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Marvel Comics is one of the major publishing companies producing comic book properties today, rivaled primarily by DC Comics. Founded by Martin Goodman in 1939, five years after the establishment of DC, the company was initially known as Timely Comics, and later Atlas. By 1961, however, following experimentation with science fiction and funny animal characters, the line was relaunched as Marvel (taking its name from one of their earliest comic titles), and re-focused on superheroes. The company soon became DC's most notable rival, with such properties as Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, the Fantastic Four, and the X-Men, all of which, like their DC counterparts, have been adapted into animation, films, television, and video games. Stan Lee, whose history with the company goes back to its early days and who is credited with creating, or co-creating most of the iconic Marvel superheroes introduced in the 1960s (and featured in the current Marvel Cinematic Universe films) makes a cameo appearance in almost every single Marvel film project.

Marvel's first publication of a Disney comic was a graphic novel adaptation of Who Framed Roger Rabbit in 1988. It was followed up by an original graphic novel, Roger Rabbit: The Resurrection of Doom, in 1989.

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This subscription form for Marvel's Disney comic books ran at the start of their run with the license in 1994.

In 1994, following the closure of Disney Comics, Marvel acquired the license to publish comics based on then-modern Disney properties, such as Beauty and the Beast, Gargoyles, and Darkwing Duck. Although most of these were extensions to the original films and were original stories, they also did two official comic book adaptations of The Lion King and Pocahontas, both of which were published as graphic novels and two-issue mini-series, as well as in concurrent issues of Disney Adventures. Marvel's Disney comics were eventually condensed into one title, Disney Comic Hits!, in the summer of 1995. Unfortunately, due to Marvel filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in December 1996, Disney Comic Hits! was cancelled after 16 issues that very month, and the comic book license for Disney's modern properties was moved to Acclaim.

In December 2009, the Walt Disney Company acquired Marvel Entertainment (the parent company of Marvel Comics), allowing Disney to produce future films and television shows starring the Marvel Comics characters. However, much of Marvel's new Disney comic output afterwards was mostly reprints of Pixar and Muppet comics originally published by Dark Horse Comics and Boom! Studios, with much of the focus instead going to Disney Kingdoms, a line of original titles based on Disney's theme park attractions, and a series of comics based on the Star Wars franchise (after Disney acquired it in 2012). Eventually, the license for the "core four" Disney comic books (Walt Disney's Comics and Stories, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Uncle Scrooge) was instead handed to IDW Publishing, while the comic licenses for the Disney animated features (notably including Big Hero 6, which itself was based on a Marvel comic) and television shows moved to Joe Books.

Disney comic titles published by Marvel

1988-1996

2010-present

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Cartoon-based titles

"Core Four" and other titles based on shorts: Walt Disney's Comics and StoriesMickey Mouse (AdventuresWizards of MickeyX-Mickey) • Donald Duck (AdventuresPKNA) • Uncle Scrooge (Adventures) • Goofy AdventuresWalt Disney Giant
Based on animated features: AladdinBeauty and the Beast (New Adventures) • CarsDisney Comic Hits!Disney FairiesDisney PrincessFrozenThe IncrediblesMonsters, Inc.: Laugh FactoryThe Little Mermaid (Disney Comics) (Marvel) • Toy Story
Based on TV cartoons: Chip 'n Dale Rescue RangersDarkwing Duck (Boom! Studios) (Joe Books) • The Disney AfternoonDuckTalesGargoyles (Marvel) (SLG) • Star vs. the Forces of EvilTaleSpin

Other Disney-related comic books

Based on live-action films and shows: DinosaursJohn Carter: World of MarsThe Muppet Show Comic Book (Spin-off mini-series: Muppet Robin HoodMuppet Peter PanMuppet King ArthurMuppet Snow WhiteMuppet Sherlock Holmes) • Roger Rabbit (Toontown)
Based on theme park attractions: Disney Kingdoms (Seekers of the WeirdFigmentBig Thunder Mountain RailroadFigment 2The Haunted MansionEnchanted Tiki Room) • SLG's The Haunted MansionPirates of the Caribbean

Comic magazines
Aku AnkkaDisney AdventuresDisney Junior MagazineFrozen: The Official MagazineLe Journal de MickeyMicky Maus MagazinMinnie & Daisy BFF MagazinePicsou MagazinePhineas and FerbTopolino
Publishers
Dell ComicsGold Key ComicsGladstone PublishingDisney ComicsMarvel ComicsDark Horse ComicsGemstone PublishingBoom! StudiosFantagraphicsPapercutzIDW PublishingJoe Books


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Media

Toys and Merchandise | Mobile Application (Disney and Star Wars) | Mobile Application (Marvel) | Television Shorts

