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A company set up by Alan Moore as an imprint of Wildstorm, Jim Lee proposed the idea to Moore in the late 1990s.  Alan Moore agreed to the idea before the Wildstorm/ DC comics merger.  Alan Moore honored the contracts even though it went against his vow not to work with DC again.  
 
America's Best Comics (ABC) would also be a place where Moore could continue ideas he had not fully explored with Awesome Comics going bankrupt. Around the time when ABC was developing  Awesome Comics found unexpected financial problems and Rob Liefeld closed Awesome Comics.  Moore's Supreme and Glory stories remained unfinished. Although Glory's first arc was completed at Avatar Press, the aspects of magic Moore wanted to explore were later perfected in his Promethea story.  It is also likely that Moore's unexplored "Superman" stories, which Supreme ultimately was, were explored in Tom Strong instead.
 
At most part DC honored the Alan Moore's wises for them not to interfere with the production of the comics coming out of American's Best Comics.  The only three know times DC interfered was an issue of League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (LoEG) Vol. 1, where they pulped issue #5 because it contained an authentic vintage advertisement for Marvel-Brand douche, because of fear of lawsuit. Another insistence was when Alan Moore wanted Hello Kitty blinds in a scene for Tomorrow Stories, but changed it to Hello Hitler instead.  There was also a Cobweb story that DC was not allowing to be printed, so Alan Moore changed up the names and characters a little, then got it printed it at Top Shelf
 
Alan Moore's last work at DC would be The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Black Dossier. This would be controversial again.  DC comics would not distribute this comic outside of the United States.  Even Canada had a hard time getting this comic.  The Absolute version as well would have features cut out of the final production, such as the 7 inch vinyl.  This would feature the distance of Alan Moore and DC comics.
 
After the contracts were honored Alan Moore ended all his series the way he wanted it, except for LoEG because he still owned the rights to that.  Tom Strong and Top Ten have continued on after Alan Moore's departure, but have found little growth since.  The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen have found a new home at Top Shelf as well. 
 
With the parent imprint ( Wildstorm) closing down in 2010, it seems America's Best Comics has moved over to Vertigo.  ABC as an imprint has to survive after Wildstorm, because outside of the few DCU stories, V for Vendetta and Watchmen, ABC remains as the only new work DC Comics can publish from Moore.  None of the ABC books can be published under DC Comics because the contracts forbid DC Comics to appear on the comics themselves. Vertigo being he biggest and oldest imprint left has inherited the rights to print ABC books.  With Absolute Promethea Vol. 3 solicited in April of 2011 (re-solicited for August 17, 2011) under the Vertigo section, ABC is solidified as Vertigo property and is still alive in some sorts.  This is very appropriated because Vertigo has be referenced as "The House that Moore Built".  
 
The release of the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Omnibus Edition with the Vertigo Banner on the spine, it appears ABC is defunct officially.
 

1999

 
List of Releases from America's Best Comics in 1999 
 
America's Best Comics 64-Page Giant #1 
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen #1-4
Promethea #1-5 
Tom Strong #1-6
Tomorrow Stories #1-5 
Top 10 #1-6
 

2000

 
List of Releases from America's Best Comics in 2000 
 
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen #5-6
Promethea #6-12
Promethea Vol. 1 (Hardcover)
Tom Strong #7-11
Tom Strong Vol. 1 (Hardcover)
Tomorrow Stories #6-9 
Top 10 #7-10
Top 10 Vol. 1 (Hardcover)
 

2001

 
List of Releases from America's Best Comics in 2001 
 
The ABC Sketchbook
Greyshirt: Indigo Sunset #1-3  
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol. 1 (Hardcover)
Promethea #13-18
Promethea Vol. 2 (Hardcover)
Tom Strong #12-14 
Tom Strong's Terrific Tales #1
Tomorrow Stories #10-11 
Top 10 #11-12
 

2002

 
List of Releases from America's Best Comics in 2002 
 
Greyshirt: Indigo Sunset #4-6 
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen V2 #1-3
Promethea #19-24
Promethea Vol. 3 (Hardcover)
Tom Strong #15-18
Tom Strong Vol. 2 (Hardcover)
Tom Strong's Terrific Tales #2-5
Tomorrow Stories #12 
Top 10 Vol. 2 (Hardcover)
 

2003

 
List of Releases from America's Best Comics in 2003 
 
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen V2 #4-6
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol. 2 (Hardcover)
League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol. 1: Absolute Edition (Hardcover)
The Many Worlds of Tesla Strong #1
Promethea #25-28
Promethea Vol. 4 (Hardcover)
Smax #1-4
Terra Obscura #1-6 
Tom Strong #19-23 
Tom Strong's Terrific Tales #6-8
 

2004

 
List of Releases from America's Best Comics in 2004 
 
Promethea #29-31
Smax #5 
Terra Obscura V2 #1-4 
Tom Strong #24-30
Tom Strong Vol. 3 (Hardcover)
Tom Strong's Terrific Tales #9-12
 

2005

 
List of Releases from America's Best Comics in 2005 
 
ABC A-Z: Greyshirt & Cobweb
ABC A-Z: Tom Strong & Jack B. Quick
League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol. 2: Absolute Edition (Hardcover)
Promethea #32
Promethea Covers Book: Number Omega - (one-shot)
Promethea Vol. 5 (Hardcover)
Terra Obscura V2 #5-6 
Tom Strong #31-35
Tom Strong Vol. 4-5 (Hardcover)
Tom Strong's Terrific Tales Vol. 1-2 (Hardcover)
Tomorrow Stories Special #1 
Top 10: Beyond the Farthest Precinct #1-5
Top 10: The Forty-Niners (Hardcover)
 

2006

 
List of Releases from America's Best Comics in 2006 
 
ABC A-Z: Terra Obscura & Splash Brannigan
ABC A-Z: Top 10 & Teams
Tom Strong #36
Tom Strong Vol. 6 (Hardcover)
Tomorrow Stories Special #2
 

2007

 
List of Releases from America's Best Comics in 2007 
 
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Black Dossier (Hardcover)
 

2008

 
List of Releases from America's Best Comics in 2008 
 
Absolute League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Black Dossier (Hardcover)
Top 10 Season Two #1-3
 

2009

 
List of Releases from America's Best Comics in 2009 
 
Absolute Promethea Vol. 1 (Hardcover)
Tom Strong #1 Special Edition
Tom Strong: Deluxe Edition #1 (Hardcover) 
Top 10 Season Two #4
Top 10 Season Two Special #1
 

2010

 
List of Releases from America's Best Comics in 2010 
 
Absolute Promethea Vol. 2 (Hardcover)
Tom Strong: Deluxe Edition #2 (Hardcover)
Tom Strong and the Robots of Doom #1-6 
 

2011

 
List of Releases from America's Best Comics in 2011 

Absolute Promethea Vol. 3 (Hardcover)*
 
*Solicited for an April 6, 2011 release...so far the only sign that the imprint will continue to print new books (although perhaps not new material)

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