For Marvel, a digital timeline for 75-year history

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — From the Golden Age Toro to Ultimate Human Torch, characters sprung from Marvel Entertainment are as varied as the people who read, watch, listen and play them in video games.

The publisher of Marvel Comics is focusing on its wide collection of characters, enlisting writers, artists, editors and historians to build a sprawling digital and interactive timeline to showcase the famous, the infamous and the obscure heroes, villains and others.

Editor-in-chief Axel Alonso says the endeavor is part of Marvel's celebration of its 75th anniversary. It wants to make people aware of more than marquee names like Captain America or Spider-Man, and to appeal to site visitors coming from the cinema or cataloging a comic collection in the basement.

He says "it's a timeline to show our rich history."

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