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24/7 Wall St. Brands That Came Back from the Dead

2. Marvel

Marvel is one of the most recognizable brands in the comic book industry, owing its fortunes to popular characters like Spider-Man, X-Men and The Hulk. But Marvel’s current success follows a serious slump. In late 1996, after declining sales of comics and trading cards, the company filed for bankruptcy. In 2000, the company released the movie "X-Men" — a huge success, which grossed almost $300 million worldwide. Two years later, "Spider-Man" was released, becoming the top grossing movie of the year. In 2009, Marvel Entertainment was purchased by Disney (NYSE: DIS) for $4 billion. This summer the company released "X-Men: First Class," which has already grossed over $353 million worldwide in theaters.

(AP Photo/Donna McWilliam)

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