With the massive popularity of super heroes and comic books and their subsequent film and television adaptations, it is surprising that very few comprehensive documentaries about the world of comics exist. Every year or so, the History Channel or other cable outlets will produce a generic overview of the long history of the medium and hit all of the key eras (the original Golden Age, Frederic Wertham’s crusade against comics, the Silver Age comeback, the gritty 1980’s, the current popularity of super hero films, etc.), but viewers (and more importantly, comic fans) rarely get the documentaries they deserve.
According to a recent press release from Dark Horse Comics, Karen Berger, the award-winning comic book editor and the founder of DC Comics’ Vertigo line, will “acquire, edit, and oversee Berger Books, a new line of creator-owned comic books and graphic novels to be published by Dark Horse Comics.”
Berger, who was the guiding force behind some of the greatest comic stories ever told (including Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing, Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman, Garth Ennis’ Helllblazer and Preacher, and Grant Morrison’s Doom Patrol to only name a few), will bring some of her “magic” to Dark Horse Comics in the near future. read more