Thursday, August 3, 2017

Wanted TPB by Dan: Boris the Bear

Writer: Mike Richardson and Randy Stradley
Artist: James Dean Smith
Dark Horse Comics (1986)

Boris the Bear #1-12

Clipped from Wikipedia: Starting in 1986 and created by James Dean Smith and Steve Mattsson, Boris the Bear was the second title published by Dark Horse Comics. Telling the story of an anthropomorphic bear, who is soon revealed to be a robot, the book parodied many other comic book characters while also satirizing the comic book industry as a whole. The character’s popularity led to parodies of Boris himself and “revenge” stories appearing in titles such as Blackthorne Publishing’s Laffin’ Gas and Eclipse Comics’ Adolescent Radioactive Black Belt Hamsters.

In 1987, a disagreement with Dark Horse, over the direction of the title, convinced Smith to take Boris back from Dark Horse after the twelfth issue, and begin self-publishing the book under his own Nicotat Comics banner. Eventually, despite Smith having the title plotted through the fortieth issue, Nicotat ended its run with the thirty-fourth issue in November, 1991.

In April, 2007 James Dean Smith began self-publishing again under the name Oasis Comics. While it seemed, at the time, that Boris had returned to comics after a ten-year hiatus, no more issues of the title have been published and the character has not appeared since.

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