Eclipse Enterprises was founded in 1977 by the brothers Jan and Dean Mullaney. Their initial publication, Sabre: Slow Fade of an Endangered Species, was the first graphic novel sold directly to comic stores, and they would go on to be one of the first independent colour comic companies to use the direct sales market emerging in the 1980s. Alongside creator-owned work, Eclipse comics used several of the Hillman characters as the basis for their new universe, bringing back Valkyrie, Skywolf and the Heap, and introducing a new Airboy. Additionally they published the first Champions mini-series, prior to Hero Games setting up their own comics company, Hero Comics; and they also released a comic based on Fantasy Games Unlimited superhero RPG, Villains and Vigilantes. They reprinted the manga Mai the Psychic Girl, Dirty Pair and Dominion, bringing them to a Western fanbase, and adapted the classic novels The Hobbit and I Am Legend. Pulp hero the Spider, freedom fighter Zorro and British icons, John Steed and Emma Peel (in the Steed and Mrs.Peel mini-series), all experienced new adventures. Perhaps most significantly, Eclipse introduced American audiences to Miracleman. Since Eclipse ceased publishing many of their non-creator owned properties have been bought up by Todd McFarlane Productions.
Adolescent Radioactive Black Belt Hamsters (now published by Dynamite)
Champions (before moving to Hero Comics, latterly called Heroic Publishing)
DNAgents (later briefly revived by Antarctic Press)
ESPers (later moved to Epic Comics)
Liberty Project (now reprinted by About Comics)
Villains and Vigilantes
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