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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

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

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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

Savage Dragon #254-256 Will Feature Retro Style Variants

Image Comics partner and CFO Erik Larsen’s Savage Dragon series will feature three 70s style retro variants for the upcoming issues #254-256 hitting shelves in November, December, and January respectively. 

In Savage Dragon #254, Malcolm Dragon is overwhelmed by the superior firepower of the newly assembled and fully operational Vicious Circle, and a dark cloud falls over the city of Toronto. Meanwhile, Paul Dragon tries to put together the pieces of his shattered past. Comes with our highest possible recommendation.

Savage Dragon #254 Cover A by Larsen (Diamond Code SEP200222) and Savage Dragon #254 Cover B retro 70s trade dress (Diamond Code SEP208500) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, November 18. 

Savage Dragon #255 Cover A by Larsen (Diamond Code OCT200219) and Savage Dragon #255 Cover B retro 70s trade dress (Diamond Code SEP208501) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, December 16. 

Savage Dragon #256 Cover A by Larsen (Diamond Code NOV200164) and Savage Dragon #256 Cover B retro 70s trade dress (Diamond Code SEP208502) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, January 13. 

Savage Dragon #252 and its “Classic Funnies Comic Strips” Heads Back to Print

Savage Dragon #252, second printing

The wildly popular homage to classic “funnies” comic strips—Savage Dragon #252 by Image partner and CFO Erik Larsen—is being rushed back to print to keep up with growing demand.

In this experimental issue, Larsen taps into the beloved comics nostalgia of classic Funnies strips with double-page spreads in the iconic newspaper comic strip style of storytelling. From a Peanuts parody to a Dick Tracy send-up, from a Doonesbury lampoon to a Blondie satire, this issue is sure to amaze and inspire.

In the announcement, Larsen said:

I’m happy to see how enthusiastically this issue was received by the fans. It was an enormous challenge to write and draw. It took considerably longer to put together than an ordinary issue of Savage Dragon and it’s extremely gratifying to have had it be so well received. I spent weeks combing through newspaper strips and making lists of what might work I drew strips which didn’t make the grade for one reason or another and had a lot of false starts along the way. Ferran Delgado, my letterer, hit it out of the park emulating the lettering of each strip. It was a tremendous effort but true labor of love for everybody involved.

Savage Dragon #252, second printing (Diamond Code AUG209090) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, October 28.

Savage Dragon Casts his Vote for Biden/Harris in this Variant Cover

Image Comics partner and CFO Erik Larsen is voting Biden/Harris this election season with an alternate cover of Savage Dragon #253 revealed today. 

In the announcement, Larsen said:

This is an important election. They always say that but with America literally on fire and an ineptly handled pandemic it feels especially so. Twelve years ago SAVAGE DRAGON endorsed BARACK OBAMA and history was made. Savage Dragon #137 was the first comic book to feature the then-candidate Obama on its cover and it became a global sensation. It’s time to take a stance once more and help make the country, and the world, a better place!

Larsen has previously done covers featuring cameos of politicians, 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 (Diamond Code AUG208695) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, October 21.

Savage Dragon #253

Savage Dragon #250 Sells Out and Gets a New Printing

The highly anticipated, record-breaking Savage Dragon #250 issue by Image Comics partner and CFO Erik Larsen has sold out at the distributor level and is being rushed back to print in order to keep up with demand. 

For 28 years, Erik Larsen has chronicled the lives and times of the Dragon and his extended family in one of comics’ only series set in real time. This monumental oversized milestone issue is a sweeping culmination that sets the stage for the next phase of comics’ most uncompromising series with its most shocking story yet! 

Savage Dragon #250, second printing (Diamond Code JUN208611) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, August 19.

Savage Dragon #250, second printing

Image Reveals Walt Simonson, Frank Cho, Erik Larsen, and Ryan Ottley’s Savage Dragon #250 Covers

Legendary artists Walt Simonson, Frank Cho, and Ryan Ottley join Rob Liefeld and Skottie Young in contributing to the eye-popping covers of the milestone Savage Dragon #250 issue by Image Comics partner and CFO Erik Larsen. This record-breaking issue is set to release from Image Comics in July.

For 28 years, Erik Larsen has chronicled the lives and times of the Dragon and his extended family in one of comics’ only series set in real time. This monumental oversized milestone issue is a sweeping culmination that sets the stage for the next phase of comics’ most uncompromising series with its most shocking story yet! 

Forces have conspired against Malcolm Dragon and his family—but is this a turning point or…THE END?! Find out as Savage Dragon becomes the second original Image title to reach its 250th issue and begins the countdown to #300.

Savage Dragon #250 will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, July 15. 

  • Savage Dragon #250 cover A by Erik Larsen (Diamond Code DEC190056)
  • Savage Dragon #250 cover B by Frank Cho (Diamond Code DEC190057)
  • Savage Dragon #250 cover C by Rob Liefeld (Diamond Code DEC190058)
  • Savage Dragon #250 cover D by Walt Simonson (Diamond Code DEC190059)
  • Savage Dragon #250 cover E by Skottie Young (Diamond Code DEC190060)
  • Savage Dragon #250 cover F Blank Sketch variant (Diamond Code DEC190061)
  • Savage Dragon #250 cover G drawn by Erik Larsen, inked by Ryan Ottley (Diamond Code FEB209190)
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