Marvel is giant when it comes to modern-day comics. They are, by far, the name that comes into people’s minds when a topic of comics comes up. Marvel does not control the world of comic books, but they do dominate this part of the publishing market. They are kingpins in the comic industry. Name any comic book character and they will, more than likely, be associated with Marvel: Wolverine, Black Panther, even Superman has ties to this company, the characters that Marvel owns (or is tied to) are too many to list. Marvel truly is the powerhouse of the industry. Marvel started as a company named Timely Publications in 1939. It was originally set up by Martin Goodman, a pulp publisher – a pulp publisher is someone who creates fictional stories. Before he founded the Timely Publications, he was already delving into the comic book industry which was booming in New York City at that time. The company’s first publication was called Marvel Comics. The comic books were so popular that over 900,000 units were sold, and the publishing had to be repeated for a second time due to demand. This first step served as a stepping stone in establishing the foothold in the comic book industry that Marvel now dominates.

Spiderman

Nowadays, Marvel still focuses on comics, but it has also steered towards motion pictures. Currently, there is a series of movies, all connected within their own universe, bringing Marvel comics to new highs and introducing them to a whole new audience. One of Marvel’s most popular comics that was made into the first and a truly popular motion picture was Spiderman. Spiderman is a household name: he is on kid’s scooters, nursery back packs, children (and adult) T-shirts; he is even on toys for toddlers – and perhaps toddlers enjoy the bright colors and flashy moves that the superhero displays. Anyhow, before the movie, the Spiderman comics where published on a monthly basis starting from 1963. The bright and invigorating comic was created by Stan Lee, with the illustrations done by Steve Dikito. Spider-Man was never supposed to take up the center stage and become so loved. It was created with the intention of being a comic book story to cover up for a previously cancelled one. Little did they know that storyline which appeared in 1962, “Amazing Fantasy” comic, would cause waves in the comic industry for years and years to come.

Anyhow, before the movie, the Spiderman comics where published on a monthly basis starting from 1963. The bright and invigorating comic was created by Stan Lee, with the illustrations done by Steve Dikito. Spider-Man was never supposed to take up the center stage and become so loved. It was created with the intention of being a comic book story to cover up for a previously cancelled one. Little did they know that storyline which appeared in 1962, “Amazing Fantasy” comic, would cause waves in the comic industry for years and years to come.