Atlas Comics Returns
Jason Goodman, the grandson of Marvel founder Martin Goodman, is bringing back Atlas Comics. The comic company was originally launched in the 1970’s by his grandfather to compete with Marvel.
According to industry legends Martin Goodman sold Marvel to Cadence Publications in the early 1970s with the understanding that Goodman’s son Chip would stay on as editorial director of Marvel. When Stan Lee, with Cadence’s backing, showed Chip the door, Martin Goodman launched what historians now refer to as Atlas/Seaboard Comics to distinguish it from the 1950s Atlas Comics, which was one of the precursor companies to Marvel Comics. When Goodman sold Marvel, he kept the rights to the Atlas name, and dusted it off in the mid-1970s to compete with Marvel and DC.
It is believed a formal announcement will occur at New York Comic Con, but the company claims to have the rights to hundreds of characters.
Deadline Hollywood is reporting that Brendan Deneen, a former development executive for Scott Rudin and Harvey Weinstein, who is now an editor at St. Martin’s Press/Macmillan, is “spearheading the relaunch,’ and comics industry veteran, J.M. DeMatteis will be the new company’s EIC.
The first two titles that the new company are Phoenix and The Grim Ghost.