Epic comics was a precursor to many things we take for granted these days. Like creator owned comics being published by large companies. Over at Jim Shooter’s blog he recounts the origins of the imprint while he was Editor in Chief. Here’s an excerpt:

Straight from Mike’s office I went to Archie Goodwin’s office. I said, “Hey, Arch, I have a great idea. EPIC Comics! Regular monthly series but creator owned!”
He blew his top at me. Now, Archie, to my knowledge, never actually yelled at anyone, but he could get this edge, this tension in his slightly-raised voice that told you you’d better back off because he was five-foot-three, one hundred and forty pounds of razor-edged twisted steel.
The gist of what he growled was: Are you out of your mind? I don’t have time for this! We (Mary Jo Duffy and he) are overworked as is! “Get rzzlefrzzlegrrr out of my honketyhoot room or frgglk die.” Something like that.
I backed off.
Now what?
So, later I went to Al Milgrom and asked him if he’s like to edit EPIC Comics. He was pleased as purple punch.
The next day, I’m sitting at my EIC desk dealing with one of the disasters du jour as usual. Archie came storming in, again, in full Archie-style fury.
The gist of what he growled was: Are you out of your mind? How the rzzlefrzzlegrrr DARE you give EPIC Comics to Milgrom?! EPIC is MY department! EPIC Comics are MINE! (Insert inarticulately snarled death threats and rude implications about my ancestry here.)
By the time he left my office, Archie had EPIC Comics back and the budget to hire a second assistant. And I had my life.
Milgrom was loathe to give up EPIC Comics peacefully. Especially since one of the first ones, Dreadstar, was going to be authored by his long-time buddy, Jim Starlin. But he cooperated, sort of. You’ll notice that Milgrom shares editorial credit on the first issue of Dreadstar.

The whole post is well worth the read.
via Robot 6
source Jim Shooter’s Blog

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