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Top 10 Facts – Marvel

August 22, 2019


The company that would later become known
as Marvel Comics was founded in 1939 by a man named Martin Goodman. Back then Marvel
was known as Timely Publications and later Timely Comics. In its first year, the company
released their first comic titled Marvel Comics #1. It was a mayor success selling hundreds
of thousands of copies featuring characters like the original Human Torch and Namor The
Sub-Mariner. These two characters along with Captain America, making his debut in 1941,
would remain as Marvel’s most popular heroes throughout its early history. Early on Goodman
hired a young man named Stanley Lieber who would go on to create many of the most popular
Marvel characters we know today. Of course, you most likely know him by his pseudonym,
Stan Lee. The 1960s saw the introduction of many teams and individual superheroes, anti-heroes,
and villains that would come to define what the company is today. Some examples are The
Fantastic Four, The Avengers, The Hulk, Spider-Man, Ultron, Thor, Guardians of the Galaxy, Iron-Man,
X-Men, Doctor Doom, and Galactus, among so many others. In the coming decades, Marvel
had its ups and downs and struggled to survive due in part to a very unstable market while
also competing with its longtime rival DC Comics. At the turn of the century, Marvel
had some success with their live action movie adaptations. Titles like Blade, X-Men, Spider-Man,
and Hulk would serve as the early instigators of the immensely popular and thriving superhero
movie market we have today. In 2009 Marvel Entertainment, the parent company of Marvel
Comics, was acquired by The Walt Disney Company. And with their initiative to launch the Marvel
Cinematic Universe, superheroes are more popular than ever before. It was very close that Marvel never even came
into existence. You see, in 1937 Martin Goodman was on his honeymoon in Europe with his wife.
When it was time to return to the US, Goodman wanted to ride the exciting and marvelous
Hindenburg airship. However as he was late to buy tickets he was unable to secure two
seats next to each other. So the couple took a plane back instead. If two seats had been
available, it’s likely they would have perished in the inferno of the now famous Hindenburg
disaster. In 1979, comic book artist Dave Cockrum decided
to quit his job at Marvel. In the process he also left a resignation letter explaining
why he wanted to leave the company. Now, at roughly the same time, the comic Iron Man
#127 was released. In it, Tony Starks butler Edwin Jarvis also decides to quit his job.
Jarvis leaves a resignation letter as well but it doesn’t make much sense. As it turns
out, someone at Marvel decided to use the resignation letter left by Cockrum in the
comic. The only difference being that they replaced the word “Marvel” with “Avengers”.
Three issues later, the confusing letter was explained as a mistake, but some think it
was more of a deliberate prank. No one’s really sure how the letter ended up in the comic. Wolverine is arguably one of the most popular
members of the X-Men if not one of Marvel’s most popular characters overall. During his
inception, they wanted to name him either The Wolverine or The Badger. Luckily they
choose the former. I mean, look at this thing. It’s just a cute little badger. Now once they did, the initial idea was for Wolverine to be an actual mutant Wolverine. This is even
suggested in the comic X-Men #98, where a scientist mentions that Wolverine is different
from the rest of the mutants and doesn’t even appear to be human. Another weird thing is
that in the beginning Marvel had a rule that Wolverine could not have visible arm hair
while in costume. But when not in costume, it was completely fine. Superman kind of exist in the Marvel universe.
Well at least his alternate personality, Clark Kent, does. In several comics published by
Marvel over the years he has be seen as a background character, even having a few lines
here and there. However this isn’t exactly canon and it isn’t exactly Superman. Clark
Kent in this case is just a normal news reporter and is only included as a joke and a sort
of cameo. It was never intended to be taken seriously. Something I have always wondered about is, after
an epic battle taking place in some fictional metropolis somewhere. Who’s responsible for
cleaning up the mess these battles often leave behind? Turns out that Marvel has actually
tried to answer that question with an organization appropriately called Damage Control. Damage
Control is a large corporation that uses advanced engineering technology to repair anything
from an entire city to the Avengers Mansion in a very short amount of time. For example
they where responsible for rebuilding New York after the event known as World War Hulk.
I mean, it’s some major suspension of disbelief. But hey, at least it’s better then just “Because
magic!”. In 1984, Marvel was doing extremely well.
They had a market share of around 70% with DC Comics at somewhere around 20%. In fact
for many years, DC Comics had struggled financially. So in February of that year the head of DC
Comics’ parent company, Warner Communications, called the president of Marvel because he
wanted to give them the publishing rights for all of DC Comics characters. Eventually
they reached an agreement and Marvel was actually set to acquire DC Comics along with all of
its characters like Superman, Batman, The Flash, and so on. The reason this never happened
was because it would have resulted in Marvel completely dominating the industry with a
staggering 90% market share. Meaning Marvel could essentially do whatever they wanted
without any sort of competition. Today Marvel and DC are at a more equal footing with other
publishers like Dark Horse and Image Comics not to far behind. Michael Jackson was a big fan of comics and
had a whole collection of hard to find comic book collectibles. One of his favorite characters
was Spider-Man. In the 1990s, Marvel was looking into making a live action Spider-Man movie
and when Michael Jackson heard of this he wanted to be cast as the lead character. Peter
Parker himself. He wanted to do this so badly that he even attempted to actually buy Marvel
Comics just so he could make and star in this movie. I ehm… I think we’re all pretty happy
that this never happened. Aside from the more common characters that
get their own movies, TV-shows, and the like. Marvel has a lot of really weird and obscure
characters as well. Some examples are The Pet Avengers, which is exactly what it sound
like. The Avengers if they where animals. Then there’s Spider-Ham, which is Spider-Man
if he where a pig. And his real name is not Peter Parker but instead Peter Porker. The
Phone Ranger who is skilled at repairing phone lines and phones. Bird-Brain, a human bird.
Matador who’s a matador. Leap-Frog, literally a man in a frog costume. And then there’s
Eye-Scream who has the ability to turn himself into ice cream. Why? A large part of the X-Men storylines follow
the characters struggle to be accepted as ordinary people. How society sees them as
freaks of nature and not humans. Which makes it kind of ironic how Marvel spent years trying
to make the case that X-Men figurines should not be considered humans. They did this to
avoid a certain tax rule that would have cost them a lot more money. The rule essentially
states that human looking figurines should be defined dolls, while non human characters
are defined as toys. Sorry Xavier and Co. even your creator thinks you’re less then
human.

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  1. Fun Fact: The Transformers were originally part of the Marvel Comics. In 1980, about 20 comic books featured the Transformers like Optimus Prime even fought alongside Spiderman and Iron Man. But in 1983, Marvel decided to ditch the characters baring them as useless and not having a purpose. So Hasbro started airing the series instead

  2. RIP Stan Lee. Long live the legendary Marvel man. Even in death, he is still MARVELous. He'll still be with us in our hearts. God bless Stan Lee.

  3. Everyone thanked Stan Lee but for now, let us all give the appreciation for Martin Goodman in making Marvel Comics.

  4. [6:31] "I think we're all pretty happy this never happened."
    Especially after the most recent things that surfaced about the once king of pop.

  5. 4 years later and Marvel is probably the biggest thing that people are talking about right now with the newest movie Avengers Endgame

  6. Top 10 Facts Marvel
    Thanos: nope
    Top 5 Facts Marvel
    Thanos: Perfectly Balanced as all things should be

  7. I can just imagine Spider-Man saying โ€œheheโ€ while swinging through New York.

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