Back In the Days When ANYTHING Sold

On what Earth would this product have been picked up, investigated, and purchased? What was the state of the comic book industry when this totally worthless item could be relied upon to sell even enough to justify printing it? It’s a trivia comic from a small publisher. Trivia about characters in that small publisher’s universe. Whoa.

I want you to buy this. I want you to pick this up, read it, and come to me with answers. Why does this exist? Should trees be angry? Who is that character depicted in silhouette on the cover?

One Comment

  1. Posted November 14, 2012 at 9:27 pm | Permalink

    The character in the silhouette is “Fat Ninja”. The title character which had the4 longest run (5 issues) of Silverwolf’s (henceforth to be referred to as ‘SW’) line.

    SW was notorious for being the worst written comic books being published during the ‘Black and white boom!’ of the 1980s. They would have likely had no more success than Fat Ninja’s five issue run save for a few bits of serendipity. The most noteworthy being the hiring of then unknown artist Tim Vigil to draw their vigilante book ‘Grips’. Grips was originally to be drawn by Ron Lim, who did draw the first issue of Eradicators (another semi-successful SW comic) and later went on to work on several Marvel comics, but Vigil’s incredible knack for drawing violent and bloody action scenes landed him on Grips instead.
    Vigil was the perfect artist for Grips because the character was essentially a fusion of Wolverine and The Punisher (and at least 5 dozen other costumed vigilantes). Grips lasted only four issues (largely because of Vigil’s rapid dissatisfaction with working for Kris Silver who wrote all of SW’s books) but was their most (in)famous and popular book by far. Vigil drew 5 portfolios of five plates each as well as six issues of Grips (the last two were later published by Greater Mercury Comics, within their “Greater Mercury Comics Action” anthology title…which is a whole other story there).

    SW released literally dozens of titles in a period of about 1 or 1 and a half years. Most titles lasted one or two issues but a handful lasted 4 issues (or 5 in the case of Fat Ninja). SW was the first company to hire Rob Liefeld (who became famous as a Marvel and DC artist before people realized he could not draw well) but he never actually did the work he was hired to do (a title called “Stech” which was later drawn by Lorenzo Lizanna and lasted one issue as a spin-off of “The Eradicators”).

    I am a collector of Ed Wood-bad independent comic books and ironically the one SW book I never owned or wanted to own was the above “Trivia” comic.

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