Creator / Icon Comics

Icon is an imprint of Marvel Comics, publishing creator-owned titles that are often darker and more mature than the regular Marvel titles. In this way it functions similar to DC's Vertigo.

It was launched in 2004 with Michael Avon Oeming and Brian Michael Bendis' superhero/detective series Powers, and David Mack's Kabuki, both of which were relocated from Image Comics. In June 2005 the imprint's third title, J. Michael Straczynski's Dream Police, was launched, followed in September by The Book of Lost Souls, also from Straczynski.

Straczynski (one of the many to jump ship from the line as soon as the opportunity to do so arose) has allegedly disparagingly referred to the imprint as "Invisible Content Operationally Nonexistent" in response to it gradually morphing into something of a personal vanity press for Bendis, and occasionally Mark Millar.

Not to be confused with the DC Comics' character Icon.


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