What was earlier known as Timely Publications?

Pulp-magazine publisher Martin Goodman created the company later known as Marvel Comics under the name Timely Publications in 1939. Goodman, who had started with a Western pulp in 1933, was expanding into the emerging—and by then already highly popular—new medium of comic books.

Timely's first publication, Marvel Comics #1 (cover dated Oct. 1939), included the first appearance of Carl Burgos' android superhero the Human Torch, and the first appearances of Bill Everett's anti-hero Namor the Sub-Mariner, among other features. The issue was a great success; it and a second printing the following month sold a combined nearly 900,000 copies. While its contents came from an outside packager, Funnies, Inc., Timely had its own staff in place by the following year. The company's first true editor, writer-artist Joe Simon, teamed with artist Jack Kirby to create one of the first patriotically themed superheroes, Captain America, in Captain America Comics #1 (March 1941). It, too, proved a hit, with sales of nearly one million. Goodman formed Timely Comics, Inc., beginning with comics cover-dated April 1941 or Spring 1941.

Goodman's business strategy involved having his various magazines and comic books published by a number of corporations all operating out of the same office and with the same staff. One of these shell companies through which Timely Comics was published was named Marvel Comics by at least Marvel Mystery Comics #55 (May 1944). As well, some comics' covers, such as All Surprise Comics #12 (Winter 1946–47), were labeled "A Marvel Magazine" many years before Goodman would formally adopt the name in 1961.

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When did Nancy Drew die?

Nancy Drew is a fictional character, a sleuth in an American mystery series created by publisher Edward Stratemeyer as the female counterpart to his Hardy Boys series. The character first appeared in 1930. The books are ghostwritten by a number of authors and published under the collective pseudonym Carolyn Keene.

Well, she was, until a new comic series seemingly killed her off.

She's the presumably dead star of the upcoming Dynamite comic, "Nancy Drew & the Hardy Boys: The Death of Nancy Drew." The monthly series will see the Hardy Boys investigate the literary heroine's death.

Longtime readers of Drew were flummoxed by the news: Why celebrate the 90th anniversary of a beloved female character by making her a ghost in her own story?

Some fans criticized the decision to apparently "fridge" Nancy Drew in her own series. "Fridging" is a comic book trope in which a female character is killed to build a male character's development and motivation.

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Which are the weirdest superheroes ever?

Superman is from a different planet. Spiderman was bitten by a radioactive spider. Batman operates from his Batcave. All totally normal... and we know and celebrate them! But there are some pretty weird superheroes, some with stunning superpowers, who have not received the limelight. Shall we zoom in on them, this time?

The hero who conquered matter

Matter Eater Lad never made it big, but what he was capable of was truly amazing. You see, he can eat matter in all forms! Iron bars, no problem. Rocks? Bring them on. He might not even say no to the rock-hard rotis Mum said you shouldn't throw away! Interestingly, he is from a planet known as Bismol. Like Pepto Bismol, the planet probably offered its folks super digestive power! By the way, Matter Eater Lad went mad after gobbling down the supposedly indestructible Miracle Machine!


Bring on the fireworks!

Jubilee - does the name ring a bell? Guess not. You're not to blame because she was created without a "super" superpower! All Jubilee could do was shoot out fireworks from her fingers. A neat trick to show off in the classroom, but among the behemoth superheroes out there, Jubilee is like a little ant.

The other "Wonder Woman"

Ever heard of Big Bertha? Probably not. She is a normal woman by day, but as a superhero, she can add hundreds of pounds of fat to her frame and turn into a formidable mutant who is super-strong and difficult to stand up against. Wondering how she gets back to her normal size? She has to throw up to do that!

Clones...and more clones!

Multiple Man has to be the ultimate superhero, yet surprisingly he's not. The physics behind his superpower is nothing short of amazing! He absorbs kinetic energy to create duplicates of himself. The kinetic energy is directly proportional to the number of clones. Let's say he stamps a foot, there's one duplicate, but if he jumps from a building, the kinetic energy is so high, that he can generate many duplicates, each with the same ability. He is a very special one man army!

Don't freak out...

