Geeks and Gadgets: Marvel Comics

By Dometille Lafosse-Marin
Marvel Comics is an American publishing company of comic books and other related media. Founded by Martin Goodman in 1939 the company started as ‘Timely Publications’ and by the early 1950’s had become known as Atlas Comics. Marvel branding started in 1961, the year that the company launched ‘The fantastic four’ and other superhero titles created by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko and many others.
In 1961, writer-editor Stan Lee revolutionized superhero comics by introducing superheros to appeal to older readers and wrote comics with more mature story lines. Marvels first superhero team was ‘The fantastic Four#1’ published in 1961, this book helped the company make an opening into the world. Marvel comics then made itself a reputation for focusing on characterisation and adult issues to a greater extent than most superhero comics before them. This was applied to ‘The Amazing Spiderman’, which turned out to be Marvels most successful comic and then went on to be made into a couple of amazing movies.
Over the 78 years of Marvel the company has grown into a worldwide phenomenon, it started out as a publishing company and now has grown into the ‘Marvel Cinematic Universe’ which has now created over 15 movies since 1998. In 2017 Marvel has released 3 movies ‘Guardians of the Galaxy vl2’, ‘Spiderman: Homecoming’ and ‘Thor: Ragnarok’. Marvel has already announced for three movies to come out in 2018. The hype over Marvel movies has grown over the years, as Marvel tends to make their movies humour filled and to appeal to many audiences. These movies appeal mostly to “Nerds” or “geeks” as they are usually fantasy filled and usually appeal more to their type of movies.
Like Marvel, Dc comics is a publishing company founded by Malcom Wheeler-Nicholson in 1934. Dc has created many comics and a few movies, for years there has been rivalry between the two companies. They have always tried to outshine the other, when ‘The fantastic four’ came out in 1961 Dc ignored the initial success of the comic. However, the senior Dc staff were reportedly confused at how such a small publishing house was achieving this increasingly threatening commercial strength. To this present-day Marvel has definitely taken the upper hand in popularity and money, making over $667.7 Million a week after Guardians of the galaxy vl2 came out. Rivalry between the two companies has stopped.