The Press Release:
On this day 30 years ago, X-FORCE #1 debuted and took the comic book industry by storm! Created by Rob Liefeld, X-FORCE #1 was a blockbuster success, selling over 5 million copies to become one of the best-selling single issues in Marvel Comics history. Commemorating the anniversary of this groundbreaking issue, Rob Liefeld will return to the X-Force saga this November with a new chapter in X-FORCE: KILLSHOT!
The Press Release:
This November, UNCANNY X-MEN returns with a new ongoing series, bringing together nearly every mutant left on earth in a story that threatens to destroy them. It’s an epic tale of mystery and tragic disappearance, with an adventure so earth-shattering, it could very well be the X-Men’s FINAL mission! Don’t miss UNCANNY X-MEN #1, coming this November to your local comic shop!
UNCANNY X-MEN #1: Written by KELLY THOMPSON, ED BRISSON and MATTHEW ROSENBERG; Art by MAHMUD ASRAR, MARK BAGLEY and MIRKO COLAK. Cover by LEINIL FRANCIS YU
9/24/2018: In celebration of the much-anticipated launch of UNCANNY X-MEN #1, Marvel is excited to reveal a variant cover from superstar artist Jen Bartel!
Yes my comic book loving friends, Image Comics was launched 25 years ago today and that makes Feburary 1st, 2017 “Image Comics Day”. I’m sharing a press release that I received the other day that discusses some of the offerings to be found today and some of the company’s origin story so please read on below. After that I’ll toss in some of my own recollections about that point in history since I was a regular collector of numerous titles. Here we go.
The Press Release:
On February 1, 1992 seven comics superstars Erik Larsen, Jim Lee, Rob Liefeld, Todd McFarlane, Whilce Portacio, Marc Silvestri, and Jim Valentino came together to form their own company that would changed the landscape of comics forever. Current partners McFarlane, Valentino, Kirkman, Larsen, and Silvestri collectively have brought creator-owned comics to the forefront of industry change and, after 25 years of amazing storytelling freedom, Image is pleased to celebrate the milestone anniversary with Image Day—Feb. 1, 2017.
Image Comics wouldn’t have succeeded without the tremendous creativity and passion of its creators, the unwavering support of retailers, bookstores, and libraries, or the unbridled and unrelenting enthusiasm of the fans who show up each and every Wednesday to purchase Image titles. On Image Comics Day we celebrate together, nationwide, the exciting legacy that Image’s creator-owned publishing model has cultivated as we prepare for the next 25 years of amazing creator-owned comics to come.
There will be Image Comics promotions, giveaways, creator signings, social media events, and more—don’t miss out on all the festivities and check back to the events pages on imagecomics.com for more information and announcements about Image Comics Day celebrations near you. Join us for the single most anticipated day of the year, as we come together and celebrate the 25th anniversary of Image Comics—but more importantly, the 25 years of true creative freedom and history-making storytelling from the best writers and artists in the world. Find an Image Day event near you in the complete list below! – See more at: https://imagecomics.com/content/view/image-comics-day-at-local-comic-shops#sthash.TGeOGysl.dpuf
NEW YORK, New York – Forbidden Planet | 8:00 AM | 832 Broadway, New York, NY 10003
Cliff Chiang, Joe Harris, Brenden Fletcher, W. Maxwell Prince, Alex de Campi, Brandon Montclare, Cameron Stewart, Jason Katzenstein, Amy Reeder, Ivan Brandon, Karen Berger – See more at: https://imagecomics.com/content/view/image-comics-day-at-local-comic-shops#sthash.TGeOGysl.dpuf
PiercingMetal Thoughts: Back in the days when Image Comics was first announced, I was very heavy into the collecting of the weekly titles. It was shattering information because SO MANY of the Marvel Comics creative teams that my friends and I loved would be leaving titles that we looked forward to seeing their craft on each and every month. These were the long bygone days of the collectors purchasing a second, third and even fourth copy of a particular title. One for reading, one for posterity and the others to sell and make a mint off of at some point in the future. You’re laughing at my saying this but it was 100% truth. Somewhere in my storage unit lies a box that is packed from front to back with those earliest Image Comics issues from Spawn to Youngblood to WildC.A.T.S. to Shadowhawk. I pretty much collected them all when they first launched since each was so very unique and different to our eyes. Looking back on them I’d have to say that my very favorites were Spawn, Cyber Force and probably Shadowhawk. Alright Ill toss the fun of Savage Dragon in there as well since I didn’t miss an issue of that either. I’d keep up with Image Comics as a regular customer until the 2000’s when I slowed down completely based on finances being needed for other things as “Adulting” took over. Sigh. So, what were your favorites of the initial Image Comics releases? If you were collecting back in the day let me know your thoughts about this anniversary and what you loved about them. If you are more of a new collector of their stuff you can chime in as well with what you liked about them in the now. The comments section below is where you can add your three cents.
