Started as Timely Publications in 1939, Marvel Comics is a New York–based comic-book publisher owned by the Walt Disney Company. Marvel as it's known today was created in 1961, when the company launched the famous superhero team called the Fantastic Four. In addition to the ... Read More Fantastic Four, Marvel takes ownership of a number of legendary characters: 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, the Avengers, X-Force, Wolverine, the 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 sells merchandise centered around these characters: 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 are its action figures, play sets, pillows, masks, bedding, Lego sets, wall decals, T-shirts, and pajamas.