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Eighties black and white publishers. Notable details in parenthesis.

Companies:
Aaaargh! Comics (The Crypt)
Aardvark-Vanaheim (Cerebus)
Adventure
Aircel (Dale Keown)
Amazing
Antarctic Press
Apple
Arrow Comics (The Realm, Deadworld)
Beanworld Press
Blackthorne
Blue Comet
Caliber (started in late 80s, but mostly pubished in the 90s)
Capital Comics
Comico
Comics Interview
Continüm
Crowquill Comics (Eb'nn the Raven)
Crystal Publications (Eagle)
Dimension Graphics
Dragon's Teeth (Chuck Austen)
Eclipse
Entity Comics (90s)
Eternity
Fantagraphics (Critters, Love and Rockets)
FantaCo
First Comics (Lone Wolf and Cub)
Fishwrap Productions (Fish Police)
Gatekeeper Publishing
Gateway Comics
Greater Mercury
Hard Boiled Comics (90s)
Harrier (Redfox)
Imperial
MA Comics
Megaton Comics
Metro Comics (Ernie Colan)
M.E. Comix
Mirage (Kevin Eastman, Peter Laird, Jim Lawson)
New Horizons Comics
NYC New York City Comics
Parody Press (90s)
Pied Piper
Pinnacle
Pioneer
Planet X Productions (Geriatric Gangrene Jujitsu Gerbils)
Prelude Graphics (Gnatrat)
Pyramid Comics
Renegade
Rip Off Press (Miami Mice)
Saga Publishing
Showcase Publications
Silver Wolf (Tim Vigil, Ron Lim)
Silverline
Silver Snail Comics
Slave Labor (Samurai Penguin, It's Science with Dr. Radium)
Solson
Spoof Comics (90s)
Ten-Buck Comics
Thoughts & Images (Albedo)
True Fiction Comics
Twilight Twins Productions
Valhalla Comics Group
Victory Comics
WaRP Graphics (Elfquest)
Wonder Color


Checklists:
Blue Comet

Bladesman 0, 1, 2
Bladesman Undersea 1
Crime-Smasher Special Edition 1
Cursed Worlds Bible Sourcebook 1
Deathrow 1, 2
L.I.F.E. Brigade 1, 2, 3
The New Partners in Peril 1
New Power Stars 1
Outlaw Overdrive 1, 1 Red Edition, 1 Gold Edition, 2, 3, 4
Roller Coasters Special Edition 1
Rough Raiders 1, 2, 3, Annual 1, Yearbook 1
Varmints 1, Special 1
Windraven 1
Windraven Adventures 1
The (Devil’s) Workshop 1
Zorann 0, 1

Dimension Graphics

ElfTrek 1, 2
Happy Birthday Gnatrat
Heroman 1
Secret Doors 1

FantaCo

Air Warriors GN 1, 2
Alien Encounters 1
Amazon Tales 1, 2, 3, 4
Amazon Woman v1 1, 2
Amazon Woman v2 1, 2, 3, 4
Amazon Woman and the Quest for Eternal Youth 1
Amazon Woman Invaders of Terror 1
Amazon Woman Jungle Album 1
Amazon Woman Jungle Fever 1
Attack of the Amazon Girls 1
Avengers Chronicles
Babes and Biomechanics 1
Badderdude 1
(Blood? 1?)
Blood and Kisses 0, 1, 2, 3
Blood Gothic 1, 2
Blood Letting v1 1, 2
Blood Letting v2 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Collector Magazine 1
Daredevil Chronicles 1
Deep Red 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Deja-Vu 1
Demonique Magazine 1, 2, 3, 4
Dread Official Clive Barker Newsletter 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Dread Summer Special 1
Famous Monsters Chronicles HC
FantaCo Horror Yearbook 11, 12, 13
FantaCo’s Chronicles 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
FantaCo’s Chronicles Series Annual 1
Fantagor Presents Brood GN 1
Fantastic Four Chronicles 1
Gates of Eden 1
Girl Squad X 1
Gore Shriek v1 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, Ashcan (6 ½)
Gore Shriek v2 1, 2, 3, Annual
Gore Shriek Delectus GN
Graphic (FantaCo) 1
(Heatseeker 1?)
Hembeck 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Infectious 1
King of the Dead 0, 1, 2, 3, 4
Legends of the Living Dead 1
Mug Shots TPB 1
Night of the Living Dead v1 1, 2, 3, 4
Night of the Living Dead v2 0, 1, 2, 3
Night of the Living Dead Aftermath 0
Night of the Living Dead London 1, 2
Night of the Living Dead Prelude 1
Night of the Living Dead TPB 1
Night’s Children 1, 2, 3, 4
Night’s Children Double Indemnity 1
Night’s Children Erotic Fantasies 0
Night’s Children Foreplay 1
Night’s Children Origins 1
Night’s Children Vampyr 1, 2, 3, 4
No Guts or Glory 1
Official Comics Enquirer Swimsuit Price Guide 1
PermWoman 1, 2
Prey for Us Sinners 1
Rabid 1
Return of Girl Squad X
Sage 1
Scab 1, 2
Shriek 1, 2
Shriek Special 1, 2, 3
Smilin’ Ed Comics 1, 2, 3, 4
Smoking Hold 1
Sold Out 1, 2
Tales of Screaming Horror 1
Vault of Screaming Horror 1
Weird West 1, 2, 3
X-Men Chronicles
Zombie War 1, 2
Zombie War Earth Must Be Destroyed 1, 2, 3, 4

