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.
Not content with the drubbing President Obama gave Osama Bin Laden in Savage Dragon #175 -- or the real-life death of the 9/11 mastermind -- creator Erik Larsen is resurrecting the Al Qaeda villain from the dead in issue #177, exposing him to radiation that naturally turns him into a giant zombie hulk that attacks America and, one can assume, killing him again...
Conventions: The official map for the San Diego Comic-Con International has surfaced at last. The Beat's annotations may help attendees spot a few of their future line hangouts and/or plan quick escape routes...
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