Apple Comics

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Apple Comics
Former type Comic publisher
Industry Comics
Founded 1986
Founders Michael Catron
Defunct 1994
Headquarters Bethel, Connecticut
Divisions Forbidden Fruit

Apple Comics, also known as Apple Press, was a comic book publisher which operated from 1986–1994. Published by Michael Catron, they began as an imprint of WaRP Graphics, but had their own financing structure. Apple was known for publishing war comics, particularly its long-running title Vietnam Journal (as well as many spin-offs and one-shots).

Other notable titles published by Apple included Blood of Dracula, Desert Storm Journal, Eagle, FantaSci, Fish Police, Myth Conceptions, Thunderbunny, and Vox. Creators associated with Apple included Don Lomax, Lee Marrs, Aaron McClellan, Ken Mitchroney, Steven Moncuse, Rickey Shanklin, Neil Vokes, Mark Wheatley, and John Workman.

History[edit]

Origins[edit]

In 1986, Richard Pini turned over all of WaRP's publishing and marketing duties to Apple so that WaRP could concentrate on editing comics.[1] Titles packaged by the newly uncapitalized Warp for Apple were the anthology series FantaSci, the mini-series ElfQuest: Siege At Blue Mountain and Unicorn Isle, and the ongoing title Thunderbunny.

In 1987, Apple began publishing original titles, including Blood of Dracula, Myth Conceptions, and Vietnam Journal. They also picked up the title Space Ark from Americomics, and in 1988 picked up Eagle from Crystal Publications.

Forbidden Fruit[edit]

From 1991–1992, Apple published an erotic comics imprint known as Forbidden Fruit. Titles published by Forbidden Fruit included The Adventures Of Misty, Sexy Superspy, and Sindy.

Bankruptcy[edit]

The comics market meltdown of 1994 hit the small press very hard, and Apple Comics was forced to close its doors.[2]

Titles[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "WaRP titles now under Apple aegis," The Comics Journal #110 (August 1986), p. 17.
  2. ^ "Comics Publishers Suffer Tough Summer: Body Count Rises in Market Shakedown," The Comics Journal #172 (Nov. 1994), pp. 13-18.

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