Dynamite Entertainment
StatusActive
Founded2004; 20 years ago (2004)[1]
FounderNick Barrucci
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters locationMount Laurel, New Jersey
DistributionDiamond Book Distributors (books)[2]
Key people
  • Nick Barrucci (CEO, Publisher)
  • Juan Collado (President, COO)
  • Brandon Dante Primavera (VP, IT and Operations)
  • Alan Payne (VP, Sales and Marketing)
  • Jim Kuhoric (VP, Product Development)
Publication typesComics
Fiction genres
Official websitewww.dynamite.com

Dynamite Entertainment is an American comic book publisher founded in 2004 by Nick Barrucci[1] in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, known for publishing comic book adaptations of licensed feature film properties, such as Army of Darkness, Terminator, and RoboCop; licensed or public domain literary properties such as Zorro, Dracula, Sherlock Holmes, Alice in Wonderland, Red Sonja, Tarzan, and John Carter of Mars;[3] and superhero books including Project Superpowers, which revived classic public domain characters,[4] and original creator-owned comics like The Boys.[5][6]

Creators who have produced Dynamite's books include Alex Ross, John Cassaday, Matt Wagner, Garth Ennis, Howard Chaykin and Frank Miller. Dynamic Forces, a distribution of Dynamite's comics and books, announced a partnership with Diamond Distribution in 2008, when Diamond had the rights to publishing the international versions of books made by Dynamite Entertainment.[7]

History

Dynamite Entertainment was founded by Nick Barrucci in 2004, initially publishing one comic: Army of Darkness,[1] a miniseries it published through Devil's Due Publishing until it began self-publishing its own titles later that year. After devoting itself to publishing only Army of Darkness, which included a second miniseries, Dynamite published Red Sonja, starting with a 25-cent issue #0. It sold 240,000 copies. Issue #1 of Red Sonja, the first to sell at the full cover price of $2.99, sold 100,000 in initial orders, securing a stable position in the American comic book industry.[8] By 2009, Dynamite was publishing 14–20 comic books and 2–10 collections per month.[6]

Dynamite focuses primarily on comic book adaptations of licensed properties, such as Sherlock Holmes, The Lone Ranger, and Red Sonja. They also publish original books like Project Superpowers, and creator-owned comics like The Boys.[6]

Among its adaptations are those based on classic literature such as Alice in Wonderland,[9] Dracula,[10] and Zorro;[11] television series such as Xena: Warrior Princess[12] Battlestar Galactica,[13] and Buck Rogers,[14] and films such as Darkman,[15] The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,[16] RoboCop,[17] Highlander,[18] and the Terminator franchise.[13]

Its film adaptations also include those of classic monsters such as Dracula,[19] Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, Frankenstein's Monster, and the Wolfman.[citation needed]

The company gradually built its graphic novel program with titles like Howard Chaykin's American Flagg!, reprints of Marvel Comics' Red Sonja series, and material by other creators like Jim Starlin and Jae Lee.[6]

In addition to publishing crossover storylines in which characters from these various properties meet, such as Terminator/RoboCop,[20] and Vampirella/Dracula: Unholy!,[21] Dynamite has also produced intercompany crossover books with other publishers. One, titled "Monster War", was released through Image Comics in 2005, and consisted of several titles that pitted the classic monsters against Top Cow published characters Witchblade, the Darkness, Magdalena, and Tomb Raider.[22] The other was a 2006 crossover between DC Comics' Red Sonja/Claw The Unconquered: Devil's Hands.[23]

In February 2007, Dynamite Entertainment the publishing rights to Garth Ennis' creator-owned series The Boys after the book was cancelled six months into its run by DC Comics' WildStorm imprint.[5] In July 2019, Sony Pictures Television and Amazon Studios premiered an adapted television series of The Boys for Amazon Prime Video after a brand licensing agreement was granted by Dynamite.[24][25]

In 2009 Dynamite announced it would publish new comics featuring Lee Falk's The Phantom.[26]

In 2010, Dynamite began publishing comic 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, and another written by Brett Matthews.[27]

In May 2010, Dynamite Entertainment acquired Chaos! Comics' library, which included and all of that publisher's associated assets, with the exception of Lady Death. Among these properties were the publishing labels Black Label Graphics, Infinity Comics, and the properties Evil Ernie, Smiley The Psychotic Button, Chastity, Purgatori, Jade, Omen, Bad Kitty, Cremator, Lady Demon.[28]

In October 2013, Dynamite announced it would launch a line of comics based on titles originally published by Gold Key Comics, the first of which would be Magnus: Robot Fighter, The Occult Files of Doctor Spektor, Solar: Man of the Atom, and Turok.[29]

In July 2016, author Andy Mangels stated in a New York Times interview that he was writing a new intercompany crossover mini-series for the company, in conjunction with DC Comics, Wonder Woman '77 Meets the Bionic Woman, which brought together the Lynda Carter television version of the Amazon superhero with Jaime Sommers, the cyborg super-heroine played by Lindsay Wagner in the 1970s TV series, The Bionic Woman.[30][31] The series was released in that December.[32]

