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Happy 25th Anniversary To Image Comics (1992-2017)

Yes my comic book loving friends, Image Comics was launched 25 years ago today and that makes Feburary 1st, 2017 “Image Comics Day”. I’m sharing a press release that I received the other day that discusses some of the offerings to be found today and some of the company’s origin story so please read on below. After that I’ll toss in some of my own recollections about that point in history since I was a regular collector of numerous titles. Here we go.

The Press Release:
On February 1, 1992 seven comics superstars Erik Larsen, Jim Lee, Rob Liefeld, Todd McFarlane, Whilce Portacio, Marc Silvestri, and Jim Valentino came together to form their own company that would changed the landscape of comics forever. Current partners McFarlane, Valentino, Kirkman, Larsen, and Silvestri collectively have brought creator-owned comics to the forefront of industry change and, after 25 years of amazing storytelling freedom, Image is pleased to celebrate the milestone anniversary with Image Day—Feb. 1, 2017.

Image Comics wouldn’t have succeeded without the tremendous creativity and passion of its creators, the unwavering support of retailers, bookstores, and libraries, or the unbridled and unrelenting enthusiasm of the fans who show up each and every Wednesday to purchase Image titles. On Image Comics Day we celebrate together, nationwide, the exciting legacy that Image’s creator-owned publishing model has cultivated as we prepare for the next 25 years of amazing creator-owned comics to come.

There will be Image Comics promotions, giveaways, creator signings, social media events, and more—don’t miss out on all the festivities and check back to the events pages on imagecomics.com for more information and announcements about Image Comics Day celebrations near you. Join us for the single most anticipated day of the year, as we come together and celebrate the 25th anniversary of Image Comics—but more importantly, the 25 years of true creative freedom and history-making storytelling from the best writers and artists in the world. Find an Image Day event near you in the complete list below! – See more at: https://imagecomics.com/content/view/image-comics-day-at-local-comic-shops#sthash.TGeOGysl.dpuf

NEW YORK, New York – Forbidden Planet | 8:00 AM | 832 Broadway, New York, NY 10003
Cliff Chiang, Joe Harris, Brenden Fletcher, W. Maxwell Prince, Alex de Campi, Brandon Montclare, Cameron Stewart, Jason Katzenstein, Amy Reeder, Ivan Brandon, Karen Berger – See more at: https://imagecomics.com/content/view/image-comics-day-at-local-comic-shops#sthash.TGeOGysl.dpuf

PiercingMetal Thoughts: Back in the days when Image Comics was first announced, I was very heavy into the collecting of the weekly titles. It was shattering information because SO MANY of the Marvel Comics creative teams that my friends and I loved would be leaving titles that we looked forward to seeing their craft on each and every month. These were the long bygone days of the collectors purchasing a second, third and even fourth copy of a particular title. One for reading, one for posterity and the others to sell and make a mint off of at some point in the future. You’re laughing at my saying this but it was 100% truth. Somewhere in my storage unit lies a box that is packed from front to back with those earliest Image Comics issues from Spawn to Youngblood to WildC.A.T.S. to Shadowhawk. I pretty much collected them all when they first launched since each was so very unique and different to our eyes. Looking back on them I’d have to say that my very favorites were Spawn, Cyber Force and probably Shadowhawk. Alright Ill toss the fun of Savage Dragon in there as well since I didn’t miss an issue of that either. I’d keep up with Image Comics as a regular customer until the 2000’s when I slowed down completely based on finances being needed for other things as “Adulting” took over. Sigh. So, what were your favorites of the initial Image Comics releases? If you were collecting back in the day let me know your thoughts about this anniversary and what you loved about them. If you are more of a new collector of their stuff you can chime in as well with what you liked about them in the now. The comments section below is where you can add your three cents.

Please bear in mind that today is the anniversary of the company’s launch and the titles wouldn’t start coming out until a few months later. With so many of these reaching a 25th Anniversary along with this founding, you can count on several “Comic Book Milestone” posts right here on the website.

Official Website: http://www.imagecomics.com

Happy 30th Anniversary To Dark Horse Comics

Today is “Dark Horse Day” so that means you best get yourselves over to your local comic book retailer and help them celebrate thirty years of Dark Horse Comics. Yes, we are at the company’s 30th Anniversary and I am so happy to help rally the charge for such a company. Now while I cannot consider myself an actual “avid” reader to their offerings as I don’t collect every single title that they put out, I have been reading select titles since not long after they first hit the stands.

