Image Month: Jim Zub - "Image was pure sugar to 15 year-old Zub"

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by Jim Zub

Twenty years ago Image Comics began and the entire comic publishing industry in North America changed. The biggest artists in comics starting their own publishing initiative, creating their own characters and controlling it all. Even if you were a diehard superhero fan who’d never tried a single creator-owned comic, those new titles were almost certainly on your reading list.

I distinctly remember the production values on the Image launch titles. The computer colored Image comics were vibrant, crisper, more eye-popping. Every page looked like a cover from the comics I was used to reading from Marvel and DC. The books were flashy, slick and exciting. Pure sugar to a 15 year old Zub.

As years went on and my taste in stories and comics changed, Image evolved as well. The “creator-owned” part of Image Comics became the larger brand of the ‘i’, far more than the surface-focused excesses of 90’s superheroes. It felt a bit like we matured along parallel paths. There’s always been an Image comic in reach that reflected the sensibilities I had as a reader. Now, more than ever, that diversity and creator-owned spirit is self evident, both in me and the publishing line Image puts out.

It’s been a heck of a journey and I’m eager to see where we both go in years to come. We’ve both learned a lot and have many more stories to tell.

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