Gateway Comics

Shadow Warrior 1

MA Comics

Karate Kreatures 1, 2

M.E. Comix

Corban the Barbearian 1, 2
Nomads of Antiquity 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
T-Bird Chronicles 1, 2

New Horizons Publications

Daughters of the Universe 1
Spectrum 1

NYC New York Comics

Protectors 1, 2
Washmen 1

Pinnacle

Bella Donna 1
Creepy Tales 1
Goon Patrol 1
Messiah 1, After the Messiah Saga 2

Saga Publishing

Shadow of the Groundhog 1

Showcase Publications

Comics Artists Showcase 1
Crack Busters 1, 2
Cryptic Tales 1

Silver Snail Comics

Pork Knight This Little Piggy 1

Ten-Buck Comics

Space Beaver 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

True Fiction Publications

Steel Pulse Pro-Wrestling Adventures 1, 2, 3, 4

Twilight Twins Productions

Goddess Untold Tales of Zolastraya 1
Secretum Secretorum 0
Stray Cats 1
Zolastraya and the Bard 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

More, per Jim Cripps:

4Winds Publishing (Downtime)
A.C.E. (Ace) Comics (The Adventures of Spencer Spook)
Abacus Press (The Chronicles of Panda Khan)
AC / Americomics (Power Plays)
Acme Press (imprint?) (Aces)
Action Comics (Femforce)
Adventure Comics (Sinbad)
Adventure Publications (Elf Warrior, Ninja Elite)
Aeon (Those Annoying Post Bros.)
Age of Heroes (The Renegades)
Alpha Productions (Captain Cult)
Amazing Comics (Ex-Mutants Special Edition) have this?
Amazing Publishing (Tales of the Sun Runners) have this?
Archie (Bascially Strange)
Army Surplus Komikz (Army Surplus Komikz featuring Cutey Bunny)
Atlas (Basically Strange)?
Attitude Zone (Billy Nguyen Private Eye)
Black Tie Studios (The Last Generation)
Blackburn Video and Comics (Blood Lines)
Bruce Quast (solo) (Dark)
Burnside Comics (The Survivors)
Cadillac Comics (Savage Ninja)
Canis Publications (Ismet)
Catalan Communications (Evaristo: Deep City)
CFW Enterprises (Tales of the Ninja Warriors)
Chance Entertainment (Domino Chance)
Chester Brown / Tortured Canoe (Yummy Fur)
Coda Publishing (Coda)
Creative Force (Scimidar)
Cry for Dawn Productions (Cry for Dawn)
Curtis Publications (Basically strange)?
Custom Pic Comics (Night Masters)
Dark Horse (Aliens, Dark Horse Presents)
Darkline (Cecil Kunkle)
David Boswell (solo) (Reid Fleming..., Heartbreak Comics)
David Publishing House (The Wizard of Time)
Deep Sea (Reid Fleming...)
Double Diamond (Hepcats)
Drawn & Quarterly (Yummy Fur)
E.F. Graphics (Cat & Mouse)
Excalibur Publishing (G.I. Jackrabbits, Neo)
Express Press (Enchanter)
Extrava-Gandt (Power Plays)
Fancheristics (Gate of Ivrel)
Fantaco (Deja-Vu, Hembeck Series)
Fantagor Press (Jaxon's Illustrated Tales)
Fantagraphics (Love and Rockets)
Fantasy General Comics (Alpha Tracks, Radium and His Intergalactic Odd Squad)
Fantasy West Publications (Pryderi Terra)
Graphik Publikations (Figments Unlimited)
Guild Publications (Crusaders)
Hammac Publications (Captain Cult)
Hernandez (solo?) (Love and Rockets)
Heroic Fantasy Publi (Heroic Fantasy)
ICG (Naive Interdimensional Commando Koalas)
Infinity Graphics (Buccaneers)
James Reade (Doctor What?)
John C. Productions (Basically Strange)
Just Imagine Graphics (Mildly Microwave Pre-Pubescent Kung-Ku Gophers)
