Markley’s Fevered Brain: It Was 25 Years Ago Today

American Flagg
by Wayne Markley

Well, not really, it was 27 years ago I finished University in Colorado and got my first real job in a used book store that sold comics books. I thought I would take a look back at what I have done over those years and what has happened in the comic business in that time. Over the years I have worked retail, I have managed a distributor warehouse, I was the buyer for a comic distributor deciding which comics we would and not carry, I was at DC Comics for a few years, I ran my own distribution company, and I landed back working at a comic book store. It has truly been a long strange trip. (No more musical references, promise.)


KC Column: Scaling Mount Baron

New Teen Titans #13

by KC Carlson

(Author’s note: This article is a behind-the-scenes historical piece about the early – and ancient – days of Direct Comic Distribution – so it’s pretty much one for all the process junkies out there – and I know you’re out there! For the rest of you who just read these columns for the (alleged) jokes, you are hereby advised to skip to the end, where I put the funny stories about poison, cockroaches, soda cans, and my mentor in my life of crime that never actually happened.)

I started working at Capital City Distribution (CCD) in January of 1982, less than two years after the company first started. CCD eventually grew to become one of the largest Direct Market Comic Book Distributors in the world, and it was probably one of the most exciting and interesting places to work during those early days when the workings of the comic book industry were changing virtually week by week. (Unfortunately, in the mid-90s, the big comic publishers chose to go exclusive with Diamond, leading to CCD’s eventual purchase by that former competitor in 1996.) I had previously met both co-founders Milton Griepp and John Davis when my friend and employer Herman Shiltz and I traveled to Madison, Wisconsin, on occasion to help them unload and sort large collections (truckfulls) of comics that they had purchased.