Wednesday, August 08, 2007

90's Image Week: Grifter


So, Image in the 90's. The reason people give for the fall, and still falling market we see in comics today. I say, fuck that. I think that while they had a hand in the crazy variant, run up the collector market idea, everyone else jumped on board. It was a pot luck baby, everybody brought something to the end of the world. I still can't help but look back and see that a hand full of creators quite their jobs to start a company that instantly rivaled the "Big 2".

At the time, I didn't know any different. When I was introduced to comics, Image was just as dominant on the shelves as Marvel or D.C. In fact, I think I bought Spawn #1 at a grocery store. It wasn't until I grew older that I realized what they really had done. But I'm glad I was able to come into comics at the time that I did. I was a young kid that like to create things and draw pictures, and as I learned more about IMAGE comics, I realized this was a group of guys just like me but older. They didn't want to just play with other peoples toys, they wanted to make their own.

I think today, somehow it has become almost trendy to hate on what they did. Everyone remembers the bad things that came from them, but they brought alot of good as well. It's cool to slam creators from those days, with out even really knowing what you're slamming. These guys were Gods to me, and helped put me on the path to doing what I love for a living. Drawing pictures. So, thank you to all the people who took the risk to start IMAGE comics.

Today's piece is Grifter, from Jim Lee's WildC.A.T.S. Honestly, I just thought his mask was fucking sick! I wish I could give you a deeper reason, but sometimes I only go skin deep. I like that it hung, instead of being the tight, pantie hose style mask. Anyway, I've babbled for long enough.

enjoy
s.

17 comments:

Scott Hume said...

damn fine job as always man, his mask was the shit, totally enjoying these pieces so far man, keep em coming.

lordseth said...

oh yeah thats my man grifter. love the hell out of it man. cant wait for the next one.chapel would look great in your recent style. i always thought he was the coolest next to grifter.image was one of the reason i got back into comics.but them it became somthing else.fake comic book fans came out of the wood works.while i went to buy spawn number 1 there was some idiot who got there seconds before me grabbed the last 6 issues and i was assed out.i didnt know why someone would do that.later i ran into him in the parkin lot of the mall and asked him if he would sell me one and he replied,,,,,''are you kidding me, these are number ones dont you know what there gonna be worth in the future.'' i never thought of comics as an investment. i thought it was about the stories and the love for chracters,and of course the artwork. it was years before i picked up another comic book.
now im pissed all over again. i ever see that fat piece of shit again ill beat the crap out of him and take his comics from him. lol just kidding . later

Teh Phil said...

Grifter was the man, hell my favorite issue was when he stormed into some tropical house and killed like 30 guys... even used one as a human shield holding him up with his arms under the poor saps armpits... ALL while he shot his guns.

jason quinones said...

when in doubt...pinkie out!

so yeah...just noticing all your guys hold their guns with their pinkies out...like holding a cup of tea...because if you're gonna fill some bastard full of lead you might as well be civilized about it!!

really digging your color technique on these...and the white highlights on grifter are a nice touch.

Kyle said...

Hey Skottie, if you happen to read this, I'm curious: What of this bad rep or whatever that the Image guys have? I know Liefeld is someone who sold a bunch but was pretty much hated on, but Larsen? Lee? I wasn't aware there was so much heat much less a feeling that it's Image's fault for the current comic climate.

T. Moniz said...

Some of the best images from my childhood grew from Image comics as I sat on the floor drawing VooDoo trying to emulate the style of some of the best artists to lay a pencil on paper. I wouldn't pass the days of Image and their art for anything. It was a wild and FUN time.

John Beatty said...

Skottie-

While I agree with a lot of what you said...as you noted, you were young and didn't get to see what was behind the curtain. Was it "OZ?"

The group made enough $$$ to walk away from Marvel and start their own company...if it had failed they would have still had enough $$$ to live on.

From what I know...they approached Marvel, I don't think any of them made BIG$ at DC, and basically demanded MORE of the pie. When Marvel decided to not let them have a second and third piece, then they all went on to form Image.

The rest is history.

I'm pals with Erik Larsen, love his work and the guy is a sweetheart, so I'm not 'hating' on them at all.

Only filling in some information. It's only "hear-say" so take it for what it's worth!

Just remember...Jim Lee sold "Wildstorm" for $5M to DC.

During this time, DC wanted only the coloring department Wildstorm had developed...and they got "Jim" with the deal.

Good business for them both...as always in the biz of comics, one had washes the other.

I love comics...I wouldn't have spent 20 years in them if I didn't.

Telling stories with pictures...what could be better when done well?

I think it's nice that you've started posting more.

Keep on...you're doing a great job!

Best-
-JBeatty

Anonymous said...

Hey Skottie,

Great stuff. I wasn't a big Image fan when I started reading comics. I was reading the New Warriors over at Marvel. That was a great comic until somebody went and ruined it a couple of years ago. I am kidding, of course.

Anyway, I am digging the new style. One Image comic I was a fan of was Cyberforce. How about one of those guys in the new style? Are you taking requests? If not its cool.

---Dave Graham

Skottie Young said...

Hey guys, thanks. it seems this subject gets everyone thinking. haha.

John B. Yea, I know all of that now as an adult, but that's the beauty of being a kid, you are able to only focus on the form of entertainment put in front of you. It's only later that we let the outside info that surrounds the thing we like to effect whether or not we like it. As a kid, I'm able to love Disney animated movies. As an adult, I let the fact that Disney fired a building full of animators with no notice effect my view of the movies.

So, for Image, I'm doing my best to step away from anything behind the curtain and just remember it from a straight up fans point of view.

thanks again for all the involvement everyone!

John Beatty said...

At the end of the day...I always just remember that I'm able to pay my bills by doing something I really love to do!

I'll say it again, Skottie...I'm really happy that you've been updating your blog so much. I've always been a big fan of your work, met you a few times, but only a quick "hi" when I come by to say "hello" to Josh...but I admire your work a lot!

Next time I run into you at a show, if not before...I've got to pick up your new sketchbook!

Keep it up, bro!

Best-
-JBeatty

Ramses said...

This Grifter Rocks!

Dayne Henry Jr said...

Yo Skottie!! I agree with the whole image thing man. My first real drawing I did was of "Shadow Hawk" and the other one was "Die Hard". I believe die hard was from young blood or something. Anyways man, I jumped into comics right around that time, so I'm feelin the image thing. Stay up dog, keep doin your thing. Shit looks dope! Peace!!

- Dayne

omegared said...

awesome work skottie!
i was and still am a fan of image comics. as an growing artist they inspired me to grow and get better.
for me personally, i choose to look past all the bashing and appreciate the art and the artist who toil at the tables to produce great books.

Bobby Chiu said...

Hey Scottie,

It was great to meet you in person yesterday at the Chicago con. Needless to say, your stuff rocks.

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kallam rayson said...

well goood pic.

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