Dean Mullaney (born June 18, 1954)  is an  American editor, publisher, and designer whose Eclipse Enterprises, founded in 1977, was one of the earliest independent comic-book companies. Eclipse would publish some of the first graphic novels and was one of the first comics publishers to champion creators' rights. In the 2000s, he established the imprint The Library of American Comics of IDW Publishing to publish hardcover collections of comic strips. Mullaney and his work have received seven Eisner Awards.
Dean Mullaney and his brother, rock musician Jan Mullaney, are the sons of early
electronica musician Dave Mullaney of the band Hot Butter. The brothers founded  Eclipse Enterprises in Staten Island, New York City, New York, in 1977,  and the following year published one of the first original  graphic novels, . Written by Sabre: Slow Fade of an Endangered Species Don McGregor and drawn by Paul Gulacy, Sabre was additionally the first graphic novel sold through the new " direct market" of comic-book stores. Eclipse went on to publish the anthology  magazine and the color-comic anthology Eclipse , the first of an Eclipse Comics line that eventually included such titles and creators as Eclipse Monthly by The Rocketeer Dave Stevens; by Zot! Scott McCloud; two graphic novels by McGregor and artists Detectives Inc. Marshall Rogers and Gene Colan, respectively; the graphic novel by writer Stewart the Rat Steve Gerber and artists Colan and Tom Palmer; and the U.S. reprints of by Miracleman Alan Moore. Eclipse also brought out graphic novels featuring  opera adaptations, such as by The Magic Flute P. Craig Russell, and children's literature such as by The Hobbit J. R. R. Tolkien. 
In the early 1980s, Mullaney met writer-editor
Catherine Yronwode, who was working for cartoonist and entrepreneur Will Eisner. Yronwode recalled that Eisner and his wife Ann "hosted a party for me with all these comic book men I was flirting with. All these men came up; they all wanted to meet Will. One of them was Dean Mullaney, the co-owner of Eclipse Comics, a small independent publishing house. He was the most flirtatious." At some point afterward, once Yronwode finished her work organizing Eisner's archives, she and Mullaney became engaged and moved to California, where they were married. 
By the late 1980s, Eclipse was selling a half-million comics a month, and was the third largest comics publisher after
Marvel Comics and DC Comics. 
In 1986, Eclipse lost most of its back-issue stock in a flood.
This event, along with the repercussions of Mullaney's divorce from Yronwode, by then his partner at Eclipse, and the mid-1990s collapse of the  direct market distribution system, caused the company to cease operations in 1994,  and file for bankruptcy in 1995.  The company's  intellectual property rights were later acquired by Todd McFarlane. Mullaney also attributed the company's demise to a problematic contract with the book publisher  HarperCollins. Eclipse's last publication was its Spring 1993 catalog, which was a complete bibliography of its publications.
In the mid-2000s, Mullaney approached
IDW Publishing with a proposal to publish hardcover reprints of American comic strips. This became the IDW imprint The Library of American Comics, which debuted with the 2007 book The Complete , by Terry and the Pirates, Vol. 1: 1934-1936 Milton Caniff. As Mullaney described, " Terry's always been my favorite strip, and I was going to publish it in the early '80s (through Eclipse Comics), but Terry Nantier at NBM beat me to it. Luckily, I've lived long enough so that 25 years later I'm in a position to release new editions of Terry. With Mullaney as its creative director, the imprint has gone on to publish collections of strips including  , Dick Tracy , Little Orphan Annie , Bringing Up Father , and Family Circus . Bloom County 
In 2014, Mullaney added another imprint at IDW, EuroComics, in order to publish new English translations of European comics, including Hugo Pratt's
Corto Maltese, Paracuellos by Carlos Giménez, and Alack Sinner by Muñoz and Sampaya.
As creative director and editor of
The Library of American Comics, Mullaney has won seven Eisner awards and one Harvey Award. Eisner source unless otherwise indicated:   2008
Eisner Award: Best Archival Collection/Project - Comic Strips: Complete , vol. 1, by Terry and the Pirates Milton Caniff (IDW)  2010
Eisner Award: Best Archival Collection/Project - Comic Strips: , vol. 1, by Bloom County: The Complete Library Berkeley Breathed, edited by Scott Dunbier (IDW) 2011
Eisner Award: Best Archival Collection/Project - Comic Strips: , by Bob Montana, edited by Greg Goldstein (IDW) Archie: The Complete Daily Newspaper Strips, 1946-1948 2014
Eisner Award: Best Archival Collection/Project - Comic Strips: , vol. 1, edited by Dean Mullaney (LOAC/IDW) Tarzan: The Complete Russ Manning Newspaper Strips 2014
Eisner Award: Best Comics-Related Book: Genius, Illustrated: The Life and Art of , by Dean Mullaney and Bruce Canwell (LOAC/IDW) Alex Toth 2014
Eisner Award: Best Publication Design: Genius, Illustrated: The Life and Art of Alex Toth, designed by Dean Mullaney (LOAC/IDW) 2015 Eisner Award: Best Comics-Related Book: Genius Animated: The Cartoon Art of Alex Toth, vol. 3, by Dean Mullaney & Bruce Canwell (IDW/LOAC) 
Mullaney won a 2012
Harvey Award for Best Biographical, Historical or Journalistic Presentation for Genius, Illustrated: The Life and Art of Alex Toth. 
Additionally, Mullaney received the
San Diego Comic-Con International's Inkpot Award in 2013. The following year, he was inducted into editor-publisher  Robert Overstreet's Overstreet Hall of Fame. 
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