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1980: Warren vs Harris - Buying & Selling Warren Publishing

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What happened to Warren Publishing is a sad, and cautionary, tale. The company was founded by James Warren in the late 1950s and in it’s heyday, was responsible for some of the best comic book magazines ever published. Titles such as Creepy, Eerie, Vampirella and Blazing Combat are still looked upon today as being before their time, and feature some of the best, and most imaginative, work by the likes of Archie Goodwin, Frank Frazetta, Joe Orlando, Alex Toth, Bernie Wrightson, Gene Colan, Steve Ditko, Neal Adams and dozens of others.
The magazine format enabled Warren to circumvent the Comic Code, thus freeing artists and writers up to use their complete imagination. Add to that a preference to publish in black and white, and it’s easy to see why many felt that working at Warren was the pinnacle. It wasn’t the most lucrative company to work for, but the freedom offset the page rates.
By the early 1980s, Warren Publishing was in trouble. Sales began to drop and Warren himself had begun …

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