Steven Massarsky

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Steven J. Massarsky (21 Mar 1948 - 5 Oct 2007) was an American lawyer and businessman who founded Voyager Communications, parent company of the early 1990s comic book company Valiant Comics.[1]

Born in New Jersey, Massarsky held an A.B. in political science from Brown University and a J.D. from Rutgers School of Law–Newark. He was a founding board member of the Brown University Entrepreneurship Program. He was also member of the Weehawken, New Jersey Hall of Fame.[1]

Massarsky first owned and operated an artist management company handling artists such as The Allman Brothers Band and The Wailers, and is responsible for launching the career of Cyndi Lauper. He next operated an entertainment law practice with such diverse clients as Nintendo, The Wailers, Cabbage Patch Dolls, the Psychedelic Furs, Collins Management, Aerosmith, Tom Chapin and Willie Mays.

Massarsky next co-founded Voyager Communications in 1989, with Valiant Comics growing into the third largest comic book publisher in the United States behind only Marvel Comics and DC Comics during the comic boom of the 1990s. The company was later sold to Acclaim Entertainment, with Massarsky remaining on as President and Publisher of the resulting Acclaim Comics.

He died from complications of cancer on October 5, 2007, aged 59.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Steven J. Massarsky, Entertainment Attorney and Business Entrepreneur, Dies at 59 Archived 2008-01-27 at the Wayback Machine., ADN News Network. October 5, 2007. Accessed October 13, 2007.

I met Steve on the bus when I lived in West New York New Jersey right next to Weehawken. He was a gentle intelligent easy-going person who I had so much respect for. Following weekend he called me at my work in New York City and invited me to accompany him to a concert in Watkins Glen upstate New York. I happily took the day off and we flew in a helicopter with some members of the Allman Brothers over Walkens Glenn and the crowd of music fans spanned the large race track with lots of tents and a large concert stage and terrific non-stop music...

My memories of Steve will last -- including being together in a crowded times square for New Year's Eve 1981 as the snow softened the murmuring chatter of the crowd.

Rest in peace dear Steve Massarski, and enjoy your high place in heaven.

Casse Waldman Lake County, California