Eighties Black and White Comic Book Publishers (US)


List of comic book publishers and presses that put out black & white comics during the heydays of the '80s. Most did nothing but b&w, some dabbled in color, and a rare few had one or two non-color titles. It was atypical for any to survive the decade, let alone make it into the 21st century.

Most of the publishers listed are/were US based. Any significant titles of which the publisher is outside of the USA, have been listed here also.





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Publisher Country Years Active Titles Notes
4Winds PublishingUSA
A.C.E. Comics (ACE (Ace?))
A-PlusCAN 1987-1991 Sword In Stone imprint, mostly French Language titles in the '80s; reprinted original ACG and Charlton titles in the '90s; a Roger Broughton publishing company, later gets folded into his Charlton Media Group
Aaaargh! Comics
Aardvark One (Aardvark-Vanaheim)
Aardvark-VanaheimCAN Cerebus; Flaming Carrot
Abacus Press
AC ComicsUSA 1983- Amazon Warriors, Femforce, AC Comics
Aced ComicsUSA 1986 The Foton Effect
Acme Press
Action Comics
Adventure ComicsUSA 1987?-1989 Became an imprint of Malibu in Oct 1989
Adventure Publications (↑same)USA 1987?-1989 Became an imprint of Malibu in Oct 1989
Age of HeroesUSA 1987 The Renegades Publisher letter in The Renegades #3 mentions not getting paid by distributors.
Aircel Publ
All American ComicsUSA 1989?-1993? Straw Men Most productive in 1990
Alpha ProductionsUSA ~1989-1995 Cosmic Steller Rebellers, Eternal Thirst, Lance Stanton Hammac's new name in 1989
Alternate ConceptsUSA ?-? Ground Zero
Amazing Comics
Amazing Publications (↑same?)
Amazing Publishing
Anderpol ComicsUSA 1988-'89? Delta Squadron
Antarctic Press
Apple Comics / Press
Archer ComicsUSA 1987 Hunters Special
Army Surplus Komikz
Arrow ComicsUSA
Astral Comics
Attitude Zone
August ComicsUSA 1987 Rottweiler; Stormbringer
BAM ProductionsUSA 1985-'87 Adam and Eve A.D.
The Beanworld Press
Black Tie Studios
Blackburn Video and Comics
Blackthorne Publishing
Blue Comet Comics
Brave New Words
Bruce Quast
Burcham Studio Dark Wolf; Dober-Man; Stargators
Burnside Comics
C&T Graphics PublicationsUSA -'87+ Bathing Machine, Mighty Guy
CA ComicsUSA 1987 The Foton Effect; Sulton; Tunesia took over Foton Effect from Aced
Caliber Comics
Cadillac Comics
Canis Publications
Capital Comics
Cassette Book Co.
Catalan Communications
Centurian GraphicsUSA 1987 Animism
CFW Enterprises
Chance Entertainment
Chester Brown (Tortured Canoe)
Chrome Tiger Comics 1987-88 Menagerie
Coda Publishing
Comics Interview PublicationsUSA 1983-1995? Comics Interview, Southern Knights An imprint of Fictioneer Books
Creative Force
Crimson ProductionsUSA Crimson Dreams
Crowquill Comics
Cry for Dawn Publications
Crystal Publ
Custom Pic Comics
CXUSA 1983 Don Rosa's Comics and Stories, Love and Rockets Fantagraphics company/imprint
Dark Horse Comics
David BoswellCAN
David Publishing House
Deep Sea
Dimension Graphics
Double Diamond
Dragon's Teeth
Drawn & Quarterly
E.F. Graphics Cat and Mouse
Eastern Comics
Eclipse Enterprises
Emerald Comics 1987 Stanley the Snake with the Overactive Imagination
Entertainment PublishingUSA The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Delta Tenn aka TE Comic (That's Entertainment)
Entropy EnterprisesUSA 1986-87 Entropy Tales, Nightwolf, Tales From the Heart
Escape Velocity PressUSA 1986-87? Escape Velocity, Null Patrol
Eternity Comics (became? Malibu imprint)
Evolution ComicsUSA 1989-? Dangerous Times, New Frontiers
Excalibur Publ
Exeter Entrance StudiosUSA 1986 The Saga of Elf Face
Express Press
FantaCo Enterprises > (Fantagraphics?)
