Comics anthology

A comics anthologies, also known as a comic magazine, collect works in the medium of comics, typically from multiple series, and compiles them into an anthology or magazine. The comics in these anthologies range from comic strips that are too short for standalone publication to comic book chapters that are later compiled into collected comic book volumes (such as manga tankobon and comic albums).

United States

Title Publisher First Year Last Year Genre Notes
Detective Comics DC Comics 1937 ongoing detective anthology aspect dropped in the 1940s
Feature Funnies Everett M. "Busy" Arnold 1937 1939 humor with issue #21, became Feature Comics
Adventure Comics DC Comics 1938 1983 various, mostly superhero
Action Comics DC Comics 1938 ongoing adventure, superhero anthology aspect dropped in 1959
Fantastic Comics Fox Feature Syndicate 1939 1941 superhero
Feature Comics Quality Comics 1939 1950 superhero, humor evolved from Feature Funnies
Four Color Dell Comics 1939 1962 various successive one-shot comics
Whiz Comics Fawcett Comics 1940 1953 superhero
Big Shot Comics Columbia Comics 1940 1949 superhero, humor
Young Love Crestwood Publications
DC Comics
1947
1960
1956
1977
romance acquired by DC Comics in 1963
Young Romance Crestwood Publications
DC Comics
1947 1977 romance acquired by DC Comics in 1963
Adventures into the Unknown ACG 1948 1967 horror
Sweethearts Fawcett Comics
Charlton Comics
1948 1973 romance acquired by Charlton Comics in 1954
Western Comics DC Comics 1948 1961 Western
Wild Western Marvel Comics 1948 1957 Western
Prize Comics Western Prize Comics 1948 1956 Western
Girls' Love Stories DC Comics 1949 1973 romance
Romantic Story Fawcett Comics
Charlton Comics
1949 1973 romance acquired by Charlton Comics in 1954
Heart Throbs Quality Comics 1949 1972 romance acquired by DC Comics in 1957
First Love Illustrated Harvey Comics 1949 1963 romance
Marvel Tales Marvel Comics 1949 1957 horror
Strange Worlds Avon Comics 1950 1955 science fiction
Strange Adventures DC Comics 1950 1973 science fiction
Girls' Romances DC Comics 1950 1971 romance
Six-Gun Heroes Fawcett Comics
Charlton Comics
1950 1965 Western acquired by Charlton Comics in 1954
Tales From the Crypt EC Comics 1950 1955 horror
The Vault of Horror EC Comics 1950 1955 horror
The Haunt of Fear EC Comics 1950 1954 horror
Weird Fantasy EC Comics 1950 1953 science fiction
Weird Science EC Comics 1950 1953 science fiction
House of Mystery DC Comics 1951 1983 horror/suspense
All-Star Western DC Comics 1951 1961 Western
Frontline Combat EC Comics 1951 1954 war
Strange Tales Marvel Comics 1952 1968 horror, science fiction, superhero
Journey into Mystery Marvel Comics 1952 1966 horror, science fiction, superhero anthology aspect dropped in 1964, becomes Thor
G.I. Combat Quality Comics
DC Comics
1952 1987 war acquired by DC Comics in 1957
Space Adventures Charlton Comics 1952 1979 science fiction
Our Army at War DC Comics 1952 1977 war Becomes Sgt. Rock
Star Spangled War Stories DC Comics 1952 1977 war Becomes The Unknown Soldier
Our Fighting Forces DC Comics 1954 1978 war
Fightin' Marines Charlton Comics 1955 1984 war
I Love You Charlton Comics 1955 1980 romance
Fightin' Army Charlton Comics 1956 1984 war
House of Secrets DC Comics 1956 1978 horror/suspense
Showcase DC Comics 1956 1970 superhero
Tales of the Unexpected DC Comics 1956 1968 science fiction relaunched as the horror anthology The Unexpected
Brides in Love Charlton Comics 1956 1965 romance
Outlaws of the West Charlton Comics 1957 1980 Western
Teen-Age Love Charlton Comics 1958 1973 romance
Just Married Charlton Comics 1958 1976 romance
Love Diary Charlton Comics 1958 1976 romance
Strange Worlds Marvel Comics 1958 1959 science fiction
Tales to Astonish Marvel Comics 1958 1968 science fiction, horror, superhero anthology aspect dropped in 1964, becomes The Incredible Hulk
Tales of Suspense Marvel Comics 1959 1968 science fiction, horror, superhero anthology aspect dropped in 1964, becomes Captain America
