WildStorm Productions, or simply WildStorm, publishes American comic books. Originally an independent company established by Jim Lee and further expanded upon in subsequent years by other creators, WildStorm became a publishing imprint of DC Comics in 1999. The WildStorm imprint remains editorially separate from its DC parent, with its main studio located on the West Coast. The imprint takes its name from the combining the titles of the Jim Lee comic series WildC.A.T.S. and Stormwatch.
WildStorm publishes common American comics as well as independently created content and licensed properties from other companies, covering a wide variety of genres. Its main fictional universe, the Wildstorm Universe, features typical costumed heroes in various scenarios — though this direction has changed somewhat in recent years to a darker treatment of the superhero genre.
The publishing activities of WildStorm have varied, with changes in ownership affecting the ongoing publication of some of its titles. During the 1990s, WildStorm maintained a number of its core titles from its early period and has since continued to publish material expanding its core universe. After the sale to DC in 1999, Jim Lee remained as WildStorm's Editorial Director. As of 2009 he continues to hold the position. Hank Kanalz serves as the VP/General Manager, and Ben Abernathy has the role of Senior Editor. Additional editorial staff include Scott Peterson, Shannon Denton, Jim Chadwick, Kristy Quinn, and Sarah Farber.
WildStorm publishes a number of creator-owned material and licensed properties
- Red Menace
- Ex Machina
- Friday the 13th
- A Nightmare on Elm Street
- The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
- World of Warcraft
- Dante's Inferno (game)
- The X-Files