Image Comics was founded in 1992 by a collective of the industry's hottest young artists, including Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri, and Jim Valentino, as well as Rob Liefeld. When Image's comics debuted to record-setting sales, its status was secured, and the company has been one of the top three publishers in the industry since its inception.
Image has played a major role in the evolution of graphic storytelling by publishing innovative creator-owned works like McFarlane's Spawn, Larsen's Savage Dragon, Silvestri's Witchblade and many others. As a home to some of the top creators in the industry, Image boasts such properties as comics scribe/director Kevin Smith's Bluntman and Chronic, Ultimate Spider-Man writer Brian Michael Bendis,s award-winning Powers, and white-hot artist Michael Avon Oeming's Bulletproof Monk. Image has also created comics, graphic novels, toys, and other projects with famous creators outside the comics industry, including best-selling horror author Clive Barker and Academy Award-winning special effects producer Stan Winston.
In addition, Image has emerged as a key force in the field of licensed comics, generating high consumer excitement with best-selling projects based on such established pop-culture franchises as Tomb Raider and Battle of the Planets.