Fantagor Press
Fantasy Book EnterprisesUSA 1981-87 Fantasy Book
Fantasy General Comics
Fantasy West Publ
First Comics
Fishwrap Productions The Fish Police
Flagship ComicsUSA 1987? Lugh Lord of Light
Forever Entertainment
Fragments WestUSA 1975?-1994? Adventures of a Modern Day Unicorn Phil Yeh owner. Notable for "Frank the Unicorn" titles
FrontiersUSA 1986? Frontiers 85 Crusaders, Frontiers 86 Presents Frontline Combat(?)
GalaxyUSA 1984-? Bloody Bones and Blackeyed Peas
Gary LankfordUSA 1987 Tales of the Crimson Lion his 1 title was also worked on by Debi Lankford
Gatekeeper Publishing
Gateway Comics
Gateway Graphics (↑ same?)
Gator GraphixUSA 1986-1987? Missing Link
GebhartUSA Kobier and Oso Brad Gebhart
George R. Reid PublicationsUSA 1983 Nightslayer
Graphic SerialsUSA 1985-? Time Out of Mind, 2x Justice
Graphik Publikations
GraphXPressUS 1986-96? Equine the Uncivilized, Morphs, Red Shetland
Greater Mercury Comics
Ground Zero ComicsUSA 1987-2003 Daikazu published several titles in the '90s
Guild Publications
Gulf ComicsUSA 1983-1984? Aftermath
Halley's Comics
Hammac PublicationsUSA 1987-1989 Changed name to Alpha Productions in 1989
Hernandez (, Jamie?)
Heroic Fantasy Publ
Hot ComicsUSA 1986-87 Johnny Gambit, Shadow Blade
Hot Shot ComixUSA 1987-? The Adventures of Slate Skate
ICG / Independent Comics Group
IHAC Comics International Humor Advisory Council; Picked up Fragment West's titles in ~1989
ImperialUSA 1985-'87 Blackstar, Nazrat, Probe By 1987, most titles went to Eternity
Infinity Graphics Bob Hickey ran press. Last working name Knight Press
Invasion ComicsUSA 1986-1987 The Adventures of B.O.C.
Iron Saga ProductionsUSA 1987 Iron Saga's Anthology
Jabberwocky GraphixUSA 1976-1995 Chuck Chicken and Bruin Bear, Our Story Thus Far mostly printed adult oriented titles, and mini-comics
James Reade
Jet City GraphicsUSA 1986 Shadowlord / Triune
John C. Productions / JC / JCPUSA 1981-'83? THUNDER Agents (1981), Basically Strange
Just Imagine GraphicsUSA 1982-1986 Just Imagine Comics and Stories, Mildly Microwaved Pre-Pubescent Kung-Fu Gophers
KeylineUSA 1989-1990 Empire Lanes imprint of Comico
Kidgang Comics
Killian BarracksCAN?
Kitchen Sink Press
Klutzian Komidy Kause
Komik ArkyvesUSA 1989 Hell for Leather
Krause Publications
KZ Comics
Last GaspUSA 1970- Zap! Mostly underground comics, some current events and reprints
Lee Roy Brown / LRBUSA 1987 Affable Tales for Your Imagination self publisher
Lightning Comics
Literacy Volunteers of Chicago
M.E. Comix (McNeil Enterprises)USA 1986-'87 Corban the Barbearian, Peter Risk Monster Masher,
MA Comics ?
Mad Dog Graphics
Madison ComicsUSA 1984-'85? Black Atlas, Power Stars
Malibu Graphics
MarvelUSA 1961- Bizarre Adventures, Classic Punisher, The Conan Saga, The Destroyer, Savage Tales Bizarre Adv. was Marvel Previews from '70s
Mass ProductionsUSA 1988 Missing Links
Matrix Graphic Series
Mature Magic Publications 1986-87? Jontar, Side Show Comics, Zdin
McNeil Entrepeneurs
Megaton Comics
Micro-Comics Paul Curtis
Milky Way Graphics
Miller Publishing
Mind Visions
Mirage Publishing
Mirage Studios / Mirage
Mother of Ashes Press
Nerve Publications
The Nevada City Publishing Co.