Please bear in mind that today is the anniversary of the company’s launch and the titles wouldn’t start coming out until a few months later. With so many of these reaching a 25th Anniversary along with this founding, you can count on several “Comic Book Milestone” posts right here on the website.
Ever since his first appearance in “New Mutants” #98 back in 1991 he’s been the Merc with a Mouth and now it seems as though Deadpool is going to be known as the Merc with a Movie as the film in which he stars opens up today in theaters everywhere. Check out the poster, premise and cast below.
The Premise: In an effort to cure his cancer, former special forces operative Wade Wilson was subjected to an experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, disfigured skin, an unstable mind and a “dark, twisted” sense of humor. Armed with new abilities and a new identity, Wilson hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life. (thanks Wiki)
Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson/Deadpool
Morena Baccarin as Vanessa
Ed Skrein as Francis/Ajax
T. J. Miller as Weasel
Gina Carano as Angel Dust
Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead
Stefan Kapičić as Piotr Rasputin/Colossus
Leslie Uggams as Blind Al
Jed Rees as The Recruiter
Marvel Comics co-creator Stan Lee will have a cameo appearance as a strip club MC
Deadpool co-creator Rob Liefeld will also make a cameo appearance
PiercingMetal Thoughts: Even thought this film takes place outside of the Marvel Cinematic Universe since its connected to the X-Men franchise license that Fox currently holds, I am super excited for this one since it looks like the got him 100% correct. If you’ve seen the trailers you can tell that Deadpool is a complete and utter a$$hole in them when it comes to his adversaries and even his friends and that is pretty much how he is in the comics that he helps move off the shelves month after month. Speaking of Deadpool in comics, last month Marvel Comics celebrated the character by offering fans 10 different titles starring him for $1 apiece. You can peruse what they were in case you missed that post by clicking HERE but you might have to shop around a little bit for them since the releases ended in the last week of January. I’m debating on whether or not to see this on opening day or not because I have Toy Fair this coming weekend and that is going to keep me busy for a few days. What do you readers think? Will you be catching this film on the big screen or waiting for it to hit HBO or a Blu-ray disc release? Let me know in the comments section and oh before I completely close up on this posting, attention Parents “DO NOT BRING YOUR LITTLE ONES TO SEE DEADPOOL”!!!!. This film is rated “R” for a reason and the dialogue is not meant for the younger set. The last thing we need is people decrying it so much that we never see a sequel. That’s it, carry on with the rest of your day now.
Our brand new year is not only going to be loaded with lots of awesome music but also tons of great comic books and the film releases that relate to them. Just a few weeks ago we got the 2nd trailer for the upcoming “Deadpool” movie which you can check out on THIS LINK if you’ve not seen it already. That being said, the next installment of Marvel Comics “True Believers” offerings will deliver 10 “Deadpool” comics. Take a look at the press release and the covers below.
The Press Release: This January, the “Merc With a Mouth” becomes the “Merc For a Buck” as Deadpool joins the True Believers family! Marvel is pleased to announce ten new TRUE BELIEVERS titles, available only in comic shops this January. Featuring some of Wade Wilson’s most unforgettable moments, experience these popular issues for the suggested retail price of $1. TRUE BELIEVERS are the perfect way for readers interested in Deadpool to try out some of his most iconic stories in recent memory. From his first appearance, to his origin to his recent nuptials, it’s never been easier to get caught up with these can’t miss Deadpool gems. Your window into Wade only costs a buck! Don’t miss these exciting TRUE BELIEVERS issues, on-sale throughout the month of January.
TRUE BELIEVERS: DEADPOOL #1 (Reprinting NEW MUTANTS #98).