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James Bond's success after the start of the film franchise in 1962 spawned a number of comic books around the world.

Initially, these were adaptations of various movies.

In the late 1980s and continuing through to the mid-1990s, however, a series of original stories were also published.

After a hiatus in 1996, the Bond comic book publishing license was picked up again and made a revival debut in 2015.

The comics were published by various past and present companies including DC Comics, Marvel, Eclipse Comics, Dark Horse and Dynamite Entertainment.

The first James Bond comic book appeared in December 1962 - an adaptation of the first Bond film Dr. Originally published by Classics Illustrated in the United Kingdom, it was later reprinted in the United States by DC Comics as part of its Showcase anthology series in January 1963.

The next James Bond comic book did not appear for nearly 20 years, when Marvel Comics published a two-issue adaptation of the 1981 film For Your Eyes Only (which was also published in a single-issue magazine edition and a paperback release).

Marvel later adapted the 1983 film Octopussy in magazine format.

In 1989 comic books featuring Bond began to appear on a semi-regular basis for a few years, starting with an adaptation of Licence to Kill published in 1989 by Eclipse Comics and illustrated by Mike Grell, which was published in both trade paperback and hardcover edition.

Grell would go on to write the miniseries Permission to Die, the first James Bond comic book storyline not adapted from a previous work, which was published over a two-year period by Eclipse.

In 1995, Topps Comics obtained the rights to publish an adaptation of the new Bond film, Golden Eye, which was announced as a three-issue miniseries.

The second issue of the miniseries was delayed due to concerns over the cover art for the issue, and ultimately Topps chose to discontinue publishing the adaptation, and also cancelled plans for an ongoing James Bond comic book series.