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JC Comics (also known as JC Productions), was a short-lived comic book company owned by John Carbonaro (1952 – February 25, 2009). JC published four titles in the early 1980s, most notably comics featuring the T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents.
From 1981 to 1984, JC Comics published four titles: The single-issue JCP Features a.k.a. JCP Features the T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents (cover-date Dec. 1981); the single-issue, black-and-white horror-comics magazine Basically Strange (dated Nov. 1982 in its copyright indicia but cover-dated Dec. 1982); the three-issue Hall of Fame Featuring the T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents (May-Dec. 1983), reprinting stories from the titular superhero team's original 1960s Tower Comics publication; and the two-issue T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents (May 1983 & Jan. 1984), featuring new stories.
JCP Features included early work by the artist Mark Texeira, and Hall of Fame Featuring the T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents new covers by artists including Steve Ditko and Bob Layton. Basically Strange featured artist Rick Bryant and writer-artist Bruce Jones.
Carbonaro was also associated at the time with Archie Comics and that publisher's attempted relaunch of their superhero imprint Red Circle Comics. This resulted in JC Comics reprinting some of the Archie materials just before the Red Circle Comics came out, cross advertisements between JC and Red Circle, and the wrap-up of the JC Comics' T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents in Red Circle's Blue Ribbon Comics title. Despite this, Archie never owned the T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents characters; nor was JC Comics an Archie imprint.
In 1984, David Singer's Deluxe Comics began publishing a new series, Wally Wood's T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents, featuring artists including George Pérez, Dave Cockrum, Keith Giffen, Murphy Anderson and Jerry Ordway. Singer, a former associate of Carbonaro, claimed the group was in the public domain. A lawsuit by Carbonaro claiming otherwise was heard in New York State's Civil Court, and via summary judgment, the judge ruled from the bench that the characters were indeed Carbonaro's property.
Years later (long after Deluxe Comics had folded), JC tried again to launch new T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents material. In 1995, Carbonaro tried getting their stories in Penthouse Comix' Omni Comix, but that line ended after the first story came out. Another attempt was planned with DC Comics, but the T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents Archive and some statutes are all that came of it.
Following Carbonaro's passing, DC Comics briefly licensed the rights to the T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents from owners Radiant Assets and they have since been licensed by IDW.
- Published by JC Comics
- JCP Features #1 (1981) — magazine-sized, new T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents material; reprint of Archie's Black Hood
- Hall of Fame (3 issues, 1983) — reprints from Tower's T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents
- T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents (2 issues, 1983–1984)
- Blue Ribbon Comics #12 (1983)
- Published by Penthouse Comics
- Omni Comix #3 (1995)
- Published by DC Comics
- T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents Archive, vol. 1 (2002) ISBN 978-1-56389-903-4
- T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents Archive, vol. 2
- T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents Archive, vol. 3
- T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents Archive, vol. 4
- T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents Archive, vol. 5
- T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents Archive, vol. 6
- Official T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents site
- JC Comics at the Comic Book DB
- "Deluxe suspends T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents," The Comics Journal #100 (July 1985), p. 20-22.
- "News from Hither and Yon: JCP News". The Comics Journal (71): 16. April 1982. Archived from the original on August 19, 2012. Retrieved August 12, 2012. Additional WebCitation archive, August 19, 2012.