Keyline (Empire Lanes)
Kidgang Comics (Jack of Nines)
Killian Barracks (Flaming Carrot)
Kitchen Sink (Cherry, )
Klutzian Komidy Kaus (Ultra Klutz)
Kraus publications (Comics Collector)
KZ Comics (K-Z Comics Presents, Colt)
Last Gasp (Weirdo, Cherry)
Lightning Comics (A.C.T.I.O.N. Force)
Literacy Volunteers of Chicago (Quest for Dreams)
Lodestone (The March Hare)
Mad Dog Comics (Eddy Current, Retief)
Malibu Graphics (Bones)
Marvel (yes, Marvel!) (Savage Tales, The Destroyer)
Millenium (Power Plays)
Miller Publishing (Trial Run)
Mother of Ashes Press (El Salvador: A House Divided)
New Comics Group (Asylum)
New England Comics / Press (The Tick)
New Media Publishing (Adventure Illustrated)
New Sirius Productions / Prelude (Gnatrat)
Nicotat (Boris the Bear)
Nightwynd (Elf Lord, Dragonring)
Northern Lights (Empire Lanes)
Northstar Publishing (Cases of Sherlock Holmes)
Onward (Ultra Klutz)
Pacific Comics (Alien Worlds, Heroes of Sports)
Paragon Publ (AC) (Fun Comics)
Paragraphics (Boffo Laff)
Piranha Press (DC) (Beautiful Stories for Ugly Children)
Pyramid Productions (The Adventures of Theown) same as Pyramid Comics?
Quadrant (Quadrant)
Quest Publications (Quest Presents)
Raw Books & Graphics (Raw, Maus)
Rebel Creations (Hellstalker)
Redstone (Jim Nastics)
Revolutionary Comics (Stickboy, Rock n' Roll Comics)
Savage Graphics (Shadowstar)
Shadowstar Press (Shadowstar)
Sirius Comics (Tales of the Sun Runners)
Solson-Lubert (Rockheads)
Spectrum Comics (Survivors, Spectrum Comics Previews)
Sphinx Productions (Comic Book Confidential)
Spotlight Comics (Samurai Squirrel)
Starblaze Graphics (Thieves' World)
Starhead Comix (Armageddonquest, Roth's Rat Fink Comix)
Steeldragon Press (Ant Boy!, Steeldragon Stories)
Thunder Bass Press (The 39 Screams)
Trigon Comics (UK) (Cyborg Gerbils)
TRT (Cruise)
U.S. Comics (Blackmoon)
Valkyrie (The Adventures of Luther Arkwright)
Victor Comics (Concepts Illustrated)
Victor Plajas (solo?) (Concepts Illustrated)
Visionary Graphics (Escape to the Stars)
Viz Comics (Area 88, Mai the Psychic Girl)
Vortex Comics (Vortex, Stig's Inferno)
Wandering Star (Ace?) (The Cosmic Book)
Warren Publishing (Goblin)
WeeBee (The Realm, The Aniverse)
Zen Comics (Zen Intergalactic Ninja)
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Could you guys help me compile a list of 80s black and white publishers? As you post in this thread with black and white 80s publishers, I will list them in the top post of this thread. Thanks so much.
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StarBrand wrote:Could you guys help me compile a list of 80s black and white publishers? As you post in this thread with black and white 80s publishers, I will list them in the top post of this thread. Thanks so much.

That's awfully racist of you to segregate the publishers that way. :kidaround:
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lorddunlow wrote:
StarBrand wrote:Could you guys help me compile a list of 80s black and white publishers? As you post in this thread with black and white 80s publishers, I will list them in the top post of this thread. Thanks so much.

