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16 Forgotten Image Comics Action Figure Lines

 

A little over twenty years ago, a group of creators left the confines of Marvel Comics for the wild world of indies. By forming Image Comics, Jim Lee, Rob Liefeld, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino set a new precedent for comics.

Of course, the 1990s were a dangerous time for the industry. The speculative market imploded not long after the Image exodus, and the comic market still hasn’t recovered all these years later. But we’re not here to lament the days of old, when single issues sold in the millions and drawing comics was as big a deal as being in Guns ‘N Roses (depending on how many pages Wizard devoted to you in a given month). No, we’re here to talk about all the ridiculous action figure lines these Image Comics spawned (heh) that you probably forgot all about.

You see, in the rush to collect all the gatefold, chromium, hologram variants, another speculators market was born, only this one was in Hollywood. Cartoons based on the wildly popular comics soon went into development, and so did action figure lines.

Not all of Image’s books were turned into Saturday morning animated shows, and not all of them got immortalized in plastic, but those that did? Well, they’ll live forever in infamy on eBay, at flea markets, and at comic conventions where dealers are still trying to pawn off that MOC WildCATS Voodoo action figure they’ve been holding on to for two decades, hoping that this time, it will actually sell.

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