The Further Adventures of Marvel Comics - PAGE 2

aka Marvel Worldwide Entertainment

Sean Howe Untold Story of Marvel

Sean Howe's History of the Company

"Marvel Comics the Untold Story" coming

Though this book covers some of the intricacies of story-development and how characters have been fashioned (and refashioned) to fit the various eras which Marvel has lived through, one of the main themes of the book is the friendships and the fighting that has gone on in the 'bullpen' at Marvel. Just the section on Jim Shooter's governorship of Marvel is an eye-opener for how off the rails the creative people at Marvel could get (the animosities between Gerber, Englehart, etc.,and how this got injected into the plots and stories is fascinating).

A major part of the story, at least in the latter section of the book, is the legal troubles between Marvel and Stan Lee (who comes out of it with a $10 million dollar settlement plus an endless salary). But not so Jack Kirby (or his estate, Kirby died in 1994). The legal bills and maneuvers are part of the tale.

Top Earning World Wide Superhero Films

List Updated Sept 14, 2017

Ranked by World Wide Earnings

*Currently in release in movie theatres

  1. The Avengers (2012 Marvel Studios) $1,511,757,910 Billion
  2. Avengers Age of Ultron (2015 Marvel Studios) $1.402 Billion
  3. Iron Man 3 (2013 Marvel Studios) $1,212,795,474 Billion
  4. Captain America Civil War: $1,153,294,011
  5. Dark Knight Rises (2012 Warners) 1,081,036,828 Billion
  6. The Dark Knight (2008 Warners Bros) $1,004,558,444 Billion
  7. Spiderman 3 (2007 Sony) $890.9 Million
  8. Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice (Warners 2016) $872,662,631
  9. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 (2017 Marvel-Disney) $863,365,406 Worldwide
  10. Spider-Man: Homecoming (Sony 2017) $823,973,588

12. Wonder Woman (2017 Warners) $816,501,312 Million

55. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017 STX Entertainment) $89,362,969 Worldwide

60. Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (2017 Fox) - $104,685,194 worldwide

Jim Shooter on cover of Comics Journal by Don Simpson

Avengers 2 - Stan Lee and Jack Kirby together again

Check out the IMDB record for Avengers 2:

Writers: Jack Kirby (comic book), Stan Lee (comic book)


Joss Whedon Writing and Directing Avengers 2

Scheduling for a 2015 release of the sequel to Marvel Studios billion dollar earner.

Joss Whedon was reported on Aug 8th to have signed a deal with Marvel Studios to make Avengers 2, and also to be in on some televsion work, too. i.e.,

" TV series involving Marvel characters."

Dave Lieberman at Nikki Finke's Deadline Hollywood has the whole story

Halle Berry in X-Men United

Halle Berry in X-Men United aka X-Men 2

Thor 2 Coming

Chris Hemsworth returns to fight Christopher Eccleston in the role of Malekith The Accursed for "Thor - The Dark World". Alan Taylor (of Game of Thrones) is directing.

Update Aug 6, 2012: Avengers has pulled $1,461,368,487 worldwide

"The Wolverine" with Hugh Jackman now in production

July 25, 2012: The Australia-based shooting is now in start-up for the planned 2013-release production. Actress Jessica Biel has dropped out of, leaving open the question of who will be taking on the role of Viper. Filming is happening primarily at studios in Sydney, Australia. Story at Deadline Hollywood.

Spider-Man and the magazines of America

Spiderman Entertainment Weekly

JUNE 2012

Daredevil vs the Most Dangerous Man in the World

The Daredevil Vs Worlds Most Dangerous Man

I suspect this is a product placement that would get people into a lot of trouble in totalitarian Iran. Daredevil gets some circumspection, though, via the auspices of the Barnes and Noble magazine rack. See enlargement of photo.

May 29, 2012: Experts in the movie business are looking at a potential $3.7 Billion in earnings off the Avengers film with tie-ins and home video. That is a big licensing check, Marvel.

