The Tekno Comix company was founded by Laurie Silvers and Mitchell Rubenstein as a division of their publicly traded company, Big Entertainment. The Tekno Comix brand was discontinued in 1997.
Though books featuring the same characters were still published with Big Entertainment branding for the rest of that year in 1997. Tekno Comix tried to expose themselves as much as possible from 1994 to 1997, but the comic book competition proved to be too stiff for the upcoming company and they disbanded.
Tekno Comix publications featured many characters and many different comic book situations created by some celebrity authors and others in the comic book world, but were primarily scripted and illustrated by comics creators for hire by the Tekno Comix.
Some of their comics included:
Gene Roddenberry’s Lost Universe (later renamed Xander in Lost Universe),
Isaac Asimov’s I-Bots,
John Jakes’ Mullkon Empire (six-issue limited series),
Leonard Nimoy’s Primortals,
Mickey Spillane’s Mike Danger,
Neil Gaiman’s Lady Justice,
Neil Gaiman’s Mr. Hero the Newmatic Man,
Neil Gaiman’s Phage: Shadow Death (six-issue limited series).
I was one of the lucky ones to have attended a Comic Book Convention in the Sawgrass Mills Mall in
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on or about August 1994 and was able to meet most of the above listed, it was a pleasure to have met some of those people and have them share their views of where the comic book company was headed. Unfortunately their timing was not conducive to their company performing well, as I recall it, Comic books were taking a backseat to sports collectibles at least in the State of Florida.
The newly formed Florida Marlins, were taking over the spotlight locally and I believe that the comic book industry nation-wide was taking a hit indirectly to sports. 1990’s marked the overproduction stage of the comic book industry and watered down versions of an incredibly large amount of comic titles. Both of the major companies to blame. I can remember the over production of Spider-Man, the Mcfarlane saga, which by the way is the reason the comic book is worthless today. All the companies and their greed led in part to the demise of Tekno Comix.
Some of the Tekno Comix were fun to read, I was a fan of Leonard Nimoy’s Primortals and I have a nice piece autographed on my blog, yours for the viewing. If anyone would like an expired phone card from Gene Roddenberry’s Lost Universe, just send me a note and a self-addressed stamp envelop and I will send it, send me a note first I only have about 10 left.
1970’s quote “Keep on Trucking”…