That's awfully racist of you to segregate the publishers that way. :kidaround:


I really enjoy some of the Black and White stuff. :thumb:
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Oh my, an interesting question. I was looking into these a couple of years ago as it seemed they would be a good extension of my interest in the dead universes. The problem was that few put out anything that interested me. Some companies were already publishing and jumped on the black and white bandwagon because they would sell. The mid-80s Black and White Explosion was really a lot like the early 90s speculator boom in comics on a smaller (but not as much smaller as you would think) scale. Publishers sprung up overnight and published UTTER CRAP and young comic book stores bought it by the pallet load and turned a lot of books. It worked for about 18 months and then overnight people quit buying and the whole system fell apart. Lots of comic shops went out of business because they were too tied up financially in these piles of now-worthless books.

Like the 90s speculator boom, some good did come out of the black and white explosion. Ninja Turtles really kicked the whole thing off and Cerebus was in the right place at the right time to really benefit from it. Grendel and Nexus both began in the B&W explosion as black and white books. Nexus volume 1 no. 3 came with a flexi-disc record bound into the magazine, probably the coolest gimmick ever.

Several of the forerunners to Malibu started out during this time. Eternity, Pied Piper, Adventure, Amazing and Wonder Color all were B&W publishers started by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg. Malibu's first forays into publishing were black and white but a bit after the B&W explosion. Interestingly, SMR financially backed Eternity, Pied Piper, Adventure, Amazing and Wonder Color (and maybe another one called Imperial?) as a corporation but he more directly owned Malibu. Maybe that is why Malibu was the one that the others were folded into? Later on, Malibu acquired Aircel, another b&w publisher that started out making home insulation in Canada. The Men in Black movies are based on an Aircel property (now a part of Marvel and therefor Disney). Aircel became an adult imprint and much of their catalogue is for mature readers.

Eclipse, Blackthorne and Comico went both B&W and colour. I think Innovation may have put out a selection of b&w books too? Blackthorne especially flooded into the b&w market. Dark Horse started out that way too.

Other random ones that come to mind -

Victory Comics - set up by a man named Reggie Byers to publish his comic, Shuriken
Apple

This is so frustrating that I cannot think of more. I need to start going through boxes. I found an article a couple of years ago where a guy who lived through it gave his perspective on the black and white explosion. Fascinating stuff.

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Chiclo wrote:Oh my, an interesting question. I was looking into these a couple of years ago as it seemed they would be a good extension of my interest in the dead universes. The problem was that few put out anything that interested me. Some companies were already publishing and jumped on the black and white bandwagon because they would sell. The mid-80s Black and White Explosion was really a lot like the early 90s speculator boom in comics on a smaller (but not as much smaller as you would think) scale. Publishers sprung up overnight and published UTTER CRAP and young comic book stores bought it by the pallet load and turned a lot of books. It worked for about 18 months and then overnight people quit buying and the whole system fell apart. Lots of comic shops went out of business because they were too tied up financially in these piles of now-worthless books.

Like the 90s speculator boom, some good did come out of the black and white explosion. Ninja Turtles really kicked the whole thing off and Cerebus was in the right place at the right time to really benefit from it. Grendel and Nexus both began in the B&W explosion as black and white books. Nexus volume 1 no. 3 came with a flexi-disc record bound into the magazine, probably the coolest gimmick ever.

Several of the forerunners to Malibu started out during this time. Eternity, Pied Piper, Adventure, Amazing and Wonder Color all were B&W publishers started by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg. Malibu's first forays into publishing were black and white but a bit after the B&W explosion. Interestingly, SMR financially backed Eternity, Pied Piper, Adventure, Amazing and Wonder Color (and maybe another one called Imperial?) as a corporation but he more directly owned Malibu. Maybe that is why Malibu was the one that the others were folded into? Later on, Malibu acquired Aircel, another b&w publisher that started out making home insulation in Canada. The Men in Black movies are based on an Aircel property (now a part of Marvel and therefor Disney). Aircel became an adult imprint and much of their catalogue is for mature readers.

Eclipse, Blackthorne and Comico went both B&W and colour. I think Innovation may have put out a selection of b&w books too? Blackthorne especially flooded into the b&w market. Dark Horse started out that way too.

Other random ones that come to mind -

Victory Comics - set up by a man named Reggie Byers to publish his comic, Shuriken
Apple

This is so frustrating that I cannot think of more. I need to start going through boxes. I found an article a couple of years ago where a guy who lived through it gave his perspective on the black and white explosion. Fascinating stuff.


