Marvel Comics is one of two major American comic company (the other being DC Comics). Founded as Timely Comics in 1939, its current editor in chief is Joe Quesada. Among its most successful characters are Spider-Man and X-Men.
The earliest Marvel stories to feature The Phantom was the 1987 Defenders of the Earth series, based upon the TV series with the same name. Defenders of the Earth was released under Marvel's Star Comics imprint, and lasted four issues.