Should we change this title to "The Big 4 comics industry"

  • Yes

    Votes: 5 38.5%
  • Yes but it will have to change when Image comics is formed?

    Votes: 3 23.1%
  • No Fawcett comics survives is a good title

    Votes: 6 46.2%

  • Total voters
  • Poll closed .
Fawcett comics survives
  • As a part of Charlton trying to compete with the big 3 Charlton comics started accepting creator owned series starting with E-Man by Jack Sutton and Nickali Cutti
    The series would feature backup creator owned stories such as Knight, Libberation Belle, Rogg-2000 (created by John Byrne of Wolverine, and Caped Crusader fame) Killjoy, ( by Steve Ditko)

    With Ditko owning the rights of these characters he had no problem putting Killjoy & Static in the Background of his Fawcett comics which led to many fan mail letters intrest in the panel of The Questions billboard asking
    "Who is Killjoy?"
    Charlton comics ended this experiment when the 1973 paper shortage forced the comic industry to cut titles so it was a surprise to fans when Steve Ditkos silent vigilante appeared in the pages of Hawk and Dove
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    In July of 1973 Tomb of Dracula #10 revealed a new antagonist for the undead in Blade the Vampire slayer an original character for Atlas comics that is half vampire whowould alliance himself with the legacy Vampire hunters from comics.
    Blades introduction would influence Fawcett to change Hunchback from a Street level hero to a supernatural fighter teaming up with the likes of Creeper, and Ghost Rider leading those comics to merge into a Supernatural hero team the following year as well as DC comics using the Dell monster heroes into the Owl & the Creature Commandos run.
    Fawcett comics survives
  • In November of 1973 the Canadian lumber workers went on strike. The strike would contribute to a paper shortage in North America affect the big 4 comics industry leading to the cancelation of numerous titles and price increases in the next two years. Jonny Carson's accidental panic about a potential toilet paper shortage did not help matters. Atlas and Charlton comics not having a parent companies with a Paperback novel division (Warner novels, Gold metal books) were left with minor cancellations to their low selling comics. Fawcett & DC would have to make major cuts
    • Doom Challengers (canceled)
    • Metal men (canceled)
    • Lois Lane & Jimmy Olsen comics merged into Superman Family
    • Batwoman (canceled)
    • Weird Worlds
    • Green Lantern/Green Arrow (canceled)
    • Metamorpho (became a back up feature in Action comics)
    • Funnyman (canceled)
    • Avenger (canceled)
    • Tippy Teen (canceled)
    • Hunchback, Ghost Rider, Creeper, & Phantom Eagle (merged into a supernatural horror team title)
    • Whiz comics (canceled)
    • Captain Marvel jr. (Canceled)
    The cancelation of Captain Marvel jr was a controversial decision considering that the Captain Marvel jr comics were infact outselling the Mary Marvel titles causing rumors of nepotism from editor Otto Binder. Said Rumors would haunt Otto Binder until his retirement andwould be a decided factor in Mary Binder leaving the industry the following year.
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    Paper shortage affects in North America was effective in weakening Fawcett's Paperback division as a way of boosting sales Captain Marvel writer Elliot S. Maggin was commissioned by the Fawcett Family to write a novel about their Comic book hero Captain Marvel in 1974
    Maggin turned in a novel about the Wizard Shazam his search throughout the millenniums bestowing Champions through the Black Adam of Ancient Egypt, to the chosen ones from Camelot , the Renaissance, American Revolution, and finaly Billy Batson in modern day.
    Unfortunately the book was not a best seller however the idea of the Wizard Shazam appointing heroes throughout the years would influence Captain Marvel writers in years to come
    Fawcett comics survives
  • In February of 1974 Atlas comics inadvertently taunted Fawcett with the cover of Luke Cage: Powerman #17 retitled from Luke Cage: Heroes for Hire as the cover suggested that Luke Cage was the first Black Superhero when Hunchback, and Black Sentinel had their titles first

    Stan Lee and Roy Thomas pointed to the fact that Black Panther appeared before them and unlike those three characters Luke Cage actually has superpowers Stan Lee would say in a television interview pointing to the underlined word. But that's not the only taunt Atlas comics was giving to Fawcett.
    PSX_20191229_134432.jpg while Ditko had taken over editorials while Otto Binder took a leave of absence and teased issues of The Question, and Hawk & Dove with the tease of " Who is Killjoy " storyline Ditko was found Atlas introducing a murderous vigilante of there own in The Punisher and introducing him in Ditkos old creations title at that led Steve Ditko to decide that he can't just tease he would have to bring Killjoy to Fawcett.
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    First Silverage appearance of Ibis the Invincible 1965 by Jerry Siegel and Geoff Campion (cover by Joe Shuster)
    Don't worry that costume doesn't last
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    In 1964 Atlas writer Stan Lee tried to bring Bill Everett back to to the company that he brought Namor The Submariner to . Bill wanted to bring in a blind superhero as a tribute to his daughter but after months of trying to come up with a name Bill Everett left and pitched his idea elsewhere. In July Everett pitched his blind Superhero idea to fellow artists Wally Wood who convinced him that this Matt Murdock would make a good successor to Mr. Scarlet which was published in July
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    In May of 1962 Fawcett Enterprise hired British writer Tom Tully and American artist Neil Adams to bring The Avenger to Fawcett comics as an interpol agent with the United Nations the series would last until 1965
    Gardner Fox the co-creator of The Avenger was not happy
  • Meanwhile at Charlton comics

