I don’t know if it’s because of Rob Liefeld’s Robservations or the lockdown, but I’m getting an itch to jump back into some comic books in the 90’s. Spawn, Prophet, Youngblood, The Pitt, all that jazz. Apparently I’m not the only one as I saw from Chuck Rozanski’s newsletter from Mile High Comics this week:
On a related note, I thought that it might interest you to know that we are now experiencing very strong demand for many previously disdained comics from the 1980s and 1990s. I cannot believe how quickly demand has exploded for a broad spectrum of the 1980s small press titles, darn near anything printed by…Dark Horse, and Vertigo, and even the earliest published Image Comics. Enhanced covers are also blowing out, as second/third/fourth print variants on darn near any title are now a very hot commodity.
Weird huh? It’ll be interesting to wade back in. Plus it’ll be a lot less frustrating. I’m sure everyone remembers those early Image days when you committed to a book and then you waited…and waited…and waited… At one point it got so bad that it became a tried and true joke telling someone they would get the new Pitt next month. Man did Dale Keown take his sweet time with those. Also remember Stephen Platt? I ADORED Stephen Platt. But you guessed it.
I really wonder how these things are going to hold up. A lot of people still underestimate the power of the ‘Image guys.” They didn’t create a new style so much as making a very distinct one crazy popular. Because it absolutely spread like wildfire, even taking over some of the big companies that moved in on the action.
Either way it won’t be too hard to do this because these things are easy to find and they’re damn cheap. Thank you comic book bubble. And wouldn’t you know it? I came across an incredibly random issue that I somehow picked up along the footpath of my youth. And my local comic book store had all the others. So let’s check it out. It’s not like we have anything better to do.
First up: Deathmate.