Eclipse Comics pivoted from being a company that published a bunch of action/adventure monthlies to being a graphic novel company around 1989. As part of that process, they also published a handful of “current events” comics. catherine ⊕ yronwode explains why here in the letters page of an issue of Airboy:
In addition to the comics, they also created a series of “trading cards” (that weren’t traded; just 36 cards in a box) the also handled many of the same issues as the comics. I’ve the most significant of these below as well.