February 1st 1992, a day that forever changed the comics industry. Seven of the most talented artists from Marvel decided to walk away and start their own company to make the comics they wanted to make. Jim Lee, Rob Liefeld, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silverstri, Whilce Portacio, Erik Larsen, and Jim Valentino are legends. Read further on for how I plan to celebrate what these seven legends started.
Just in case you aren’t familiar with the early days of Image, you might take for granted what the seven artists did for the comics industry. Most importantly it proved that the creators matter. Yes we had big name creators before the Image 7 who did other work at other publishers but none of them carried the popularity that these creators did. They proved that it’s possible to step out of the shadow of Marvel/DC and create what you want. Will you be as successful as them? More than likely not, but them breaking the barrier is what should matter. Finally the production quality on an Image Comic in 1992 in comparison to a Marvel/DC comic was miles ahead, even when you dive into back issues and find issues of Wild CATS, Youngblood, or Spawn they still hold up well.
So how does me gloating about the original seven celebrate Image Comics in 2017? Throughout the rest of 2017 I’m going to be spotlighting some of the Image series that have left and impact on me. It’s not going to be a weekly thing but every once in a while expect some sort of retrospective. Some of the comics that I will bring up, you might be familiar with. Some of them are some you might have never heard of because of the sheer amount of comics that come out on a weekly basis. That to me is the beauty of Image Comics, where there is a story for everyone.
In closing I want to thank Jim Lee, Rob Liefeld, Todd Mcfarlane, Marc Silvestri, Erik Larsen, Whilce Portacio, and Jim Valentino for putting their careers on the line with such a huge risk as to create their own company. To see that company now flourishing with new creators tell bold new visions for comics makes me cry with joy. So join me for the rest of 2017 as I help celebrate Image. Make Mine Image.