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Vertigo is an imprint of comic book and graphic novel publisher DC Comics. It operates under the "Vertigo" name in order to separate itself from the more mainstream, family-friendly DC Comics image. Vertigo publishes stories aimed at a more mature audience. Many of the comics published by Vertigo contain mature themes, including violence (more realistic than what was found in conventional comics at the time), frank presentations of substance abuse, and other controversial topics. Karen Berger is the executive editor of the imprint. Image File history File links Vertigo_logo. ... Image File history File links Vertigo_logo. ... In the publishing industry, an imprint is a brand name under which a work is published. ... A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... Sabre (1978), one of the first graphic novels. ... DC Comics is one of the largest American companies in comic book and related media publishing. ... Karen Berger is the editor of the Vertigo imprint of DC Comics and one of the most influential comic book editors of the 1990s. ...

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History

Vertigo was founded in the wake of DC's successful "mature" comics of the late 1980s, beginning with Saga of the Swamp Thing and continuing with Hellblazer, The Sandman, and Moonshadow. In 1993, Karen Berger and DC officially founded the Vertigo line to attract writers who wanted to publish "mature" comics of this sort, without having to worry about offending parents and young children. In an era when almost all of the big names in comics were artists, and most companies were pushing the art over story (such as the well known Image Comics), Vertigo was unique in pushing writers to the forefront. The Swamp Thing is a fictional character created by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson for DC Comics, and featured in a long-running horror-fantasy comic book series of the same name. ... Hellblazer is a comic book series published by the Vertigo imprint of DC Comics, which features the central character John Constantine. ... The Sandman was a comic book series written by Neil Gaiman and published by DC Comics for 75 issues from 1988 until 1996. ... This page may meet Wikipedias criteria for speedy deletion. ... Image Comics Logo Image Comics is an American comic book publisher. ...


Although many of the initial Vertigo publications were set in the DC Universe (Hellblazer, Swamp Thing, and The Sandman), progressively they have been disconnected from the DCU, leaving the "superheroes" out. Because of this, the continuity with the regular DC titles is unclear, and sometimes contradictory. In addition to these older titles that were set under this print, a plethora of new titles was introduced without any constraints as to when or where the plot happens. Cover to the History of the DC Universe trade paperback. ... This article may contain original research or unverified claims. ...


Vertigo has proven influential on the comic book industry, particularly because of its success with sales of trade paperbacks (often erroneously referred to as "graphic novels"). Collections of Sandman continued to sell on a regular basis long after the original issues had become scarce, prompting Vertigo to reprint more and more of its library in the paperback format. This had the additional effect of penetrating the bookstore market and extended the "shelf life" of these comics from one month to virtual infinity. Some series, such as Transmetropolitan, did not always sell well as serialized monthly issues but continued to be published because DC/Vertigo was confident that trade paperback sales would be strong. Due partially to Vertigo's success with the format, by the mid-2000s nearly every publisher was collecting the majority of its serialized comics into trade paperbacks. In comics, a trade paperback (TPB) specifically refers to the periodic collections, published in book format, of stories published in comic books, usually capturing one story arc in the series. ... Sabre (1978), one of the first graphic novels. ... A bookstore. ... Transmetropolitan is a postcyberpunk comic book series written by Warren Ellis with art by Darick Robertson and published by the Vertigo imprint of DC Comics (originally by Helix). ...


Since its inception, Vertigo has retroactively claimed many mature DC books that were published before its founding in 1993, such as Swamp Thing, Animal Man, and V for Vendetta. Transmetropolitan was initially launched under DC's short-lived Helix imprint but soon switched to Vertigo. Even a collection of the best of House of Mystery appeared under the Vertigo imprint. Animal Man is a fictional superhero in the DC Universe. ... This article is about the comic book series. ... Helix was a short-lived imprint of DC Comics, with a science-fiction theme, launched in 1996 and last used in 1998. ... House of Mystery was a horror anthology comic book series published by DC Comics from 1951 to 1983. ...


