hulk, the Fantastic Four, Captain America, Daredevil, Thor, the Punisher, Doctor Strange, and the Silver Surfer; antagonists such as Doctor Doom, the Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, Venom, Magneto, Galactus, and the Red Skull; and others. Most of Marvel's fictional characters operate in a single reality known as the Marvel Universe, with locales set in real-life cities such as New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago.

In 2009, The Walt Disney Company acquired Marvel Entertainment for $4.24 billion.

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