Comic Book Terms – Prestige Format

What is Prestige Format? The term Prestige Format was originally coined by DC Comics and later came into wider use to refer to a square-bound comic book with card stock covers. A prestige format comic book is usually 48 or 64 pages in length. Prestige comics typically also have higher quality paper and printing than regular comics.

The first comic to be referred to as “prestige format” was Frank Miller’s Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, published by DC Comics in 1986. The term has been used regularly by DC since that time, and has seen use by other comic publishers as well.

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