In 2005, Vertigo expanded its label to include the cinema with the release of the movie Constantine, based (loosely) on the long-running comic Hellblazer. A History of Violence (originally a Paradox Press title) came out on September 23, 2005. A movie adaptation of V for Vendetta was released on March 17, 2006. This page documents the movie of the name. ... A History of Violence Cover. ... Paradox Press is a division of DC Comics. ... September 23 is the 266th day of the year (267th in leap years). ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... March 17 is the 76th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (77th in leap years). ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Notable authors

Many notable comic book authors have written for Vertigo at one point or another, including such prominent names as:

Neil Richard Gaiman () (born November 10, 1960, Portchester, Hampshire) is a British author of numerous science fiction and fantasy works, including many graphic novels. ... Brian Azzarello is an American comic book writer. ... Kyle Baker (born 1965 in Queens, New York City, United States) is an American writer and illustrator of comic books as well as an animator. ... Ed Brubaker (born November 17, 1966) is an American cartoonist and a writer. ... Mike Carey is the writer of the Eisner Award nominated Lucifer and Hellblazer, comic book titles published by the Vertigo imprint of DC Comics. ... Howard V. Chaykin (born 1950) is an American comic book writer and artist famous for his innovative storytelling and sometimes controversial material. ... Nancy A. Collins (born 1959) is a horror fiction writer that is best known for her series of vampire novels featuring her character Sonia Blue. ... Jamie Delano. ... John Marc DeMatteis (born December 15, 1953) is an American writer of comic books. ... Paul Dini is an American television producer of animated cartoons. ... Warren Ellis Warren Girade Ellis (born February 16, 1968) is a British author of comic books and graphic novels, well known for his acerbic personality and sociocultural commentaries, both through his online presence and his writing. ... Garth Ennis Garth Ennis (born January 16, 1970 in Holywood, Northern Ireland) is a Northern Irish comics writer, best known for the DC/Vertigo series Preacher, co-created with artist Steve Dillon. ... Christopher Fowler (born 1953) is an British horror writer. ... Steve Gerber (born 20 September 1947) is an American writer of comic books. ... Alan Grant This page is about the comic book writer. ... Devin Kallie Grayson is a comic book writer. ... Gilbert Hernandez and his brothers Jaime and Mario are the creators of a black & white independent comic Love and Rockets, published by Fantagraphics Books. ... Dylan Horrocks was born in 1966, in Auckland, New Zealand. ... James Hudnall at a comic convention James David Hudnall (born April 10, 1957 in Santa Rosa, California) is an American writer, who began his career in the comic book field in 1986 with the series Espers, published by Eclipse Comics. ... Peter Kuper (b. ... Terry LeBan is an artist who has worked in the comics industry. ... Joe R. Lansdale is an author from Texas. ... Mark Millar (born December 24, 1969) is a Scottish comic book writer born in Coatbridge. ... Peter Milligan is an Irish writer, best known for his comic book, film and television work. ... Alan Moore (born November 18, 1953, in Northampton) is an English writer most famous for his work in comics, including the acclaimed graphic novels Watchmen, V for Vendetta and From Hell. ... Grant Morrison (born January 31, 1960, Glasgow) is a Scottish comic book writer and artist. ... Rachel Pollack (born 1945) is an American science fiction author, comic book writer, and Tarot expert. ... Paul Pope (b. ... James Dale Robinson, usually referred to as just James Robinson, is a British writer of comic books and screenplays and known for his interest in old collectibles and memorabilia. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Mage: The Hero Defined cover by Matt Wagner Grendel: Devil Tales cover by Matt Wagner Matt Wagner (born 1961) is an American comic book writer and artist best known as the creator of two irregular series, Mage and Grendel. ... Bill Willingham (born December 1956 in Fort Belvoir, Virginia) is an American writer and artist of comic books. ... This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedias deletion policy. ... Brian Wally Wood is an Australian rugby player, born in Sydney on 12 August 1951. ...

Notable series

Notable comic book series published under the Vertigo line have included:

