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Saturday, March 04, 2006

Another one for the history books


Well, I was just taking down the sidebar link for Speakeasy Comics due to their recent sudden, yet not wholly unexpected demise and I got to thinking about all the publishers I've seen leave the stage in the past 18 years we've been around.

There's:

Blackthorne Comics
Pacific Comics
Innovation Comics
Now Comics
Crossgen
Kitchen Sink
Eclipse
Apple Comics
Broadway Comics
Caliber Comics
Comico
First Comics
Topps Comics
Voyager Comics
Renegade Press
Vortex Comics
Valiant Comics

in the majors and a whole slew of smaller publishes that remain just a listing in the yearly Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide. Now, not everything published by all those companies was Pulitzer material, but there were a lot of gems amongst the silt... like GRIMJACK, MIRACLEMAN, MISTER X, VIETNAM JOURNAL, BAKER STREET, ARCHER & ARMSTRONG, ALIEN WORLDS, ELEMENTALS, RALPH SNART, and many, many more.

It's sad in a way, because with every publisher that goes under there is one less place from which to launch your comic book vision... and we are all a bit diminished by each one's passing.

2 Comments:

At 3/04/2006 5:24 PM, Blogger AlbertJohn3 said...

I really loved the old publishers like First and Eclipse, Pacific back in the 80's. Jon Sable Freelance, Nexus, Badger, Grimjack, American Flagg, DNAgents were great reads. Crossgen brought some of that feel back, but tried to be too big too soon. Thankfully IDW has brought back some great First books like Grimjack and Jon Sable and really put them in a great package.

I wish someone would do something with Miracleman. It would be great to finally see some new material. We got teased a few years ago with Spawn, but with all the litigation, who knows who owns what anymore. I say get Alan Moore back on it and let him loose.

 
At 3/05/2006 3:51 PM, Blogger Bill at Comix Connection said...

Yeah, new MIRACLEMAN would be cool. How about SOMEBODY REPRINTS THE ECLIPSE STUFF IN TRADES so that everyone who missed it can find out what all the hubbub was about? That would be cool.

And there was going to be trade paperbacks of AMERICAN FLAGG, but they were cancelled...

*sigh*
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