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MAX
Parent company Marvel Comics
Founded 2001
Country of origin U.S.A
Headquarters location New York City
Key people Joe Quesada
Axel Alonso[1]
Publication types comic books

Max (sometimes stylized as MAX Comics) is an imprint of Marvel Comics that specializes in R-rated comic book content. It was launched in 2001 after Marvel broke with the Comics Code Authority and established its own rating system.[2]

The Max imprint is not Marvel's first effort in featuring explicit content in their titles. The company's Epic Comics imprint in the 1980s and early 1990s often featured stronger content than their mainstream imprint. However, the Max imprint is the first time Marvel has specifically produced comics with uncensored content.

History[edit]

The first series to be published under the Max imprint was Alias, written by Brian Michael Bendis.[3] Several limited series were then created specially for the Max imprint, such as Apache Skies and Haunt of Horror, but the majority of its publications were based around existing Marvel characters, such as Howard the Duck and Devil-Slayer.[citation needed]

One Marvel character who was revived by Max was Rawhide Kid[4] who in 2002 became the first openly gay comic book character to star in his own magazine.[5] The first edition of the Rawhide Kid’s gay saga was called Slap Leather. According to a CNN.com article, “The new series pairs the original artist, John Severin, now 86, with Ron Zimmerman, a television writer. Making the Rawhide Kid gay was Zimmerman’s idea."[5] The character’s sexuality is conveyed indirectly, through euphemisms and puns, and the comic’s style is campy.[5] Conservative groups protested the gay take on the character, which they claimed would corrupt children, and the covers carried an "Adults only" label.[6]

Criticism[edit]

Former Marvel president and chairman Stan Lee openly criticized the Max imprint. Referring to the 2001 Fury miniseries, based on the character Nick Fury, who he co-created, Lee said, "I don't know why they're doing that. I don't think that I would do those kinds of stories."[7]

Titles[edit]

Max Ant-Man and Deathlok limited series were solicited but were cancelled before their release.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Entertainment News, Celebrity and Pop Culture - ABC News". Abcnews.go.com. Retrieved 2016-02-22. 
  2. ^ Jonah Weiland (July 5, 2001). "Marvel's New Ratings System... Explained!". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved February 8, 2011. 
  3. ^ Lee, Stan; Quesada, Joe (2008). Marvel Chronicle: A Year by Year History. London: DK Publishing. p. 307. ISBN 978-0756641238. 
  4. ^ Comic Book First: Gay Gunslinger, CBS News, 2002-12-11, retrieved 2009-03-21 
  5. ^ a b c "Marvel Comics to unveil gay gunslinger", CNN, 2002-12-09, archived from the original on 2009-02-28, retrieved 2009-03-21 
  6. ^ Palmer, Joe (2006-10-16), Gay Comics 101, AfterElton.com, archived from the original on 2009-03-22, retrieved 2009-03-21 
  7. ^ James Adams, "Code Red in the New Comicdom", The Globe and Mail, May 2, 2002, p. R9
  8. ^ "The Unofficial Handbook of Marvel Comics Creators". Maelmill-insi.de. 2015-06-28. Retrieved 2016-02-22. 
  9. ^ "Aguirre-Sacasa talks "Dead of Night featuring Man-Thing"". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 2016-02-22. 
  10. ^ "WW Philly: Devil-Slayer Returns in "Dead of Night"". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 2016-02-22. 
  11. ^ "Warren Simons & Brian Keene On Max's Devil-Slayer". Newsarama.com. 2008-06-03. Retrieved 2016-02-22. 
  12. ^ "Swierczynski on "Werweolf By NIght"". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 2016-02-22. 
  13. ^ "NYCC: Kirkman Talks "Destroyer MAX"". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 2016-02-22. 
  14. ^ http://forum.newsarama.com/showthread.php?t=154261. Retrieved February 21, 2009.  Missing or empty |title= (help)[dead link]
  15. ^ Ekstrom, Steve (July 13, 2009). "Return to Fortune: Chaykin on Dominic Fortune MAX". Newsarama. Retrieved September 26, 2009. 
  16. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20090519203358/http://forum.newsarama.com/showthread.php?t=120373. Archived from the original on May 19, 2009. Retrieved September 26, 2009.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  17. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20071029033839/http://forum.newsarama.com/showthread.php?t=120557. Archived from the original on October 29, 2007. Retrieved September 26, 2009.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  18. ^ 'Haunt of Horror: Edgar Allan Poe' at the Comic Book DB
  19. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20081208054457/http://forum.newsarama.com/showthread.php?t=150798. Archived from the original on December 8, 2008. Retrieved March 25, 2008.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  20. ^ "Shout at the Devil: Irvine talks "Son of Satan"". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 2016-02-22. 
  21. ^ http://classic.newsarama.com/WWPhilly06/Marvel/MondoMvl/Alonso_Hellstorm.html
  22. ^ "Heroes Con '09: Marvel's Starr the Slayer Returns". Newsarama.com. 2009-06-19. Retrieved 2016-02-22. 
  23. ^ "HeroesCon: Way & Corben Talk "Starr the Slayer"". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 2016-02-22. 
  24. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20081208054452/http://forum.newsarama.com/showthread.php?t=142228. Archived from the original on December 8, 2008. Retrieved March 9, 2008.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  25. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20080311091815/http://www.publishersweekly.com/article/CA6533463.html. Archived from the original on March 11, 2008. Retrieved March 9, 2008.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  26. ^ Singh, Arune (June 2, 2006). "Marvel Fanboys: Mike Raichit Talks 'Zombie'". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 2009-03-11. 

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