List of Dynamite Entertainment titles

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References

General references

Inline citations

  1. ^ a b c d McMillan, Graeme (July 21, 2014). "Dynamite Entertainment's CEO on 10 Years of Explosive Comics". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on February 8, 2023. Retrieved February 8, 2023.
  2. ^ Johnston, Rich (September 22, 2022). "Dynamite Doubles Or Triples Orders At FOC With Diamond Comics". Bleeding Cool. Archived from the original on February 8, 2023. Retrieved February 8, 2023.
  3. ^ Johnston, Rich (January 24, 2022). "Dynamite Entertainment Hires Brian Cunningham As Editor". Bleeding Cool. Archived from the original on October 5, 2022. Retrieved February 8, 2023.
  4. ^ Bradyl, Matt (July 18, 200). "Ross and Krueger on Superpowers". Newsarama. Archived from the original on October 9, 2007.
  5. ^ a b Phegley, Kiel (September 25, 2012). "Saying Goodbye To 'The Boys' with Garth Ennis, Part 1". CBR.com. Archived from the original on September 13, 2022. Retrieved February 8, 2023.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h "Dynamite: Five Years and Counting". Publishers Weekly. November 16, 2009. Archived from the original on November 20, 2022. Retrieved February 8, 2023.
  7. ^ "Diamond Distribution, Dynamic Forces announce new international partnership" (Press release). Diamond Comic Distributors. CBR. May 12, 2008. Retrieved April 5, 2014.
  8. ^ Manning, Shaun (April 16, 2009). "Dynamite Celebrates Five Years". Comic Book Resources.[dead link]
  9. ^ "The Complete Alice In Wonderland". Comic Book Roundup. December 2009. Archived from the original on August 10, 2013. Retrieved February 8, 2023.
  10. ^ "The Complete Dracula #1". Grand Comics Database. 2009. Archived from the original on November 21, 2009. Retrieved February 8, 2023.
  11. ^ Langshaw, Mark (April 19, 2011). "'Zorro Rides Again' unveiled by Dynamite". Digital Spy. Archived from the original on February 8, 2023. Retrieved February 8, 2023.
  12. ^ a b Lovett, Jamie (January 28, 2019). "New 'Xena: Warrior Princess' Series Announced". ComicBook.com. Archived from the original on May 16, 2020. Retrieved February 8, 2023.
  13. ^ a b c d Maida, Jerome (December 15, 2008). "New 'Terminator' a Dynamite adventure". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Archived from the original on May 11, 2021. Retrieved February 8, 2023.
  14. ^ Zawisza, Doug (June 10, 2009). "Buck Rogers #1: The new adventures of "Buck Rogers" begin here. "Begin" is the operative word, as a great deal happens here without resolution". CBR.com. Archived from the original on February 8, 2023. Retrieved February 8, 2023.
  15. ^ Schleicher, Stephen (October 22, 2007). "Darkman Returns in December". Major Spoilers. Archived from the original on May 13, 2021. Retrieved February 8, 2023.
  16. ^ "The Good, The Bad And The Ugly #1". Comic Book Roundup. July 2009. Archived from the original on January 19, 2022. Retrieved February 8, 2023.
  17. ^ a b Schedeen, Jesse (May 9, 2012). "Robocop #1 Review". IGN. Archived from the original on February 8, 2023. Retrieved February 8, 2023.
  18. ^ Bailey, Michael (December 19, 2006). "Daily Reviews: Highlander #1". Comics Bulletin. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016.
  19. ^ "Blood Queen vs. Dracula". Comic Book Roundup. March 2015. Archived from the original on June 29, 2017. Retrieved February 8, 2023.
  20. ^ Jasper, Gavin (July 9, 2015). "The Strange History of Terminator Comics". Den of Geek. Archived from the original on January 13, 2023. Retrieved February 8, 2023.
  21. ^ a b Collinson, Gary (September 24, 2021). "Vampirella/Dracula: Unholy! limited series announced by Dynamite". Flickering Myth. Archived from the original on February 8, 2023. Retrieved February 8, 2023.
  22. ^ a b Goldstein, Hilary (May 19, 2012). "Foil-Covered Monster War". IGN. Archived from the original on February 8, 2023. Retrieved February 8, 2023.
  23. ^ "Red Sonja / Claw The Unconquered: Devil's Hands News". IGN. 2006. Archived from the original on February 8, 2023. Retrieved February 8, 2023.
  24. ^ Petski, Denise (April 17, 2019). "'The Boys' Trailer: First Look At Amazon's Superhero Drama Series". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on November 14, 2022. Retrieved February 8, 2023.
  25. ^ Salkowitz, Rob (October 17, 2020). "Inside The Boy's publisher Dynamite Entertainment after the series success". Forbes. Archived from the original on February 8, 2023. Retrieved February 8, 2023.
  26. ^ Phegley, Kiel (August 10, 2009). "CCC09: Dynamite Entertainment". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on January 26, 2021. Retrieved December 7, 2021.
  27. ^ Brady, Matt. "Dynamite Lands 'Green Hornet' Comic Book License". Newsarama. March 31, 2009
  28. ^ "Dynamite Acquires Chaos Comics". Comic Book Resources. May 19, 2010
  29. ^ "NYCC EXCLUSIVE: Gold Key Revived at Dynamite by Pak, Van Lente & More!" Comic Book Resources. October 11, 2013
  30. ^ Gustines, George Gene (July 17, 2016). "Dynamite Entertainment Taps '70s TV to Expand Lineup of Comics". The New York Times. Archived from the original on July 18, 2016. Retrieved February 8, 2023.
  31. ^ Cronin, Brian (September 18, 2017). "Wonder Woman '77 Meets Bionic Woman: All the Easter Eggs from #1-2!". CBR.com. Archived from the original on January 27, 2021. Retrieved February 8, 2023.
  32. ^ "Wonder Woman '77 Meets The Bionic Woman #1". Comic Book Roundup. December 2016. Archived from the original on August 22, 2017. Retrieved February 8, 2023.
  33. ^ Schreuer, Brandon (August 29, 2022). "EXCLUSIVE: Read Elvira's Complete Ghoulish Universal Monsters Team-Up Featured in Vol. 2 Omnibus". CBR.com. Archived from the original on January 18, 2023. Retrieved February 8, 2023.
  34. ^ "'First Family' & 'H20'". ICv2. Retrieved August 18, 2023.