Epic Illustrated

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Epic Illustrated
Epic Illustrated #1 (Spring 1980).
Painted cover by Frank Frazetta
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics/Epic Comics
Format Ongoing series
Genre
Publication date Spring 1980 - February 1986
Number of issues 34
Editor(s) Archie Goodwin

Epic Illustrated was a comics anthology in magazine format published in the United States by Marvel Comics. The series lasted for 34 issues, from early 1980 to February 1986.

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 due to 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.

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

Publication history[edit]

The magazine was initiated under editor Rick Marschall in 1979 under the title Odyssey, and originally set to launch as an issue of Marvel Super Special.[1] After Marschall learned of at least seven other magazines titled Odyssey, the project was renamed Epic Illustrated and launched as a standalone series.[2] Marschall was replaced by editor Archie Goodwin in the autumn of 1979, several months before the first issue was published.[3]

The anthology featured heroic fiction and genre stories, primarily fantasy and science fiction, but in a broad range of styles. Established mainstream-comics talents such as John Buscema, Jim Starlin, John Byrne, and Terry Austin were featured, as well as independent-press creators as Wendy Pini and The Studio's Jeffrey Jones, Michael Kaluta, Barry Windsor-Smith, and Bernie Wrightson. Goodwin commissioned stories by many new artists, including Stephen R. Bissette, Pepe Moreno, Jon J Muth, Rick Veitch and Kent Williams. The full-color magazine format, allowed for a broader range of color than the traditional three-color printing process, and many of the stories, and all the covers, were painted.[4] Fantasy artists who did not normally work in the comics field, such as Richard Corben, Frank Frazetta, The Brothers Hildebrandt, and Boris Vallejo contributed covers.[5] The contributors to the series retained ownership of their material and were paid royalties.[6]

Epic Illustrated also included an occasional Marvel Comics protagonist, such as the first issue's Silver Surfer story by Stan Lee and John Buscema. Each issue usually featured a main story, a number of regular serials, and anthological shorts.

Selected stories[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Marvel Comics: Odyssey Renamed Epic". The Comics Journal (Fantagraphics Books) (46): 12. May 1979. 
  2. ^ Lee, Stan. "Bullpen Bulletins: Stan's Soapbox," Marvel Two-in-One Annual #4 (Marvel Comics, 1979).
  3. ^ "Marvel Fires Rick Marschall, Archie Goodwin Named to Edit Epic". The Comics Journal (Fantagraphics Books) (51): 5–6. November 1979. 
  4. ^ Daniels, Les (1991). Marvel: Five Fabulous Decades of the World's Greatest Comics. Harry N. Abrams. p. 183. ISBN 9780810938212. "Oversize, with full-color artwork printed on glossy paper, Epic Illustrated was Marvel's most luxurious publication to date." 
  5. ^ "Epic Illustrated Magazine List". HeavyMetalMagazineFanPage.com. Archived from the original on May 27, 2012. 
  6. ^ DeFalco, Tom; Gilbert, Laura, ed. (2008). "1980s". Marvel Chronicle A Year by Year History. Dorling Kindersley. p. 197. ISBN 978-0756641238. "Epic offered its creators ownership of the material and paid them royalties rather than the traditional page rates." 

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