Image Comics Publication History & Chronology With Pre 2000 #1’s! Demythifying 1997!

Image Comics Publication History and Chronology With Pre 2000 #1’s! Demythifying 1997!

Part 1 in our series looked at 1992 to 1994 and included caveats that remain relevant here such as why Rob Liefeld and Jim Lee companies’ creations are included on this list after they left Image, where to find creators credits for the below where it is not noted on the cover, and others. Part 2 looked at 1995 while Part 3 looked at 1996. Now it’s 1997’s turn in the spotlight.

1997

61 New #1’s representing a 6663% increase of launch issues from Image Comics found year 1992 and also representing a 20% decrease over 1996.

January 1997

  • Prophet / Cable #1

  • Cabbot: Bloodhunter #1

  • Warrior Nun Areala & Avengelyne #1

  • Youngblood Special Exclusive Edition #1

  • Agent America #1

  • Judgment Day Sourcebook #1

  • Mars Attacks Savage Dragon #1

  • The Tenth Abuse of Humanity #1

February 1997

  • Wild C.A.T.S / X-Men: The Golden Age #1

  • Youngblood Super Special #1

  • Savage Dragon: Red Horizon #1

March 1997

  • Savant Garde #1

  • Judgment Day Aftermath #1

  • Witchblade / Elektra #1

  • Wolverine / Witchblade #1

April 1997

  • Arcanum #1

  • Painkiller Jane vs The Darkness #1

  • Gladiator / Supreme #1

May 1997

  • Badger #1

NOTE: Mike Baron’s indy fave Badger comes to Image, gets a shiny new #1, and lasts 11 issues.

  • Gen13 Annual #1

June 1997

  • 1st Man #1

  • Damned #1

  • Dusty Star #1

  • Judgment Day #1

  • Darkchylde The Diary #1

  • Gen13 Yearbook #1

  • Vampirella / Wetworks #1

July 1997

  • Wild C.A.T.S / X-Men: The Silver Age #1

  • Gen13 / Generation X #1

  • Wetworks / Vampirella #1

  • Savage Dragon / Marshal Law #1

  • Bliss Alley #1

August 1997

  • Wild C.A.T.s / X-Men: The Modern Age #1

  • Wild C.A.T.s / Aliens #1

  • Coven #1

  • Nine Volt #1

  • Savage Dragon: Sex & Violence #1

September 1997

  • Chapel #1 (Volume 3)

  • Kaboom #1

  • Fighting American #1

  • Warrior Nun Areala & Glory #1

  • Divine Right: The Adventures of Max Faraday #1

  • The Tenth #1 (Volume 2)

  • Desperadoes #1

October 1997

  • Ascension #1

  • Witchblade Origin Special #1

  • DV8 vs. Black Ops #1

  • Stormwatch #1 (Volume 2)

  • Union: Final Vengeance #1

  • Gen13 Interactive #1

  • Gen13 3D Special #1

  • Phantom Guard #1

  • The Creech #1

  • The Awakening #1

November 1997

  • Fighting American Rules of the Game #1

  • Voodoo #1

  • Wildcore #1

December 1997

  • Generation X / Gen13 #1

  • Awesome Holiday Special #1

  • Tomb Raider / Witchblade #1

  • Spawn The Movie #1

If I have missed any #1’s, please, let me know and I will update this list and appropriately credit you; tomorrow we cover 1998.

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