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|Key people||Bill Black|
AC Comics specializes in reprints of Golden Age comics from now-defunct companies whose properties lapsed into public domain and were not reprinted elsewhere. It also publishes a number of Modern Age adventures starring the Golden Age superheroes that appeared in those stories. The most famous of those titles is Femforce, which features the adventures of an all-female superhero team, one of the first teams of this nature in the comics industry.
Based on its focus on Golden Age reprints and stories inspired by that style, AC has developed a reputation for straightforward, fun, and action-packed superhero tales which often avoid the darker themes of many modern comics. AC artists often make use of a style known as "good girl art", made popular in the Golden Age era, which combines attractive, clean linework with elements of cheesecake and humor. In addition to superheroes, AC has attempted to preserve other comic book genres inspired by the series of the past, such as Westerns and jungle adventure.
AC Comics was founded as Paragon Publications in 1969, though its first recorded titles — Paragon Presents and White Savage — weren't released until 1970. Other titles from Paragon's beginnings included Fem Fantastique and Paragon Golden Age Greats (1971), Macabre Western and Captain Paragon (1972), Paragon Magazine and Paragon Super Heroes (1973), Tara on the Dark Continent (1974), and Paragon Illustrated and Paragon Western Stars (1975). The company's early titles were cheaply published black-and-white comics.
In 1982, the company changed its name to Americomics before settling on AC Comics in 1984.
Now a color publisher, AC was one of the initial quartet of independent color comics companies who pioneered the direct sales phenomenon in the early 1980s, targeting specialty comic book shops rather than newsstands or other venues.
In 1985, AC debuted Femforce, which it still publishes today. Other AC continuing series include Best of the West and Men of Mystery Comics. Following the popularity of size-changing Femforce members Garganta and Tara, AC made the giantess concept a recurring theme in their comics. Tapping into this cult following, AC has released stories and anthologies specifically catered to fans of giant women, as well as DVD releases which embrace this theme in the tongue-in-cheek style of 1950s science fiction B-movies. An ongoing giantess feature known as Gargantarama has even been added to the company's Femforce title.
Additionally, AC has expanded into other DVD projects which collect classic movie serials and other material now in the public domain, as well as low-budget films based on their own characters.
AC Comics had used Charlton Comics characters, particularly the Blue Beetle and Captain Atom, in the comic title Sentinels of Justice. When the rights for these characters were sold to DC Comics, AC Comics created a second Sentinels of Justice team (writing the first out of continuity), composed of some of its original characters as well as ones from the public domain. Many of these are homages to Charlton and Quality Comics heroes, such as the Scarlet Scorpion (a stand-in for Blue Beetle) and the Blue Bulleteer (later Nightveil) who is based on the Fox Comics version of Phantom Lady. Still another Phantom Lady-inspired character was The Black Mistress, whose first episode was scripted by former Vampirella writer T. Casey Brennan.
- Main article: List of AC Comics publications
- Bill Black: Paint It Black!, Comics Bulletin, November 23, 2003
- Rik Offenberger (May 20, 2009). "Bill Black: 40 Years of AC Comics". Newsarama. Archived from the original on 23 May 2009. http://www.newsarama.com/comics/050920-ACComics.html. Retrieved 2009-05-22.
- Jpeg of first appearance of the Black Mistress, showing the story and art credits.
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