A quarter of a century. That’s how long Image Comics has been publishing their ground-breaking series of comics¬†books. Some faded into obscurity (Allegra, ¬†Cyberpunx) some have prevailed (Spawn, The Savage Dragon, The Walking Dead). Let’s take a look at the Image Comics 25th Anniversary Tribute Variants released in February 2017.

The Future of Comics

The history of Image Comics is rich and complex. Read the Frequently Asked Questions or the Wikipedia article for the full story. The short answer: the company was founded by seven former Marvel Comics artists who wanted complete freedom and ownership of their comics. Founded in 1992, during the heyday of ’90s super hero comics, the first batch of Image comics were in the same mold. Through the years, the company diversified into sci-fi, zombie, and post-modern comics. In recent years, Image has created some of the most critically-acclaimed comic books in the industry.

Image Comics 1992 – 2017

For their 25th anniversary, Image released tribute variant covers for 15 of their current titles. Let’s rank them, shall we?

15. The Few #2 – East of West #1

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14. Curse Words #2 – Invincible #1

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13. Outcast #25 – Brigade #1

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12. Revival #47 – Witchblade #1

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11. Descender #19 – Pitt #2

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10. East of West #31 – Youngblood #19

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9. Invincible #133 – Youngblood #1

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8. Manifest Destiny #26 – Chew #1

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7. Kill or Be Killed #6 – The Walking Dead #1

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6. The Wicked + The Divine #26 – Sex Criminals #1 (4th Printing)

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5. Sex Criminals #16 – The Wicked + The Divine #1 + Spawn (#237?)

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04. Deadly Class #26 – Cyberforce #1

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03. God Country #2 – The Savage Dragon #1

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02. Monstress #10 – Spawn #1

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01. WalkingD.E.A.D. #164 – WilC.A.T.S. #1

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The next 25 years

In 1986 Marvel celebrated their 25-year anniversary with a set of iconic covers. Now, in 2017, it’s Image’s turn. What’s in store for the next 25 years?