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Atlas Comics Returns

Marvel's old rival rises from the ashes with PHOENIX and GRIM GHOST.

 I'm digging the neon runes.

Atlas is finally returning to the comics scene but, believe it or not, this has nothing to do with the 3D Man, Venus or the Uranian. Well, not directly, at least.  More on that in a moment.  What’s pertinent is that, according to Deadline, Atlas Comics is relaunching with two new zero issues for their titles PHOENIX and THE GRIM GHOST at the New York Comic Con next month. J.M. DeMatteis, who was behind the much-beloved JUSTICE LEAGUE revamp in the 80s, will be serving as editor-in-chief.

A little history - - the Marvel Comics you maniacs know and love wasn’t always named as such. When Stan Lee’s uncle, Martin Goodman, founded the company in the 30s, it was called Timely Comics. In the 50s, it became Atlas Comics before finally settling on Marvel in the 60s. Goodman sold the company in ’68 and then officially exited as publisher in ’72. Two years later he revived the Atlas brand (as I suppose it was a separate trademark?) and put out a slew of books like THE SCORPION, PLANET OF THE VAMPIRES and the aforementioned PHOENIX and GRIM GHOST with talents like Neal Adams, Howard Chaykin, Steve Ditko and many others.  == TEASER ==

Though the company was short-lived, it pioneered many now-typical creator rights standards like art returns and ownership/profit sharing models. There’s some controversy as to why Goodman started the company in the first place, but I’ll leave that kind of speculation to you maniacs.

I’d heard of “Atlas mark two” before - - it’s typically referred to as Atlas/Seaboard in discussion - - but I’m not familiar with what any of their comics were about. GRIM GHOS T is described as being about a man stuck in the borderlands of the afterlife while PHOENIX isn't actually about the embodiment of life and death and all that, but a one-man-resistance against an alien invasion.

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Posted by Video_Martian


Posted by gui22
@mr.obvious said:
" eh... "
Posted by Aronmorales

Ooh, sounds interesting.
Posted by Decept-O

Great job on providing info pertaining to ATLAS COMICS' history.  
I am a seeker and collector of defunct and Bronze Age comics in particular, so this is very very interesting news for me.  Curious how they will do. 
Posted by -Vigil-

Oh goody. The two giants in the playground need as much competition as can be mustered.

Edited by turoksonofstone

Where can I read more?These are not "Marvel" Atlas these  Are  the Public Domain Atlas /Seaboard characters.

Posted by Jordanstine
@gui22 said:
" @mr.obvious said:
" eh... "
what? "

Posted by Mumbles

might be cool

Posted by darkwolverineUSMC

Atlas is coming back. Haven't they been dead since the 50's, just guessing.
Posted by sora_thekey

This is huge, I wonder what Atlas will be able to come up with!

Posted by Nova`Prime`

Not bad I don't know what to think about these, I like Marvel and DC to get as much competition as possible, but I am just not sure on these two characters, gotta do a little research before I give a solid excited or not answer.

Posted by longbowhunter

Very informative.
Posted by cbishop

If  you read the recent DC version of the Hangman, for the Red Circle characters, that origin was almost exactly the Grim Ghost origin. 
None of the Atlas titles had very many issues, some having only one, some having three, and I think only one title had more than three.  None of the titles were particularly groundbreaking, except that for the time, the writing was pretty good. 
It would be nice if this revitalization caused the old material to be collected in trade paperback.

Posted by Joshthetwinkie

I'll only be excited if they bring back  the Destructor 

Posted by nickp

is not 70s

Posted by chalkshark

The actual story behind Atlas Comics is, by far, more interesting than any story Atlas Comics ever put out.

Posted by Video_Martian
@gui22 said:
" @mr.obvious said:
" eh... "
what? "

I said "eh..." because I honestly could care less about Atlas Comics coming back. =/
Posted by dr.x
Try in the $.50 comic book box and good luck in finding them tho.