    Pete Morisi, who'd done work for Lev Gleason had attempted to buy the rights to 1940s superhero Daredevili n the early 1960s. Gleason gave him his okay, but the character's primary writer-artist, Charles Biro, balked, requesting a percentage of future profits. Morisi requested to put Charales Biro on the title instead and everything got settled and in 1963 Peter Cannon: Daredevil was put on stands
    Atlas comics
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    In January of 1974 Atlas comics toyed with the idea of giving Fantastic fours The Thing his own series however with Strange tales failing to launch Human torch a solo run and the Paper shortage still around the choice was made in February to have other Superheroes team up with Ben Grimm for atleast one year and help boost some of their lesser known characters.
    Stan Lee suggested that Man-Thing be the first to team up with Ben as an olive branch to Jack Kirby and Steve Gerber
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    Inspired by the news surrounding the Watergate break in the team behind Captain America & Falcon started the Secret Empire storyline involving a group of masked individuals taking over Washington with their leader (unseen) revealed to be "a top -power hungry-government official " who commits suicide causing Cap to get disillusioned with the United States and became Nomad.
    Ditko at Fawcett had plans to make a Rio Bravo to Atlases High Noon however

    With President Richard Nixon's resignation a week after Secret Empire ended Steve Ditko agreed with the rest of editorial to drop the project with it being #3 of Wizard Magazines Top 10 unproduced comic storylines of all time in 2000.
    Fawcett comics survives
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    In 1974 Lou Schemier, and Norm Prescott of Filmmation meet with C.C Beck about adapting Captain Marvel for TV as a hybrid of the 1950s Doc Savage TV series world traveling (well America traveling) adventures, Adventures of Superman action, in September of that year Captain Marvel was given the Green light for CBSs Saturday morning lineup
    cast list:
    Michael Grey - Billy Batson
    Jackson Bostwick - Captain Marvel (first season)
    Les Tremayne - Mentor (a hybrid of Shazam & Uncle Dudley)
    guest villains included :
    Howard Morris - Dr. Sivana
    Bruno Sammartino - Ibbac
    Philis Diller- Aunt Minerva
    Ricardo Montebain - Teth Adam
    Alan Oppenheimer - Mr. Mind (voice)
    Johnathan Harris - Brainiac
    the show was a big hit for Filmmation and CBS leading both parties to work with Fawcett for the rest of the Decade
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    In October of 1974 Tigerman was introduced in Atlas comics Incredible Hulk #181.
    Tigerman was created after writer Len Wein saw artist John Romatta Sr. Doodles and thought that he looked cool. Tigerman was made into a Canadian Super Soldier to shoehorn him into the Hulk vs Wendigo fight he was already writing, but the character proved to be popular and when he was put on the Defenders gave the story a more international lineup
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  • In January of 1975 Steve Ditko finally set up a identity & backstory for Killjoy and teamed up with Wallace Wood for the first issue. A miscommunication caused Wood to reverse the color scheme on Killjoys costume which Ditko allowed fearing he might loose this creation and focused on The Destructor title incase he was no longer in charge of the title

    Real Name: Jay Hunter

    Identity/Class: Human mutate

    Occupation: former drug dealer

    Affiliations: None

    Enemies: The Mafia, Slaymaster, Deathgrip, Huntress

    Known Relatives: Simon (father)

    Aliases: None

    Base of Operations: Unknown

    First Appearance: Killjoy: The Destructor #1 (Fawcett Enterprise, February 1975)
    This would be the last new title before Fawcett Publications buyout
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    DC comics
  • After getting on Stan Lee's shit list Roy Thomas stuck with adapting the work of Robert E Howard's work. However such work on Conan, Solomon Kane & original series Red Sonja took the notice of DC comics who put him on the titles of Warlord & Wonder Woman. Roy was given one order on taking the over the title of Wonder Woman and that was to bring back Queen Hypolita somehow as they were working on a TV series and didn't want to confuse its audience. Thomas created the Mystical hidden world of Kun'Lun where hides a Lazarus pit bringing the Amazon Queen back to life. Diana would meet DCs successor to Mr. Terrific Martial Danny Rand
    With DC having a collection of new successors of Golden age heroes introduced in 75 including
    • Sandman
    • Starman
    • Mr. Terrific
    • Red Tornado (new look)
    • Union Jack (a British version of Star Spangled Kid) Jack Falsworth
    Roy Thomas ,getting permission from Jack Kirby set up a new team of heroes called Infinity inc