Creepy Warren Publishing 1964 1983 horror
witzend Wally Wood
Wonderful Publishing Company
1966 1985 various acquired by Bill Pearson (Wonderful Publishing Company) in 1968
Ghostly Tales Charlton Comics 1966 1984 horror
Eerie Warren Publishing 1966 1983 horror
Weird Eerie Publications 1966 1981 horror
The Many Ghosts of Doctor Graves Charlton Comics 1967 1986 horror
Zap Comix Apex Novelties 1968 2005 underground
The Unexpected DC Comics 1968 1982 horror changes format from science fiction to horror from Tales of the Unexpected, continues same numbering
The Witching Hour DC Comics 1969 1978 horror
Terror Tales Eerie Publications 1969 1979 horror
San Francisco Comic Book San Francisco Comic Book Company
Print Mint
Last Gasp
1970 1983 underground
Wimmen's Comix Last Gasp 1972 1992 underground
Marvel Feature vol. 1 Marvel Comics 1971 1973 superheroes
Marvel Spotlight Marvel Comics 1971 1977 superheroes
Weird War Tales DC Comics 1971 1983 war
Ghostly Haunts Charlton Comics 1971 1978 horror/suspense
Snarf Kitchen Sink Press 1972 1990 underground
Weird Western Tales DC Comics 1972 1980 Weird Western
Marvel Premiere Marvel Comics 1972 1981 superheroes
Tits & Clits Comix Nanny Goat Productions
Last Gasp
1972 1987 underground
Superman Family DC Comics 1974 1982 superhero
Comix Book Marvel Comics
Kitchen Sink Press
1974 1976 underground acquired by Kitchen Sink in 1976
Star Reach Star*Reach 1974 1979 various, mostly action
Marvel Feature vol. 2 Marvel Comics 1975 1976 superheroes
Marvel Presents Marvel Comics 1975 1977 superheroes
Secrets of Haunted House DC Comics 1975 1982 horror/suspense
Batman Family DC Comics 1975 1978 superhero
Arcade Print Mint 1975 1976 underground
Heavy Metal HM Communications
Metal Mammoth
1977 ongoing adult fantasy
Marvel Spotlight Marvel Comics 1979 1981 superheroes
Epic Illustrated Epic Comics 1980 1986 heroic fiction
Gay Comix Kitchen Sink Press
Bob Ross
1980 1998 underground
World War 3 Illustrated World War 3 Illustrated 1980 ongoing alternative/political
RAW Raw Books & Graphics 1980 1991 alternative
Weirdo Last Gasp 1981 1993 underground
Marvel Fanfare Marvel Comics 1982 1997 superhero
Dark Horse Presents Dark Horse Comics 1986 2017 independent volume 3 ended in 2017[1]
Wasteland DC Comics 1987 1989 horror
Marvel Comics Presents Marvel Comics 1988 1995 superhero
Taboo (comics) Spiderbaby Grafix & Publications/Kitchen Sink Press 1988 1992, 1995 horror
A1 Atomeka Press 1989 1992 various
BLAB! Kitchen Sink Press
Fantagraphics
1989 2007 alternative acquired by Fantagraphics in 1997
Cheval Noir Dark Horse Comics 1989 1994 international
Drawn & Quarterly Drawn and Quarterly 1990 ongoing alternative
Negative Burn Caliber Comics 1993 1997 independent
The Big Book Of Paradox Press 1994 2000 independent
Verotika Verotik 1994 1997 erotic/horror
Zero Zero Fantagraphics 1995 2000 underground/alternative
Gangland Vertigo Comics 1999 2001 crime
Flinch Vertigo Comics 1998 1998 horror
Little Lit RAW Junior
HarperCollins/Joanna Cotler Books
2000 2003 alternative/children's Evolved into Toon Books
Kramers Ergot Avodah Books
Gingko Press
Buenaventura Press
2000 ongoing alternative
Flight Image Comics
Ballantine Books
2004 2011 independent acquired by Ballantine in 2006
MOME Fantagraphics 2005 2011 alternative
Popgun Image Comics 2007 2010 diverse
Wednesday Comics DC Comics 2009 2009 weekly showcase
A+X Marvel Comics 2012 2014 superhero
Island Image Comics 2015 ongoing various
Amazing Forest IDW 2015 ongoing various
Vast Expanse Township Comics 2016 ongoing various
Eclipse Magazine Eclipse Comics 1981 1983 various
Eclipse Monthly Eclipse Comics 1983 1984 superheroes
Time Warp DC Comics 1979 1980 science-fiction
Tomorrow Stories America's Best Comics/Wildstorm 1999 2002 superheroes
Keyhole Millennium Publications/Top Shelf Productions 1996 1998 independent/alternative
Slow Death Last Gasp 1970 1979, 1992 underground
Solo DC Comics 2004 2006 superheroes

