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Quality Communications

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Quality Communications




Quality Communications is the company formed by Dez Skinn in 1982 to publish Warrior, an anthology comic book title, in which "V for Vendetta" first appeared, along with an updated version of the 1950s Captain Marvel knockoff, Marvelman (originally published by L. Miller & Sons). Warrior gave a number of British creators their first real break in comics, but folded in 1985. There was a line of US format reprint books featuring stories from the Sci-Fi anthology "000AD as well as various other old British characters including The Steel Claw (some of whom later resurfaced in Wildstorm's Albion series in 2005) published by the company in both the US and the UK under the 'Quality Comics' name from the mid 1980's to about 1990. From 1990-2006, Quality published the news magazine Comics International, but eventually sold it. The company still exists, but is currently a comics dealership and occasional book publisher with no ongoing periodicals to its name.

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Quality's revival of Marvelman led to one of the most protracted comics related legal battles in history, since the unique rights sharing arrangement they instigated led to confusion over who owned the character and, indeed, the strips. This arrangement initially gave a small share in the character to Quality, and 33% shares to editor Dez Skinn, writer Alan Moore and artist Garry Leach, with Leach later 'gifting' his share to his replacement, Alan Davis. When Marvel Comics threatened legal action over Quality's use of a character with the word 'Marvel' in his name (despite the character in question predating Marvel Comics), publication was suspended and Alan Davis apparently gave back his share of the rights to Leach, who maintains he still owns it. Dez Skinn supposedly sold Quality's share to Eclipse Comics, who subsequently reprinted the Marvelman series in the US as 'Miracleman', later continuing the story with Moore as writer and a number of artists. When Moore left the strip, he gave his share of the character to incoming creators Neil Gaiman and Mark Buckingham, but upon Eclipse's dissolution, their back catalogue was bought by Todd McFarlane, who believed this package also included Miracleman. Gaiman contested his ownership in court. Meanwhile, Dez Skinn has since asserted that he only ever licensed the rights to Eclipse and that they reverted to his company upon Eclipse's dissolution, but it has subsequently been claimed that Skinn's original acquisition of the rights to the Marvelman character was not legal in the first place. Marvel comics have since bought the rights to the original 1950s character of Marvelman from Mick Anglo, though the question of the later strips seemingly remains as yet unresolved.


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