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From Savage FINcast to Super Freaks

Celebrate a decade of the Savage FINcast podcast with an official fan tribute to everyone’s favorite Fin-Head in the upcoming Super Freaks. This special, off-the-wall one-shot story will hit shelves this June from Image Comics

Savage Dragon fans unite to produce one of the wildest comics ever created! In 2021, hosts of the Savage FINcast—a podcast that celebrates Savage Dragon and the work of creator and Image Comics co-founder, Erik Larsen—began planning a way to celebrate their ten-year anniversary. After brainstorming and gauging the interests of their friends, the hosts decided to attempt a self-published Savage Dragon Fanzine featuring the talents of their fellow Savage Dragon enthusiasts. With approval from Larsen himself, the hosts began work on the fanzine with the goal of producing something that could be awarded as a prize to their podcast listeners. The project—now titled Super Freaks—brought in the talents of twenty Savage Dragon super-fans, contributing four-to-five-page stories, one-page gag strips, pinups, and more. 

As the project finished up in late 2021, a digital copy of the comic was submitted to Larsen, and he was so taken by it that he insisted it be released to the world as an official publication through Image Comics.

This one-shot comic is a fan love letter to 30 years of Savage Dragon and includes stories covering many characters and various eras of the Savage Dragon series. In fact, the title Super Freaks is a nod to the term established in the Savage Dragon comic for super-powered beings, many of which are showcased in the one-shots stories and pin-ups.  

This 56-page extravaganza delivers action-packed superhero romps including: a multiverse of Dragons, a tie-in to the 1990s Savage Dragon cartoon, features focusing on Dragon’s son Malcolm and his wife Maxine, and stories spotlighting other fan-favorite characters.

The mix of indie creators and relative newcomers that contributed to the book are sure to create new fans of their work. Some of the more established contributors include Mark Welser, Rich Woodall, Raven Perez, Connor Tierney, Scott James, and Nick Justus.

Additionally, Super Freaks sports a dynamic brand-new cover by Erik Larsen and Mark Welser. Whether you are a long-time fan, someone who is curious about the Savage Dragon universe, or just enjoy fun comic anthologies with great art and stories—Super Freaks has something for everyone.

It’s crude! It’s rude! It’s hilarious! It’s one of the most offbeat comic books ever committed to paper!

Super Freaks one-shot (Diamond Code APR220123) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, June 1.

Super Freaks

Kurt Busiek, Brent Anderson, Alex Sinclair, and Alex Ross Team Up for Astro City: That Was Then

Bestselling creative team Kurt Busiek, Brent Anderson, Alex Ross, Alex Sinclair, and Comicraft team up for the return of Astro City in an all-new special out from Image Comics this March—the Astro City: That Was Then… one-shot.

And a host of top Image creators welcome the series back to Image—where it all began—with a stunning lineup of variant covers by Erik Larsen, Marcelo Costa, Leandro Fernández, Jamie McKelvie, Chip Zdarsky, and Rob Guillory.

These highly collectable covers bring Astro City characters together with popular classic and current Image Comics series, including Savage Dragon and Samaritan, Radiant Black and the Confessor, The Old Guard and Cleopatra, Beautie in full The Wicked + The Divine style, Quarrel and Crackerjack in a Sex Criminals homage, and Tony Chu and the First Family’s Rex in a Chew-style trip to Beefy Bob’s.

Astro City: That Was Then… features new and existing heroes and launches a mystery that will drive the forthcoming Astro City series. Who were the Jayhawks? How did they inspire five teen sidekicks looking for answers to hit the road in a rickety crime mobile in 1969? And how will this affect Astro City in the present? It all begins here. And don’t miss the Astro City Metrobook, collecting the first three years of the acclaimed series!

The Astro City: That Was Then… one-shot will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, March 30. 

Ant #12 Sells Out and Heads Back to Print

Image Comics co-founder Erik Larsen has spun a momentous story arc conclusion to the long-awaited Ant finale and fans want more. Issue #12 has sold out completely at the distributor level and is being fast-tracked for a reprint in order to keep up with growing demand. The reprint will feature new cover artwork by Larsen.

Ant #12 both wraps up the story already begun by Ant creator Mario Gully and serves as a completely self-contained introduction to Ant by superstar creator Larsen. Hannah Washington has spent years looking for answers, and finally her quest comes to its epic conclusion! Guest-starring the Dynamic Daredevil!

Fans eager for more Ant will have Larsen’s upcoming all-new Ant series to look forward to this August—which will reimagine the origin story and put a fresh spin on the beloved character.

Ant #12, second printing (Diamond Code APR219899) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, July 7.

