The distributor, Pacific Comics began publishing titles for direct sales through comic shops in 1981 with the inaugural issue of Jack Kirby's CAPTAIN VICTORY AND THE GALACTIC RANGERS. This upstart company challenged the major companies to pay the artists and writers fairly. Pacific maintained that any of its creators could keep the rights to anything new and copyrightable. Marvel and DC had always maintained that its artists could create any new character, but Marvel and DC immediately owned it! Pacific also was the first company to give payments according to the sales figures. Soon afterward DC and Marvel gave royalties according to sales.
Of course, all of the very finest talent began working for Pacific. Berni Wrightson, Ploog, Conrad, Williamson, Joners, Mayerik, Redondo, and Stevens all contributed to Pacific's success. Business became too brisk for the two brothers who had been selling comics out of a closet, and in a few short years the publishing empire came crashing down leaving behind some of the greatest comics ever published!
Pacific Comics was similar to Image Comics in many ways. Image Comics, founded by Todd McFarlane, felt that he could earn more with his own characters than by working for Marvel Comics. Others, as we all know, joined up with him and are now producing some of the most exciting comics of the nineties.
What does all this mean to a collector? Answer: High quality art and stories can be purchased at a fraction of true worth. Try to imagine that Pacific had not gone bankrupt and was still publishing comics. It's likely that Image Comics and Todd would simply have joined the staff at Pacific to produce the most exciting comics of the nineties. However, since Pacific is no longer around to promote its projects, the value of these gems has remained fairly low for many years. Most of these books trade around two to five dollars with cover prices of $1.50! Marvel and DC sold comics at around 60-70 cents at that time so a book at $1.50 compares to $2.95-$3.95 (in 1998 dollars). Simply translated, a collector has the choice of buying a $3.95 hot book published today or spending the same $3.95 for a mint condition book with proven top creators published 15 years ago. High quality pubs are receiving high grades of 9.8 regularly from CGC and several titles are available as Certified Only.
Here is a listing of Pacific Comics titles for sale at BACK ISSUE COMICS:
ALIEN WORLDS: Three or more self contained Sci-Fi stories in each issue for mature readers. Dave Stevens provides a great story and gorgeous art in issue #2 and comes highly recommended as your introduction to Pacific Comics. Dave illustrates a cover for issue #2 and #4 too. There were 9 great issues published in all. Issue #2 pictured at top of Page.
ALIEN WORLDS/ CGC ONLY
NM+ / NM Details
1 # 1
9 Cool Covers Get'm Certified!
BOLD ADVENTURE: "Time Force" and "Spitfire" adventure yarns.
BOLD ADVENTURE 1-3 $2.00/1.80CAPTAIN VICTORY AND THE GALACTIC RANGERS: This is one of the last great Kirby sagas and one of our favorites of all time. Fast Seller and running low!
CAPTAIN VICTORY (PC)
1, 2, 3-9,11-13 $15 each or CGC 30/44.500/65
Special ..... $ 15 each or CGC 30/44.50/65
DEMON DREAMS: Horror.
DEMON DREAMS 1 $1.00/.90FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER: Classic Tale.
FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER 1 $1.50/1.35(unable to locate these)EDGE OF CHAOS: Great art and stories.
EDGE OF CHAOS 1, 2 $2.00/1.80GROO: Laugh out loud to the antics of a stupid barbarian. These are the classic issues that began to find a cult following.Photo at top of page.
GROO, THE WANDERER / CGC available too 1 Pacific Comics $NA/10 or CGC $35/50/85 2 ........................ $NA/7 or CGC $30/40/50 3-8 ..................... $NA/NA or CGC $30/40/50 GROO CHRONICLES NM+ / NM Details 1 ($3.50 2-6.... $3.50/3.50 GROO THE WANDERER (Final prices listed, no further discounts)NM 11-20 Marvel 1995 ......$2.25 CERTIFY THIS COMIC 21-30, ..........................$2.00 33, 35-42, 44-48,51-56, 58-60 62 (29 $2.75 final price) 63-66, 68-74, 80 .......$1.75 Final Price Set of All Groo the W. 129.50JOE KUBERT SCHOOL PRESENTS: Illustrator Joe Kubert publishes the work of his students.
JOE KUBERT SCHOOL PRESENTS 1983 1 $5.00 NM+ only/ CGC for $40 9.6 or 9.8 $48
MASTER OF THE MACABRE: Illustrator Bernie Wright published some of his best works of horror. Mature.Photo at top of page.
MASTER OF THE MACABE (Pacific) Available Certified Only NM+ / NM Details 1 Bernie .... 30/50/82 2-4 Wrightson 30/50/82MS. MYSTIC: Neil Adams does a one shot. This stands alone as a great classic.
MS. MYSTIC 1, 2 $2.50/2.25
1 The Rocketeer/Stevens $NA/4 # 1
2 Rocketeer/Ditko story.. $NA/4.00 CERTIFY THIS COMIC
3 .............................. $5.00/2.75
PATHWAYS TO FANTASY: Fantasy stories by Jeff Jones, Barry Smith and others.
PATHWAYS TO FANTASY 1 Barry Smith, Jeff Jones 2.50/2./25RAVONS AND RAINBOWS: By Jeffery Jones, extraordinary stories by a talented artist.
RAVENS & RAINBOWS 1 Jeffery Jones $2.50/2.25
SILVER HEELS: Adventure and fantasy by Scott Hampton and Bruce Jones.
SILVER HEELS 1-3, 5 $1.50/1.35SILVERSTAR: Kirby epic story and art. Photo at top of page.
SILVERSTAR 1, 2, 5 Jack Kirby Few on stock $10 each NMSKATEMAN: A one-shot by Neil Adams. A super hero on roller-skates. This makes us wonder where Marvel ever came up with the idea of Dazzler!
SOMMERSET HOLMES : Bruce Jones and Brent Anderson provide outstanding 6 issue series detective story and art. Backup story "Cliffhanger" by Al Williamson. A small plane crashes in a South American jungle during the 20's. pub. 1984 baxter paper as are most of Pacific publications. 1, 3, 4, 6, $2.50 / 2.00
2 1ST ROCKERTEER $NA/ $6.00
3 2ND ROCKETEER $NA/ $6.00
5 2nd Groo ............... $NA/ $5.00
4,6-13 ,17, 21 .......... $NA/$2.50
SUN RUNNERS : Broderick art features elephants in space!
1,2 ,4, 6 $2.50/2.00THRILLOGY: Three independent stories all written and drawn by Tim Conrad. Stories range from Sci-Fi to primeval man to Merlin in King Arthur's court.
THRILLOGY 1 1 Shot $1.50/1.35
TWISTED TALES NM+ / NM Details 1 $na/3.00 CGC POPULAR TITLE ON STOCK 2-8 Adults Only $na/3.00 CGC ONLY
If you are a reader of comics, there should be something here for you. It's our hope that you will try a few issues and get hooked on the highly under-rated PACIFIC COMICS.
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