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NOW Comics

Entry updated 16 September 2021. Tagged: Comics, Publisher.

US Comics publisher active from 1985 to 2005, also variously known as NOW Entertainment Corporation and NOW Media Group Incorporated. Founded by Tony C Caputo.

An independent publisher which was successful for some years, NOW Comics published many licensed titles based on such genre properties as the films Ghostbusters (1984) and Fright Night (1985), and the Television series The Twilight Zone (1959-1964), along with non-genre items including Married ... with Children (1987-1997). Creators associated with the company included Neal Adams, Dave Dorman, Bill Sienkiewicz and James Steranko. Titles of sf interest included The Terminator, based on the film The Terminator (1984), continuing the adventures of Sarah Connor in seventeen issues from 1988 to 1989. The Twilight Zone ran for 14 issues from 1985 to 1991, and was the second comics adaption of this series following the long-running Gold Key Comics version; the most notable author whose stories were adapted was Harlan Ellison. The Green Hornet enjoyed better fortune, running to a total of 54 issues published during two separate runs scripted by Mike Baron, Ron Fortier and Bob Ingersoll with artwork often by Jeff Butler. A concerted effort was made to incorporate the various versions of the Green Hornet and his assistant Kato from the 1930s to the 1990s, with each generation's heroes depicted as descendants of the original pair. There were several Green Hornet storylines, the most science-fictional proper being set in the year 2080 with a criminal Green Hornet opposed by the Kato of that era.

The company began experiencing financial difficulties in 1991, and was purchased by new owners who continued operations as NOW Entertainment Corporation until 2003. The plan was to keep afloat by publishing Graphic Novels featuring various characters; the company was officially dissolved by late 2005 without having issued any. [GSt/DRL]

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