100 Bullets is an Eisner and Harvey Award-winning comic book written by Brian Azzarello and illustrated by Eduardo Risso. ... American Virgin is a Vertigo comic book by Steven Seagle. ... Angel and the Ape was a humour comic book published by DC Comics. ... Animal Man is a fictional superhero in the DC Universe. ... Cover for the Italian edition of the series The Books of Magic is the title of four-issue comic book miniseries written by Neil Gaiman, and later an ongoing series, published by the DC Comics imprint Vertigo. ... Congo Bill was a long running DC Comics adventure comic strip, first published in More Fun Comics #56 (June 1940), created by Whitney Ellsworth and George Papp. ... Death is a fictional character from the DC comic book series, The Sandman (1988 - 1996). ... Death as illustrated by Chris Bachalo. ... The story Death: The Time of Your Life was written by Neil Gaiman, and is one of many spinoffs from his graphic novel series The Sandman. ... Cover to DMZ #3 featuring Matthew Roths press pass and photo. ... The Doom Patrol is an idiosyncratic DC Comics superhero team that has been through several incarnations. ... The Dreaming is an original manga series created by Artist/Author Queenie Chan and published by TOKYOPOP. Jeanie and Amber Malkin - identical twin sisters - are new students at the 100-year-old Greenwich Private College, a boarding school in North Sydney that lies on the edge of vast, virgin bushlands. ... Enigma is a comic book by Peter Milligan, with artwork done by Duncan Fegredo, featuring a gay superhero called The Enigma. It was published as an eight-issue series by Vertigo Press, an imprint of DC Comics, in 1993, and collected in 1995. ... Fables is a Vertigo comic book series created and written by Bill Willingham. ... Cover to The Filth trade paperback. ... Finals is a 4 issue mini-series published by DC under its Vertigo imprint from September to December 1999. ... Flinch was a Vertigo Comics horror anthology. ... Hellblazer is a comic book series published by the Vertigo imprint of DC Comics, which features the central character John Constantine. ... A History of Violence Cover. ... Cover to The Invisibles (v2) #1. ... The Losers: Ante Up cover by Jock The Losers was a comic published by the Vertigo imprint of DC Comics, written by Andy Diggle and drawn by Jock. ... Loveless is a comic book series by Vertigo (comics) about a man who fights for the South in the Civil War. ... Lucifer is a comic book published by Vertigo, an imprint of DC Comics. ... Nevada is the title of a limited series of comic books published by DC under its Vertigo imprint. ... Preacher is a comic book created by writer Garth Ennis and artist Steve Dillon, published by DC Comics, with covers by painter Glenn Fabry. ... Cover to Pride of Baghdad Pride of Baghdad is an original graphic novel written by Brian K. Vaughan and illustrated by Niko Henrichon released by DC Comics Vertigo imprint on September 13th, 2006. ... The Sandman was a comic book series written by Neil Gaiman and published by DC Comics for 75 issues from 1988 until 1996. ... Shade, the Changing Man is a fictional comic book character created by Steve Ditko for DC Comics in 1977. ... The Swamp Thing is a fictional character created by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson for DC Comics, and featured in a long-running horror-fantasy comic book series of the same name. ... The introduction to this article provides insufficient context for those unfamiliar with the subject matter. ... Transmetropolitan is a postcyberpunk comic book series written by Warren Ellis with art by Darick Robertson and published by the Vertigo imprint of DC Comics (originally by Helix). ... Cover artwork to the WE3 trade paperback. ... This article is about the comic book series. ... Y: The Last Man is a comic book series written by Brian K. Vaughan (Swamp Thing) and published by Vertigo. ...

Vertigo movies

Constantine is a 2005 film based on the Hellblazer comic book, with some plot elements being taken from the Dangerous Habits arc (issues #41-46). ... Hellblazer is a comic book series published by the Vertigo imprint of DC Comics, which features the central character John Constantine. ... A History of Violence is an Academy-Award nominated 2005 film, directed by David Cronenberg. ... V for Vendetta is a 2006 action-thriller film set in London in a dystopian near future. ... Stardust is an upcoming film to be directed by Matthew Vaughn set for a 2007 release. ... Stardust (1998) is the second solo prose novel by Neil Gaiman. ...

See also

Vertigo is a critically acclaimed imprint of DC Comics. ... Cover to the History of the DC Universe trade paperback. ...

External links

  • Vertigo home page
  • Vertigo 10th Anniversary minisite
  • Vertigo Chronology
  • List of every Vertigo title ever published
  • List of every Vertigo trade/OGN/manga digest ever published

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Vertigo publishes stories aimed at a more matureaudience.
Vertigo was founded in the wake of DC's successful "mature" comics of the late 1980s, beginning with Saga of the Swamp Thing and continuing with Watchmen, Hellblazer and The Sandman.
In an era when almost all of the big names in comics were artists, and most companies were pushing the art over story (such as the well known Image Comics), Vertigo was unique in pushing writers to the forefront.
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Vertigo (medical), a form of dizziness or "spinning" effects that may be a result of a balance disorder
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