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Martin Goodman starts Marvel.
Martin Goodman starts the magazine publishing business that will later become Marvel.
Marvel Comics #1 is published
First wave of characters is created
Goodman sells Marvel to Cadence Industires
Cadence sells Marvel to New World Entertainment
MacAndrews and Forbes holding company buys Marvel Entertainment
Perelman and company sell 40% of Marvel in a public offering
Marvel buys trading-card manufacturer Fleer for $265 million.
July 4, 1992
Marvel buys comics distributor Heroes World Distribution.
December 28, 1994
Marvel buys trading-card manufacturer Skybox for $150 million.
March 9, 1995
Marvel Entertainment files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection
Dec. 27, 1996
Legal battle between holders of Marvel's bonds
1997 - 1998
The first Spider-Man feature film is released
The Walt Disney Company announces the purchase of Marvel Entertainment Group
Aug. 31, 2009
Disney shareholders approve purchase of Marvel for $4.3 billion
December 31, 2009
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