Disney

Mickey and Friends: Mickey | Minnie | Donald | Daisy | Goofy | Pluto | Chip and Dale | Oswald | Ortensia | Duffy | ShellieMay | Huey, Dewey and Louie | José Carioca | Panchito Pistoles | Clarabelle Cow | Horace Horsecollar | Max Goof | Clarice
Pooh and Pals:Pooh | Tigger | Piglet | Eeyore | Rabbit | Owl | Roo | Kanga | Christopher Robin | Lumpy
Lilo & Stitch: Stitch | Lilo | Scrump | Pleakley | Jumba | Angel | Leroy | Dr. Hämsterviel | Ugly Duckling
Silly Symphonies: Donald Duck | Big Bad Wolf | Practical Pig | Fiddler Pig | Fifer Pig | Ugly Duckling
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Snow White | Evil Queen | Doc | Grumpy | Happy | Bashful | Sneezy | Sleepy | Dopey
Pinocchio: Pinocchio | Jiminy Cricket | Figaro | Cleo | Gepetto | Blue Fairy | Honest John and Gideon | Lampwick | Monstro
Fantasia: Mickey | Yen Sid | Chernabog | Hyacinth Hippo | Ben Ali Gator
Dumbo: Dumbo
Bambi: Bambi | Thumper | Miss Bunny
The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad: Mr. Toad
Cinderella: Cinderella | Jaq and Gus | Prince Charming | Fairy Godmother | | Lady Tremaine | Lucifer | Suzy | Perla
Alice in Wonderland: Alice | Mad Hatter | March Hare | Dormouse | White Rabbit | Cheshire Cat | Queen of Hearts | King of Hearts | Oysters
Peter Pan: Peter Pan | Tinker Bell | Wendy Darling | John Darling | Michael Darling | Captain Hook | Mr Smee | Nana | Tick Tock | Tiger Lily
Lady and the Tramp: Lady | Tramp | Si and Am
Sleeping Beauty: Aurora | Phillip | Maleficent | Flora | Fauna | Merryweather
One Hundred and One Dalmatians: Cruella De Vil | Lucky | Patch | Rolly
The Jungle Book: Mowgli | Baloo | Bagheera | Shere Khan | Kaa | King Louie | Raksha
The Aristocats: Marie | Berlioz | Toulouse | Duchess | Thomas O'Malley
The Little Mermaid: Ariel | Flounder | Sebastian | Eric | Ursula | Triton | Max | Scuttle
Beauty and the Beast: Belle | Beast | Lumière | Cogsworth | Mrs. Potts | Chip
Aladdin: Aladdin | Abu | Genie | Jasmine | Jafar | Sultan | Iago | Rajah
The Lion King: Simba | Nala | Timon | Pumbaa | Zazu | Rafiki | Scar | Ed
The Princess and the Frog: Dr. Facilier
Tangled: Rapunzel | Pascal | Maximus
Frozen: Anna | Elsa | Olaf | Kristoff | Sven | Hans | Snowgies
Big Hero 6: Hiro | Baymax | Fred | Wasabi | Honey Lemon | Go Go Tomago | Tadashi Hamada | Yokai | Mochi
Zootopia: Judy Hopps | Nick Wilde | Mayor Lionheart | Flash | Yax | Gazelle | Chief Bogo | Clawhauser | Finnick | Mr. Big | Bellwhether | Jerry Jumbeaux Jr.
Moana: Moana | Maui | Pua | Heihei | Tamatoa | Kakamora
The Nightmare Before Christmas: Jack Skellington | Sally | Zero | Lock, Shock, and Barrel
Phineas and Ferb: Perry

Pixar

Toy Story: Woody | Buzz Lightyear | Hamm | Alien | Jessie | RexBullseye | Stinky Pete | Lotso
Monsters, Inc.: Sulley | Mike | Randall | Fungus
Finding Nemo: Nemo | Dory | Bruce | Destiny | Bailey | Hank
Inside Out: Joy | Sadness | Anger | Disgust | Fear | Bing Bong
The Good Dinosaur: Arlo

Disney Parks

Monorail | Walter E. Disney | Dumbo | Mad Tea Party | Splash Mountain | Astro Orbiter | Matterhorn Bobsleds | Haunted Mansion | Albert | Orange Bird | Pirates of the Caribbean | Jungle Cruise

Marvel

The Avengers: Iron Man | Captain America | Thor | The Hulk | Black Widow | Hawkeye | Falcon | War Machine | Winter Soldier | Ant-Man | Black Panther | Vision | Sharon Carter
Ultimate Spider-Man: Spider-Man | Venom | Green Goblin | Miles Morales | Lizard | Rhino | Doctor Octopus | Iron Spider | Spider-Gwen | Kraven the Hunter | Hobgoblin
Guardians of the Galaxy: Star-Lord | Gamora | Rocket Raccoon | Groot | Drax
Marvel's Women of Power: Wasp | Elektra | Captain Marvel | She-Hulk | Spider-Woman

Star Wars

Luke Skywalker | Han Solo | Princess Leia | C-3PO | R2-D2 | Darth Vader | Yoda | Chewbacca | Stormtrooper | Wicket | Jabba the Hutt | Obi-Wan Kenobi | Queen Amidala | Jar Jar Binks | Darth Maul | Sebulba | Jango Fett | Aayla Secura | Anakin Skywalker | Mace Windu | Count Dooku | Plo Koon | Dewback | Rey | Finn | BB-8 | Kylo Ren | Poe Dameron | Captain Phasma

The Muppets

Kermit | Miss Piggy | Fozzie Bear | Rowlf | Gonzo | Animal | The Swedish Chef

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