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Dynamite Entertainment
Dynamite logo.png
Parent company Dynamic Forces[1]
Founded 2005; 15 years ago (2005)
Founder Nick Barrucci
Country of origin United States
Headquarters location Mount Laurel, New Jersey
Distribution Diamond Book Distributors (books)[2]
Key people Nick Barrucci
(CEO / Publisher)
Juan Collado
(President / COO)
Brandon Dante Primavera
(Vice President of IT & Operations)
Alan Payne
(Vice President of Sales & Marketing)
Joseph Rybandt
(Executive Editor)
Matt Idelson (Senior Editor)
Cathy Heard (Art Director)
Publication types Comics
Fiction genres
Official website [1]

Dynamite Entertainment is an American comic book company that primarily publishes licensed franchises of adaptations of other media. These include adaptations of film properties such as Army of Darkness, Terminator and RoboCop, literary properties such as Zorro, Dracula, Sherlock Holmes and Alice in Wonderland as well as properties previously owned by other comic publishers, which include Red Sonja and Vampirella. They also published superhero comics 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

Dynamite Entertainment is a comic book publisher founded by Nick Barrucci in 2004, first producing two Army of Darkness limited series published through Devil's Due Publishing until self-publishing their titles the following year. The first two years saw them adding only a handful of titles like Red Sonja and Xena. After devoting itself to publishing only Army of Darkness, Dynamite came back one year later with Red Sonja, debuting with a 25-cent issue #0. It sold 240,000 copies and #1, the first to sell at a 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.[3] Now Dynamite publishes a current slate of 14-20 comic books and 2-10 collections per month.[4]

Dynamite Publishing

Dynamite Entertainment focuses primarily on comic book adaptations of existing properties, with most of their original properties being new interpretations of the classic monsters Dracula, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, Frankenstein's Monster and the Wolf Man. Other properties include Buck Rogers,[5][6] and Sherlock Holmes.[7]

They have also crossed over with other companies on several occasions, have been released through other companies. These crossovers include the likes of Monster War (Dynamite and Image/Top Cow), Spider-Man/Red Sonja (Dynamite and Marvel), Freddy vs Jason vs Ash (Dynamite and WildStorm) and Batman '66 Meets The Green Hornet (Dynamite and DC).

In 2007 Dynamite took over the publication of Garth Ennis' The Boys after it was dropped by WildStorm.

In 2010 Dynamite began publishing comics 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.[8]

They are also set to publish new stories featuring Lee Falk's The Phantom.[9]

In May 2010 Dynamite Entertainment acquired the Chaos! Comics' library and all associated assets (with the exception of Lady Death who now belongs to Boundless/Avatar Press). These include the publishing labels Black Label Graphics, Infinity Comics and the properties Evil Ernie, Smiley, Chastity, Purgatori, Jade, Omen, Bad Kitty, Cremator, Lady Demon and many more.[10]

Also in 2010, Dynamite bought Harris Comics, a subgroup of Harris Publications, which meant they now had the rights to publish the property of Vampirella, making them the third publisher to do so (after Warren and Harris).

Notes

  1. "diamondbookdistributors.com - Publishers". http://www.diamondbookdistributors.com/default.asp?t=2&m=1&c=53&s=660. Retrieved April 7, 2018. 
  2. Manning, Shaun. "Dynamite Celebrates Five Years". Comic Book Resources. April 16, 2009
  3. Dynamite: Five Years and Counting, Publishers Weekly, November 16, 2009
  4. "Dynamite Debuts Buck Rogers for a Quarter". Newsarama. February 23, 2009
  5. Brady, Matt. "Back to the Future: Barrucci and Beatty on Buck Rogers". Newsarama. February 23, 2009
  6. "Dynamite's Nick Barrucci Talks Sherlock Holmes". Newsarama. March 9, 2009
  7. Brady, Matt. "Dynamite Lands 'Green Hornet' Comic Book License". Newsarama. March 31, 2009
  8. Phegley, Kiel. "CCC09: Dynamite Entertainment". Comic Book Resources. August 10, 2009
  9. "Dynamite Acquires Chaos Comics". Comic Book Resources. May 19, 2010

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