The list of coming Marvel Studios films :

  1. The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
  2. Captain America 2 (2014)
  3. Ant-Man (2014)
  4. Deadpool (2014)
  5. The Incredible Hulk (2014)
  6. Thor 2 (2013)
  7. Iron Man 3 (2013)
  8. The Avengers 2 (2015)
(Marvel Movie List updated on August 8, 2012)

Related pages Marvel Comics

  1. Disney and Marvel, together
  2. Jack Kirby

Jack Kirby Wonder Years

Stan Lee and Jack Kirby The Wonder Years, TwoMorrows Publishing, 128 Pages

Marvel Comics Encyclopedia

Marvel Comics Encyclopedia - 400 Pages,

Stan Lee Bio

Stan Lee and the Rise and Fall of the American Comic Book - 320 Pages. By Josh Raphael and Tom Spurgeon at

Tales to Astonish Jack Kirby

Ronin Ro biography of Jack Kirby - 304 Pages at

Kirby King of Comics

Kirby King of Comics by Mark Evanier, Neil Gaiman introduction

Avengers Movie Setting Records

May 6, 2012: Avengers has set the biggest opening day numbers ever seen, if you don't count the final Harry Potter film (Deathly Hallows Part 2, which had a 7 film prequel trail to build toward the final). With Avengers, the "Superhero mash-up," Marvel (and Disney) has let Joss Whedon drive a cash train down the track and we won't know until next week a final tally on the numbers, but so far everything is so big and beyond expectations that there may be a few more surprises yet. If Nikki Finke's analysis catches on (that Avengers winning numbers are a reflection of the content being molded by actual comic book people and a cast that wanted to do the material); then there might be some interesting developments in future superhero films.

One certain element of Avenger's success (which will be even further cemented if Chris Nolan's 3rd Batman, "Dark Knight Rises" does as well as expected) is that the idea that audiences were getting weary of superheros after last years Green Lantern film crashed and burned with low numbers was simply incorrect.

(For context, the 1989 Tim Burton Batman made $43 million on its opening weekend, which at that time was the largest opening ever, further evidence of the appeal of comic book hero films over decades)

May 2, 2012: It is being reported that Marvel's AVENGERS film has already hit $268 USD million in receipts overseas, with the USA opening just a couple of days away.

Estimates are proposing a total take of $585 USA million by the time the American weekend opening is over.

See Nikki Finke on the money making of Avengers

The Triumph of 'Work for Hire'

July 2011: The Kirby Estate loses in the effort to claim (or reclaim, depending upon your view point) the character properties which Marvel Comics has owned and was sold to the Disney Company in 2009.

See more about this on the Disney/Marvel page here.

Marvel "dodges bullet" as Stan Lee Media suit fails in court once again

February 2011: Stan Lee himself long ago severed his relationship with the company he founded with his name on it, but because of conflicting problems over ownership of the Lee penned heroes at Marvel (X-Men, among others) the shareholders in SLM keep trying to find a way to get a finger on that lucrative stable of superhero properties. The latest legal gambit has been smacked down by District Judge Robert Sweet:

"A federal judge has dismissed a $1 billion lawsuit against Marvel Entertainment that claimed copyright infringement, breach of fiduciary duty and breach of contract when Stan Lee left the company that bares his name, Stan Lee Media Inc., for Marvel about a decade ago. The lawsuit was dismissed on jurisdictional grounds and the judge slammed the plaintiffs for trying to circumvent prior legal rulings."

Full story is at the Hollywood Reporter

Jack Kirby Estate and Marvel Comics face off in new legal judgment

December 2010: Federal Judge Colleen MacMahon has made rulings which are speeding up the legal contest between the Kirby Estate and Marvel (and Disney) over copyright ownership of a whole list of Marvel comics characters. Hollywood Reporter Eriq Gardner summarizes:

"In sum, the judge has narrowed the case to its most crucial issue. Both sides disagree about Kirby's working environment in the 1950s and 1960s when he, along with Stan Lee, conceived many of Marvel's most popular characters. The judge will soon be tasked with looking at Kirby's work history and some of the loose contracts and oral agreements that guided his efforts in those years.

