The Info List - Gemstone Publishing

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Gemstone Publishing is a U.S. company that publishes comic books and collectors' guides. The company was formed by Diamond Comic Distributors President and Chief Executive Officer Stephen A. Geppi. Gemstone published licensed Disney comic books
Disney comic books
from June 2003 until November 2008. The company has reprinted EC Comics
EC Comics
of the 1950s. Additionally, the company is the current home of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide. [1]


1 Disney comics 2 Russ Cochran and EC Comics
EC Comics
reprints 3 Full-color hardbacks 4 Future 5 References 6 External links

Disney comics[edit] Gemstone's flagship publications were comic books featuring Disney characters; particularly the Donald Duck/ Uncle Scrooge
Uncle Scrooge
comics of such Duck artists as Carl Barks
Carl Barks
and Don Rosa, and the Mickey Mouse
Mickey Mouse
comics of Floyd Gottfredson, César Ferioli, and Romano Scarpa, among others. While popularly known as a reprint house, Gemstone's comics were actually dominated by stories that were new to United States audiences. Vintage material, though popular with readers, was not the majority of the content.

Name Number of pages Format Status Stories featuring

Walt Disney's Comics and Stories 64 (68 w/covers) Prestige Ended Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse, Goofy, Big Bad Wolf, Brer Rabbit, Bucky Bug, Fethry Duck, Grandma Duck, Jr. Woodchucks, Scamp

Uncle Scrooge 64 (68 w/covers) Prestige Ended Scrooge McDuck, Gyro Gearloose, Beagle Boys, Launchpad McQuack, Magica De Spell, Fethry Duck, Donald Duck

The Barks/Rosa Collection 72 (76 w/covers) Prestige Ended Scrooge McDuck, Donald Duck

Donald Duck
Donald Duck
Adventures 128 (132 w/covers) Digest Ended Donald Duck, Scrooge McDuck, Mickey Mouse, Duck Avenger

Mickey Mouse
Mickey Mouse
Adventures 128 (132 w/covers) Digest Ended Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, Minnie Mouse, Pluto, Ellsworth

Donald Duck
Donald Duck
and Friends 32 (36 w/covers) Standard Ended Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse, Goofy

Mickey Mouse
Mickey Mouse
and Friends 32 (36 w/covers) Standard Ended Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Pluto

Gemstone issued annual editions of Christmas
Parade, Vacation
Parade, and Spring Fever; a giveaway for Free Comic Book Day; and occasional special editions (including comic adaptations of Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers and Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas). Gemstone's first large-size book collection, Mickey And The Gang: Classic Stories In Verse, was issued in November 2005. It was a compilation, edited by David Gerstein, of Disney cartoon story pages published from 1934 to 1944 in Good Housekeeping
Good Housekeeping
magazine. Gerstein later edited two Gemstone softcover books that were official tie-ins to the Walt Disney Treasures
Walt Disney Treasures
DVD collections: Disney Comics: 75 Years of Innovation (2006) and Uncle Scrooge: A Little Something Special (2008). Russ Cochran and EC Comics
EC Comics
reprints[edit] Gemstone has also published reprints EC Comics. Gemstone's Comic Book Marketplace-editor Russ Cochran had previously published (in 1973) a dozen reprints of EC titles including Crypt of Terror, Weird Science, The Haunt of Fear, The Vault of Horror, etc., before moving to Gladstone Publishing
Gladstone Publishing
and then to Gemstone, which has been the home of Cochran's EC reprints for over 15 years. Reprinting the Cochran/Gladstone-reprints of The Haunt of Fear, The Vault of Horror and Weird Science (all 1992), Gemstone also republished (in single issue and 'annual' - four issues per 'annual' - format):

Crime SuspenStories, Shock SuspenStories, Two-Fisted Tales, Weird Fantasy and Weird Science-Fantasy
Weird Science-Fantasy
in 1992; Incredible Science Fiction
Incredible Science Fiction
(1994) Frontline Combat
Frontline Combat
(1995) Panic (1997) Piracy and Valor (1998) Aces High, Impact, M.D. and Psychoanalysis (1999), and Crime Patrol and Extra! in 2000.

