Marvel Comics, known in the early days as Timely Publications, and later, Atlas Comics, was founded by Martin Goodman in 1939. The name Marvel Comics derived from their first magazine, the first issue of which was published in October 1939, and introduced a whole cavalcade of short-lived characters, but also the Human Torch, who was later heavily altered and made a member of one of Marvel's most known superhero groups, the Fantastic Four. In 1941, Marvel introduced their first true stalwart: Captain America. Today, Marvel Comics are known from introducing us to dozens of legendary superheroes, such as Spider-Man, the X-Men, Daredevil, Thor, Iron Man, and antiheroes such as Hulk and the Punisher.
My earlier statements about Marvel Comics' supposed inferiority to its long-time rival Detective Comics have not been intentional. I love Marvel Comics, and I hope to bring that to your attention with this huge marathon I came up with while watching the first Iron Man movie. For the record, I hate most Detective Comics - it's just that my love for Batman overshadows my love for the whole of Marvel Comics. Seeing that (most) Batman games have already been dealt with, I think the time's been perfect for quite a while to bring out the rest of the cavalcade of superheroes who made my childhood, and at their best, continue to make my adulthood as well.
I hope you'll enjoy this trip as much as I certainly will. There is a certain order I will do these games in, pretty much determined by the lead character, and I will start with Captain America. Right now. Stay tuned.