Semic Comics

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Semic Comics is one of the leading comic book publishers in France, also known as Semic S.A. Along with French comics, formerly the company published the official translations of products produced by DC Comics and Marvel Comics Today, Semic Publishes translations from others "Comics Factories" like Dark Horse Comics, Image Comics and Top Cow Productions, among others.

History[edit]

Editions Lug[edit]

Main article: Editions Lug

In 1950, writer/editor Marcel Navarro and Auguste Vistel founded Editions Lug. At first, the company only reprinted old French and Italian comics. But soon, Navarro decided that his company needed some original characters. He enlisted a number of French and Italian studios to create new series. Although many of them invoked characters featured in American comics, they had enough differences to make them unique.

In 1969, Editions Lug began publishing licensed translations of Marvel Comics in a magazine called Fantask. That year also saw the creation of Wampus. But French censorship forced Editions Lug to cancel both of these magazines after six issues.

In the next two decades, Editions Lug continued to expand, thanks to its growing program of French editions of Marvel Comics, which began to include Conan the Barbarian. Many new magazines and series were added to their French line. A shared universe began to emerge, although not nearly as tightly integrated as the Marvel Universe.

In the mid-80's, Auguste Vistel died. Eventually, Marcel Navarro chose to retire. The company was sold to the Semic Group, a Scandinavian comic book publisher.

Semic Group / Semic S.A.[edit]

After Navarro's departure, the Semic Group continued to publish French editions of Marvel Comics, but discontinued the creation of original material. The half-dozen original Lug titles that remained became reprints-only.

During the late 90's, the Semic Group transferred all of its French business to Tournon, their French distributors. Tournon soon broke up from the Semic Group and created their own company, Semic S.A.

Current series published by Semic[edit]

Franco-Belgian comics[edit]

Carabas[edit]

Tournon/Semic[edit]

  • L'Affaire se Corse
  • Brigade Temporelle
  • C'est la Vie
  • Caleb
  • Cosmic Patrouille
  • Fallait Pas Faire les Cons
  • Hé, Nic ! Tu rêves ? (Hey, Nick! Are you dreaming?)
  • Hip Flask
  • La Grande Purge
  • La Légende de la Jarre
  • Légendes Celtes
  • Légendes Lakotas
  • Les Mysteres du Meurtre
  • No Man's Land
  • OverEarth
  • Relais & Mago
  • Ruse
  • La Tapisserie de Soie
  • La Voie du Samouraï

Comics[edit]

Semic Comics[edit]

Manga and manhwa[edit]

Semic manga[edit]

See also[edit]

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