Charlton Comics is the name of an editor of Comic S which existed of 1946 to 1986, known especially thanks to several of its characters and some of the authors there having worked.
HistoryBased with Derby, in the Connecticut, the company touched with all the kinds, of which the police officer, science fiction, the western, horror, the war, the lovesong or the Super-héros. The company often sought to minimize the costs to the maximum: it used a press of occasion during all its history (press which had been used before to print cereal boxes), often published stories not-published repurchased with companies in financial problems, and the low paid wages of the industry of the comics.
In 1952, Charlon acquired several properties of Fawcett Publications, which closed its branch Fawcett Comics. However, Captain Marvel, which at the time was the subject of a legal argument between Fawcett and cd. Comics did not form part of these acquisitions.
The most notable period of the company was the middle of the years 1960, during the Silver Age, when the leading director Dick Giordano employed Steve Ditko, the creator of Spider-Man. They were at that time that the most known supermen of the company, called " Heroes" action; , were created, like new the Blue Beetle, Question, Captain Atom, Peacemaker, Judomaster, Nightshade and Peter Canon. The company had acquired the reputation then to be the ideal editor to take his first steps in the world of the comics: one counts among the young talents that it revealed John Byrne and Dennis O' Neil.
At the end of the Years 1960, all the titles of superman were stopped to be focused on adaptations of licensed products, such as the characters of or Hanna-Will bore the Man who was worth three billion. Many comics of war were also produced, in spite of virulent criticisms against the war of Vietnam. The middle of annés the 1970 saw a new vitality in the editor, with the arrival of the group named CPL Gang, and the publication of titles as E-Man, Space: 1999, Midnight Bruise or Doomsday+1. A fanzine named Charlton Bullseye was also produced and was devoted to new material (like the last history of Captain Atom). But in 1978, the majority of the titles had disappeared and the new talents had left, the majority at Marvel Comics. In spite of some retries, the company closed its doors in 1986.
Previously, in the search of liquidity, Charlton sold the majority of its supermen in 1983 with cd. Comics, where Dick Giordano was then leading director. They had at the beginning being used for the mini-series Watchmen of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, but cd. finally decided to keep them for another use. Moore then developed new characters, strongly inspired by those bought in Charlton. Those were rather integrated into the principal range superman of cd., as for example Blue Beetle which after years of inexploitation had a crucial role in Crisis one Infinity Earths .
Although the characters originally coming from Charlton sank somewhat in the lapse of memory during the years 1990, they made a return in strength recently, like Blue Beetle in Countdown to Infinite Crisis , Nightshade in Days off Revenge , Captain Atom in Superman/Batman or Question in a mini-series which was devoted to him.
- the page '' Charlton '' on Comics VF
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