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    A Marvel imprint initially formed in 1982 that went defunct in the mid-1990s, but saw a mild resurgence a decade later. The Epic imprint catered to mature audiences and published mostly creator owned work.

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    Epic last edited by gravenraven on 05/27/23 03:09AM View full history

    With the success of Marvel's Epic Illustrated Magazine, Editor-in-Chief at the time Jim Shooter launched the Epic Comics imprint. This imprint was one of the first places comic creators in the American industry could release a comic and still retain creative rights over it. This imprint also allowed for more mature comics released at Marvel. The comics had better production value and were only available at direct comic markets, not at places like grocery stores where comics were still common.

    Jim Starlin's Dreadstar was the imprint's first project, published in November of 1982. Because of Marvel's bankruptcy problems and the decline in the market, the Epic Imprint has phased in and out of usage. Many of these once published creator owned comics have found new homes at other publishers such as J.M. DeMatteis' Blood: A Tale and Moonshadow which both were reprinted at DC's Vertigo.

    Marvel revived the imprint in the early 00's but became overshadowed by Icon because of the creator-owned nature of both imprints, Icon effectively became the replacement for Epic (before it too ended).



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