|Sabre (Eclipse; Aug.1978)
Eclipse Comics was one of the first independent publishers to offer royalties and creator ownership of rights, and the first comics company to publish trading cards and it published the first graphic novel (Sabre) specifically intended for the newly created comic book specialty store market. Eclipse was known for its eclectic mix of titles and products. Many noteworthy creators got their start there, including Chuck Austen, Donna Barr, Dan Brereton, Chuck Dixon, James Hudnall, Scott McCloud, Peter Milligan, Tim Truman, and Chris Ware. Veteran creators who appeared under the Eclipse banner included Steve Englehart, Don McGregor, Gene Colan and Mark Evanier. These days the company is probably best known for its role in the publication history of Alan Moore's acclaimed and contested series Miracleman. Eclipse ceased operations in 1994.