Jack Kirby had a hand in the creation of nearly every character for Marvel for the next several years. Some of the highlights besides the Fantastic Four include Thor, the Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, the original X-Men, the Silver Surfer, Doctor Doom, Galactus, The Watcher, Magneto, Ego the Living Planet, the Inhumans and their hidden city of Attilan, and the Black Panther—comics' first major Black superhero—and his African nation of Wakanda. Simon & Kirby's Captain America was reincorporated to Marvel continuity.
Jack Kirby and Joe Sinon were some of the most important Artists at Marvel. Captain America became the first and largest of many hit characters the duo would produce. The Simon & Kirby name soon became synonymous with exciting superhero comics, and the two became industry stars whose readers followed them from title to title.
During this so-called Golden Age of Comics, Marvel was also laying the groundwork for its epic catalog of more than 5,000 characters. Today's Marvel Comics was once Timely Comics, DC's largest competitor in the 1930s. In 1938 Timely Comics launched Marvel Comics #1. Timely later became Atlas Comics, which then officially became Marvel Comics in the 1960s, during what became known as the Silver Age of Comics.
In 1939 Timely Publications started the comic book section of the company, and in late 1949 had become Atlas Comics. The current incantation of Marvel Comics began in 1961, with the introduction of numerous superhero titles which were created by Steve Ditko Jack Kirby, Stan Lee, and others.
Marvel Publishing, Inc. is more commonly known as Marvel Comics and is a US company that specializes in publishing comic books. Marvel Entertainment, Inc. is a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company and owns Marvel Publishing.
Oddly enough, the first “Marvel Movie” came before there even was an official “Marvel Comics” brand. Prior to its evolution into the name that fans throughout the world know and revere today, the company began as Timely Comics in the late 1930s (its flagship title was a book called “Marvel Comics”). One of its most popular heroes was the WWII-sired Captain America, who inspired this popular movie serial.
Three years after the Marvel acquisition, Disney is earning record-breaking revenue from the first film based on The Avengers. At more than $600 million worldwide, the long-awaited motion picture is already the most successful of 2012.
Disney bought Marvel nearly three years ago, but it’s taken until this year to see synergy really grow out of the purchase. So far this year, we’ve seen the Marvel Universe programming block on Disney XD, and we’ve seen Disney throw its considerable marketing weight behind the blockbuster film The Avengers. But it’s only now that true integration of Disney and Marvel has been announced, in the form of a crossover animated special starring Marvel superheroes and the characters from Phineas and Ferb.
“The Avengers” is a monster smash and one key reason is the smashing monster in the middle of all the action. It’s been an incredible month for the Marvel Studios film that is now No. 4 on the list of highest-grossing films of all time (the worldwide total is now north of $1.3 billion) and will soon pass “The Dark Knight” as the biggest comic book adaptation film in U.S. history.
The big green success of “The Avengers” comes at a golden moment: This month marks the 50th anniversary of the character’s first appearance in the pages of Marvel Comics. The Hulk in this film (as realized by actor Mark Ruffalo, writer-director Joss Whedon and the film’s visual effects team) is the one that fans always wanted but eventually stopped expecting after two solo films that seemed to alternate between mopey and mundane. This Hulk is fearsome and funny, a lime-colored natural disaster who makes gods nervous.