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16 Forgotten Image Comics Action Figure Lines

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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.

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ComicsAlliance Reviews ‘Spawn’ Year One, Part 4: ‘Flashback’


Three weeks ago, Image Comics shipped the 220th issue of Spawn, marking 20 years of continuous publication of the supernatural antihero series created by Todd McFarlane. To help commemorate the 20th anniversary of Spawn, ComicsAlliance is embarking on a venture that is every bit as ambitious: a four-part overview of the first "year" of its publication (Being an early Image book, Spawn sometimes shipped late)...

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Link Ink: Giarusso Covers Image, More Animetal USA and the Second ‘First Class’


Upcoming: Though The Walking Dead For Kids! was only an April Fool's Day joke at ECCC, G-Man creator Chris Giarusso really is illustrating recreations of twelve iconic Image covers to celebrate the publisher's 20th anniversary, including Youngblood # 1 (for Youngblood #71) in May...

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‘Youngblood’ vs. ‘WildC.A.T.s’ vs. ‘UltraForce': Which Had The Most X-Treme Intro?


During the boom years of the early '90s, printed comics weren't the only medium that saw a sudden influx of new, extreme super-heroes. The influence of the popular Fox cartoon based on the X-Men was obvious in a second wave of knockoffs similar super-hero cartoons, from the fact that they were based on comics to their blatant attempts to capture the magic of that goofy, synth-heavy X-Men intro where dudes stood around blasting their powers at their own logos...

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The Youngblood Easter Eggs In Rob Liefeld’s ‘Cable & Deadpool’ #25 Cover


From his contribution to the upcoming "Deadpool: Merc With A Mouth" #7 to his pencils in the "Image United" event, Rob Liefeld's been keeping busy revisiting some of him most popular characters of late...

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‘Image Firsts’ Provide Affordable Introductions To Flagship Series


Following in the footsteps of last year's "After Watchmen, What's Next?" and "Marvel's Greatest Comics" initiatives from the Big Two, Image Comics looks to be spicing up Free Comic Book Day season with its own line of introductory priced titles featuring some of its hottest properties...

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Retro: Liefeld Meets Dennis Miller In a Perfect Storm of ’90s Cliches


As Chris Sims' look at the amazing "Comic Book Greats: Rob Liefeld" video attests, Liefeld was a budding celebrity during the early '90s. Marketing-wise, you couldn't ask for a better hook: Here was this brash Gen X-er shaking up stuffy old Marvel with his "extreme" renditions of absurdly proportioned, suspiciously feet-less superheroes...

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