Photo - Dark Horse Comics 30th - 2016

The company was founded by Mike Richardson in Milwauke, Oregon and it was aimed at being an ideal atmosphere for creative individuals according to its historical link. You can learn all of the finer details care of the Wikipedia entry at the close of this toast because you don’t need me to rehash what is already documented. The first ever title was “Dark Horse Presents” which I do not own but the second offering was “Boris The Bear” and I do have that one. The image below was snagged off the web since I could not determine where my actual copy is at the time that I needed it for this posting. As you can see, the story focused on an anthropomorphic bear who went head to head against a group of martial arts skilled turtles in his debut. This was a very well-received and also strange title and at the time the comics medium was turtles crazy and someone had to stop them before it was too late. Why not Boris. I collected this series up until at least issue #6 or so before the retailer that specialized in your more independent publishers closed up shop. Most of the stores stocked your Marvel and DC Comics stuff and eventually Valiant Comics but the smaller press didn’t always get the love it deserved. Thanks to Norman a lot of us Marvel and DC acolytes got their first go round at stuff like Grendel, Miracleman, Judge Dredd, Grimjack and these early Dark Horse Comics offerings.

"Boris The Bear" #1 (1986)
“Boris The Bear” #1 (1986)

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This October Marvel’s “Uncanny X-Men” Reaches 600th Issue!

I’ll be getting to the monthly comic book solicitations for Marvel Comics very soon but first I wanted to share and help raise the celebrations as “Uncanny X-Men” reaches its 600th issue. There are numerous different covers to add to your collection so I’ve culled them all together along with the press release for you to enjoy. Check it out.

Logo - Uncanny X-Men

The Press Release:
“New York, NY—October 1st, 2015 — Before Secret Wars ends and the All-New, All-Different Marvel Universe begins, cap off Brian Michael Bendis’ epic X-Men run with a bang! Today, Marvel is pleased to present all the covers to October’s oversized UNCANNY X-MEN #600 – brought to you by some of the industry’s most iconic artists! Featuring new artwork from Art Adams, Paul Smith, Rick Leonardi, Adam Hughes Olivier Coipel, Ed McGuinness, Leinil Yu and Kris Anka – each of these stunning variant covers showcases a different era of Marvel’s Merry Mutants, brought to life by some of the X-Men’s most memorable artists. Plus, don’t miss three all-new Action Figure Variants by rising star John Tyler Christopher as Emma Frost, Jean Grey and Iceman get the blister pack treatment. Featuring 38 pages of new stories written by Brian Michael Bendis with art by Stuart Immonen, Chris Bachalo, Sara Pichelli, David Marquez, Mahmud Asrar, Kris Anka and Frazier Irving – close out this chapter of Mutant history in style this October in UNCANNY X-MEN #600! For more information on UNCANNY X-MEN #600, visit Marvel.com for a full interview with Brian Michael Bendis.”

"Uncanny X-Men" #600 Variant by Chris Bachalo
“Uncanny X-Men” #600 Cover by Chris Bachalo

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Out Now: Image Comics’ “Spawn” Reaches 250th Issue

I’m one of those comic collector’s who clearly remembers the days when Image Comics was first launched and how excited so many of us were at the idea of this creator driven enterprise. One of the reasons was because we were going to get a whole new universe of some potentially exciting and mysterious characters and perhaps the biggest character ever to come out of the Image Comics universe is Spawn. Created and drawn by the great Todd McFarlane, this was a hero unlike any other and his adventures thrilled and spooked us each and every month. This month, “Spawn” reaches its 250th issue and I’ve snared the cover, the premise and shall off up some additional thoughts below.

"Spawn" #250
“Spawn” #250

About The Issue: This HUGE, TRIPLE-SIZED 250th ANNIVERSARY ISSUE marks only the second time an independent comic book has reached such a lofty number! This issue marks the cataclysmic climax in the story of the current Spawn: Jim Downing’s final struggle against his costume while the fate of New York City lies in the balance. From the ashes of that battlefield comes the long awaited return of the original Spawn… AL SIMMONS. The celebration of this anniversary issue will feature covers from TODD MCFARLANE, GREG CAPULLO (Batman), SKOTTIE YOUNG (Rocket Raccoon), JOCK (Detective Comics), SEAN MURPHY (The Wake), and PHILIP TAN (Batman and Robin).
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A Toast Of Flesh As “The Walking Dead” #1 Celebrates 10 Years

Comic - Walking Dead 1

I haven’t really done one of these “Comic Book Milestone” posts after only a ten year span of publication but with the breakout hit that “The Walking Dead” became this was very necessary to do. Published ten years ago this month by Image Comics, “The Walking Dead” #1 was written and created by Robert Kirkman and featured art by Tony Moore. The series was set around a group of several individuals, primarily Police Officer Rick Grimes who after recovering from a life threatening gunshot wound awakens in an empty hospital and finds the world around him being slowly overrun by the living dead. The series is printed in black and white and while I don’t personally like those methods I feel that the level of gore is better delivered by not showing us so much vivid red. As a lifelong comic’s fan I am really surprised that I missed out on this when it first was released but then again I was much more into the superhero stuff to let it bother me all that much. My first glimpse of the actual comic was when I got a first issue reprint at the Book Expo back in 2011. I loved it and planned on ordering the trade paperbacks before cash got a little thin so I decided to wait until the compendiums were next on sale. Clearly this is one popular title and if you see anyone getting rid of single issues at a garage sale for cheap do yourself a favor and stock up on them (provided they are not the reprints of said originals).
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