Marvel Publishing Inc., doing buisness as Marvel Comics, is an American comic book and related media company,and a subsidary of Marvel Entertainment Inc.Marvel counts among its characters such well-known proprities such as Spider-Man,The Hulk,Iron Man the X-Men and the Fantastic Four.The comic book arm of the company started in 1939 under the name Timely Publications,and by the 1950's it was known as Atlas Comics.Marvel's modern incarnation dates from 1961,with the launching of the Fantastic Four and other super-hero titles published by Stan Lee,Steve Ditko Jack Kirby and others.Marvel has since become the largest American comic book publisher over long-time competitor DC Comics.Its current editor in-chief is Joe Quesada.