Acclaim Comics was a comic book publishing company and sub division of video game developer Acclaim Entertainment.
In 1994, Acclaim Entertainment purchased the publication company Valiant Comics. Their goal was to make video games about the characters and use the comic books as additional marketing for the video games, however, for two more years Acclaim continued publishing the ongoing series under the Valiant banner (and logo). In 1996, they completely rebooted the Valiant Universe and rebranded it as Acclaim Comics, retooling many of the properties to make them more adaptable for video games.
In 2004, the company eventually went bankrupt. The final comic books were Turok 3: Shadow of Oblivion and Turok: Evolution in 2000 and 2002, respectively, and were based on the video games of the same name. All other publications had already been canceled by early 2000.
The rights to the Valiant Universe were then acquired by Valiant Entertainment in 2005, who rebooted the line again in 2012. For this reason, the period between 1996-2004 is thought of as the "Acclaim Comics" or "Acclaim Years" era in Valiant continuity. Only a few characters who were introduced by Acclaim Comics found their way into the Valiant Entertainment Universe, notably Quantum and Woody and the (location) Deadside.
The collector's consensus today divides Valiant into three sections:
- VH-1 for "Valiant Heroes One" published from 1991-1996 by Valiant Comics
- VH-2 for "Valiant Heroes Two" published from 1996-2002 by Acclaim Comics
- VEI for "Valiant Entertainment, Inc." published post-2012 by Valiant Entertainment
- Valiant Universe
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