Valiant Comics Relaunched with Former Marvel CEO as Chairman

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Posted by No_Name_ (17403 posts) - - Show Bio

After nearly ten years without publishing any books, Valiant Comics is preparing for their return to comics. Earlier today Valiant Comics announced their return to publishing as Valiant Entertainment with former Marvel CEO and Vice Chairman Peter Cuneo at the helm as Chairman. The announcement comes at a time where comic markets have stabilized, and non-superhero books seem to be strengthening.

Cuneo first joined Marvel in 2009 as their Chief Executive Officer around the time Marvel first filed for bankruptcy. Cuneo managed to help turn the company around and continued to serve on the company's Board of Directors until Marvel's sale to The Walt Disney Company was finalized in 2009. Following his departure from Marvel, Cuneo has acted as Managing Principal of Cuneo & Company, LLC., the same company that has invested in Valiant Entertainment.

== TEASER ==

Valiant Announces Investment and Expansion of Management Team
New York, NY – June 2, 2011 – Valiant Entertainment, the character-based entertainment company with more than 1,500 characters in its library, announced it will reintroduce the critically acclaimed Valiant Universe in print and digital comics in 2012. Valiant has hired accomplished industry executives and creative talent to expand its management team. The first announcement is that former Marvel CEO and Vice Chairman Peter Cuneo has assumed the role of Chairman of Valiant.

Valiant Entertainment, co-founded by Jason Kothari and Dinesh Shamdasani, has received a capital infusion from private investment company Cuneo & Company, LLC. Peter Cuneo, Managing Principal of Cuneo & Co., recently concluded ten years of leadership at Marvel Entertainment.

Valiant first launched during the comics boom in 1989 and saw success for about ten years, selling over 80 million comics within the first five years of it's inception. The company was eventually purchased by Acclaim Entertainment in 1994, and in 1996 Valiant Comics was renamed to Acclaim Comics and began streamlining their properties to cater to the development of new Acclaim video game franchises; such as Shadowman and Turok the Dinosaur Hunter, for example. Valiant saw it's decline coincide with the decline of the comics industry, and it's parent company Acclaim filed for bankruptcy in 2004. During the years of it's publication, Valiant predominantly published superhero comic books that were grounded by consequence, continuity and the laws of physics. It will be interesting to see if Valiant returns to it's superhero roots, or if they will focus on other, different genres. What do you think of the return of Valiant? Did you read Valiant in the 1990's? Did you have a favorite title? Do you look forward to it's return?

Valiant Director Dinesh Shamdasani plans to announce Valiant Entertainment's 2012 scheduled launch soon.

#1 Posted by Amegashita (3601 posts) - - Show Bio

  The moment I saw, former Marvel CEO I instantly thought of Stan Lee.  Shame on me.

#2 Posted by Trodorne (2587 posts) - - Show Bio
@Amegashita said:
  The moment I saw, former Marvel CEO I instantly thought of Stan Lee.  Shame on me.
Lol shame on you.
 
 But this sounds interesting Im thinking they might try to focus on making digital comics.
#3 Posted by pikahyper (12109 posts) - - Show Bio

They must be counting every single person that ever appeared in their comics to hit 1500 characters lol, there aren't that are well know and most of those have already transfered over to Dark Horse (Magnus, Solar, Turok) so I am curious to see what is left. I was more a fan of the Acclaim years but I would like to see the return of Master Darque (if they can get Manco back), Ninjak, X-O, Geomancer, The Troublemakers, Quantum and Woody and if they bring back Waterworld I am sold :D

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#4 Posted by humanfly26 (1488 posts) - - Show Bio

played some of the video games they made, but didn't get to read any of their comics. this should be interesting..

#5 Edited by turoksonofstone (13199 posts) - - Show Bio

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

Dr.Eclipse is coming Battle Forums. 
 
The Acclaim line sucked!!!! the VEI line is focused on the V1 line according to the site(which has now been locked. used to have full bios on everyone). So no Turok, Magnus, Solar for sure. 
I would expect to see Master Darque, Dr. Eclipse, The Spider Aliens, X-O Manowar (Aric), Rai, Bloodshot, The Immortal brothers, Archer, Shadowman I and II, etc. 
     Very exciting. But without Jim Shooter my expectations will be low.
#6 Edited by haydenclaireheroes (9054 posts) - - Show Bio
@Amegashita: I was actually thinking Tom Defalco for some reason
#7 Posted by cattlebattle (12759 posts) - - Show Bio

This is great

#8 Posted by Jordanstine (907 posts) - - Show Bio

To lazy to google but is X-O Manowar a Valiant book?
 
