WATCH: Image Comics co-founder Jim Valentino draws Shadowhawk

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Twenty-five years ago, a stellar congregation of comic book writers and artists broke off from the corporate noose and formed an exciting new company called Image Comics.

Launched by Marc Silvestri, Rob Liefeld, Jim Lee, Erik Larsen, Whilce Portacio, Jim Valentino, and Todd McFarlane, Image quickly churned out classic characters and titles like Youngblood, Wetworks, Shadowhawk, WildC.A.T.S., Spawn, Cyberforce, and Savage Dragon.

Valentino was the proud father of Shadowhawk, aka Paul Johnstone, an enhanced, armored vigilante whose premiere in Image Comics' stable of fresh crusaders occurred in the second issue of Rob Liefeld's Youngblood series before going into his own solo title.

SYFY WIRE observed while Valentino sketched the chromed Shadowhawk and listened to his thoughts about Batman, the absurdity of superheroes never killing, the best advice he ever heard from Jack Kirby, and the familiarity of drawing a character he's been acquainted with for a quarter century.

Additional material by Jeff Spry.