Comic books, have been around in one form or another since the early years of the last century. Indeed they’ve reached out and touched a multitude of people with the earliest characters rooted in the tradition of Pulp Fiction. With the coming of Superman, the modern superheroes were born. With Marvel’s The Avengers grossing over a 1 billion dollars at the box office comic books and super heroes are indeed in the public mindset and this weekend America’s biggest celebration of all things comics and pop culture related is happening in San Diego with Comic Con. Below is a list of the websites of some of the biggest publishers in comics. If you’re in San Diego check them out as they will no doubt have lots of news and giveaways.
History Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of over 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing.
History DC Comics is home to the “World’s Greatest Super Heroes,” internationally recognized icons that continue to thrill generation after generation. Established in 1938 with the first appearance of SUPERMAN, the Man of Steel, and bolstered the following year with the debut of BATMAN, the Dark Knight Detective, this extraordinary world of modern mythology also includes legendary characters such as WONDER WOMAN, GREEN LANTERN, THE FLASH, AQUAMAN and the rest of THE JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA.
History It was founded in 1992 by high-profile illustrators as a venue where creators could publish their material without giving up the copyrights to the characters they created, as creator-owned properties. It was immediately successful, and remains one of the largest comic book publishers in North America. Its output was originally dominated by work from the studios of the Image partners, but later included work by numerous independent creators. Its best-known series include Spawn, Savage Dragon, Witchblade, The Darkness, Invincible, and The Walking Dead.
History Founded in 1999 by Ted Adams, Alex Garner, Kris Oprisko, and Robbie Robbins, Idea and Design Works (IDW) initially focused on providing artwork and graphic design for a variety of entertainment companies.
Dark Horse Comics
History Dark Horse Comics was founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson as an offshoot of his Oregon comic-book retail chain, Things From Another World. Richardson pursued the idea of establishing an ideal atmosphere for creative professionals, and twenty-five years later the company has grown to become the third-largest comics publisher in the United States.
History Founded by Ross Richie, 2009 and 2010′s “Best Publisher” BOOM! Studios, an Eisner and Harvey Award-winner, generates a constellation of bestselling comic books and graphic novels with the industry’s top talent, including Mark Waid’s IRREDEEMABLE, new HELLRAISER comics written by Clive Barker, PLANET OF THE APES, 28 DAYS LATER, and Philip K. Dick’s DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP?. BOOM!’s all ages imprint KABOOM! publishes Charles Schulz’ PEANUTS, Roger Langridge’s SNARKED, and Scholastic’s WORDGIRL. BOOM!’s lit comix-focused imprint, BOOM! Town, recently won the Eisner Award for its first book, Shannon Wheeler’s I THOUGHT YOU WOULD BE FUNNIER.
History Valiant Entertainment is a character-based publishing and licensing company that owns and controls some of the most cherished comic characters ever created across all media worldwide. Since their creation in 1989, Valiant characters have sold 80 million comic books and have been the basis of a number of successful video game franchises. Valiant’s extensive library includes over 1,500 characters, such as X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Harbinger, Shadowman, and Ninjak.
History The Archie Comics line of comic books is one of the most successful, longest running brands in the history of the comic industry. Archie Comics have sold 1.5 billion comics and are published in a dozen different foreign languages and distributed all over the world. Archie Comics has spawned characters whose popularity has spilled over into other media and who have become part of popular culture. SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH and JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS are just some of the many legendary franchises that are part of the Archie Comics Library.
History 2000 AD is the cutting edge powerhouse of British comics.Imaginative, hard-hitting stories and eye-popping art have made 2000 AD essential reading – from the violent satire of futuristic lawman Judge Dredd and the war-torn world of Rogue Trooper to the robot mayhem of the ABC Warriors and the stone-cold mutant killers of Strontium Dog.
History With scores of series and hundreds of volumes across a wide range of genres, we’ve got something for everyone. Whether you’re an action addict or a romantic at heart, a fantasy fanatic or a sci-fi aficionado, a comics geek or an art lover, you are guaranteed to find a series that suits your tastes.
History UDON is an award-winning Canadian-based art collective formed in 2000 to provide high-quality creative services to the entertainment industry. After a decade of working with some of the biggest and best names in the industry, we’re still going strong.
History Humanoids Publishing is a comics publishing house founded in 1998 by Fabrice Giger, as the American counterpart of European publisher Les Humanoïdes Associés.
History Dynamite Entertainment is a comic book publisher founded by Nick Barrucci in 2005, first producing two Army of Darkness limited series published through Devil’s Due Publishing until self-publishing their titles later that year. The first two years saw them adding only a handful of titles like Red Sonja and Xena. After devoting itself to publishing only Army of Darkness, Dynamite came back one year later with Red Sonja, debuting with a 25-cent issue #0. It sold 240,000 copies and #1, the first to sell at a full cover price of $2.99, sold 100,000 in initial orders which cemented Dynamite’s position as a force in the American comic book industry. Now Dynamite publishes a current slate of 14-20 comic books and 2-10 collections per month.
Did you see your favorite comic book publisher on this list? If not please feel free to leave a comment about the publishers listed or those you think should be on the list.
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