DC lands rights to landmark indie series 'Elfquest'

[Elfquest]Today, DC Comics announced that they've acquired worldwide publishing rights in all formats and languages as well as media and merchandising rights to the epic-adventure fantasy comic book series "Elfquest." DC's President and Publisher Paul Levitz made the announcement.

DC described "Elfquest" as a "magical universe of elves, trolls, mer-elves, primitive humans and fairylike creatures that has attracted a rabidly loyal fan base since the first black and white comics were self-published in 1978 by artist/writer Wendy Pini and her husband and series editor Richard Pini."

"It's a pleasure to bring Wendy and Richard's incredibly original universe into our diverse publishing program," Levitz said in a release. "We hope to take their quarter-century of success and build it together to new heights."

"We are big believers in new beginnings," Wendy Pini said in a release. "Coming as it does on the silver anniversary of the release of our first issue of Elfquest, we feel this opportunity is a gift from the Universe that frees us up to create new epic adventures in brand new formats for a brand new audience as well as for our longtime fans."

"After a quarter century of shepherding 'Elfquest' as far as the two of us could take it, we are thrilled, now, to have the power, punch and creativity of DC Comics behind us," Richard Pini said in a release. "We can't imagine a more respectful and enthusiastic partner to help us take our beloved characters into new realms."

This announcement is especially sweet for the Pinis as "Elfquest" is currently celebrating its 25th year in publishing, quite an accomplishment for an independently produced comic. "Elfquest" has been published in a variety of formats in those 25 years including comic books, graphic novels, prose novelizations, short story collections, reference and related books. For a short period in the '80s, Marvel Comics reprinted early "Elfquest" stories as part of their Epic line.

DC has many plans for the "Elfquest" line. According to the release, "As part of the initial publishing plan DC Comics will be publishing a full-color, hardcover archive series and compact-sized black and white trade paperbacks, along with a DC Direct merchandise program, plus new, original Elfquest material to be produced by the Pinis."

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