This is the first of three introductions, examining in short the three series i plan to review.
First up is The Savage Dragon, by Erik Larsen.
I "only"have 107 issues of the well over 200 issue run.
The first 3 issue mini series.
The Blood and Guts, mini series.
And 101 issues of the still running series.
Erik Larsen is the only Image founder, still writing and drawing the title he started out with way back in 1992.
And one of the few people who has written and drawn more then 200 issues on a single title.
Fredy Perry with Gold Digger and Dave Sim and Gerhard with Cerebus, being some of the others. One of these series is a focus of this blog, the other is not. )
Which is an achievement in of it self and its peculiar, very few people ever seem to mention this.
It's usually Stan and Jack's much vaunted Fantastic Four run, that get's the spotlight in uninterrupted runs.
I wont belabour the point in regards to Image's foundation and how it all came to be. You are here reading a blog about The Savage Dragon, so i am sure you are some what familiar. with it
If not, we will quickly bring you up to speed.
The series is about the titular green Dragon with a fin on his head, who is at times quite savage and at other times not so savage.
Each issue takes place roughly in real time, IE a month, unless otherwise stated.
And the status quo is regularly shaken up, in major and minor ways.
It's an action, adventure comic with action first, in big bold words, but the writing is quality as well.
That's it, you are up to speed. we will pick up the rest as we go along !
But that's not all that's notable about the series.
Larsen set out to write and draw every issue in the series and so far he has done just that.
He even went so far as to write and draw issue 13 B
issue 13 A was part of an Image cross over month, where everybody would write and draw another founders series.
The dragon was handled by Lee and Choi, who turned it in to the Grifter show.
Larsen decided a few months later he wanted his own 13 as well and an uninterrupted run, so he did just that.
There are no gimmick covers, none what so ever.
Not in the issues I have anyway
There were a few variant covers.
Issue 17 had 2 covers.
Issue 51 had two covers as well.
And issue 32 had two different versions, for reasons we will get in to, when we get there.
All in all in 101 issues, I have there are only 3 variants.
Next : Digging For Gold.