Asia

Japan

Name Japanese name Approximate sales Demographic Founded Publisher
Weekly Shōnen Jump 週刊少年ジャンプ 7.5 billion[2][a] Shōnen 1968 Shueisha
Weekly Shōnen Magazine 週刊少年マガジン 5.2 billion[b] Shōnen 1959 Kodansha
Weekly Young Jump 週刊ヤングマガジン 2.2 billion[c] Seinen 1979 Shueisha
Weekly Shōnen Sunday 週刊少年サンデー 1.9 billion[d] Shōnen 1959 Shogakukan
Weekly Young Magazine 週刊ヤングマガジン 1.8 billion[e] Seinen 1980 Kodansha
Ribon りぼん 590 million[f] Shōjo 1955 Shueisha
Nakayoshi なかよし 410 million[g] Shōjo 1955 Kodansha
CoroCoro Comic コロコロコミック 400 million[h] Kodomo/Shōnen 1977 Shogakukan
Monthly Shōnen Jump 月刊少年ジャンプ 215 million[A] Shōnen 1970 Shueisha

Malaysia

Title Publisher First Year Last Year Genre Notes
Garaj Komik Self-publishing 2015 ongoing various successive one-shot comics

Europe

United Kingdom

Britain has a long tradition publishing comics anthologies, often weekly (hence The Dandy going past 3,000 published issues).

Title Publisher First Year Last Year Notes
Comic Cuts Amalgamated Press (AP) 1890 1953 Merged with Golden Penny, Jolly Comic and Larks before merging with Knockout
The Dandy 1937 2012
The Beano 1938 ongoing
Eagle Hulton Press
IPC Magazines
1950
1982
1969
1994
Relaunched by different publisher.
Lion 1952 1974
Bunty 1958 2000
Buster 1960 2000
Valiant 1962 1976
Wham! 1964 1968
Smash! 1966 1971
Pow! 1967 1968
Fantastic 1967 1968
Terrific 1967 1968
Action IPC Magazines 1976 1977
2000 AD IPC Magazines/Fleetway/Rebellion Developments 1977 ongoing Merged with Starlord and Tornado
Starlord IPC Magazines 1978 1978 Merged with 2000AD
Tornado IPC Magazines 1978 1979 Merged with 2000AD
Warrior Quality 1982 1985
Scream! IPC Magazines 1984 1984 Merged with re-launched Eagle.
Oink! IPC Magazines 1986 1988
Crisis Fleetway 1988 1991
Wildcat Fleetway 1988 1989 Stories continued in re-launched Eagle.
Deadline 1988 1995
A1 Atomeka/Epic Comics 1989 1992, 2004 Irregular publishing schedule over multiple publishers.
Judge Dredd Megazine Fleetway Publications/Rebellion Developments 1990 ongoing
Revolver Fleetway Publications 1990 1991 Dare storyline completed in Crisis following cancellation.
Toxic! Apocalypse Ltd 1991 1991 Not related to Toxic.
Toxic (magazine) Egmont Publishing 2002 ongoing Not related to Toxic!
The DFC 2008 2009
The Phoenix 2012 ongoing

