|Defunct||1984 (as publisher); continued as T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents rights holder until 2009|
JC Comics (also known as JC Productions), was a comic book company primarily involved with the post-Silver Age iteration of the characters the T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents. JC Comics was owned by John Carbonaro (Sept. 30, 1951 – Feb. 25, 2009).
Acquisition of T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents rights
Association with Archie
Shortly after acquiring the T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents rights, Carbonaro made an arrangement with Archie Comics to print and distribute JC Comics' titles, in conjunction with Archie's own attempted relaunch of their old superhero imprint Red Circle Comics. This resulted in cross-advertisements between the two companies and appearances of the companies' characters in each other's titles. Although Carbonaro was hired as an editor at Archie, Archie never owned the T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents characters; nor was JC Comics an Archie imprint.
From 1981 to 1984, JC Comics published three T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents titles: JCP Features, a single issue featuring early work by the artist Mark Texeira (which also contained an Archie Black Hood reprint); Hall of Fame Featuring the T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents, a three-issue series reprinting stories from the titular superhero team's original 1960s Tower Comics series, with new covers by artists including Steve Ditko and Bob Layton; and the two-issue series T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents, featuring new stories. Ultimately, the wrap-up story of the latter series appeared in Red Circle's Blue Ribbon Comics anthology title.
Dispute with Deluxe Comics
In 1984, a former associate of Carbonaro named David M. Singer claimed that the T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agent characters were in the public domain. He founded Deluxe Comics and began publishing a new series, Wally Wood's T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents, featuring top artists including George Pérez, Dave Cockrum, Keith Giffen, Murphy Anderson, and Jerry Ordway. A lawsuit by Carbonaro asserting his copyright and trademark rights was heard in the federal district court for the Southern District of New York (John Carbonaro, et. al. v. David Singer, et. al., 84 Civ. 8737 (S.D.N.Y.), and via summary judgment, the judge ruled from the bench that the T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents were indeed Carbonaro's property. Under the settlement, Carbonaro received an assignment of all rights to Wally Woods T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents, and an undisclosed sum of money.
In the early 2000s another attempt to revive the characters was planned with DC Comics, but the T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents Archive and some statutettes are all that came of it.
- Published by JC Comics
- JCP Features a.k.a. JCP Features the T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #1 (cover-date Dec. 1981)
- Basically Strange #1 (dated Nov. 1982 in copyright indicia, but cover-dated Dec. 1982)
- Hall of Fame Featuring the T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents (3 issues, May-Dec. 1983)
- T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents (2 issues, May 1983–Jan. 1984)
- Blue Ribbon Comics #12 (1983)
- Published by Texas Comics
- Published by Penthouse 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
- Carbonaro entry, ObitsforLife.com. Accessed Feb. 8, 2014.
- Sodaro, Robert J. "The Resplendent Sound of T.H.U.N.D.E.R.!" Comics Value Annual (1999). Archived on ThunderAgents.com. Accessed Feb. 8, 2014.
- "News from Hither and Yon: JCP News". The Comics Journal (71): 16. April 1982. Archived from the original on August 14, 2012. Retrieved August 12, 2012. Additional , August 19, 2012.
- "Archie Hires Carbonaro as Editor," The Comics Journal, #75 (Sept. 1982), p. 15.
- JC Comics at the Grand Comics Database
- "Blood and T.H.U.N.D.E.R." The Comics Journal #97 (April 1985), pp. 7-11.
- "Deluxe suspends T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents," The Comics Journal #100 (July 1985), pp. 20-22.
- Omni Comix #3 (Oct.–Nov. 1995).
- Phegley, Keil (October 26, 2012). "IDW RECRUITS WALLY WOOD'S "T.H.U.N.D.E.R. AGENTS"". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved October 26, 2012.
- Justice Machine Annual, Grand Comics Database. Accessed Feb. 8, 2014.
- Omni Comix #3, Grand Comics Database. Accessed Feb. 8, 2014.