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Marvel Comics
Type Subsidiary of Marvel Entertainment
Founded January 12, 1939 (Timely Comics)
November 1951 (Atlas Comics)
August 1962 (Marvel Comics)
Headquarters New York City, New York, USA
Key people Martin Goodman, founder
Industry Comics
Products Comics
Employees not disclosed
Website http://www.marvel.com/

Marvel Comics is a subsidiary of Marvel Entertainment, which itself is a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company.

Timely Comics

Timely Comics was founded by the publisher Martin Goodman on January 12, 1939.

Atlas Comics

Atlas Comics was founded by Martin Goodman in November 1951, as superhero comics had fallen out of fashion, and he wanted to publish comic books in more genres than Timely Comics had published.

Marvel Comics

Marvel Comics was founded in August 1962 by Martin Goodman, and after writers and artists such as Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and Steve Ditko had made the Marvel superhero comics profitable, Marvel became the company's sole imprint.

Marvel Comics Group

In 1968, Martin Goodman sold his company Magazine Management, which included Marvel Comics, to the Perfect Film and Chemical Corporation.

In 1973, Perfect Film and Chemical Corporation was renamed Cadence Industries and Magazine Management was renamed Marvel Comics Group.

When the video game industry began seeking licenses for popular intellectual properties, Marvel Comics Group oversaw video games that were based on Marvel comics.

Marvel Entertainment Group

In 1983, Marvel Comics Group was sold to New World Entertainment. On December 2, 1986, New World Entertainment was sold to MacAndrews & Forbes, owned by investor Ron Perelman. Marvel Comics Group was merged with New World Entertainment, resulting in Marvel Entertainment Group.

Until 1998, video games based on Marvel comics were overseen by Marvel Entertainment Group.

Marvel Entertainment Group files for bankruptcy

In December 1996, Marvel Entertainment Group filed for bankruptcy.

In December 1997, Toy Biz purchased Marvel from the banks that held the rights after the bankruptcy.

Marvel Enterprises

In June 1998, Toy Biz and Marvel were merged to bring it out of bankruptcy, resulting in Marvel Enterprises.

After its formation, video games based on Marvel comics were overseen directly by Marvel Enterprises.

Marvel Entertainment

In September 2005, Marvel Enterprises was renamed to Marvel Entertainment.

Acquisition by The Walt Disney Company

In 2009, Marvel and its subsidiaries, including Marvel Comics, were acquired by Disney.

Later that year, Marvel Games, a division to create and oversee video games based on Marvel Comics properties, was founded.

Video games overseen by Marvel Comics Group

Title Date Platform(s) Developer(s)
Spider-Man 1982 Atari 2600 Parker Brothers
Questprobe featuring The Hulk 1984 Acorn Electron, Apple II, Atari 8-bit, BBC Micro, Commodore 16, Commodore Plus/4, Commodore 64, DOS, Dragon 32/64, ZX Spectrum Adventure International
Questprobe featuring Spider-Man Acorn Electron, Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Atari ST, BBC Micro, Commodore 16, Commodore Plus/4, Commodore 64, DOS, MSX, ZX Spectrum
Questprobe featuring Human Torch and The Thing 1985 Acorn Electron, Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Commodore 64, DOS, ZX Spectrum
Howard the Duck 1986 Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Commodore 64, MSX, ZX Spectrum Alternative Software

Video games overseen by Marvel Entertainment Group

Title Date Platform(s) Developer(s)
Captain America in: The Doom Tube of Dr. Megalomann 1987 Atari ST, Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum Mikro-Gen
Spider-Man and Captain America in Doctor Doom's Revenge 1989 Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, ZX Spectrum Empire Interactive
The Uncanny X-Men Nintendo Entertainment System LJN
X-Men: Madness in Murderworld Amiga, DOS, Commodore 64 Paragon Software
X-Men II: The Fall of the Mutants 1990 DOS
The Amazing Spider-Man Amiga, Atari ST, DOS, Commodore 64
Silver Surfer Nintendo Entertainment System Arcadia Systems
The Amazing Spider-Man Game Boy Acclaim Entertainment
The Amazing Spider-Man vs. The Kingpin Game Gear, Genesis, Master System, Sega CD Sega
The Punisher Nintendo Entertainment System Acclaim Entertainment
The Punisher Amiga, Atari ST, DOS MicroProse
The Punisher: The Ultimate Payback! 1991 Game Boy Acclaim Entertainment
Wolverine Nintendo Entertainment System
Captain America and The Avengers Arcade, Game Boy, Game Gear, Genesis, NES, SNES Data East, Mindscape
Spider-Man: The Video Game Arcade Sega
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 1992 Game Boy Acclaim Entertainment
Spider-Man: Return of the Sinister Six Game Gear, NES, Sega Master System
Spider-Man and the X-Men in Arcade's Revenge Game Boy, Game Gear, Sega Genesis, SNES
X-Men Android, Arcade, iOS, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Konami
The Amazing Spider-Man 3: Invasion of the Spider-Slayers 1993 Game Boy Acclaim Entertainment
The Punisher Arcade, Sega Genesis Capcom
X-Men Sega Genesis Sega
X-Men 2: Clone Wars 1994
The Amazing Spider-Man: Lethal Foes Super Famicom Epoch
The Incredible Hulk Game Gear, Sega Genesis, Sega Master System, SNES U.S. Gold
Wolverine: Adamantium Rage Sega Genesis, SNES Acclaim Entertainment
Spider-Man and Venom: Maximum Carnage
X-Men: Children of the Atom Arcade, DOS, PlayStation, Sega Saturn Capcom
X-Men Game Gear Sega
Venom/Spider-Man: Separation Anxiety 1995 Sega Genesis, SNES, Windows Acclaim Entertainment
X-Men: Gamesmaster's Legacy Game Gear Sega
Spider-Man Sega Genesis, SNES Acclaim Entertainment
Avengers in Galactic Storm Arcade Data East
X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse SNES Capcom
Marvel Super Heroes Arcade, PlayStation, Sega Saturn Capcom, Virgin Interactive
Marvel Super Heroes In War of the Gems 1996 SNES Capcom
X-Men vs. Street Fighter Arcade, PlayStation, Sega Saturn Capcom
Spider-Man: Web of Fire 32X Sega
Spider-Man: The Sinister Six DOS, Windows Byron Priess Multimedia
X-Men: Mojo World Game Gear, Sega Master System Sega
Iron Man and X-O Manowar in Heavy Metal DOS, Game Boy, Game Gear, PlayStation, Sega Saturn Acclaim Entertainment
The Incredible Hulk: The Pantheon Saga DOS, PlayStation, Sega Saturn Eidos Interactive
Fantastic Four 1997 PlayStation Acclaim Entertainment
Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter Arcade, PlayStation, Sega Saturn Capcom
Men in Black: The Game PlayStation, Windows Gigawatt Studios
X-Men: The Ravages of Apocalypse DOS, Linux, Mac OS, Windows WizardWorks
Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes 1998 Arcade, Dreamcast, PS1 Capcom