Everyone loves comic book trivia, but with decades of comics behind, there’s always some new obscure fact to learn. That’s why ComicsAlliance is going deep into the minutiae of your favorite names in comics in our continuing video series. You think you know comics? Well, here’s a few things you might not know!

This week we're taking a look at Rob Liefeld's Youngblood, which debuted 25 years ago, launching the Image Comics brand and starting a new revolution in creator-owned comics. While the series's publication schedule has been, mm, spotty, let's say, its influence and importance to comics history cannot be denied, and a number of some of the most famous names in mainstream comics have worked on the series in one form or another. This video takes a look at the history of the series, from its inception as a back-up in a small-press one-shot, to becoming the best-selling indie comic at that point, through its various relaunches and reboots across the last 25 years.

Show notes:

  • You can check out the remastered version of the original series with new dialogue by Joe Casey here.
  • The 2008 series by Joe Casey and Derec Donovan is worth a look if you're only familiar with the Liefeld version of the series. You can find it here.
  • The 2012 relaunch of the series that picked up with the legacy numbering of #71 is available digitally starting here.
  • The Alan Moore/Steve Skroce take on the series is not available either in print or digitally for...reasons?

Watch more installments of You Think You Know Comics? below and let us know what comic book characters we should cover next!