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Dynamite Entertainment
Dynamite logo.png
Parent company Dynamic Forces[1]
Founded 2005
Founder Nick Barrucci
Country of origin  United States
Headquarters location Mt. Laurel, New Jersey
Key people Nick Barrucci
(CEO / Publisher)
Juan Collado
(President / COO)
Joseph Rybandt
(Senior Editor)
Brandon Dante Primavera
(IT Director / Operations)
Rich Young
(Director Business Development)
Keith Davidsen
(Marketing Manager)
Josh Johnson
(Art Director)
Jason Ullmeyer
(Senior Graphic Designer)
Publication types Comics
Official website www.dynamite.com

Dynamite Entertainment is an American comic book publishing imprint of Dynamic Forces,[1] that primarily publishes adaptations of franchises from other media. These include licensed adaptations of film properties such as Army of Darkness, Terminator and RoboCop, and licensed or public domain literary properties such as Zorro, Dracula, Sherlock Holmes, Alice in Wonderland, Red Sonja, Tarzan (as Lord of the Jungle), and John Carter of Mars (as Warlord of Mars). They also publish superhero books such as Project Superpowers.

Creators who have produced Dynamite's books include Alex Ross, John Cassaday, Matt Wagner, Garth Ennis, Howard Chaykin, and Frank Miller.

History[edit]

Dynamite Entertainment is a comic book publisher founded by Nick Barrucci in 2005, first producing two Army of Darkness limited series published through Devil's Due Publishing until self-publishing their titles later that year. The first two years saw them adding only a handful of titles like Red Sonja and Xena. After devoting itself to publishing only Army of Darkness, Dynamite came back one year later with Red Sonja, debuting with a 25-cent issue #0. It sold 240,000 copies and #1, the first to sell at a full cover price of $2.99, sold 100,000 in initial orders which cemented Dynamite's position as a force in the American comic book industry.[2] Now Dynamite publishes a current slate of 14–20 comic books and 2–10 collections per month.[3]

Dynamite Publishing[edit]

Dynamite Entertainment focuses primarily on comic book adaptations of existing properties, with most of their original properties being new interpretations of the classic monsters Dracula, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, Frankenstein's Monster and the Wolfman. Currently they hold the rights to publish titles based on films (Army of Darkness, Darkman, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, RoboCop, and Highlander), television series (Xena: Warrior Princess) and literature (Sherlock Holmes, Alice in Wonderland, Dracula, and Zorro). They also have a license based on Terminator 2: Judgment Day and writer Simon Furman produced Terminator 2: Infinity and the sequel Terminator: Revolution.[4] Other properties include Buck Rogers,[5][6] and Sherlock Holmes.[7]

Two additional crossovers have been released through other companies, one through Image Comics in 2005 pitting their monsters against Top Cow published characters Witchblade, the Darkness, Magdalena and Tomb Raider entitled Monster War; and a 2006 crossover between DC Comics' Claw the Unconquered and Red Sonja via WildStorm Productions.

In 2007 Dynamite took over the publication of Garth Ennis' The Boys after it was dropped by WildStorm.

Among their licensed properties are Red Sonja, Army of Darkness, Battlestar Galactica and Lone Ranger.

In 2010 Dynamite began publishing comic books based on The Green Hornet beginning with a miniseries written by Kevin Smith, and followed by Green Hornet: Year One, which was written by Matt Wagner, and another written by Brett Matthews.The Green Hornet.[8]

They are also set to publish new stories featuring Lee Falk's The Phantom.[9]

In May 2010 Dynamite Entertainment acquired the Chaos! Comics' library and all associated assets (with the exception of Lady Death). These include the publishing labels Black Label Graphics, Infinity Comics and the properties Evil Ernie, Smiley The Psychotic Button, Chastity, Purgatori, Jade, Omen, Bad Kitty, Cremator, Lady Demon and many more.[10]

In October, 2013, it was announced that Dynamite would relaunch several titles originally published by Gold Key Comics, and that Turok, Magnus: Robot Fighter, The Occult Files of Doctor Spektor, and Solar: Man of the Atom would be the first titles of the new line.[11]

Titles[edit]

Comic books published by Dynamite in the format of ongoing or limited series include:

Public domain[edit]

Some of the titles published by Dynamite are based on franchises where the early stories are now in the public domain. In cases where Dynamite does not have a licensing agreement with the related trademark holders (Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. for example), Dynamite does not use trademarked terms in the comic book titles.[49]

  • Warlord of Mars – based on John Carter of Mars[50]
    • Warlord of Mars: Dejah Thoris
    • Warlord of Mars: Fall of Barsoom
    • Warriors of Mars
    • Dejah Thoris and the White Apes of Mars
    • Dejah Thoris and the Green Men of Mars
    • Dejah of Mars
  • Lord of the Jungle – based on Tarzan
  • Lords of Mars – a "Warlord of Mars" / "Lord of the Jungle" crossover

