Awesome Comics Encyclopedia
The characters of Awesome Comics have appeared in over a hundred million comics in many languages worldwide, showcasing the work of creators like Alan Moore, Jeph Loeb, Jo Duffy, Chris Sprouse, Dan Fraga, Steve Skroce, Chuck Dixon, Jae Lee, Marv Wolfman, Rick Veitch, and Alex Ross.
Awesome was launched in 1992 as part of a comic book revolution, when the seven top-selling Marvel artists made headlines by defecting en masse from Marvel Comics to creator-friendly Malibu Comics, known for its innovative marketing and broad, effective distribution. In a unique new arrangement, the artists, Erik Larsen, Jim Lee, Rob Liefeld, Todd McFarlane, Whilce Portacio, Marc Silvestri, and Jim Valentino, formed Image Comics, a partnership of several different studios, including Rob Liefeld's Extreme Studios, Mark Silvestri's Top Cow Productions, Todd McFarlane Productions, and Jim Lee's Wildstorm Studios (recently acquired by DC Comics). Malibu distributed Image's comics while Image got up and running as its own company.
The news rocked the business world and revolutionized the comics industry, setting new standards for creator control and ownership. The first release from Liefeld's Extreme Studios, YOUNGBLOOD, was the first Image comic, distributed by Malibu and achieving record-breaking sales. YOUNGBLOOD was the first independent comic to become a number-one best seller, and, along with other Extreme Studios titles like SUPREME, BADROCK, BLOODSTRIKE, BRIGADE, NEW MEN, KID SUPREME, and PROPHET, regularly commanded a position in the top ten on the sales charts.
Extreme Studios later broke off from Image, and was renamed Awesome Comics. In 1996 Awesome gained a new publisher: writer-producer Jeph Loeb, known for his work in hit feature films and television series like the WB's Smallville, and regularly in WIZARD Magazine's list of the top 10 hottest writers in comics for his best-selling work on Batman, Superman, and Spider-Man. With additional financing from Platinum Studios Chairman Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, with whom Liefeld had worked at Malibu, and Film Roman CEO John Hyde, Awesome Comics remained a comics innovator, continuing the popular Extreme series, as well as launching great new titles like COVEN by Loeb and artist Ian Churchill.
Awesome Comics won great critical acclaim for the radical reinvention of the Awesome Universe by comics master Alan Moore (creator of Watchmen, V For Vendetta, From Hell, and League of Extraordinary Gentlemen), including his epic reimagining of the world of SUPREME--hailed by Entertainment Weekly as a "graphic novel you really oughta get your hands on." Moore created a complete history for the Awesome universe, recreated titles like YOUNGBLOOD and THE ALLIES, and introduced many new characters and concepts, including Radar, The Hound Supreme, the Stormbirds, Twilight, The League of Infinity, Doc Rocket, and the Conquerors of the Uncanny, to name just a few. Added to the hundreds of existing Awesome characters, these concepts and storylines will drive new comics creations for years to come.