The comic company Valiant first appeared on store shelves in 1990 with a list of talent that included: Jim Shooter, Bob Layton, Barry Windsor-Smith, David Lapham, Joe Quesada, Jimmy Palmiotti and Sean Chen. The company grew quickly, selling over 80 million copies of X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Harbinger, Archer & Armstrong and Rai.
Here we are two and a half decades later and it's time for Valiant to have a 25th Anniversary celebration. A celebration of the heroes, villains and creators that have made Valiant what it is today. And it kicks off on Free Comic Book Day with the Valiant 25th Anniversary Special and will continue with new releases across all of their platforms.
"Valiant has always been about creating stories that will stand the test of time 25 years from now, not reflecting on the successes of 25 years ago," said Valiant Publisher Fred Pierce. "As a member of the Valiant team across more than two decades, I can say that our 25th anniversary is an incredibly exciting turning point for us as one of the premier storytelling companies in comics. All summer long, we'll be revealing glimpses of where Valiant is headed next with special initiatives in print, digital, and licensing for one of our largest and most coordinated efforts to date."
"Even after two decades, many of the innovations Valiant brought to the industry shortly after its arrival in 1990 continue to be felt today," said Valiant CEO & Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani. "For the 25th anniversary, we're celebrating that spirit of creative freedom that made Valiant such an influential force in the first place, and honoring those that made it possible for us to continue the mission of making the best superhero comics in the industry.
"Each year, we always make it known to fans and retailers that they can expect something big from Valiant on Free Comic Book Day," he added. "Rarely are there occasions bigger than the 25th anniversary of one of the most iconic publishers in comics history. Kicking off with our Free Comic Book Day release, and continuing throughout the summer, we're going to make Valiant's 25th year its most exciting to date. Titles like BLOODSHOT REBORN, NINJAK, IMPERIUM, and DIVINITY are only the beginning. All summer long, we'll be revealing a slew of surprises spinning out of our silver anniversary plans."
The Free Comic Book Day offering has two new stories and a bunch of new special features chronicling Valiant's history. The first story by Jeff Lemire and Butch Guice shows the fallout from The Valiant and how it leads into Bloodshot Reborn!. Then Robert Venditti and Rafa Sandoval introduce new readers to the world of X-O Manowar and Dead Hand.
Plus there will be a new trade paperback called Valiant: Zeroes & Origins collecting the introductions of X-O Manoward, Bloodshot, Harbinger and Shadowman with creators like Joshua Dysart, Matt Kindt, Lewis LaRosa, Clay Mann, Peter Milligan, Mico Suayan, Robert Venditti, and many more!
And there will be a new series of Valiant 25th Anniversary variant covers by Rafa Sandoval showcasing the heroes and villains from across 25 years of Valiant history.