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Eric Sofer
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Posted: 10 September 2019 at 7:30am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

From another topic - I'm curious what characters have been published by the most companies, with no "home" publisher.

For example, at the "single" home characters end of the spectrum, we have Superman and Spider-Man, with one.

But at the other end, we have Star Trek, Sherlock Holmes, the Shadow, etc. They've been published by a lot of companies - both comic book and other forms.

Who's had the most homes? I'd like to limit this to American companies, but if you feel you must include foreign publishers, do it.

Also, you needn't pick characters whose titles start with "S". Go ahead and use the whole alphabet... numbers too!

I'm just talking print media here also. I know there's only one definitive answer, but I'd like some discussion on the topic anyhow.
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Posted: 10 September 2019 at 7:44am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Jesus?


Dracula's probably a big one. 


Star Trek, though...the "big two" comic companies have both had a crack at it. Western/Whitman/Gold Key comics, IDW, and I may be missing some. 

And the novels....all the novels....yikes. 


Peanuts could be a contender.


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Ardel David
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LOL @ Brian Rhodes. “Santa Claus” immediately popped in my head,
with all those special issues across companies. But Dracula is a good
example, too. Aren’t a whole slew of 20th century characters due to
cross the public domain threshold soon? I think that was behind the
recent spate of Sherlock Holmes films. Business loves free, valuable
commodities.

Perhaps more to the point — Rom and Micronauts? They were at
Marvel during the 80s. Nostalgia sent me looking for digital copies of X-
men and Micronauts limited series. But it looks like they have changed
hands a few times and that material is not available through Marvel or
ComiXology.

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Posted: 10 September 2019 at 9:22am | IP Logged | 4 post reply

Two other Star Trek publishers were Malibu, who had the Deep Space Nine franchise while DC was still doing the original crew TV and movies and TNG, and Wildstorm, who seems to have all the licenses in the 2000s.

Flash Gordon: are Dell, Gold Key, Western, and Whitman all essentially the same company?   Not counting books of the newspaper strips, DC and Marvel each had a go at him, King Features tried their own comic book company, Charlton got him after that. Looking online, I see Harvey did one! In a case even stranger than splitting Star Trek, Arden and Dynamite each had a license at the same time.
Considering him as part of "Defenders of Earth" or King's Cross doesn't add any more companies.
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Eric Sofer
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Posted: 10 September 2019 at 10:39am | IP Logged | 5 post reply

Jack B. - yes, Dell and Gold Key and Whitman are all the same company, I THINK Western is also.
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Philippe Negrin
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Vampirella ?
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Jason Larouse
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Posted: 10 September 2019 at 12:32pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply

Youngblood has been published by 5 different companies, mostly because Liefeld got kicked out of Image and then couldn't keep a company afloat after that.

Image (you could even say 6 if you count Malibu publishing the earlier issues)
Extreme Studios
Maximum Press
Awesome Comics
Arcade Comics
Back to Image


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James Woodcock
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And now apparently a company called Terrific if reports are to be believed Jason
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Jason Larouse
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James, I hadn't heard any of this. I just googled it and holy moley. Apparently Liefeld hasn't owned Youngblood since 2000 but he's been keeping it a secret?? I guess Youngblood really  doesn't have a home, even more than I thought. 
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John Harrison
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Posted: 10 September 2019 at 2:27pm | IP Logged | 10 post reply

The Youngblood thing is confusing to me

How do you lose rights to your own creation?
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Jason Larouse
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From what I understand John it was part of a deal that he made with someone who invested in Awesome Comics as a start up in the late 90s. 
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John Harrison
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So he used his intellectual property to gain an investor like a bad episode of Shark Tank... 



Solar Man of Atom & Turok bounced around Gold Key Valiant Acclaim Dark Horse Dynamite
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