Belgium and France

Title Publisher First Year Last Year Notes
Le Petit Vingtième Le Vingtième Siècle 1928 1940
Spirou magazine Dupuis 1938 ongoing
Tintin magazine Le Lombard
Média-Participations
1946 1993 Le Lombard acquired by Média-Participations in 1986.
Pilote magazine Dargaud 1959 1989
Pif gadget French Communist Party 1969
2004
1994
2009
L'Écho des savanes Self-published
Albin Michel
1972 2006 Acquired by Albin Michel in 1986
Métal Hurlant Les Humanoïdes Associés
Humanoids Publishing/DC Comics
1974
2002
1987
ongoing
Fluide Glacial Groupe Flammarion 1975 ongoing
À Suivre magazine Casterman 1979 1997
Lapin L'Association 1999 ongoing

See also

Notes

  1. ^ See Weekly Shōnen Jump § Manga series.
  2. ^ See Weekly Shōnen Magazine § Circulation.
  3. ^ See: Weekly Young Jump § Circulation
  4. ^ See Weekly Shōnen Sunday § Circulation.
  5. ^ See: Weekly Young Magazine § Circulation
  6. ^ See Ribon § Circulation.
  7. ^ See Nakayoshi § Circulation.
  8. ^ See CoroCoro Comic § Circulation.
  1. ^ See Monthly Shōnen Jump § Circulation

References

  1. ^ Johnson, Rich. "Dark Horse Presents, Cancelled One More Time…". Bleeding Cool News. Bleeding Cool News. Retrieved 13 February 2019.
  2. ^ "「ジャンプ図書館」開催 50年分のジャンプが無料で読める". ITmedia News (in Japanese). February 26, 2018.
All-American Comics

All-American Comics was a comics anthology and the flagship title of comic book publisher All-American Publications, one of the forerunners of DC Comics. It ran for 102 issues from 1939 to 1948. Characters created for the title, including Green Lantern, the Atom, the Red Tornado, Doctor Mid-Nite, and Sargon the Sorcerer, later became mainstays of the DC comics line.

Armitage (comics)

Armitage is an irregular series appearing in the British comics anthology the Judge Dredd Megazine, created by Dave Stone and Sean Phillips in 1991. The protagonist is a Detective-Judge in Brit-Cit, a British mega-city in the universe of Judge Dredd. He has also made occasional appearances in the main Judge Dredd series in 2000 AD, as well as two spin-off novels and an audio drama.

In the same way that Dredd was based partly on Dirty Harry, Armitage owes something to the cynical but unbending police detectives seen in dramas such as Inspector Morse and Taggart. Although an outstanding detective, he is difficult to work with and often clashes with his superiors in Brit-Cit's corrupt, class-ridden Justice Department. Like many such characters, he has a junior partner: usually Detective-Judge Treasure Steel, and in later stories upper-class Detective-Judge Timothy "Timbo" Parkerston-Trant.

Bête Noire (comics)

Bête Noire is an international comics anthology published by Fantagraphics Books. While planned to be four issues, only the first issue was published.

Eclipse Magazine

Eclipse, The Magazine (or simply Eclipse) was a black-and-white comics anthology magazine published by Eclipse Comics from 1981 to 1983. The magazine introduced several new characters and series — including Coyote, Ms. Tree, and Masked Man — that would get published in collections and new series by Eclipse and others.

Many of the features from Eclipse were carried over into the color anthology Eclipse Monthly, which ran from August 1983 to July 1984.

Epic Illustrated

Epic Illustrated was a comics anthology in magazine format published in the United States by Marvel Comics. Similar to the US-licensed comic book magazine Heavy Metal, it allowed explicit content to be featured, unlike the traditional American comic books of that time bound by the restrictive Comics Code Authority, as well as offering its writers and artists ownership rights and royalties in place of the industry-standard work for hire contracts. The series lasted 34 issues from Spring 1980–February 1986.

A color comic-book imprint, Epic Comics, was spun off in 1982.

Flight (comics)

Flight is an American comics anthology series edited by Kazu Kibuishi, showcasing young and innovative artists and writers. Image Comics published the first two volumes. In June 2005 Kibuishi announced that the series would move from Image to Ballantine Books from Volume Three on in an attempt to increase sales through mainstream bookstores. Kibuishi also stated that subsequent volumes would be released twice-yearly.

