Run (comics)

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A run is a term used in english speaking comic book circuits, both by fans and in the industry to refer to writers or artists time on a specific character, team or title.[1][2][3][4][5]

Some comic creators become commonly associated with their runs on titles, such as Chris Claremont with the X-Men.[6] Garth Ennis is another exaple as he has written the character of the Punisher in many comics (beginning in 1995) and is well-known for his eight year continous run with the character from 2000 to 2008 which is critically acclaimed.[7][8] The run began under the Marvel Knights imprint at Marvel but he later moved his writing to the Max imprint, which originated The Punisher MAX line (which was later continued by other writers after Ennis left)[9] and endeded it again under Knights with the series The Punisher: War Zone.[10][11][12]

While his run was not completely unbroken during the titles histories so did Curt Swan work as an artist for the Superman and Action Comics for over 30 years.[13]

Sometimes entire or parts of creators runs are collected in trade volumes featuring and advertising the creators names such as X-Men by Chris Claremont and Jim Lee Omnibus and Punisher War Journal by Carl Potts & Jim Lee, or Punisher by Garth Ennis Omnibus for example which collects several comics by them, ranging from one-shots to issues of limited series and annuals.[14]


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  1. ^ D. Wilson, Matt (January 23, 2014). "Perception Vs. Reality: ‘Long Writer Runs’ At Marvel & DC [Opinion]". ComicsAlliance. Archived from the original on 2017-07-08. Retrieved 2017-07-08. 
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