I always liked the design.

#9 Posted by Soldier zero (250 posts) - - Show Bio

The Valiant Universe is still one of my favourite comic book continuities, this news can be the beginning of a new era for it. Great!!

#10 Posted by Wattup (648 posts) - - Show Bio

Ninjak!!!

#11 Posted by Enderof295 (44 posts) - - Show Bio

Not to be a stickler, but he was CEO from 1999 to 2002.
#12 Posted by Baddamdog (2223 posts) - - Show Bio

Am I really bad in saying I have no idea about Valiant comics? 

#13 Posted by iLLituracy (13537 posts) - - Show Bio

What is Valiant without Magnus and Solar? If they don't have those characters I'm not sure I'll be reading many of their books. Harbinger and X-O will be on my pull list, though. If they come back.

#14 Posted by Baal1986 (11 posts) - - Show Bio

Archer and Armstrong please!!! (and may it be written by Barry Windsor-Smith)

#15 Posted by stuamerica (327 posts) - - Show Bio

Without Turok and Solar I am skeptical
#16 Edited by turoksonofstone (13199 posts) - - Show Bio
@Baal1986 said:

Archer and Armstrong please!!! (and may it be written by Barry Windsor-Smith)

I would but any BWS issues they publish! I still have an unopened "Armstrong Ale"
#17 Edited by shadow303030 (21 posts) - - Show Bio

Love to see their lineup posted. Would also love to see the First comic lineup added to Valiant.

#18 Posted by JonesDeini (3620 posts) - - Show Bio

Hmmm color me intrigued. 

#19 Posted by Mumbles (846 posts) - - Show Bio

x-o-manowar baby!

#20 Posted by Old_Comic_Lover_50 (8 posts) - - Show Bio

X-O MANOWAR ALL THE WAY.
#21 Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus (6885 posts) - - Show Bio

Valiant's coming back? Yeah baby! I absolutely loved Valiant in the 90s and have several issues, but probably my favorite is the whole first volume of X-O Manowar.  I really look forward to this.

#22 Posted by kumo4033 (3 posts) - - Show Bio

Without the Main three characters (Magnus, Solar, Turok) . It will be interesting to see where Valiant Comics will be heading .  Just think about it . DC comics without Superman . Batman and Wonder Woman . Or Marvel without  Iron Man ,  Captain America  Spider - man. I don't know. But I wouldn't mind giving it a look .

#23 Posted by Amegashita (3601 posts) - - Show Bio
@haydenclaireheroes:  Well your mind was way more open than mine was.  Lol.
#24 Posted by pikahyper (12109 posts) - - Show Bio
@turoksonofstone said:
Dr.Eclipse is coming Battle Forums.  The Acclaim line sucked!!!! the VEI line is focused on the V1 line according to the site(which has now been locked. used to have full bios on everyone). So no Turok, Magnus, Solar for sure. I would expect to see Master Darque, Dr. Eclipse, The Spider Aliens, X-O Manowar (Aric), Rai, Bloodshot, The Immortal brothers, Archer, Shadowman I and II, etc.      Very exciting. But without Jim Shooter my expectations will be low.
Awww Acclaim wasn't that bad, come on Quantum and Woody and the G.O.A.T. !!! and Master Darque under Leonardo Manco was incredible, I've still got original signed art from Master Darque and Darque Passages.
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#25 Posted by Dude4 (44 posts) - - Show Bio

This is great news for the comics industry if it's able to sustain these smaller publishers.   
 
Also, I really miss the days when you had multiple superhero universes like the Ultraverse and Image Universe to choose from.  Good to see that those days are kinda making a comeback.
#26 Posted by Piout (2 posts) - - Show Bio

X-O Manowar, Harbinger, Hard Corps, Armorines...  and then some...
They're the reason I started reading comic books.  I still have most of them in mint condition...
 
