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HISTORY OF CALIBER
Spring 1992 - Caliber launches two new lines of comics. Iconografix debuts in April and Gauntlet in May. Iconografix dealt with material often referred to as the "slice of life" or cutting edge titles. Included here were the first issues of Lowlife, Meatcakes, some early Dave Cooper work, a Jason Lutes one shot and some issues from Matt Howarth. Gauntlet was an action based line and the leading titles were U.N. Force and Berzerker featuring early art from Rob Liefeld. Also in April, Caliber launched the first of its Calibrations incarnations.
Summer 1992 - Caliber produces a specially made comic for Troma Films...Frostbiter, which is distributed at the Cannes Film Festival but never released to the comics market.
Fall 1992 - The long running series of Deadworld and Realm come to a close, setting the stage for a re-launch the following year.
Early Winter 1993 - Caliber releases UN Force which gains national attention on CNN and HNN. Sales skyrocket on the series...for awhile. In February, Caliber releases Berzerker #1 which remains Caliber's top selling black and white book for its entire history.
Spring 1993 - Caliber releases all new versions of Deadworld and The Realm. Another series released, Sinergy, based on Dante’s Inferno, gets a great deal of critical acclaim.
Summer 1993 - The first issue of Negative Burn is released and will become Caliber's longest running consecutive series to eventually end at number 50.
Fall 1993 - Caliber merges with the Stabur Corporation. Caliber's only two employees ( Reed and Pride) move into the Stabur offices and Reed becomes President of Stabur as well.
Spring 1994 - Reed is named Vice-President of McFarlane Toys while still running Stabur and Caliber. Jim Pruett is hired to take over some of the editorial duties of Caliber.
Summer 1994 -Caliber releases records and a specialty magazine, ARC, and enters distribution with records and magazines. Caliber produces special comics for Wal-Mart distribution including the series of Big Bang and Stormquest. Notable releases in the summer include Big Bang and Renfield. Renfield will eventually be used in literature classes at a couple of universities.
Fall 1994 - Caliber provides an adaptation of the Frankenstein novel for mass market. It is Caliber's best selling title ever although only a few thousand sold in comic shops. . A new series, OZ, is released and will eventually have over 30 issues published by Caliber.
Winter 1994-Caliber continues to provide mass market distribution comics including Stormquest and 10 Tome Press titles at sales 12x what the "comics market" orders. Caliber releases the first issue of Kabuki.
Spring 1995 - Caliber hires Joe Martin and releases the initial launch of PowerCardz.
Summer 1995 - The imprint of New Worlds is launched. Initial titles include Raven Chronicles, Inferno, and Searchers. Tim Parsons is hired on for Special Projects.
Fall 1995 -The Spawn PowerCardz are released. In addition to comic stores, the game cards are released to national markets such as Toys R Us, Wal-Mart, K-Mart, and Target.
Winter 1996 -Caliber has good success with three new series--Legendlore, Cavewoman, and Deodato Comics.
Spring 1996 - The first issue of Moebius Comics is released. Other new titles include the "under a buck" series of Calibrations and the debut issue of Kaos Moon. Reed leaves TMP and Caliber moves to new offices.
Fall 1996 -Caliber launches the Tapestry line. The initial releases include Explorers, Pakkin's Land, Patty Cake, and Terror Tots. Although heavily praised, sales are disappointing.
Winter 1997 - Daemonstorm featuring a cover from Todd McFarlane, is released. Joe Pruett is hired to serve as Creative Director. Caliber options Searchers and Deadworld and hires an agency in Hollywood.