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Twenty-Four Years Ago Today: The Start Of The Image Comics Revolution

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At the dawn of 1992, comic books were booming. Tim Burton's Batman had kicked off a new wave of big-budget film adaptations. Superhero products could be found in nearly every aisle of every department store and supermarket. New comic shops were springing up in shopping centers and malls, publishers were seeing their highest sales figures in years, and new companies were making names for themselves as serious players. And Marvel Comics was the unquestioned big fish in the pool, with their stock booming in the six short months since they'd gone public, and an unparalleled creative stable.

But big changes were afoot. In December of 1991, Todd McFarlane, Rob Liefeld, and Jim Lee, Marvel's three biggest artists, informed publisher Terry Stewart that the company's policies toward talent were unfair, that creators were not being appropriately rewarded for their work, and that they were leaving, effective immediately. In the month thereafter, they joined forces with a few more like-minded artists from Marvel's top-selling titles, worked out a deal with small publisher Malibu Comics for production and distribution, and decided on the title for their new company --- recycling a name that Liefeld had originally intended for an aborted self-publishing venture. On February 1st, 1992, a press release was sent out announcing the formation of Image Comics.

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Weekender: Ben Hatke, ‘Baker Street Peculiars’, and Memoirs of a ‘2000 AD’ Editor

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What a week! I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to sit back and read some comics. The weekend is finally here, and the world can relax and rest once more --- but the comics industry has been busy too, you know, and the last seven days have seen a flurry of comics-based news and announcements fly past at high speed.

ComicsAlliance have got your back, though: when it comes to comics, we never slow down, and so here’s a look back and just what’s been going on. New comics, new stories, new hirings, new podcasts, new art being made --- it’s all part of the ComicsAlliance Weekender!

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‘The Walking Dead’ Teases ‘Complete Badass’ Introduction of ‘Jesus’

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Image Comics / AKM-GSI

There’s plenty to resolve by the back half of The Walking Dead Season 6, let alone new characters to introduce before Season 7, one of which we’ve already glimpsed on set. Before we meet the new big bad, Robert Kirkman offers a teases of a new comic-ripped force for good, as The Walking Dead prepares to introduce “Jesus” himself.

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‘The Walking Dead’ Boss Talks ‘Atomic Bomb’ Negan, Saviors vs. Wolves

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AMC / Image Comics

The world of The Walking Dead will change as we know it, come mid-February, as Rick and company take their first steps into a larger world, at least after a bit of house-cleaning. That expansion comes with a price, however, as series creator Robert Kirkman previews the “atomic bomb” that new series big bad Negan brings to the table, along with his “Savior” followers.

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First ‘Walking Dead’ 2016 Photos Hint at Major Comic Moment Ahead

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AMC

We left The Walking Dead in 2015 with way more questions than answers, not to mention some major peril, and it looks like the body parts will fly when Season 6 picks up again on February 14. Our first photos and poster heavily hint at some major comic trauma, while intel from Robert Kirkman puts plenty more threats waiting in the wings.

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‘The Walking Dead’ Season 6: Xander Berkeley Playing Exactly Who Comic Fans Thought

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AMC / The CW

The Walking Dead has had it tougher and tougher to keep spoilers under wraps, between one death fake-out immediately undercut by set photos, and character descriptions barely concealing their comic counterparts. So too has Xander Berkeley’s mysterious Season 6 villain been unveiled, as exactly the figure comic readers assumed.

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‘Walking Dead’ Boss Defends ‘Credibility’ After Glenn, Tease Negan’s 2016 Debut

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AMC

The Walking Dead has officially signed off 2015 by Sunday’s most recent midseason finale “Start to Finish,” but if you’re anything like us, the first half of Season 6 produced some strong reactions. Now, showrunner Scott Gimple defends the show’s credibility after the big Glenn fakeout, as well as its introduction of Negan, and what to expect in the 2016 return.

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RUMOR: ‘Walking Dead’ Puts Garret Dillahunt Up to Bat as Major Comic Big Bad

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AMC / Amazon

Even as The Walking Dead keeps viewers fixed on the present by its latest mystery, the comic-inclined among us know a much greater danger on the horizon, as Season 6 gears up to cast the series’ biggest bad yet. Said search may be over, according to some compelling evidence, and one beloved Deadwood alum.

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No, ‘The Walking Dead’ Won’t Be Chopping Off Rick’s Hand Anytime Soon

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AMC

Apart from The Walking Dead’s most recent (supposed) loss, fans of the AMC horror-drama couldn’t help raising a familiar flag at an apparent injury Rick suffered over the course of Sunday’s hour. We’ve seen plenty of characters losing one appendage or another, but could Rick’s hand have finally reached the chopping block?

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Breaking Down Every Frame of Unaired ‘Walking Dead’ S6 Footage For Clues to [SPOILER]’s Fate

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AMC

The shocking events of ‘The Walking Dead’ Season 6's latest “Thank You” has fans in an uproar, but has [SPOILER]‘s death finally been exposed? Come, join us on a a crazy train to break down every last bit of as-yet-unaired footage for clues to a major mystery!

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