Ant #1 by Larsen will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, August 25:

  • Ant #1 Cover A Larsen – Diamond Code JUN210035
  • Ant #1 Cover B Larsen – Diamond Code JUN210036
  • Ant #1 Cover C Larsen – Diamond Code JUN210037
  • Ant #1 Cover D Larsen – Diamond Code JUN210038
  • Ant #1 Cover E Retro Trade Dress – Diamond Code JUN210039
  • Ant #1 Cover F Retro Trade Dress – Diamond Code JUN210040
  • Ant #1 Cover G Retro Trade Dress – Diamond Code JUN210041
  • Ant #1 Cover H Retro Trade Dress – Diamond Code JUN210042
Ant #12, second printing

Erik Larsen Kicks Off a New Ongoing Ant in August

Image Comics co-founder Erik Larsen takes on a whole new wall-crawler! After wrapping up the volume one conclusion of Mario Gully’s Ant, Larsen will kick off an all-new Ant series filled to the brim with epic adventure. The series will launch with Ant #1 and share a new origin story with fans when it hits shelves this August from Image Comics. 

In this upcoming Ant series, Larsen will breathe new life into the character and expand upon her place and identity in the Image Universe.

Larsen reintroduced Ant when he was writing and drawing Spawn with Todd McFarlane. Ant was part of a four-part crossover with Larsen’s book Savage Dragon.

Ant #1 will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, August 25:

  • Cover A by Larsen – Diamond Code JUN210035
  • Cover B by Larsen – Diamond Code JUN210036
  • Cover C by Larsen – Diamond Code JUN210037
  • Cover D by Larsen – Diamond Code JUN210038
  • Cover E Retro Trade Dress – Diamond Code JUN210039
  • Cover F Retro Trade Dress – Diamond Code JUN210040
  • Cover G Retro Trade Dress – Diamond Code JUN210041
  • Cover H Retro Trade Dress – Diamond Code JUN210042

Robert Kirkman, Chris Samnee, and Matthew Wilson Celebrate One Year of Fire Power

Superstars Robert Kirkman, Chris Samnee, and Matthew Wilson celebrate Fire Power’s historic first anniversary with a line-up of stunning covers and a sneak peek at interior art from issue #12. This momentous issue will showcase some of the biggest names in comics lending their talents to some of Image and Skybound’s hottest covers of the year. 

Everything has been leading to this moment. The Scorched Earth Clan and The Order of the Flaming Fist face off one final time! Owen Johnson has fully reentered the world he left behind and from this point on—everything changes! This extra-length issue is NOT TO BE MISSED! 

Fire Power by Kirkman & Samnee #12 will be available at comic book shops and digital platforms including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play on Wednesday, June 2: 

  • Fire Power by Kirkman & Samnee #12 Cover A by Samnee & Matthew Wilson (Diamond Code APR210165) 
  • Fire Power by Kirkman & Samnee #12 Cover B by Frank Quitely (Diamond Code APR210166) 
  • Fire Power by Kirkman & Samnee #12 Cover C by Mindy Lee (Diamond Code APR210167) 
  • Fire Power by Kirkman & Samnee #12 Cover D by Tula Lotay (Diamond Code APR210168)  
  • Fire Power by Kirkman & Samnee #12 Cover E by Todd McFarlane & Matthew Wilson (Diamond Code APR210169) 
  • Fire Power by Kirkman & Samnee #12 Cover F by Simone Di Meo (Diamond Code APR210170) 
  • Fire Power by Kirkman & Samnee #12 Cover G by Tonci Zonjic (Diamond Code APR210171) 
  • Fire Power by Kirkman & Samnee #12 Cover H by Rob Liefeld & Marcelo Maiolo (Diamond Code APR210172) 
  • Fire Power by Kirkman & Samnee #12 Cover I by Annie Wu (Diamond Code APR210173) 
  • Fire Power by Kirkman & Samnee #12 Cover J by Erik Larsen & Matthew Wilson (Diamond Code APR210174) 
  • Fire Power by Kirkman & Samnee #12 Cover K by Khary Randolph (Diamond Code APR210175) 
  • Fire Power by Kirkman & Samnee #12 Cover L by Frank Miller & Alex Sinclair (Diamond Code APR210176) 
  • Fire Power by Kirkman & Samnee #12 Cover M Pride variant by Kira Okamoto (Diamond Code MAR219145) 
  • Fire Power by Kirkman & Samnee #12 Cover N 1:25 Copy B&W incentive variant by Frank Miller (Diamond Code MAR219146) 
  • Fire Power by Kirkman & Samnee #12 Cover O 1:25 Copy B&W incentive variant by Todd McFarlane (Diamond Code MAR219147)  

Review: Savage Dragon #258

Savage Dragon #258

Savage Dragon #258 takes readers on “A Walk On The Wildside”. Amy Dragon sneaks off on an adventure with Walter, the talking tiger. Sadly, dinnertime is not the time for such actions and they find themselves in trouble (and snow) moment after moment.

