Behind the Panel: Marc Silvestri on founding Image Comics, Cyberforce and legacies

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Dec 26, 2017, 3:15 PM EST

Comic book artist and writer extraordinaire Marc Silvestri kick-started his career by working with DC Comics in the early '80s. He then joined Marvel Comics in the late '80s, where he worked on Uncanny X-Men from 1987 to 1990 before pulling art duties on the flagship comic's Wolverine spinoff.

Then comic book history happened in 1992 when Silvestri joined forces with Todd McFarlane, Jim Lee, Jim Valentino, Rob Liefeld, Whilce Portacio, and Erik Larsen to create Image Comics, which would have a huge impact in the comic book world. Why? Because not only were the creators allowed to publish their own original material but they also owned the copyrights to said material/properties. Or, as Silvestri points out, they were now in charge of their own destiny.

Silvestri's titles were then published under his Image Comics imprint Top Cow, where he created Cyberforce, The Darkness, Witchblade, and Fathom.

SYFY WIRE recently unleashed So Much Damage: The Oral History of Image Comics, which looks at the publishing company’s creation and during which Mike Avila sat down with Silvestri to chat not only about Image and why the gamble worked at the time (it was a case of a perfect storm) but also about Cyberforce (which was originally pitched to Marvel, who passed on the idea), how the success of Image reenergized Silvestri as an artist, the huge legacy created by the comic book company, and so. much. more. Check it out!


Additional material by Nathalie Caron.