Finally, Disney will be a part of this lawsuit, whether it wants to or not.

Marvel, which was purchased by Disney for $4 billion late last year, had attempted to dismiss its new corporate parent from the proceedings, shielding it from liability. Marvel had argued that the termination notices were sent a few months prior to the Disney acquisition.

However, Judge McMahon rules that it's immaterial, that Disney is now in the position to exploit Marvel's assets -- including the rights that Marvel has to Kirby-created characters -- and that Kirby's claim for declaratory relief must include Disney as well."

Chief Executive Officers of Marvel Comics

(Marvel Entertainment, etc.):
  1. Bruno Maglione, president of Marvel International November 2003
  2. Scott Sassa, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman October 1996
  3. Terry Stewart, president and Chief Operating Officer (COO), 1993
  4. Morton E. Handel, chairman of the board, October 1998
  5. Joseph Ahearn, October 1998[56] - November 24, 1998
  6. Eric Ellenbogen, November 24, 1998
  7. F. Peter Cuneo, July 1999 - December 2002
  8. Allen Lipson, December 2002
  9. (Current) Isaac "Ike" Perlmutter is an American businessman and financier. He has been the CEO (Chief Executive Officer) of Marvel Entertainment since January 1, 2005.

    Forbes listed Perlmutter as one of the 400 richest Americans (at #250) with $1.65 billion. It was reported Perimutter benefitted greatly from the $4 billion sale of Marvel Comics to Disney in 2009.

Presidents of Marvel Comics

  1. Stan Lee, 1972-1973
  2. Al Landau, 1973-1977
  3. Jim Galton, 1975-1991
  4. Terry Stewart, 1993
  5. Bruce Stein, 1994
  6. Terry Stewart (and vice chairman), May 1995
  7. Jerry Calabrese, May 1995-Mid 1996 also October 1998-November 1998
  8. Scott C. Marden, (interim) Mid 1996-September 1996
  9. David Schreff, (Chief Operating Officer) September 1996
  10. Joseph Calamari, October 1998
  11. Eric Ellenbogan, November 1998 - July 1999
  12. Peter Cuneo, July 1999
  13. Bill Jemas, 2000

Iron Man 3 Succeeds across the board on bringing in the fans

May 3, 2013: Iron Man 3 now out, and making money. The $200 million dollar budget film has already flown past $345 million in foreign markets, and is looking at a opening weekend in the domestic markets with $174 million possible (Iron Man 2 rolled up $128 million domestic on it's release).

(November 2012) Updated Release schedule at Marvel Studios:

  1. Iron Man 3 - The movie is now a scheduled 3D release - coming May 3, 2013
  2. The Wolverine - July 26, 2013
  3. Thor 2 - The Dark World - November 8, 2013 (Oct in UK) - 3D release
  4. Captain America 2 - Winter Soldier - April 4, 2014
  5. X-Men: Days of Future, Past - July 18, 2014
  6. Guardians of the Galaxy - August 1, 2014
  7. The Avengers II - May 1, 2015
  8. Ant Man - November 6, 2014

Sept 2012 Release schedule at Marvel Studios:

  1. Iron Man 3 - May 3, 2013 (Temporary halt in production in August, because Robert Downey hurt his foot. Marvel: "While performing a stunt on the set of Iron Man 3, Robert Downey Jr. sustained an injury to his foot. There will be a short delay in production while he recuperates."
  2. Thor 2 - November 8, 2013
  3. Captain America 2 - April 4, 2014
  4. Guardians of the Galaxy - August 6, 2014
  5. The Avengers II - May 1, 2015

Where's Daredevil? The rights to the cinematic adventures of the character revert to Marvel in October. Director Joe Carnahan ("The Grey") was trying to get a Daredevil film made at 20th Century Fox, but the time limit on the contract rights about to expire, so it will be up to Marvel/Disney with what happens next, and with whom.

As per this daunting schedule, Deadline Hollywood bluntly puts it: "Disney continues to make the most out of its $4 billion acquisition of the Marvel superhero factory."

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Original Page 2012 | Updated July 2017