Hulk Comic

Hulk Comic (later The Incredible Hulk Weekly) was a black-and-white Marvel UK comics anthology published under the editorship of Dez Skinn starting in 1979.

Many-angled ones

The many-angled ones are fictional other-dimensional beings linked to the Cthulhu Mythos. They first appeared in Grant Morrison's story Zenith, which appeared in the British comics anthology 2000 AD. In Zenith, they are known as the Lloigor, a direct reference to creatures from the Cthulhu Mythos. However, they appear somewhat different from the Cthulhu Mythos entities. In the comic, the many-angled ones plan to impose rigid geometrical order on the whole universe, essentially reducing it to clockwork.The many-angled ones exist in a space with more dimensions than our own; hence, they appear to be many angled. As a result, when they manifest in our universe they appear as disconnected floating body parts of some larger beast that is complete in the higher dimension (similar to how a three dimensional being would appear in flatland as its parts pass through the plane of that two-dimensional world).

New Ground (comics)

New Ground is a New Zealand comics anthology edited by Jeremy Bishop through DMC Comics. It features short comics from up-and-coming & established New Zealand artists and writers. It is one of two comic anthologies published in New Zealand (the other being Funtime Comics) and it aims to showcase the more "mainstream" side of New Zealand talent.Editor Jeremy Bishop has encouraged new talent by publishing the collaborate work of secondary school art students.

Our Fighting Forces

Our Fighting Forces is a war comics anthology series published by DC Comics for 181 issues from 1954–1978.

Spike (DC Thomson)

Spike was a British comics anthology that ran from 22 January 1983 to 28 April 1984. Published by D. C. Thomson & Co. Ltd, it was a traditional 'action comic for boys', with many of its strips revolving around football, athletics, school, war, sci-fi, espionage and mystery. After just 67 issues it merged with Champ comic in May 1984.

Star-Spangled Comics

Star Spangled Comics was a comics anthology published by DC Comics which ran for 130 issues from October 1941 to July 1952. It was then retitled Star Spangled War Stories and lasted until issue #204 (February–March 1977).

Star Reach

Star Reach (also spelled Star*Reach) was an American science fiction and fantasy comics anthology published from 1974 to 1979 by Mike Friedrich.

The Unexpected

The Unexpected was a fantasy-horror comics anthology series, a continuation of Tales of the Unexpected, published by DC Comics. It ran 118 issues, from #105 (February–March 1968) to #222 (May 1982). It is not to be confused with The Unexpected published by DC Comics in 2018.

Valiant (comics)

Valiant was a British boys adventure comics anthology which ran from 1962 to 1976. It was published by IPC Magazines and was one of their major adventure titles throughout the 1960s and early 1970s.

Weird Mystery Tales

Weird Mystery Tales was a mystery horror comics anthology published by DC Comics from July–August 1972 to November 1975.

Weirdo

Weirdo may refer to:

Weirdo (comics), an alternative comics anthology published by Last Gasp

"Weirdo" (song), a single by the Charlatans UK off their album Between 10th and 11th

Weirdos (film), a 2016 Canadian drama film

The Weirdos, a punk rock band

Weirdo (comics)

Weirdo is a magazine-sized comics anthology created by Robert Crumb and published by Last Gasp from 1981 to 1993.

Weirdo served as a "low art" counterpoint to its contemporary highbrow Raw. Early issues of Weirdo reflect Crumb's interests at the time – outsider art, fumetti, Church of the SubGenius-type anti-propaganda and assorted "weirdness." It also introduced artists such as Peter Bagge, Dori Seda and Dennis (Stickboy) Worden.

With issue #10, Crumb later handed over the editing reins to Bagge; with issue #18, the reins went to Crumb's wife, cartoonist Aline Kominsky-Crumb (except for issue #25, which was again edited by Bagge). The three editorial tenures were known respectively as "Personal Confessions", the "Coming of the Bad Boys", and the "Twisted Sisters".Weirdo's final issue, #28, an internationally themed 68-page giant titled Verre D'eau (in French, "glass of water"), was published in 1993.

Zarjaz

Zarjaz is a comics anthology fanzine for the long-running British science fiction comic 2000 AD.

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