AC began life as Paragon Publications in 1982, a company founded by Bill Black. In 1983 this became Americomics, and then in 1984 this in turn was shortened to AC, which has been the company name ever since. It was one of the first independent colour comic companies to use the direct sales market emerging in the 1980's, and the only such company to still be publishing in the 21st century. Like one of it's contemporaries, Eclipse, it used a combination of new characters (Captain Paragon, Commando D, etc) and revitalised Golden Age ones (Ms.Victory, Miss Masque, etc) to create it's own unique universe. Americomics briefly licensed the rights in 1983 to use several of the old Charlton heroes as the Sentinels of Justice, before creating it's own team of that name. But their most successful title, which quickly became their flagship, was Femforce, whose comic was launched in 1985. It was (and remains) the only successful all-female superhero team in comics, passing a landmark 100 issues in 1997.
Today AC continues to produce new adventures for their characters, as well as reprinting Golden Age material in affordable formats.
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