Valiant Comics - History - Valiant Entertainment

Valiant Entertainment

In 2007, a group of professionals led by Jason Kothari and Dinesh Shamdasani acquired the rights to the Valiant Comics library from Acclaim Entertainment's estate and formed Valiant Entertainment (VE).

Legal battles for the rights to Valiant trademarks occurred as a rival group, Valiant Intellectual Properties LLC (VIP), made filings for some titles, due to a belief that Acclaim Entertainment had failed to renew the trademarks correctly. This held up distribution of titles by Diamond Distribution. Valiant Entertainment eventually won, with former Valiant Editor-In-Chief Jim Shooter continuing to write new stories for hardcover reprints.

In late 2008, Jim Shooter was hired as Editor-In-Chief but only lasted until the summer of 2009. In October 2009, Valiant sued Jim Shooter for breach of contract, after he accepted a writing contract with Dark Horse's relaunch of the Gold Key characters while still a full time employee of Valiant Entertainment.

In August 2011, former CEO of Marvel Comics Peter Cuneo invested in Valiant Entertainment, joined Valiant's board as chairman, with Gavin Cuneo serving as director.

Valiant Entertainment will begin publishing four new monthly comic books based on the Valiant Comics universe of characters, in mid-2012, in what they have termed "The Summer of Valiant". X-O Manowar is their first title, debuting on May 2, 2012, writer Robert Venditti and artist Cary Nord. The following titles include Harbinger in June 2012 by writer Joshua Dysart and artist Khari Evans, Bloodshot in July 2012 by writer Duane Swierczynski and Archer & Armstrong in August 2012 by writer Fred Van Lente and artist Clayton Henry.

Valiant Entertainment also created the Pullbox program, which encourages readers to start a pullbox subscription with their comics store in order to obtain an exclusive version of the comic.

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