Image Comics Publication History In Chronology Order For Pre Y2K #1’s! Demythifying 1999!

Image Comics Publication History In Chronology Order For Pre Y2K #1’s! Demythifying 1999!

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, Part 3 at 1996, Part 4 at 1997, Part 5 looked at 1998 and today’s Part 6 is our pseudo conclusion with 1999.

1999

61 New #1’s representing a 663% increase of launch issues from Image Comics found year 1992 and also representing a 69% increase over 1998.

January 1999

  • Coven #1 (Volume 2)

  • Gen13 Annual #1

February 1999

  • Crow #1 (Volume 7)

NOTE: James O’Barr’s indy darling the Crow came to Image, got a shiny new #1 and lasted 10 issues.

  • Planetary #1

NOTE: A series with many iconic covers including this one.

  • Megaton Man: Hardcopy #1

March 1999

  • Avengelyne #1 (Volume 3)

  • The Tenth: The Black Embrace #1

  • Wildcats #1

  • Gen13: Grunge Saves the World #1

  • Gen13: Wired #1

  • League of Extraordinary Gentlemen #1

  • Spawn: The Dark Ages #1

April 1999

  • Aria #1

  • Gen13: Going West #1

  • Promethea #1

May 1999

  • The Authority #1

  • Witchblade Infinity #1

June 1999

  • Tom Strong #1

  • Alan Moore’s Awesome Universe Handbook #1

  • Witchblade featuring Tomb Raider #1

  • Spawn: The Undead #1

  • Spawn Annual: Blood & Shadows #1

July 1999

  • Night Tribes #1

  • Cy-Gor #1

  • Coven: Dark Origins #1

  • Nash #1

NOTE: Professional wrestler Kevin Nash co-wrote this 2 issue series with art by Marat Mychaels.

  • Alley Cat #1

NOTE: Model and actress Alley Baggett was the face for this series as well as co-writer; the series went 6 issues.

  • Deity: Revelations #1

NOTE: The title came to Image with issue #2 and last 4 issues.

  • Forever Amber #1

August 1999

  • Sam & Twitch #1

  • Wild Times: Deathblow #1

  • Wild Times: DV8 #1

  • Wild Times: Gen13 #1

  • Wild Times: Grifter #1

  • Wild Times: Wetworks #1

NOTE: The Wild Times 5 issue event also included a Wild C.A.T.s #0, but it is not included on this list as it is not a #1 issue.

  • The Darkness / Batman #1

NOTE: There was also a Darkness / Superman #1, but that landed in stores in 2005.

  • Darkness: Infinity #1

  • Rising Stars #1

  • Warlands #1

  • Lionheart #1

  • Awesome Adventures #1

  • Blue #1

September 1999

  • Divine Intervention: Wildcats #1

  • Divine Intervention: Gen13 #1

  • Mr. Majestic #1

  • Sci-Tech #1

  • Backlash & Taboo’s African Holiday #1

  • Top 10 #1

  • The Tenth Evil’s Child #1

October 1999

  • Jade Warriors #1

November 1999

  • Chassis #1 (Volume 3)

  • Deathblow: Byblows #1

  • The Darkness / Witchblade #1

  • Demonslayer #1

  • Superman & Savage Dragon #1

December 1999

  • Avengelyne / Demonslayer #1

  • Witchblade / The Darkness #1

  • Witchblade / Tomb Raider #1

  • Tomb Raider #1

  • Gen13: Carny Folk #1

If I have missed any #1’s, please, let me know and I will update this list and appropriately credit you; also, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone!

Tomorrow, we cover the honorable mentions from 2000 to 2021; it will not be a year-by-year exhaustive listing of #1’s as our 1992 – 1999 retrospective has been, but notable #1’s and series launches in the last 21 years.

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