- Trident Comics
Trident Comics was a
comic bookpublishing company based in Leicester, UK, specializing in black and white comics created by new British talent. It was formed in 1989 as an offshoot of the company Neptune Distribution, and went out of business in 1992 when Neptune Distribution did.
Trident Comic's aim was to provide creator-owned opportunities for not just established talent such as
Neil Gaiman, Eddie Campbelland Grant Morrison, but new talent such as Mark Millar, Paul Gristand Dominic Regan. Trident Comics's main editor was Martin Skidmore, a British comic fan who had been previously best known for editing the fan-magazine, " Fantasy Advertiser", a title which Trident Comics published when Skidmore joined the company.
Its first release in early
1989was the "Trident Sampler", a 32 page free sampler issue festuring previews from forthcoming titles. This was followed shortly afterward by "Trident" #1. "Trident" was an anthologytitle, and its first issue featured work such as Eddie Campbell's "Bacchus", Neil Gaimanand Nigel Kitching's "The Light Brigade" and Grant Morrisonand Paul Grist's "St. Swithin's Day".
"Trident" proved successful and was followed shortly afterward by "Saviour"#1 by
Mark Millarand Daniel Vallely. This was Millar's first published work and again proved successful for Trident Comics.In 1989, Trident Comics also launched " Man-Elf" ( created by Michael Moorcock) as well as " Fantasy Advertiser" on a bi-monthly basis.However, this success was tempered by criticism of titles shipping late, something which began to affect its titles more and more.
1990, Trident Comics released its best known title, the collected and recoloured "St. Swithin's Day" by Morrison and Grist. It proved controversial due to its subject matter, it even had questions asked about it in the House of Commons. It quickly sold out and was one of the few titles Trident sent to a second print.After this success, 1990saw more titles such as Paul Grist's " Burglar Bill", Mark Millarand Andrew Hope's, " The Shadowmen" and Eddie Campbelland Phil Elliott's "Lucifer".
Many of these titles suffered from the late shipping that had been a problem previously with the company. This affected sales greatly as well as the reputation of Trident Comics. Another factor was Neptune also forming
Apocalypse Ltd( their main title was the weekly " Toxic!" )in 1991, this stretched all of Neptune's company's to their limit.Eventually during 1992 Neptune Distributionwent bankrupt and took Trident Comics and Apocalypse Ltdwith them.
Titles published include:
Bug Hunters", One off special
* "Burglar Bill", #1
* "Lucifer", # 1-2
Man Elf", #1-5
Norman Spittall", One off special
* "Saviour", #1-6, a trade paperback collecting issues 1-5 was also released.
* "Strand", #1
The Shadowmen", #1-2
* "Trident", #1-8
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