Comic Book Publishers of the Past
The past editions of this column I've tried to share both important and
less important companies. But in this edition I discuss two very
important companies. I say this because in the first case, Kitchen Sink
Press, the publisher sold a great variety of artistically important
work. In the other, Pacific, it was a company that used the direct market as a
way to reach readers, rather than the news stands. The kind of work each
published was different than typical fare at the time.
Sink Press published both adult works, science fiction, and fantasy works.
and combinations of both. Pacific published heroic tales in the fantasy
realm, science fiction tales, and some amazing works from creative
talents that had decided to escape from Marvel and DC. I liked a great
many books from each publisher, but my view of them being important
isn't from buying habits. Both became outlets for different works,
different than the then current offerings in the marketplace. Kitchen
Sink Press was begun in 1970 and named for the publisher, Denis Kitchen.
The initial focus was upon underground works, but also, they began
reprinting the important the Spirit works from Will Eisner. The last
years of the company saw few releases, due to lack of funds. and though
it died as a publisher, it could be said that it has not left, since the
various formations of the company lived on in different form.
Pacific Comics was born from a comic book store taking advantage of the new
direct market and the opportunity to produce non-comic code restricted
works. as the market began to grow several of the series begun at
pacific moved to other publishers, such as Eclipse, First or Comico.
Still, no matter the slowing of output, and ultimate death as a
publisher, a distributor and retail outlets, the works published were
new for the day.
LINKS FOR THIS EDITION
KITCHEN SINK PRESS