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Michael Catron (born October 9, 1954)[1] is an American comic book editor and publisher. He is former publisher of Apple Comics and co-founder of Fantagraphics.

Michael Catron
Born (1954-10-09) October 9, 1954 (age 65)
Notable works
Fantagraphics Books
Apple Comics


Catron met Gary Groth while they were both enrolled at the University of Maryland. In 1974, Catron and Groth put on a Washington, DC-area rock and roll convention that ended in financial failure. Nonetheless, he and Groth dabbled in music publishing with the short-lived magazine Sounds Fine,[2] which they co-published until 1979. During this period, Catron also worked as a public relations assistant for Mike Gold, at the time employed by DC Comics.[3]

In 1976, Catron and Groth co-founded Fantagraphics Books, at that point located in College Park, Maryland. They took over an adzine named The Nostalgia Journal, quickly renaming it The Comics Journal.[4] Catron acted as Fantagraphics' co-publisher until 1985, also handling advertising and circulation for The Comics Journal from 1982 to 1985, when he left the company.[3]

In 1986, Catron established Apple Comics, which began as a packager for Wendy & Richard Pini's WaRP Graphics but with its own financing structure.[5] Soon, Apple branched out to publishing original titles, and became known for publishing war comics, particularly the long-running title Vietnam Journal (as well as many spin-offs and one-shots). Apple Comics went defunct in 1994.

From 2000 to 2008, Catron served as a board member for the Grand Comics Database.[6]

Catron has been the agent for the estate of Superman co-creator Joe Shuster.[7]

In early 2012, Catron relocated to Seattle and returned to Fantagraphics as editor with the publishing company he co-founded 36 years earlier.[8][9] There he has edited such projects as collections of Warren Publishing's Blazing Combat (featuring Wallace Wood); Donald Duck and Uncle Scrooge stories by Carl Barks and Don Rosa; and EC Comics artists' collections.


  1. ^ Miller, John Jackson (June 10, 2005). "Comics Industry Birthdays". Comics Buyer's Guide. Archived from the original on October 30, 2010. Retrieved February 1, 2011.
  2. ^ Matos, Michelangelo (September 15, 2004). "Saved by the Beagle". Seattle Weekly. Archived from the original on November 5, 2013.
  3. ^ a b Who's Who of American Comic Books, 1928–1999.
  4. ^ Maheras, Russ. The Comics Journal Message Board :: View topic – The Comics Journal #32, Jan. 1977 (July 2, 2007): "... transforming it from an adzine into a magazine of news and criticism that just happened to carry advertisements."
  5. ^ WaRP Titles Now Under Apple Aegis," The Comics Journal #110 (August 1986), p. 17.
  6. ^ GCD Documentation: The Board
  7. ^ Kaye, Edward. "Winners of the 2011 Joe Shuster Awards Announced!" Hypergeek (June 18, 2011).
  8. ^ Spurgeon, Tom. "CR Newsmaker Interview: Mike Catron" The Comics Reporter (Fefruary 5, 2012).
  9. ^ Baehr, Mike. "Welcome back Mike Catron & Preston White!" The Comics Journal Blog (February 6, 2012).

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