Oversize, hardback, slip-cased collections of these comics had been previously published in black & white by Cochran during the 1980s as "The Complete EC Library". This Library was then added to by Cochran/Gemstone with 2005's Picto-Fiction collection, comprising the EC comics: Confessions Illustrated, Crime Illustrated, Shock Illustrated and Terror Illustrated, along with "18 previously unseen stories, never published before".[2] Full-color hardbacks[edit] Main article: EC Archives In 2006, Cochran and Gemstone began publication of a series of full-color EC Archives editions. Promising that "[e]ach EC Archive volume will reprint six complete issues (24 stories)",[3] the first volumes of Weird Science and Shock Suspenstories
Shock Suspenstories
both saw print in December, 2006, with forewords from (respectively) EC fans George Lucas and Steven Spielberg. Ostensibly beginning to publish two volumes every two months, the schedule changed to one-per-month and recently one every couple of months. In addition, "Deluxe" versions of Weird Science Vol.s 1 & 2 (both signed by artist Al Feldstein), Shock Suspenstories
Shock Suspenstories
Vol. 1 and Tales From the Crypt Vol. 1 have been published. Future[edit] In early 2009, the future of Gemstone Publishing was unclear, after reports of unpaid printing bills, particularly from the EC Archives.[4] In April, Geppi responded to the uncertainty, noting that while there had been "a reduction in staff at Gemstone," such moves did "not [signal] the end of Gemstone Publishing."[5] Geppi hinted at "new developments" for the Overstreet Price Guide in 2010, and stated that while "no final decision has been made regarding The EC Archives or our comic books featuring Disney's standard characters... it seems certain that both lines will continue in some form."[5] Seven months after Geppi's optimistic statements, the last batch of Gemstone's Disney comics appeared in November 2008, complete with previews for next month's issues that Gemstone was to fail publishing. BOOM! Kids acquired all comic publishing licenses regarding Disney characters, and started publishing comic titles priorly owned by Gemstone by the second half of 2009. References[edit]

^ Our Publishers ^ The Book Palace's "Complete EC Library" pages. Accessed 12 March 2008 ^ EC Comics
EC Comics
Online, home of Gemstone's EC pages Archived 2008-03-17 at the Wayback Machine.. Accessed 12 March 2008 ^ Heidi MacDonald, "Steve Geppi’s debt woes growing" in The Beat, February 18, 2009. Accessed March 5, 2009 ^ a b "Rumors about Gemstone Publishing?" in Scoop, April 18, 2009. Accessed April 19, 2009

External links[edit]

Gemstone Publishing's Official Disney Comics site Gemstone Publishing at the INDUCKS Interview with editor John Clark on the launch of Gemstone's Disney comics line

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International (English) Hardcover Collections

Carl Barks
Carl Barks
Library The Complete Carl Barks
Carl Barks
Disney Library Disney Masters The Don Rosa
Don Rosa
Library Silly Symphonies: The Complete Disney Classics Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Walt Disney's Treasury of Classic Tales

North American comic titles

Donald Duck
Donald Duck
Adventures Donald Duck Goofy
Adventures Mickey Mouse
Mickey Mouse
Adventures Mickey Mouse The Barks/Rosa Collection Uncle Scrooge Uncle Scrooge
Uncle Scrooge
Adventures Walt Disney Comics Digest Walt Disney's Comics and Stories Walt Disney Giant Wizards of Mickey

European comic titles

Aku Ankka Donald Duck European Disney paperbacks Kalle Anka & C:o Le Journal de Mickey Micky Maus Mickey Mouse
Mickey Mouse
Weekly MM Mickey Mouse
Mickey Mouse
Mystery Magazine X-Mickey Picsou Magazine PKNA Topolino


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