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.