CANT WAIT

#27 Edited by JonesDeini (3620 posts) - - Show Bio
@Dude4:  
We could always read Dynamite's Public Domain characters form Project Super Powers lol but yeah, Comics used to have such a wide rang of diversity even within the sub genres. I hope that Valiant can keep it going and open the door for other small companies to carve out a niche. Ever since T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents resumed under Nick Spencer I've been thinking about things like this. 
#28 Posted by Tigerstriper (455 posts) - - Show Bio

Bloodshot

#29 Edited by turoksonofstone (13199 posts) - - Show Bio
@pikahyper said:

@turoksonofstone said:

Dr.Eclipse is coming Battle Forums.  The Acclaim line sucked!!!! the VEI line is focused on the V1 line according to the site(which has now been locked. used to have full bios on everyone). So no Turok, Magnus, Solar for sure. I would expect to see Master Darque, Dr. Eclipse, The Spider Aliens, X-O Manowar (Aric), Rai, Bloodshot, The Immortal brothers, Archer, Shadowman I and II, etc.      Very exciting. But without Jim Shooter my expectations will be low.
Awww Acclaim wasn't that bad, come on Quantum and Woody and the G.O.A.T. !!! and Master Darque under Leonardo Manco was incredible, I've still got original signed art from Master Darque and Darque Passages.
They don't own those guys I think Acclaim does...Are you familiar with the legal hangups these properties have had? 
 
@JonesDeini said:
@Dude4:  We could always read Dynamite's Public Domain characters form Project Super Powers lol but yeah, Comics used to have such a wide rang of diversity even within the sub genres. I hope that Valiant can keep it going and open the door for other small companies to carve out a niche. Ever since T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents resumed under Nick Spencer I've been thinking about things like this. 
I thought superpowers got cancelled.
#30 Posted by pikahyper (12109 posts) - - Show Bio
@turoksonofstone said:
They don't own those guys I think Acclaim does...Are you familiar with the legal hangups these properties have had? 
Ya I kept up with some of the drama but eventually gave up, they probably do own them, I'm pretty sure they own Concrete Jungle, I'm just hoping since Valient is somehow getting back their other properties that they will snag some of the other ones. That Waterworld mini they did was barely getting started :P
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#31 Posted by SuperXAsh (510 posts) - - Show Bio

Uhhh... Turok??? :P *doesn't know much about the Valiant stuff*

#32 Posted by Nova`Prime` (4165 posts) - - Show Bio
#33 Posted by Eyz (3095 posts) - - Show Bio

Unexpected?
 
They shoulda just joined Dark Horse, for the best..

#34 Posted by Out_of_Space (720 posts) - - Show Bio

Damn that's interesting.

#35 Posted by FortressoftheMoon (678 posts) - - Show Bio

Harbinger, Blooshot, and Man-O-War. I hope they do another Man-O-War/Ironman crossover.
#36 Posted by karrob (4279 posts) - - Show Bio

@turoksonofstone said:
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 
Dr.Eclipse is coming Battle Forums.  The Acclaim line sucked!!!! the VEI line is focused on the V1 line according to the site(which has now been locked. used to have full bios on everyone). So no Turok, Magnus, Solar for sure. I would expect to see Master Darque, Dr. Eclipse, The Spider Aliens, X-O Manowar (Aric), Rai, Bloodshot, The Immortal brothers, Archer, Shadowman I and II, etc.      Very exciting. But without Jim Shooter my expectations will be low.
#37 Posted by AskaniSon295 (427 posts) - - Show Bio

I Hope They make it like the Old valiant U was, Before Acclaim took over and tried to turn it into the Image U. I Liked Eternal Warrior, Archer & Armstrong and Timewalker, Geomancer, Shadowman, H.A.R.D. Corps, Harbinger, Bloodshot, Ninjak, Rai, Psi Lords.  Would Love to see a real Intercontinuity that is revealed over time Like Babylon 5 or Battlestar Galactica. The should get Grant Morrison, Warren Ellis, Brian K. Vaughn, Mark Millar to write it.

