Epic Comics was an imprint of Marvel Comics started in 1982. It was launched by then Marvel editor-in-chief Jim Shooter as a spin-off of the successful Epic Illustrated magazine. The Epic imprint allowed creator-rights supporters and independent artists to work for Marvel without losing control and ownership of their creations. It also allowed Marvel to publish a more mature line of comics oriented toward an older audience. Epic has spent over a decade publishing a wide variety of titles, from superhero to science-fiction to horror.