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Diamond Distribution, Dynamic Forces announce new international partnership" (Press release). Diamond Comic Distributors. CBR. 12 May 2008. Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  2. ^ Manning, Shaun. "Dynamite Celebrates Five Years". Comic Book Resources. April 16, 2009
  3. ^ "Dynamite: Five Years and Counting". Publishers Weekly. November 16, 2009
  4. ^ Phegley, Kiel. "Furman on Making Dynamite's Terminator Revolutionary". Comic Book Resources. October 20, 2008
  5. ^ "Dynamite Debuts Buck Rogers for a Quarter". Newsarama. February 23, 2009
  6. ^ Brady, Matt. "Back to the Future: Barrucci and Beatty on Buck Rogers". Newsarama. February 23, 2009
  7. ^ "Dynamite's Nick Barrucci Talks Sherlock Holmes". Newsarama. March 9, 2009
  8. ^ a b Brady, Matt. "Dynamite Lands 'Green Hornet' Comic Book License". Newsarama. March 31, 2009
  9. ^ Phegley, Kiel. "CCC09: Dynamite Entertainment". Comic Book Resources. August 10, 2009
  10. ^ "Dynamite Acquires Chaos Comics". Comic Book Resources. May 19, 2010
  11. ^ "NYCC EXCLUSIVE: Gold Key Revived at Dynamite by Pak, Van Lente & More!" Comic Book Resources. October 11, 2013
  12. ^ "Dynamite Lands Adolescent Radioactive Black Belt Hamsters License". Newsarama. March 30, 2007
  13. ^ Renaud, Jeffrey. "Adolescent Radioactive Black Belt Hamsters Return". Comic Book Resources. October 11, 2007
  14. ^ "The Return of Adolescent Radioactive Black Belt Hamsters". March 30, 2007
  15. ^ Bad Boy details at Dynamite Entertainment
  16. ^ Phegley, Kiel. "WW Philly: Ennis Tells Dynamite Stories of 'Battlefields'". Comic Book Resources. June 1, 2008
  17. ^ Callan, Jonathan. "WW Philly: Garth Ennis Q&A". Newsarama. June 2, 2008
  18. ^ Brady, Matt. "Drawing the Future: Carlos Rafael on Buck Rogers". Newsarama. March 9, 2009
  19. ^ Brownfield, Troy. "Moore & Reppion on Adapting Alice in Wonderland". Newsarama. May 29, 2009
  20. ^ Brady, Matt. "Moore & Reppion on 'The Complete Dracula'". Newsarama. January 30, 2009
  21. ^ Brady, Matt. "Colton Worley - Defining Dracula for Dynamite". Newsarama. February 3, 2009
  22. ^ Brady, Matt. "Moore & Reppion to Discuss The Complete Dracula in Dublin". Newsarama. February 24, 2009
  23. ^ "Soap Vampire Barnabas Collins Returns in DARK SHADOWS Comic". Newsarama. August 22, 2011.
  24. ^ "FULL ISSUE: Dan Dare #1 by Ennis & Erskine". Newsarama. December 22, 2008
  25. ^ Brady, Matt. "Story of a Bad, Bad Family: James Kuhoric on 'Dead Irons'". Newsarama. October 9, 2008
  26. ^ Phegley, Kiel. "Jae Lee Darkens 'Dead Irons'" Comic Book Resources. November 24, 2008
  27. ^ Phegley, Kiel. "Alexander Draws Sights on 'Dead Irons'". Comic Book Resources. December 1, 2008
  28. ^ "WW: Chicago - Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash Coming in November". Newsarama. 12 August 2007
  29. ^ Renaud, Jeffrey. "MANO-A-MANO-A-MANO: 'Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash'". Comic Book Resources. August 21, 2007
  30. ^ Bernardin, Marc. EW Exclusive: "Kevin Smith takes on Batman and the Green Hornet". Entertainment Weekly. May 13, 2009
  31. ^ "Grimm Comic Series". Dynamite Entertainment. Retrieved September 5, 2013. 
  32. ^ Brady, Matt. "Christos Gage on Dynamite's 'The Man With No Name'". Newsarama. August 15, 2008
  33. ^ "Wellington Dias Outdraws 'The Man with No Name'". Comic Book Resources. February 28, 2008
  34. ^ "Man With No Name: The Good, The Bad And The Uglier #1". Newsarama. March 25, 2008
  35. ^ "Ross! Krueger! Dynamite! 'SUPERPOWERS!'". Comic Book Resources. July 18, 2007
  36. ^ Phegley, Kiel. "Phil Hester Talks 'Masquerade'". Comic Book Resources. January 13, 2009
  37. ^ Brady, Matt. "Phil Hester on Masquerade & First Look at the Trailer". Newsarama. March 9, 2009
  38. ^ ISBN 1-933305-56-8
  39. ^ Brady, Matt (June 10, 2009). "RoboCop Returns to Comics with Dynamite". Newsarama. Retrieved 2009-06-17. 
  40. ^ Brady, Matt. "Guggenheim & Gonzales on Bringing 'Super Zombies' to Life". Newsarama. November 5, 2008
  41. ^ Phegley, Kiel. "Guggenheim Talks 'Super-Zombies'". Comic Book Resources. January 15, 2009
  42. ^ Brady, Matt. "Launching a World of Super Zombies at Dynamite". Newsarama. January 16, 2009
  43. ^ Brady, Matt (May 26, 2009). "And Doom is His Name: Arvid Nelson on 'Thulsa Doom'". Newsarama. Retrieved 2009-05-26. 
  44. ^ Phegley, Kiel (May 29, 2009). ""Doom" Comes To Dynamite". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 2009-05-29. 
  45. ^ "Dynamite Opens the Stargate". Newsarama. July 20, 2009
  46. ^ "Dynamite Entertainment Acquires Vampirella". Comic Book Resources. March 17, 2010. 
  47. ^ Brownfield, Troy (May 7, 2010). "L.A. Banks' VAMPIRE HUNTRESS Stalks Dynamite in July". Newsarama. Retrieved June 6, 2010. 
  48. ^ Sunu, Steve (May 25, 2010). "L.A. Banks' "Vampire Huntress" Continues in Comics". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved June 6, 2010. 
  49. ^ Kevin Melrose (staff writer) (17 February 2012). "Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. Sues Dynamite over John Carter, Tarzan" (Press release). Diamond Comic Distributors. CBR. Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  50. ^ "Dynamite Launches "Warlord of Mars"". CBR. July 19, 2010. 

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