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Image Comics is a comic book company founded in 1992 by seven famous artists from Creator/MarvelComics after a dispute over creator's rights. Their goal was to publish "creator-owned" comic books not controlled by a central editor, and it consisted of six studios (one person decided not to be a full partner due to familial problems at the time) that would be completely autonomous from each other.

The original titles were:
* Todd [=McFarlane=]'s ''ComicBook/{{Spawn}}'' (produced through Todd McFarlane Productions)
* Erik Larsen's ''[[TheSavageDragon Savage Dragon]]'' (produced through Highbrow Entertainment)
* Jim Lee's ''ComicBook/{{Wildcats}}'' (produced through {{WildStorm}} Productions)
* RobLiefeld's ''{{Youngblood}}'' and ''{{Brigade}}'' (produced through Extreme Studios, note that Youngblood was the first book published under the Image banner, though the first issue was completed pre-Image)
* Marc Silvestri's ''{{Cyberforce}}'' (produced through TopCow Productions)
* Jim Valentino's ''{{Shadowhawk}}'' (produced through Shadowline, Ink)
* Whilce Portacio's ''{{Wetworks}}'' (which actually got delayed until 1994, though a preview appeared as a backup in issue two of ''ComicBook/{{Wildcats}}'')

Image Comics eventually became famous for publishing NinetiesAntiHero books, very far towards the cynical end of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism, and for a bad case of non-webcomic ScheduleSlip, sometimes delivering issues as much as nine months late and still constantly happening today. The absence of ExecutiveMeddling they prided themselves on also turned out to have [[ProtectionFromEditors certain drawbacks]], and none of the partners had any business experience. Still, while the NinetiesAntiHero fad lasted, the Image titles were a massive success, but now they mostly look like DarkAge disasters with an excess of sex and violence and somewhat... questionable art.

At first success was so intense that series were added, either ex-novo (like Sam Keith's ''ComicBook/TheMaxx'', Dale Keown's ''{{Pitt}}'', KeithGiffen's ''Trencher'', and Nick Manabat's ''Cybernary'') or being "filiated" from the original ones like ''Codename: Strykeforce'' (from ''Cyberforce''), ''Freak Force'', ''Vanguard'', and ''the Deadly Duo'' (from ''Savage Dragon''), ''ComicBook/{{Gen13}}'', ''ComicBook/{{Stormwatch}}'', ''Deathblow'' and ''[[ComicBook/TeamSeven [=Team 7=]]]'' (from Jim Lee's ''[=WildC.A.T.s=]'' universe), and ''Glory'' and ''{{Supreme}}'' (from ''Youngblood''), but soon after things began to fall apart.

