As we were working on the initial Big Bang Comics mini-series, we got some good news and bad news from the publisher, Caliber Press. The good news was that they had signed a deal for the comics to be sold in Walmart and that the interiors would be in color instead of black & white.
The fan response to our Knight Watchman and Ultiman backups in Berzerker 1 and 2 had been great, and the publication of Alan Moore’s 1963 books at Image Comics proved that there was a market for our “retro” series, and in 1993 we were given the green light to get going on a Big Bang Comics mini-series by our publisher, Gary Reed at Caliber Press.
Actually, we were given our own imprint by Caliber, and the mini-series, Dr. Weird Special, Dr. Weird ongoing series and the first two issues of Knight Watchman: Graveyard Shift were all published under the Big Bang Comics banner over the next two years.
The fourth and final Big Bang “try-out” story appeared in the back-up slot of Berzerker #4 in December 1993. By then we were planning and starting to create what would become the original Big Bang Comics mini-series from Caliber Press, in which we would establish the Golden, Silver and Modern Ages of the Big Bang universe.
Berzerker was selling well enough for Gauntlet Comics/Caliber Press, Vanguard was starting its run at Erik Larsen’s Highbrow Studios at Image Comics, the Megaton Christmas Special was set to be published (in color) by Don Chin’s Entity Comics later in the year, and Big Bang Comics was in the process of being promoted from the back-up slot in Berzerker to its own series and imprint at Caliber Press.
Ultraman, the Ultimate Human Being first appeared in Megaton #1 in 1983. Both he and his buddy the Crusader appeared in that first issue mainly to pass the torch to the next generation of heroes that were to be the stars in the Megaton Universe. In fact, Ultraman blew up in that issue and his powers passed on to his daughter.