Updated on 16 October, 2021
A-1 Comics was a golden age comic book publication that started out in July, 1944 and lasted until early 1955, running to nearly 160 issues. However, only the first seventeen issues carried the name "A-1" across the cover. All other issues used the unheroic superhero's name. The main titles for this era of comic books were Incredible Hulk, Kingpin, Punisher, Ghost Rider, Punisher (also known as Frank Miller) and the Ghost Rider. The last two installments of this run, Ghost Rider and the Dark Knight, were not produced by Marvel.
It was not until the later half of the 1960s that A-1 Comics made a return to the comic book world, with the release of a collection of single issues from this era. Collecting this type of comic book was much easier then collecting decades old issues, as the contents of these single issues could be preserved in their original condition for future enjoyment. In fact, many of the single issue comic books from this era are still available in their collected editions, sealed with the original cover intact.
The collection of A-1 Comics was quite massive when it was first released, and it only increased with the success of the series. At one time, there were hundreds of single issues in circulation, all of which contained a different superhero. However, when a new series was introduced, it often left the single issues behind and was replaced by the new series. This continuity remained until the late 1980s when a new "super hero" named The Phantom became a popular comic book character.
The original numbering system of A-1 Comics was followed through until the seventies, but once again, a new numbering system was introduced during the eighties. For awhile, there was a tie-in series featuring the characters Green Lantern and The Flash. These tie-ins generally lasted for one issue before being discontinued. Still, the single issue comics had a following well into the nineties.
A-1 Comics has always been able to produce an audience response, even when the superheroes were no longer on the comic book shelves. One of the most popular of their single issues was "The Day the Earth Stood Still" written by Alan Davis and drawn by Bill Finger. The two worked together for the final issue and created one of the greatest superheroes in comic book history. This series is commonly collected in either the trade paperback versions or hardcover edition. The trade paperback edition is slightly cheaper than the hardcover collections due to the loss of artwork in the process.
Some of the more popular heroes who have made appearances in A-1 Comics issues over the years include Green Lantern, Green Arrow, Speedy Gonzales, The Hulk, Bat Girl, and the classic X-Men characters Wolverine and Cyclops. Some other lesser known superheroes have made cameos in comics such as Vampirella, Incredible Hulk, and Ghost Rider. In recent times, a number of different X-Men and Spider-Man related books have hit the market which continue to grow in popularity. These comic books have consistently sold well over the years.
The traditional format of A-1 Comics was established in 1955 with the founding of the company in that year. All issues were initially published in color until May of that year when the first black and white issue was released. Since that time, A-1 has prided itself on publishing quality comic books regardless of whether they are in color or black and white. They still remain one of the leading publishers in the industry.
If you enjoy reading comics, but do not want to deal with the hassles of buying individual comic books, then A-1 Comics can provide you with what you need. A-1 has many great comic books available to suit any reader, from those who prefer traditional comic book terms to those who enjoy reading comics online. Whether you are an avid writer, artist, or just like to collect comic books, you will be sure to find what you want at A-1 Comics.