Very good write-up, Chiclo. You really need your own blog. Getting ready to leave for work, but I'm going to go through this and post the companies you name soon.
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Burrito Boy wrote:Mirage
Silver Wolf
Greater Mercury


I added these three to the top post. Still delaying adding Chiclo's for a bit. Thanks, guys.
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I added the ones Chiclo mentioned to the list.
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StarBrand wrote:I added the ones Chiclo mentioned to the list.



I see you didn't add Blackthorne. If you're doing this simply as an exercise in which publishers were around during the B&W explosion in the 80's, you need to add these guys, as like Chiclo said, they simply flooded the market with tons of B&W books, most of them of poor quality. I don't consider Comico part of that group because by the time the B&W Glut happened, Comico had already switched over to color books. I would definitely add Eclipse, as their Adolescent Radioactive Black Belt Hamsters were the first major swipe of the Turtles, though many companies would do the same later. Dark Horse was another one that needs to be added, as Boris the Bear and Concrete were huge hits as B&W books.

Aaaargh! Comics (The Crypt, don't remember this one being a huge hit, but it was around)

Aardvark-Vanaheim (A-V was around way before the Turtles and the glut, but I'm sure Sim did capitalize a lot on the sudden interest in black and white books, it was when I first tried Cerebus. They also published quite a few other titles before Deni took them with her to Renegade Press.)

Crowquill Comics (Eb'nn the Raven was a big title at the beginning of the B&W glut)

Arrow Comics (The Realm, Deadworld)

R.A.K. Graphics (Thundermace was another early hot book)

Harrier (the first issue of Redfox was definitely a wall book at the time)

Thoughts & Images (Albedo was red hot in those days, and still hold quite a bit of value today)

Fishwrap Productions (Fish Police were also huge)

WaRP Graphics (Elfquest, like Cerebus was a precursor to the B&W Glut.)

Fantagraphics (Critters was a big success early with regular Usagi Yojimbo appearances. Love and Rockets was also hot)

Crystal Publications (Eagle)

Slave Labor (one of my favorites, Samurai Penguin, It's Science with Dr. Radium)

Solson (similar to Blackthorne, in my opinion, as they both flooded the B&W market with crappy books)

Planet X Productions (Geriatric Gangrene Jujitsu Gerbils)

Prelude Graphics (Gnatrat)

Rip Off Press (even underground publisher Rip Off Press got into the act with Miami Mice)

First Comics (they were mainly color, but Lone Wolf and Cub was a huge B&W hit for them)

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So I did a little thinking today. I am guessing based on the date of the Malibu Related and Apocrypha checklist I put together that I read that article I remembered in October 2010. Nearly 3 years ago and nothing to go on but my fairly reliable memory and google. I found it within an hour.

Black and White and Dead All Over
http://classic.tcj.com/history/a-comics ... -part-two/
Written by Gary Groth and published in The Comics Journal 116, July 1987. An interesting contemporary article about the black and white explosion, broken into five pages, pages 3 through 5 are most interesting to me. It is part two of a three part series. I will read the other two parts tomorrow.

I read an interesting tidbit about Solson publishing while I was digging this article up. The company was started by Sol Brodsky's son Gary. Sol-son.

I think Antarctic Press and NEC New England Comics both belong in this list too. Although they are both still publishing in colour today, they both started out in the mid-80s publishing independent black and white comics. NEC publishes the Tick while AP publishes Gold Digger and Warrior Nun Areala.

I ran across a lot of names of the old B&W companies that only put out a few issues and folded. Bro J mentioned a few already (you really need to pick his brain, I am not even close to his league on this kind of thing). KZ Comics and Orestes Comics both stuck with me.

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Thanks guys. I'll be updating the top post probably later today with your suggestions.
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I added Blackthorne. I might not get the top post updated with the rest of the suggestions until the weekend. Thanks again, guys.
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I added the suggested publishers to the top post in this thread. I added BrotherJ's specific titles that he attached to his suggested publishers, when he suggested them.
Please let me know if you guys can add any other black and white 80s publishers, or titles that highlighted those publishers' work. (Maybe we should add key creators in parenthesis next to the publishers listing?) Or, if you find any mistakes in my editing the top post. Thanks.
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I added Capital City to the list.
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Are you wanting to make checklists? I started making some checklists for these. I will post those in the Dead Universe Checklists section and post links to the threads here (those threads get buried too easily because of all the frelling stickies).

