Beat: Marvel — The Superhero Entertainment Powerhouse

imagesBy Travis Loose

I still remember my first comic book, Amazing Spiderman #344.

UnknownAfter refueling at a truck stop during a road trip through Oregon’s Columbia River gorge, my dad returned to the car with a bag of Cheetohs and my humble introduction to Marvel’s universe of superheroes.

It was 1991, and I was 9 years old.

Since that day, I have always maintained a close proximity to all things Marvel.

Though that relationship didn’t offer me much in terms of popularity throughout my high school days, I have enjoyed watching Marvel’s ascent within the greater public sphere over the last 20 years.

Now, Marvel’s popularity continues to rise with blockbuster after blockbuster in the box office, and a world wide fan base that dwarfs the initial following from what could be considered Marvel’s hey-day of the 1960s.

Established in 1939 under the company name Timely Publications, Marvel has sustained through incredible transformations and evolutions for the last 75 years.

Most recently, Marvel’s acquisition by The Walt Disney Company signified a new era of the Marvel Universe’s reach and appeal.

Marvel is now recognized as not only the #1 comic publisher in the world, but also a leading company in the movie, television, digital and video game industries.

The recent success of Marvel’s newest film, Captain America: The Winter Soldier only helps to sustain the conglomerate’s forward momentum into Phase Two.

Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, has recently announced that the company has films planned as far into the future as 2028.

Along with the continued success of the comic books and the rising success of the ABC show, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Marvel appears poised to remain on top for the foreseeable future.

A few of the writers following Marvel’s success for Marvel.com are Marc Strom, Tj Dietsch and Brett White.

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