Marvel Publishing, Inc. is more commonly known as Marvel Comics and is a US company that specializes in publishing comic books. Marvel Entertainment, Inc. is a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company and owns Marvel Publishing.

Some of the superheroes that Marvel can boast of include Doctor Strange, The Ghost Rider, The Punisher, The X Men, The Daredevil, The Hulk, Captain America, The Fantastic Four, The Wolverine, Iron Man and Spider Man.

Most of Marvel’s superheroes operate in one reality known as the Marvel Universe, which has locations that are set in real cities such as Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York.

In 1939 Timely Publications started the comic book section of the company, and in late 1949 had become Atlas Comics. The current incantation of Marvel Comics began in 1961, with the introduction of numerous superhero titles which were created by Steve Ditko Jack Kirby, Stan Lee, and others.

Marvel is now the largest publisher of comics in the US having surpassed its longtime rival DC Comics. In 2009, The Walt Disney Company bought Marvel Entertainment for the sum of $4.24 billion.