Started as Timely Publications in 1939, Marvel Comics is a New York-based comic book publisher owned by The Walt Disney Company. Marvel as its known today was created in 1961, when the company launched the infamous superhero team by the name of Fantastic Four. In addition to ... Read Morethe Fantastic Four, Marvel takes ownership of a number of legendary characters such as Spider-Man, the X-Men, Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Daredevil, Green Goblin, Magneto, Doctor Doom, Galactus, Red Skull, Deadpool, Toxin, Scarlet Spider, Avengers, X-Force, Wolverine, Red Hulk, Black Panther, Black Widow, Thanos, Cyclops, Ghost Rider, Blade, The Punisher, Namor the Sub-Mariner, Nick Fury, Silver Surfer, and Ant-Man. Marvel offers merchandise centered around these characters such as comics, movies, TV series, games, toys, clothes, home gear, collectibles, electronics, stationery, gifts and novelty items, and shoes. Marvel's most popular toys and merchandise include action figures, play sets, pillows, masks, bedding, Lego sets, wall decals, T-shirts, and pajamas.