Arm-Fall-Off-Boy's superpower is about as bad you imagine it is. Yes, when threatened, he has the ability to rip off his own limbs and use them as weapons, probably like clubs. However, wouldn't it be more practical to grab a stick or a rock lying on the ground? It comes as no surprise that this poor superhero was featured in just a couple of comics.

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What is manga?

Manga is a distinctive style of comics originating in Japan. The creator of manga is known as mangaka.

This art form can be traced back to the "Chojugiga" (Scrolls of animals), drawn by Kakuyu (1053 - 1140). And it gradually developed as a narrative form in the hands of Hokusai Katsushika (1760 - 1849). Manga's popularity increased after the end of World War II.

What sets manga apart from cartoons is that it is published only in serial form. Appearing in instalments in magazines, manga doesn't give the entire story in one go to keep readers coming back for more.

How to read manga

Beginners might find it hard to read traditional manga as it reads from right to left (while English reads from left to right). So the pages turn in the opposite direction.

Manga are categorised by genre and content - shoujo for teen girls and shonen for adolescent boys. All manga for young readers are classified as kodomo.

The popularity of manga has given rise to doujinshi ("fan art'). Doujinshi is manga created by fans. Like any other fan fiction, it is written by fans, who use their own imagination to take the story forward or in a different direction.


Done in pen and ink, manga drawings are usually black and white. Although every artist brings her unique touch, the drawings lay emphasis on clean lines.

Most characters have large, almond –shaped eyes, while the rest of their body is comically out of proportion.

Popular works

  • Written and illustrated by Akira Tonyama, the "Dragon Ball" manga series was published from 1984 to 1995. The manga was adapted into an anime (animation) and the story became an international success. It follows the adventures of Goku who is in search of Dragon Balls.

  • "Deadpool: Samurai" is a manga series by Sanshirou Kasama and Hikaru Uesugi, based on Marvel's comics.

  • "Death Note", a complex psychological thriller manga running to 12 volumes, has also been adapted into an animated film.

  • "Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind" by Hayao Miyazaki is a captivating tale about an ecological catastrophe.

  • "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train" directed by Haruo Sotozaki, has become the highest grossing animated film, breaking the record held by "Spirited Away."


The manga industry is protected under Japanese law. So books cannot be sold for less than their cover price, even online.


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What is the original name of creator and illustrator of the comic strip “Dennis the Menace”?

Dennis the Menace is a daily syndicated newspaper comic strip originally created, written, and illustrated by Hank Ketcham. It debuted on March 12, 1951, in 16 newspapers and was originally distributed by Post-Hall Syndicate.

Dennis Mitchell, nicknamed Dennis the Menace, has messy blond hair with a characteristic cowlick in the back. He was initially depicted as a defiant child who deliberately sought out mischief, but over the years his personality softened considerably. He does not mean any real harm, yet he cannot help creating a racket or a mess at home, making a scene in public, and driving his parents, Alice and Henry Mitchell, to distraction.

The most frequent target of Dennis’s mischief is George Wilson, an older neighbour whom Dennis seldom allows a moment of peace, having adopted him as a surrogate grandfather. Wilson’s wife, Martha, obligingly behaves like an indulgent grandmother. Among the minor characters in the strip are Dennis’s shaggy dog, Ruff, and his toddler sidekick, Joey McDonald. Dennis’s nemesis is the slightly older and gratingly superior Margaret Wade, and he harbours a secret crush on the tomboyish Gina Gillotti.

The inspiration for the comic strip came from Dennis Ketcham, the real-life son of Hank Ketcham, who was only four years old when he refused to take a nap and somehow messed up his whole room. Hank tried many possible names for the character, and translated them into rough pencil sketches, but when his studio door flew open and his then-wife Alice, in utter exasperation, exclaimed, "Your son is a menace!", the "Dennis the Menace" name stuck. The character of Henry Mitchell bore a striking resemblance to Ketcham. The Mitchell family of Dennis, Hank/Henry, and Alice were all named after the Ketchams.

Ketcham received the Reuben Award for the strip in 1953. He also was made honorary mayor of Wichita. He was quoted as saying, "I set the whole thing in Wichita, Kansas, and as a result I got made an honorary mayor of Wichita."


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