We already have checklists for a few of these. I will do some leg work.

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Chiclo wrote:Are you wanting to make checklists? I started making some checklists for these. I will post those in the Dead Universe Checklists section and post links to the threads here (those threads get buried too easily because of all the frelling stickies).

We already have checklists for a few of these. I will do some leg work.


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I added Pioneer. They were a publisher that started in the late eighties, and seemed to specialize in black and white reprints. Looks like they had some pretty cool stuff.

http://www.mycomicshop.com/search?pl=Pioneer
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I'll see if I can put a link to any checklists we have next to the publishers' names in the top thread.
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Re: Black And White 80s Publishers

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Arrow Comics (thanks to Bro J)
viewtopic.php?f=40&t=34255

Malibu and Apocrypha Checklist
viewtopic.php?f=40&t=32249
This checklist includes Eternity, Pied Piper, Wonder Color, Imperial, Amazing, Adventure, Aircel and Victory. All of those publishers started out in the 80s as b&w publishers even though a few survived the implosion under the Malibu umbrella and published some in colour. Early Malibu definitely fits the category as well.

Silver Wolf and Greater Mercury comics (thanks to kpaquett)
viewtopic.php?f=40&t=38238
These two companies were both run by Kristoff Silver and featured many of the same characters.

Solson Publications (new!)
viewtopic.php?f=40&t=40874

Blackthorne Publishing (new!)
viewtopic.php?f=40&t=40875

Capital Comics does not have a checklist in the DU section but it's a pretty short one. Capital was the publishing wing of Capital City Distributing, probably the last major distributor to challenge Diamond. They were not the only distributor to try publishing and rarely did both work in the long term for any company.

Capital Comics

Badger 1, 2, 3, 4 (continued publication with First from 5 onward)
Nexus v1 1, 2, 3
Nexus v2 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 (continued publication with First from 7 onward)
Whisper 1, 2 (continued publication with First beginning a second volume with a new number 1)

There are a couple of publishers that published comics in the 80s in both colour and b&w and took advantage of the b&w fad.

Comico (thanks to Knightt)
viewtopic.php?f=40&t=12116

First (thanks to JohnnyRnR)
viewtopic.php?f=40&t=13913
First carried over the two properties from Capital

There are a few companies we put together checklists for that fit thematically with these other publishers but not as well historically. Mostly from the early 90s, these are black and white indy publishers. A few continued characters that first appeared in some of these b&w glut era books, like Adolescent Radioactive Blackbelt Hamsters.

Spoof Comics and Parody Press
viewtopic.php?f=40&t=32882
Early 90s

Continüm Comics (thanks to Doorman)
viewtopic.php?f=40&t=24764
1989 to 1991?

Entity Comics
viewtopic.php?f=40&t=32251
Mid 90s

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Interesting stuff! I culled your above post, Chiclo, and added the companies that weren't listed to the top post. I added the ones that were 90s publishers also, and denoted them as such.
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I did a little mining and turned up a few more companies and checklists. FantaCo may not fit entirely within the parameters we are looking for but they definitely started out as a b&w in the 80s. I also looked at Americomics - they started out as b&w in the 80s but are still publishing today. Probably fits in the same file as Dark Horse, Antarctic Press and NEC. Some of these sound pretty bad - like the Official Comics Enquirer Swimsuit Price Guide. Some sound like they may be worth tracking down, like Steel Pulse Pro-Wrestling Adventures.

Companies:

Blue Comet
Dimension Graphics
FantaCo
Gateway Comics
MA Comics
M.E. Comix
New Horizons Comics
NYC New York City Comics
Pinnacle
Saga Publishing
Showcase Publications
Silver Snail Comics
Ten-Buck Comics
True Fiction Comics
Twilight Twins Productions

Checklists

Blue Comet

Bladesman 0, 1, 2
Bladesman Undersea 1
Crime-Smasher Special Edition 1
Cursed Worlds Bible Sourcebook 1
Deathrow 1, 2
L.I.F.E. Brigade 1, 2, 3
The New Partners in Peril 1
New Power Stars 1
Outlaw Overdrive 1, 1 Red Edition, 1 Gold Edition, 2, 3, 4
Roller Coasters Special Edition 1
Rough Raiders 1, 2, 3, Annual 1, Yearbook 1
Varmints 1, Special 1
Windraven 1
Windraven Adventures 1
The (Devil’s) Workshop 1
Zorann 0, 1

