IDW Acquires ‘T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents’ And Other Tower Comics Series
Fans bummed about the demise of DC’s T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents series can take at least a little comfort from the fact that the characters have found a new publishing home. IDW has announced that it has acquired the rights to the franchise, following TA’s various stints at about half a dozen other publishers since the team’s debut by creators Len Brown and Wally Wood at Tower Comics in 1965.While specific plans for T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents are still being mapped out by IDW, the publisher has commented on at least a few of its intentions, including reprinting classic material as well as all-new stories.
From IDW’s official press release:
“I’m thrilled that IDW will be bringing its extraordinary talents and craft to producing everything from beautiful omnibus volumes to bold and cutting-edge new comic book titles based on T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents,” said Michael Uslan, who initiated the project. “With top quality, IDW will be presenting the works of comic book super-stars, including T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents creator, Wally Wood (Daredevil, MAD, EC horror and science fiction comics, All-Star Comics, Power Girl) along with the legendary Steve Ditko (Spider-Man, Dr. Strange); Gil Kane (Green Lantern, The Atom); Mike Sekowsky (Justice League); Reed Crandall (Blackhawk); Dave Cockrum (X-Men); George Perez (Wonder Woman, New Teen Titans); Murphy Anderson (Hawkman, The Spectre); Paul Gulacy (Master of Kung Fu); Jerry Ordway (Shazam, Justice Society); Ron Lim (Warlock, Silver Surfer), Keith Giffen(Legion of Super-Heroes, Lobo); Dan Adkins (Creepy, Dr. Strange), and many others.”
In addition to T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents, IDW’s also announced that it has acquired the rights to two other former Tower Comics titles, Undersea Agent, which had a six-issue run back in ’66 and stars — I kid you not — a non-Monkee called Davy Jones, and Fight the Enemy, a war comic that ran for three issues the same year.