#38 Posted by Raul_The_Man (67 posts) - - Show Bio

Valiant was great! This is great news. There were many I enjoyed but what stands out right now in my head is xo manowar and ninjak.
#39 Posted by blackair9 (96 posts) - - Show Bio

NINJAK! can't wait

#40 Posted by Marshal Victory (677 posts) - - Show Bio
@Baal1986 said:

                Archer and Armstrong please!!! (and may it be written by Barry Windsor-Smith)
           

Own most of the run my self .It had it moments of greatnes with windsor-smith for sure.That an Harbinger were some of the mroe intresting titles to me.Hopeing for windsor on arhcer an armstrong my self as well.Id buy that as a monthly.Tho these days i just buy hardcovers an trades i could be lured back to a monthly with that combo.
#41 Posted by 4Essence (152 posts) - - Show Bio

Wait. So how is this working? Did Valiant get back the titles and characters sold to Acclaim?
#42 Posted by kumo4033 (3 posts) - - Show Bio

Valiant Entertainment, the character-based entertainment company with more than 1,500 characters in its library, 
 Can anyone list some of the Character from the 1500 library , Because  I can't 

#43 Edited by turoksonofstone (13199 posts) - - Show Bio
@kumo4033:  
Toyo Harada- Evil Version of Professor X 
Harbinger- A more realistic young "X-Men" 
Master Darque- Works with Necromantic (Death)energy to perform magic, he created Dr.Eclipse an evil version of Dr.Solar that Valiant still owns.  
 X-O Manowar Vol. 1 was sweet!
They introduced tons of characters or at least hinted at them. Thick continuity.
Later issues set in Magnus's time period Introduced alluded to others. 
It only know occurs to me they must also own Erica Pierce AKA the "Mothergod" from Unity
and many others have a look...... 
#44 Posted by cbishop (8148 posts) - - Show Bio

I think X-O Manowar was the best all-original book that they had, but I do not think that it can carry a comic line.  If the Gold Key characters aren't part of the line, I don't see this lasting very long.  I'd have much rather seen the rest of the Valiant line fold into Dark Horse.

#45 Posted by Decept-O (7277 posts) - - Show Bio

This is very surprising news and a huge gamble.

Valiant, like Image, spurned forth an excess amount of comics and essentially flooded the market as well, but people still got into the comics. They weren't bad ( although there will be some contention about some titles), but I don't know which properties they would choose to relaunch.

I think Solar, Man of the Atom was really good. I will check them out if they are affordable, but I am just thinking this is a risky move in today's comic book market. I wish them success.

#46 Edited by turoksonofstone (13199 posts) - - Show Bio
@cbishop@Decept-O:  
Looks like they are headlining with RAI. (bloodshot, blood of heroes) see Rai #0.
#47 Edited by Decept-O (7277 posts) - - Show Bio

@turoksonofstone: Interesting, thanks for the fill-in. I read RAI but only when he crossed over into the other titles. My Valiant comics were sporadic but I enjoyed them even if they got a bit of a bad rap. Well, Ninjak always got a bad rap.

I am still surprised. I think RAI could be potential movie material, perhaps that is why they are trying this?

Also, does this mark the return of the Chromium Cover?

#48 Edited by turoksonofstone (13199 posts) - - Show Bio
@Decept-O:  
I know a Harbinger Movie was in the works at some point.. 
Rai and Harbinger would allow them to utilize gobs of the iffy, Magnus, Turok, and Solar continuity 
Maybe the Valiant version of Lost Land too?. 
What about the Destroyer version of Solar? I wonder..
#49 Posted by Decept-O (7277 posts) - - Show Bio

@turoksonofstone: With Solar, unfortunately, some people would say he's too much like Dr. Manhattan. Actually, Alan Moore did base Manhattan off a number of characters, so there is little surprise there. The Destroyer version, well, have to say I am not familiar with it. My Valiant reading was sporadic but I enjoyed what I did read...well, Ninjak being an exception...Ha Ha! I love dissing on Ninjak.

I would love to see a Turok Dinoasur Hunter movie. While my video gaming has also been sporadic I have played the video game and do know the character a little. I think it could be a joy ride just to watch nothing but mayhem!

Harbinger and Hard Corps would be a bit of a challenge. I'd say Rai, Turok, and possibly Archer and Armstrong would be good potential materials for movies. Just my opinion.

#50 Posted by turoksonofstone (13199 posts) - - Show Bio
@Decept-O:  
Being that Solar is from the Silver Age I'd contend Dr. Manhattan is the one similar to Solar, BTW the Gold Key Line from Dark Horse already has Magnus, Turok, and Solar so the better movie options are already out. lol.

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