Marvel has been operating as a large part of the cultural zeitgeist for over eighty years.
In that time, like any company worth writing about, they've seen astronomical heights and deeply depressing lows. Some of these are well-documented and oft-retold. After all, they are the company with the highest selling single issue of a comic of all time, with 1991's X-Men #1 selling over 8 million copies. On the other end of the spectrum, who could forget the time they declared bankruptcy only five years later?
However, not everything in their history is as well known as these huge events. Marvel have so mant skeletons in their closet that they've started to spill out into the room, and it's very difficult to sweep a skeleton under the rug.
With that in mind, here are some of the strangest, silliest, and most shocking times Marvel have metaphorically driven over their neighbour's dog and pretended it was just a speed bump. Whether it's exploiting a legal loophole, hiding a massive creative failure, or even erasing an artist's entire legacy from the history books, it seems there is no low Marvel won't stoop to in the name of the brand.
Jimmy Kavanagh is an Irish comics enthusiast and co-founder of Club Valentine Comedy, a Dublin-based comedy collective. You can hear him talk to his favourite comedians about their favourite comics on his podcast, Comics Swapping Comics (available on all good podcast platforms).