To be honest, Savage Dragon #258 was a bit of a snoozer. Amy and Walter’s little adventure wasn’t that exciting. The most exciting part was the beginning where Malcolm was battling the God of Thunder. After that, it delved into something a lot more chill and peaceful which didn’t really resonate with me. Partly, I don’t get to read every issue of Savage Dragon that comes out. I do want to say that while the story wasn’t my cup ‘o tea, I think that it’s an impressive feat that series creator Erik Larsen can keep Savage Dragon in some oddball adventures like this one, which helps it be unique.

While I wasn’t blown away by the story, Larsen’s art is still something to behold and this issue had quite a few moments where I liked what I was seeing. The opening page was full-on Kirby (in a good way) and what followed was a very energetic two-page splash. Nikos Koutsis is a fantastic colorist for Larsen’s work and I thought that this issue showed that. I do feel like Larsen has gotten a bit loose with his pencils, as compared to how I think his older issues of Savage Dragon look but I do still think there are quality visuals in this issue. It’s good to know that I can still appreciate the art on a book like this, even if the story doesn’t click with me.

Story: Erik Larsen Art: Erik Larsen
Letterer: Ferran Delgado Colorist: Nikos Koutsis Flats: Mike Toris
Story: 5.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 6.0

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Erik Larsen Returns to Ant

Fourteen years after its previous issue was published, Image Comics partner and CFO Erik Larsen returns to Ant to provide fans with volume one’s awe-inspiring conclusion and the promise of more Ant adventures to come. The story arc finale one-shot, Ant #12, will hit shelves this June from Image Comics. 

Larsen worked with the original Ant creator, Mario Gully, on a story which was to wrap up the series but several unfortunate circumstances along the way—including lost files—prevented the final issue from ever coming together. The story was lingered in limbo for a number of years with its fate left unresolved. Gully had moved on and pursued other goals but Larsen wouldn’t let it go.

Ant #12 both wraps up the story already begun by Gully and serves as a completely self-contained introduction to Ant by superstar creator Larsen. Hannah Washington has spent years looking for answers, and finally her quest comes to its epic conclusion! Guest-starring the Dynamic Daredevil!

Ant #12 will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, June 9. 

Get Ready for North Force with Savage Dragon!

In response to popular Savage Dragon fandom demand, Image Comics partner Erik Larsen will rework and reformat Savage Dragon #259 for release this May as North Force #0

North Force #0 is a new presentation of the highly collectible issue in the long-running series and will shine a spotlight on an all-new Canadian super team. Letters pages and funnies have been replaced with bios for team members. The Canadian super-team North Force is looking to recruit a new member to their team: Malcolm Dragon.

North Force #0 (Diamond Code MAR210085) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, May 5. 

North Force #0

Savage Dragon Returns to TV with the Classic Cartoon on Peacock

Image Comics fans can now finally rewatch the cartoon adaptation of Image’s partner and CFO, Erik Larsen’s, long-running, iconic Savage Dragon series—now on Peacock TV. The new, free streaming service will bring USA Network’s interpretation of Malcolm to their screens once more and the show is available in its entirety now for fans to binge watch at their leisure.

The Savage Dragon TV show debuted in 1995 and ran for 26 episodes over two seasons. The series’ appearance on Peacock this Summer marked its first official release for home entertainment from NBC Universal—25 years after its pilot’s initial airdate.

The best way to experience Savage Dragon remains to read the original comic book series, which is one of the longest running and bestselling independent comic book series to date. It is available in single issue and trade paperback edition print formats and in digital editions.

Savage Dragon #254

Congrats President-Elect Biden and Vice President-Elect Harris, Sincerely Savage Dragon

Image Comics partner and CFO Erik Larsen is celebrating the Biden/Harris win by sending the hit issue Savage Dragon #253 back to print with a congratulatory cover for the President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

The Savage Dragon #253 first printing featured a variant cover in which the character endorsed the two during their run. It quickly sold out in stores and across the world. This post-Election second printing cover celebrates the People’s choice with a congratulatory message from the title’s star, Malcolm Dragon.

Larsen has previously done covers featuring cameos of politicians including his recent first printing Biden/Harris endorsement cover, which sold out at the distributor level, and his cover endorsing Barack Obama sold out and went back to press four times. 

Savage Dragon has had a long tradition of president and candidate covers dating back to George W. Bush, and covers featuring past presidents have become highly collectible items. 

Savage Dragon #253 second printing (Diamond Code OCT208042) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, December 9. 

Savage Dragon #253 second printing
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