Collecting the Publishers: Atlas Comics

Marvel Comics in all of its’ history has had three phases: Timely Comics (1939-1951), Atlas Comics (November 1951-October 1957) and Marvel Comics post 1957. Atlas grew out the Golden Age era showcasing more science fiction, horror and western titles all of which were a sign of the times on television and movies. Although the Atlas…

Collecting the Publishers: Antarctic Press

Founded in 1984 by Ben Dunn out of San Antonio, TX, Antarctic Press is best known for publishing “American Manga” style comic books. They have published over 850 titles with a total circulation of over 5 million. Antarctic Press is not only one of the largest comic book companies in the United States, but they…

Collecting the Publishers: Alternative Comics

Alternative Comics is operated by Jeff Mason out of Gainesville, Florida. It was founded in 1993 and has been the spring board for many up and coming comic book talent. Alternative Comics has been the publisher of many industry award recipients, including many Xeric Award winners. Some of the more notable titles include: 9-11: Emergency…

Collecting the Publishers: Acclaim Comics

In June 1994, Acclaim Entertainment (the video game company) bought Valiant Comics for $65 million and created Acclaim Comics. The purpose of this was so Acclaim could convert successful comic books properties into viable video game franchises. The most notable of this was Shadowman, created by Steve Englehart and David Lapham and Turok, Son of…