Dynamite Entertainment

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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
(Director of IT / Operations)
Rich Young
(Director of Business Development)
Keith Davidsen
(Marketing Manager)
Jason Ullmeyer
(Design Director)
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). It also publishes 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. In the first two years, they added only a handful of titles like Red Sonja and Xena. After devoting itself to publishing only Army of Darkness, a year later Dynamite published Red Sonja, starting with a 25-cent issue #0. It sold 240,000 copies. #1, the first to sell at the 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] Dynamite now[when?] publishes 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 its original properties being new interpretations of the classic monsters Dracula, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, Frankenstein's Monster and the Wolfman. Currently,[when?] it holds 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). It also has a license based on Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Terminator 2: Infinity and the sequel Terminator: Revolution produced by the writer Simon Furman.[4] Other properties include Buck Rogers,[5] and Sherlock Holmes.[6]

Two additional crossovers have been released through other companies. One, entitled Monster War released through Image Comics in 2005, pitted its monsters against Top Cow published characters Witchblade, the Darkness, Magdalena and Tomb Raider. The other was 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 its 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..[7]

It is also due to publish new stories featuring Lee Falk's The Phantom.[8]

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.[9]

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.[10]

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.[35]

  • Warlord of Mars – based on John Carter of Mars[36]
    • 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. 16 April 2009
  3. ^ "Dynamite: Five Years and Counting". Publishers Weekly. 16 November 2009
  4. ^ Phegley, Kiel. "Furman on Making Dynamite's Terminator Revolutionary". Comic Book Resources. 20 October 2008
  5. ^ "Dynamite Debuts Buck Rogers for a Quarter". Newsarama. 23 February 2009
    - Brady, Matt. "Back to the Future: Barrucci and Beatty on Buck Rogers". Newsarama. 23 February 2009
  6. ^ "Dynamite's Nick Barrucci Talks Sherlock Holmes". Newsarama.9 March 2009
  7. ^ a b Brady, Matt. "Dynamite Lands 'Green Hornet' Comic Book License". Newsarama. 31 March 2009
  8. ^ Phegley, Kiel. "CCC09: Dynamite Entertainment". Comic Book Resources. 10 August 2009
  9. ^ "Dynamite Acquires Chaos Comics". Comic Book Resources. 19 May 2010
  10. ^ "NYCC EXCLUSIVE: Gold Key Revived at Dynamite by Pak, Van Lente & More!" Comic Book Resources. 11 October2013
  11. ^ A Game of Thrones
  12. ^ "Dynamite Lands Adolescent Radioactive Black Belt Hamsters License". Newsarama. 30 March 2007
    - Renaud, Jeffrey. "Adolescent Radioactive Black Belt Hamsters Return". Comic Book Resources. October 11, 2007
    - "The Return of Adolescent Radioactive Black Belt Hamsters". 30 March 2007
  13. ^ Bad Boy details at Dynamite Entertainment
  14. ^ Phegley, Kiel. "WW Philly: Ennis Tells Dynamite Stories of 'Battlefields'". Comic Book Resources. 1 June 2008
    - Callan, Jonathan. "WW Philly: Garth Ennis Q&A". Newsarama. 2 June 2008
  15. ^ Brady, Matt. "Drawing the Future: Carlos Rafael on Buck Rogers". Newsarama. 9 March 2009
  16. ^ Brownfield, Troy. "Moore & Reppion on Adapting Alice in Wonderland". Newsarama. 29 May 2009
  17. ^ Brady, Matt. "Moore & Reppion on 'The Complete Dracula'". Newsarama. 30 January 2009
    - Brady, Matt. "Colton Worley - Defining Dracula for Dynamite". Newsarama. 3 February 2009
    - Brady, Matt. "Moore & Reppion to Discuss The Complete Dracula in Dublin". Newsarama. 24 February 2009
  18. ^ "Soap Vampire Barnabas Collins Returns in DARK SHADOWS Comic". Newsarama. 22 August 2011.
  19. ^ "FULL ISSUE: Dan Dare #1 by Ennis & Erskine". Newsarama. 22 December 2008
  20. ^ Brady, Matt. "Story of a Bad, Bad Family: James Kuhoric on 'Dead Irons'". Newsarama. 9 October 2008
    - Phegley, Kiel. "Jae Lee Darkens 'Dead Irons'" Comic Book Resources. 24 November 2008
    - Phegley, Kiel. "Alexander Draws Sights on 'Dead Irons'". Comic Book Resources. 1 December 2008
  21. ^ "WW: Chicago - Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash Coming in November". Newsarama. 12 August 2007
    - Renaud, Jeffrey. "MANO-A-MANO-A-MANO: 'Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash'". Comic Book Resources. 21 August 2007
  22. ^ Bernardin, Marc. EW Exclusive: "Kevin Smith takes on Batman and the Green Hornet". Entertainment Weekly. 13 May 2009
  23. ^ "Grimm Comic Series". Dynamite Entertainment. Retrieved 5 September 2013. 
  24. ^ Brady, Matt. "Christos Gage on Dynamite's 'The Man With No Name'". Newsarama. 15 August 15, 2008
    - "Wellington Dias Outdraws 'The Man with No Name'". Comic Book Resources. 28 February 2008
    - "Man With No Name: The Good, The Bad And The Uglier #1". Newsarama. 25 March 2008
  25. ^ "Ross! Krueger! Dynamite! 'SUPERPOWERS!'". Comic Book Resources. 18 July 2007
  26. ^ Phegley, Kiel. "Phil Hester Talks 'Masquerade'". Comic Book Resources. 13 January 2009
    - Brady, Matt. "Phil Hester on Masquerade & First Look at the Trailer". Newsarama. 9 March 2009
  27. ^ ISBN 1-933305-56-8
  28. ^ "Re-animator Dynamics Entertainment". DC. 10 June 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-17. 
  29. ^ Brady, Matt (10 June 2009). "RoboCop Returns to Comics with Dynamite". Newsarama. Retrieved 17 June 2009. 
  30. ^ Brady, Matt. "Guggenheim & Gonzales on Bringing 'Super Zombies' to Life". Newsarama. 5 November 2008
    - Phegley, Kiel. "Guggenheim Talks 'Super-Zombies'". Comic Book Resources. 15 January 2009
    - Brady, Matt. "Launching a World of Super Zombies at Dynamite". Newsarama. 16 January 2009
  31. ^ Brady, Matt (26 May 2009). "And Doom is His Name: Arvid Nelson on 'Thulsa Doom'". Newsarama. Retrieved 26 May 2009. 
    - Phegley, Kiel (May 29, 2009). ""Doom" Comes To Dynamite". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 29 May 2009. 
  32. ^ "Dynamite Opens the Stargate". Newsarama. 20 July 2009
  33. ^ "Dynamite Entertainment Acquires Vampirella". Comic Book Resources. 17 March 2010. 
  34. ^ Brownfield, Troy (7 May 2010). "L.A. Banks' VAMPIRE HUNTRESS Stalks Dynamite in July". Newsarama. Retrieved 6 June 2010. 
    - Sunu, Steve (25 May 2010). "L.A. Banks' "Vampire Huntress" Continues in Comics". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 6 June 2010. 
  35. ^ 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. 
  36. ^ "Dynamite Launches "Warlord of Mars"". CBR. 19 July 2010. 

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