    The idea was approved but was asked to put some girls on the new team perhaps add some characters from
    Earth-2 and so he introduced
    • Supergirl (Laura Kent) daughter of Superman and Lois Lane of Earth-2
    • Spitfire (Jessica Quick) Daughter of Johnny Quick &Liberty Bell
    • Wolverine (Helen Wayne) Daughter of Earth-2s Batman and Catwoman
    comics on TV
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    In 1975 Wonder Woman appeared on the ABC network for four seasons The series was good in the first season but not amazing as a pull to get it renewed decision would be made to change the sets to modern day to cut cost on sets (as the first season already established this to be a comic book world this was not a problem) and to focus on already established villains as Baroness Von Gunther was popular in the First season that she was brought back for several episodes
    Lyle Waggner would leave the show after season 2 causing Wonder Woman to have a rotating cast of one episode possible love interest including Tom Selleck, Ed Bagley Jr., William Shatner, John Riter, Tom Berennger, & Patrick Duffy The details surrounding the disappearance of Steve Trevor remain largely unknown.
    • Cloris Leachman as Queen Hippolyta (season 1) Carolyn Jones (Seasons 2-4)
    • Debra Winger as Drusilla/Wonder Girl (original character for the show she became popular enough to introduce into the comics)
    with recurring guest villains in the show as:
    • Christine Belford as Baroness Von Gunther
    • Billy Bartley as Dr. Psycho
    • Peris Khanbatta as Zara priestess of the Flame
    • Tsai Chin as Dr. Poison
    • Kate Jackson as Cheetah Priscilla Rich/Cheetah
    • Lynda Day George as Dr. Cyber
    • Jame Hong as the voice of the computer program E.G.G.F.U
    • Ernie Hudson as Dr Domino
    • Roddy McDowell as the Angle Man
    Giganta was supposed to appear in later episodes but the show runners decided the origin was to goofy and any effects were not feasible.
    Kate Jackson's portrail of Cheetah was popular enough to redesign Prisilla Rich to look more like her TV counterpart
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    In 1975 Atlas Comics published Giant size issues of all their major comics. The two most notable of these gimmicked stories were Giant size Defenders # 5 which saw the wedding of Vision and Scarlet Witch, and
    Giant size Outsiders # 1 written by Len Wein and art by John Besuhma introduces an all new all different team giving it a more international feel
    • Dr. Strange (only original member)
    • Valkyrie
    • Angel
    • Hercules (replaced Hulk in an arm wrestling contest)
    • Powerman
    • Sunfire
    • Tigerman
    • Iceman
    • Darkstar
    • Namorita (picked by her cousin as his replacement )
    • Clea
    • Misty Knight (liasson)
    The following issue would see Chris Claremont take over writing and would stay on the title for decades setting up the friendly rivalry between Powerman and Tigerman, setting up Namorita as Tigermans student, Various love triangles including one between Angel Valkyrie and Hercules, Doctor Strange taking up a new apprentice named Kitty Pryde and Misty Knight becoming Powergirl
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  • With the Success of Captain Marvel CBS asked Filmmation & Fawcett for a spinoff. The obvious solution from Fawcett was Mary Marvel but Norm Prescott didn't want a show where Captain Marvel would have to show up in the first episode to explain her powers, that it might be confues children why Mary wasn't with Billy & Mentor.
    As a compromise Lou Scheimer came up with The Mighty ISIS
    Joanna Cammron would play Archaeologist Andrea Thomas who upon discovering the magic headdress of Hathor would be granted the powers of Isis (much like Atlas comics Thor) including flight, strength, and control of the four elements.
    Brian Culter would play her love intrest Professor Rick Mason
    Joanna Pang would play the archaeology student/ sidekick Cindy Lee
    With John Davey (who would take on the role of Captain Marvel in second season on) would guest star for team up episodes.
    Steve Ditko shrewd to Shcheimer & Prescott possibly screwing them over convinced Filmmation to sell them the rights to the Isis characters and they would make comics based on their cartoons for the rest of the decade.

    With two new hits on their hands CBS looked into their media division at CBS magazine and ask to look into the floundering Fawcett Publications
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    1975 would see the release of George Pals adaptation of Doc Savage the Man of Bronze. for Warner brothers
    • Ron Ely as Clark "Doc" Savage Jr.
    • Paul Gleason as Major Thomas J. "Long Tom" Roberts
    • William Lucking as Colonel John "Renny" Renwick
    • Michael Miller as Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Blodgett "Monk" Mayfair
    • Eldon Quick as Professor William Harper "Johnny" Littlejohn
    • Darrell Zwerling as Brigadier General Theodore Marley "Ham" Brooks
    • Paul Wexler as Captain Seas
    • Pamela Hensley as Mona
    • FloresBob Corso as Don Rubio Gorro
    • Federico Roberto as El Presidente Don Carlos Avispa
    • Janice Heiden as Adriana
    • Robyn Hilton as Karen
    • Victor Millan as King Chaac
    • Buster Crabbe as Professor Clark Savage Sr.
    • Paul Frees as Narrator (uncredited)
    The film was successful due mainly to the nostalgia of the 1950's TV series & its Pulp stories being released in Paperback. however many of the fans decried the film for its more campy tone and juvenile storyline.
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