Aircel Comics published the debut issue of The Men in Black in January 1990. Creator and writer Lowell Cunningham had the inspiration for the graphic novel when a friend of his, Dennis Matheson, related Men in Black or MIB legends surrounding the UFO enigma. Matheson told fascinating stories about how mysterious men dressed in black menaced UFO witnesses and terrified UFOlogists.
Playing “what if,” Cunningham downplayed flying saucers and used selective mythology as a jumping off point to create an MIB organization that existed to suppress anything that could upset the normal flow of society.
“I thought UFOs every issue might get boring after a while,” Cunningham confessed in an interview