Well here is a blast from the past: as part of their 25th anniversary celebration Image is reprinting Splitting Image from Don Simpson and colorist Hilary Jenkins – it’s a parody comic from 1992 that makes sport of the original Image founders – Todd McFarlane, Jim Lee., Rob Liefeld, Jim Valentino, Erik Larsen and Marc Silvestri – and their characters, including Spawn, WildCATS, etc.
“We thought the occasion of our 25th Anniversary was as good a time as any to revisit our past with tongue planted firmly in cheek and sense of humor in tact!” said co-founder and Image Comics partner and Vice-President Jim Valentino. “A piece of history at your fingertips (now go wash your hands!)”
This edition will include bonus content including: the normalman-MEGATON MAN SPECIAL by Simpson, co-founder and Image Comics partner and Vice-President Jim Valentino, Larry Marder, and Bob Burden.
It’s a testament to what powerful personalities the original Image crew had that this parody even works. Simpson’s Bizarre Heroes was a self published superhero parody book of the era, and he had close ties to the community, mostly via Valentino, who always had a soft sport for more indie type materials.
SPLITTING IMAGE (Diamond Code FEB170579) will hit stores on Wednesday, April 26th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, March 27th.
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