Image Comics eventually lost two founders: Rob Liefeld was fired, and Jim Lee sold his {{Wildstorm}} Studios to DCComics after leaving Image[[note]]There was even a CrisisCrossover, ''Shattered Image'', devoted to writing Wildstorm's titles out of the Image universe, and vice versa.[[/note]]. Over the years, Image started GrowingTheBeard: they got a central editor to help control the schedule, and the quality of the art and maturity of the storylines started looking up somewhat. They also hired some other writers and with this they got some more diversity, with titles like Jeff Smith's ''ComicBook/{{Bone}}'', Creator/KurtBusiek's ''ComicBook/AstroCity'' and Robert Kirkman's ''ComicBook/{{Invincible}}'' and ''ComicBook/TheWalkingDead''. Whereas the original titles had at least played lip service to being in some kind of Image SharedUniverse, these more recent titles have tended to exist as entirely independent works. Kirkman has recently been bumped up to the equivalent of founder status, forming his own studio, Skybound Entertainment . ''Spawn'' and ''Savage Dragon'' are also still published, and are better-regarded than in their heyday, whilst Image is giving a chance to many writers whose ideas would never be published by the "Big Two". Rob Liefeld even managed to make up with his ex-partners at Image, thanks to Kirkman's intervention, and managed to successfully relaunch a few of his old Extreme Studios properties, though he is still is no longer a partner in the publisher. Still, Image Comics is very much remembered for its gritty [[TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks Dark Age]] series. Their main competitor nowadays is Creator/DarkHorseComics rather than Marvel and DC, as both companies tend to release similar off-the-cuff, independent works.
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!!Comics published by Image Comics:
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* ''ComicBook/NineteenSixtyThree''
* ''ComicBook/AlexPlusAda''
* ''ComicBook/{{Ant}}''
* ''ComicBook/TheAstoundingWolfMan''
* ''ComicBook/AstroCity''
* ''ComicBook/AVoiceInTheDark''
* ''ComicBook/BattleChasers''
* ''ComicBook/BattlePope''
* ''ComicBook/BlackCherry''
* ''ComicBook/BlackScience''
* ''ComicBook/BombQueen''
* ''ComicBook/{{Bone}}''
* ''ComicBook/CarbonGrey''
* ''ComicBook/{{Chassis}}''
* ''ComicBook/{{Chew}}''
* ''ComicBook/CommonGrounds''
* ''ComicBook/TheCouriers'' (the 2012 combined volume)
* ''ComicBook/CreatureTech''
* ''{{Cyberforce}}''
* ''ComicBook/TheDarkness''
* ''ComicBook/DeathVigil''
* ''ComicBook/DeadlyClass''
* ''ComicBook/DestroyerDuck''
* ''ComicBook/DeathMate'' (crossover with Valiant)
* ''ComicBook/{{Drain}}''
* ''ComicBook/{{Dynamo 5}}''
* ''ComicBook/EastOfWest''
* ''ComicBook/{{Elephantmen}}''
* ''ComicBook/{{Fell}}''
* ''ComicBook/FallOutToyWorks''
* ''Comicbook/{{Fatale}}''
* ''ComicBook/FearAgent'' [[note]]First publisher. Now published by Creator/DarkHorseComics.[[/note]]
* ''ComicBook/{{Firebreather}}''
* ''ComicBook/TheFiveFistsOfScience''
* ''ComicBook/FiveWeapons''
* ''FlamingCarrot''
* ''ComicBook/{{Gear}}''
* ''ComicBook/{{Gen 13}}''
* ''ComicBook/{{Girls}}''
* ''ComicBook/GladstonesSchoolForWorldConquerors''
* ''ComicBook/{{Glory}}''
* ''ComicBook/GMan''
* ''ComicBook/HackSlash'' (Volume 2)
* ''ComicBook/{{Halcyon}}''
* ''ComicBook/{{Haunt}}''
* ''ComicBook/IKillGiants''
* ''ComicBook/{{Invincible}}''
* ''ComicBook/JackStaff''
* ''ComicBook/KingCity''
* ''ComicBook/{{Lazarus}}''
* ''ComicStrip/LibertyMeadows''
* ''Comicbook/{{Madman}}''
* ''ComicBook/{{MageTheHeroDiscovered}}''
* ''ComicBook/TheManhattanProjects''
* ''ComicBook/TheMaxx''
* ''ComicBook/MegatonMan''
* ''ComicBook/MidnightNation''
* ''ComicBook/MorningGlories''
* ''ComicBook/NobleCauses''
* ''ComicBook/{{North40}}''
* ''ComicBook/OrcStain''
* ''ComicBook/PaxRomana''
* ''ComicBook/ThePerhapanauts''
* ''ComicBook/{{Phonogram}}''
* ''ComicBook/{{Powers}}''
* ''ComicBook/ThePortent''
* ''ComicBook/PrettyDeadly''
* ''ComicBook/ThePro''
* ''ComicBook/{{Prophet}}''
* ''ComicBook/RatQueens''
* ''ComicBook/RisingStars''
* ''ComicBook/RocketGirl''
* ''ComicBook/{{Saga}}''
* ''ComicBook/TheSavageDragon''
* ''ComicBook/{{Screamland}}''
* ''ComicBook/ScudTheDisposableAssassin''
* ''Comicbook/{{Severed}}''
* ''Comicbook/SexCriminals''
* ''ComicBook/{{Shadowhawk}}''
* ''ComicBook/ShamansTears''
* ''Webcomic/{{Skullkickers}}''
* ''ComicBook/{{Spawn}}''
* ''ComicBook/TheStrangeTalentOfLutherStrode''
* ''ComicBook/SuperDinosaur''
* ''Comicbook/SuburbanGlamour''
* ''ComicBook/{{Supreme}}''
* ''ComicBook/{{Stormwatch}}''
* ''ComicBook/TheSword''
* ''ComicBook/TalesFromTheBullyPulpit''
* ''[[ComicBook/TeamSeven Team 7]]''
* ''ComicBook/{{Tellos}}''
* ''[[Comicbook/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesMirage Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]'' (Vol. 3)
* ''Comicbook/TruthJustinAndTheAmericanWay''
* ''Comicbook/{{Twitch}}''
* ''Comicbook/TheWalkingDead''
* ''Comicbook/{{Wanted}}''
* ''ComicBook/{{Wild CATs}}''
* ''ComicBook/{{Wildguard}}''
* ''Comicbook/{{Witchblade}}''
* ''ComicBook/WynonnaEarp''
* ''ComicBook/{{Youngblood}}''
* ''ComicBook/YoungbloodJudgmentDay''
* ''ComicBook/{{Zero}}''
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