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Elfquest was also one of the first comic book series that had a prearranged conclusion. The fact that a female artist/writer (Wendy Pini) was the creative principal of the series was also notable.
The original series — generally referred to as "The Original Quest" or "OQ" — ran for 20 "magazine-size" issues (spanning about seven to eight years in terms of the main storyline), released tri-annually.
Color compilations (published by the Donning Company under its Starblaze imprint as Books 1–4) followed.
Two more series were published in a reduced "comic book size" format, but still in black and white: Siege at Blue Mountain (8 issues) and Kings of the Broken Wheel (9 issues), later collected and published in color as part of a second edition of the graphic novels as Books 5–8.
This story continued the Elfquest tale started in Fantasy Quarterly.
Later, the Pinis' company Wa RP Graphics would reprint the story from Fantasy Quarterly as Elfquest #1 with a new front cover and full color portrait print for the rear cover.
This series was one of the early successes that marked the establishment of a phase in underground comics in which a new genre of alternative independent comic books emerged that were closer in content to the comics mainstream.
The cover paper stock was only slightly thicker and whiter than newsprint (the exterior was printed unglossed with a very limited color palette) and the paper used inside of the comic book was newsprint.
that they could produce a higher quality publication on their own.