New Comics Group (NCG)
New England Comics (Press) (NEC)
New Horizons
New Media Publishing
New Sirius Productions
New York Comics
Nightwynd Productions
Northern Lights (Press)CAN 1986-1990 Empire Lanes
Northstar Publ.
Not Available ComicsUSA 1985-2006 Zot! ½ Matt Feazell
Now Comics
Oasis Comics
Ocean Comics
Odyssey Publishing
Onward Comics
Opus GraphicsUSA 1987-2008 Lejentia self-publisher Steve Crompton?
Oracle Comics
Outerealm Comix
Outside Comics
P.S. Productions
Pacific Comics parent company Blue Dolphin Enterprises
Pacific Comics Club
Pandemonium Press
Paragon Publications > (AC)?
Perrydog Press
Phantasy Press Did a reprint of Zot! ½ in Jun 1986
Pied Piper Comics
Pinnacle Comics
Pioneer Comics
Piranha Press (DC)
Planet X Productions / Comics
Platinum Canyon Publication, Ltd.USA 1982 Vikon
Prairie Dog Publications
Prelude Graphics?
Printed Matter
Protoculture (confirmed?)
PSI Comics
Pure Imagination
Pyramid Productions
Quality Communications
Quest Publications
R.A.K. Graphics
Raw Books & Graphics
Rebel Creations
Rebel Studios
Red Spade GraphicsUSA 1987 Flyin' Ralph, New Hero Comics
Renegade Press
Revolutionary ComicsUSA 1989-1994 Rock 'n' Roll Comics, Tipper Gore's Comics and Stories Got a lot of attention with sue threats over the biographical Rock 'n' Roll Comics
Rip Off Press
Robin Snyder (and Steve Ditko)USA 1989- Steve Ditko Package series, The Lonely One, Out of This World Prints Steve Ditko's Golden Age and later work
Rocket Comics (Graphics?)USA 1983-2006? Comet Tales, The Comic Book Newsletter, Orbit Jim Park, publisher
Rocky Hartberg Productions
Sage ProductionsUSA 1988 Saga of the von Erich Warriors solicited Blue Warriors, but never printed
Savage Graphics
ShadowStar Press
Showcase Publ.
Silver Wolf / SilverWolf
Silver Snail
Sirius Comics
Slave Labor / Graphics
Solson - Lubert
Solson Publications
Spectrum Comics
Sphinx Productions
Spider Optics (CAN)
Spotlight Comics
Starblaze Graphics
Starhead Comix
SteelDragon Press
Stop Dragon Comics
Studio Proteus (Dark Horse)
Survival Art PressUSA 1981-'89? In-Country Nam, The Survivalist Chronicles
Sword In StoneCAN 1987-1991 Corbo Roger Broughton's original publishing company, later gets folded into Charlton Media Group
Synchronicity ComicsUSA 1987 Golden Dragon
Tami Comics
Target Comics
Ten-Buck Comics 1986-89 Space Beaver
Thunder Bass Press
Thoughts and Images (&)
Tiger ComicsUS 1987 Phantasy Against Hunger
Trident Comics
Tru Studios
Trylvertell PressUSA 1986-87 Starjongleur Gary Davis project
Twilight Twins ProductionsUSA 1987-95? Zolastraya and the Bard
Unbridled AmbitionUSA 82?-? Spaced
Unicorn ComicsUSA 1986?-2014? New Beginning Published some large format books
U.S. Comics
U.S James Bond 007 Club
Victor Plajas ?Victor Comics?USA 1986-'87? Concepts Illustrated; The Last Super Hero
Victory Productions
Vincent Creations
Visionary Graphics
Viz Comics
Vortex Comics
WaRP Graphics
Warren Publishing
Wandering Star
WeeBee Comics
White Buffaloe Press
White Wolf PublishingUSA 1987-? Dark Regions
Wonder ComixUSA 1987-1995? Heroes of Rock 'N Fire; Mythos; Night Brigade
Zen Comics
Zinzinnati Animation Productions (ZAP)USA 1988 Fantaescape Book creator's owned


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