Epic Comics
Company typePrivately held company (subsidiary)
FounderJim Shooter
SuccessorIcon Comics
Key people
Jim Shooter
Al Milgrom
Archie Goodwin
OwnerMarvel Entertainment, LLC
ParentMarvel Comics

Epic Comics (also known as the Epic Comics Group)[1] was an imprint of American publishing company Marvel Comics, active from 1982 to 1996. A spin-off of the publisher's Epic Illustrated magazine, it published creator-owned work unconnected to Marvel's superhero universe, and without the restrictions of the Comics Code. The name was revived by Marvel in the mid-2000s for a short-lived program inviting new writers to pitch series proposals to the publisher.



Launched by editor-in-chief Jim Shooter as a spin-off of the successful Epic Illustrated magazine, the Epic imprint allowed creators to retain control and ownership of their properties. Co-edited by Al Milgrom and Archie Goodwin, the imprint also allowed Marvel to publish more objectionable content (sometimes explicit) without needing to comply with the stringent Comics Code Authority. Epic titles were printed on higher quality paper than typical Marvel comics, and were only available via the direct market.[1]


Dreadstar #1 (Nov. 1982), debut publication of Marvel Comics' Epic imprint. Cover art by Jim Starlin.


See also


  1. ^ a b Shooter, Jim. "Bullpen Bulletins: The Truth About the Epic Comics Group!" Marvel comics cover-dated November 1982.
  2. ^ "Epic Comics". www.internationalhero.co.uk. Retrieved April 12, 2022.

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