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Old 05-16-2008
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Angry Why Valiant and Image comics Suck

You know what....when I was a kid I use to buy the hell out of Valiant and Image brand comic books.

Series like Archer and Armstrong, Bloodshot, Eternal Warrior, Ninjak, Second Life of Dr. Mirage, Shadowman, Solar, Man of the Atom, Turok Dinosaur Hunter and X-O Manowar, The Savage Dragon and Youngblood.

Now I was a serious collector....as a matter of fact I would say I was more of a collector then a reader.

All that money for those fancy gloss, foil or hologram covers and now you cant hardly give them away. They are worth a shitload less then the high dollar cover prices that they use to charge for them.

Some of the series was good to one of my favorites being The Savage Dragon.
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You know what....when I was a kid I use to buy the hell out of Valiant and Image brand comic books.

Series like Archer and Armstrong, Bloodshot, Eternal Warrior, Ninjak, Second Life of Dr. Mirage, Shadowman, Solar, Man of the Atom, Turok Dinosaur Hunter and X-O Manowar, The Savage Dragon and Youngblood.

Now I was a serious collector....as a matter of fact I would say I was more of a collector then a reader.

All that money for those fancy gloss, foil or hologram covers and now you cant hardly give them away. They are worth a shitload less then the high dollar cover prices that they use to charge for them.

Some of the series was good to one of my favorites being The Savage Dragon.
The answer is easy, they weren't Marvel or DC (although Image had an imprint called "Wildstorm" which was eventually purchased by DC.) To be honest, the early 90s was just a bad period of time for the comic book industry. The public demand thinned out and the underdogs (Valiant, Image, Darkhorse and Malibu) did whatever they could to entice readers away from the big two. Multiple covers, foil covers, #0s, publisher crossovers and characters that were the antithesis of the mainstream (I am still pissed that Spawn #1 is only about $8-12.) Artwork and writing suffered for gimmicks and poorly motivated competition. I loved Wetworks, WildC.A.T.S., The Maxx, Savage Dragon, and Miracle Man. Unfortunately history is not looking back to kindly on them. Hopefully some day people will realize that they passed up a good thing, greatness is rarely ever recognized in its time.
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The Maxx was fantastic.
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The Maxx was fantastic.
The Maxx will always be one of my favorite titles. The whole concept of him slipping in and out of different realities blew me away. Then when the Australian Outback reality started spilling over to the New York reality things just went insane in a good way. I am also a huge fan of Sam Keith. His artwork is just incredible. He did other titles like Aliens: Earth War, Epicurus the Sage, Wolverine: Blood Hungry, Friends of Maxx, Zero Girl, Wolverine/Hulk, Scratch, Ojo, Batman: Secrets and Batman/Lobo: Deadly Serious.
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The answer is easy, they weren't Marvel or DC (although Image had an imprint called "Wildstorm" which was eventually purchased by DC.) To be honest, the early 90s was just a bad period of time for the comic book industry. The public demand thinned out and the underdogs (Valiant, Image, Darkhorse and Malibu) did whatever they could to entice readers away from the big two. Multiple covers, foil covers, #0s, publisher crossovers and characters that were the antithesis of the mainstream (I am still pissed that Spawn #1 is only about $8-12.) Artwork and writing suffered for gimmicks and poorly motivated competition. I loved Wetworks, WildC.A.T.S., The Maxx, Savage Dragon, and Miracle Man. Unfortunately history is not looking back to kindly on them. Hopefully some day people will realize that they passed up a good thing, greatness is rarely ever recognized in its time.
I would like to add that it was around the time that the series The Death of Superman, Secret Wars (i.e. Spidy's got a brand new bag/black costume), Onslaught and Heroes Reborn (yuck, I feel dirty giving and kind of reference to that series and Rob Liefeld) were published so the big two were trying to keep their readership over the lesser mainstream titles (insecure much?)
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