Dynamite Entertainment is an American comic book company that primarily publishes licensed franchises of adaptations of other media. These include adaptations of film properties such as Army of Darkness, Terminator and RoboCop, literary properties such as Zorro, Dracula, Sherlock Holmes and Alice in Wonderland as well as properties previously owned by other comic publishers, which include Red Sonja and Vampirella. They also published superhero comics such as Project Superpowers.
Dynamite Entertainment is a comic book publisher founded by Nick Barrucci in 2004, first producing two Army of Darkness limited series published through Devil's Due Publishing until self-publishing their titles the following year. The first two years saw them adding only a handful of titles like Red Sonja and Xena. After devoting itself to publishing only Army of Darkness, Dynamite came back one year later with Red Sonja, debuting with a 25-cent issue #0. It sold 240,000 copies and #1, the first to sell at a full cover price of $2.99, sold 100,000 in initial orders which cemented Dynamite's position as a force in the American comic book industry. Now Dynamite publishes a current slate of 14-20 comic books and 2-10 collections per month.
Dynamite Entertainment focuses primarily on comic book adaptations of existing properties, with most of their original properties being new interpretations of the classic monsters Dracula, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, Frankenstein's Monster and the Wolf Man. Other properties include Buck Rogers, and Sherlock Holmes.
They have also crossed over with other companies on several occasions, have been released through other companies. These crossovers include the likes of Monster War (Dynamite and Image/Top Cow), Spider-Man/Red Sonja (Dynamite and Marvel), Freddy vs Jason vs Ash (Dynamite and WildStorm) and Batman '66 Meets The Green Hornet (Dynamite and DC).
In 2010 Dynamite began publishing comics books based on The Green Hornet beginning with a miniseries written by Kevin Smith, and followed by Green Hornet: Year One, which was written by Matt Wagner.
In May 2010 Dynamite Entertainment acquired the Chaos! Comics' library and all associated assets (with the exception of Lady Death who now belongs to Boundless/Avatar Press). These include the publishing labels Black Label Graphics, Infinity Comics and the properties Evil Ernie, Smiley, Chastity, Purgatori, Jade, Omen, Bad Kitty, Cremator, Lady Demon and many more.
Also in 2010, Dynamite bought Harris Comics, a subgroup of Harris Publications, which meant they now had the rights to publish the property of Vampirella, making them the third publisher to do so (after Warren and Harris).
Comic-books published by Dynamite (under the format of ongoing or limited series) are:
- Manning, Shaun. "Dynamite Celebrates Five Years". Comic Book Resources. April 16, 2009
- Dynamite: Five Years and Counting, Publishers Weekly, November 16, 2009
- "Dynamite Debuts Buck Rogers for a Quarter". Newsarama. February 23, 2009
- Brady, Matt. "Back to the Future: Barrucci and Beatty on Buck Rogers". Newsarama. February 23, 2009
- "Dynamite's Nick Barrucci Talks Sherlock Holmes". Newsarama. March 9, 2009
- Brady, Matt. "Dynamite Lands 'Green Hornet' Comic Book License". Newsarama. March 31, 2009
- Phegley, Kiel. "CCC09: Dynamite Entertainment". Comic Book Resources. August 10, 2009
- "Dynamite Acquires Chaos Comics". Comic Book Resources. May 19, 2010
- "Dynamite Lands Adolescent Radioactive Black Belt Hamsters License". Newsarama. March 30, 2007
- Renaud, Jeffrey. "Adolescent Radioactive Black Belt Hamsters Return". Comic Book Resources. October 11, 2007
- "The Return of Adolescent Radioactive Black Belt Hamsters". March 30, 2007
- Bad Boy details at Dynamite Entertainment
- Phegley, Kiel. "WW Philly: Ennis Tells Dynamite Stories of 'Battlefields'". Comic Book Resources. June 1, 2008
- Callan, Jonathan. "WW Philly: Garth Ennis Q&A". Newsarama. June 2, 2008
- Brady, Matt. "Drawing the Future: Carlos Rafael on Buck Rogers". Newsarama. March 9, 2009
- "FULL ISSUE: Dan Dare #1 by Ennis & Erskine". Newsarama. December 22, 2008
- Brady, Matt. "Story of a Bad, Bad Family: James Kuhoric on 'Dead Irons'". Newsarama. October 9, 2008
- Phegley, Kiel. "Jae Lee Darkens 'Dead Irons'" Comic Book Resources. November 24, 2008
- Phegley, Kiel. "Alexander Draws Sights on 'Dead Irons'". Comic Book Resources. December 1, 2008
- "WW: Chicago - Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash Coming in November". Newsarama. 12 August 2007
- Renaud, Jeffrey. "MANO-A-MANO-A-MANO: 'Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash'". Comic Book Resources. August 21, 2007
- Bernardin, Marc. EW Exclusive: "Kevin Smith takes on Batman and the Green Hornet". Entertainment Weekly. May 13, 2009
- Brady, Matt. "Christos Gage on Dynamite's 'The Man With No Name'". Newsarama. August 15, 2008
- "Wellington Dias Outdraws 'The Man with No Name'". Comic Book Resources. February 28, 2008
- "Man With No Name: The Good, The Bad And The Uglier #1". Newsarama. March 25, 2008
- "Ross! Krueger! Dynamite! 'SUPERPOWERS!'". Comic Book Resources. July 18, 2007
- Phegley, Kiel. "Phil Hester Talks 'Masquerade'". Comic Book Resources. January 13, 2009
- Brady, Matt. "Phil Hester on Masquerade & First Look at the Trailer". Newsarama. March 9, 2009
- Brady, Matt (June 10, 2009). "RoboCop Returns to Comics with Dynamite". Newsarama. http://www.newsarama.com/comics/060910-Robocop.html. Retrieved 2009-06-17.
- Brady, Matt. "Guggenheim & Gonzales on Bringing 'Super Zombies' to Life". Newsarama. November 5, 2008
- Phegley, Kiel. "Guggenheim Talks 'Super-Zombies'". Comic Book Resources. January 15, 2009
- Brady, Matt. "Launching a World of Super Zombies at Dynamite". Newsarama. January 16, 2009
- Brady, Matt (May 26, 2009). "And Doom is His Name: Arvid Nelson on 'Thulsa Doom'". Newsarama. http://www.newsarama.com/comics/050926-Nelson-Doom.html. Retrieved 2009-05-26.
- Phegley, Kiel (May 29, 2009). ""Doom" Comes To Dynamite". Comic Book Resources. http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=21389. Retrieved 2009-05-29.
- "Dynamite Opens the Stargate". Newsarama. July 20, 2009
- "Dynamite Entertainment Acquires Vampirella". Comic Book Resources. March 17, 2010. http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=25274.
- Brownfield, Troy (May 7, 2010). "L.A. Banks' VAMPIRE HUNTRESS Stalks Dynamite in July". Newsarama. http://www.newsarama.com/comics/Vampire-Huntress-Dynamite-100507.html. Retrieved June 6, 2010.
- Sunu, Steve (May 25, 2010). "L.A. Banks' "Vampire Huntress" Continues in Comics". Comic Book Resources. http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=26370. Retrieved June 6, 2010.
- "Dynamite Launches "Warlord of Mars"". Comic Book Resources. July 19, 2010. http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=27272.
- Dynamite Entertainment at the Grand Comics Database