FANTAGRAPHICS Launches Shared Superhero Universe... No, Really

"All Time Comics: Crime Destroyer #1" cover
Credit: Jim Rugg (Fantagraphics Books)
Credit: Johnny Ryan (Fantagraphics Books)

Long-time alternative comics publisher Fantagraphics is entering the superhero genre in a big way in 2017, with a shared superhero universe. This new push is anchored by the the banner title All Time Comics, which will have several concurrent series focused on individual characters and subtitled with their names like Crime Destroyer, Bullwhip, Atlas, and Blind Justice.

Writer Josh Bayer is spearheading Fantagraphics' All Time Comics line-up, working with various writers and artists  doing what the publisher describes as "startling stand alone, interconnected adventures chock full of retro crime fighting."

All Time Comics is both an expression of affection for the books that shaped our lives, and a link to a pre-internet time when comic book culture was more precious and rarefied. It originates from a lifetime of research and our devotion to the comics medium,” Bayer said. "This project is a chance to work with not only acclaimed independent figures like Noah Van Sciver and Ben Marra, but to spotlight superstars of the field like Al Milgrom and Herb Trimpe. I see All Time Comics like an Obelisk: something that can be admired but with a greater significance beyond itself. It stands for all comics."

The line will launch in March with All Time Comics: Crime Destroyer #1 by Bayer, the late Herb Trimpe, and inker Ben Marra. This is advertised as Trimpe's "last art" before he passed away earlier this year.

Credit: Jim Rugg (Fantagraphics Books)

Working with Bayer on this is mainstream director Samuel Bayer, his brother.

“There's an alchemy to the Bayers' editorial vision that is undeniably exciting, and I've gotten a genuine charge out of their enthusiasm for All Time Comics,” said Eric Reynolds Fantagraphics' Associate Publisher. “In a market flooded with crass attempts to cash in on Hollywood's interest in superheroes, All Time Comics is that rare project motivated by a sincere appreciation and affection for the creators behind the creations.”

Future issues include:

ALL TIME COMICS: BULLWHIP #1
Josh Bayer (story); Ben Marra (pencils); Al Milgrom (inks); Das Pastoras (cover) + Tony Millionaire (cover); APRIL 2017

ALL TIME COMICS: ATLAS #1
Josh Bayer (story); Ben Marra (story, pencils, inks); Das Pastoras (cover); MAY 2017

ALL TIME COMICS: BLIND JUSTICE #1
Josh Bayer (story and pencils); Rick Buckler (pencils); Al Milgrom (inks); Victor Martinez (cover); JUNE 2017

ALL TIME COMICS: CRIME DESTROYER #2
Josh Bayer (story); Ben Marra (story, pencils, inks); Das Pastoras (cover); JULY 2017

ALL TIME COMICS: BLIND JUSTICE #2
Josh Bayer (story); Ben Marra (story); Noah Van Sciver (pencils); Al Milgrom (inks); Das Pastoras (cover); AUGUST 2017

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