Ongoing History Daily: The Marvel Comics Record Label

We’ve all heard about Marvel Comics and all the movies and characters that populate the Marvel Comics Universe, but do you remember Marvel Music?

This was a short-lived imprint created by Marvel introduced in 1994. The goal was to publish comics featuring bands as superheroes—Kiss, Bob Marley, Alice Cooper, the Rolling Stones, and even Billy Ray Cyrus. There was no record label associated with the imprint, just comics based on real-life musicians.

Unfortunately, the concept was not marketed well and almost no one thought that this could make for some good concert merchandise, so the Marvel Music imprint was discontinued in 1994. Too bad. Given the popularity of comic books and the Marvel Universe now, who knows where this may have led?

Friday’s post was entitled “Album Excesses.”

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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