A Brief History Of The Digital Comic
1985 The first online digital comic is Eric Millikin’s Witches And Stitches, published on CompuServe. It was based on The Wizard Of Oz.
1985 Shatter, by writer Peter Gillis with art by Mike Saenz, is the first comic to have all its artwork created on computer. It first appears in the UK computer magazine Big K and is then published in the US by First Comic.
1988 Iron Man: Crash is the first digitallycreated graphic novel to be published by Marvel Comics, with art by Mike Saenz.
1990 Batman: Digital Justice uses a combination of 3D modelling, vector illustration and CAD software.
1990 The Black Diamond Effect uses 3D rendering and scanned real-world objects.
1991 Hans Bjordahl’s Where The Buffalo Roam is published on FTP and usenet bulletin boards.
1991 Sandman #19 uses Photoshop to create a progressive sunset effect.
1991 Victor Vector & Yondo by Ken Steacy becomes the first CD-ROM comic.
1993 David Farley’s web comic Doctor Fun (the web’s answer to The Far Side) is first published; it runs until 2006
1993 Mike Saenz’s Donna Matrix is the first 3D CGI graphic novel.
1996 Marvel launches Marvel Cybercomics with America Online – comic webisodes created specifically for the internet.
1998 The Black Diamond Effect-Syntax E.R.R.O.R. continues the 1990 adventures with better graphics.
1998 DC publishes The Dome: Ground Zero by Dave Gibbons and Angus McKie which uses Poser, 3DS Max and Bryce software for the first time in comics.
2005 Marvel Digital Comics replaces Marvel Cybercomics.
2007 ComiXology launches.
2007 Launch of Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited. Marvel assures comic shops that titles won’t be added until six months after publication.
2008 Marvel releases Secret Invasion: Home Invasion online… comic shops not happy.
2011 Madefire launches.
2011 Marvel and DC both announce they will release all digital comics on the same day as the physical versions.
2013 Marvel relaunches Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited as Marvel Unlimited.