Business 10 October 2012 Marvel's 1990s financial reports are the best thing about that decade Sign UpGet the New Statesman\'s Morning Call email. Sign-up In the course of learning that Marvel Comics presents some great life lessons for people hoping to not drive a $40m company into bankruptcy, I also found out something less instructive, but more fun. During their years as a publicly traded company, Marvel had to release quarterly and annual reports – which they did so in the form of short comics, featuring their characters fighting bad guys while speaking "to camera" about the companies finances. I'm a big fan of the covers to the Q3 1991 and the Q3 1993 reports, but the interiors – via the Comics Journal – are even better. › Why I support the 40 per cent quota for women on boards One of the quarterly reports. Alex Hern is a technology reporter for the Guardian. He was formerly staff writer at the New Statesman. You should follow Alex on Twitter. Subscribe For daily analysis & more political coverage from Westminster and beyond subscribe for just £1 per month!