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Legendary Pictures Gets Into Comic Book Biz

Taps veteran comic books editor Bob Schreck to editor-in-chief of imprint.

Legendary Pictures is getting into the comic book business, creating a publishing imprint called Legendary Comics and appointing veteran comic editor Bob Schreck to the role of editor-in-chief.

The imprint plans to publish four to six graphic novels in the print format as well as the growing comics format of digital distribution.

The genres of the stories will hit squarely in the “fandom demographic” according to the company. Legendary Pictures is known for co-financing and co-producing many of Warner Bros.’ genre and geek-oriented movies, including 300, The Dark Knight and Clash of the Titans to name a few. Its chairman and CEO, Thomas Tull, is also known for having fanboy tendencies.

Schreck starts the job this week and plans to release its first book the first half of next year.

The books will be looked as potential translations for the film and TV arena, and Schreck will work with Kathy Vrabeck, president of Legendary Digital, to help make that move.

Schreck comes to Legendary from IDW Publishing but is perhaps best known for his decade long stint at DC Comics, where he worked starting 1990. He also founded Oni Press and worked at Dark Horse Comics.