Dimension Graphics

ElfTrek 1, 2
Happy Birthday Gnatrat
Heroman 1
Secret Doors 1

FantaCo

Air Warriors GN 1, 2
Alien Encounters 1
Amazon Tales 1, 2, 3, 4
Amazon Woman v1 1, 2
Amazon Woman v2 1, 2, 3, 4
Amazon Woman and the Quest for Eternal Youth 1
Amazon Woman Invaders of Terror 1
Amazon Woman Jungle Album 1
Amazon Woman Jungle Fever 1
Attack of the Amazon Girls 1
Avengers Chronicles
Babes and Biomechanics 1
Badderdude 1
(Blood? 1?)
Blood and Kisses 0, 1, 2, 3
Blood Gothic 1, 2
Blood Letting v1 1, 2
Blood Letting v2 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Collector Magazine 1
Daredevil Chronicles 1
Deep Red 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Deja-Vu 1
Demonique Magazine 1, 2, 3, 4
Dread Official Clive Barker Newsletter 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Dread Summer Special 1
Famous Monsters Chronicles HC
FantaCo Horror Yearbook 11, 12, 13
FantaCo’s Chronicles 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
FantaCo’s Chronicles Series Annual 1
Fantagor Presents Brood GN 1
Fantastic Four Chronicles 1
Gates of Eden 1
Girl Squad X 1
Gore Shriek v1 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, Ashcan (6 ½)
Gore Shriek v2 1, 2, 3, Annual
Gore Shriek Delectus GN
Graphic (FantaCo) 1
(Heatseeker 1?)
Hembeck 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Infectious 1
King of the Dead 0, 1, 2, 3, 4
Legends of the Living Dead 1
Mug Shots TPB 1
Night of the Living Dead v1 1, 2, 3, 4
Night of the Living Dead v2 0, 1, 2, 3
Night of the Living Dead Aftermath 0
Night of the Living Dead London 1, 2
Night of the Living Dead Prelude 1
Night of the Living Dead TPB 1
Night’s Children 1, 2, 3, 4
Night’s Children Double Indemnity 1
Night’s Children Erotic Fantasies 0
Night’s Children Foreplay 1
Night’s Children Origins 1
Night’s Children Vampyr 1, 2, 3, 4
No Guts or Glory 1
Official Comics Enquirer Swimsuit Price Guide 1
PermWoman 1, 2
Prey for Us Sinners 1
Rabid 1
Return of Girl Squad X
Sage 1
Scab 1, 2
Shriek 1, 2
Shriek Special 1, 2, 3
Smilin’ Ed Comics 1, 2, 3, 4
Smoking Hold 1
Sold Out 1, 2
Tales of Screaming Horror 1
Vault of Screaming Horror 1
Weird West 1, 2, 3
X-Men Chronicles
Zombie War 1, 2
Zombie War Earth Must Be Destroyed 1, 2, 3, 4

Gateway Comics

Shadow Warrior 1

MA Comics

Karate Kreatures 1, 2

M.E. Comix

Corban the Barbearian 1, 2
Nomads of Antiquity 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
T-Bird Chronicles 1, 2

New Horizons Publications

Daughters of the Universe 1
Spectrum 1

NYC New York Comics

Protectors 1, 2
Washmen 1

Pinnacle

Bella Donna 1
Creepy Tales 1
Goon Patrol 1
Messiah 1, After the Messiah Saga 2

Saga Publishing

Shadow of the Groundhog 1

Showcase Publications

Comics Artists Showcase 1
Crack Busters 1, 2
Cryptic Tales 1

Silver Snail Comics

Pork Knight This Little Piggy 1

Ten-Buck Comics

Space Beaver 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

True Fiction Publications

Steel Pulse Pro-Wrestling Adventures 1, 2, 3, 4

Twilight Twins Productions

Goddess Untold Tales of Zolastraya 1
Secretum Secretorum 0
Stray Cats 1
Zolastraya and the Bard 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

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Good work! I'll post here as I integrate stuff into the top thread.
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I added Silverline, which was mentioned in a different thread. One of their titles, Cat and Mouse, looks interesting. I might have to check it out. It looks like Cat and Mouse went to Aircel after Silverline.
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Re: Black And White 80s Publishers

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I copied and pasted chiclo's checklists to the top post in this thread. Still need to integrate his most recent list of 80s black and white companies.
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